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A Grand Old Party in Panic

dchambers Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 11:34 AM
Mr. Buchanan, You wrote: "Whittaker Chambers said that 'the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded.' He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify." You quoted my grandfather well, but I do not think he would agree with your conclusion about Akin. Rather, he would ask whether he is at all retrievable in the first place -- which is obviously the reaction from the Romney campaign. Sincerely - David Chambers | http://www.whittakerchambers.org/ .
Corbett_ Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 12:25 PM
David,

Perhaps Akin was not retrievable, but the GOP piled on. They did not even make an attempt to retrieve him. And they made no attempt to defend what he was actually trying to say -- that there is no justification for taking an innocent life. I think that's Buchanan's point.
Celticlight Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 1:16 PM
I am not sure we know what he was actually trying to say. You must admit that Akin is at best incredibly inept and insensitive, even if you agree with his position. And for independents, this is the type of thing that drives them to the Democrats.
Corbett_ Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 2:21 PM
He misspoke. If he had said "actual" instead of "legitimate", there might be a debate about whether he had his medical information correct, but there would not have been such a furor. Furthermore, everyone who reads what he actually says KNOWS he misspoke. He simply made a poor choice of words. Anyone who speaks in public without a teleprompter is likely to do so sooner or later.

Now, whether his medical information is correct, I don't know. I have my doubts, but I have not studied the matter.

Whittaker Chambers said that "the great failing of American conservatives is they do not retrieve their wounded."

He had it right, as Todd Akin can testify.

In an interview that aired last Sunday, Akin, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, was asked whether he opposed abortions for women who had been raped. Akin's reply:

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. ... If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down ... .

"But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or...