Political Animal


March 02, 2013 1:07 PM CRA leader has chance to distance self from Akin, fails to “shut that whole thing down”

By Samuel Knight

This, probably, isn’t what the Republican Party needed — especially the day after 138 House GOPers opposed the Violence Against Women Act, after months of reluctance among party leaders to bring the bill up for a vote.

Celeste Greig, the President of the California Republican Assembly — a volunteer organization that Ronald Reagan once called “the conscience of the Republican Party” — discussed Todd Akin’s infamous “shut that whole thing down” theory with a reporter on Friday [ht TPM]. And things were starting off, well, not catastrophically for her — about the best a Republican talking about rape can hope for.

“That was an insensitive remark,” Celeste Greig told the Daily Democrat on Friday. “I’m sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized.”

And then the train jumped the rails.

“Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”


Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • Neildsmith on March 02, 2013 1:42 PM:

    Astonishing.... Still? Come now. We liberals have got to stop pretending we're surprised when republicans and conservatives say something silly. Heck, I'd be surprised if they said something reasonable!

    But really... Your astonishment, Mr. Knight, is no more credible than GOP silliness.

  • c u n d gulag on March 02, 2013 1:53 PM:


    They can't help themselves, can they?

    Like scorpions have to sting, and @$$holes have to spew some really nasty sh*t, Republicans have to say what's on what passes for their tiny little "minds."

  • jim m on March 02, 2013 2:03 PM:

    I am surprised; not that they hold these views, but that they are completely incapable of the simple act of keeping their mouths shut.

  • Loe on March 02, 2013 2:06 PM:

    I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that's cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, Rich45.com

  • Anonymous on March 02, 2013 2:11 PM:

    So after months of republican reflection on "how to talk about rape", at least one spokesperson has settled on, "Women have ways of shutting that whole thing down most of the time".

    I guess baby steps(no pun intended). At this rate, women will be flocking back to the Republican party sometime around 2950 AD.

  • thebewilderness on March 02, 2013 3:12 PM:

    Five. The answer is Five percent of rapes result in pregnancy. I should not have to know that. No one should have to know that.
    If an astonishing number of people were not trying to strip women of their civil rights, including access to emergency contraception, we would not need to know that. If there were not 1,871 rapes per day in the US we would not need to know that. (That does not include the daily count of rapes of children under 18)

    We do have to know it though. Because of people like this, who have access to the microphone and insist on using it to share their willful ignorance. Or lies; I don't know what percentage of what they say is pure mendacity or willful ignorance.

  • buddy66 on March 02, 2013 3:38 PM:

    It's just ignorance. I remember hearing that claim in an army barracks fifty years ago. Since sex is always of great interest, misinformation thrives among the ignorant.

  • schtick on March 02, 2013 3:56 PM:

    Why the surprise? She's a teapub isn't she?

    I once had someone ask me why the teapubs women were so good looking and dems were so ugly. I said that dem women opted for brains.

    I know, I know. When he said that all I could think of was Jan Brewer, but I decided not to get picky.

  • emjayay on March 02, 2013 4:07 PM:


    Please delete comment at 2:06. Why does it take two hours to catch this stuff? How does this kind of crap get past Captcha? Before Captcha spam pretty nearly wrecked this blog.

  • JoAnn C on March 02, 2013 4:32 PM:

    I saw a funny cartoon on Facebook, about women's bodies having a way to shut things down. . .it showed women going to the voting booth to vote Democratic!

  • SteveT on March 02, 2013 4:54 PM:

    This kind of magical thinking permeates Republicans' views of science. It's the same theory that allows Republicans to believe that senior's bodies have a mechanism that allows them to chose not to get sick if they can't afford healthcare.

  • boatboy_srq on March 02, 2013 6:24 PM:

    @thebewilderness: IOW, that's over 90 pregnancies a day that the GOTea wants women to carry to term because obviously the victims wanted them.

    I donít know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. So nonviolent rape is less likely to impregnant the victim? Or is this a call for men to be more forceful with their partners since there's an assumption that violent violation results in a higher pregnancy rate?


  • boatboy_srq on March 02, 2013 6:32 PM:

    Afterthought to the above: I suppose that, coming from a party whose social-conservatist wing is heavily invested in a philosophy that insists Earth is 6,000 years old, the fossil record was planted by Satan, and that the Entire Earth is the property of Man (specifically Xtian Man) to do with as he pleases with no concern for consequences since Armageddon, Rapture and the Second Coming will rescue all True Believers from any such thing, we shouldn't be too surprised that there's ignorance of biology or physiology. One wonders whether they think Medicare covers leeches.

  • Daddy Love on March 03, 2013 6:17 PM:

    OK, whose turn is it to reset the "GOP rape comment" clock?

  • zandru on March 03, 2013 6:39 PM:

    Amazing. Even Republican WOMEN don't seem to have a clue.