No one in America today is less popular than Republican Todd Akin, who said “legitimate rape” rarely ends in pregnancy because women can cause some sort of self-abortion to occur in their bodies when such tragedy happens. As we reported yesterday morning, it was a ridiculous thing to both say and/or believe.
The fallout: the GOP has pulled back its financial support for his candidacy, and top party brass are either calling for him to drop out, or insinuating that he should.
But I’m a little confused as to Brendan Doherty’s reaction to the news … his campaign told the Providence Journal that Akin should suspend his campaign, according to its report, but it told Ted Nesi he should “drop out.”
It’s well worth noting that the AP reports that it was a call to drop out, but yesterday morning he told WPRO he had no comment until he knew more about it, which later in the day it reported he was “echoing” another Republican’s sentiments, according to its account.
Which is it? I think Rhode Islanders would want him to be pretty solid on such an issue – especially since he’s selling himself as the candidate of morality.
One of the reasons Rhode Island shouldn’t send Brendan Doherty to Congress is because of the people he will have to caucus with while there … if he can’t even call on a complete fool like Todd Akin to get out of politics altogether, what will he – and we – be forced to live with once he needs such people’s support?