Getting Real on Gaffes
The big burning question of the day surrounds the comments of Missouri republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin. Just in case you’ve been living under a bridge and haven’t caught the news lately, Akin basically stated in an interview that women can’t really get pregnant from being raped because the female body has a protective mode to prevent it. Akin has refused calls to resign his primary victory and move over so that republicans could quickly insert a new candidate in his stead to go up against incumbent democratic candidate Claire McCaskill.
Personally, I don’t know enough about Akin to say whether he’s actually a good guy or a bad guy other than he’s pro life. However, here’s what I do know. What he said was both stupid, but also irrelevant. Yes, I know it was a medically inaccurate statement, as well as a politically absurd thing to say. But if that’s the standards to live by then Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Charlie Rangel, and even Barack Obama himself should all be out of jobs. If we were to characterize the authors of ignorant rants such as this than DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Shultz would look like Steven King with all her dark and demented tales of horror. And if stupid comments were a crime, Joe Biden would be sentenced to life without parole. But the Left doesn’t play by those rules, so why should we?
The reason his statement is irrelevant is because everyone already knew his position on abortion. That position is that we shouldn’t be killing babies for any reason, period. His statement hasn’t changed his position at all. He hasn’t suggested that his position has suddenly “evolved” for purely political reasons the way other politicians (insert Obama’s name here) have recently done. Those from Missouri whose primary focus is strictly based on social issues are still going to vote the same way they had intended regardless of his statement. Those whose primary focus is the economy will still do the same. Certainly, there will be a few votes here and there that swing against him, but most people are smart enough to understand by now that there are much larger issues at stake than just this singular gaffe. After all, if gaffes generated the proverbial stake through the heart affect, Biden would surely represent Obama’s Van Helsing.
As long as he’s staying, it’s the people of Missouri who will get to decide whether or not he is still the best candidate for the job. Quite frankly, if you look at how poorly McCaskill was fairing in the polls prior to this blunder, I’d be amazed if that’s all it took for her to pull this one out. She hasn’t exactly been a stellar performer herself. Regardless, I’m really getting fed up with conservatives handicapping themselves with unrealistic expectations of perfection from all of our candidates. Romney wasn’t necessarily my first pick of contenders, but I’m more than willing to overlook whatever blemishes he might have. After all, a few scars are nothing when compared to the horrible monster that otherwise awaits. When it comes to Senate races, I’m sure the good people of Missouri will feel the same way.