Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s bizarre comments about rape a few days ago showed him to be ignorant. His refusal to withdraw from the race despite being urged to do so by virtually every fellow Republican, from presidential candidate Mitt Romney on down, shows him to be an egotistical fool — in short, a hack politician.
Akin not only isn’t withdrawing, his campaign website seeks to raise $24,000 in 24 hours to “help Todd fight back against the party bosses.” Huh? This guy thinks he’s being unfairly railroaded by GOP leaders, as opposed to being asked to do the honorable thing and quit, so that the Missouri Senate campaign, or even the national campaign, won’t be sidetracked by continuing discussion of his idiotic comments? (And who would possibly make a contribution in response to such an absurd appeal?)
Akin’s antics just reaffirm why so many of us instinctively despise and distrust career politicians. We know that they will say and do just about anything to get elected, and the normal human reactions that spur many of our actions — reactions like shame, and embarrassment, for making absurd statements — don’t seem to affect them. Like so many other politicians of both parties, Akin professes to stand for certain positions on the issues and depicts himself as a selfless public servant who just wanted to represent the people — but when those politicians say (or do) something so stupid that the only decent response is to withdraw or resign, the facade of public service is ripped away and the ugly, overwhelming narcissism and selfishness is exposed for all to see.
Todd Akin obviously could care less about his party, his positions on the issues, or his ability to be an effective legislator. Instead, he cares only about himself. If he doesn’t recognize reality and quit, I hope Missouri voters give him an historic drubbing come November.