Remember that “legitimate rape” thing that imploded Todd Akin’s political career and then pretty much faded out of the news cycle back in August? Well apparently Tea Party Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) was feeling a little nostalgic about that moment in Republican history, because he decided to bring it up again.
Which — when you think about it — is basically like Bill Clinton waking up one day in 2009 and being like, “Hey Hill, you know what we haven’t talked about in forever? Monica Lewinksy. Seriously, remember that chick??? Oh man, good times, good times. LOL.”
And Gingrey didn’t just bring it up again, he actually defended Akin’s comments:
[Todd Akin] said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation’ — and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.’ That’s what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don’t find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that.
Gingrey, an OB-GYN physician since 1975, went on to explain that, since he had often advised infertile women not to be “so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate,” then obviously the opposite must be true and women who are sufficiently terrified of their rapists cannot get pregnant. Therefore, Akin “was partially right wasn’t he? …And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”
And naturally, because the gods of irony are always so generous to snarky political bloggers, Gingrey is on all sorts of hilariously inappropriate House committees, such as: