Legitimate? Rep. Akin may write a book; Twitter swiftly ‘shuts it down’ with mockery

Zing! Last night, reports surfaced that Rep. Akin is contemplating writing a book once he leaves Congress. Twitchy readers will remember Rep. Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments in which he claimed the female body has a way to “shut that whole thing down” (meaning pregnancy). Also impossible to forget? All the ensuing, and seemingly endless, attention the comments received.

Twitter remembers as well. Twitter users of all political stripes swiftly “shut down” the thought of a book with good, old-fashioned and legitimate mockery.

And, sales may be shut down before the book is even published, by the looks of it.

Heh.

  • scubaski00

    “Legitimate Rape For Dummies?”

  • Shawn Smith

    I’ll take the Democrats’ outrage over Republicans saying insensitive things about rape seriously when Bill Clinton is persona non grata and Ted Kennedy is reviled instead of admired.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      Very different cases. Bill Clinton was a horrible person, but even you will admit to the prosperous economy we enjoyed under his tenure. We weren’t outraged at what they said. We were outraged that you continued to support people who don’t know basic biology. That you continue to support someone who said that rape was a gift from God. That is what is outrageous.

      • Shawn Smith

        No one said “rape was a gift from God”, and to pretend that is despicable dishonesty. He said that even in those circumstances, the life of that child is a gift from God.

        Tell you what, I know someone who has a child by rape. I’ve never talked with her about it, but I’m pretty sure she hates the circumstances, but loves him. (He’s now about 10 years old.) To be entirely consistent, why don’t I introduce you, and you tell him he has no right to exist.

        If Obama’s team made this election about the economy, then you might have a point, but while avoiding the economy at all costs, one of their big points was this “war on women.” Harboring a sexual predator like Bill Clinton while decrying a “war on women” is utter hypocrisy.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          It’s not automatic that you get an abortion if you get pregnant by a rapist. Someone doesn’t just show up at your door. It’s about having the choice available and allowing the woman to decide whether or not she has that child. I don’t think less of anyone who decides to keep their children. I just think it is ridiculous for legislators to decide for women what their options are.

          And maybe you didn’t hear this, but this weekend, consumers spent over 13% more than they did last year this weekend. A billion dollars were spent online shopping. So that sounds like your argument that we are all going to be in the poorhouse sound a little stupid, right?

          And Honey, as I said, I never defended Clinton’s gross personal behavior. And for you to think that a man on his personal time having an affair or two to legislators trying to deny women equal health care options nationwide is not only ridiculous, it’s hyper-ridiculous.

          • Shawn Smith

            This wasn’t “an affair or two” this was a persistent pattern of sexual harassment, possibly going as far as rape . . . you know, that thing that is so terrible for Republicans to say stupid things about, but perfectly fine for Democrats to actually do.

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        So we should let the Bush tax cuts expire for everyone then and go back to the Clinton years?

      • Pater Tempus

        I disagree with your assessment of Clinton, Michael….Clinton never said stupid things about rape. Oh and by the way, it wasn’t Akin who said rape was a gift from God, it was the equally reprehensible Richard Mourdock of Indiana.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          I didn’t say he did. I said that to compare Clinton to Murdoch or Akin is ridiculous.

        • Shawn Smith

          No, Clinton never made stupid statements about rape. He just raped a woman. Apparently if you support abortion, that’s fine with modern day feminists. Juanita Broaddrick, if you want to learn more.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      I think most people deep down know that Akin wasn’t coming from a pro-rape or pro-sexual assault.

      But yeah….having that D behind your name makes you immune to a lot of things.

      • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

        No. He just was ignorant of how human anatomy functions.

        • http://www.theconservativevoices.com/ dmacleo

          damn straight
          stress and trauma cannot, no matter what anyone says, interfere with ovulation.
          those that say it can are just trying to justify the research grants or their business practices
          and rape is not stressful nor is it trauma. anyone that says it is lies..

