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    09/16/2012 12:13:36 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 177 replies
    WND ^ | September 16, 2012 | Bob Unruh
    Dr. James Dobson, whose advice about parenting, child-rearing, marriage and faith has guided millions of Americans and whose counsel on family matters has been sought by presidents, today blasted the Republican Party for abandoning a strong GOP candidate to be U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. Dobson, the founder and president of Family Talk, which produces his regular radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk,” told WND it is “disgraceful” that the “GOP political bosses” have told Akin to drop out of his race, have withdrawn financial support and publicly maligned the congressman. “I regret to say that Congressman Akin...
  • Akin targets Haley Barbour

    09/15/2012 10:03:20 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 62 replies
    The Politico ^ | September 14, 2012 | Charles Mahtesian
    Embattled Missouri GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin took aim at Haley Barbour Friday, accusing the former Mississippi Republican governor of “trying to advance his own personal brand” at Akin’s expense. In a fundraising email, the Missouri congressman referred to Barbour, a former Republican National Committee chairman, as “the Godfather of DC Party Bosses” and a “mega-lobbyist for the special interests” after Barbour criticized Akin and called on him to drop out of the race earlier this week in a web video. The sharp pushback against Barbour is part of Akin’s two-front Senate campaign, one against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, and...
  • Akin Advisor Slams The GOP: ‘There Will Be A Revolution In The Republican Party’

    09/11/2012 11:11:27 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 27 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9/11/12 | Noah Rothman
    Rick Tyler, former advisor to Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign and current advisor to Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, appeared on MSNBC on Tuesday where he slammed the GOP for turning their back on his candidate. Tyler said that the Republican party would only have themselves to blame and warned of a “revolution in the Republican party” if Akin loses to Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. MSNBC host Alex Wagner said that, in her previous discussions with Tyler, she said that he had chosen an uphill battle by joining Gingrich’s campaign. She said that he appeared to have doubled down...
  • Todd Akin’s Senate Campaign Maybe Picking Up Steam

    09/03/2012 6:44:42 PM PDT · by Jonah Vark · 54 replies
    FOX2now ^ | September 3, 2012 | Charles Jaco
    ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – Rep. Todd Akin’s “insurgent” campaign against both Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and the leaders of his own party may not be the long shot it’s been portrayed, despite the national furor over Akin’s comments on The Jaco Report that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have natural defenses against becoming pregnant. A pair of polls taken after the incident and the following uproar either show Akin with a lead over McCaskill, or indicate the race is tied. The latest survey from Public Policy Polling, taken August 29, shows McCaskill leading Akin 45% to 44%,...
  • Rush: "77% of Missourians forgive Akin; only trails by one (1) Point" (Vanity)

    09/01/2012 8:02:54 AM PDT · by pistolpackinpapa · 144 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Radio: 8-31-12 | September 1, 2012 | pistolpackinpapa
    Those of you who listened to Rush yesterday already know this, but: Just as he was coming upon a commercial break, at one point in the broadcast, he closed out with this statement: "Latest poll shows 77 percent of Missourians forgive Todd Akin. He trails McCaskill by only one point. Hmmmmmmm.........."
  • Karl Rove Wants to Kill Conservatives and Play Nice with Obama

    09/01/2012 3:58:59 PM PDT · by RightSideNews · 114 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 9/1/2012 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberals say they are scared of Karl Rove. They shouldn’t be. The former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush Administration, Rove was called “Bush’s Brain” and is now the “Party Boss” of the GOP. He is raising up to $1 billion for various Republican Super-PACs, in order to elect Mitt Romney as president. That sounds impressive. But what is he going to do with the money? Perhaps conservatives have reason to be scared of Karl Rove as well. He recently joked about murdering Missouri’s strong conservative Senate Republican candidate, Todd Akin. Rove --...
  • TURNABOUT: Now calls for Rove to go! Bush adviser 'jokes' about murder

