Tag: Todd Akin

Akin Hatred

I am usually a “glass half full” type, not quite full blown Pollyanna but always preferring to go down fighting with whatever positives I can grab as a weapon. As with most, I was pretty jazzed about the Ryan pick. Knowing that even with the laundry list in hand cataloging all the bad news, the dregs at which this president has brought us, the combination of those minions who would never abandon him, the trifecta of the MSM/Hollywood/adademia, and their usual adept ability to turn any argument around and point it at our shortcomings ; e.g. the war on women, intolerance or racism, all these allies lining up behind him, that Obama would still be formidable and the favorite.

The task at hand was fairly easy, redirect everything to the economy, all questions, all misdirects, all inquiries need to brought right back there. $16 trillion in debt, 4 straight years of $1 trillion deficits, 8.3% unemployment, a ruined credit rating, poverty rates unprecedented, 100 million plus on public assistance, a total abdication to even discuss budgets, tax reform or out of control spending. Obamacare? Here are the economic effects of implementing it. Quantitive easing? more economic bad news. The Obama effect on gas prices/food/utility prices, the cost of living, all economic minuses in the ledger of individual families.

A battle plan with an experienced general (Ryan) at the lead, it almost seemed winnable, until Mister ,”Women have the ability to will a pregnancy away” came along, now the whole debate has changed. We have relinquished the high ground and the offensive and find ourselves on our heels.

Todd Akin has overnight turned himself into the most hated man in America and whatever concessions I was willing to offer him regarding his character has since evaporated. Now I not only want him buried, I want him out of the House the next time he is up for re election, he is beyond contemptable, hiding behind the “will of the people” and “It’s not about me”, yes it is you selfish prick. Here is what Ann said last night:

The solution of a write in campaign is appealing, hardly satisfactory to having Akin withdraw there by giving another candidate the full faith and credit of the party along with a portion of its ever increasing coffers. Write in’s have their own set of headaches and obstacles, not ideal but given McCaskil’s unfavorability ratings, maybe feasible. But Ann is right in that we have officially ceded the initiative and will be dragged into discussing this (and not the economy) for the next few months.

I read somewhere yesterday that he has officially one more deadline to withdraw without getting sent to the principal’s office, more pressure needs to be brought to bare.

Another site which I frequent is iowntheworld, a terrific blog. This morning I ruffled a few feathers over there responding to a comment whereby advice was given that since Akin apologized and that the left is worse in their sins that we need to rally around Akin, support him, and make sure that he wins. My comment was essentially,”Are you insane? aside from the fact that he has zero chance of winning, no money, no endorsements and no backing from anyone except his opponent, why on earth would you want to reward this douche bag with a seat on the Senate? You should do everything in your power to punish him, get him out of Congress for good. He is not a positive reflection of our party, he is neanderthal is his scientific understandings, he is selfish, he has done irreparable damage to our ability to regain power, and he continues to dig in his heels, lie to himself and his constituents by maintaining that this is not about him. I say cast him out of the tribe and make him wonder the earth, alone, forever”.

Too harsh?

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.