2012年8月27日月曜日

Legitimate Rape

Todd Akinは、共和党の支持を失いそうだ。
「正当な強姦」だけでも問題なのに、「強姦による妊娠は、女性側にも
拒絶しなかった要因がある」と言う。

太田誠一が、少子化問題などをめぐる討論会で、早大生らのスーパーフリー
事件(女子大生を集団暴行)について「集団レイプする人はまだ元気があるか
らいい。まだ正常に近いんじゃないか」と発言し、その後、落選、再選を
繰返したが、落選後に引退した。

Romneyは、ミズーリ州を獲得できなければ、次期大統領にはなれないと
言われ、共和党が大金をつぎ込んだが、結局、議員の一言で、幕引きと
なりそうだ。Akinを外し、米共和党は、別候補を選別か。
Akinは、外れるつもりはないようだ。

Tea Partyが騒がれた頃、Sarah Palinをよく見かけたが、最近は、米共和
党の広報のようだ。

Romneyは、「我々は、日本と違い、十年あるいは百年にわたって衰退と
困窮に苦しむ国にはならない」と言い、担当顧問が釈明した。
「日本をアジア太平洋における主要同盟国と認識」と言う。

Robert Gatesは、「(北朝鮮の弾道ミサイルが、日本に着弾しても)ハワイ
に向かってくるようなら迎撃も考慮するが、現時点でわれわれにはその
計画はない」と言い、その後釈明も見当たらなかった。
米共和党は、外交はできないし、関係国からタカルばかり。最近は、国際
条約さえ、知らない議員もいるようだ。
オバマ政権は、中国による尖閣諸島侵略は、安保適用と言う。
米民主党は、中国よりなのに、オバマは共和党に近い方針だからか。

米国防長官 日米同盟無効を示唆か
Are GOP candidates upstarts?


Palin Says Akin Should Get Out Of The Race


---尖閣は「安保条約適用される」 米国務次官補が表明---
2012.8.23 11:16
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/120823/amr12082311170003-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=佐々木類】キャンベル米国務次官補は22日午後(日本時間23日未明)、日本が実効支配する尖閣諸島(沖縄県石垣市)について、「(米国の日本防衛義務を定めた)日米安全保障条約第5条が適用される」と改めて明言した。外務省の杉山晋輔アジア太洋州局長がキャンベル氏との協議後、国務省で記者団に明らかにした。
 キャンベル氏が安保条約第5条の適用を明言したのは、尖閣諸島をめぐって挑発行為を繰り返す中国サイドを牽制(けんせい)するためとみられる。
 一方、日本固有の領土である日本海の竹島(韓国名・独島)について杉山氏はキャンベル氏に、国際司法裁判所(ICJ)に提訴する日本の方針に理解を求めたことも明らかにした。杉山氏は「一般論」と前置きした上で、「領土問題など国際紛争は、国際法に基づいて解決すべき」との認識で双方が一致したと語った。
 竹島への言及は、ICJへの共同提訴などを提案し日本の立場を明記した野田佳彦首相の親書を韓国側が受け取らず送り返す方針を決めるなど、日韓関係が悪化の一途にあることを念頭に入れた発言とみられる。
 同協議で杉山氏は米側に、今月29日に北京で4年ぶりに行われる日朝政府間の予備協議について説明、協議で日本は北朝鮮に残る日本人の遺骨の返還や墓参の話だけでなく、核・ミサイル開発、日本人拉致問題を取り上げる考えを示した。


---「1世紀の衰退」発言で釈明=「日本は主要同盟国」-ロムニー氏顧問---
2012/08/23-08:32
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=pol_30&k=2012082300120

 【ワシントン時事】米共和党大統領候補となるロムニー前マサチューセッツ州知事の外交政策顧問のミッチェル・リース氏は22日の電話会見で、ロムニー氏が先に集会で、米国は日本のように「10年あるいは1世紀もの間、衰退と苦境に陥ってきた国にはならない」と述べたことについて、「日本を軽んじたのではない」と釈明した。
 リース氏は「ロムニー氏は日本をアジア太平洋における主要同盟国と認識している」と強調。集会での発言は「米国が21世紀の自由世界の指導者であり続けることを説明する意図があった」と述べた。ロムニー氏は数年前、リース氏と共に訪日し、政府当局者や財界指導者らと会談したという。 

