anyway, i can't help but think of todd akin's inexcusable assault upon the victims of rape this past week, and the question as to what degree other republicans deserve coincident culpability. i'd like to offer two salient points, if i may. (people are still talking about this, so why should i consider myself better than anyone else?) first of all, like joe paterno, if one of your guys does wrong, it's on you to bear responsibility for his place in your organization. second of all, like everyone seems to forget, this insistence that victims of rape be raped a second time by a government confiscation of their right to remain in control of their own body has been part of the republican party platform for DECADES, and was not invented by this one particular and dangerous idiot. required viewing should be rachel maddow's (i know, i know) recap of the history of "you can't get pregnant if you get raped" within the republican party (viewable here) in which she recounts a stunning litany of nonsense of akin's proportion and beyond. (notable being the number of these folks appointed to be federal judges and etc.). seriously--watch it for as long as you can stand it--it's good for you.
short answer is, yes, if you're a republican, you DO bear responsibility for akin's comments for these reasons and more. scott brown satisfied his responsibility by saying "as a husband and father of two young women, i found todd akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. tere is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. not only should he apologize, [which he has], but i believe rep. akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US senate in missouri.” i measure all others by the presence or absence of similar statements in the public record.
we all should.
if he's on your team, his behavior IS your team's responsibility, and yours for your being part of it. someone else may have said it and done it, but you still need to do the right thing.