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Akinís Support Craters in Missouri
Weekly Standard ^ | 8/26/12 | Fred Barnes

Posted on 08/26/2012 3:00:52 PM PDT by rhema

Support for Republican Todd Akin’s decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race has cratered and so has his favorability. Those findings come from two new polls conducted after Akin created a firestorm with his comment about “legitimate rape.”

Republicans, by a 47 percent to 37 percent margin, think he should drop out of the Senate contest against Democrat Claire McCaskill, and self-described Akin supporters believe the same by 50 percent to 34 percent, according to a Mason-Dixon survey. Only Democrats, sensing he’s likely to lose, want him to remain a candidate, 47 percent to 37 percent.

And in a poll for conservative groups, only 24 percent of Missouri voters looked favorably on Akin and 54 percent said they regard him unfavorably.

Before his rape comment two weeks ago, Akin had a solid lead over McCaskill. Republicans counted Missouri as a likely victory that would help them take control of the Senate. Now their chances look shaky.

While Romney did well in the poll for conservative organizations, leading President Obama in Missouri by 54 percent to 41 percent, Akin trailed McCaskill, 44 percent to 36 percent. A few weeks ago, he led by five percentage points. He was ahead by 11 percentage points among independents but now is 17 points behind. Independents, by 57 percent to 25 percent, want him to drop out.

Akin, however, has vowed to stay in the race. His freefall in the two polls will make that decision more difficult to defend.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; akin; mccaskill; mo2012
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1 posted on 08/26/2012 3:00:56 PM PDT by rhema
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To: rhema
You run to win

You lost

Bye

2 posted on 08/26/2012 3:02:45 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: scooby321

Fortunately, it looks like this selfish loser won’t cost Romney the state. Although Rasmussen showed him down, it was only a point, and he’ll recover from the bad press Aken caused the past 10 days. Akin still needs to get out...although at this point, another candidate would still have to deal with his stench. This was a guaranteed win 2 weeks ago. A real shame.


3 posted on 08/26/2012 3:05:58 PM PDT by ilgipper
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To: rhema

Are these the same polls that many said were manipulated at first to keep him in? Does this mean they are now being manipulated to push him out?


4 posted on 08/26/2012 3:07:42 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: rhema

He will lose MO and lost MO for Romney. It’s time to tell Huckerbee, Suckerbee, Buckerbee, Bumblebee, to stop supporting this idiot and have him withdraw from the race, now!


5 posted on 08/26/2012 3:07:53 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: rhema

Right or wrong is one thing. Win or lose is another. If you can’t win, being right doesn’t mean anything.


6 posted on 08/26/2012 3:10:53 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: Ingtar
Are these the same polls that many said were manipulated at first to keep him in?

No, the poll you're referring to is the PPP/Kos poll, which is as Leftie as it gets, and the results were clearly skewed to convince the gullible (Akin, Huckster, et al) that Akin should stay in.

The Mason-Dixon poll is quite reliable, and unfortunately, predicts a pretty easy reelection for Frau McCaskill. But hey, at least the Huckster's folks are happy!

7 posted on 08/26/2012 3:18:41 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Send Sherrod Brown packing - www.JoshMandel.com)
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To: rhema

What a plan. Abandon the good guy on the field of battle and complain that he will lose.


8 posted on 08/26/2012 3:21:28 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: rhema

Lots of folks have their panties in a wad over Akin. Clairbell couldn’t win this state now if she was the only one on the ballot.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 3:24:16 PM PDT by anchorclankor (From the main part of Missouri)
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To: TonyInOhio; All

They won by losing.. How I don’t know...


10 posted on 08/26/2012 3:26:49 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Romney / Ryan 2012)
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To: ilgipper
This was a guaranteed win 2 weeks ago. A real shame.

While that is the popular thought in GOP circles, there is no guaranteed win against McCasket and never was. She has the uncanny ability to survive sure defeats, to lie with believability, and to rise from the dead at election time to deceive the multitudes. This was always going to be a tough race.

11 posted on 08/26/2012 3:26:57 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Jacquerie
What a plan. Abandon the good guy on the field of battle and complain that he will lose

But that's not the plan Akin followed. Instead, he did this: said something indefensible, gave two incoherent interviews to reinforce the idiocy, stayed in the race until it was too late to easily replace him with an equally conservative candidate who could win, and then complained about the GOP abandoning him.

Quite a plan!

12 posted on 08/26/2012 3:29:24 PM PDT by TonyInOhio (Send Sherrod Brown packing - www.JoshMandel.com)
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To: anchorclankor

I think you’re right. It’s only August, and voters have a short memory. I’m sure McCaskill will do something stupid between now and Election Day, too.


