"Missouri Rep. Todd Akin has vowed to stay in his race for the Senate despite calls from leaders in every wing of his party that he abandon the campaign, and despite comments from presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who found Akin’s ideas about ‘legitimate rape’ and the ‘fact’ that ‘forcibly raped’ women are biologically protected from getting pregnant, to be indefensible. The basis for Akin’s claim that he should remain in the race? Forgiveness. According to a series of television spots and subsequent statements in the media, Akin has asked for people to forgive his having used ‘the wrong words in the wrong way’. Is that really a persuasive argument?..."