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Since the illiterate are trying to steer your argument away from it’s true intention, I agree that as long as the liberal left ignore Clinton’s rape of Juanita Broddrick and extreme sexual harassment of Paula Jones, or how Teddy Kennedy left Mary Jo Kopechne in a car to drown after being in a submerged car alive until she ran out of air, they have no real point of outrage. Yeah, a six second soundbite about rape is SOOOOOO much worse….smh

    • Armando

      It’s not only democrats, as Twitchy reported: “Twitter users of all political stripes swiftly “shut down” the thought of a book with good, old-fashioned and legitimate mockery”

  • nc

    I wish I could remember who said it this past weekend, but someone on Fox made a great suggestion that all future Republican candidates should first have to attend a “media boot camp.” Too many good candidates have been destroyed because they never learned how to deal with the enemy press. Conservatives need to learn how to “sell” their message better and avoid unnecessary gaffes.

    We have some great media people (think talk radio for example), NOT the “campaign consultant” types, who could teach the classes.

    We need to start thinking out of the box.

    • Shawn Smith

      Facing an increasingly hostile and partisan press is a difficult challenge for the best of people. A conservative politician making the slightest verbal misstep is savaged for it. Meanwhile, Obama can insult every business owner in the country and we’re repeatedly told it doesn’t mean what it very clearly means.

      I honestly don’t know how you can prepare someone to face that. A conservative attempting political change in this country is climbing a rockface while chained to an engine block.

      • michael s

        Maybe if 3 other conservative men didn’t make what’s perceived to be pro rape comments this wouldn’t be an issue. If joy behar only asks what is it with REPUBLICAN men and rape lately? If Karen Hughes says she wants to cut the tongue out of any REPUBLICAN man only,you should ask why.

        • Shawn Smith

          The previous Democratic occupant of the White House was at the *least* a serial sexual harasser and quite possibly a rapist. Any Democrat who gets mad at a Republican for saying something stupid about rape should, to maintain any intellectual integrity, repudiate Bill Clinton completely.

          By the way, how’s Mary Jo Kopechne doing these days? Still dead, huh?

          • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

            Again. No one is saying that Clinton was a saint. But you can’t compare a man who cheated on his wife with men making repeated statements that rape is a gift from God.

            Feel free to compare Newt and Clinton all you want.

          • Shawn Smith

            Are there any credible rape accusations against Gingrich? Has there been a series of women accusing him of sexual harassment? I don’t particularly like the guy’s behavior, but he should at least be acceptable to a liberal’s sexual standards. After all, all of it was consensual. That’s the only thing that matters, right?

            Clinton did not *just* cheat on his wife. He was clearly guilty of repeated sexual harassment, and quite possibly of rape as well. That puts him in an entirely different camp.

          • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

            I don’t recall Akin ever saying it was a gift from God.

          • Pater Tempus

            Nope, that was Richard Mourdock.

          • talkradio200

            Nope, Mourdock didn’t say that either. Try again.

          • Grandma HeadInjury

            The topic isn’t cheating, the topic is rape. Please try to keep up…

          • michael s

            You get no argument from me on Ted Kennedy, the criminal justice system did the Kopechne family wrong? No argument on Bill Clinton either, many people were mad at me when I was for his impeachment.

          • Pater Tempus

            Shawn Smith:

            You sure you wanna play this game? Mary Jo is no more dead than Michael Douglas…..not the actor, but the guy that Laura Welch Bush deliberately t-boned with her car. Yep, our former first lady had her own Chappaquiddick incident…..six years before Ted Kennedy did.

        • Shawn Smith

          And I have less than zero respect for Joy Behar, who was so offended that someone might oppose an “Islamic cultural center” right next to Ground Zero that she walked off stage.