    09/01/2012 1:42:58 PM PDT · by xzins · 95 replies
    WND ^ | 31 Aug 12 | WND
    A growing list of Republicans and conservatives are calling for longtime Republican adviser Karl Rove to step away from GOP campaign efforts after the strategist jested that he might have to murder Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. William Murray, who heads the Government is Not God Political Action Committee and chairs the Religious Freedom Coalition, said today that the comment “was so distasteful as to shame the entire Republican Party.” “Congressman Akin made a misstatement on the subject of rape and conception for which he apologized,” he said. “Apparently Karl Rove believes the apology is not enough and that Akin should...
  • Rove makes Akin murder joke

    08/31/2012 7:04:31 AM PDT · by xzins · 228 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/31/12 9:32 | TIM MAK
    In a closed-door fundraiser at the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove reportedly joked about the murder of Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin. “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” joked Rove, according to a Businessweek report of the fundraiser. Sheelah Kolhatkar, an editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, was invited to the event as a guest of top Republican donor who was aware she was a journalist. The invite gave her a behind-the-scenes look at the otherwise-private event. At the event, Rove urged attendees to urge Akin to get out of the race,...
  • Pregnancy is less likely after rape, leading ob/gyn says

    08/29/2012 1:31:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | August 28, 2012
    Dr. Thomas Hilgers, a Creighton University obstetrics professor and director of the Pope Paul VI Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction, has revealed that statistics show women are less likely to become pregnant when they are raped than when they engage in consensual intercourse. Noting that “the emotional impact of rape often clouds a legitimate and truthful discussion,” Dr. Hilgers said that a study of rape victims in Nebraska found that only 1.6% became pregnant, whereas a random sample would have found 2-4% of all women pregnant after an act of intercourse. He concluded that “complex mechanisms of human...
  • SFChron Columnist Mocks Todd Akin's Daughters

    08/30/2012 10:06:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 30, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    So much for the idea that the children of public figures are off limits when it comes to criticism... San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford best known to the world for turning himself into a laughingstock four years ago for his inadvertently hilarious suggestion that Barack Obama is some sort of spiritually attuned Lightworker, has demonstrated in his most recent column that he has no problem with wallowing in the spiritual sewer. Morford does not merely mock the daughters of Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin but seems absolutely obsessed in attempting to make them as much the objects of ridicule...
  • Akin regains lead in Missouri latest polling shows

    08/29/2012 2:55:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 97 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 29, 2012 | JOHN-HENRY WESTEN
    Todd Akin WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2012 ( – A poll of likely Missouri general election voters released this morning shows that, far from being out of the race, embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with 13% undecided. The survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies commissioned by Family Research Council Action also shows Akin leading by 10 points among independent voters. “Despite the firestorm of news in the Senate race over the past few weeks, most voters have already made up their mind in the race, the survey...
  • Akin’s Options

    08/29/2012 11:44:29 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 120 replies
    The National Review ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Fund
    ............[Mary Matalin]urged that Akin drop out, to be replaced by Ann Wagner, a former co-chair of the RepublicanNationalCommittee, who is the GOP nominee for Akin’s vacant House seat. Akin “may be dug in, but he’s not going to have a shovel to continuing digging, because he’s not going to have any money,” Matalin told ABC. “We’re going to win Missouri. Ann Wagner is going to end up being our candidate. The party is going to get Ann Wagner in.” Wagner aides hotly dispute that their candidate is involved in any negotiations about switching races. But sources close to Akin acknowledge...
  • Poll Claims Todd Akin Has Re-Taken Lead on Claire McCaskill

    08/29/2012 9:14:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 132 replies
    Life News ^ | 08/29/2012 | Steven Ertelt
    A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council, a pro-life group, indicates pro-life Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin now leads pro-abortion Sen. Clair McCaskill in the race despite the controversial comments he made about abortion and rape. The pro-life group says the poll is evidence that Akin should not drop out of the race and that calls for him to do so were premature. The new survey conducted by Wenzel Strategies of likely Missouri general election voters shows that Senate candidate Todd Akin has regained his lead over Senator Claire McCaskill by a 45% to 42% margin, with...
  • Reince Priebus: Todd Akin’s not getting a penny from the RNC, even if the race is tied