---Palin Suggests Tea Party Candidate Replace Akin in Wake of Rape Comment Controversy---
By Paul Stanley , Christian Post Reporter
August 22, 2012|5:54 pm
http://www.christianpost.com/news/palin-suggests-tea-party-candidate-replace-akin-in-wake-of-rape-controversy-80439/

Missouri GOP Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin is getting plenty of advice on what to do after making some unfortunate comments last weekend about how a woman's body could handle a "legitimate rape." Even Sarah Palin - one of the tea party favorites - is calling for him to step aside in hopes that Republicans can still gain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

"He's inviting himself back into this general election that's coming up, and he's going to get defeated. And that's unfortunate," the former Alaska governor said on Fox News' "On the Record With Greta Van Susteren." "That is why we have to think pragmatically about this, and we have to think, well, what's another option? Is a third-party another option? If it is, let's go. The status quo has got to go."

Palin, who does not have a reputation of being a "country club," or typical mainstream Republican, has thrown her support behind former state treasurer Sarah Steelman who was her first choice in the competitive Missouri GOP primary. The party's more mainstream faction has for the most part supported businessman John Brunner who spent over $7 million of his own money in the race and came in second.

Soon after Akin made the controversial statements that gave top Republicans a case of heavy heartburn, top officials - including Mitt Romney - have called for the six-term Congressman to step aside in hopes that the party can still win.

However, the initial and intense pressure placed on Akin by GOP heavyweights may have produced a reaction that went against what they intended. Akin announced on Tuesday that he was staying in the race and asked for forgiveness from the voters.

One high-ranking Republican who has fought for social values for years said the situation not only places an Akin victory in danger, but also endangers the chance for Romney to win the Show Me state. Yet if Akin does stay in then the party will have to figure out a way to fund his campaign, calling it a "horrible problem."

"The constant and poor treatment by the party could end up throwing the election for Romney if they are not careful," the anonymous insider told The Christian Post. "Under no circumstances can Romney win the White House unless he wins Missouri. If he (Akin) stays in they've got to figure out a way to get money to him. It's a long uphill climb to win control of the Senate unless you win that seat."

The controversial remarks Akin made in an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday were: "From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

Some pro-life women such as Elizabeth Graham, the director of Texas Right to Life, are coming to Akin's defense and makes the case that although rape is a horrible and usually violent crime, "abortion cannot right that wrong."

"Our views to protect life are being assaulted in the media right now because of the liberal venom," she said.

"The Left is lying when they say that Akin doesn't understand what rape really is. I've heard on the liberal news channels that his position is 'medieval.' Look at what the extreme leftist Debbie Wasserman Schultz said this evening to pro-abortion supporters: 'It's 2012. The entire Republican Party just said it wants a constitutional amendment telling rape survivors they don't get to make their own health care decisions. Democrats across the country are fighting back.'"

Conservative columnist Bill Kristol said in a blog post in The Weekly Standard on Wednesday, that if left to his own accord, it is possible Akin will exit on his own terms before Labor Day.

"My advice, for what it's worth, to conservatives and Republicans desperate to see Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri: You've made your point," wrote Kristol. "You've bewailed and denounced and threatened. Now it's time to hearken to the words of Lincoln, in his great Temperance Address, delivered on Washington's birthday in 1842 in Springfield, Illinois, addressing the fervent and fervid temperance advocates of his time-but also the fervent and fervid of all times."

"Now is the time for kind, unassuming-and private-persuasion by conservatives, by pro-life and pro-marriage advocates, by serious people who've worked with Akin and by his fellow Missourians. I have reason to believe that's now beginning to happen behind the scenes. And I suspect that by the Democratic convention, by Labor Day, Akin will have stepped aside."

Former Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer says Romney and other candidates need to put the focus where it belongs and not allow liberals to frame the debate and not allow themselves to constantly play defense.

"What every GOP candidate and group, including Romney, need to do when asked about the tough issues is to avoid getting into a debate and turn the issue back to the president and vice president who favor late-term abortions," Bauer told The Christian Post. "When matters of life and the treatment of women are discussed, the Democrats have far more to answer to than Republicans."

