And the fact that he was able to deliver the biggest gaffe of the campaign so far with Joe Biden in the competition is really saying something.
Congressman Akin is pro-life and was asked why he doesn't support abortion even in the case of rape or incest. He answered that pregnancy from rape is extremely rare and explained why. "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body ways to shut that whole thing down."
Wow, now Akin is getting a lot of heat over the term legitimate rape. But, there are cases where women falsely accuse men of rape after consensual sex. So I get that.
After that he lost me. Because according to the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1996 over 32,000 women were impregnated by rapists. It went on to say your chance of getting pregnant by rape is about 5% for girls and women between 12 and 45.
So it's not that rare. Akin has apologized for his comment and claims he mis-spoke. But, the damage is done.
How much damage? Akin was leading in the polls against Senator Claire McCaskill. Somehow I think those numbers are going to flip after the legitimate rape comment.
And if that happens. There goes any hopes of the republicans reclaiming the senate. That's how much damage
And that's why Todd Akin is the leader so far for the gaffe of the year. Sorry Joe, you'll just have to try harder.