The Fruits of Todd Akin: Pennsylvania Edition

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Aug. 27 2012 2:31 PM

The Fruits of Todd Akin: Pennsylvania Edition

Ah, here we are. This is the reason Republicans were uncommonly furious with Todd Akin. Tom Smith, the GOP's very okay first-time candidate in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

Mark Scolforo, Associated Press: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?
Tom Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.
Scolforo: Similar how?
Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.
Scolforo: That’s similar to rape?
Smith: No, no, no, but… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes.
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What are the odds that Smith would have gotten this question in an Akin-less world? Slim, right? Having talked to Smith before, I know what he was trying to say and understand why he said it gormlessly. But in 2010, Republicans generally escaped these questions because no one planted them in their way.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.