Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Using Semantics to Take Down Conservative Representative Todd Akin
Townhall.com ^ | August 26, 2012 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 08/26/2012 4:55:54 AM PDT by Kaslin

Liberal pundits are declaring they have no idea what Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) meant when he referred to “legitimate rape” in an interview this past week. Akin stated, "In cases of legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." It was an awkward, inarticulate statement, but the substance of it was correct. Explaining what he meant since then would be a bit crude, so he has not been able to adequately defend himself. His attackers have used the awkwardness to pounce on him and pretend they don't know what he meant, or make up even worse explanations.

Does anyone actually believe his critics? It may have been a poor choice of words, but everyone knows Akin was referring to the distinction between what we traditionally consider rape - forcible rape - versus statutory rape and what some claim is also rape, having sex while drunk. Some women will have a one night stand while drunk, admit it to their friends afterwards, then change their mind and declare that it was rape. The FBI updated its definition of rape this year to include the inability to give consent due to intoxication. Any woman who has been drinking can now claim afterwards that she was raped. This may have opened a Pandora's Box considering how many people drink alcohol before sex. The cliché “rape is rape” no longer means what it says. The definition has now been broadened to include any woman alleging rape after she has been drinking.

As for women's bodies shutting down, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Akin meant that a woman is not going to get aroused if she is forcibly raped, making it difficult to become pregnant. Akin brought this up in order to explain why abortion in case of rape is not necessary. It is very rare that a forcible rape results in a pregnancy, so the issue of whether to permit abortion in the case of rape is mostly a red herring, used for fear mongering. Last week, GOP officials drafting the abortion ban for the party platform, declined to put in an exception for rape or incest. Tellingly, Akin's critics haven't bothered disputing Akin's real message, which is that less than one percent of rapes result in a pregnancy.

Akin immediately apologized for his remarks, clarifying later that he meant “forcible rape.” He has been running 30-second TV ads around the state apologizing. David Roney of Pro-Life Arizona notes that Akin's point was unborn babies shouldn't be sacrificed to punish rapists. Aborting children because they were a product of a rape would have taken the lives of gospel singers Mahalia Jackson and Ethel Waters. Ryan Bomberger, also born of a rape, wrote about Akin for Life News, “ I’m glad such a pro-family, pro-life stalwart, despite a few bumps and lots of scrapes, is not quitting under pressure from hypocritical pro-abortion radicals and spineless Republicans.“ Bomberger listed several crude jokes that liberal celebrities have made about rape, and asks, “Where was the condemnation of Whoopi Goldberg who, on The View, defended film director Roman Polanski’s 1977 drugging and rape of a 13 year old as not “rape rape”?”

It is troubling to see Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the RNC, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and conservative stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh demand the resignation of Akin. Limbaugh himself has been accused of comments that have made him vulnerable to intense criticism. It is reported that high-level GOP officials have told Akin they will no longer help him with fundraising. Many in the GOP have developed a herd mentality and are piling on Akin, asserting that no one can win without establishment support. Sadly, they are shooting their wounded to react so quickly and demand that Akin jump out of the race.

Fortunately, not all conservatives have deserted Akin. Because of the injustice of what has happened to him, Mike Huckabee has come to his defense, assisting with fundraising. It's notable that Akin exceeded his goal of raising $125,000 within a few days. Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life group, has put out a statement defending Akin.

Prior to Akin's misworded comment, he was leading in the polls over the Democrat incumbent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, who is considered to be the most vulnerable Democrat in the Senate. If his chances are now so dismal, why is Moveon.org calling for Akin to resign? Or why is the liberal super PAC American Bridge 21st Century demanding that Romney drop Huckabee from the GOP convention for supporting Akin? The left is well aware that to put in a substitute candidate now would risk losing the seat, due to the lack of time left to set up a ground game and garner name recognition.

Akin is a solid conservative who voted against No Child Left Behind, despite being pressured in a phone call by President Bush. He has a 97% lifetime rating from the American Conservative Union. A favorite of social conservatives, he obtained a Master of Divinity degree from seminary and has co-chaired the House Prayer Breakfast. No doubt his background is why many are targeting him so viciously.

Most voters will forget about this in a week. Three days after the story broke, McCaskill pulled ahead of Akin in the polls but could not break 50%, according to a Rasmussen poll. Akin can still win, unless Republicans continue to turn on him. “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The Republican Party could still try to force Akin out up until September 25, by challenging his candidacy in the courts.

