Good comments Diane. I agree with you. Todd Akin had won the support of a majority of his potential voting constituency. That alone should earn him the right to a more thoughtful hearing of the issue before being tossed under the bus, by those allied with him in many of his other principles. Mr. Akin showed further backbone by admitting and apologizing for a foolish comment. As Andrew Jackson said, "Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error". For Akin’s allies to be stampeded by the Progressive attacks, unfortunately says more about his allies than about Mr. Akin.