Claire McCaskill: These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome

posted at 7:21 pm on August 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via the Examiner, a golden moment from “Morning Joe” in which McCaskill walks the vanishingly fine line between being deeply offended at the thought of Akin representing Missouri and yet not so deeply offended that she’d want to see him disqualify himself immediately. If you’re depressed by all the Akin coverage today, let this thought comfort you: The Democrats worked very hard, and spent a lot of money, to make sure he was her opponent in November. They banked on him screwing up spectacularly, and now he has — so spectacularly and so soon, in fact, that this might blow up right in their faces by landing a steadier, sturdier Republican candidate on the ballot in his place.

Oops:

In the weeks before the August 7 primary, McCaskill and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aired ads that ostensibly attacked Akin, but actually boosted his candidacy. The ads called said him a “true conservative” and questioned if he was “too conservative,” hardly a negative in a GOP primary. One radio ad ended by noting that Akin “has been endorsed by the most conservative leaders in our country: Michele Bachmann and Mike Huckabee.”

McCaskill did air ads against all the Republicans in the race, but only the Akin ones included such glowing testimonials. With a wink and a nod, Democrats placed their bets that the conservative congressman would be her weakest foe in the fall, even if they’re never publicly acknowledged it.

According to WaPo, the combined $1.5 million that McCaskill’s campaign and Democratic groups spent in the last weeks before the primary “attacking” Akin as a true conservative was more money than his own team spent on ads over the course of the entire campaign. That’s how badly they wanted to face him, and their strategy worked so well that they might get Brunner or Steelman or maybe even a more established Missouri Republican instead. Keep an eye on Jim Talent: He denied today that he’d run again for his old seat, possibly because he’s in line to be defense secretary under President Romney, but the calls for him to replace Akin on the ballot have already begun. Your country needs you, Jim.

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As did Ted Cruz to Dewhurst

MeatHeadinCA on August 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

So? Dewhurst was a strong candidate, as was Tom Leppert.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Steelman and Brunner cannot be a write-in candidate because of the sore-loser rule in MO, but another candidate who did not participate in the primary race can. If the moronic tool did not step aside, the GOP should carry through with withdrawing all support from the idiot, and field a credible person to run as a write in.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Thank you, answered my question, and the point I was trying to make, just didn’t know about the Sore Loser part(good idea, just dang inconvenient right now).

Rogue on August 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I meant if Akin doesn’t step aside, is there a way to get a third face, whoever, in the race?

Rogue on August 20, 2012 at 8:04 PM

As I understand it, a conservative could run as an independent in the general, but because of the Sore Loser Law it can’t be a candidate who previously lost a party nomination primary this cycle.

So, if he won’t step down, Brunner and Steelman are prohibited from an independent run by state law.

Anyone who did not run in the primary can file as an independent candidate for the general election.

Brian1972 on August 20, 2012 at 8:07 PM

And the Democrats in the media couldn’t help themselves by spreading Akin’s words all over the place before thinking what the results could or would be…

HA…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on August 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Seven Percent Solution:

Good to see ya back,I do hope you and little 7% had quality
bonding time,and fuuuuuuuun,

And,tru dat,on your comment——–:)

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

didn’t know about the Sore Loser part(good idea, just dang inconvenient right now).

Rogue on August 20, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Would have been nice if Alaska had that law in 2010.

Brian1972 on August 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Well, heck, we can just shove someone in a race. Not the second or third place, but a whole new group? An we do that next week in Tampa? Maybe we can get the perfect candidate, a leg here, an arm there, a head with a brain. Keep Paul Ryan, but we can build a better president.
You are a wackadoodle.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

So, do you have any argument against running a serious candidate like Talent, Schweich or Wagner besides calling me names and using a weird strawman about Tampa?

There’s no reason to give this to Brunner just because he managed to lose an election to a guy as bad as Akin. I can’t even wrap my head around the rationale to nominate Steelman, that managed to come in third.

