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The GOP Akin Problem Is Worse than They Think
Dianawest.net ^ | 8/24/2012 | Diana West

Posted on 08/25/2012 12:09:20 PM PDT by kreitzer

Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn’t follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s example with a big, fat apology – to Akin – the whole party goes down in flames come November.

I don’t mean every Republican will lose, but there is great political peril in not sealing the hole in Republican armor that has opened in Missouri and instead permitting it to remain a Democratic pressure point. Further, “for the good of the country” (the mantra accompanying the party-wide chorus of pleas to Akin to drop out of his U.S. Senate race), Republicans must resume funding Akin’s viable campaign ASAP, after cutting it off in a mad fit of political pique. Finally, every one of them – the party standard-bearer, party bosses, congressional delegations, allied pundits – should come together for a group smack on the head, as in, “What were we thinking?”

I can’t recall anything in public life more widely craven and uncalled for than the open panic and bullying set off across the Republican Party by the first replay of Akin’s perplexingly ignorant interview comments on rape and pregnancy. The veteran conservative lawmaker, former engineer, former businessman and grandfather of eight recanted these remarks. He apologized for them.

But as the left began to bay for blood over a Republican and, by preposterous extension, Republican Party it hopes to smear as “anti-woman,” Republicans across the board, incredibly, joined in. Rather than jouncing Democrats back into some semblance of decent behavior with a firm, party-wide reality check – comparing a dumb comment about rape from one among their ranks with, say, accusations of actual rape against Democrats’ two-term hero, Bill Clinton – Republicans obligingly cut off their own noses and handed them to their political opponents.

The headline in the New York Times this week said it all: “GOP is pressing candidate to quit over rape remark.” Funny how we never, ever saw anything similar in the 1990s, when bombshells about Bill Clinton’s serial sexual harassment and assault of women were a common occurrence. Something like: “Dems pressing president to quit over rape.”

Didn’t happen. In fact, far from “pressuring” the former president into a quiet post-presidency retirement, the Democrats are spotlighting the overexposed sexual reprobate with a center-stage role at their upcoming convention. There, Clinton will officially re-nominate Barack Obama for president.

What else can we expect from the party that still lionizes Ted Kennedy, the late Massachusetts politician who notoriously left a young female campaign worker to drown in a sinking car rather than get help? Just as serial sexual improprieties perpetrated by Bill Clinton don’t count in Democrat-land as “anti-woman,” neither does Kennedy’s unconscionable behavior at Chappaquiddick. Both men not only remained in office, they remain the Democrats’ ideal.

A muddled, recanted remark about reproductive biology, however, puts a Republican one or two steps away from Hitler. He must be shunned by “decent” society, his whole career destroyed, the primary votes he won nullified, to expiate his “sin.”

Worst of all is the Republican Party’s unified acquiescence to this illogical, unjust and amoral equivalence. In fact, without the GOP’s lockstep, take-me-to-your-leader obedience to the Democrats’ rigged rules, the pitch of this controversy would have died down already. Without the Republicans’ vigorous enforcement of the left’s double standards, Akin would probably still be facing favorable odds of winning the Missouri Senate seat.

But no, which is what deeply concerns me. Indulging ginned-up, hack hysterics is not the behavior of a leader or a winner. Worse, accommodating unjust attacks on a solid citizen in the name of practicality or the “greater good” is a very dangerous precedent, as totalitarian history tells us. That’s why the GOP needs to rethink Missouri and make amends with Akin before “moving on.” Otherwise, I fear that in its vital quest to prevent Barack Obama from winning a second term, it won’t be moving anywhere.

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The Republican party has betrayed their country and their oath. They are traitors and should be treated as such. They swarm Akin and allow an unconstitutional fraud in the WH with nary a peep.
1 posted on 08/25/2012 12:09:30 PM PDT by kreitzer
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To: kreitzer

We are all Akin for a quick McCaskill to this.


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3 posted on 08/25/2012 12:12:41 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: kreitzer

I have been really surprised at how quickly a large number of FReepers turned on Akin, a true pro life candidate who has genuine concern for the unborn.


