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How I Helped Todd Akin Win So I Could Beat Him Later
Politico ^ | August 11, 2015 | Sen. Claire McCaskill

Posted on 08/12/2015 6:04:24 AM PDT by C19fan

It was August 7, 2012, and I was standing in my hotel room in Kansas City about to shotgun a beer for the first time in my life. I had just made the biggest gamble of my political career—a $1.7 million gamble—and it had paid off. Running for reelection to the U.S. Senate as a Democrat from Missouri, I had successfully manipulated the Republican primary so that in the general election I would face the candidate I was most likely to beat. And this is how I had promised my daughters we would celebrate. But first let me go back to the beginning.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; mccaskill; senate
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Shame on the GOP MO voters for falling for this obvious trap.
1 posted on 08/12/2015 6:04:24 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

they are the Trump supporters of today IMO....many of them anyway.

They were warned then....by many, including myself, who took heat and flames from blind Freepers. History repeats....


2 posted on 08/12/2015 6:05:54 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again)
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To: C19fan

Akin shot himself in the foot, then shot himself in the other foot.


3 posted on 08/12/2015 6:06:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("If he were working for the other side, what would he be doing differently ?")
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To: C. Edmund Wright
they are the Trump supporters of today IMO....many of them anyway.

Agree

4 posted on 08/12/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT by Half Vast Conspiracy (ANYBODY who would choose Trump over Cruz has a screw loose.)
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To: C19fan

Actually, she picked the candidate most disliked by the media’s most profitable demographics. Ensuring the media would be the most hostile to him.

It’s a very good article (her bias doesn’t even need comment). This is how campaigns are conducted.


5 posted on 08/12/2015 6:13:53 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: C19fan
Yep. We prove time and again, we are the stupid party. Why wasn't there a Republican strategist who would counteract this manipulation? A strategist, dissecting the ad, should have seen through it. WAKE UP, REPUBLICANS, BEFORE YOUR COUNTRY IS COMPLETELY DESTROYED!!
6 posted on 08/12/2015 6:16:13 AM PDT by originalbuckeye ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Akin was/is a fool.

Claire is a real class act and obviously has a real classy family.
I will not soon forgive Akin for getting her elected.


7 posted on 08/12/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT by Romans Nine
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To: C. Edmund Wright
They were warned then....by many, including myself, who took heat and flames from blind Freepers. History repeats

I was one of the Akin defenders. I was wrong.
8 posted on 08/12/2015 6:20:33 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Sad fact, most people just want a candidate to tell them what they want to hear)
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To: mrsmith

And Claire herself is too stupid to realize how her party used her and she will never make the big leagues as they promised. She will be a footnote to Akins story.

Her and Jeremiah Jay Nixion are two peas in a pod.


9 posted on 08/12/2015 6:23:12 AM PDT by Romans Nine
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To: C19fan

Fascinating inner workings of totalitarians. Thanks for posting.


10 posted on 08/12/2015 6:24:19 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: cripplecreek

my respect for you just doubled...(and I already had a good amount) - only the second time I’ve ever seen a Freeper acknowledge such.

There’s gonna be a ton who are in that position here in the next weeks or months...I doubt any of them will fess up....


11 posted on 08/12/2015 6:24:38 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again)
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To: Romans Nine

Akin hit bottom, then kept on digging.


12 posted on 08/12/2015 6:25:44 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("If he were working for the other side, what would he be doing differently ?")
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To: Half Vast Conspiracy; C. Edmund Wright

Utter nonsense. Trump has large support from liberal and moderate voters.

After he’s kept Hillary’s , Rubio’s and Jeb’s support down for a few more months I wouldn’t mind him ‘shooting himself in the foot’, but he’s doing an excellent job of handling the media too.


13 posted on 08/12/2015 6:27:10 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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It was not GOP voters, Dems crossed over to vote in the primary. She would have lost to Sara Steelman.


14 posted on 08/12/2015 6:28:06 AM PDT by MCF (If my home can't be my Castle, then it will be my Alamo.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

I’m sure we can come up with plenty of colorful descriptions for Akin.

Akin didn’t put his foot in his mouth, he ate a shoe store.

The point is that we can’t have any more Akins or Mourdocks carrying the banner of conservatism.


15 posted on 08/12/2015 6:28:19 AM PDT by henkster (Where'd my tagline go?)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

It wasn’t that Todd Akin was such a bad guy so much as the fact that he had chronic foot in mouth disease.


16 posted on 08/12/2015 6:29:06 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Sad fact, most people just want a candidate to tell them what they want to hear)
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To: mrsmith

You need a little logic lesson madame....yes, Trump has some voter support who were NOT Akin supporters...but he also has the Akin supporters. The two are not mutually exclusive, and yet, that’s the fatuous logic on which you based your snarky response.

It’s fine to be snarky, but not if your dead wrong. Then it’s embarrassing.


17 posted on 08/12/2015 6:29:28 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again)
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To: C19fan
I just read the article..what she really wanted to say was, "We knew he was an idiot. It was just a matter of time he would stupidly appear on a liberal show with nothing to gain and everything to lose and put his foot in his mouth. The fact he did it so easily made us feel so good. Thank you Missouri GOP for being so damn gullible."

If I may also add, my home state of Louisiana FINALLY dumped Landrieu last fall and the GOP nominee, then congressman Cassidy, was kept out of the limelight for most of the runoff..even went to DC to vote during the last week of campaigning..even though Cassidy is smarter than Akin (who isn't?), no one wanted to him to take the chance of blowing the election with a stupid gaffe.

18 posted on 08/12/2015 6:31:16 AM PDT by BerniesFriend (Sarah Palin-"Lord knows she's attractive" says bitter Andrea Mitchell and the rest of the MSM)
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To: cripplecreek

Here was my take on Akin: he was NOT tea party guy...he’d been in the House for six years, or six terms, not sure which - meaning he was damned near part of the establishment. He was self serving, paying his entire family out of campaign funds, and he was too arrogant and ignorant to know exactly what Claire dear is admitting to...she created Akin so she could beat him, because she knew that Bruner or Steelman would rock her clock in the general.

Akin only glommed onto the tea party thing AFTER the primary when both many in the TP and the GOP - e said NO to him. It was a rare case when the estabs were correct....only they didn’t want to claim him as one of their own, which he was.


19 posted on 08/12/2015 6:33:16 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again)
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To: mrsmith

oops, saw an “s” in there that wasn’t there...the madame thing was a mistake, not a snark. Just clearing that up...I stand by the rest 100%.


20 posted on 08/12/2015 6:34:04 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (WTF? How Karl Rove and the Establishment Lost...Again)
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