It’s time once again for The Future American’s FAIL OF THE WEEK! Every Saturday, I name a person or group who has spent the past seven days behaving in a particularly idiotic way. Since it’s my belief that idiocy knows no politics, nobody is safe.
This week’s fail was brought to you by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA). After both Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Richard Mourdock (R-IN) lost their senatorial elections due to their comments on rape – which this cartoon from the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s Steve Sack sums up spectacularly well – one would hope that other Republicans would learn something and not mention the word “rape” except to say how awful it is. Apparently that was too much for Gingrey, an OB/GYN by trade – no, really:
. . . [Akin] said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that. . . . We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, “Just relax. . . don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.”
He then went on to say:
But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart.
In other words, ovulation is the more decisive factor in pregnancy. Never mind that you’re generally getting an adrenaline rush from consensual intercourse.
I’m writing this on my lunch hour on Friday, and I’m just waiting for someone to create a demotivational meme with Gingrey’s face and something like “Legitimate rape: Just relax, don’t be so tense and uptight.” Why did ever he think he would benefit from reminding people of that? Or, as Dan from Winnipeg commented:
Who looks at a shitstorm of controversy that stripped multiple Republicans of their seats (or at least contributed) and thinks, “I gotta get me some o’ that”?
For real. This came up when he was addressing the Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, and someone asked him about abortion. The smarter thing for him to have done would be to spout stock pro-life lines and barrel on to the next topic. But, no, he had to go there.
This will likely have little impact on his re-election in 2014, should he pursue it. But it may have impacted something more important, and definitely not in a good way: women’s perspective on the Republican Party. Under no circumstances will it improve if the ranks of the Republicans who “just don’t get women” swell.