The political world erupted after Rep. Todd Akin’s statements about rape and abortion on Sunday.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided a broad analysis of how his comments would affect the race for Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat in on Capitol Hill, conservative columnists and politicians, including Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, distanced themselves from Akin, and conservative journalists and asked him to step down.
McCaskill, on the other hand, probably had to have staffers restrain her from doing a premature victory dance while she argued that Akin should stay on the ballot on MSNBC’s Morning Joe . Host Joe Scarborough even announced her as “the woman re-elected last night.”
Unofficial footage from McCaskill’s campaign headquarters after Akin’s comments
“This statement is kind of a window into Todd Akin’s mind,” McCaskill said on the show. She also cited her years as an attorney who worked on hundreds of rape cases.
Basically, the nation, including the GOP, all agreed yesterday: Todd Akin said something wrong, on a moral level and a political level.
But let’s backtrack here for a moment and ask why this comment is such an affront to the public conscience.
First, here’s the full quote from the interview on KTVI, the St. Louis FOX affiliate:
Charles Jaco: What about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?
Akin: “People always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but I the punishment should be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”