When people can't freely express their opinions it is a serious matter. Why isn't an apology sufficient? Why make this into a career-ruining incident? Akin didn't say “rape is ok,” and everyone knows exactly what he meant. Akin told Huckabee that he "misspoke one word, in one sentence, in one day." Wait until it happens to you.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: acultureoflife; conservative; dncstrategy; lamestreammedia; mo2012; toddakin
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-179 next last
To: Uncle Chip

He should have run for the House again and let the Conservatives fight it out.


51 posted on 08/26/2012 6:55:15 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: SauronOfMordor

I meant til November. Damn autocorrect


52 posted on 08/26/2012 6:55:42 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (this space for rent)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: C. Edmund Wright

So are you saying that he “played footsie with her” too???.


53 posted on 08/26/2012 6:56:54 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Chip
My position has always been that if a politician says something they should not wave their finger in the air to see hot the democrats react and then go on an apology tour.
54 posted on 08/26/2012 6:58:57 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah

There is no doubt in retrospect that he should have stayed put.


55 posted on 08/26/2012 6:59:09 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]

To: tsowellfan
This has nothing to do with left, right, abortion or life.

It has all to do about stupid comments by a politician.

Wrong. When a warrior has fought hard on your side for a decade you don't abandon him over one error. Akin's history is totally relevant to how he should be treated now. He's got a career and a record we can look at. Even from a political standpoint, that's something he can point to in the rest of his campaign. It's not like this comment is the only thing he ever did and the only thing he have to judge him by.

Likewise, the Romneys and Roves of the GOP and their subordinate lapdogs Ryan and Rience are all too eager to throw Akin under the bus because he actually stood up to the party establishment to fight for conservative principles that they were abandoning during Bush's tenure. I can guarantee you if it was McCain who made this gaffe, the party would not be throwing him under the bus, but would be happy to give him a second chance.

56 posted on 08/26/2012 6:59:32 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: SauronOfMordor
If Akin goes, does anybody really think it will stop?

Would the term "legitimate rape" be mentioned at all in all 2012 political campaignS, if it were not for Akin?

I trust that other candidates are sharper than Akin, to self-inflict such a mortal wound.

If Akin drops out, the response to pathetic media attempts to keep the issue alive is EASY ... "Oh come on! Akin dropped out because of that. Let's talk about the campaign issues that really matter to the survival of our Country."

57 posted on 08/26/2012 6:59:54 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: JediJones
When a warrior has fought hard on your side for a decade you don't abandon him over one error

But the warrior abandoned YOU with his backpeddling of his own words. You are literally posting from under the bus where you've been thrown by that same "warrior".

58 posted on 08/26/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: JediJones
Likewise, the Romneys and Roves

I stopped there. I don't see where Romney, Rove or McCain fall into this gaffe since I'm not a Romney or a McCain supporter.

59 posted on 08/26/2012 7:05:59 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Chip; tsowellfan
Is this your new position???

Your pathetic attempt to malign FReeper tsowellfan fails in epic fashion. Here's a tsowellfan post from early on in this mess that definitively showed he wished to give Akin the benefit of the doubt until Akin himself removed all reason to do so on Hannity ... TWICE!

I was one who felt sorry for the man. I still thought he needed to go after the mistake but I gave him the benefit of doubt. After hearing him on Hannity I could hear that he's in it for himself NO MATTER what the end result will be.

60 posted on 08/26/2012 7:09:33 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 50 | View Replies]

To: tsowellfan
You are literally posting from under the bus where you've been thrown by that same "warrior".

Exactly right. The "warrior" threw the entire GOP (both conservatives and the more establishment types) under the bus in a desperate attempt to salvage 'his' seat in the Senate. Disgusting.

61 posted on 08/26/2012 7:15:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross

Akin doesn’t have a choice. His wife wants that Senate seat and this is his last opportunity. And if mamma ain’t happy...


62 posted on 08/26/2012 7:17:21 AM PDT by the808bass
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 61 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah

“We’ve been over this. He played footsie with the Democrats during the primary”
Where did you get this idea? In the Missouri primary the heavily Democrat areas vote Democrat. They don’t cross over because the winner of the primary wins the general election. I know I live in ST. Louis.
Akin probably got the most votes simply because he was at the top of the list. People who were voting Republican for the first time or were disinterested in politics simple voted for the guy at the top.


