Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin has issued a formal video apology for his recent comments on rape and abortion -- it's so formal in fact that it lacks any of the sensitive music beloved of politicians when they make ads about hot-button issues.
In the 30-second spot, Akin reminds us he's the father of two daughters, and that that means he wants "tough justice for predators."
He then rolls back his earlier, inflammatory statements by saying "The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy."
Well, let's watch the video and then continue this discussion. [UPDATE: Talking Points Memo notes that the Akin campaign has disabled comments on the video, after dislikes outpaced likes by a roughly 13-to-1 ratio.]
I dunno, Todd. I'm not sure this is enough to repair our relationship. And by "our relationship," I mean me as a voter and you as a guy who wants my vote. I have no daughters and I want "tough justice" for predators, so perhaps there's a little common ground there.
But I'm not so sure that "I used the wrong words in the wrong way" really recants your earlier stated belief that if a woman is the victim of "a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." You seem to believe voters are offended by your belief in various kinds of rape -- "legitimate" as opposed to, I dunno, informal maybe? -- which is nuts, don't get me wrong.But there are those of us who would have liked you to also tacked on something about, "Oh, and when I said a woman's body can tell the difference between different kinds of rape and then either make a baby or not make a baby on a situational basis, I was speaking from a place of ignorance that lies deep within my ass. I put my head up there sometimes, and I am sorry." Something like that. Just spitballin'.
Because it is the 21st century, and scientifically-accurate information about the female body and how it works is out there. Nobody who's running for public office should be so benighted about the inner workings of a woman's body.
Maybe you could ask your daughters if you don't know? There are no stupid questions after all -- just men saying stupid things and trying to pass it off as no big deal.
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