13 posted on 08/26/2012 3:30:26 PM PDT by VanShuyten ("a shadow...draped nobly in the folds of a gorgeous eloquence.")
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To: muir_redwoods

“If you can’t win, being right doesn’t mean anything.”
Jeses has completely nullified statements like this.


14 posted on 08/26/2012 3:32:13 PM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: Jacquerie

A week ago, Mark Levin said if he had his druthers Akin would drop out, but if he doesn’t, conservatives should support him. But alas, Akin decided to stay in the race and Levin has been against him ever since.


15 posted on 08/26/2012 3:35:06 PM PDT by Windy City Conservative (Kyle Smith)
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To: Uncle Chip

I still think he pulls it out because of the turnout to make sure OBozo is beaten. And those voters will vote for Akins over McCaskill because they’re not going to pass on a vote which would gaurantee McCaskill as a Senator.


16 posted on 08/26/2012 3:36:31 PM PDT by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: Ingtar

It is a sad story. Todd Akin was about to become a U.S. Senator. It was his to lose. The polls favored him and all he had to do was stay alert, focused, disciplined and eternally thankful for the good fortune that fell into his lap.

Instead of realizing how fortuante he was that two better known candidates beat each other up, which allowed him to steal victory, he threw caution to the wind and gave a sloppy, incredibly stupid off-the-cuff answer to deadly serious question. Unbeliveable!

In an instant his crowning professional political ambition to become a U.S. Senator came crashing to a halt. The sheer speed of his fall and the extent of damage done to his campaign appears to be so overwhelming that he refuses to accept it. Deep down he must know he has fatally damaged his chances of ever defeating Senator Claire McCaskill but apparently he is still in denial and grasping at anything to salvage his candidacy and return to the place he was just a mere ten days ago.

It is a devastating personal tragedy for Todd Akin but one he brought upon himself. He has nobody to blame except himself and his own personal hubris and unwillingness to stay focused and disciplined.

We will soon learn what type of man Todd Akin really is. Is he big enough to accept the consequences of his own actions? Is he smart enough to realize he cannot lead or champion the causes he claims to hold so dear? When will he step aside and let another candidate that is not fatally damaged take up the charge against McCaskill and the liberals.

Todd, go out a winner. Do the right thing, the big thing, the courageous thing and let someone else lead the fight. Someone else that can win.


17 posted on 08/26/2012 3:38:57 PM PDT by daviscupper
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To: ilgipper
Fortunately, it looks like this selfish loser won’t cost Romney the state.

Hopefully we can replace Missouri's senate seat from somewhere else.

18 posted on 08/26/2012 3:40:41 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Jacquerie
There are no good guys in politics. Only agendas. He shares our agenda but he's politically toxic. That means the opposition within our own party will paint us all toxic and 2014 will be for the RINOs what 2010 was for us.

NO man is worth allowing that happen.

This is about conservatism, not Akin or anybody else.

19 posted on 08/26/2012 3:44:58 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Windy City Conservative

What?


20 posted on 08/26/2012 3:46:37 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Legalize Freedom!!)
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To: rhema

Hmmm ... Where in the Weekly Standard blog post do they reference the polls supporting their analysis? Could they perhaps *still* be referencing polls performed during the kneejerk reactionary period to Akin's statement? Were the polls taken *prior* to his Friday announcement to stay in the race? Is this a continuation of the GOP pile-on to prevent a genuine conservative from acquiring a Senate seat? Bottom line : when the curtain closes, the Missourians will either pull the lever for McCaskill or Akin or not pull it at all. From what I hear verbalized from the conservative element in the area, they want McCaskill out, period. And a whole lot of them genuinely like Akin. I believe The Weekly Standard "doth protest too much".


21 posted on 08/26/2012 3:47:11 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: rhema

Too bad for those who don’t like it. He’s staying in the race.

His numbers tanked far more because his “friends” in the Gop-E spent the last week hacking, slicing and dicing their own man.

His comment was not nearly as damning as challenged McCain on his famous white night ride to washington to save the nation from economic collapse, only to come out of a meeting naked, supporting a tarp-type response, and looking really, really stupid.

But, his party didn’t give up on him.

Let’s see...47-37. That won’t be the first come from behind from a 10 point deficit in the history of political races. Let’s see. Akin gaining five means McCaskill going down by five among the decideds, and there’s a measley 16% undecided or other still up for grabs.

Unfortunately, of course, the election is going to be held tomorrow in Missouri on the 27th of August this year. So, we’ll know the winner on Tuesday. Really sad they’re doing it that way this year instead of waiting the 2 and a quarter months left until the rest of the nation votes.


22 posted on 08/26/2012 3:47:49 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Steelfish

Care to place a bet Stellfish? Methinks Romney will win Missouri.

