Akin’s insult to women
The mainstream Republican outrage over Rep. Todd Akin’s rape remarks is so noble. And so disingenuous.
Akin’s comments barely stepped over the line of clear and consistent Republican policies on abortion. The outrage springs from the possibility of losing a Senate race, not from the insult to American women embodied in Akin’s words.
If you think that’s overstating the case, check out the Republican obsession with abortion in Congress in recent years. Check out the Republican election-year platform to be adopted next week at its presidential convention. It includes support for a constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions in the country. It doesn’t bother to clarify “all” or to make any exceptions.
But perhaps the Akin performance will motivate the platform folks to take another look – just as the party is taking another look at him.