Romney Busted – Proud to Have Endorsement of Akin Rape Doctor in 2007

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” – Todd Akin

It turns out, and this is no surprise to anyone with an above-room-temperature IQ, that Mitt Romney is insincere in his repudiation of Missouri Republican Todd Akin. Moreover, it turns out that the Republican Party as a whole, which has largely banded together to oust the man who says “legitimate”  rape victims don’t get pregnant, isn’t sincere in its repudiation, either.

There is the matter of legislation, which as Sarah Jones pointed out here yesterday, tends to argue against their sincerity. Actions, as the saying goes, speak louder than words. But that’s not all. Yesterday developed into a sort of ” perfect storm”  for Republican denials as several factors coalesced to clearly reveal them for the liars and hypocrites they are.

You see, CNN reported yesterday that “Republicans drafting their party’s official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.”

And they didn’t even have to think about it: “The party’s official stance on abortion was approved after just a few minutes of discussion. The language in the platform must be voted on before the full Republican Convention next week, though Republicans say it is all but certain to pass.” It is a platform this morning’s New York Times editorial in an understatement calls “extremist”  and “mean-spirited and intolerant” so you can be sure it will pass.

What was that Mitt Romney was saying about Todd Akin’s anti-abortion stance where rape is concerned?

“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”

Even if there was a constitutional ban on abortion for any reason whatsoever?

But Romney became even firmer in his rejection of Akin and his doctor. That stance then evolved into a much firmer and unequivocal “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.” As Romney told National Review Online in a phone interview, “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

“I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”

Romney’s campaign can claim that “It’s not at all uncommon to have slight differences between the platform and the nominee” but it turns out, reports the LA Times, that the “Doctor behind Todd Akin’s rape theory was a Romney surrogate in 2007,” leading to questions as to just how much Romney does disagree with Akin, if at all.

According to the Times:

[A]rchives from Romney’s previous presidential bid show that the Massachusetts Republican has historically supported the person who is the source of Akin’s theory, Dr. Jack C. Willke, the father of the antiabortion movement.

Wilke himself is a physician and as the Times goes on to say, “former president of the National Right to Life Committee.” He has written a book on the subject and maintains a website,, dedicated to propagating his lies.

Romney knew all this when he bragged about Wllke’s endorsement in 2007.

And this isn’t icky lying liberals talking, this is Mitt Romney’s campaign bragging:

“Dr. Willke is a leading voice within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda,” the Romney campaign said in an October 2007 statement.

“I am proud to have the support of a man who has meant so much to the pro-life movement in our country,” Romney said in the statement. “He knows how important it is to have someone in Washington who will actively promote pro-life policies. Policies that include more than appointing judges who will follow the law but also opposing taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion.”

On top of all this, CNN also reported yesterday that “The Republican Party’s platform committee on Tuesday rejected a measure that would have expressed formal support for same-sex civil unions.”

Let’s recap:

So the GOP as a whole feels pretty much the way Akin feels and has for some time, as their legislation proves, but Akin went and opened his mouth at a sensitive time and got busted for it despite Fox News’  best efforts to hush it up, at which point they all piled onto Akin, condemning him for advertising the fact that they are all insensitive louts; Romney, already on shaky ground with voters, is not least among them and even the Akin-loving Ryan joins in. But then the GOP, unable to stop the tidal wave of hatred they set in motion and broiling up now from below, shoots itself in the foot with its platform and Romney gets busted for lying about how he really feels about rape victims.

It’s as if they all collectively shook their Etch A Sketches and hoped for the best (clicking heels together is so New Deal-ish, after all).

But the best isn’t going to happen.

Is it any wonder then that Tropical Storm Isaac is “on track to hit Florida next week, when Republicans gather in Tampa”?

AFP tells us that according to Dennis Feltgen of the US National Weather Service.”It is too early to determine what, if any, impacts might be experienced in the Tampa area next week during the RNC,” and that Meteorologist Jeffrey Masters said via email that “It would take a ‘perfect storm’ sort of conditions to all fall in place to bring (the tropical storm) to the doorstep of Tampa as a hurricane during the convention, but that is one of the possibilities the models have been suggesting could happen.”