4 posted on 08/25/2012 12:14:17 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: cruise_missile

Akin must proclaim “I will vote to repeal ObamaCare... McCaskill WON’T”. That may be enough.


5 posted on 08/25/2012 12:14:26 PM PDT by FiddlePig
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To: kreitzer

Other than Huckabee attaching himself to Akin b/c his show is failing to beat Rush and he needs Akin to pump up his show that’s getting demolished everyday.


6 posted on 08/25/2012 12:23:15 PM PDT by paltz
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To: kreitzer

I’ve also been very discouraged by the large number of Freepers (although a few of them appear to be trolls) who have jumped aboard the left-wing propaganda train and savagely bashed Akin.

Akin is a good man with a solid conservative record, who misspoke, mainly with the use of one unfortunate word (”legitimate rape”). And immediately every Republican in sight, including many supposed conservatives, seem to think that that is MUCH WORSE than killing every baby in sight, as Akin’s attackers advocate.

Akin is a solid conservative who supports our freedoms. Romney is a gay-activist baby killer who put through a program to provide cheap—and subsequently free—abortions at taxpayer expense. Which is worse, a small verbal stumble, or a complete lack of moral principles?


7 posted on 08/25/2012 12:24:41 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: andyk

There is more to being a winning candidate than being prolife. Akin made one of the greatest campaign blunders of all time. Just because he shares that view with some single issue voters doesn’t change that.


8 posted on 08/25/2012 12:26:12 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: kreitzer

Akin foolishly stepped in a carefully crafted trap the libtards set for him. The jaws of the trap were conservatives. They did just what the Brown Shirt Media wanted them to. Pitiful, actually. Conservatives SHOULD HAVE told them where to get off. Just another in a string of missed opportunities. The whole sordid affair did reveal whois really conservative and who is just going through the motions.


9 posted on 08/25/2012 12:28:03 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: FiddlePig

Exactly.


10 posted on 08/25/2012 12:28:17 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: kreitzer

11 posted on 08/25/2012 12:30:28 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: andyk

He has done more to damage the pro-Life side than help it.
He may be pro-Life, but that’s not enough. People who go shoot up abortion clinics are pro-Life ... doesn’t help the cause, it hurts it.

Let’s take an example: If you have a business and say you have a loyal dedicated hard working employee but one who is unreliable in what he says. You don’t send this employee to important meetings, to get a new contract/client, to represent your company ... no matter how much of a nice guy he is, you just don’t do it. It will hurt your business and your chances of success. It’s business suicide to send someone like that to top level meetings with clients etc. That’s the way it works at the top of the game in business ... and in politics.


12 posted on 08/25/2012 12:32:12 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: kreitzer

NO.

This issue is much greater than Todd Akin and he is too obtuse to see it.

He won in a tight 3 way race with cross-over votes from the DEMOCRATS.

I live in MO and I will not accept Akin when I know it will cost us the senate seat. He should withdraw so that a more reliable candidate can run on the Republican ticket.

If he does not withdraw, I will support a write-in candidate.


13 posted on 08/25/2012 12:32:25 PM PDT by chronicles
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To: kreitzer

An attempt at projecting blame from the person who caused the problem on to those who are the victims of it.

Akin caused this and only him leaving the race and keeping his mouth shut would have done anything to move toward solving it. It is as if he went to the most ultra feminist websites and their slander of conservatives and the pro-life movement and acted in a way to “prove” their stereotypes.

Akin was not the choice of Republicans - he was the choice of the Democrats and Claire McCaskill. His nomination would not have been possible without them and the millions they spent for him to interfere with the primary - and apparently with good reason. We are supposed to join McCaskill and the Democrats and go along with someone destroying the credibility of everything we believe in to “prove” we are conservatives?


14 posted on 08/25/2012 12:34:07 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: kreitzer

Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn’t follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s example with a big, fat apology – to Akin – the whole party goes down in flames come November.

Prediction: Diane West is someone who is a LIBERAL!!


15 posted on 08/25/2012 12:34:28 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Yes, Obama, I had help with my business. MY CUSTOMERS!)
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To: kreitzer

She nails it.