Chuck Donavan of the Charlotte Lozier Institute agrees with Bauer's assessment.

"With astonishing regularity, media voices that won't spend more than a minute examining Barack Obama's support for keeping sex-selection abortion legal, or his opposition to a law guaranteeing equal treatment for children born alive after failed abortions, chime in feverishly when a Republican lawmaker speaks inaccurately about abortion and rape," Donavan said in an emailed statement.

"Representative Todd Akin's remarks prompted a CNN headline that abortion is now at the "center" of the 2012 campaign. If CNN means a full debate on the issue, so be it, despite this unfortunate entry point. More likely, there will be little real debate."

If Akin does step aside, the Missouri Republican Party will be tasked with selecting his replacement.


---Sarah Palin Tells Todd Akin to 'Step Aside' in Missouri---
22 Aug 2012 10:29 AM EST
by Alex Mangini, Staff Writer
http://www.allmediany.com/news/5608-sarah-palin-tells-todd-akin-to-step-aside-in-missouri

As the political world’s focus remains on GOP Senate hopeful Todd Akin in the wake of his comments regarding abortion and “legitimate rape,” a famous Republican who knows a thing or two about public gaffes at the national level has weighed in on the matter.

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin blasted Akin last night in an appearance on Fox News following the Missouri politician’s decision to remain in the race despite calls to drop out by high ranking Republicans such as the party’s presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

The decision has sent whispers through Washington about the strength of the Republican Party, as such blatant defiance is not often seen to be played out publicly.

“He’s inviting himself back into this general election that’s coming up, and he’s going to get defeated. And that’s unfortunate,” Palin said. “That is why we have to think pragmatically about this, and we have to think, well, what’s another option? Is a third-party another option? If it is, let’s go. The status quo has got to go.”

“Bless his heart, I don’t want to pile on Todd Akin, because in some respects I understand what he’s trying to say here, in standing on principle, that he doesn’t want to be perceived as a quitter, but you got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them,” Palin continued.

“This is not going in his favor,” Palin said. “So you have to step aside... from your self-desire to get in there and serve and do what you believe is right, and you have to, in a sense, take one for the team. And you have to step aside. Hand the mantel to someone else.”


--- Sarah Palin: Todd Akin Should 'Take One For The Team'---
By Mollie Reilly Posted: 08/21/2012 11:56 pm Updated: 08/22/2012 9:30 am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/21/sarah-palin-todd-akin_n_1820513.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

Sarah Palin urged Todd Akin to leave the Missouri Senate race on Tuesday, telling Fox News' Greta Van Susteren that the embattled Republican congressman and U.S. Senate candidate should "take one for the team" after his "legitimate rape" comments set off a political firestorm.

"This is not going in his favor, so you have to step aside from self, from yourself, your desire to get in there and serve and do what you believe is right, and you have to, in a sense, take one for the team," the former Alaska governor said. "You have to step aside. Hand the mantle to someone else."

Palin also said that it may be time to consider alternative options, including a potential third-party run by Sarah Steelman, who also ran for the GOP nomination. Palin had endorsed Steelman during the Missouri primary earlier this month.

"I'm suggesting that he get out," Palin said. "He should have reached that deadline today, I believe, personally, and gotten out of the race, but because he did not do that, Greta, then we have to figure out, okay, well, what is next? Again, without trying to pile on Todd Akin, and what he's going through now, maybe it's a third-party run of Sarah Steelman, that I can get behind."

Steelman tweeted about the controversy, calling Akin's remarks "inexcusable, insulting and embarrassing to the GOP." However, she's demurred at the prospect of re-entering the race.

"I won't gloat about it, but I was right," Palin said of her earlier endorsement of Steelman.

With her latest comments, Palin joined the chorus of Republicans calling for Akin to exit the contest, with many assuing that his remarks have put him on the fast track to defeat in his race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) Mitt Romney issued a statement today calling for Akin to leave the race, urging the congressman to "very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country."

Despite the barrage of criticism, Akin has remained defiant, insisting that he has no plans to drop out.

"I'm in this race for the long haul, and we're going to win it," he said Tuesday.

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