Ladylike Parts

Claire McCaskill vs. Todd Akin – MO Senate 2012 – by DonkeyHotey

On Thursday, Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin (MO) told reporters that his opponent, Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, was much more “ladylike” in her 2006 campaign against Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) than she is in her campaign against him. To which, Sen. McCaskill responded with, “Excuse me?”

Todd Akin should stop talking about proper lady behavior. This is Todd Akin, the guy who thinks women have magic lady parts that detect and deflect “legitimate” rape sperm in order to “shut that whole thing down.” I’m sorry, why should you have to listen to me, when you can hear his GOP speak about him:

  • “Well, I thought his comments were a little bit outrageous” – Gov. Jan Brewer (R-AZ)
  • “As I said yesterday, Todd Akin’s comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country” – Mitt Romney (R)
  • “He should be ashamed of himself to be talking about it in that way” – Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ)
  • “He’s got to seriously decide what’s in the best interest of the party, what’s in the best interest of the state of Missouri, and frankly, at this point, given that flat wrong statement, whether he can win” – Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA)
  • “What he said is just flat wrong in addition to being wildly offensive to any victim of sexual abuse. Although Representative Akin has apologized, I believe he should take time with his family to consider whether this statement will prevent him from effectively representing our party in this critical election” – Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
  • I join many Alaskans in finding Rep. Todd Akin’s comments incredibly offensive and I strongly encourage him to step aside – Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
  • “I can’t agree with anything [Akin] said” – Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO)

To my regular Republican readers, I apologize, not for any thing that I’ve written, but because I’ve violated my one political post per week pledge. I’d promise to do better in the future, but that would be a lie. OK, since I’m currently fielding two posts a day, I promise to only do two political posts a week. That ought to cover me for a little while. 😉

Thanks to Donkeyhotey, for the use of his cartoon.

mo Political Incorrectness

Saint Pauli Girl Poster

Today is Election Day! Well, it is for me. I bet you wish that the same was true for you too. Then this whole political saga would be over. I voted this morning (#21) and Anne is working the polls as an Election Official. My vote was simple, just one vote to cast for just one of two women. Two incumbant Democratic State Representatives were shoe-horned by gerrymander into the 87th District. The August primary found them only one vote apart. An automatic recount found that a hundred voters were allowed to vote, when they shouldn’t have been. They should have voted in a different Representative district. A judge ordered a do-over. Today is Election Day!

It is not the Election Day that you thought it was. That one is still in November, even if you do vote early. It is unusual to have an Election Day in Missouri that falls on a Monday. Tuesday is the prefered day of the week, but tomorrow, September 25th, is the day that the November ballot is finalized.  If you are on the ballot tomorrow and you die the day after, then we can still vote for you in November. I know, because I’ve done it. I was proud to have elected a dead man. Governor Mel Carnahan (D) was running for the US Senate. He died in an October plane crash. He was elected, his widow came forward and his Lieutenant Governor appointed her. QED

Tuesday, is also the final day for Representative Todd Akin (R) (Mister “Legitimate Rape”) to bow out of this year’s US Senate campaign. He is challenging incumbant Senator Claire McCaskill (D). At time of posting, this action seems highly unlikely. Per D (the OLD friend), Romney’s sinking prospects are leading Republican strategists to shore up down-ballot spots. Jim DeMint (R) is rallying social conservative support for Akin and Newt Gingrich (R), never one to change his mind has flopped back into bed with Akin.

All this Republican makeup sex won’t wash away the oceans of soundbites that these same pundits crashed down upon Akin in the wake of his mistake. The day after tomorrow, Claire will no longer be constrained. She will no longer fear the escape of the fish that she so deftly angled into the Republican nomination. She will be free to let loose a broadside or two, nay many at Mr. Akin. I wonder how he will respond to having his own words shot back at him?

