Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is it any wonder Americans hate politics?

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).
In her column titled, Self-preservation meet cynicism, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus discusses the questionable responses of members of both parties to Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s now infamous comment on the topic of women and rape:

Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s remarks about women not becoming pregnant from “legitimate rape” are so self-evidently offensive and ignorant they scarcely require a response. What merits more attention is what the episode exposes about the most fundamental of political instincts: self-preservation.

Start with Akin. The six-term congressman now running for the Senate posted a Facebook statement Sunday, explaining that he “misspoke” in making an “off-the-cuff” remark.

Marcus concludes her column by asking, “Is it any wonder Americans hate politics?”


  1. No. It's not any wonder.

    And with all this meddling in one party's primary by the other party real, viable, choices are never allowed to surface. Such that one wonders if we will ever see brave leaders again.

    1. Hi SYD,

      Where have you been? I've missed you!

    2. I try to stay away from politics these days. For my own sanity. NO sense getting worked up when the choices are so bleak.

    3. I agree. I don't even feel motivated to vote, but there has to be a solution to this. It's unbelievable that a country this large and successful can't produce political leaders better than the current mediocre crop of Democrats and Republicans.