This weekend Missouri Senate candidate, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), make big news when he declared women could shut off their bodies from getting pregnant during a "legitimate rape". Since then we have seen troves of big names in the GOP come out and denounce the comments, including the head of the RNC, Mitt Romney and even the head of Tea Party Nation.
But what does this say about the GOP and their pro-life platform?
The comments Akin made, while totally absurd, are not that far off base with what the GOP has said for years. They constantly try to come up with ways to defend the denial of abortion to women in all cases. Akin and Paul Ryan even co-sponsored legislation last year that tried to redefine rape. So Akin is actually really aligned with the GOP platform.
So why is the GOP running from this?
They constantly say they want to make abortion a key issue and that most of America supports their views, so why not capitalize on what Akin said? Why is it now that the real views are out there the GOP chooses to hide?
The reason is simple and a lesson that all conservative voters, especially the social conservatives, should take in. The GOP doesn't want abortion outlawed. I have said this for years and you can simple look through history to see proof of this. The GOP had control of the House, Senate and White House for years early in the millennium, yet they never tried to ban abortion. They never even really brought the issue up.
The top people in the Republican Party know they need abortion to rally church and social conservative support and if it were to become outlawed, then that takes away a big motivator for the base. Remember, we do live in a country that voters need huge motivation to vote.