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Hannity to Akin: You know you could cost us the Senate, right?
Hot Air ^ | August 20, 2012 | Allahpundit

Posted on 08/20/2012 3:47:45 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Via BuzzFeed, it’s important that people like Hannity, Coulter, and the boss emeritus are leaning on this guy too, not just Romney and Reince Priebus. Without pressure from all-stars on the right, he can dig in and turn it into a “weak-ass establishment RINOs are selling me out to the Democrats” populist attack on D.C. Republicans. That might be enough to rally grassroots conservatives to his side and keep him in the race, but not enough to prevent him from losing to McCaskill and, just maybe, dragging the ticket down with him. How lucky do you feel? Want to bet the future of repealing ObamaCare on Akin’s ability to not only recover from his theory of the female body’s magical defenses against rape-sperm but to avoid other goofy errors between now and November? John Brunner, who finished second to Akin in the primary, is reportedly already angling to replace him if he drops; Sarah Steelman, who finished within a point of Brunner, is almost certainly interested too, especially since she’d be inoculated from Akin’s comments due to her gender. If the game’s on the line in the late innings and your pitcher’s getting shelled, why not go to the pen while you can? Even the Tea Party Express, imagining another Angle/O’Donnell nightmare scenario in November, is unsparing:

daveweigel✔ @daveweigel

Tea Party Express, which backed Sharron Angle, calls for Akin to go, based on "the lessons we learned in 2010" about bad candidates

20 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite

Akin’s been consistent today about saying he’ll stay in, but I keep seeing reports like this from plugged-in pundits on Twitter:

Richard Grenell@RichardGrenell

Breaking: Senior GOP official: Akin advisors making preparations for a withdrawal tomorrow.

20 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite

Erick Erickson✔ @EWErickson

Just to be clear one more time, consultants involved are telling me Akin will withdraw. Akin & his campaign deny he will withdraw.

20 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite

David Harsanyi@davidharsanyi

Longtime Missouri GOP insider tells me that Akin is meeting with staff and having a prayer vigil tonight. Looking for way out "gracefully"

20 Aug 12 Reply Retweet Favorite

BuzzFeed’s getting mixed signals:

“Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.,” a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind.

But a Republican close to Akin said his position hasn’t changed: He’s still in the race.

Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in court.

Could be that Akin hasn’t given any indication privately about quitting but that the consultants, who suspect he’s DOA if he stays in, are trying to shove him towards the exit by creating a false narrative in the media about him supposedly dropping out. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: The more the press reports that he’s on his way out and the more positive feedback those reports receive from the right, the more Akin might feel that he has no allies left and is better off quitting. The thing is, if he decided to stick with it, how likely is it really that the NRSC and Republican Super PACs would follow through on their threats and refuse to spend any money on his race in the fall? He may lag behind McCaskill, but probably not by so much that the race’s outcome will become a foregone conclusion; if we get to October and he’s within five or six points, the pressure on the NRSC and outside groups to come to his rescue will be tremendous, even though the money they’d be spending on him could also be useful in other races. The reason they’re threatening to withhold funds now is purely a bluff to convince him that he has zero chance of winning and therefore stands to gain nothing by staying in. But if he does stay in, and ends up being the only game in town for Republicans, will they really cut him off?

Two exit quotations for this one. The first, from NBC: “[A] source with ties to Akin’s political operation tells First Read that the GOP congressman most likely won’t quit the contest, saying Akin believes this race is ‘providential’ and even if Akin was ready to get out, his wife would never let him quit.” The second, from Philip Klein: “At this point, if Akin doesn’t drop, McCaskill can run ads all fall simply quoting Republicans condemning him.”

(VIDEO AT LINK)


TOPICS: Missouri; Campaign News; Parties; U.S. Senate
KEYWORDS: akin; hannity; missouri; mo2012; rape; republicans; sarahpalin; sarahsteelman; senate; talkradio; toddakin
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Dave Weigel of journ-o-list? Like I give two hoots in hell what he thinks about anything.

The comments are worth a trip over there. Oh, and if you'll remember, Governor Sarah Palin backed Steelman.

