Knight was one of the great college basketball coaches of all time. He could also do and say some mighty stupid things thanks to his ego and his famous temper, which helped to topple his reign as a legendary coach at Indiana University.
“I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it.” — Bob Knight, April 1988 interview with Connie Chung
Yeah, like that.
Then there’s Clayton Williams, also known as “Claytie.” He ran for governor of Texas as a Republican against Ann Richards in 1990, and he was doing well for a time, holding a 20-point lead in the polls at one time.
Then, “Claytie” — like Bob Knight — started doing some stupid things. And he started saying things just as idiotic. He was knocked for his refusal to shake hands with Richards, his Democratic opponent, following a public debate. And there was his mouth, opening it up and inserting his foot when he likened rape to bad weather.
“If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”
Maybe Bob Knight could’ve charged “Claytie” with plagiarism. But “Claytie” had enough troubles without that, ending up losing that governor’s race.
And now, Republican Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is a guaranteed loser in his race for the U.S. Senate because of his now-legendary “legitimate rape” comment made on Sunday.
After apologizing, though, Akin just doesn’t quite know when to leave well enough alone. He made the rounds Tuesday on conservative talk shows, and in an interview with Dana Loesch he went even more into “Bob Knight/’Claytie’ mode.”
“You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it. … There isn’t any legitimate rapist. … [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.“
So now he’s basing Roe v. Wade on false claims of rape. <sarcasm on> I’m sure THAT will win back women’s votes for Akin in Missouri! </sarcasm off>
The fun and games just keeps rolling, although — to be fair — Republicans are falling all over themselves to condemn Akin for his original “legitimate rape” comment, pleading with him to drop out of the Missouri race, begging him not to attend the GOP convention in Tampa next week.
Still, there are plenty of conservatives seeing fit to try and whitewash the damage who think nothing of Akin continuing on with his campaign.
Akin should remember what happened to “Claytie” in 1990.
Here we have the Republican Party, Tea Partiers, the whole conservative shootin’ match, hollerin’ about how government’s too big and intrudes too much into people’s lives. Yet we have conservative lawmakers like Todd Akin — and, I may add, vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan himself — basically poking their noses into women’s … errrr … rights by sponsoring legislation that defines what rape is all about.
Men defining what happens to women in their personal lives. Is that not RICH???!!!
But, heaven forbid if we should ever allow government to get too big! <sarcasm on> No, the GOP would NEVER go for anything like that! Would they?! </sarcasm off>
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- Akin wasn’t out of line, he was toeing the Republican Party line (dailykos.com)
- Is There Life After Campaign Blunders Like “Legitimate Rape?” Ask Clayton Williams (blogs.dallasobserver.com)
- Everyone’s talking about rape | Hadley Freeman (guardian.co.uk)
- Top Republican Criticizes Akin’s Rape Comments But Took Thousands From Another Notorious Rape Defender (thinkprogress.org)
- Akin Ain’t The Only One (ken_ashford.typepad.com)
- Todd Akins Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment, Now Says Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped (themoderatevoice.com)
- 7 More Crazy Rape Statements (thedailybeast.com)
- The Official Guide to Legitimate Rape (jezebel.com)
- Dear Republicans: Is ‘rape’ really OK? (bazaardaily.com)
- Akin Clarifies ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments: Women Make ‘False Claims’ About Being Raped (thinkprogress.org)