How Huckabee Is Blowing It With Akin

Mike Huckabee built up so much indy cred with Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day and he’sthrowing it all away on Todd Akin.


The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left [Akin] behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound. In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was tragic to see the carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican. Not for a moral failure or corruption or a criminal act, but for a misstatement which he contritely and utterly repudiated. I was shocked by GOP leaders and elected officials who rushed so quickly to end the political life of a candidate over a mistaken comment in an interview. This was a serious mistake, but it was blown out of proportion not by the left, but by Akin’s own Republican Party. Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates? Do we forgive and forget the verbal gaffes of Republicans who are “conveniently pro-life” for political advantage, but crucify one who truly believes that every life is sacred?

The fact that Todd Akin is socially conservative isn’t a “get out of jail free” card for his gaffe. Neither is the fact that Democrats like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren have gotten away with saying equally offensive things. Here’s the reality: A potted plant could beat Claire McCaskill in Missouri, but Todd Akin is going to lose. Huckabee wants to throw away a gimmie seat just because Akin is a pro-life candidate. This is despite the fact that Akin would undoubtedly be replaced with another pro-life candidate. Sorry, but politics is also a popularity contest and Akin said something incredibly stupid and offensive. Incidentally, it’s not just stupid and offensive to liberals; it’s stupid and offensive to conservatives.
Here’s an excerpt on this subject from an article written by a: conservative woman: I know.

Rape and abortion have filled the headlines this week. Todd Akin’s medieval assessment of women’s fertility and “legitimate” rape astounded me. The only silver lining was hearing Mitt Romney and many other Republicans condemn Akin flat out. Akin forfeited any claim on morality. His tepid non-retraction, followed by doubling-down confounds me.
For more than twenty years, I kept it a secret. I was 17 when it happened. My sense of self changed forever. Over the course of six days, the tastes, the tightness of the phone cord that bound my hands, and the violence of their exertions, and especially the smells of those young men that raped me repeatedly in a squalid apartment, were seared into my memory. They introduced me to evil, embodied evil incarnate quite literally, and it is through them that my dialogue with evil began. This experience brought about my first unforced prayers to God.

When the attackers left to get another victim, after promising to make me an example, I convinced their drug-addled accomplice to let me use the bathroom without supervision while he got high again. I called my parents, my father came and I knew he would and could protect me. The Second Amendment, the concealed carry permit, my father’s years of practice meant I would make it home alive.
A hot shower, unconditional love, and the absence of shame was all I craved. I knew my attackers could not find me, that I could not identify them, and the ordeal was over.

Here’s: another one from Tea Party activist Tabitha Hale.

Speaking as a woman who has also been a rape victim, I do not want to hear a man who clearly has no idea what he’s talking about discussing how my body reacts in that situation. It’s not helpful. In fact, it’s pretty much the opposite.

Todd Akin is a run-of-the-mill politician who made a really stupid gaffe that will make him unelectable and as such, we should try to replace him. What Todd Akin is not, was not, and will never be is a hill worth dying on for social conservatives.

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