The queen of hyperbole is at it again.
Democratic congressional candidate Lois Frankel sent an email to supporters Monday denouncing remarks made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., on Fox News the day before. Frankel, vying to represent Florida’s 22nd Congressional District, stated in part:
“Todd Akin told a Fox News station that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ don’t often get pregnant because the body has ways to ‘shut the whole thing down.’ His comments are despicable. They just go to show how Adam Hasner and his radical Tea Party allies are so out of touch when it comes to women and their healthcare.”
Hasner is, of course, the Republican battling Frankel for a seat in Congress.
First of all, what in the world does Hasner have to do with Akin? Do they even know each other? Has Frankel even bothered to call Hasner to get his thoughts before reaching her hair-brained conclusion that one and one equals 17?
Secondly, every major name in the Republican Party has come forward to distance himself from and even condemn Akin’s remarks.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said Akin’s “comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.” He continued, “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said, “As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking.”
Brown went on to say that it would be best for Akin to resign from the race to keep his seat: “Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”
Even Akin himself took back his remarks in a radio interview with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. “I made that statement in error. Rape is never legitimate. It is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way,” Akin said.
And what of Hasner, the subject of Frankel’s wrath? Because she was too busy venting to bother checking, I took the liberty of doing it for her. At 11:45 a.m., an hour and 45 minutes before Frankel sent her email, Hasner tweeted this to his followers:
“@AdamHasner: Rep. Akin’s comments were so far beyond wrong. He should step aside in #MOSEN”
As always, Frankel’s comments and conclusions are as over the top as Akin’s Sunday rape remarks were outrageous. Far from being offended by what she said, however, I’m forever amused. She never fails to provide the comedic relief that a political contest sometimes screams out for.
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