Chair Of the GOP’s Doctor Caucus (!!): Todd Akin Was Kind Of Right About Legitimate Rape

“Oh man, you know what else we never talk about anymore? That time back in 2006 when I told Stephen Colbert that the Iraq War was the greatest war our nation has ever engaged in and the entire nation laughed at me.”

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:

  •  He’s the Chairman of the Republican Healthcare Public Affairs Team (Oooh, that’s a two-fer! Not sure which he’s less adept at: healthcare or public affairs)
  • He’s also the Chairman of the Healthcare Reform Subcommittee of the Republican Policy Committee
  • Aaaand, he’s also the Co-Chair of the Medical and Dental Doctors in Congress Caucus


4 Responses to Chair Of the GOP’s Doctor Caucus (!!): Todd Akin Was Kind Of Right About Legitimate Rape

  1. Tracey


    So… if you're lucky enough to get legitimately raped before you ovulate, you won't get pregnant, right? I'll just have to time my legitimate rapes carefully.

    • Tracey — Very good thinking, the timing insight. I think that's wise.

  2. ktward


    Colbert's "Better Know A District" series is brilliant, and it has indeed come to bite some of these folks in the ass. Which neatly explains why Pelosi, in her Leadership wisdom, banned her merry band from appearing on Colbert. (She genuinely likes Colbert and what he does, no question, but she also knows that some of her own Reps, not just GOP Reps, are stupid as a box of rocks.)

  3. Terry Hallinan


    Linda, you forgot to mention that both men were probably precocious, playing doctor in kindergarten and elementary school.

    Genius gets so little recognition.