The poster pictured with this post is my father-in-law’s. He is a loving husband and a kind father to three daughters that have all been taught to be the independent women that they are. Besides for Harry, I’m sure that it is all about beer. 😉

Strange Bedfellows

Cloudy Sunset

Two weeks and a day ago Congressman Todd Akin (R) narrowly won the hard-fought Missouri Republican primary for the US Senate nomination. Akin was considered the most conservative of the three candidates vying for this nomination. He was not considered the first choice of national GOP leaders, but since those leaders remained hands-off on the nomination process that really didn’t matter much. The Democratic incumbent was not so impartial. Senator Claire McCaskill (D) placed her thumb firmly on the scale by running an attack ad against Akin the week before the primary. McCaskill’s campaign staff must have had their tongues placed firmly in their cheeks when they created this ad, because it accused Akin of all those values that conservatives hold most dearly. Whether the ad did its job or not, it certainly didn’t hurt and McCaskill got the adversary that she wanted.

Last Sunday, in an interview with the Saint Louis Fox affiliate, Akin spoke about “legitimate rape” and said women who are raped can’t get pregnant. His argument was both awfully expressed and patently wrong, but it also spoke to his core belief that not even rape victims should be permitted an abortion. Democratic condemnation of this was swift and nearly unanimous. One-by-one national GOP leaders, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and presumptive Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney called for Akin to step aside. Meanwhile, Claire McCaskill argued that these outside interests should not be allowed to overrule the Missouri electorate.

File this under bad timing, but on Tuesday, the same day that Republican leaders were calling for Akin to withdraw, the GOP platform committee adopted a plank calling for a Constitutional Amendment outlawing all abortions, even in cases of rape. While polling shows that the American electorate is closely divided on the subject of abortion, the support for abortion in cases of rape is much greater. More significantly, among the Republican conservative base the issue of abortion in rape cases is a wedge issue. In these instances you have the issues of abortion and law & order competing with each other. Former prosecutor McCaskill is well positioned to drive this wedge home.

As I write this post, the Tuesday five o’clock deadline for Akin’s relatively painless exit from the race has come and gone. Akin was never beholding to his national GOP detractors, so why listen to them now? The RNSC and Karl Rove’s super-PAC have both announced that they will not support Akin’s campaign. This is likely just posturing and Akin seems ready to call their bluff. In the ever reddening state of Missouri, McCaskill’s seat was considered low hanging fruit in the GOP’s national campaign to retake the Senate. Even after all this hub-bub Akin is still polling ahead of McCaskill, but make no mistake, Akin’s Senate bid is toast. He is no longer a viable candidate. If you don’t believe me then trust in his party’s hierarchy.

I can write her winning campaign ad now. Replay Akin’s fateful interview with quotes from Romney, McConnell and Rove crawling across the screen. It is Akin’s bad luck that he fumbled on the week that Missouri native son Rush Limbaugh was on vacation.

OMG We’re the New FL of MO

Chipmunk on the Woodpile

Missouri held its non-presidential primaries last week. After this election, I recapped the results. I wrote the following:

Moving closer to home, our incumbent State Representative Stacey Newman (D) had a very close election with another victim of Republican gerrymandering, Susan Carlson (D). As of now, the vote count is 1823 for Newman and 1822 for Carlson. That’s right, just a one vote difference. In a percentage format, that is a 50.01% to 49.99% difference. I’m sure that there will be a recount. Whichever one eventually wins will be our state representative.

They’ve held the recount and discovered some voting irregularities. One of the Brentwood polling places that is partially in our state representative district and is neither our polling place nor the polling place that Anne worked on Election Day was responsible. This was a great relief to Anne, “Not my fault.” This Brentwood poll, like ours and the one that Anne worked serves multiple precincts. At the Brentwood polling place 102 voters who were in a precinct outside our state representative district were given ballots for our state representative district. With only a one vote difference this is a huge error and would have gone undetected without the recount. This election is now headed to the courts. Does this make us the Florida of Missouri yet? No? Stay tuned. Anne expects extra Election Official training for the November election, because of this incident.

I’ve always been a fan of Devo. It’s good to see that they are still rocking. Now that the Olympic Games have ended let the political games start in earnest.