16 posted on 08/25/2012 12:34:38 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: ilgipper

Part of what bothers me is that people actually consider it to be one of the biggest campaign blunders of all time. It’s pretty clear he was distinguishing between forcible rape and statutory rape. I don’t know about the science, but forcible rape has a very low incidence of pregnancies as a result. He apologized. Apparently the GOP are not allowed to make mistakes.


17 posted on 08/25/2012 12:34:45 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: kreitzer

Akin is clearly not too bright and seems to know little about real women who have faced crisis pregnancies.

Only the candidate can defuse situations like this. Akin had 2 days to do that and failed, miserably.

That being said if he does not step down and he is within the margin of error as we get closer to election day I wouldn’t mind if the Rs put some money back in the race.

As of today I see Akin is getting creamed by that idiot tax cheat McCaskill, but luckily Romney has a lead over Obama.

That poll is discussed over at Hot Air, I’m sorry to be too lazy to post a link.


18 posted on 08/25/2012 12:38:15 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: kreitzer
Here is what the GOP-E engages in...

"There were talking point memos sent from the National Republican Senatorial Committee suggesting language to urge Akin to drop out. Political consultants were ordered to stay away from Akin or lose future business with GOP committees. Operatives were recruited to set up a network of pastors to call Akin to urge him to get out. Money has changed hands to push him off the plank."

Who needs enemies with friends like that?

19 posted on 08/25/2012 12:39:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: kreitzer

100% over the target and spot on. The article summarizes well the alarms we've been raising here on FR for years with respect to the GOP.


20 posted on 08/25/2012 12:42:49 PM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: kreitzer

I put this down to timidity. Political courage means putting your neck on the line. And while some are willing to do this, being asked to do so again and again tends to erode their courage.

Add that to the Republican establishment, who, comfortable in their seats, want no more arguments with anyone. They become “go along to get along” types. Some, no doubt, have even convinced themselves of the “inevitability” of the liberal agenda. So ‘moderation’ or even when they call themselves ‘conservatives’, what they are saying is that they agree with the liberals—they just do not want the liberal agenda as fast as the liberals.

Make no mistake, Washington does severely punish those with core values, because it seeks compromise in all things, and those with core values tend to foul that machine.


21 posted on 08/25/2012 12:44:25 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: kreitzer

There’s talk in the blogosphere that conservatives may try to persuade John Danforth to run for his old job as a write-in candidate. Another name mentioned is Kit Bond. Both should have widespread name recognition.


22 posted on 08/25/2012 12:45:10 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: andyk

Todd Akin is Presidential Material. He is George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ronald Reagan all wrapped into one.

How dare these phony RINOs like Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin and Sarah Palin criticize Akin. No more RINOs, we must all support Akin, and apologize to him.


23 posted on 08/25/2012 12:45:17 PM PDT by StevenFlorida
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To: kreitzer

Great article, and it needed saying.

As she points out, if Democrats truly want the topic of the day to be rape, let’s suit up and beat the tar out of them. They’ve certainly provided plenty of material over the years.

Thus far, this has been an opportunity wasted. Akin gave us a lemon, for sure, but the GOP should have made lemonade, instead of forming a circular firing squad, and one that Akin managed to duck at that.


24 posted on 08/25/2012 12:46:02 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: chronicles
I live in MO and I will not accept Akin when I know it will cost us the senate seat.

If he does not withdraw, I will support a write-in candidate.

Yeah, you really care about getting that senate seat. LOL

25 posted on 08/25/2012 12:46:42 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Republican Wildcat
It is as if he went to the most ultra feminist websites and their slander of conservatives and the pro-life movement and acted in a way to “prove” their stereotypes.

It is as if GOPers are more neurotic than ultra feminists.

“Obama’s Democratic support in the state remains largely unchanged at 96%, and voters not affiliated with either major party still favor Romney by 20 points. But Republican support in Missouri for the party’s likely nominee has fallen from 94% in late July to 85% now,”

26 posted on 08/25/2012 12:49:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TigersEye

I am not here to bandy insults with you.

