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Akin scandal hands Missouri to Obama
weeklystandard.com ^ | August. 24, 2012 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 08/24/2012 10:25:42 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

If the Republican Party needed any more proof that Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was poison to all GOP-ers, they've got it in a new Missouri presidential poll just published by Rasmussen Reports.

After consistently trailing Mitt Romney in Missouri, President Obama is now beating him. It's by just one point, 47 percent to 46 percent, but it represents a big change from Romney's 50 percent-46 percent lead he had a month ago. Worse for the Republican: Romney has led in Missouri all year--until the Akin "legitimate rape" scandal.

The poll could be proof that the scandal has wounded Romney and Republicans and that the Democratic attacks on the Republican is causing voters to reassess Romney. Rasmussen revised his election projection for Missouri, moving it from "lean Romney" to "toss-up."

Just yesterday, he reported that Akin is 10 points behind embattled Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

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To: soycd
Your fellow DUmmys over at the DUmpster are tickled pink that akin is staying in and getting the witch reelected. They are bragging in PMs how they are in here boosting akin.

And you believe them??? ohhh -- that's right -- you believe them here as well.

51 posted on 08/24/2012 11:27:49 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Missourians must be ticked off that Romney and the Republicans abandoned Akin in his hour of need and tried to disenfranchise the primary voters by forcing him to step down.


52 posted on 08/24/2012 11:27:59 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Fiji Hill

Threatened with legitimate rape or the other kind?


53 posted on 08/24/2012 11:28:10 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: listenhillary

“Akin “legitimate rape” scandal

There is a scandal? What is the scandal about? Did he rape someone?”

Obviously he must have raped some of the brains on this board.


54 posted on 08/24/2012 11:28:34 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
It is a scandal that Akin did not step down. He is either working for the dems or the biggest A hole ever.
55 posted on 08/24/2012 11:28:50 AM PDT by TBall
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To: Uncle Chip

Right. I must be picking on you. Any issue. I don’t care. My own pet issue is illegals but i’m not going to let one issue cloud my judgment especially at the senate level.
I love all the people fiercely defending this clown when the only reason he even won the nomination was dem crossovers. He can’t even properly speak about the one issue so dear to him. what part of he’s a fool and a greedy one at that don’t you understand?


56 posted on 08/24/2012 11:29:54 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: House Atreides; GlockThe Vote; jb729; soycd; wiggen; jackieh
Be nice if "conservative" pundits bothered to read the poll they are citing rather cling to their emotion based opinions. Romney loss of support in MO comes from REPUBLICANS deserting him over his statement on Akin.

“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,”

It would be best if the Conservative/GOP movement quit obsessing about Akin, you are cutting your own throats.

Conservatives are fracturing their own base in MO for NO reason. Get back on message! Quit falling for the Democrat propaganda machines tactics of diversion and distraction. Even without Akin the GOP looks to pick up 4-8 Senate seats. All you are doing here is shooting your own side in the foot! Time to get quit responding to the Democrat propaganda machines every ploy and get back on message!

57 posted on 08/24/2012 11:30:06 AM 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: MNJohnnie
“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,”

The crack political instincts of the Dole/Romney wing of the Republican party cannot be overestimated.

58 posted on 08/24/2012 11:30:21 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: funfan

My post was directed to everybody or the OP and not you directly, Funfan. I goofed. :-)

Cheers


59 posted on 08/24/2012 11:30:54 AM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I am a rock solid intelligent strict construction conservative . . but when I heard senatorial candidate Akin talk about “legitimate rape””, I changed my mind and I am going to vote for Mcaskill. It doesn’t matter if we are going off a financial cliff with Obamacare, same sex marriage, muslim love, and rule by 34 “czars”. It is far more important to me to have a politician who does not make gaffes. I especially like the mental alacrity of Viace President Biden. This is my opinion and I am changing it like many other thoughtful Missourians.


60 posted on 08/24/2012 11:30:54 AM PDT by 2nd Amendment
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To: tsowellfan

“Unfortunately, Akin and his ilk are destroying all of those plans to stop socialism and abortion on demand.”

