Six term GOP Congressman Todd Akin, the candidate for a seat in the U.S. Senate from Missouri stepped in it when defending his position on abortion and rape by saying that ""If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." The news media went crazy. Don't you wish they paid the same attention to what V.P. Joe Biden and Obama's surrogates are saying?
As is so often the case when a Republicans says or does something dumb, GOP leaders were out front denouncing the act. Mitt Romney responded to Aiken's remarks:
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong...Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive...“What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.””Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Senate Campaign Committee called for Akin to reconsider his candidacy and pulled funding from his campaign. GOP Senators and candidates in races across the country condemned his remarks.
Obama even got into the act calling Akin's comment "offensive."
Where are the Democrats denouncing Biden and Obama's Negative Campaign?
So, where are the Democrats denouncing Joe Biden for suggesting that Romney would put black people "in chains," "y'all?" Biden is the Vice President of the United States not some senate candidate from Missouri. When did Obama denounce his surrogates who repeatedly talk of Romney as a white racist or suggest his is "niggerizing" Obama? What about the Obama Pac linking Mitt Romney to the death of a woman from cancer years after her husband was laid off by a firm Bain Capital owned? Or what about Obama's campaign which suggested Romney was a felon? Or Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid using the Floor of the United States Senate to pass along a smear suggesting Romney had not paid income tax?
Obama Denies His Campaign is Negative or Uses Smears
In that same Press Conference where Obama found Akin's comments "offensive" he was not able to similarly condemn Democrats, even those in his own campaign. When it was pointed out that his campaign called Mitt Romney a "felon," Obama denied it. "“Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon,” he said. Yet, here's the statement from Stepanie Cutter, the Obama Campaign spokesperson:
“Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature, was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid responsibility for some of the consequences of his investments.”It's pretty clear here who is avoiding responsibility. Can you think of any recent example where Obama and his team have condemned the over the top offensive statements coming from their supporters or other Dem candidates? No. As I have said often, Republicans are first in line to clean up the mess when a GOP candidate errs. Democrats leave the garbage in the middle of the room and let it stink!
Romney and Ryan and the GOP leadership prove once again that they hold fellow Republicans to a high standard. What a shame the same cannot be said of Obama and the Democrats!