    08/29/2012 6:58:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/29/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via Ben Howe and Chris Loesch of Revealing Politics. Two possibilities. One: Priebus is bluffing in order to keep up the pressure on Akin to drop out. If he betrays any willingness to change his mind and start pouring millions into Akin’s campaign, it’s a cinch that the candidate will try to hang on until October. Two: Priebus and Romney are so worried about Republican candidates being damaged by the Democrats’ “war on women” messaging vis-a-vis Akin that they’d rather turn off the tap and see him lose a winnable race than rubber-stamp his candidacy by sending him a few...
  • ‘Which one was conceived in Rape?’: the viral image that deflated pro-abortion rhetoric

    08/28/2012 1:19:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 27, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    27 August, 12 ( – The fuzzy grayscale ultrasound images of the two unborn babies are practically identical. But the jarring question above the images makes everyone take a second look: “Which of these two human beings was conceived in rape?” The viewer is compelled to say: “I can’t tell, they both look the same.” And that’s exactly the point. Whether a baby is conceived in the terrible circumstance of rape or in the happy circumstance of a loving spousal embrace, the fact remains that both are human beings. Both, if given a chance, will flourish by being loved,...
  • Priebus on Akin: “He Could Be Tied, We’re Not Going To Send Him A Penny”

    08/28/2012 6:09:36 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 133 replies ^ | August 27, 2012 | Caleb Howel
    "In an interview for Revealing Politics today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was asked, among other things, if the party’s position on Akin would eventually change if Akin refused to step out of the race: The question is: “If he stays in, is your position eventually going to change? Are you going to have to support him? The Chairman replies “No, no. No. He could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny.”
  • Akin not far off base in rape comment

    08/28/2012 9:24:06 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies ^ | August 27, 2012 | Jane M. Orient, M.D.
    Exclusive: Jane M. Orient, M.D., says political demagoguery is replacing science “From what I understand from doctors, that’s (conception as a result of rape) really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” – Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo. All decent people, including U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, agree that forcible rape is a heinous crime. Almost all would...
  • 2012 Republican Convention: Protesters Dressed As Vaginas Greet Delegates (Video)

    08/27/2012 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 142 replies ^ | 10:48 AM PDT 8/27/2012 | Paul Bond
    TAMPA -- Giant, walking vaginas have descended upon the Republican National convention. Several demonstrators from Code Pink, a feminist group, wore frilly pink costumes while others adorned with cardboard cutouts resembling the sexual organ were milling about on Sunday looking for Republicans. PHOTOS: The 20 Biggest Political Players In Hollywood A Florida website called captured video of some of them during their preparation (video below). The protesters carried signs saying such things as: “Read my lips. Leave my vagina alone,” and argued that pro-life Republicans are waging a war against women. But with the official proceedings, along with two...
  • Legitimate Rape Arguments

    08/27/2012 4:41:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | August 27, 2012 | Mike Adams
    Todd Akin’s grossly irresponsible remarks about “legitimate rape” and conception have received much media attention. As well they should. The sheer weirdness of the remarks calls into question both his intelligence and his personal integrity. How could someone conclude logically that a rape victim’s body has the capacity to prevent conception in the wake of sexual assault? And why would someone assert that the conclusion had been supported by doctors with whom he had spoken? Clearly, Akin contrived the idea on the spot and then contrived the claim that there were doctors who had informed and/or supported his assertion. All...
  • What Todd Akin Should Have Said About Abortion and Rape

    08/26/2012 6:03:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 08/25/2012 | Trevin Wax
    Abortion is front-and-center in the presidential campaign due to a congressman's flub on national TV.In case you've missed the news, Todd Akin, a Republican congressman from Missouri running for the Senate, was asked about abortion in the case of rape. His response: "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare... "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Needless to say, such remarks proved offensive. Akin appeared to be making distinctions between violent rape and other forms (statutory perhaps?) as he sought to answer the question...
  • Using Semantics to Take Down Conservative Representative Todd Akin

    08/26/2012 4:55:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 178 replies ^ | August 26, 2012 | Rachel Alexander
    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...
  • Akin's own supporters want him to quit Mo. Senate race

