Rep. Todd Akin: End Your Senate Campaign Today

Rep. William Todd Akin's offensive fiction regarding rape and pregnancy dictates that he should quit the Missouri senate race today.

Rep. William Todd Akin made remarks that make him unfit and unelectable for the Missouri Senate campaign.

He now famously stated, regarding the possibility of pregnancy resulting from rape, It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

He has claimed that he got rhetorically confused:  "I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize…[the error] was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold.”

Let’s concede that his language got balled up, which, parenthetically, I don’t believe, save the mistake of using the word “legitimate” instead of  “actually a
sexual assault.”

If he now says he does not believe that authentic sexual assault is less prone to cause an unwanted pregnancy, that is a direct contradiction of the sentiment of the original statement. In complex Rhetorical Theory, we call that a “lie.”

It would take a monumental – perhaps uniquely monumental – self-obsession, and a wrong-headed self obsession at that, since this is not in his long-term interest, to stay in the race.

Rep. Akin has brought up the hoary cliché “I’m not a quitter” (Richard Nixon looks good by comparison with his usage);  that is apparently the level of  Akin’s sophistication.

Akin’s opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill , wants him to stay in the
race – of course: she wants to win, and if she loses, she doesn’t care about
the governing quality of the winner.  Few politicians do, to their patriotic shame.

All serious Republicans have urged Akin to step aside, as he has lost the financial backing and good will of all good conservatives.

Before the end of today, Rep. Akin – there is no up-side to remaining in the race, for you or Republicans or the country.


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Professor Vatz teaches political rhetoric at Towson University and is author of The Only Authentic Book of Persuasion
(Kendall Hunt: 2012, 2013)


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Steve August 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
The "Legitimate rape" Doctor endorsed Romney and helped him out in his 2008 campaign. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/pro-life-doctor-john-willke-linked-akin-forcible-rape-claims-endorsed-romney-2007-article-1.1141021#ixzz24DyV5FTw
Sean Tully August 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Dr. Vatz, he didn't listen to you. The problem for the GOP is not so much Atkin, it's that so many others in their party believe essentially the same things.
Daniel Ewald August 22, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Akin is part of the fallout from the GOP selling their political soul to the Christian Right. He's long held those faulty views and the platform for the party is just as misguided.


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