63 posted on 08/26/2012 7:18:16 AM PDT by MCF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross
It little matters now what we think. Past tense. Akin is the candidate. He and only he can petition the court to remove his name from the ballot. He has only until Sept. 25 to do so. However, overseas military ballots start shipping 3 days prior.

He said Friday he was staying and he is. I know of no "write-in campaign" taking place in MO. To not vote for Akin on the 6th of November is to bring back the not so pretty face of Ma McCaskill for 6 more years. No sane person wants that. Gun bans. Tax hikes. Kenya-care. On Tuesday, August 21, I said,"If Akin is in after 5, he'll be standing on the 6th." He was, and he is. If I am wrong? I'll gladly donate $100 to FR...

64 posted on 08/26/2012 7:23:48 AM PDT by donozark (Never loan money to a preacher.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross
That says nothing relevant to my comment to his post.

The only pathetic thing here was your post and, of course, your pretentious screen name.

65 posted on 08/26/2012 7:27:10 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 60 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Well, the point now is to destroy Akin, and give the race to Claire McCaskill. Republicans are doing what they do best. No one is going to rush in to stop them. A little sacrificial blood on the alter of stupidity is Republican tradition. Ask George Allen and Trent Lott.


66 posted on 08/26/2012 7:28:48 AM PDT by pallis
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
I have an idea!

Every time one of our candidates misspeaks, let's throw him under the bus!

Yeah! That's the ticket!

If only Akin had left a woman pregnant with his child in a car under six feet of water under a Chappaquiddick bridge instead, none of this would be happening.

67 posted on 08/26/2012 7:31:57 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Uncle Chip

Glad we can agree on that.


68 posted on 08/26/2012 7:32:26 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 55 | View Replies]

To: Jim Noble
you don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that Akin meant that a woman is not going to get aroused if she is forcibly raped, making it difficult to become pregnant

If anything is worse than Akin's original idiocy, it's this.

Indeed. I wonder if she (Alexander) also thinks that a woman can’t get pregnant if it’s her first time, can’t get pregnant if she’s menstruating, nursing or has sex standing up. (insert facepalm here)

69 posted on 08/26/2012 7:34:01 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: MCF
No doubt that was primarily his major draw ~ top of the list!

Gad, even I didn't trash him that much, but you're on the scene eh.

70 posted on 08/26/2012 7:34:16 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 63 | View Replies]

To: MCF
BTW, McCaskill is not shown as having to run in a primary so any Democrat who wanted could just walk in and do what she asked them to do.
71 posted on 08/26/2012 7:37:03 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 63 | View Replies]

To: pallis

Why do you think Republicans aren’t supporting him?

The unfortunate reality is that even as red as our state is, it’s only 40% Republican. That’s about what Akin will end up with, 40% of the vote.


72 posted on 08/26/2012 7:41:33 AM PDT by the808bass
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 66 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Great article.

I think it is becoming more and more apparent that Akin is being attacked because of his pro-life and conservative stands on issues....not because of his comment

Real conservatives are tired of the Saul Alinsky style of attacks on Akin and other conservatives. In fact, not supporting Akin now pretty much is supporting McCaskill...and Obama.


73 posted on 08/26/2012 7:46:22 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (The GOP Media whining over Todd Akin is not legitimate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

A look at the ACU’s website shows a representative with a 97 percent lifetime rating through 2011. Yet there are some here who are ready to throw him under the bus for poorly stating what others have pointed out is a defensible statement.

This board is littered with ABOs who support the worst Presidential candidate the Republican Party has ever fielded solely because he’s not someone else. Where are the ABMcKs?

Or is it just conservatism they can’t stomach?


74 posted on 08/26/2012 7:46:22 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Conservatism is not a matter of convenience.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tsowellfan
But the warrior abandoned YOU with his backpeddling of his own words. You are literally posting from under the bus where you've been thrown by that same "warrior".

What are you talking about? No one supporting Akin agrees he should have used the term "legitimate rape" and most of his supporters don't agree with the pregnancy/rape theory. He made a mistake bringing that up as if it was established science. This isn't about excusing what Akin said, it's about giving him a chance to recover from an error.

75 posted on 08/26/2012 7:52:23 AM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 58 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Interestingly enough, the “moderate” rumor there is also that he was hand picked by democrats.


Here in my area...the notorious Alan Grayson (yes that Alan Grayson) ran ads against a Hispanic GOP candidate running in the GOP primary...because he knew he could not beat a Hispanic in a district 40% Hispanic.