    08/25/2012 11:50:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Washington Examiner's Washington Secrets ^ | August 25, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and the GOP establishment aren't the only ones who want Rep. Todd Akin out of the Missouri Senate race due to his controversial "legitimate rape" comments. A Missouri poll shows that even his best supporters, by a whopping 17 points, want him to drop out. Only Democrats want him to stay in the race. According to a new St. Louis Post-Dispatch/News 4 poll, self-described Akin supporters want him to quit by a 50-34 margin. His image in the new poll is abysmal, with just 17 percent viewing him favorably and 56 unfavorably. And the bottom line...
  • Chaperones, Judges and Moralizers: Abortion Debate Reveals Republicans' True Colors

    08/25/2012 9:51:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 08/23/2012 | Marc Pitzke
    Timing is everything. Maybe Todd Akin chose his words with care. More likely, he didn't. The über-conservative congressman from Missouri was a favorite to snatch a coveted Senate seat in November and thus perhaps help his Republican Party reclaim the majority in both chambers of Congress. Then came Sunday. In a local TV interview, Akin held forth about a favorite issue of his. Abortion, he said, should be illegal even in rape cases because, he claimed, a "legitimate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy: "The female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." … Tough luck if...
  • Missouri Voters Like Mitt's Small Gov't BUT Akin Loses 9 for Not Wanting to Abort a Child of Rape

    08/25/2012 4:19:20 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 18 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 8-25-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Like most Conservatives, I wanted US Congressman Todd Akin to step out of the US Senate race for Missouri when he abhorrently used the "L" word ("legitimate") about the act of rape. At the time Akin had a nine-point lead over one of the most incompetent  Senators in the country, Claire McCaskill. I'm skipping over the details of Akin refusing to bow out, and the shunning given him by the GOP.  My opinion: IF Akin is the candidate, we MUST get onboard and support him. I understand that "Independents" are thought to rule the day, but if Independents want smaller...
  • Sarah Palin Calls For 3rd Party Run In MO

    08/21/2012 7:36:25 PM PDT · by PhxTM06 · 96 replies
    Live on Greta. "We cannot quash this opportunity in Missouri!" She's more fired up than I've seen her in awhile, looks like she's ready to get up and start throwing stuff around the studio.
  • And they say we’re extreme?

    08/24/2012 6:02:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    LSN ^ | 8.24.2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    As Obama’s campaign seizes on Rep. Todd Akin’s clumsy comments to paint the Republicans as extremists, pro-lifers are rightfully pointing out that Obama doesn’t have a leg stand on when it comes to abortion extremism. Despite Akin’s misuse of words, millions of Americans agree with him in opposing abortion in cases of rape. But how many would agree with Obama’s votes for the right to kill a child who’s been born alive during abortion? While Obama has contested the charge by pro-lifers that these votes were pro-infanticide, he is on the record supporting something the vast majority of Americans also...
  • Why Todd Akin Could Still Win Missouri (Seriously) (Leftist Atlantic Wants Akin to Stay)

    08/24/2012 9:39:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 24, 2012 | Molly Ball
    When Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin went on television last weekend and uttered the words "legitimate rape," veterans of the Sharron Angle campaign had a collective flashback, PTSD-style. Angle, the Republican Senate candidate who ran against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in 2010, is best remembered for out-there statements like suggesting that "Second Amendment remedies" might be necessary to restore liberty. Her loss to Reid helped ensure that the GOP would fall short of the Senate majority in the midterm elections. Angle's candidacy is a case study in the ability of a deeply flawed candidate to squander an otherwise winnable...
  • Illegitimate Responses to Illegitimate Rape Remarks

    08/24/2012 4:17:57 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 3 replies
    Bible Prophecy Blog ^ | 8/24/2012 | Denny Burk
    I have been out of pocket this week and until now unable to comment on the controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin’s remarks about rape. As a result, much of what needs to be said in response to this enormous gaffe has already been said by others. Nevertheless, I would add one observation to the discussion that has been bugging me all week. Politics vs. Principle I have been disappointed by Republican responses to Akin that are driven more by politics than by pro-life principles. Over and over, I have seen politicos trying to dissociate the Republican presidential nominee from Akin’s...
  • Second Local Station Says Romney Camp Asked For No Akin Questions

