Even Limbaugh calls congressman’s claims about rape victims “absurd”

Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress had an interesting post yesterday afternoon in which she reported that even Rush Limbaugh has been slamming Congressman Todd Akin’s Henry Aldridge-like claims about rape victims. This is from Limbaugh’s show yesterday:

“He’s not the first guy to say this. I’ve had people tell me that a woman’s body shuts down in rape. There’s no evidence for this. I mean it’s absolutely absurd. This leads to the second problem. This is absurd. That belief that a woman’s body shuts down and the whole notion of “legitimate” “illegitimate” rape, that’s the thing that bothers me about it. That’s just absurd. It’s not intelligent.”

Interestingly and sadly, not everyone on the far right appears to have gotten the memo about dumping on Akin. Rosenberg reports that Mike Huckabee is still defending Akin and that he provided Akin with an opportunity on his show to explain that what he really meant by referring to “legitimate” rape was that women make all sorts of false claims about rape.

Good lord. No wonder even people like Richard Burr are trying to send this dude packing ASAP.


  1. sundance kidd

    August 22, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Obvious why Rush would not take engage on this, after his Sandra Fluke remarks cost him $Millions

  2. Jack

    August 22, 2012 at 10:13 am

    The furor from Republican leadership and their on air month-piece over Akin’s statement is sadly all for show.

  3. Jack

    August 23, 2012 at 9:29 am

    The fact that Akin is not gone shows that republican voters are willing to overlook his comment if it means keeping a U.S. Senate seat. If Akin’s comment would have truly damaged his chances of winning the campaign he would be gone.

    The republican leadership has done their job in smoothing things over and the republican electorate has claimed down and is willing to set Akin’s comment aside.

    The fact that Akin is against abortion is all that matters to republican leadership and republican voters.

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