What happens when Rod + Todd Flanders grow up? They either enter the seedy underbelly of the BDSM community or win Republican Senatorial Primaries in the Heartland.
Meet Todd Akin. Representative. Patriot. Family Man. Crazy Person.
Akin represents Missouri’s 2nd District. In Washington, he lists himself as (R-St.Louis) despite the fact his district only encompasses suburban St. Louis. He loves the city of St. Louis like he loves liberals:
Akin once claimed, after an NBC broadcast accidentally omitted “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, that the network intentionally took it out as part of a “systematic effort to try to separate our faith and God” because “the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God and a belief that government should replace God.” Despite a strong backlash from religious leaders, Akin refused to apologize and doubled down on his remarks.
Akin is a Tea Partier, majoring in Social Issues with a concentration in Homophobia. From thinkprogress…
Akin is one of the seven leading sponsors of anti-gay legislation in Congress, which perhaps follows from his belief that “anybody who knows something about the history of the human race knows that there is no civilization which has condoned homosexual marriage widely and openly that has long survived.” Akin has focused on gay members of the military, pushing legislation that would protect soldiers who chose to harass and bully their LGBT colleagues. He also attempted to block funding for the military unless the Defense of Marriage Act was used to block marriage equality on military bases.
He wants out of the UN, hates Stafford loans, sex offender registries and the homeless. However, he was a big fan of Right wing militias back in the 90s. (He didn’t tour with them, but he definitely owned some cassettes.)
The cherry on top? Keep those cherries, ladies.
Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for Senate in Missouri, on Wednesday said that emergency contraceptive pills should be outlawed.
“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion,” he told KCMO’s Greg Knapp, “and I think we shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”
Meet Todd Akin. The type of candidate standing between the GOP and a Senate Majority.
Update (8/28/12): Did I miss anything?? While much of the nation has been introduced to Mr. Akin at this point, it should be noted how mainstream his views are within the 2012 GOP. Paul Ryan co-sponsored 8 anti-choice bills with Akin. Romney has supported the States enacting outlandish “personhood” Amendments. (Because those clusters of cells – just like corporations – are people, my friend.) The call to condemn Akin from the right had nothing to do with actual policy – one Ryan/Akin anti-abortion bill used the definition “forceable rape,” whatever that means. Akin’s clumsy timing just made it more likely that he would lose and possibly alienate (even more) female voters on a national level. That’s all. The GOP has a history of spitting on rape victims. They only care that these victims carry those fetuses to term. In fact, Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith was able to invoke his daughter for some real heartfelt asshattery today:
Tom Smith, the nominee running against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, made the comment after being asked how he would argue to keep the baby if a daughter or granddaughter were to become pregnant as a result of rape. Smith said that his daughter went through “something similar” to the decision some rape victims have to make, although she was not raped, and that she chose to keep the child. His position on abortion is to ban it without exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
“I lived something similar to that with my own family, and she chose the life, and I commend her for that,” Smith said. “She knew my views, but fortunately for me … she chose the way I thought.”
Asked how that was similar to rape, Smith said: “Having a baby out of wedlock.”
While I’m sure his daughter appreciated the attention, I’m wondering if Smith is comparing apples and, I don’t know,
After another follow-up question, about whether the out-of-wedlock pregnancy was similar to a case of rape, he said: “No, no, no, but, well, put yourself in a father’s position. Yes, I mean, it is similar, this isn’t, but I’m back to the original, I’m pro-life — period.”
No, no, no, we get it. “The father’s position.” Luckily, 27 states still protect the parental rights of rapists. Sleep well, Tom.