If I win, I get some $$$$ and a chance to spend it.

If I lose, the money I give you won’t be worth squat in Obama’s 2nd term.

Either way....you lose.

(sarc)


23 posted on 08/26/2012 3:51:12 PM PDT by Kolath
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To: xzins

“Too bad for those who don’t like it. He’s staying in the race.”
******************************************************************

At this point any true conservative in Missouri should plan on voting for Akin if he continues to foolishly stay in the race until November.

For those folks who wish to support Akin by donations and working for his campaign, have at it. He’s apparently in to stay and I hope he wins although he has damaged his chances.

For both those who support Akin and those who choose to not do so, there are an abundance of other DESERVING conservative Republican Senatorial candidates who are very deserving of our support. The ones that my family and I have chosen to support with our limited time and funds are:

Josh Mandel in Ohio,
Ted Cruz in Texas,
Rick Berg in North Dakota,
Jeff Flake in Arizona
Deb Fischer in Nebraska,
Richard Mourdock in Indiana
Denny Rehberg in Montana
Pete Hoekstra in Michigan

and, possibly:
George Allen in Virginia and others can be added to the list.

I think that all believers in our conservative principles will agree that this is a list of conservative Republicans very deserving of our support and well-wishes for victory in November.

We have significant political battles across the nation and need to remember those. Support these folks to the extent you can.


24 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:05 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: xzins
Too bad for those who don’t like it. He’s staying in the race.

What is it the RINOs keep repeating in regard to mitt - "you go to war with the army you've got."

Well, here's a chance all those same yellow bellies here to demonstrate a little consistency.

25 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:20 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Right or wrong is one thing. Win or lose is another. If you can’t win, being right doesn’t mean anything.

Amen! Akin is a right man for the Senate but not one who can now win it. Thank God he's not the only one in America who shares the same beliefs. Question is, is it too late now?

I think it is unfortunately. If I'm right about that he owns this inevitable defeat.

The bad news is that it will backfire on the conservative movement ESPECIALLY if his defeat costs us the majority in the Senate.

26 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:28 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: xzins

His initial comment made people suspect he was an idiot.

His follow-up “clarification” confirmed it for most.

He has zero chance at winning the Missouri Senate seat and because of that has done considerable damage to the conservative cause he claims to support.


27 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:41 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Newt (sigh) what could have been . . .)
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To: xzins
Too bad for those who don’t like it. He’s staying in the race.

What is it the RINOs keep repeating in regard to mitt - "you go to war with the army you've got."

Well, here's a chance for all those same folks to demonstrate a little consistency.

28 posted on 08/26/2012 3:53:50 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: tsowellfan
Thanks Plato, but I disagree with all of the Surrender Monkeys at this thread. The rats, media, rinos, GOPe are devouring Akin because a.)they hate conservatives, and b.) history shows they will get away with it.
29 posted on 08/26/2012 3:54:09 PM PDT by Jacquerie (Exterminate rats.)
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To: rhema

This is pretty dumb. Of course his numbers would be down, after having been pounded by everyone and his uncle in both parties for the past week.

Maybe conservatives should get their heads screwed back on and support him, since he’s the only candidate for the job that we have. And, aside from this kerfuffle, he is a good, solid 97% certified conservative.


30 posted on 08/26/2012 3:56:03 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Sirius Lee
What is it the RINOs keep repeating in regard to mitt - "you go to war with the army you've got."

We don't want consistency. What we wanted was to be able to blame the RINOs and Romney if Obama beat him in November. Don't you get it?

If we lose the Senate because of Akin, we will be the blame. We were suppose to win all of our conservative campaigns to show the RINOs that we can do it because our philosophy is the majority, that Americans do not want compromise between the parties.

We have a responsibility to WIN, not just to be a good man. Win is the objective.

31 posted on 08/26/2012 3:59:03 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: scooby321

October Surprise comes early for Akin.... a real “macaca moment”.... Does this Akin-dunce have brain or a handler?


32 posted on 08/26/2012 3:59:23 PM PDT by ptsal (E)
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To: rhema

We Conservatives are a strange lot. A small number of us insist that there is only standard for consideration to political office: absolute purity of word and heart to Conservative principles. No deviance from ideological purity is allowed.

All of this is well and good, we all want solid Conservatives to lead us out of this abyss and we are deeply suspicious of those who may appear to be going wobbly.

But, there is another measure that is of equal importance to the ideological metric: electability. If you can’t get elected, you are just another pure of heart Conservative loser. Conservatives have a bent for selecting such losers, election night ballrooms are drowned in the tears of the concession speeches.

