Just when you thought we had run the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” controversy into the ground, here come some more choice quotes for the grist mill. In the words of Michael Corleone: “Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in!”
Who’s the latest victim of his own poor PR “strategy?” Local press recently asked Pennsylvania senate candidate Tom Smith to weigh in on the Akin controversy–and he just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. We can imagine his advisers cringing as he implied that a daughter’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy is “similar” to pregnancy by rape “from a father’s position.”
Who advises these guys on conducting interviews? Do they not realize that more than half of Americans happen to be female, and that a large majority of them are not particularly receptive to such statements? And do their advisers not warn them against dangling such idiotic quotes before a hungry press? If they really want to win election, they might want to hire publicists or trainers who actually understand these “issues”—how about some real-life women? Any volunteers?
The weirdest part of the PA story: Smith’s opponent, Democrat Bob Casey Jr., also claims to oppose abortion and (we presume) out-of-wedlock pregnancies. The difference between the two candidates’ stances is small enough for us to ask: What are they even arguing about? BTW, the latest polls show Smith trailing by a double-digit margin, so PR services on his behalf are probably a waste of time and money at this point.
That’s not all: Thanks to Daily Intel for reminding us of the male representatives who have taken the time to let us and fellow members of the ignorant public know that breast implants are healthy and that abortions cause breast cancer (neither of those statements are true).
Everybody has their own opinions and pet causes, and we’re sure there are plenty of intelligent people who support these congress-folks while decrying their bizarre public statements. But they’ve really only achieved one thing: Making themselves look like idiots.
In case you thought it was just men who do this: Here’s Michelle Bachman hilariously misnaming Plan B as a “morning-after abortion pill.” Yeah, that’s a physical impossibility. Feel better, senatorial candidate Smith: You’re not the only person who sounds a little confused.