          • Whirlwinder

            Joy is doubly challenged. She is a leftist and doesn’t think and she is ignorant of Islam. After conquering a land, Islam usually builds a mosque on that lands most religious site. See the mosque on the temple mount in Jerusalem or the church turned mosque in Instanbul or the church turned into a mosque in Cordoba and was made a church after Islam was kicked out of Spain in 1492. Incidently, the Ground Zero initiative was dubbed, The Cordoba Initiative bringing the submission of Cordoba to mind for Islam. Screw Joy.

    • erehwon

      It really isn’t all that complicated. JUST STOP TALKING TO THE STATE CONTROLLED MEDIA! Now. Wasn’t that easy? Sarah Palin showed us how to do that. Don’t talk to them, don’t distribute talking points or itineraries, mock them when you are speaking to friendly media.

      If you recall, the mainstream media went boogaloo bug snot nutso when she actively ignored them. They became their own chroniclers of disaster, because their biases shut them out of breaking news.

      What is so hard for our candidates to understand this method? The counter argument is that our ‘message’ won’t get out to the public. You have to ask yourself if your message is getting out now, after being filtered and dirtied by the enemy press and electronic media? By completely ignoring the main stream media, refusing to go appear on their networks, give interviews to their print media, ignore their questions at pressers, our candidates win a PR advantage. Making the point on camera that your shunning of those media is in direct response to their biased reportage.

      Let them get as angry as they want, pout as much as they want, but leave them sucking diesel fumes trying to keep up, as Palin did on her tour across the Northeast. I’m positive that the center right and right affiliated media and most of the new media bloggers and journalists would cooperate in shutting out the hostile members of the traditional liberal media.

      Just a thought, but we all know that whenever a conservative appears in the mainstream media for interviews they are allowing their sworn enemies another shot at destroying them and their campaigns.

      Just.Stop.Talking.To.Them!

      • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

        Um…no one wanted to talk to Palin. She is no longer relevant.

        • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

          (laughs)

          The reactionary left shows otherwise.

          • Pater Tempus

            Reactionaries, by definition, are on the conservative side of the political spectrum.

          • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

            Actually, it’s liberals who use emotion and the easy, fast way. That’s because conservatism is mostly based on logic, whereas liberalism is based largely on fictional outcomes.

      • Pater Tempus

        “Just.Stop.Talking.To.Them!”
        Ummmmm…Sarah Palin could do that because she fled her elective office like a scalded Nixon in the night. You can’t do that while running for office.

        • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

          Comparing Palin to Nixon?

          Just when you think you’ve heard it all from the left.

          So, what about Obama? He left his post in a hurry too.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      Teach them how the human body works. Reminds me of that SNL sketch about GOB feminine products. Designed by old white conservative men. “It is inserted through the butt and attaches to my ovaries. And then my boobs and stuff.”

      • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

        Too much TV?

    • Whirlwinder

      Rush Limbaugh was musing about having a boot camp for Republican candidates before they go into the maw of the leftist, elitist media.

  • Jaynie59

    Example #1,432,857 why Republicans will never win another national election.

    When a Democrat does something stupid or illegal, not just SAYS something stupid but actually does something, all Democrats attack every Republican who brings it up in the the most disgusting, hateful, and spiteful ways. They will lie, cheat steal and kill and other Democrats spew venom at anyone who notices.

    What do Republicans do when another Republican messes up? They can’t WAIT to attack that Republican. Every pundit, every blogger, and now I guess Twitter allows any fool with a smart phone to pile on.

    Yup. That’s the way to win over the culture! Great job guys!

    • Pater Tempus

      Jaynie….if what you say is true, then why are Jim McGreevey, Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner all out of a job, but David Vitter is still in the Senate?

  • Timothy Noonan

    Just a suggestion – If the GOP wants to win a national stage again, stop nominating the Akin and Mourdock types of candidate. Your fiscal conservative message is lost by, frankly archaic, religious rhetoric and beliefs.