Pick the best candidate possible. There’s simply no reason to restrict yourself to the primary candidates – everybody said from the beginning they were a sorry lot.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Akin, Brunner, and Steelman ran for the seat. I will type slow for you, so you get this. If Akin ate his own tongue, the next in line voted was Brunner.
They were voted on by Missouri voters.
If you can’t wrap you head around that, I can’t help you.
One whackadoodles strawman is another’s sarcasm, you nut.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Heh. We’ve been at this all day and haven’t really had a good meltdown thread yet. Is it time?

a capella on August 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Yep. Waaay past overdue.

kingsjester on August 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Heh. We’ve been at this all day and haven’t really had a good meltdown thread yet. Is it time?

a capella on August 20, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Tomorrow. 4:59 Central Time. Be there.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

So, there’s a sore loser law in MO? Too bad there’s no sour faced two tongued dragon lady clause associated with that. Claire would be disqualified.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

For these Tea Party primary challenges, it really is ideal if there is a runoff system, so if you have a multi-candidate primary, especially one with more than one Tea Party candidate, to win outright you have to top %50.

If nobody tops %50, the top 2 finishers go on to a head to head run off, like the South Carolina Governor’s race in 2010, and the Texas Senate primary this year. That way the Tea Party candidates don’t split the vote up so the establishment pick can slip through with %30 something of the vote.

In that system you can have a mini-primary among the other candidates, then consolidate behind one challenger to knock off the establishment candidate the way Cruz did in Texas, and the way Nikki Haley did in South Carolina.

Brian1972 on August 20, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Speaking of Campaigns……………

Todd Akin Launches ‘I’m Not Quitting’ Ad Campaign
August 20, 2012, 7:51 PM
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Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has launched an online fundraising drive pegged to his pledge not to leave the Missouri Senate race, despite mounting pressure from broad swathes of the Republican and conservative establishment urging him to step down.

A Democratic source sent these screen grabs showing Akin seeking small donations off of his pledge not to drop out of the race, less than 24 hours before his final deadline to do so in a way that would allow Republicans to easily replace him as their nominee against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

The ads are appearing on Google and Facebook, according to copies obtained by TPM from a Democratic source.
=========================================

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-im-not-quitting-ads.php

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-im-not-quitting-ads.php

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

gophergirl on August 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Akin, Brunner, and Steelman ran for the seat. I will type slow for you, so you get this. If Akin ate his own tongue, the next in line voted was Brunner.
They were voted on by Missouri voters.
If you can’t wrap you head around that, I can’t help you.
One whackadoodles strawman is another’s sarcasm, you nut.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:10 PM

They weren’t voted for anything. Missouri voters decided that Brunner and Steelman weren’t fit to be their Senatorial candidates. Can you understand this?

The fact that you keep ignoring my arguments on why those guys dont’ make any sense as candidates and keep calling me names as if this was some ghetto middle school pretty much shows that even you can understand how weak your point is.

The law is clear: it’s up to the MOGOP committee to pick the candidate if Akin drops out. They need to pick the best candidate possible, not some weak gadflies whose only merit is…losing to freakin’ Todd Akin. Why would they ignore the will of the voters and actually pick someone the voters soundly and actively rejected on the ballot?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Like I said earlier.
The GOP brand will be burned to the ground.
And then, and only then will this bumbling pr$ck step aside.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

gophergirl on August 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

My sentiments exactly. (Except with more colorful language.)

What kind of ego must he have to believe he’d get donations over this? There’s no one urging him to stay in at this point…except his wife, apparently.

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-im-not-quitting-ads.php

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

****.

Maybe he’s just testing how shallow his pool of support is?

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Piers will appear very sympathetic to Akin. He will agree with the idiot that his brain f*rt was blown way out of proportion by the nasty GOP. Piers will urge the moron to hang tough.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 7:58 PM

And all four of Morgan’s viewers will agree.

I bet the Dems are furious with McCaskill. “You dumb b!tch! No one was supposed to know that we were bankrolling Akin for you!”

Missourians: you do indeed deserve much better than these two tools.

PatriotGal2257 on August 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

My sentiments exactly. (Except with more colorful language.)

What kind of ego must he have to believe he’d get donations over this? There’s no one urging him to stay in at this point…except his wife, apparently.

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

The ego of this man is amazing.

