Tina Fey was a keynote speaker at the inaugural gala for the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she took on the squicky, cringe-worthy topic of “legitimate” rape. Because Tina Fey is hilarious and smart and amazing, she has the perfect analogy for Todd Akin’s rape-y words. [YouTube]
I don’t know about you, but I have such a hard time remembering which conservative politician said what ridiculously offensive thing about rape. They’re all old and white and most of them are in some state of partial baldness. They all look the same! And they all sound basically the same too, given that woman-hating bile spews from their open pie holes. Alas, they are all individual people, who hold or have held positions of power within government, and aspire to inflict their beliefs upon your life, so it behoves us to be able to keep them straight. Know thine enemies! Above, a quick overview of the most noteworthy five: Richard Mourdock (running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, current state treasurer), Iowa Congressman Steve King, Missouri Representative Todd Akin, Tom Smith (running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania), and and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
It’s getting to be quite the week for years-old videos to come back and bite candidates, and the latest victim is one Todd Akin, the would-be junior Missouri senator of ”legitimate rape” fame. Seems Akin gave a speech in 2008, in which he compares abortion to slavery and calls abortion providers “terrorists.” He then goes on to describe the “bottom-of-the-food-chain … pit[s]” that they supposedly work in. “You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking,” he explains. “Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die. All of these things are common practice, and all of that information is available for America.” Read more…
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. Keep reading »