    • Shawn Smith

      Christianity is archaic, huh? So a philosophy which endures for 2,000 years is “archaic”, but Socialism, a philosophy which is utterly collapsing within 100 years of its serious implementation, is vibrant and life-giving.

      Interesting . . . let me ponder that.

      • Timothy Noonan

        Ponder away. Try to even think outside of the catechism you have been subjected to.

        • Shawn Smith

          Let’s try this again: As far as I can extract meaningful content from your words at all, you’re saying an idea is false because it is old. (You don’t use this word because moral relativists avoid such stark terms as true or false, but by dismissing it so, that’s what you’re saying. BTW, have you been “subjected to” a secular, atheistic catechism, or are an atheist’s ideas inherently original while a religious person’s are, by definition, copied and pasted?)

          First point, Euclid’s Elements are even older than the New Testament, but they are still demonstrably true. Other work has been built on that foundation, but they remain true.

          Second point, how old does something have to be to be “archaic” and therefore untrue? The U.S. constitution is over 200 years old. Is it therefore no longer valid? Does my posting this later than yours make your post less relevant and true?

          Is it possible that such chronological snobbery (to borrow a phrase from C.S. Lewis) is making you arrogant and unwilling to learn from history?

          • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

            What he is saying is true. There are not enough “christian” conservatives to win anymore. Pandering to them is not a way to win anymore. You actually have to be inclusive rather than demonizing everyone who doesn’t subject themselves to your religious dogma.

          • Shawn Smith

            Can you tell the difference between “pandering” to a constituency and standing on principles you believe to be true?

          • Timothy Noonan

            Archaic – Children are gifts from god even if conception occured via rape and/or incest. No they are not. If children were “gifts” then having a child out of wed-lock would NEVER be a mistake. Yet the Christian right, and left for that matter, still believes that.

            Archaic – Embryonic stem cell research is taking a life. No, it is not. if you are against the killing of an ex vivo embryo then protest all in vitro fertilizations.

            Archaic – All human life sacred. Yet the death penalty exists despite “Thou shalt not kill”. I have never seen caveats to that one.

            Archaic – Homosexuality is a choice. No more of a choice than heterosexuality. Do you remember that day you finally made your choice? Sexuality is innate to the person as made by their creator(s).

            If you believe in all of those archaic beliefs, that is fine, just do not make laws for ALL Americans to follow when the majority of us do not believe in that ideology.

    • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

      Didn’t we try that with Mitt Romney and John McCain?

      “Social liberalism always begets fiscal liberalism.”—Jason Lewis

      • Timothy Noonan

        No try, just did not. McCain was done in by Rove in 2000, then by the Palin selection and his economy comment at collapse of the banks and AIG in SEP 2008. Romney was an undefined entity. GOP best shot nationally would be a Giuliani type but can run on more than being the 9/11 Mayor, which he did a great job at. The 2012 GOP primary was a clown show frankly and people who had a serious shot and were intriguing, Huntsman Pawlenty, were done in by extreme right-wing, christian ideology.

        • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

          Well, there’s no such thing as a fiscal conservative who is socially liberal. If you are a republican who is socially liberal, it will mean more spending. There’s really no way around it.

          I think that Pawlenty or Santorum would have a great chance to win the election, now that I’ve seen how it turned out.

          It may be best though to go back to federalism on the social issues and let the states decide. If we do that, we take a lot of the wind out of the sails of the liberal activists and put them on fringe.

          I’m pretty sure that is how the Founders would have dealt with it.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Santorum! He was the biggest theocrat and would have been crushed worse than Romney was. There are too many legal issues, rightly or wrongly, linked with social issues that we can no longer leave social issues to whims of states. Especially if the states leave the decisions to a vote.

            I think the Founders were a lot more progressive than you and took on as much change as they could. Revolution was already an extremely progressive action.

          • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

            3 million republican voters stayed at home, 400,000 in VA, CO, FL and OH. They show up, Obama loses the electoral college.

