But we do. This time it's Representative Todd Akin, Republican from Missouri. He's anti-abortion. No matter the circumstances which might have caused a pregnancy - like rape. After all, he tells us, he understands from doctors that pregnancy resulting from rape is really rare and that if it's a 'legitimate' rape a woman's body can sense it and halt the pregnancy.
I'm not going to get into the breast beating about the horrors of rape and how demeaning this is to women. Enough others are handling that. What I wonder is how a grown man, regardless of his occupation, can be so ill informed this day and age! What's worse is that he actually seems to believe it! Whew!
I'll be generous and assume he misunderstood the doctors with whom he spoke. If I weren't being generous I'd assume he spoke to no one, what's more a doctor, because this is what he wants to believe for what ever reason. Apparently it doesn't have to be based on fact, but then politicians have trouble with facts all the time.
He even supported rewording circumstances for federally funded programs to provide abortions only for cases of 'forcible' rape versus 'ordinary' (my word) rape such as statutory rape. I don't blame women for being upset. I don't blame every one who is upset for being upset. And I fully support every one who is calling for him to step down from the senatorial race against Claire McCaskill. He should step down from office, period.
What apalls me most though is that he is a congressman in the first place. He helps make the laws we live with. I've often complained that too many in congress are totally ignorant of the subject matter and blind to the potential unintended consequences of the legislation they write and pass.
There is no better example of ignorance than this. Yet he resists stepping down. He is either monumentally stupid, monumentally arrogant or both. This affront to intellect has no party boundaries. Both sides have members of an equal level. It's just that Akin is the most recent to put his foot in it. Don't accept the apology. He doesn't mean it.
Don't reward him with any more time in office. He doesn't deserve it. And we can't afford him or any more like him.