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June 05, 2013 08:13 AM UTC

At Least He's Not Your U.S. Senator

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  • by: Colorado Pols
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).

CNN reports, the Todd Akin classy is back in the form of U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia:

Representatives from both political parties on Tuesday slammed U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss after he said that hormones may be partly responsible for sexual assaults in the military.

His controversial comments came during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the subject.

Addressing top military officials, Chambliss, R-Georgia, said: "The young folks that are coming into each of your services are anywhere from 17 to 22-23. Gee whiz — the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur."

It gets even better, reports David Edwards of Raw Story:

The Georgia Republican recalled that “several years ago when we had the first females go out on an aircraft carrier, when they returned to port, a significant percentage of those females were pregnant.”

“Was any investigation made by the Navy following that incident to determine whether or not all of those pregnancies occurred as a result of consensual acts?” he asked Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert.

Gee whiz, folks! As you can imagine, Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver is not impressed.

It's not often that a U.S. Senator will try to top Todd Akin's ignorant comments, but it just happened. GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss blamed the "hormonal level created by nature" for rapes in the military and said that all pregnant servicewomen should be investigated. Chambliss' comments are offensive, and women in the military deserve better.

Wonkette satirically clarifies the issue as only they can:

With rape-apologists like Chambliss, do we even need courts? If an 18-year-old is accused of brutally raping a superior officer, maybe Chambliss can just take the woman aside and say, “Honey, calm down and don’t get all hysterical. It’s all about hormones and nature and biology. Just have a cup of tea, and try to wear a longer skirt next time, k?”

And with that, Republican "women's outreach" sounds the retreat once again.

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8 thoughts on “At Least He’s Not Your U.S. Senator

  1. Remember, this is the same guy who got his Senate seat by associating his opponent, who served in Vietnam, with Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

    Chambliss has always had that extra touch of Republican class.

    1. Who could forget? Wonder how many self described ardent patriots with support our troops magnets on their bumpers voted for the honorless coward whose campaign consisted of smearing a real American hero.  Sure doesn't say much for the "patriots' of Georgia, does it?

  2. By his logic rape should be the norm everywhere you have people in this age group working and living in proximity which is….everywhere.

    Once again, yes, young healthy people working closely together and enthusiastically jumping into bed with one another is something to be expected. This is going to sometimes happen even in situations where it's not considered appropriate, such as between co-workers who will have to continue to work together regardless of fall out or especially between subordinates and bosses in both the military and civilian worlds. But if it's just hormones and is completely consensual it isn't rape. At least not unless a boss uses threats to coerce a subordinate into submitting. 

    Rape is not just boys being boys. It's a brutal crime that cannot be tolerated in our military just because the people involved are young any more than it should  can be tolerated in a corporation, on a campus or anywhere else where young  people work and/or live close together.

    Chambliss is a troglodyte moron. Wonder if he thinks that if his granddaughter lived in a coed dorm she should just naturally expect to be raped by some guy down the hall with a case of raging hormones and chalk it up to being part of the dorm experience?

    Naturally this is an especially despicable crime in the military where soldiers should be able to expect their comrades in arms to have their backs, not to be   threats. Raping a fellow soldier should also be considered treason and no commander sould be able to let someone convicted of this crime off the hook.

  3. Oddly, many of these troglodyte Senators and Reps. come from southern states that used to have the death penalty for rape. I doubt there was much sympathy for poor young fellas with their naturally raging hormones back when they were so enthusiastic about hanging black guys, mostly for no good reason.

    And how on earth, after all the outrage over all the idiotic remarks have these red state male pols still not learned that the absolute only thing they should ever say about rape is that it's a reprehensible crime? Period? The End? Shut Up?  It's like they all have a no short term memory capacity whatsoever.

  4. Why would you expect anything different from this dunderhead.  When he won election to the US Senate defeating Max Cleland the incumbent and a triple amputee from the war, he basically called Cleland a coward and un-American.  Why should anyone be surprised, unless they just haven't been listening.

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