NEWS BLOG: Todd Akin's magical contraceptive device


Where do these people get their information?

And how can they get elected to public office?

Here we are with Missouri's Todd Akin, serving his sixth term in Congress and running for US Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. And he's favored to win.

Akin opposes abortion, even in the case of rape. And according to news reports, when he was asked to explain his position, he told a Missouri TV reporter that based on what he has heard from doctors, rape-created pregnancies are "really rare."

And besides, he said: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Ah, yes. A "legitimate rape."

And Akin knows of a magical mechanism in women's bodies that "shuts that whole thing down"?

The mind boggles.

Maybe instead of Republicans pushing for voter I-D laws to make sure only qualified people vote, they should push for competency exams for their candidates.

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