Rep. Akin’s stupid remarks about legitimate rape versus whatever the hell he thinks another kind might be has raged through the media and will be front and center tomorrow. Naturally, Ryan-Romney distanced themselves, with bold and forceful timidity, saying they don’t agree with Akin:
TPM– The position is somewhat consistent for Romney, who has said he favors making abortion illegal except in the case of rape, incest or “to save the life of the mother.” Before he ran for president in 2008, Romney ran as a pro-choice Republican in Massachusetts.
Ryan has been more consistent over the long-term when it comes to abortion, and the rape exemption called for by the Romney campaign would represent a big shift for him. Ryan is among the most socially conservative members of Congress on abortion, favoring a ban even in cases of rape and incest.
It’s always satisfying to make pandering assholes like Mitt Romney own their unpopular policies du jure and have to take a stance (Gasp!). It’s even more fun when it reveals the split between Romney’s boy-toy and the rabid base vs the position favored by the vast, vast majority of voters. Or the paradox of Mr Small Government Paul Ryan, who would literally use the power of the State to force an adolescent to carry rapists’ progeny to term. It’s hard to imagine greater government tyranny than that in 21st century America.
Speaking of fundamentalist religion and ugly politics, isn’t it odd that no one in conservative media has asked this cycle about ‘having a beer’ with Mitt Romney? :::Evil grin:::