Skip to comments.Missouri Senate Race Model For the Nation
Posted on 10/22/2012 3:49:26 AM PDT by Kaslin
A new poll from Wenzel Strategies shows Rep. Todd Akin leading incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the race for the Senate seat in Missouri.
Its big news that Akin is still alive and kicking despite being abandoned by the national Republican Party leadership.
Akin, who refused to succumb to pressure from his own party leadership to get out of the race after poorly expressing himself in an interview on the issue of rape and abortion, has been left to his own resources and friends to raise funds.
According to the just published fundraising report for the last quarter, going through September, McCaskill outraised him almost four to one.
Yet, its still a race.
This contest captures the stark contrasts that delineate the most fundamental, rawest political currents of the country today.
On one side, we have McCaskill mouthing every predictable liberal position on all issues. You wouldnt really even need her if you could operate a Senate seat off your iPad with an app called liberal.
Meet every challenge with more government. Spend, tax, regulate, subsidize, abort.
Meanwhile, in Akin we have a conservative who actually believes that the blessings of freedom depend on traditional values, limited government and personal responsibility. This opens him to caricature from liberals and provokes fear in establishment politicians.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in its recent endorsement of McCaskill, Todd Akin comes out of the new incarnation of the Missouri Republican Party, the one based on peddling simplistic solutions to fearful values voters.
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that for the years 2006 through 2010, 26 percent of the population of St. Louis, which is almost half black, lived below the poverty line.
It doesnt seem to phase the Post-Dispatch that poverty in their own city persists at levels 60 percent above the national rate. They are more concerned about a conservative getting elected, who might actually try to do things differently.
Whereas insanity is doing the same things and expecting different results, doing things differently like freeing up poor parents to send their kids to church schools and promoting politically incorrect traditional values is for liberals and the Post-Dispatch editors simplistic.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, black unemployment in St Louis in 2011 was 14.9 percent, the ninth highest black employment rate of metropolitan areas in the country.
In 2010, the graduation rate in St Louis public schools, according to the school district, was 60 percent.
In Education Weeks recently published ranking of public school systems nationwide, Missouri is rated number 41 out of 50 states and the District of Columbia.
These bleak statistics are not new. This has been going on for years.
In St. Louis, and in the nations largest urban areas, we see all the same chronic and persistent pathologies.
Poverty, hopeless urban schools, and chronically high unemployment among minorities are becoming a way of life in our country. What really should be provoking fear is not that there are committed conservatives who want genuine change but that Americans are becoming resigned that real change is not possible.
The McCaskill vs. Akin faceoff is really about what is happening in the country nationwide.
Maybe in the best of times views from different political parties can be about splitting hairs. But in times like this, were talking about being at a crossroads and recognizing that our problems exist at the core of how we choose to see the world and define our lives.
According to the latest Gallup poll, only 3 of 10 Americans are satisfied with how things are going.
The fact that a persistent, principled and uncompromising conservative like Todd Akin can keep his candidacy viable under such challenging circumstances shows theres a healthy constituency of Americans who understand that what is wrong is weve lost our principles and values.
Great article and thanks for posing.
It's all over the news this morning - women everywhere are supposed to be outraged and incensed. Guess Star Parker didn't get the memo...
He didn’t say anything we Missourians didn’t already know. AirClaire is Odumbo and Dingy’s lapdog.
Dogs are outraged by the comparison! Pooor doggies.
I guess that is much more politically correct than calling her a bitch.
And his staunch Conservatism is exactly why the gop e wanted him out of this race. I hope he wins huge and kills both giants with one stone. David lives.
“Its big news that Akin is still alive and kicking despite being abandoned by the national Republican Party leadership.”
Let’s see: McCaskill gone. A sincere conservative elected to be her replacement. One less Senator owned by the GOP-e. These are ALL good things. GO AKIN!
Of course, bitches everywhere would then be highly insulted.
I have to believe he will win. The attacks and slurs against him are now becoming almost parody. That should not sit well with the typical common-sense Missourian - we need to send Air-Claire back to her corrupt business interests and get her away from WDC.
Too bad the media doesn't call out McCaskill on this lie..Regarding the new ad the McCaskill campaign is running to attract female voters. Akin has caught Claire in another lie. As an auditor she should have researched the facts unless she prefers to just lie and hope she gets away with it.
Akin’s congressional office said it is not true that Akin pays women less categorically and pointed to the last quarter, in which women in Akin’s office made more than men by $3,158 on average over four months, according to LegiStorm data pulled by Akin’s office Thursday night.
“I think it's interesting that an auditor would chop off the last several years,” said Akin’s communications director and district director, Steve Taylor, referencing McCaskill’s career as Missouri state auditor before here 2006 election to the Senate. Taylor called the accounting “somewhat disingenuous.”
Unfortunately, only about 53% of the population can see through their lies...the other 47% fall for 'em hook, line and sinker.
Thanks, Star Parker, and a pox on the wimpy RNC!!