Right on target.


61 posted on 08/24/2012 11:30:59 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: JediJones
Missourians must be ticked off that Romney and the Republicans abandoned Akin in his hour of need and tried to disenfranchise the primary voters by forcing him to step down.

I'm sure that is part of it.

62 posted on 08/24/2012 11:31:22 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Romney has led in Missouri all year--until the Akin "legitimate rape" scandal.

Oh please. Dems say dumb things all the time but no one pays any attention. A Republican says something dumb, immediately apologizes, and it's a "scandal?"

This whole thing would have gone away if the entire Republican party hadn't made a big deal of it. Let me know when the Dems make a big deal over something one of them says.

63 posted on 08/24/2012 11:33:29 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: jb729

By choice??? So do we abort the inconvenient???


64 posted on 08/24/2012 11:37:56 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
Missourians must be ticked off that Romney and the Republicans abandoned Akin in his hour of need and tried to disenfranchise the primary voters by forcing him to step down.

I'm sure that is part of it.

MNJohnnie proved it above. The internals show the only support Romney lost in the poll was from Republicans. His support among Dems and Independents did not change.

65 posted on 08/24/2012 11:38:01 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Ingtar

Basically on every thread it appears doesn’t it


66 posted on 08/24/2012 11:40:37 AM PDT by wardaddy (this white hair don't cover up my redneck......)
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To: Red Steel; Free ThinkerNY; Signalman; tsowellfan; wiggen; canuck_conservative
Akin scandal hands Missouri to Obama

LoL BS. It would be good if Obama thinks he has a chance and thereby spends his OBot cash in Missouri. It's a sink hole for Obama, but yes go for it Obama.

Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner! All you Akin whiners need to chillax - I mean seriously, I'm embarrassed for you guys...

67 posted on 08/24/2012 11:40:45 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: JediJones; MNJohnnie
MNJohnnie proved it above. The internals show the only support Romney lost in the poll was from Republicans. His support among Dems and Independents did not change.

If that is the case then the GOP better call off the dogs before it gets worse.

68 posted on 08/24/2012 11:41:12 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip; wiggen; LS; arasina; Biggirl; ScottinVA; HamiltonJay; Charles Henrickson

The support Romney has among women has not changed according to the poll, but has dropped 9% among men. It is possible that this poll is only statistical noise. I doubt Romney has lost 9% of men in MO.


69 posted on 08/24/2012 11:42:02 AM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: Reddon

Missouri voters are NOT stupid. Romney will win handily.


70 posted on 08/24/2012 11:42:43 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: Uncle Chip
By choice??? So do we abort the inconvenient???

Romney's leading by example by trying to abort Todd Akin's Senate career before it gets started.

71 posted on 08/24/2012 11:43:48 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: 2nd Amendment

Okay, that was far enough overboard that you could safely omit the /sarc tag...I think.


72 posted on 08/24/2012 11:44:28 AM PDT by Norseman (Defund the Left-Completely!)
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To: kingattax

Yes, but it so much easier to panic.


73 posted on 08/24/2012 11:44:37 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: JediJones
The internals show the only support Romney lost in the poll was from Republicans.

I don't suppose this had anything to do with that.

"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."

74 posted on 08/24/2012 11:44:54 AM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: TBall
It's not a scandal.

It's "gotcha" demagoguery.

I hope you spend the rest of your life peeing in your pants every time somebody says "gotcha."

75 posted on 08/24/2012 11:45:59 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Uncle Chip
If that is the case then the GOP better call off the dogs before it gets worse.

Yep. We were about to reluctantly unite but now those geniuses Rove, Rience and Romney had to reignite all the fires that were raging during the primary. They reminded us about everything we loathe about them, their cowardice, their backstabbing, their lack of commitment to social conservatism.

76 posted on 08/24/2012 11:46:31 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As I see it, the Republican Party has over two months to clean up the mess from their circular firing squad, and salvage a win for Romney, if not the Senate. Democrats aren’t winning this one. Republicans are throwing it away.