I have a vote in Missouri and I will vote as I see fit.


27 posted on 08/25/2012 12:51:01 PM PDT by chronicles
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To: musicman

Love the picture. Which one is riding shotgun???


28 posted on 08/25/2012 12:51:07 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kreitzer

The magnitude of the Aikin problem is directly related to the hysterical conservative talk radio hyperventilating. Shoulda been talked about till the deadline passed; then dropped.


29 posted on 08/25/2012 12:51:25 PM PDT by joelt
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To: chronicles

Insults? By all means waste your vote on a write-in because you can’t stand the thought of losing the seat.


30 posted on 08/25/2012 12:53:40 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: andyk
I have been really surprised at how quickly a large number of FReepers turned on Akin, a true pro life candidate who has genuine concern for the unborn.

Says a lot about FReepers.

31 posted on 08/25/2012 12:54:27 PM PDT by Tramonto
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To: chronicles

>>I will not accept Akin when I know it will cost us the senate seat....If he does not withdraw, I will support a write-in candidate.<<

And if enough of you do that, it will cost us the senate seat, as you stated.


32 posted on 08/25/2012 12:56:42 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: chronicles

Don’t get me wrong. I understand completely voting on principle. There is no way in hell I will vote for that lying, liberal sack of crap Romney.


33 posted on 08/25/2012 1:00:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: kreitzer
Without the Republicans’ vigorous enforcement of the left’s double standards, Akin would probably still be facing favorable odds of winning the Missouri Senate seat.

YEP -- it was the hysterical reaction out of all proportion to what was said.

If the GOP wants to win the seat it needs to suck it up and start running anti-McCaskill adds NOW.

34 posted on 08/25/2012 1:01:40 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: ilgipper

Whoaaa—It hasn’t even been ARGUED, much less established, that anything Akin said was wrong. At worst, and I do mean at worst, his use of “legitimate” did indeed set off a fire storm. But who has defined that term, ANYwhere? Screams of “rape is rape” are no argument. Statutory rape certainly doesn’t qualify, and the “meanings” of date rape are wide enough to drive tankers through. His citings of doctors who believed that in cases where rape is actually rape biological resistance set in are at least as true and as available and academic as those that deny it. The fact that the GOP chose to “legitimize” the left’s findings on the matter is absolutely reprehensible.

If our rights are granted by Nature’s God, how can those who support that definition of “rights” so quickly succumb to arguments that so egregiously contradict it? The right to abort—under ANY circumstances—was granted by government and government alone. As such, there’s no such right. No one’s even made a case for the logic that prevailed prior to Roe: mitigating circumstances. Hard-liners aren’t going to accept even that, but surely secular types can agree that abortion WAS legal under certain, mitigating circumstances. But Roe waived all that, giving us an ersatz right to kill unborn children under any circumstances at all.


35 posted on 08/25/2012 1:04:11 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: StevenFlorida

Haha, spare me the hyperbole. Even Rush defended Akin against the dog pile.


36 posted on 08/25/2012 1:04:22 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: kreitzer

Mark Levin pretty much summed it up when the deadline passed and Akin hadn’t dropped out: he wished he had, but now he has to back him because we have no choice in the matter. We have to beat back the rising tide of the Democrat horde.


37 posted on 08/25/2012 1:05:12 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: Cicero

He was crucified for a valueless adjective and a dubious theory.

I’m deeply disappointed in the unwillingness to consider his position on the matter of abortion.

There’s been no shortage of verbal foolery on the Right over the last 4 years, not sure why the sudden outrage is necessary now.


38 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:16 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: andyk

>>I have been really surprised at how quickly a large number of FReepers turned on Akin...<<

I’m not. He certainly screwed up, and it was natural to hope that the campaign to replace him would work, especially when a lot of us wanted one of the other two candidates to win the primary in the first place.

However, if anyone believes that Akin is really down 10 points to McCaskill, I’ve got the proverbial bridge to sell them. His numbers held with Independents. It was the Republicans in the poll that deserted him. By the next poll, that will have been proven to be temporary, just part of the intense campaign to get him off the ballot.