In this political world, winning counts. Democrats understand this, and are willing to sacrifice everything else to achieve victory. Conservatives are not. We would rather be smug losers, congratulating ourselves that our candidate was no faint heart in the fight against the evil Left. Faint heart, perhaps not, but he was fatally wounded going over the top and the entire attack failed for lack of a leader who could both advance the Conservative cause and stand triumphant on the enemies’ parapet.

Akin died going over the top. Time for a new leader in the Missouri Senate race.


33 posted on 08/26/2012 4:01:03 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: Jacquerie

Surrender or lose are not the only two options here. Replace is another option and Akin can be replaced with someone as conservative.


34 posted on 08/26/2012 4:03:03 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Kolath

No bet I hope you win. But remember to ping me on election night results in MO.


35 posted on 08/26/2012 4:04:03 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Steelfish
He will lose MO and lost MO for Romney

No he won't. Try actually reading the polling data instead of just mindlessly screaming your emotion based opinions

36 posted on 08/26/2012 4:06:09 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Giving more money to DC to fix the Debt is like giving free drugs to addicts think it will cure them)
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To: centurion316

Electability - if you cannot get elected everything else is out the window in politics.

Better to sign up for a Freeper account. You’ll make a much bigger difference.


37 posted on 08/26/2012 4:06:22 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: daviscupper
When will he step aside and let another candidate that is not fatally damaged take up the charge against McCaskill and the liberals.let someone else lead the fight.

As soon as there is viable candidate that can carry on. Can you give us a name of one???

38 posted on 08/26/2012 4:07:53 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: MNJohnnie

Why don’t you post the data right here that you’re looking at that shows an Akin victory?


39 posted on 08/26/2012 4:08:17 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: tsowellfan

We have a responsibility to WIN, not just to be a good man. Win is the objective.

Win, at any cost? Is that truly wise? I think Akin will win regardless, but in the bigger picture is it really "winning" when you lower the standard in order to do so? Seems like when you lower your standard to the level of your opponent's standard, your opponent wins even by losing. There is no victory in that. In Akin's case, I think there is a good chance we can win without lowering the standard, which would be a true victory.


40 posted on 08/26/2012 4:08:23 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: so_real
Is this a continuation of the GOP pile-on to prevent a genuine conservative from acquiring a Senate seat?

So the nasty evil GOP operatives decided to blithely toss the senate seat to the democrats in this critical election, simply because the Republican candidate was a "genuine conservative"?

Sure.

41 posted on 08/26/2012 4:08:42 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: Sirius Lee
What is it the RINOs keep repeating in regard to mitt - "you go to war with the army you've got." Well, here's a chance for all those same folks to demonstrate a little consistency.

Ya know, SL, I've run across far too many ABOs who appear to just parrot the media. The truth is determined by both who in the media said it and how many of them agreed.

42 posted on 08/26/2012 4:08:42 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! True supporters of our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: muir_redwoods

And if you are wrong not only do you deserve to lose, the people who suported you deserve whatever they get either way.


43 posted on 08/26/2012 4:08:49 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: xzins

Ryan voted for TARP, same as McCain did.
Romney has said he would have voted for TARP.


44 posted on 08/26/2012 4:11:14 PM PDT by Lorianne (fedgov, taxporkmoney)
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To: so_real
Win, at any cost? Is that truly wise?

Absolutely!. If it's a candidate that represents our beliefs, shares our philosophy, is a true conservative... yes, win at any cost! Win is the objective. Period.

Akin is not the only conservative in Missouri.

Yes, it is very truly wise. If we lose, the RINOs will be empowered.

45 posted on 08/26/2012 4:12:42 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: BlatherNaut

lets see:
to at many if not most conservatives Akin is toxic
to RINOs Akin is toxic
to independents he is toxic
to most women he is toxic
to Dem voters he is toxic

I see that he has got a winning strategy. It cant be just the RINOs fault.


46 posted on 08/26/2012 4:13:39 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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To: Jacquerie

There are none so blind as those, WHO WILL NOT SEE THE FREAKING TRUTH ABOUT WHAT THEY’VE DONE, and humbly step aside...


47 posted on 08/26/2012 4:14:50 PM PDT by dps.inspect (rage against the Obama machine...)
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To: hecht
Correction:

to Dem voters he is toxic a blessing

48 posted on 08/26/2012 4:15:21 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: rhema

Wow it took Barnes forever to get on the throw Akins under the bus bandwagon. Glad he is the only politician to misspeak. He will recover if he uses this issue to his advantage.

Pray for America


49 posted on 08/26/2012 4:16:08 PM PDT by bray (The Gummit didn't make my business, God did!)
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To: tsowellfan

well stated


50 posted on 08/26/2012 4:16:34 PM PDT by hecht (restore Hetch-Hetchy, and screw San Francisco and Pelosi)
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