77 posted on 08/24/2012 11:47:52 AM PDT by pallis
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To: MNJohnnie

Johnnie i’m not here to fight but i have to ask you how do you come up with the lost support is due to Romneys statement? Akin went from plus 10 to negative 10. Do you think more than a few of those deserting him also deserted Romney?


78 posted on 08/24/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT by wiggen (The teacher card. When the racism card just won't work.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This article demonstrates not logic, but baseless panic.

I do not agree with Cong. Akin on whether an exception in a future anti-abortion law, should be allowed for an actual rape victim. I believe that it should, provided the victim acts promptly, before the baby develops. But what the Congressman said, is no more than a tempest in a proverbial "teacup," unless Republican hysteria continues to enable the Democrats to make it more. If Republicans will only stop talking about it, the Democratic effort to divert attention from the actual issues in 2012--as opposed to a hypothetical provision in State laws not yet even drafted--will look ridiculous.

The current swing in the polls 2 1/2 months before the election means very, very little, if tactical reason will only prevail in Republican circles. There are virtually innumerable ways to counter the immediate effect. The one thing, however, which cannot work to do so, is the hand-wringing denunciations of fellow Republicans over what is really a non-issue, or a nearly non-issue.

The danger comes from the continued hysteria on our side.

William Flax

79 posted on 08/24/2012 11:49:19 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wrong. Republican and conservative reaction to Akin is giving the Senate seat to the Democrat. Republicans are politically suicidal. The Republican Party proves again that it is the Stupid Party and Conservatives prove conclusively that they are generic Republicans at heart all preferring right-now righteous justification to political advantage.


80 posted on 08/24/2012 11:49:39 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Only a kin of Akin will vote Akin.


81 posted on 08/24/2012 11:50:23 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: rwa265

I believe you are right. I don’t believe the polls.


82 posted on 08/24/2012 11:51:16 AM PDT by Reddon
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To: Norseman; 2nd Amendment

That’s what I was thinking ... I think.


83 posted on 08/24/2012 11:54:34 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I suppose I’m the only one surprised at how FReepers have turned on a pro life candidate like Akin. Are democrats the only ones who are allowed to revise and extend their remarks?


84 posted on 08/24/2012 11:56:50 AM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Uncle Chip

Unless you have stinky small fish breath, I think you were looking for “bated breath”.


85 posted on 08/24/2012 11:57:28 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I think I’ll wait until the actual election, rather than taking my opinions from a beltway RINO magazine.


86 posted on 08/24/2012 11:57:28 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: 2nd Amendment
I am a rock solid intelligent strict construction conservative . . but when I heard senatorial candidate Akin talk about “legitimate rape””, I changed my mind and I am going to vote for Mcaskill.

Akin isn't losing the rock solid intelligent strict construction conservatives. He's losing the swing voters. You know, those people who decide elections.

87 posted on 08/24/2012 11:58:03 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: FreedomPoster

Sorry — it must have been those minnows I had for lunch.


88 posted on 08/24/2012 12:00:58 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Drew68
He's losing the swing voters. You know, those people who decide elections.

Apparently ... not.

“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,”

89 posted on 08/24/2012 12:04:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: Reddon
"I don’t believe the polls."

The polls are probably right. They reflect a reaction to the silly hysteria over a questionable statement. They will begin to snap back in the other direction, when Republicans stop fanning that hysteria with idiotic over-reactions!

As stated before, I do not agree with Cong. Akin's point. I do not believe that there is anyway that his statement will materially affect what happens in 2 1/2 months, unless Republicans continue this internecine warfare against each other, over such a non-issue.

I could personally outline all sort of ways to counter the effect shown in the polls--indeed the over reaction already affords an opportunity to do so--provided Republicans start displaying a little calm, intelligent sense of proportion & relevance over this.

Please, folks, take a deep breath and realize how silly this is getting.