1 posted on 08/20/2012 3:47:50 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Remember when Akin’s opponent, Claire McCaskill, insisted that Obama never said he wanted to fundamentally transform America?

Now how stupid was that?

The Video Claire McCaskill does not want you to see.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2mPekX8juJs


2 posted on 08/20/2012 3:56:15 PM PDT by Jonah Vark (Any 5th grader knows that the Constitution declares the separation of powers.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

When talking about rape just leave it at rape.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 3:59:44 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (I used to want to change the world. Now, I want to stop the world from changing me.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

To put it bluntly, it’s time we learn from 2010’s few losses.

People like this DO NOT LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES.

He will repeat gaffes in the future, possibly EVEN WORSE. It’s time to Freep the heck out of anybody who can make him change his mind.

Workplace number of state GOP chairman (lawyer): 417-847-2734

Contact Akin and the Missouri GOP on Facebook. They can pressure him to quit:

http://www.facebook.com/supportakin

http://www.facebook.com/missourigop

Call MISSOURI GOP: 573-636-3146

Call Akin campaign: 636-207-7986

lloyd@mogop.org

http://www.akin.org/contact


4 posted on 08/20/2012 4:00:03 PM PDT by rwfromkansas ("Carve your name on hearts, not marble." - C.H. Spurgeon)
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To: Jonah Vark

Regrettably, it doesn’t matter what Claire McCaskill, or Joe Biden, or any Democrat says—No matter how idiotic or outrageous—Because the media won’t cover it 24/7 like they will when a Republican steps on themselves.


5 posted on 08/20/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

And thanks go out to Hannity for playin’ along with his fellow Partisan Media Shills.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 4:02:50 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Arm_Bears

“Regrettably, it doesn’t matter what Claire McCaskill, or Joe Biden, or any Democrat says—No matter how idiotic or outrageous—Because the media won’t cover it 24/7 like they will when a Republican steps on themselves.”

That’s because Democrats promise government bennies and people who want free money don’t care what people say as long as they get their $$$.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 4:06:07 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What’s most distressing here is that the candidate is right. Rape seldom (more seldom than one in 400,000 incidents) results in pregnancy. Charles Rice, Notre Dame Law professor, wrote extensively about this (in First Things) during the Roe v. Wade hearings because he was not permitted to testify. Sure, it may have been an impolitic statement, but that doesn’t make it unscientific. (The figures, as I remember, took into account only PROSECUTED rapes. I know pro-choicers claim that many so-called rape-victims dare not go the prosecution-route; but without that stat, the cited figure stands. Further, Prof. Rice pointed out, hospitals throughout the country routinely “cleanse the victims of their attackers” if the rape is reported within 24-odd hours.

I love the prez’s claim that “Rape is rape.” Oh, yeah? Maybe he ought to check with the Duke LAX team.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 4:07:39 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This guy will cost us the senate because it is close to 50:50 now. Steelman will win this seat, Akin needs to drop out ASAP.


9 posted on 08/20/2012 4:08:38 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Americans ask for candidates who will "fight" and then "Republicans" demand that this man step down because one interview goes badly.

Simply amazing!

10 posted on 08/20/2012 4:09:11 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SunkenCiv

DANG . . . I couldn’t agree more! Cowards all.


11 posted on 08/20/2012 4:09:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: ari-freedom

Yep.


12 posted on 08/20/2012 4:09:50 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Re-distribute my work ethic, not my wealth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

You can stand with Todd Akin or you can stand with the agents of the DNC, MSM, the Obama White House and The NOW who are all out to destroy a true Pro Life Conservative.


13 posted on 08/20/2012 4:12:10 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: philman_36

A man who doesn’t know which end of the sword to hold isn’t going to be “fighting” effectively no matter how sincere he is about fighting.

This is about competence.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 4:13:41 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: rwfromkansas

To put it bluntly, it’s time we learn from 2010’s few losses.

People like this DO NOT LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES.

He will repeat gaffes in the future, possibly EVEN WORSE. It’s time to Freep the heck out of anybody who can make him change his mind.

NAILED IT!!!

If we owned the media as well as Dims did it would be a “Biden Moment” and it would be overlooked...

We don’t own the media so we have to be 200% more error proff than the Dims, if that means we have to hold to impossibly hight standards than so be it.


