In the ongoing effort to out-hyperbole one another in the wake of what Todd Akin described as his simply a minor case of the malapropisms, one conservative Christian group has evidently pulled ahead of all the others by describing Republican backlash against Akin as a "political gang rape" because the best way to attract attention is to just exploit inflammatory language at the very moment the public is most sensitive to it.
American Vision, a Christian nonprofit whose stated mission is to "restore America to its biblical foundation" (which, if we're being really honest, would mean tearing all the cities down and giving all the land back to the Native Americans Christian European interlopers stole it from), posted a trollish article on its website criticizing Republicans for urging Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race. The article, authored by the group's research director of douchebaggery Joel McDurmon, unironically explains that Republicans asking Akin to abandon his Senate bid is tantamount to political gang rape. For realz.
We expect leftists, liberals, and other miscreants to pounce opportunistically, to lie, cheat, and twist (all the while drooling) over a phrase like "legitimate rape" when uttered by a strong conservative Christian politician. But should we expect the same from alleged conservatives?
Yet this is exactly what we've seen from several prominent conservatives in the wake of a media gaffe from U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) in regard to alleged "legitimate rape" and abortion.
What could have been quickly and easily handled with a consolidated response correctly interpreting Akin's unfortunate phrase was instead a rare cause of bipartisan hazing.
If all that vitriol raises your ire to dangerous, Mt. Vesuvius-eruption levels, McDurmon has most likely succeeded in out-crazying his colleagues for a brief minute of your time. He goes on to defend Todd Akin with all the misguided vigor of a thirteenth century crusader enlisted to sack Constantinople (historical parallels, you guys!) and then adds a bunch of sincerely terrible stuff about how a myth about a woman suggesting that her male counterpart pick an apple from a tree is the real reason modern women get raped.
That McDurmon's article is just one big attention-hungry flourish isn't really in doubt — he and his organization have seized on a chance to show the world how articulate they can be about their hateful brand of Christianity. However hard McDurmon's trolling, though, we should all recognize that, whether Republican politicians disavow them or not, people like McDurmon and his American Vision cohorts are exactly the sort of people that comprise a significant part of the GOP base, a base that some Republicans earnestly agree with, while others let themselves be led like bank robbery hostages to the vaults of national political power.