Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin appeared on a local St. Louis television show and discussed his thoughts on abortion, even in the instance of rape or incest, which accounts for less than 1% of abortions received.
Progressive backlash from Roman Polanski fans and deniers of Occupy rapes was immediate.
Akin is a pro-life candidate thus leans towards life when discussion abortion. It’s not shocking knowledge to Missourians who selected him as the GOP nominee for senate and lean towards him in the latest polling. Democrats want to make social issues the focus on the campaign as opposed to the economy, where they’re losing, and Akin’s interview gave them them the momentary opportunity they needed to shift attention away from the lagging economy.
Was Akin’s “misspeech” ridiculous? Of course. Is it worse than the misdeeds of his opponent, Claire McCaskill, who rubber-stamps Obama’s war on Missouri coal jobs and tripled our deficit? Not by conservative standards, or any real standard of measurement.