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Astonishing "Rape" Comment May Force GOP Senate Candidate from Race

pastorblastor3 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:09 PM
NO! NO! NO! NO! He does not and should not quit! Is free speech dead in this country! This is totally insane! You may not have liked his comment but it is one that a lot of folks share... namely that there are women who when filing for divorce or wanting to get rid of a rotten boyfriend make up a rape claim. Now I know you all will hyperventilate but too darn bad,. For crying out-loud stop being so politically correct and sensitive. In an adult world we have the right in this nation to say what we think, even totally stupid stuff . While his response may not have been well thought out, one comment should not condemn anyone. Get a life.
jwilliams Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:50 PM
"In an adult world we have the right in this nation to say what we think, even totally stupid stuff"

Absolutely. And that's why you aren't hearing anyone call for his arrest or telling him he is ineligible to run. But if he's going on the air and saying that rape doesn't get you pregnant, it's not "politically correct" to say that that is offensive in the extreme. His statement implies that if you claim to have been impregnated by rape, you're probably lying and it probably wasn't rape.
The Republicans have been fighting too long against allegations about the War on Women; the party can't afford to let a comment like this slip.
jwilliams Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:53 PM
"one comment should not condemn anyone"

His career, like every other politician's, is made or broken by his comments. Whether by conviction or by accident, he made a terrible one. You can't honestly expect a politician's public comments not to affect his career.
JB in MS Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:42 PM
He has his free speech - but what he chose to say has cost him any chance of winning. He needs to drop out and let someone with a reasonable chance of picking up this seat (which should have been a gimme for the Republicans) take his place. He blew his chance by being less than bright with his comments.
Marie150 Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:17 PM
Yes there are women that make up rape claims. That would be an illegitimate rape. Is that what they are saying is unkind?
benir Wrote: Aug 20, 2012 11:20 PM
This was a major-downside-political-issue for the Republicans during the primaries and also during past few months,

and it had just started to fade !!!

He needs to be replaced for 2 main reasons, because he's affecting the Presidential and Senate races !

It was the way he talked about the woman like she was no more than an inconsequential inanimate prop in a text book description !

And he was like mumbling, bumbling, and tripping over his words while doing this, he justed sounded awful !

If Aiken resigns by 5:00 pm tommorrow we can pick another candeidate !

After that time he has to go to court by Sept 25 to resign and then we can choose another candidate to take his place for the Nov 6, 2012 election !

This story -- which I touched on briefly in the Obama presser post below -- has been moving at warp speed all day.  Let's get you caught up.  First, here's Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) making appalling and cringe-worthy remarks about "legitimate" rape on a St. Louis television program yesterday:

Not only is this indefensible and insulting, his grasp of basic human biology is demonstrably wrong.  It would be one thing if a random Congressman said something dumb.  It happens every...