The New Testament book of James compares the tongue to a small rudder that guides a huge ship. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo.—an evangelical Christian—might be thinking about that passage today.
In less than 48 hours, two words that Akin uttered during a television interview on Sunday have steered the course of his promising Senate ambitions to a potential shipwreck.
The two words: “legitimate rape.” The context: a discussion of abortion.
Republican leaders now worry that Akin could lose his Senate race in Missouri against incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, and that the GOP could lose a chance to regain the Senate in November. Pressure is mounting on Akin to drop out of the race by 5 p.m. CDT today, even as he releases a campaign ad apologizing for his remarks.Continue reading at www.worldmag.com