Quote of the Day

“I feel almost sorry for John Boehner.  There is incredible pressure on him from a base of his party that is unreasonable about this. And he’s got to decide, is his speakership more important, or is the country more important.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO)

I don’t feel the least bit sorry for the Orange One.  He’s coddled and encouraged his crazies.   And it doesn’t matter what he decides because he still needs to get the votes to pass something in the House.  Partisan politics aside, he’s really been a weak and ineffective Speaker, the wrong guy for the job.  I know Eric Cantor agrees with me, but I don’t agree with Cantor that he should have the job.

Akin At It Again

Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, newly back in the GOP bosom, says that his opponent, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, wasn’t “ladylike” in their last debate.

What does he consider ladylike?  I guess quietly carrying to term the baby of your rapist.

If this man would agree to go back under his rock, I would drive to Missouri to lift it for him.

NRSC Dips Toe in Water for Akin

I posted earlier that the GOP is moving back to supporting Missouri Senate candidate Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) just issued a statement that they “hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

Translation — Those ads buys we cancelled in August?  We’ll be reinstating them.

The tiff with Todd is over; the war on Claire McCaskill is just beginning.

Rove Bullies Akin

Karl Rove is furious at Missouri Senate candidate Todd (“Legitimate rape victims don’t get pregnant”) Akin for pulling back the curtain on the GOP’s extremism and insanity.  Rove is predicting that Akin will “go down in defeat with the biggest loss of any Republican candidate for Senate in modern history.”

Rove’s statement is as dumb as the Akin comment that started this whole uproar.  Missouri is a conservative state, and while Akin may lose to Claire McCaskill, it won’t be the epic loss Rove is predicting.

Rove wants Akin out because he knows how much he’s hurting the GOP effort to win the White House and other congressional races, not because he wants to spare Akin a humiliating and historic defeat.  Rove’s making an apocalyptic public statement like that just embarrasses Akin and encourages him to prove Rove wrong.

I’m delighted to see someone stand up to Rove, even if it is one of the bat-shit crazies.

Rove has spent his career stirring up people to vote against their economic interests, to basically serve the Koch Brothers and the Bain Capitals of this country, by getting them all wee wee’d up on abortion and guns and gays and immigrants.  Let him reap what he’s sown.

Todd Akin is Rove’s baby, as it were, and let Rove be forced to carry him to term in November.

Akin Staying In

A defiant Todd Akin says he’s staying in his Senate race against Claire McCaskill in Missouri.  I expect he’s furious about the hypocrisy of those in the GOP calling for him to exit.  Some of them might not agree with him that you can’t get pregnant if you’ve been raped, but the result they support is the same — no abortions for rape victims.

A huge headache for Mitt, who has now been forced to say that his administration won’t oppose abortion in case of rape.

Funny, that’s not what the GOP platform has said since 1976.  Funny, that’s not what Paul Ryan has said his whole career (he and Akin are joined at the hip on abortion).  Funny, that’s not what Mitt agreed to when he told Mike Huckabee that he would “absolutely” sign a personhood amendment, which says that a fertilized egg is a human being, an amendment so radical and bizarre that it failed to pass in Mississippi.

This is a flip where Mitt would immediately flop if he won and cave to the base, a temporary pander to try to hold the line on the already huge gender gap.  Good luck with that Mittens, we see right through you, and your little dog Ryan too.

Thank you, Todd Akin, for giving abortion rights the spotlight they deserve in this race.

Hannity Piles On

Sean Hannity joined those calling for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to drop out because of his comments about rape and pregnancy.

Sean is clearly panicked about the effect on Mitt and Ryan and the effort to defeat McCaskill and re-take the Senate.

It’s interesting because in 2010, the Tea Party pretended to be all about the economy.  Then they got elected, and whether in the U. S. Congress or the state legislatures, suddenly it was all abortion, all the time.

The 2012 race is supposed to be all about the economy, but I’m glad to see that the true agenda of taking away women’s hard-won rights is being revealed before the election rather than after.



Pressure on Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin

The GOP is trying to distance itself from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s view that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant and therefore have no need for abortions.*

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has said that it will pull $5 million in funding for the race if he doesn’t drop out.  Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS  has stopped running ads in Missouri.

Akin has until 5 P. M. tomorrow to drop out and let the GOP nominate another candidate, but so far he has refused to do so.

The GOP needs to win three seats to take control of the Senate if Mitt wins and four seats if Obama wins.  The Missouri seat now held by Dem Claire McCaskill was considered low-hanging fruit until Akin’s incendiary comments.

McCaskill said this morning that the comments were “a window into Todd Akin’s mind.”

They are also a window until the GOP itself.  Akin is not some weird anomaly in the party, some Tea Party guy with no government experience — he’s had six terms in the House of Representatives.

Akin really is where the party is now, he’s just more open and honest about it.  It used to be that the really fringe congressmen knew not to try for the Senate.  Now the fringe is running the party, so people like Akin can be not just one of 435, which is bad enough, but one of 100, which is far worse.

As the GOP tries to distance itself from Akin, all non-extreme Americans need to distance themselves from the GOP.

Too Crazy for the Crazies

From “Conservative Activists Call On Akin To Quit Race after ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment, Pema Levy, Talking Points Memo:

“Conservative strategists and activists did not rally to Rep. Todd Akin’s defense Sunday after the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri said that ‘legitimate rape’ victims have a biological defense mechanism to prevent pregnancy.

“Instead, a growing chorus is calling for him to withdraw from the race.

“On Twitter Sunday, many Republicans reached the conclusion that Akin is no longer a viable Senate candidate. Until Sunday, Akin was the favorite to take incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s seat as Missouri grows increasingly conservative. But both sides of the aisle seem to think Akin’s rape comments could cost him the election.”

This is what happens when one of our major political parties proudly rejects science.  The GOP may hate the middle class, but they love the Middle Ages.

This Ignorant, Insane Idiot Wants To Be a Senator

“Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“’First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,’ Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. ‘If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.’

Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.

“’Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,’ Akin said. ‘I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.’”  Emphasis added.

The “female body” of voters needs to shut this moron down.