Instead of covering the dire economic situation our nation is facing, ” the media,” Jennifer Rubin writes, “following like lemmings behind the Obama parade, are still fixated on Todd Akin.” It’s not just that they’re fixated on Todd Akin, it’s that they’re eager to tie the Republican Party to the Missourian, conveniently forgetting that nearly every prominent Republican has criticized his crazy comments on rape, the candidates himself contending he misspoke and having apologized.
Mrs. Boxer accused her partisan opponents of a “sickness” and not liking their mothers. And no one is calling the three-term Senator to apologize nor attempting to tie her fellow partisans to her.*
Our media, however, are obsessed with Akin, with “the three news networks – ABC, CBS, and NBC – [giving] Akin’s gaffe four times the coverage they gave to Vice President Joe Biden’s overtly racist comments last week in Virginia.” Let’s see . . . one is the elected Vice President of the United States and the other is a candidate for elective office from a state with just 2% of the nation’s population. And the candidate’s gaffe gets more coverage.
How many episodes of his show did Piers Morgan devote to Biden’s gaffe?
It’s not just the networks. The Associated Press reports:
Meet the newest campaign issue for House Democrats: Todd Akin.
From Colorado to New Hampshire to Illinois, Democrats already are using the incendiary comments about rape made by the Missouri congressman and Republican Senate candidate as a political bludgeon.
(Via HotAir headlines.) They’ve even attacked Republicans who have asked for Akin to exit the race.
In many ways, the Akin affair says more about the Democrats than it does the Republicans.** It shows their desperation in this campaign and their determination to use whatever issue at their disposal to demonize Republicans.
They’re delighted they have another cudgel with which to beat the opposition, another shiny object to distract voters and another excuse not to discuss the real issues facing the nation.
*No, her remarks weren’t as offensive as Akin’s, but they were offensive. She insulted her own constituents (and not for the first time).
**Though, to be sure, it says a lot about Republicans, that party leaders were quick to distance themselves from the candidate because of his crazy comments.
FROM THE COMMENTS: Rattlesnake disagrees with me that Mrs. Boxer’s remarks weren’t as offensive as Akin’s:
I don’t see how Akin’s remark was that offensive, it was just dumb and ignorant. Boxer, on the other hand, implied that women care about nothing other than birth control and abortion (and also the offensive things she said about Republicans).
He does have a point. Mrs. Boxer did level allegations against a certain class of people, Mr. Akin didn’t so insult his constituents.