    08/24/2012 11:59:57 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 31 replies
    TPM ^ | 0 inShare share Pema Levy & Evan McMorris-Santoro | August 23, 2012, 8:14 PM
    Before Mitt Romney appeared via satellite on an Ohio TV station WHIO Thursday, his campaign told a reporter it would prefer Romney did not get questions about Todd Akin. Fortunately for the Romney campaign, Akin wasn’t on the WHIO agenda. “They were chatting and it came up and I believe [a Romney staffer’s] wording was that they prefer not to talk about it,” assistant news director Tim Wolff told TPM. “But we didn’t care because we were going to talk about Ohio stuff.” The WHIO interview was one of four satellite appearances Romney made on local TV stations Thursday. Per...
  • Todd Akin reaffirms he's staying in the Senate race

    08/24/2012 2:53:44 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 339 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 8/24/2012 | NICHOLAS J.C. PISTOR
    Embattled Senate candidate Todd Akin just told reporters in Chesterfield that he is staying in the Senate race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin repeated the kinds of statements he'd made previously to national media, asserting that he's never had the support of the Republican party establishment anyway. [...]
  • FLASHBACK: McCaskill in 2006: 'I don't want my daughter near Bill Clinton' (Video)

    08/24/2012 3:40:08 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 7 replies
    Reagan Coalition ^ | 8-23-12 | NA
    "I think he's been a great leader but I don't want my daughter near him." McCaskill said this a few years ago while in a hotly contested senate race against Republican Jim Talent. In light of the recent discussion on rape, does the Senator feel the same way today, and will she be in attendance cheering on an accused rapist at the DNC?
  • Capitol Alert: Norma Torres blasts male colleagues during CA assembly abortion debate

    08/24/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 10 replies ^ | 23 Aug 2012 | Jim Sanders
    Debate over abortion-related legislation took a combative turn in the Assembly today when a Pomona Democrat blasted male ignorance of women's bodies, then defied house floor leaders who asked her to stop. Assemblywoman Norma Torres' outburst ended nearly an hour of fierce debate over Senate Bill 623 to continue a pilot project in which physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives provide first-trimester aspiration abortions. The measure ultimately passed, 46-24, despite Republican opposition. Torres began her floor speech by noting the words of Todd Akin - though not mentioning his name. The U.S. Senate candidate from Missouri sparked a national...
  • Wake up, GOP, and quit ostracizing Akin

    08/24/2012 12:10:13 PM PDT · by elijah1757 · 33 replies
    World Net Daily (WND) Commentary ^ | /23/2012 | Diana West
    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...
  • Akin scandal hands Missouri to Obama

    08/24/2012 10:25:42 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies ^ | August. 24, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    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...
  • Rasmussen: Romney loses MO lead after Akin controversy

    08/24/2012 11:47:41 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 61 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 23, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    While Missouri is always a tough state for both parties in presidential elections, until recently Mitt Romney didn’t have much to worry about. Rasmussen’s series of polls gave him a significant-if-not-quite-comfortable six-point margin in the Show Me State … at least until Todd Akin shared his views on the legitimacy of rape claims from pregnant victims. In today’s Rasmussen poll, Romney now slightly trails Obama, 47/46: As the controversy over Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment continues, Mitt Romney’s lead in Missouri has vanished. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with...
  • Akin Controversy Costing Romney, Obama Now Leads Missouri

    08/24/2012 8:13:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    Life News ^ | August 24, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The controversy over the abortion-rape comments made by Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin appear to be hurting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Whereas Rasmussen polling showed Romney leading pro-abortion President Barack Obama at the end of July and having Romney leading the race in the Show Me State all year, now Obama has the lead. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Missouri Voters finds President Obama with 47% support to Romney’s 46%. Three percent (3%) favor some other candidate in the race, and three percent (3%) more are undecided. At the end of July, Romney led by six...
  • Dems Better Put Some Ice on That 'Rape' Talk (Akin doesn't have the Dem's hands-on experience)

    08/24/2012 6:39:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/24/2012 | jack Cashill
    The other day I received an e-mail from the suddenly famous Sandra Fluke under the simple heading "Legitimate rape." Presuming that the message was not exactly personal, I deleted it, but I could have guessed its tone and tenor. Indeed, I had heard more about Rep. Todd Akin's unfortunate choice of words on the subject of rape in the last few days than I had heard about the actual commission of rape in the last decade, including rapes and other sexual abuses by members of a certain political party. Mimi Alford's recent book, Once Upon An Affair, details a few...
  • The Post-Akin GOP Outlook for the Senate . . . Doesn’t Look That Bad!

    08/24/2012 6:32:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/24/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Argh. What are the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and grassroots Republicans and conservatives, supposed to do, now that Todd Akin has exponentially complicated the effort to defeat Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, and win the three (or four, if Romney doesn’t win) seats needed to take over the Senate? All they have is Nebraska, where state senator Deb Fischer holds an 18-point lead over Democrat Bob Kerrey in a seat where incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson is retiring, and North Dakota, where Rick Berg is up 9 on in a seat where incumbent Democrat Kent Conrad is retiring . . ....
  • In Missouri No Compromise

    08/24/2012 6:25:07 AM PDT · by nathanbedford · 61 replies
    vanity | 24 August 2012 | Nathan Bedford
    This is an occasion in which the vituperation of the pontificators is exceeded only by their ignorance. The inescapable reality is that no one no knows whether Todd Akin could have survived his gaffe and gone on to win what should have been an easy victory in Missouri against a hapless opponent. Yet it is precisely that level of ignorance over what has blithely been assumed in this controversy that lent confidence to self-appointed pundits like Ann Coulter to venture onto national cable television and presume for all of America, not to mention all of Missouri, that Todd Akin was...
  • NAPOLITANO: Akin absurdity aside, rape never justifies abortion

    08/23/2012 8:39:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 22, 2012 | Andrew P. Napolitano
    The criticisms of the recent absurd comments by Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who at this writing is his party’s nominee to take on incumbent Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in November in a contest he had been expected to win, have focused on his clearly erroneous understanding of the human female anatomy. In a now infamous statement, in which he used the bizarre and unheard-of phrase “legitimate rape,” the congressman gave the impression that some rapes of women are not mentally or seriously resisted. This is an antediluvian and misogynistic myth for which there is no basis in fact...
  • Huckabee-second-look-at-todd-akin ( Huckster Strikes again to Hurt the Republican election chances)

    08/23/2012 5:06:06 PM PDT · by ncalburt · 81 replies
    HotAir ^ | AUGUST 23 ,2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
  • McCaskill Relishes Akin Flap

    08/23/2012 5:56:51 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 26 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/23/12 | Douglas Belkin and Natalie Bendavid
    ST. ROBERT, Mo.—Claire McCaskill began a sparsely attended campaign event here Thursday with this quip: "I don't know if you noticed, but my campaign has been really boring lately." The ironic line was one of the few references the Democratic senator made to the political firestorm that erupted after her opponent, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, used the term "legitimate rape" during a TV interview Sunday. Rather than beat Mr. Akin over the head, Ms. McCaskill appears to have decided to let the wrecking ball he set in motion swing all by itself. And unlike the Republican establishment, which has called...
  • Todd Akin to Claire McCaskill: You Should Drop Out

    08/23/2012 2:38:25 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 178 replies ^ | Aug 23, 2012
    After days of ignoring Republican pleas to abandon his U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri, Rep. Todd Akin today received an even more damning message: A new Rasmussen poll shows that Akin, who held a tidy lead before making his controversial comments about rape and pregnancy, is now down 10 percentage points (48-38 percent) to incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Never fazed, the Akin campaign shot back with an unlikely proposal. “The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48 percent after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is,” Akin spokesman Perry...
  • Poll shows Akin down, sneaky Sen. McCaskill tries Jedi Mind Trick, ‘No, you’re fine’; Fails

