The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Budd McLaughlin

August 22, 2012

With idiots like these, election season now high comedy

ATHENS — “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

— Martin Luther King Jr.

Every four years, I start to really enjoy this time of year.

It’s not because I know the dog days of summer are winding down. It’s not because the grass starts growing a little slower, which luckily, it has.

It’s because we’re in the midst of a contentious election cycle, and verbal missteps by Democratic and Republican candidates are being made in droves. It’s high comedy you don’t have to pay for.

Consider the case of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is currently battling Democrat Claire McCaskill in a Senate race. Akin made news late last week by erroneously stating that women’s bodies have the ability to prevent pregnancies in the case of “forcible rape.”

Isn’t all rape forcible?

Not surprisingly, Akin’s in the hot seat and his own party is contemplating replacing him on the November ballot. The deadline to exit the ballot was 5 p.m. Tuesday, and Akin issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he had no intention of stepping aside.

Akin apologized for his comments via video on Tuesday, but did not apologize for being a complete imbecile. In case you haven’t heard, here’s what Akin told a St. Louis television station during an interview:

"It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin said.

Shut the whole thing down? Do women really have the ability to prevent a pregnancy with mind control, similar to how NASA has the ability to abort a rocket launch? What doctors has Akin been talking to? Podiatrists? Dermatologists?

Whatever doctors Akin received his erroneous information from clearly have no understanding of the female reproductive system. Sex education wasn’t offered at any public school I ever attended, but I pretty much knew about the birds and bees thanks to healthy doses of uncensored playground banter.

Perhaps Akin, or the doctors who explained to him that women have the ability to reject a man’s seed subconsciously, should enroll in some sort of course that explains how the reproductive system works.

What an idiot.

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