Those who know me well will vouch for the fact that I am not a fan of unsolicited advice. If there’s one thing I never want to be it’s what we lawyers call “the officious intermeddler,” what regular people would call someone who hasn’t learned to mind his own business. I also despise the knee-jerk impulse by most politicians to scatter like cockroaches whenever a colleague steps in it. So, I haven’t said much about the Ted Akin “legitimate rape” fiasco that started Sunday. And some of you said I’d never have anything in common with Bill Clinton. He is one of the few politicians who hasn’t weighed in on this issue. I can’t imagine why not …
Is it just me, or should an alleged grownup in a responsible position think twice before uttering the phrase “legitimate rape?” Dude, we know you meant “forcible rape,” as a way of distinguishing it from the idiotic notion, invented and perpetuated by liberals, of “date rape,” but that’s not what you said, and as I am fond of saying, words mean things. Frankly, the older I get, the less tolerance I have for stupid, and this comment was just that. Don’t we have enough stupid in Washington as it is? Of course we do!
It’s unquestionable that Rep. Akin, for the good of the country, should step aside. All his support, including that crucial financial support, has dried up. Karl Roves’ super PAC, Crossroads GPS and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have announced that as long as Rep. Akin is the candidate, they won’t spend a dime on this race. Plus, the polls showing Akin still ahead are pure agit-prop baloney, with a sample skewed to make it look like this guy isn’t box office poison. He is.
Perhaps we need some help from Mama Grizzly #1, who endorsed one of Akin’s primary opponents, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, right before the August 7 election. Governor Palin, please see what you can do to make this right. As you know, there’s way too much at stake to potentially lose this race. Nothing less than the future of America is on the ballot on November 6.
Rep. Akin, staying in the race doesn’t make you courageous. It makes you stubborn and egotistical. If you do the right thing, you could live to fight another day. If you don’t, you could go down in history as the guy who cost America the Senate.