But if it did, if a category 1 hurricane put the convention center under 20 feet of water, would the Republican Party then admit to the possibility that God is just an teensy weensy bit pissed at them?

Awe, who are we kidding. Even if they did, they would just interpret it to mean God thought they weren’t being extreme enough. Because as we all know, and let’s recite it together: “There is no crime for those who have Christ.”

12 Replies to “Romney Busted – Proud to Have Endorsement of Akin Rape Doctor in 2007”

  1. These people give me the chills. They are absolutely nuts, down to my last young female relative, whp os convinced that Obama is a mean bastard who will MAKE her pay a penalty because her employer doesn;t offer healthcare (she and her husband have one son) and “howis that fair?” It never occurs to the poor deluded girl that NOT having heakthcare for all is what is ‘not fair,
    and that she and her son deserve better. So who will she vote for? The people who will take away HER rights as a female, and start another war, and tax her more. There is no reasoning with these people.
    I’m praying for that perfect storm…they do seem to hold ‘signs’ in high regard, although none of my GOP-leaning relatives appear to be particularly…

  2. The GOP convention in Tampa could be hit by a hurricane.
    Congressman Todd Akin’s GOP fan club broke up today. The guy died.
    (Reconfigured from a one liner by Phyllis Diller, may the funny lady RIP)
    Hurricane Akin may hit Tampa during the RNC next week; or it could change course.

    The GOP elite, the Tampa fathers, and the commercial vendors ae all praying to be saved from Akin’s wrath.

    Unfortunately, the dominant GOP evangelicals are praying to the Old Testament God, a vengeful diety that brooks no opposition; a diety that makes Seinfeld’s soup nazi resemble Mother Theresa.

    GOP Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell fears Hurrican Akin may travel up to DC, destroying his Senate office, and the…

  3. For God’s sake, don’t pray for such a storm!!! We don’t live very far from Tampa, and such a storm would likely make us homeless and destroy any chance of having a future!

    Also, they will just say “The DEVIL is trying to prevent us from obeying God!!!” and they would become more vicious and militant. That’s the way these people think. Hardship doesn’t deter them… you have to stop them in their tracks.

    The only thing I know that comes close to doing that is embarrassment, and as long as the media refuses to be truthful, that’s not going to happen. Oh, and the courts have been successful so far at stopping them, as long as the judges obey the law and aren’t driven by religious or conservative ideology.

  4. .. and the taj mahal he has built for his hoped for Senate majority caucus.

    Mike Huckabee, Hannity and Coulter have traveled directly into the eye of the hurricane, which originally formed in Missouri. Only Huck can explain how a hurricane could take off in Missouri. Huck can explain almost everything.

    The Akin storm path remains the great unkown; or as Donald Rumsfeld (Rummy) often said:
    “There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.”

    Only the delicate flower, the knowledgeable ABC meteorologist Ginger Zee really knows.

    This feeble attempt at…

  5. Remember when Republicans were praying for a hurricane to hit during the DNC and then one did hit…

    during the RNC?

    God speaks, but they don’t hear her.

  6. Romney/Ryan and repubs are batshit mad.
    They want – no controls on banks.
    No controls on big oil/polution.
    No controls on corporate greed.
    They also do want – 100% control of womens bodies/vaginas.

  7. As i read these articles concerning the extremist viewpoints i am so hopefull, that this is what it will take for all women to wake up and vote the ‘american taliban’ out of office and into obscurity, Go women and show what what happens when you mess with the ‘voters’ that outnumber the male voters.

  8. Just read on DU, people are still talking about Mitt’s aborted fetus company, they seem to think that he is still making big money on it and that it is one reason for his fear of showing his tax returns.

  9. Hear ye, Hear ye, women are smarter than men I hope. If women vote for woman haters OMG! SHCCCC

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