Legitimate Bologna

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Two weeks ago, we told you about the genius move made by the campaign of Senator Claire McCaskill, the up-for-re-election Missouri Democrat whose seat is considered extremely vulnerable and paramount to the Republican hopes of retaking the Senate. McCaskill, seeing a pool of strong candidates vying for the GOP nomination, ran ads “against” the candidate her campaign saw as the weakest of the bunch, eschewing any mention of his ultra-radical positions in favor of simply pointing out that he is “against big government,” “pro-family” and “just too conservative.” The psychology worked: While the other hopefuls were defending themselves against McCaskill’s harder-hitting ads, Tea Party conservatives turned out in droves and handed the nomination to the candidate McCaskill hand-picked, the one she hoped she’d have a chance to beat.

And then all hell broke loose.

That candidate, of course, is Rep. Todd Akin, who eclipsed all other news this week when he went on St. Louis television and qualified some rapes as “legitimate” and concluded that, biologically, rape victims don’t get pregnant because they have the means to “shut down” their bodies and prevent it. Akin was implying, among other things, that there should be no abortions for rape victims, since they simply don’t get pregnant.

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said, referring to a rapist’s supposed inability to impregnate his victim. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

We don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Neither, presumably, does Senator McCaskill. No wonder this is the lunatic she hoped to run against.

Unbelievably, Todd Akin currently serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Could it get any crazier than this? Well, given that we’re talking about today’s lunatic GOP, our bet is yes. So we’re wondering: What’s next? What do YOU think? If a Republican on the House Science Committee can say that rape victims never get pregnant, what are some other scientific “facts” that only conservatives know about?

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