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A Grand Old Party in Panic

RHSimard Wrote: Aug 24, 2012 5:12 PM
Politicians survive or perish by the words they speak--or what words the public thinks they spoke. Opponents are always delighted to pick up on anything that be turned back against them, and when it's a matter of ill-chosen wording, the opposition will try to flood the discourse with derision to drown out whatever might clarify the meaning. Politicians are always walking on polemic eggs, and Akin stomped down much too hard. The fear that this may cost a critical Senate seat is real. Using a phrase like "legitimate rape" is political suicide, and the cost of this has ramifications beyond merely his own seat. The Dems are reaching new heights of demagoguery, and this is a juicy plum for them to exploit.

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...