Dems are doing this all over...it is not just McCaskill

The critics of Akin are just helping McCaskill...as they critcize this so-called “McCaskill support” of Akin.

And, many of the GOP Liberals against Akin are upset that the Sarah Palin-picked candidate finished third...and did not even get 1/3 of the primary vote...and that is the candidate the GOP Liberals want to run against McCaskill...


76 posted on 08/26/2012 7:53:35 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (The GOP Media whining over Todd Akin is not legitimate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
It is very rare that a forcible rape results in a pregnancy

Hogwash. There's countless 67-year old German citizens today who have Russian fathers. Equally Chinese, Koreans and Filipinos a little older with Japanese fathers. Their mothers didn't exactly lie down and enjoy it.

77 posted on 08/26/2012 7:57:59 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tsowellfan

My position has always been that if a politician says something they should not wave their finger in the air to see hot the democrats react and then go on an apology tour.


Judging by this comment, you probably are voting for Obama....because this is Romney (and other Liberal GOP) modus operandi


78 posted on 08/26/2012 8:01:52 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (The GOP Media whining over Todd Akin is not legitimate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 54 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg

The vast majority of Republicans will still vote for him. So he’ll only lose by 15-20 points. If the Republicans desert him, it will get worse.

This should have been a cakewalk. Akin was +11 two weeks ago. He has no one but himself to blame.


79 posted on 08/26/2012 8:03:56 AM PDT by the808bass
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 74 | View Replies]

To: Mr Ramsbotham

Might want to look up acut vs. chronic while you are on Google.

Akin grossly overreached in what he thought he knew about biology and on a very sensitive topic. That kind of lack of judgement is not useful and is quite likely to be repeated.


80 posted on 08/26/2012 8:04:47 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Colonel_Flagg

A look at the ACU’s website shows a representative with a 97 percent lifetime rating through 2011. Yet there are some here who are ready to throw him under the bus for poorly stating what others have pointed out is a defensible statement.

This board is littered with ABOs who support the worst Presidential candidate the Republican Party has ever fielded solely because he’s not someone else. Where are the ABMcKs?

Or is it just conservatism they can’t stomach?


It is looking more and more like “conservatism they can’t stomach”.

Excellent summation.


81 posted on 08/26/2012 8:06:05 AM PDT by SeminoleCounty (The GOP Media whining over Todd Akin is not legitimate)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 74 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty
Judging by this comment, you probably are voting for Obama

Why, yes of course! I mean, Obama never lied a day in his presidency. < / sarc

Interesting analogy you made with the implication that Obama is better than Romney. I'm not surprised. Refer to some of my past comments a couple of days ago.

Pegged

82 posted on 08/26/2012 8:13:53 AM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 78 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross
The problem is if we're talking about "stress infertility" instead of "USA fiscal infertility", we've lost.

This! One thousand times over!

The Democrats sure as hell don't want to talk about the faltering economy and lack of jobs and thanks to idiots like Akin, we're not. Every candidate running with an (R) after his name is going to have to field questions about "legitimate rape".

A simple "As my voting record reflects, I'm 100% committed to life. Let's move on." would've been sufficient. It's an answer countless other elected officials have given. But no, Akin stepped in the minefield that McCaskill laid out for him. She certainly got her money's worth.

83 posted on 08/26/2012 8:14:42 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: JediJones

“When a warrior has fought hard on your side for a decade you don’t abandon him over one error”

So the man is more important than the message? This will cost the conservative movement a senate seat, and that is too high a price to pay for an “error” as you call it.

He is now the poster boy for all those who want to categorize pro-life supporters as backward, neanderthal, redneck, Bible thumping, ignorant fanatics.

Thanks Todd.


84 posted on 08/26/2012 8:17:48 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 56 | View Replies]

To: the808bass

“The vast majority of Republicans will still vote for him. So he’ll only lose by 15-20 points. If the Republicans desert him, it will get worse.”

This is the cold hard political fact, and facts really do matter in an election.
That far down in the polls, there will be no money coming in, and also none from the state or national GOP.

Face the facts: Akin is a dead man walking.


85 posted on 08/26/2012 8:22:57 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 79 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah
We’ve been over this.
Yeah, and you keep running from it!