    08/23/2012 12:47:25 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 16 replies
    Twitchy ^ | August 23, 2012
    Rasmussen poll made me laugh out loud. If anyone believes that, I just turned 29. Sneaky stuff.— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 23, 2012Oh, good grief. Sneaky, heal thyself. Senator McCaskill’s attempt at reverse psychology is incredibly lame; is she trying for yet another terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day? What Rasmussen poll is the Democrat Missouri senator trying, and failing, to discredit? Oh, only the one that has her now up by ten over Rep. Akin. In her desperate attempt to bitterly cling to her senate seat, she is trying a pitiful Jedi Mind Trick: “You’re fine, Akin....
  • Now is the time for courage (Akin, abortion)

    08/23/2012 9:36:15 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 192 replies
    WND ^ | August 22, 2012 | Janet Porter
    Exclusive: Janet Porter joins pro-life leaders as they stand with Rep. Todd Akin Want to know why the Republican Party is in such trouble? I believe it comes down to one word: courage. When Democrats misspeak, we make them vice president. When Republicans misspeak, Republicans are the first in line to throw them under the bus. When Rep. Todd Akin stood for protecting all innocent human life in a recent interview, he used a word with more than one meaning. He used the word “legitimate” before the word “rape” to mean “real,” “forcible,” a tragic event that “really took place.”...
  • Republicans hang Akin out to dry

    08/23/2012 8:42:36 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 68 replies
    WND ^ | August 21, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – So, let me get this straight. A worthy Republican challenger to Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri made one dumb comment to an interviewer and the entire Republican establishment is pulling the rug out from under him, essentially conceding the race to a very vulnerable Democrat. Here’s the entirety of Rep. Todd Akin’s comment defending his pro-life position that has caused such a massive furor: “From what I understand from doctors, that’s (conception as a result of rape) really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But...
  • Trapping Season

    08/23/2012 8:23:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | August 23, 2012 | Cal Thomas
    It's trapping season. The targets are Republicans, whom the Democratic-friendly media (the trappers) hunt in order to smear -- especially the Romney-Ryan ticket -- forcing them off message. The bait in the latest case is the issue of abortion in cases of rape. The hunter's target was Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, who is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Thirty-nine years after Roe v. Wade and subsequent Supreme Court rulings legalizing abortion, one might think a pro-lifer like Todd Akin would be able to see he was walking into a trap when a St. Louis...
  • Akin and His Critics (He was wrong about the facts, but his mistaken belief wasn’t outlandish)

    08/23/2012 7:57:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/23/2012 | Mona Charen
    Todd Akin would do his party and his country a service by stepping aside. The rest of the campaign will be dominated by this side issue, possibly denying Republicans a key Senate seat. To use the words “legitimate” and “rape” in the same phrase betrays a serious lack of judgment. Only about 1 percent of women undergoing abortions report that they were raped, according to the Alan Guttmacher Institute. One percent is not zero. That much having been said, I must offer a mild dissent to the widespread view expressed by both Republicans and Democrats that what Akin said was...
  • Todd Akin Was Never Accused of Rape -- Unlike Bill Clinton

    08/23/2012 5:12:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall,com ^ | August 23, 2012 | Larry Elder
    Which is worse, Rep. Todd Akin's, R-Mo., ignorance about human anatomy -- or the way Republicans jump, run and hide when the Democrat-media complex decides they should? Akin is the Republican candidate for a crucial Senate seat in Missouri. In an interview, he said that he believed that pregnancy following an act of rape is "really rare -- if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down." Incredibly dumb. The married father of six, including two daughters, apologized the next day and then recorded an ad apologizing yet again. That, at...
  • Dealing With The Political Hurricane Of Todd Akin

    08/23/2012 3:54:21 AM PDT · by LD Jackson · 15 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/23/12 | LD Jackson
    As we entered this week in politics, things were looking up for the Republicans who hope to regain the White House and complete control of Congress. Things seemed to be going good for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as they prepared for the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, Florida next week. Then, along came Todd Akin and his now infamously ignorant remarks about rape and abortion. Once that cat was out of the bag, it didn't take a political genius to figure out how the Democrats would respond. Mitt Romney is now faced with having to distance himself from...