To imagine that GOP voters are going to desert Akin for McCaskill is pure fantasy, and the likelihood of a write-in candidate emerging is very, very low, so Akin will get back 95-99% of those who deserted him in that one “heat-of-the-moment” poll.


39 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:23 PM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: StevenFlorida

And welcome to the FR.


40 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:30 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: chronicles
He should withdraw so that a more reliable candidate can run on the Republican ticket.

Can you name that "more reliable" candidate???

If he does not withdraw, I will support a write-in candidate.

Ohh my apologies, you just did: Claire McCaskill.

You sure are reliable.

41 posted on 08/25/2012 1:06:53 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: kreitzer

Excellent point. After we defeat Obama, our next target should be the Republican establishment.


42 posted on 08/25/2012 1:08:52 PM PDT by IUDan (IUDan)
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To: Norseman

It is my choice to make. The seat is probably lost anyway if Akin does not withdraw.

Akin was NOT my choice of candidates in the first place. He was the choice of the Democrats that crossed party lines to vote for him. I do not owe him anything, let alone an apology.


43 posted on 08/25/2012 1:09:40 PM PDT by chronicles
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To: chronicles

>>I live in MO and I will not accept Akin when I know it will cost us the senate seat. He should withdraw so that a more reliable candidate can run on the Republican ticket.

If he does not withdraw, I will support a write-in candidate.<<

You’ll write in a more reliable candidate? Reliable for what? Pro-life views? Conservative?

Why is he going to lose? Are Republicans going to vote for the Democrat? Then Republicans deserve a Democrat. Just like in Nevada. RINOS backed Reid. Screwed the whole country, every darned day since, because Angel was too radical for them.


44 posted on 08/25/2012 1:10:04 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: kreitzer

I think he could just say he got some incorrect medical information from some doctor(s) but he still supports the child’s right to live. He should acknowledge that a pregnancy as a result of rape is a very traumatic experience for a woman, but killing the child is not the answer.

Then, if the dems continue to dwell on the issue, he should focus and constantly talk about improving jobs and the economy in MO, and ask why the dems don’t seem to care about the middle class.


45 posted on 08/25/2012 1:11:51 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: TigersEye

Once in the Senate can we be assured he won’t do a Jeffers on us?


46 posted on 08/25/2012 1:12:22 PM PDT by not2worry
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To: kreitzer
There are none so STUPID as those who have no sense political imagery... me.

You can scream till your lungs are flailing in wind, that Akin is a smart pro-life conservative and how wrong it was for the "establishment" to come down so hard on him. Listen, have you never been embarrassed by, say a family member who while not knowing the facts, talks as though he does, but everybody else in the room knows what the facts truly are? They all and roll their eyes in disgust at the poser, pretender... and this guy is your brother.

You have one of two options: Option One; you scurry your brother out of the room, ask him to please go home, because frankly, he is embarrassing himself and you. If he leaves, he honors you and may acquire some wisdom from that experience to learn that he must know his facts and how to properly discuss what the facts are. Of course if he refuses to leave, he dishonors you and continues to look foolish, and embarrass all the more.

Option Two; you decide its more important to your brother to show you're on his side, though you know his faulty mental capabilities, hence you ask everyone else to leave. You tell your guests that they are only welcome back if they are willing to ignore your brother's short circuited thinking. But what's more, you demand that your guests must be willing to admit they were too harsh, that they must welcome him back and go on listening to him speak inanities.

Hillbilly Huckabee has decide on option two... no sense of political imagery...

47 posted on 08/25/2012 1:12:22 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: not2worry

As a 12 term congressman he has a 97% ACU rating as of 2011. The highest in Congress I think.


48 posted on 08/25/2012 1:13:48 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Uncle Chip

Yes, We have Ann Wagner, David Limbaugh, Kit Bond to name a few.

Your point is?


49 posted on 08/25/2012 1:15:09 PM PDT by chronicles
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To: dps.inspect

Self-image first, family second?


50 posted on 08/25/2012 1:15:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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