21 August, 2012
A new species
Akin is an anti-abortion campaigner. He caused excitement when asked whether abortion should be permitted in the case of rape. Akin's considered view was that pregnancy wasn't a worry for a woman who had been raped because 'if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut the whole thing down'.
The world waited breathless for this sage to expound on what was and wasn't 'legitimate rape' but his minders have put the jacket on him and taped over his mouth.
But I think it worth considering how a man can have got this far in life (he is 65 with a university degree), much of it in the public eye, be selected by party managers to an important national post and believe that when a woman is raped her body detects this and shuts down the reproductive system.
Are there any more like him?