15 posted on 08/20/2012 4:14:22 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Oh, and if you'll remember, Governor Sarah Palin backed Steelman.

You betcha!

16 posted on 08/20/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: SunkenCiv
Just like to note that Hannity's question about losing the Senate over this is probably something he himself shouldn't be bringing up.

He's probably lost Republican candidates millions of Democrat votes this year by getting into the argument that their taxes ought to be increased.

They don't like taxes any more than we do ~ and there was Hannity doing the heavy lifting for Obama on that critical issue.

I think the guy works for the DNC.

17 posted on 08/20/2012 4:17:13 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Truthsearcher

Oh, THAT’s what’s it’s about. Competence spelled play-the-game? Competence is worthless without truth-telling and other prized ethics. Is competence now measured by how efficiently one lies? And how exactly does Akin’s core belief on abortion remotely affect his competence in a thousand other spheres?


18 posted on 08/20/2012 4:18:49 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Uncle Slayton

Stand with Akin and let Claire get re~elected, that’ll show ‘em!


19 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:24 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: Uncle Slayton

At this point, standing with Akin is standing with the DNC, MSM, and Obama. Because you are standing with a loser, whose loss helps them. You can make yourself feel good by riding a sinking ship down, or you can actually DO GOOD, and get a republican elected who will vote obamacare away.


20 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:25 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCaskill was just on making a statement that he should stay in and not let the party bosses undemocratically choose another candidate. I guess if I spent 2 million bucks trying to make sure he won the primary I would be encouraging him to stay.


21 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:48 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: ari-freedom

Did you realize that there are three full generations of McCaskill idiots who’ve never held a real job. They’re like the Kallikak family covered in a really interesting book http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1006&context=col_facpub&sei-redir=1&referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2Furl%3Fsa%3Dt%26rct%3Dj%26q%3Dthe%2520kallikak%2520family%2520a%2520study%2520in%2520the%2520heredity%2520of%2520feeble-mindedness%26source%3Dweb%26cd%3D2%26ved%3D0CE4QFjAB%26url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fdigitalarchive.gsu.edu%252Fcgi%252Fviewcontent.cgi%253Farticle%253D1006%2526context%253Dcol_facpub%26ei%3DOsUyUM6AJOOI6AGu7YHQCA%26usg%3DAFQjCNE9nayclMvfscXwHA8TwOa3VMVgUg#search=%22kallikak%20family%20study%20heredity%20feeble-mindedness%22


22 posted on 08/20/2012 4:19:48 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: philman_36

I worked for a man running for president who made one “misstatement” that wasn’t even wrong, but the press made it look like a power grab and they kept using it against him, over and over and over. Best thing we can do in a situation like this is punt.


23 posted on 08/20/2012 4:22:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“The second, from Philip Klein: “At this point, if Akin doesn’t drop, McCaskill can run ads all fall simply quoting Republicans condemning him.”

so again the Dims manage to get RINOS to help the GOP eat their own, while the entire Dim structure and the Dim candidate would show more backbone and that alone would help fend off the results of a gaffe

not the GOP, they’re not really out to do battle, they live to abide by the media’s agenda, and since they don’t buck that agenda, the media obliges

I quit watching choir boy Hannity some years ago.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 4:24:20 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: entropy12

What I don’t get is why the people of MO voted for this guy in the first place. Don’t they understand that when demoncrats “help” one of their opponents they have a reason and it’s not really to help. Beware Greeks bearing gifts.


25 posted on 08/20/2012 4:26:54 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Uncle Slayton
Why do you think the democrats gave money to his campaign - they know this guy's a knothead, he's made idiotic remarks in the past an figured he'd make them again in a race that will recieve national coverage. Looks like the dems had this guy figured from the get go.
26 posted on 08/20/2012 4:28:58 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Hannity was disgraceful. He might not have outright called for Akin to drop out of the race, but he certainly applied pressure.

However, a little good news ...

MARK LEVIN has just announced that according to his call screener, the "vast majority" of callers want Akin to "not resign" from his candidacy.

What's more, Levin said that these callers to his radio show are "furious" with those in the media, bloggers, beltway types etc who are calling on Akin to resign.