            You kind of missed my point. Those 3 million republicans and possibly PA would have gone to Santorum. That means we win.

            Romney didn’t get a big chunk of liberal northern whites by being see as “Massachusetts Mitt” or “Moderate Mitt”.

            Minus someone like Reagen, it doesn’t matter to liberal feminists or social activists how moderate the GOP guy is because the left will always go further, spend more and promise more.

            That’s how we lose.

          • Timothy Noonan

            If the lack of GOP voter is true, then it was due to an uninspiring and fluid candidate. Romney was more obscure of a candidate than Kerry was in 2004: which the 2012 election is an inverse model of. Santorum lost his Senate seat in PA and would have not done any better than Romney. Santorum might have caused NC to go to Obama.

            President Obama was ripe to be defeated, like Bush in 2004, I voted for him 2008 and I can easily admit that. The GOP, like the Democrats in 2004, presented a poor field of candidates and selected someone who was a bigger weather vane than Kerry. The 2008 Romney might have beat the 2012 Obama but that Romney was shaken away, like the etch-a-sketch candidate his own campaign dubbed him.

            Honestly, if a GOP candidate, stated abortion should be kept legal but educate folks on birth control, said DOMA should overturned and gay and straight couples should enjoy the same rights and privileges, that GOP person would probably win handily.

          • http://www.vatican.va/ Rulz

            No, they would not. Half the country easily opposes so-called “gay marriage” on any given day especially with the white population losing its majority, and the House may be as pro-life as its ever been in the last 2 years since Roe v Wade

            The GOP needs to let the individual states, I think, decide the social and family issues and pound away at fiscal matters. Moving to the left will not help the GOP in any way.

          • Timothy Noonan

            Actually is is more like 60% for or indifferent to marriage for ALL Americans. The House only reflects how the districts are drawn and the divisive nature of the US. You can easily be pro-life but leave the decision to the individual, on person’s morality should not decide another’s morality. If the GOP stays where they are then the Presidency and very likely, Senate, will stay Democrat for the foreseeable future. Cheers!

          • TheOriginalDonald

            even IF the GOP caves into the anti-life cabal with population the way it is it wouldn’t matter.

          • TheOriginalDonald

            nope, said GOP candidate would get crushed just like Linda McMahon

          • Timothy Noonan

            I should have stated the said GOP candidate must also know something about issues and policy. McMahon was done in by her own lack of knowledge of issues despite buying name recognition beyond wrestling. She stated she was pro-choice more out of desperation.

          • TheOriginalDonald

            Scott Brown was defeated by Fauxcahontas. Enjoy your year’s supply of Rice-A-Roni

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    He didn’t form his thoughts well. Sorry about that.

    Did you know that Roe(as in Roe v. Wade) was told to say that she’d conceived her baby in rape and therefore needed an abortion?

    Is life only sacred when conceived in okay situations?

    • Shawn Smith

      You make the mistake of assuming that liberals think life is sacred at all. A true moral relativist (the core of modern liberalism) does not hold anything sacred. Everything must instead be judged by how useful it is to a desired end.

  • Guest

    I hope Missourians enjoy McCaskill for another SIX years. Just remember November should she sit by or even help Obama bypass their fiesty little proposition to ban the health care mandate.

    Short of WI local elections, the Midwest should be ashamed and embarrassed of itself for what went down on Nov. 6 and I for one don’t want to hear any more nonsense about how their states west of the Dakotas are part of the same “heartland” that Oklahoma and Nebraska are.

  • Guest

    I hope Missourians enjoy McCaskill for another SIX years. Just remember
    November should she sit by or even help Obama bypass their fiesty little
    proposition to ban the health care mandate.

    Short of WI local elections, the Midwesterners who voted dem should be ashamed and
    embarrassed of itself for what went down on Nov. 6 and I for one don’t
    want to hear any more nonsense about how their states west of the
    Dakotas are part of the same “heartland” that Oklahoma and Nebraska are.