Carol, you hypocritically speak out of both sides of yuor mouth. On the one hand, you state that Republicnas should defend themselves from DNC attacks, no matter how outlandish; then, on the other hand you pompously excoriate Akin for all sorts of ill behavior. Shouldn't the GOP have rallied around their candidate in the same way the Dems rallied around their flawed candidates? Heck, Jesse Jackson Jr won a landslide re-election from a Mayo Clinic psych ward! Abandoning Akin and Mourdock when they need support the most was cowardly and enedmic of the GOP's inability to grow a backbone.