Levin said this is a good sign -- that the grass roots are rejecting an "injustice" against Akin.

Levin now says that if he "had his druthers," Akin would "go away." But he says that Akin is a good man, a strong conservative, and a very "moral and decent man;" and that if Akin chooses to stay, that he will have Levin's full support.

27 posted on 08/20/2012 4:29:31 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I guarantee, this is only the beginning. They’ve started a feeding frenzy that will not end here.


28 posted on 08/20/2012 4:29:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Wuli

Akin has to go. I personally favor getting Jim Talent as the new candidate. He would crush McCaskill.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 4:29:51 PM PDT by mwl8787
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To: entropy12

Todd Akin cannot draw any contrast between himself and the caricature made of “stupid Republicans”.

There is no way, today or within the next several years, that he can distance himself from this “Macaca moment”, and walk this back. This may not only affect this race, but other much closer Republican Senate candidates as well.

Remember how Mark Foley, making a equally questionable statement in e-mails that were made public before the 2006 election, got so badly burned, and how Nancy Pelosi trumpeted that into a “culture of corruption” and took the House in 2006. Essentially it set the stage for 2008 and Obama’s entrenchment in the White Hut.

“He ain’t ever going to unring that bell.” I used that same phrase in conjunction with somebody else, but it is just as applicable here.


30 posted on 08/20/2012 4:31:00 PM PDT by alloysteel (Voter suppression is needed now more than ever. Only, whom shall be suppressed?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I worked for a man running for president who made one “misstatement” that wasn’t even wrong, but the press made it look like a power grab and they kept using it against him, over and over and over. Best thing we can do in a situation like this is punt.

Would that man be Al Haig?

31 posted on 08/20/2012 4:31:57 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Didn’t Whoopie Goldberg say something about the director Roman Polanski wasn’t really guilty of rape, she said it wasn’t “rape-rape” and she is still on the air.


32 posted on 08/20/2012 4:34:26 PM PDT by Taffini ( Mr. Pippen and Mr. Waffles do not approve and neither do I)
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To: chuckee

Of course Claire wants him to stay in. She wanted him in the first place. That should have been the first clue to the Republicans in MO that Akin was not the guy to vote for. Dems never do anything without a nefarious reason. Get a clue people. Demons/rats are not good people.


33 posted on 08/20/2012 4:34:41 PM PDT by WVNan
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To: Arm_Bears
I don't follow “the media”, so frankly, I don't give a damn what they say about anything, especially Democrats.

A man claiming to be a Republican, an election away from the USA Senate, openly stated women don't get pregnant from “legitimate rape” (one may charitably assume he meant forcible, violent rape).

That is well beyond ignorant, bypasses stupidity, and attains the level of insanity.

There is no possible way to “walk that back”.

Was he always on McCaskill’s payroll? Because I wouldn't vote for him for any office after that little glimpse into his mental processes.

What was his stance on the death penalty for criminals convicted of heinous crimes?
The pure pro-life stand is also anti-death penalty.

34 posted on 08/20/2012 4:34:55 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
his theory of the female body’s magical defenses against rape-sperm

Akin didn't say anything remotely like "magical."

This ridicule of the concept he was trying to articulate (of female endocrine changes in response to a traumatic attack) is more typical of a Leftist attack, than of Right-wing reason.

Why are people who are allegedly on the Right, now parroting the Alinsky-ites?

That's exactly what Republicans are doing who are piling on Akin, using the ridicule and the language of the Left.

35 posted on 08/20/2012 4:38:35 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

His wife ought to tell him he has ZERO chance of winning because of his big, fat mouth. Obviously, he is too stupid to be in office and too stubborn and selfish to see what a stinking mess he is causing the GOP.


36 posted on 08/20/2012 4:38:42 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: WVNan

I think the senate race in MO had many contestants, so Akin probably received no where over 50% of vote. He won because of dividing of votes by others. Also his complete lack of political competence was not well known before the election.


37 posted on 08/20/2012 4:39:13 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even if Akin stays in and loses I don’t see how the Dems keep the senate. Missouri is only one of half a dozen vulnerable seats.


