Looking across the Pond it seems that some right wing politicians in America have a lot in common with those in the UK. They all seem well capable of putting their foot where their mouths should be and causing offence. So who is it this time?
Missouri Republican Todd Akin is the culprit. Classed by most as far-right he is an experienced politician and so naivity cannot be his excuse. The six-term congressman is running against incumbent Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill, in the US 2012 Election.
Interviewers do sometimes run rings around politicians of any leaning but there are some gaffes which show voters just what said politicians believe. In an interview Todd was asked if "there were any circumstances in which he would support a woman's decision to have an abortion." A reasonable question to put to an anti-abortionist who sees the World in black and white,whereas we all know it is many shades of grey, and we are not referring to the sex book.
His answer? Well it seems that he believes it is "really rare" for a woman who is raped to get pregnant. How come, I hear you ask? Well according to Todd "It seems to me first of all from what I understand from doctors that's really rare. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Does this mean then that if a woman who is raped gets pregnant it was not rape or that she enjoyed the experience? 65-year-old Todd seems to be saying that.
In much the same words as Rick Santorum used during his efforts to be elected as the GOP nominee Mr Akin went on to say that IF the birth of a child follows a rape he would prefer "the rapist was attacked and not the child".
The GOP dream team of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan were quick to distance themselves from Akin's words. A spokesperson soon claimed that both Romney and Ryan would not be against abortion in rape cases.
Akin retracted his words, in a way. We have no idea which words he realised after the event were inappropriate, to say the least. He said "In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year." He did not give details.
Opinion: Too little, too late Mr Akin. There are many justified reasons, including rape, why an abortion could be right for a woman. Why a 65-year-old politician should think he has the right to decide which are justified and which are not is beyond us.
The front runners in the GOP race for the White House had been trying to play a seemingly fair game. They had made the effort to appear professional as they debated the ins and outs of just why the US public should select them to represent the Republican Party, in the 2012 election.
Now the gloves are off.
As the Iowa caucus draws close Newt Gingrich has attacked his main opponents, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. This has been brought about by the drop in Gingrich's popularity. A short time age he was on a roll and well in front of the opposition. Not any more.
Today, December 28, 2011, Ron Paul has taken the lead. Using a double edged sword Gingrich praised Romney then said of him, "I don't want to be invidious about Gov. Romney, who I said I think is a very competent manager and a very smart guy But to have somebody who is a Massachusetts moderate, who said he did not want to go back to the Reagan-Bush years, who voted as a Democrat for Paul Tsongas in '92, who campaigned to the left of Teddy Kennedy.... to have him run a commercial that questions my conservatism?"
Only yesterday Gingrich had insisted that he stay in positive mood. Today he seemed far from it. He denied that his verbal lambasting of opponents were attacks, claiming that if they were factually correct they were not attacks. Hmm.
In the past Newt has been happy to use words as weapons but he is loathe to do so right now. His election campaign lacks the funding of opponents. He needs to win the people over and he is trying his damndest to do so. It does however seem to mean that he has to keep biting his tongue. This appears to be getting more difficult to do.
Associated Press has reported Gingrich describing "Mitt Romney as a "Massachusetts moderate" who isn't "man enough" to take responsibility for the harsh attack ads being run on his behalf. And Ron Paul's views as "totally outside the mainstream of virtually every decent American.""
Newt is in a tricky position. If he resorts to his old brash ways his loyal fans will love him for it but he will not win over sceptics. If he appears wishy washy his followers will be disappointed,
Ron Paul is the front runner, at least for today. As they say a day is a long time in politics.