Tag: Claire McCaskill

What the Democrats Have Wrought

Doug Mataconis reminds us of something important in the Todd Akin Oh Please For the Love of God Won’t You Shut Up scandal. The Democrats heavily supported Akin in the Republican primary, even going so far as to donate $1.5 million to get him the nomination. As Sean Sullivan presciently noted:

There’s a reason why Democrats spent over $1.5 million trying to help Akin win his three-way primary. He was the most conservative candidate in the field — and the most unpredictable one. He shook up his campaign staff late last year. He recently released a head-scratching and jumbled campaign ad. And Democrats have already launched a microsite highlighting his controversial statements that won’t play well with moderates. (“America has got the equivalent of the stage III cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in,” Akin once said.)

Akin’s uncompromising brand of social conservatism, for example, might lead him to say something that may give political moderates — the same moderates who don’t like the economic policies advanced by Obama and Senate Democrats — pause in the Senate race.

You remember back in the 2008 election when a bunch of Republicans said we should support Hillary in the election so she’d lose the general? At the time, I said it was really stupid because it could end up with Hillary being President (that looks less ominous after four years of Obama; but I still don’t think I’d want her to be President). Well, the Democrats ran the playbook in Missouri, running ads that branded Akin as “too conservative” knowing perfectly well the effect this would have on Missouri republicans. Well, they’ve got him now, drooling scientific illiteracy included. And if he’s elected — still a possibility given how unpopular McCaskill has made herself — they can take plenty of the blame on themselves. Can you imagine if they’d gotten their wish in the Presidential race and Santorum or Bachmann were the nominee?

This is why you don’t hope that the opposition nominates a dunderhead. Because dunderheads can still win elections.

Sawing Off Your Own Head

Watching a politician self-destruct before your eyes, like a car accident, it is hard to look away. And given the cavernous divide the two sides find themselves in, either your reaction is that of amusement or that of disgust, rarely anything in between.

Rep. Todd Akin (R., Mo.) is running for the Senate, hoping to unseat Claire McCaskill. Some sources I’ve read indicate that she is unpopular (tarred with that same Obama brush) and the seat is ripe for the taking. But in the best GOP tradition of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, Akin decided to talk about rape on a radio show and made a pronouncement analogous to ,”Slavery wasn’t so bad, at least we had full employment”:

In an interview Sunday with KTVI in St. Louis, Mr. Akin, who is trying to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), was asked whether he favors abortion in cases of rape. “It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Well done, Dr. Akin. See, this is worse then ,”Of course the moon is made of cheese”, “The earth is six thousand years old”, or ,”Babies come from the cabbage patch”, at least with these you are not insulting over 50% of the country’s population and the majority of those that actually vote.

More feigned outrage is coming from his “legitimate rape” separation, but I’ll give him a pass on that, here he is not (I presume) making light of the act itself but differentiating the crime from consensual sex that later turns into a rape charge for other nefarious reasons.

But there is enough there to hammer him for being beyond stupid. How great would it be if women actually had control over these things, could will conception into a reality?

Naturally all the GOP’ers in the news have to come out and call him an idiot, that is a given, but why can’t they just leave it at that? Cornyn, Brown, and all the other blabbermouths don’t get to decide who stays in the race and who goes into his office for a little Seppuku.

Rep. Todd Akin (R., Mo.) said he plans to stay in the race for Senate despite widespread condemnation from fellow Republicans over his comments about rape.

“I’m not a quitter,” Mr. Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, even as he apologized for his comments. “My belief is we’re going to move this thing forward. To quote my friend John Paul Jones, ‘I’ve not yet begun to fight.'”

An apology that came about 23 hours and 59 minutes too late.

I know, that same old double standard, a lefty says something stupid and it either gets ignored or glossed over, but a Republican doing the same thing and the whole world is incensed and outraged. He and his handlers have a better sense of the mode of the people in his state and whether or not they can get passed this. I wouldn’t think so, but it is his race, he should decide.

Getting control of Congress, irrespective of the presidential race, would be nice, so stuff like this makes me prone to violence. Why couldn’t this happen in California, where we could run Jesus and he couldn’t win against the entrenched lefties?

Claire is puffing on a stogie right about now.