A commenter brings this post to Colorado Sen. Shawn Mitchell’s Facebook page to our attention. Because the chances of Sen. Mitchell not offering something in response to Missouri GOP U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin’s assertions this weekend about “legitimate rape” and pregnancy were always close to zero. On the upside, it appears that not even the (in)famously outspoken Sen. Mitchell is willing to stand by Akin’s statement that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” With that in mind:
Perhaps a stab at a good point, Senator Mitchell, but a lot of people are going to stop cold well before they get to the end. It seems to us that delineating “actual” rapes in this way, not to mention the at least partial acknowledgement of Akin’s claim here, is kind of problematic. Many readers will stop somewhere between point “A” and point “B,” and if they survive reckoning the meaning of point “B” they’re going to run smack dab into point “C.”
Which, as you can see, is laden with “explosive boners.”
Bottom line: we think we get what he’s trying to say. But on balance, really not helping.