Inhofe, Coburn Raise Money For ‘Legitimate Rape’ Candidate

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It’s no surprise that U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn are supporting “legitimate rape” Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, but by doing so they’re bucking many leaders in their own party, including political operative Karl Rove and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

It’s also shouldn’t surprise anyone that Inhofe and Coburn may even share Akin’s weird, unscientific beliefs about rape and women’s reproductive systems, but the conservative corporate media here won’t hold them accountable for their views.

An invitation published over the weekend by Politico showed that Inhofe, Coburn and U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham, both of South Carolina, are serving as honorary hosts at a Wednesday fundraiser for Akin in Washington. Here’s the invitation:

Tom Carpenter, Wexler & Walker Public Policy Associates
Ryan Bradel, Esquire, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Honorary Hosts
Senator Tom Coburn
Senator Jim DeMint
Senator James Inhofe
Senator Lindsey Graham
Invite you to join them at a Luncheon for
U.S. Representative Todd Akin
Republican Nominee for Missouri U.S. Senate
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
710 East Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC
Suggested Donations: $2,500—Host $1,000 – PACs $500 – Individual $250 – Young Professionals
Todd Akin for US Senate, PO Box 31222, St. Louis, MO 63131

Akin, a Republican, stirred controversy recently when he claimed during an interview that women couldn’t get pregnant during a “legitimate rape” because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." The “legitimate rape” rhetoric has been a part of the anti-abortion movement for some time now, and shows, again, just how extremist and anti-women the movement has become. It implies the radical idea that abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape because pregnancy proves the rape was not legitimate.

Akin’s comments were denounced by a wide variety of Republican leaders, including Rove, Christie, Republican presidential Mitt Romney and other GOP leaders. Some GOP leaders even tried to get Akin to step down from his election race against Democrat U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, but he refused.

Rove later had to apologize for jokingly threatening to murder Akin, and Christie just recently said Akin does not deserve Republican support for his candidacy.

So what does it mean that Inhofe and Coburn are bucking the views of a major political operative and a rising star in their own party? Well, probably not much, and one has to wonder if the intra-fighting isn’t a bit staged so those who need cover—such as Romney—from Akin’s radical views can get it while those who don’t—such as Inhofe and Coburn—can actually help him to win so Republicans can try to take control the Senate.

But what are Inhofe’s and Coburn’s views on the legitimate rape comment and the entire issue itself?

Undoubtedly, there are Oklahomans who share the radical “legitimate rape” views, which are terribly demeaning to women. Overall, the anti-abortion movement in this state has been a major force in state politics for a long time. Inhofe and Coburn risk nothing politically here by backing Akin, and that’s a shame.

To be clear or to state the obvious, rape victims can and do get pregnant.