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Todd Akin has written a book “Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom,” and the first order of business on his book tour is to un-apologize for saying he was sorry two years ago in his campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent. The Republican Congressman had actually said that there was a distinction between real rape (“legitimate”) and pretend rape, when women are just looking to cash in on free abortions. In real rape, goes his twisted logic, God suddenly steps in and “shuts that whole thing down.” The “whole thing” is a women’s reproductive system. Once the media started to hammer him for his ridiculous claim, Akin appeared on television to apologize in order to salvage votes. But it was too little, too late. McCaskill won big, giving Akin ample opportunity for reflection. In all of that time, what he has come up with is that he isn’t sorry after all. He believes his assertion to be, um, legitimate.
Bottom line: You’d think he’d be happy to be yesterday’s news.
Boehner on calls for Obama’s impeachment: “I disagree.”
— Sabrina Siddiqui (@SabrinaSiddiqui) July 9, 2014
Bottom line: Why is Sarah Palin still relevant? Oh yeah, because people like me love to write about what an idiot she is.
Bottom line: If this guy runs for executive office again, this column is going to get a lot easier.
“They are part of the propaganda arm of the Obama administration,” D’Souza told Secrets from Philadelphia, about The Times. “It’s their newspaper, and they have a right to rig their list anyway they want, but if they are doing it, people should know,” he said.
Adding insult to injury, on July 1, reporting lackluster sales, Costco pulled the unsold copies from its shelves and returned them to his publisher. To complete the conspiracy trifecta, Google is confusing the title of his film “America” with all sorts of things that are not his book, like this country we live in, and also his 2012 right-wing campaign film, “2016: Obama’s America.” This mix-up had a direct impact on the recent release of D’Souza’s movie based on his new book. It only grossed $2.7 million over July 4 weekend because his fans could not find it among all over the other “America” listings on Google.
Bottom line: Could it be that the Obama administration is really out to get him or is it possible that he just sucks?
Bottom line: Is there a shared humanity to be found beneath the inflammatory political discourse before it’s too late?