There’s an old saying–oft attributed to Katherine Hepburn, Dorothy Parker, and / or Charlotte Whitton– that “women have to work twice as hard as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” This entire Todd Akin debacle reminds me that the same can be said of Republicans, with the added caveat that they not only have to work twice as hard but be twice as moral, ethical, and decent as Democrats. Now, normally, that’s not at all difficult, especially given the incredibly low bar set by the leftists in today’s Democrat Party, but every now and then, we run into an asshat like Akin. At first, I felt sort of sorry for the guy (even though I don’t believe he “misspoke”; I am pretty confident that he actually believes what he said), but he said something he shouldn’t have, told the truth as he saw it. Who hasn’t done that? How unfair that he has to go down for that! But he does. He will.
The only question was whether or not he’d take us down with him. Looks like he’s dead set on doing just that. He wants to stay in the race. He knows full well that the dem smear machine has already cranked into full gear to tie his ridiculous, childish, stupid comments to Romney and Ryan. He knows full well that we need to beat Air Claire to win the Senate in November. He knows full well what is at stake in this election, not just the presidency but the balance of power in Congress . . . the future of our country, our very Republic. And you know what he cares about? The now long long long-shot that he’ll win. He cares about himself, his power, his career.
It turns my stomach.
Twitter is abuzz with people on both sides: those supporting Akin and those who want him to step down. Let me say, in response to his ad (at link above), that I absolutely forgive him (not that it’s my place to do so). That’s not the point. He’s a jackass, but so are most members of Congress (especially on the Dem side, we can spend all day quoting their asshattery). The logic seems to be that it’s worth losing not just one Senate seat in a crucial swing state but also the entire Senate (well, you know, the possible Senate majority) and possibly even the presidency to defend this guy’s right to say ignorant crap.
Um. No. He’s not one of “us”; he’s not TEA Party, he’s obsessed with himself, not America. If he were the sort of person I’d defend . . . I wouldn’t have to. He’d have stepped down by now.