For all the back-peddling and caterwauling and Republican panic on Monday, the GOP have now approved a platform in lock-step with Akin’s remarks. The platform supports a constitutional amendment banning all abortion, with no exception for rape or incest.
Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.
This is precisely the stance that Akin was promoting. So what was all the Republican outrage about? What, specifically, was so “reprehensible and inexcusable” about what he said for GOP members? Might it have something to do with the fact that Akin’s comments exposed the extremely and increasingly conservative nature of the GOP’s platform? This hypocrisy is a pretty big pill to swallow.
It is worth noting that the GOP platform is radically conservative in other ways as well. It also supports a constitutional amendment opposed to gay marriage, a Bachmann-esque ban on Sharia law, and support of Arizona’s draconian immigration law. According to the NYT OpEd:
The Republican Party has moved so far to the right that the extreme is now the mainstream. The mean-spirited and intolerant platform represents the face of Republican politics in 2012. And unless he makes changes, it is the current face of the shape-shifting Mitt Romney.
Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping makes Kerry look steady as a rock. As Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney oversaw the legalization of gay marriage for the first time in our nation’s history and a health care overhaul on which the national reform was modeled. He was also pro-choice at the time. Considering the most recent turn of events, it’s clear he either a) has the backbone of a squid or b) he’s doesn’t actually hold anything scared. He just wants to win. Neither of these strike me as the traits I would like in a leader.