He played footsie with the Democrats during the primary.
So what could he have actually done that would cause McCaskill to stop running her ads?
If he asked her to stop running the ads would she have complied?
If he told her to stop running the ads would she have complied?

Just what is it exactly that you think he could have done to successfully get her to stop running the ads?

86 posted on 08/26/2012 8:29:54 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
When people can't freely express their opinions it is a serious matter. Why isn't an apology sufficient? Why make this into a career-ruining incident? Akin didn't say “rape is ok,” and everyone knows exactly what he meant. Akin told Huckabee that he "misspoke one word, in one sentence, in one day." Wait until it happens to you.

Exactly!

87 posted on 08/26/2012 8:31:33 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: philman_36
You know the issue isn't what the evil mccaskill does or says, it's what Akin did and said and continues to say ~ he has yet to criticize the Democrats for intervening on his side in the Republican primary.

All he needed to say was 'They be bad' and he didn't bother.

88 posted on 08/26/2012 8:32:28 AM PDT by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 86 | View Replies]

To: philman_36
If anything will get establishment types to stop the madness of open primaries, it'll ne Democrats crossing over to vote for the social conservative.

It's supposed to elect more moderates dang it. No fair, no fair, we wanna do-over, lol. Petulant children putting on airs.

89 posted on 08/26/2012 8:36:16 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 86 | View Replies]

To: peyton randolph
Is the author of this article the same Rachel Alexander who is appealing the State Bar of Arizona’s decision to suspend her license for unethical conduct?

If you don't like the message then "shoot the messenger"?

90 posted on 08/26/2012 8:36:54 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin; Mr Ramsbotham
And I'm not understanding at all the outlandish piling on that I'm seeing on FR.
91 posted on 08/26/2012 8:40:08 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: luvbach1

So would I, besides not being from MO or living there we have no right to tell the voters in Missouri not to vote for him like some in here think thy do have that right


92 posted on 08/26/2012 8:42:33 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: SeminoleCounty

People need to accept the fact that Sarah Palin is a mere mortal and not everyone she endorses deserves to win.

In 2010 she endorsed Brian Rooney (brother of Tom Rooney) here in Michigan. Rooney was the candidate backed by the establishment and even moved here just a few days before filing paperwork. I backed our defeated former congressman and he won both primary and general election. This year the democrats aren’t even putting up much of a fight. I’m not mad about Palin endorsing the guy, its what politicians do but I’m not going to agree all the time.

I like Sarah Palin just fine but its her supporters who are rabidly out of control. I personally think she’ll never run for president because she knows she could never live up to expectations others have put on her.


93 posted on 08/26/2012 8:42:46 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 76 | View Replies]

To: tsowellfan
A shame that Akin had to cave to them with his apology tour which continues as we speak instead of sticking by what he said.
Do you have a transcript of his "apology"? Or would you like me to post what he actually said?
94 posted on 08/26/2012 8:45:21 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: C. Edmund Wright; muawiyah
Don't you think it is up to the voters of MO if they want to vote for Akin and not to you?

And muawiyah, no matter who it is, you bitch about every candidate. None is to your satisfaction. So just don't vote, but don't ell us not to

95 posted on 08/26/2012 8:48:13 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross

My point is that the media think they have found a winning strategy: just follow a conservative around until you provoke him into a gaff. Then the rest of the repubs will throw him to the wolves.


96 posted on 08/26/2012 8:51:43 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (this space for rent)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 57 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross

My point is that the media think they have found a winning strategy: just follow a conservative around until you provoke him into a gaff. Then the rest of the repubs will throw him to the wolves.


97 posted on 08/26/2012 8:51:43 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (this space for rent)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 57 | View Replies]

To: Servant of the Cross

My point is that the media think they have found a winning strategy: just follow a conservative around until you provoke him into a gaff. Then the rest of the repubs will throw him to the wolves.


98 posted on 08/26/2012 8:51:53 AM PDT by SauronOfMordor (this space for rent)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 57 | View Replies]

To: C. Edmund Wright
Don't you get what she meant to accomplish by calling him "too conservative" in the middle of a GOP primary?

Since you haven't stated it then I'd sure like to hear your opinion on what you think she was trying to accomplish.

99 posted on 08/26/2012 8:52:18 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 49 | View Replies]

To: muawiyah
He should have run for the House again and let the Conservatives fight it out.
So it's your contention now that Akin isn't a Conservative?
100 posted on 08/26/2012 8:53:58 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 51 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-100101-150151-179 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson