|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?”