Idea: anytime a religious conservative Republican wants to use the word “rape” in public, he or she should run it through a publicist first. The wife of Rep. Todd Akin, the politician who last month questioned whether rape is “legitimate rape” and claimed women’s bodies reject sperm during a sexual assault to keep them from getting pregnant, has added her voice to the WTF-Are-You-Thinking chorus.
Lulli Akin, who works on her husband’s campaign, was quoted in a profile in the National Journal, a conservative publication, talking about mainstream Republicans who have abandoned her husband following his rape comments. It’s not his fault his comments made other Republicans abandon him, you see! Lulli Akin accused Republicans of trying to replace elections “by the people and for the people” with “tyranny, a top-down approach” and said, “Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions — it’s just like 1776 in that way.” She compared both President Obama and Mitt Romney to “embodying” a British monarch.
Continuing with her colonial metaphor, she then compared people who rebel against mainstream Republicans to the colonists who, she said:
“rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife. But that is where we are again. There has been a freedom of elections, not tyranny of selections since way back. Why are we going to roll over and let them steamroll us, be it Democrats or Republicans or whomever?”
Wait, what? Did she really just compare other Republicans to rapists that come into your home and rape your family? Extreme much? What is it with these people and talking about rape?