William Flax

90 posted on 08/24/2012 12:05:47 PM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Reddon

Does this mean Akin is stupid, or Missouri voters are stupid?

No! it means Republicans are stupid. Republicans are doing what they do best, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Atkin should have been supported heavily from the start. Atkin is among the twelve or so most conservative politicians in Washington. Now because we cried “forgive us” he might not be there any more.


91 posted on 08/24/2012 12:07:20 PM PDT by W. W. SMITH ((Yuri Bezmenov (KGB Defector) - "Kick The Communists Out of Your Govt. & Don't Accept Their Goodies.)
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To: andyk; Linda Frances; kabar; so_real
how FReepers have turned on a pro life candidate like Akin.

Akin now is HURTING the pro-life cause. If we lose the Senate, how will those hearings go on new Supreme Court justices? If Akin is making us pro-lifers look like dumb idiots, what good is that? If Akin is giving ammo to the Dems--NATIONALLY--for their "War on Women" theme, how does that help the cause? Look, there are other pro-life conservative candidates here in Missouri who could step in and take Akin's place and probably win.

92 posted on 08/24/2012 12:09:05 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Where’s that BS Meter when you need it?


93 posted on 08/24/2012 12:20:04 PM PDT by b4its2late (A Liberal is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Some of the same people who are backing Akin now were dumping on Jeff Flake (NRTL -100; NARAL -0) only four weeks ago.


94 posted on 08/24/2012 12:21:50 PM PDT by Perdogg (Mutts for Mitt all agree - Better in the crate than on the plate)
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To: Charles Henrickson; andyk; Linda Frances; kabar

Look, there are other pro-life conservative candidates here in Missouri who could step in and take Akin's place and probably win.

There are two months between now and the election. Akin is not dropping out. After the knee jerk reactions, the local grass roots and tea party types are coalescing around him. Some are loudly defending him. There is no other pro-life conservative candidate in Missouri that could in two months pull enough of the electorate away from both McCaskill and Akin to beat them both. That's the reality of it. The people of Missouri will either support him, or not, based upon how successfully he represents them and how badly they want to remove McCaskill. I'm willing to bet when the curtain closes, they'll pull the lever for Akin, and the majority of them will do so happily. Throwing in an unknown, or a write-in, or a sour grapes second place contender would be a clear indication the GOP feels it more important to squash a solid conservative than to gain a conservative seat in the Senate. That would be telling.


95 posted on 08/24/2012 12:28:43 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: Perdogg
My opinion is that this week is not the week to give much credence to polls.... Why, people are busy, vacations, and back to school.... That is also a problem because of the need to ‘wait’ factor cuts into valuable time to gain the attention of those coveted moderates...

But old Claire is NOT wasting time, she has put on a ‘moderate’ costume bragging about how moderate she is and one would think she did not even know who Obama is.

96 posted on 08/24/2012 12:32:17 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Luke 17:32 Remember Lot's wife.)
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To: Reddon
Does this mean Akin is stupid, or Missouri voters are stupid?

Akin is delusional. Missouri voters are ANGRY.

Akin can fix this. The sooner he exits (by Sept 25), the sooner we can get back to defeating McCaskill and focus on Obama.

97 posted on 08/24/2012 12:44:39 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 73 days away.)
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To: tsowellfan

That’s the biggest over the top part of this. Where did you find that it is pro-abortion Democrats funding his campaign? I hope you are not going to trot out her, “He’s too conservative” ad campaign.


98 posted on 08/24/2012 12:47:33 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Akin now is HURTING the pro-life cause
_________________________________________

Keep on repeating todays talking points handed down from the Romney campaign...

Abortion-on-demand Willatd could care less if the pro-life cause is “hurt”

Abortion-on-demand Willard wants it hurt...

like YESTERDAY...


99 posted on 08/24/2012 1:10:16 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The GOP will need to prioritize Missouri amid the Akin controversy. Remember that in 2008, McCain won the state by fewer than 4000 votes.


100 posted on 08/24/2012 1:10:16 PM PDT by OldRanchHand
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