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Tony Perkins Says Todd Akin's 'Legitimate Rape' Comment Was A 'Biden-Ism': VIDEO

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Continuing his ideological defense of Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remark, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said the GOP Senate hopeful's remarks were simply a "Biden-ism," a reference to Vice President Joe Biden's habit of sticking his foot in his mouth.

"It was a Biden-ism that he made," said Perkins on MSNBC yesterday. "It was inexcusable, it was inappropriate. He has acknowledged as such, and he’s moving on." Perkins later said it was "time to move on" and insisted again that Akin is just like Biden: "I totally have rejected what he said as being inappropriate and unartful and he should have never said it... It is what it is. It’s a Biden-ism."

You can watch video of Perkins' remarks, via Mediaite, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Except that Joe Biden has never been a hate-filled, mysogynistic tool whose political positions are not only fantastically mean, but also scientifically craaaaaaazy.

    Posted by: kit | Aug 24, 2012 9:30:35 AM


  2. Or you could call it a Perkins-ism.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 24, 2012 9:34:32 AM


  3. So, among all the many things that Tony Perkins doesn't know is the meaning of the word "inexcusable."

    Posted by: Jacques | Aug 24, 2012 9:34:55 AM


  4. Bidenism my @ss!

    As Michael Keegan wrote on yesterday's Huffington Post: "If Akin's example is any guide, straying from right-wing orthodoxy in today's Republican party is less of a crime than simply calling attention to it."

    It's just like the response to LGBT-friendly people and organizations calling out hate groups on their lies and demonization.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 24, 2012 9:35:31 AM


  5. They're not the same thing at all. In Biden's case it's poor word-choice, putting what he intended to say in such a way that some may be offended.

    Akin stated that when women are "really" raped their bodies have some wonderful biological ability to prevent them from becoming pregnant, and he stated it as fact. He didn't intend to say something else but that's what came out instead, that's what he apparently believes. Not only is that not true but it's offensive because the natural conclusion is that if a woman IS raped and gets pregnant she "really wanted it."

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 24, 2012 9:53:04 AM


  6. Grifter needs more money! Only reason he appears on tv!

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 24, 2012 10:00:57 AM


  7. the fuss over the words is a distraction.
    the REAL ISSUE is akins, ryan, king and other conservative republicans BELIEVE iys medical fact that violated women can't get pregnant.

    Posted by: eric | Aug 24, 2012 10:05:18 AM


  8. this man is slowly self-destructing. he will be shunned from all corners of the country in due time. tick tock...

    Posted by: datlaw | Aug 24, 2012 10:15:59 AM


  9. I hope he goes to the RNC and hooks up with a boy and is outed.

    Posted by: sweetdog | Aug 24, 2012 10:33:08 AM


  10. I think it's time Miss Tonette got the Santorum treatment. Of course, her name is already synonymous with outrageous lies and hypocrisy.

    Posted by: Abel | Aug 24, 2012 11:01:41 AM


  11. He seems to have "Perkinson-ism"

    Posted by: simon | Aug 24, 2012 11:27:04 AM


  12. Even a bigot like Tony Perkins must know that Todd Akin wouldn't even make a good pimple on Joe Biden's a$$.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 24, 2012 11:51:46 AM


  13. This is known as a false equivalence. Joe Biden says things that are clearly wacky and off-the-cuff and probably not something he believes. Akins is saying stuff he really, really, really wants to believe are true, even though he clearly has doubts. That is, Akin is rationalizing while Biden is failing to temporize.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 24, 2012 1:47:25 PM


  14. "The REAL ISSUE is akins, ryan, king and other conservative republicans BELIEVE it's medical fact that violated women can't get pregnant."

    Here's an example of theology dictating to science (just like the Regnerus "study"). Jack Willke, MD, seems to have started it all in the 1970's as his personal crusade against Roe v. Wade, because he believed that life begins at conception. In a book he wrote, he made a spurious statistical argument (using, of course, data from the 1970's) which essentially ended up with almost no probability of pregnancy. (I wonder what would happen with more recent data, but I digress.) It is suspected that he didn't want to seem to be an ogre who would force a violated woman to be violated for another nine months - so he worked up an argument "proving" it had to be statistically rare. He later "strengthened" his argument with his bizzare ideas of anatomy and physiology. Anti-abortion activists think he's a saint. I wonder what his medical school, state licensing board, whatever, think about him.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 24, 2012 1:49:52 PM


  15. That's awesome.. They keep making light of it, and ALL the women watching will keep getting pissed. ;)

    Posted by: NeverEclipsed81 | Aug 24, 2012 2:51:31 PM


  16. i think Tony has a good point, here. VP Joe Biden made a non-protocol gaffe back in the spring, about his support for marriage equality and equal rights for all. he was testing the waters for the party, and our President.
    the GOP just did the same thing, had the nimrod Akin say it loud and clear, about his and the party's view on women's rights, abortion, equality, etc. similar to almost all of their most conservative teabags have been saying for nearly four years now. this is but another test to see how little people are actually paying attention to what these folks have been saying for years now, and to what they are planning.
    i feel like a doomsayer, but i do not like where this whole GOP agenda is heading. i do not look forward to this Orwellian future.

    Posted by: vwdavy | Aug 24, 2012 3:11:43 PM


  17. i think Tony has a good point, here. VP Joe Biden made a non-protocol gaffe back in the spring, about his support for marriage equality and equal rights for all. he was testing the waters for the party, and our President.
    the GOP just did the same thing, had the nimrod Akin say it loud and clear, about his and the party's view on women's rights, abortion, equality, etc. similar to almost all of their most conservative teabags have been saying for nearly four years now. this is but another test to see how little people are actually paying attention to what these folks have been saying for years now, and to what they are planning.
    i feel like a doomsayer, but i do not like where this whole GOP agenda is heading. i do not look forward to this Orwellian future.

    Posted by: vwdavy | Aug 24, 2012 3:11:44 PM


  18. Joe never accidentally sponsored legislation to limit abortions to only "forcible" rapes.

    "Oh, you were drugged? Well if he didn't hit you, you'll need to wait nine months, then give the baby to some nice, straight, married, christian couple."

    Can I voluntarily extent the three day waiting period to buy a gun just for myself, so I won't be tempted? At least until after the election?

    Posted by: Dan in MO | Aug 25, 2012 12:24:14 AM


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