That didn’t take long. The DNC is already hanging Todd Akin’s idiotic “legitimate rape” comment around Romney’s neck in a fundraising blast today:
Now, Akin’s choice of words isn’t the real issue here. The real issue is a Republican party — led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan — whose policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong.
I’m outraged at the Republicans trying to take women back to the dark ages — if you agree, join me in taking a stand for women.
Really, it’s deeply concerning that Republicans continue to support legislation that is, quite literally, dangerous for women.
Mitt Romney famously says he would “get rid of” federal funding for Planned Parenthood if he had the chance. His running mate, Paul Ryan, was one of more than 200 Republican cosponsors of a piece of legislation that would have narrowed the definition of rape.
Republicans have a major problem on their hands, and not just because this could destroy the possibility of a Republican majority in the Senate, as John and Jonathan explained earlier. If Akin steps down from the race but keeps his congressional seat, Democrats will continue to use him as an example of the House GOP’s alleged extremism on abortion. They’ll make him the face of the “war on women” they claim is taking place in congress — which they’re trying to tie to Paul Ryan.
This clearly has the Romney campaign spooked, since Mitt Romney issued a second repudiation of Akin’s comment today:
In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin’s recent comment on rape is “inexcusable.”
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
Romney’s doing the best he can under the circumstances. But the Democratic Party is anxious to run on anything other than Obama’s record, and it’s going to milk everything it can out of this scandal.