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Unsurprisingly, Joe Walsh Backs Akin

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    Is anyone surprised that Illinois filterless congressman Joe Walsh came to the defense of nationally disliked Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin?

    They shouldn't be.

    The Tea Party rep who's famous for saying things like radical Islam threatens the suburbs and veterans aren't heroes if they talk about their service, came to the defense of Akin, who said this week that victims of "legitimate rape" don't get pregnant.

    “What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on," Walsh said Tuesday evening at a young Republican's conference in Yorkville, according to the local Patch. "And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

    National Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have called on Akin to leave the race for Senate -- a call he will not answer.

    Walsh says he deserves a break.

    "This is a tough business," he said, according to Patch. "This man has had a long career. He said one thing that is insulting and offensive, and he’s apologized for it.”