What is it about Republicans and rape? Todd Akin got it all started, but since his infamous “legitimate rape” rap, it seems like his peers in GOPland have been trying to one up him with stunning regularity. (Take a look at this Daily Kos GOP rape advisory chart if you don’t believe me; it’s snarky, sure, but it’s also on the money.) The latest slap in the face to rape victims was the pronouncement by Richard Mourdock, the GOP senatorial candidate from Indiana, who believes that pregnancy resulting from rape is a gift from God.
Mourdock’s accidental honesty about what he really believes was bad enough that at first blush it might seem like Missouri will have to surrender pride of place to Indiana when it comes to misogynistic nuttjobery. At this rate, Rep. Akin will lose his place as the premiere bogyman Democrats use to scare loose change out contributors’ pockets. Maybe the next fund-raising e-mail will dangle before me the horror that is Richard Mourdock.
But never fear, Todd has gone and done ’em all one better. He doesn’t just talk the talk, he walks the walk. What I’m referring is his arrest record during the eighties. We now learn that he was arrested at least three times for obstructing patients trying to enter clinics for abortions.
Bad as it is to try to impose your will on women who are exercising their legal rights, what’s even worse is the fact that, to steal a line from Sarah Palin, he was paling around with terrorists – and I mean the hardcore, homegrown variety:
… As Salon reported this morning, the previously disclosed arrest ties Akin to a radical antiabortion activist who was a member of a right-wing militia – which Akin praised in a letter – and who was later convicted of inciting violence against abortion doctors. BuzzFeed also reported today that Akin used his state representative office to defend a pro-life activist who was later convicted of battery against an abortion clinic nurse.
Akin seems to have tried to deny these politically inconvenient relationships, but the evidence is pretty clear that he was hand-in-glove with a group of fanatics who advocated violence. One example:
… Tim Dreste, the milita’s chaplain and captain, whom Akin worked with in the pro-life movement and who, as it turns out, may even have been arrested along with him. Dreste was one of the most infamous anti-abortion activists in the state, known for threatening abortion doctors, leading several invasions of abortion clinics in the late 1980s, and apparently celebrating the murder of abortion doctor David Gunn in 1993.
Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas. I don’t know about you, but thinking about this man in the Senate is scary stuff. I’ve always just laughed at Akin’s dim-witted excess, but, as far as those fund-raising emails go, this guy could inspire me to visit Claire McCaskill with a little green-backed love.