But today Larry Elder wrote a very dumb column. You can find Larry's brain fart here.
Larry Elder is the (normally) brilliant L.A.-area radio talk show host who is a Black libertarian/conservative. I've been listening to him and reading his columns for years. I have all of his books; they're all excellent and well worth reading.
But today, I have to ask the question he asks his dumb callers. "Is this thing on?"
In the first three paragraphs, here's where Larry's brain has taken an unexpected leave of absence:
Which is worse, Rep. Todd Akin's, R-Mo., ignorance about human anatomy -- or the way Republicans jump, run and hide when the Democrat-media complex decides they should?
Akin is the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Missouri. In an interview, he said that he believed that pregnancy following an act of rape is "really rare -- if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
Incredibly dumb. The married father of six, including two daughters, apologized the next day and then recorded an ad apologizing yet again. That, at the very least, should have satisfied his Republican supporters. But, no.
There's so many things wrong with Larry's analysis, I hardly know where to begin.
First of all, Republicans didn't run jump or hide when the Democrat-media complex decided they should. Not this time. The condemnations from the Republican side were immediate and universal. They didn't wait for the media to tell them to condemn the idiotic comments, they jumped in front of the story to condemn, as well they should have.
They saw what apparently Elder misses. Akin's comments are so magnificently stupid they immediately, and I mean immediately, and for all time, disqualify him from being a United States Senator. In fact, he isn't even qualified to be a dog catcher in a two-bit town that doesn't have any dogs.
After saying something so moronic, the idea of Senator doesn't pass the smell test. Pure and simple. I honestly don't know if Akin is simply the dumbest man alive, of if he time-traveled here from the 13th Century, but it doesn't matter. Every time I see him, I have to wonder why he isn't naked. Because he is clearly too stupid to know how to dress himself.
Of course, the Dems were only too eager to fit Akin's gross lunacy into their totally fictitious "war on women" meme. It plays into it well, and as Ann Coulter pointed out, they finally have something with Akin's comments that could stick.
Elder then says that his apology should be enough, at least for his Republican supporters.
No, Larry, not even close. First of all, an apology doesn't change the fact that he's a moron, and unqualified for elective office.
But also, his apology was totally inadequate and proves how truly clueless he is. Essentially, he said he "got a word out of place" as if that was the only problem. Charles Krauthammer said on Fox News Channel it's as if Akin he thinks his only problem is that he made a grammatical error.
Of course, using the word "legitimate" before the word "rape" is a big problem. But if that's all he had done, he could have possibly survived this. Well, an eloquent speaker could talk his way out of it, anyway. Unfortunately for Akin, the words :"eloquent" and "Todd Akin" have never belonged in the same sentence, paragraph, or, for that matter, planet.
But what he said was so much more than just putting the word "legitimate" out of place. As I have already stated, what he said shows either gross stupidity, or perhaps is indicative of something even worse. Maybe he has just totally lost touch with reality.
Either way, no independent will vote for him, no matter how out of step with her constituents the incumbent is. And a lot of Republicans will either skip over that race when they vote, or perhaps even vote for McCaskill to show their disgust with Akin's absurd comments.
Sometimes, a person says or does something so unforgivable, you can't be forgiven for it, and this is one of those times.
It is very disappointing that the normally brilliant Larry Elder has totally missed the boat on this. I sincerely hope that Larry remembers to put his brain back in his head before writing his next column. I look forward to it.