"Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions—it’s just like 1776 in that way," Lulli Akin said. She went on to add that colonists "rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my … wife.' But that is where we are again."
Yes, most people remember the American struggle for independence from history books. Most people, however, would not compare this struggle to the National Republican Senate Committee pulling funds from Akin’s campaign.
Lulli Akin's comments come to light a few weeks after her husband's campaign came under fire for a similar public relations nightmare also involving statements referencing rape.
In an August interview with St. Louis television station KTVI-TV, the six-term Missouri Congressman explained why his strict opposition to abortion included instances of rape. "It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said, speaking about pregnancies resulting from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
The firestorm that ensued included statements of condemnation from a host of conservative pundits and politicians, including Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney ("insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong"), as well as calls for Akin to drop out of the race.
Undeterred, Akin has remained in the race and promises to fight on -- party support or no party support. This sense of personal resolve was supposed to be the point of the National Journal feature, which is titled, "Akin, Alone: Shunned by his party and condemned by critics, an undeterred Todd Akin soldiers on in his increasingly lonely bid for the Senate."
Citing the biblical parable of how Jesus fed 5,000 people with a few loaves and two small fish, Lulli Akin told the Journal that God would provide for her husband's campaign coffers. “It brought us through the primary, same way," she said. "We’re gonna see it again, because God wants to be honored.”
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