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10 Worst Political Quotes of 2012

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2. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that down.”

–Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.

Todd Akin didn’t just sink his own political career when he declared that women’s ladyparts had laser beams that could destroy rapist sperm. He became the poster boy for the Republican Party’s war on women’s rights. Here was a U.S. Congressman, a man who wanted to be a senator, who didn’t have a rudimentary understanding of women’s reproductive systems — and he was not going to let that ignorance keep him from outlawing abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

What lay beneath this quote’s surface is almost as impressive. Akin used “legitimate” in his statement, which he said he regretted; he actually meant to use “forcible,” because Republicans had been working to outlaw federal funds for abortion in cases of “non-forcible” rape, like statutory rape, or rape by coercion — a bill sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the GOP’s nominee for vice president. Furthermore, Akin was repeating an oft-cited myth from the anti-choice side; it’s much easier to ban abortion in cases of rape and incest if women who’ve “legitimately” been raped can’t conceive. It means that all the women seeking abortions weren’t “legitimately” raped, and so they deserve to have childbirth forced on them.

Like Mourdock would later find out, actual human beings don’t draw fine distinctions about what rape is legitimate, or whether God wants to force women to have rape babies. Akin and Mourdock both lost their bids for the Senate, helping keep the body in Democratic hands for at least two more years. You see, Missouri and Indiana women had ways to shut those campaigns down.

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5:28PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Lolz politics.

1:16PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

some of these were just so ignorant it was almost painful

12:10PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Hey everybody. Just wanted to know why we're all arguing? Believe it or not some of us like to read these comments for an actual response to the argument, but arguments in the comments section make that difficult for us to do. If you disagree with someone, think inside your head "wow. I completely disagree and this person may well be a total idiot." If you agree, send them a star. If that doesn't suffice, tell a family member what you're thinking, or at very most shoot that person a message telling them what you think of them. But the rest of us innocent internet folks do not wish to be caught in your crossfire. We're all adults here (except me, I'm only 18) so please act like it. Please and thank you --Imani

5:42PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

As usual rhetoric, 0 substance, debate your insanity any day Toby.

12:23AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Kevin, David reminds me of a Sheriff we used to have who would dispense justice with his fist. In fact he beat a man to death in the jail and got away with it. To many in my R community that act just saved a trial. Shortly after that it was discovered that a two or three year streak of burglarlies was actually our entire police force who had the same take what they wanted... from anyone (except their friends).

Those are the good old days to David... prior to all those socialists that want fair trials and the like. I believe he really thinks we must return to those days, by any means necessary.

10:22PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Yes David, and there was a time where your posts made sense and were worthy of a detailed response. Unfortunately that time appears to have passed.

8:01PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F., I can't help myself; I simply must say this. How many times does Kevin B. have to explain things to you? After a while, it just gets old and obviously, it's not sinking in anyway.

5:49PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Kevin, there was a time when you would explain why I’m wrong, not just say I’m wrong.

3:20PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Where did politicians go to school? And what planet do they live on? Because it's obvious that they are not "one of us."

3:04PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F.- You lost the November presidential elections and all of your posturing and outrgeous nonsensical pontificating and blustering does not change that simple fact (oh and watch it with the nasty mouth when you talk to Pam).

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