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Akin and His Critics

Cato JR Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 2:44 AM
I think the thing demonstrated by the Republicans' response is more cowardice than stupidity, though there's certainly no shortage of that. If they had simply said in response to partisan media queries something along the lines of, "I haven't heard what was said, and with all due respect don't trust anyone looking to do work for America's political opponents", that would have shut the slavers and murderers up rather quickly.

Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words "legitimate" and "rape" in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero.

That much having been said, I must offer a mild dissent to the widespread view expressed by both Republicans and Democrats that what...