The Republicans are really trying their best to win women over. Missouri Representative Todd Akin made some terrible comments about “legitimate rape” in the context of his pro-life stance. While it has been often repeated elsewhere, Akin expressed some backwards views on what constitutes the circumstances for an abortion. Obviously, this would result in a furor.
The backlash has been so great, that even Mitt Romney has called for Akin to stop his campaign. Today, he refused. This illustrates how much the far right is out of control. If Republican party leaders can’t reign in their most extreme members, then what kind of discipline is that? The Republican party can accept the support of the unenlightened parts of their base, yet not check them when they spew their most asinine assertions. In a national context, it is a nuisance. But locally, where elected conservatives can legislate their biases it is downright scary.
What say you?