So now that Rep. Todd Akin has been too honest about what he and the Republican powers-that-be think about rape,* the party wants him to step out of the Senate race in Missouri. It's not that they disagree with the crazy shit he spewed - he and potential VP Paul Ryan wrote up some cool legislation in the past to re-define rape go prevent rape victims from accessing Medicaid for abortions - it's just that he was too clear about what they are planning. See, it turns out that when these evil people are explicit about their intentions, people kind of don't want to support them. So the GOP is now worried about losing the race, which is why they want Rep. Akin to go away. Which is the entire point: the way these right-wing fringe lunatics get away with this kind of crap is by obfuscating their intentions. If they really believed that people would support their extreme positions, they would just be upfront with what they intend to do. Instead, they are looking for another candidate who has the same views, but won't talk about them in such a forthright manner.

Lying, mischaracterizing - whatever it takes to win and advance an agenda that benefits a very few at the expense of pretty much anyone. With the GOP, the ends clearly justify the means.

*“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” (New York Times)