Horsefeathers. (Or something else horsey.) Akin was no political newcomer -- any idiot should know you don't go running off at the mouth about rape and abortion in a TV interview. Unfortunately this idiot didn't. From the moment the words were out of his mouth he had no chance and could only (and arguably did) pull other Republicans down with him. His refusal to step aside was an act of utter selfishness, and I hope the Republican party puts him out to pasture somewhere in India.