38 posted on 08/20/2012 4:39:23 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Taffini
Whoopie Goldberg is a former comedian, turned waste of time TV entertainer.

She is not running for elected office in any capacity.
Much less a position as a member of the USA Senate.

39 posted on 08/20/2012 4:40:51 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: shhrubbery!

People on right are just shocked at the complete lack of political competence on part of Akin. No matter how principled a candidate is, he/she still needs to avoid stupid statements. Saying a woman has remote chance of getting pregnant due to rape is simply moronic, untrue, and idiotic.


40 posted on 08/20/2012 4:42:54 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: Mach9

Competence is that any pro-life Republican running against an incumbent Democrat in a senate race should expect the “abortion in cases of rape and incest” question to be asked just as anyone taking a driving test should be expected to be asked to make a left turn.

So said candidate should have long before then have a answer to that question prepared that is 1) pro-life 2)articulate and well thought out and 3) persuasive.

The fact this guy didn’t tells me he’s never ran a real campaign(i.e. one not in a heavily Republican district), and isn’t ready for prime time.

He didn’t get caught on some obscure gotcha topic, he failed to be prepared for most obvious and cliched trap in the book.

Incompetence is the only appropriate description of his lack of preparedness.


41 posted on 08/20/2012 4:43:36 PM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: mwl8787

Talent lost to McCaskill in ‘06. Methinks we need a woman candidate after this Akin fiasco. Steelman/Wagner would be my picks.


42 posted on 08/20/2012 4:46:00 PM PDT by donozark (I never trusted anyone above the rank of Corporal, including myself.)
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To: Mach9
Rape seldom (more seldom than one in 400,000 incidents) results in pregnancy.

False. It happens in 5% of rape cases.

43 posted on 08/20/2012 4:48:14 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 77 days away.)
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To: entropy12
Saying a woman has remote chance of getting pregnant due to rape is simply moronic, untrue, and idiotic.

Agree it was unwise of Akin to say.

But "moronic, untrue, and idiotic"? No. You're wrong there.

Dr. John C. Wilkie, MD, OB/GYN on why pregnancy resulting from traumatic rape is rare

44 posted on 08/20/2012 4:49:04 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: sarasmom

Rape today seems to have meanings it lacked 50, even 25, years ago. Sometimes it’s semi-consensual (”date rape” covers everything from forced or violent to “hey, I’m not in the mood”). But if rape is violent or forced, the chances of its resulting in pregnancy are practically nonexistent. That’s no old wives’ tale. Of course, making that fact public is the last thing NARAL will allow. In attempting to reduce the number of abortions, Conservatives have compromised on rape and incest when at least in the case of the former no compromise was necessary.


45 posted on 08/20/2012 4:50:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: newzjunkey

Claimed rapes or court-prosecuted rapes. There’s a huge difference. And where did the 5% figure come from—NARAL?


46 posted on 08/20/2012 4:51:59 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: shhrubbery!

So he was merely trying to articulate a concept?

ROTFLMAO!

What other interesting “concepts” has he not yet “articulated” that may be of interest to his potential constituents?


47 posted on 08/20/2012 4:54:34 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: sarasmom
So he was merely trying to articulate a concept?

Yes, he was indeed.

And the word "trying" is important.

Glad that I somehow played a role in giving you you the giggles over this dead-serious topic.

48 posted on 08/20/2012 4:58:05 PM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: Truthsearcher

It’s odd then that the subject never materialized in any previous campaigns, whether or not he ran in Republican districts. Obviously, if the Republicans in his district had the “intelligence” of those supporting the national GOP, they’d have come up with the same question or vetted him more thoroughly. The fact is, they didn’t.

Like a driver’s test, more than one question decides the outcome. THIS is a reason to throw him to the wolves?


49 posted on 08/20/2012 4:58:26 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: shhrubbery!
Akin didn't say anything remotely like "magical."

"... if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

So Mr. Akin knows that females are capable of certain internal reproductive mechanisms that can self-regulate prenancy, yet these mechanisms remain undiscovered by modern medicine.

Oh, wait, I just taled to Dr. Quack!

Akin currently serves on the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

Oh no.

50 posted on 08/20/2012 4:59:16 PM PDT by muleskinner
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