I swear if he stays in and we lose the Senate because of this idiot – my head will explode.

gophergirl on August 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Don’t think he’s Going to quit. I do think the GOP should sponsor a write-in candidate though. It’s better than Akin!

mrscullen on August 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

The law is clear: it’s up to the MOGOP committee to pick the candidate if Akin drops out. They need to pick the best candidate possible, not some weak gadflies whose only merit is…losing to freakin’ Todd Akin. Why would they ignore the will of the voters and actually pick someone the voters soundly and actively rejected on the ballot?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Uh, it was a hard fought race. Some of those, many of those voters voted for Brunner ad Steelman, not your last minute pick to save the day. Why can’t you get that.
We picked McCain last go around, didn’t pick Romney, but he got the nod this time. By your logic, we should have destroyed him and voted a completely different group.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:27 PM

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

****.

Maybe he’s just testing how shallow his pool of support is?

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Lawdawg86:Good one,here his site:)
==================================

Donate to Help Todd

Please make a contribution to Todd Akin for Senate! This race will not be easy, but thanks to your support, my strong conservative record will provide Missouri voters with a clear choice and the chance to set Missouri and America back on the right course.

https://secure.campaignsolutions.com/toddakin/donation1/?initiativekey=EVC5SEAB56RX

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

The ego of this man is amazing.

I swear if he stays in and we lose the Senate because of this idiot – my head will explode.

gophergirl on August 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I don’t get it. We just can’t seem to get out of our own way sometimes.

changer1701 on August 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

On the bright side, if Akin doesn’t drop out, Claire is free to go to the Dem convention in Charlotte.

Dark Star on August 20, 2012 at 8:31 PM

http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-im-not-quitting-ads.php

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

No one should contribute a dime to this moron.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

They weren’t voted for anything. Missouri voters decided that Brunner and Steelman weren’t fit to be their Senatorial candidates. Can you understand this?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

There is a difference between not being fit for an office and coming in a close second and third. It’s true that gives them no special standing if Akin drops out, but their finish does not reflect on their fitness to be nominated by another process.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

The ego of this man is amazing.

I swear if he stays in and we lose the Senate because of this idiot – my head will explode.

gophergirl on August 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM

At this point, Akin is just as much the enemy as McCaskill — he’s as big a part of the Dem sneakiness that up until now, they thought no one would figure out until the election was over.

If I were the NRSC, I’d be nonstop pouring money behind a write-in to throw a huge monkey wrench into their stupid machinery.

PatriotGal2257 on August 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:19 PM

No one should contribute a dime to this moron.

bayview on August 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

bayview:No kidding,and,if its new(news)from the news wires,I will
post,er,on topic that is———-:0

canopfor on August 20, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has launched an online fundraising drive pegged to his pledge not to leave the Missouri Senate race, despite mounting pressure from broad swathes of the Republican and conservative establishment urging him to step down.

One hopes that he’s testing the waters, knowing he’ll get no help from the NRSC, the RNC, the outside PACs, etc., and that he will use the lack of support from local voters as a reason to step aside. Might give him a gentleman’s way out. On the other hand, if he’s serious, he’s delusional and should be disqualified on the grounds of non compos mentis.

TXUS on August 20, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I think tonight I will boldly go where few Americans dare tread. That’s right. I’m going to watch Piers Morgan. If the conditions permit, I shall send back status reports. Fare ye well, my fellow conservatives. God-willing, we shall meet again soon.

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

The idea of Air Claire winning again is ludicrous.

Anyone from MO think this makes that likely?

CorporatePiggy on August 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

I think tonight I will boldly go where few Americans dare tread. That’s right. I’m going to watch Piers Morgan. If the conditions permit, I shall send back status reports. Fare ye well, my fellow conservatives. God-willing, we shall meet again soon.

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Whatever you do, do not look directly into Piers’ eyes.
And, when it’s over, turn the channel or you will see Anderson 590 and turn to stone.

RovesChins on August 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I think tonight I will boldly go where few Americans dare tread. That’s right. I’m going to watch Piers Morgan. If the conditions permit, I shall send back status reports. Fare ye well, my fellow conservatives. God-willing, we shall meet again soon.

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

We shall think fondly and respectfully of you, sir.

And shame on MO voters for falling for this crap.

kim roy on August 20, 2012 at 8:57 PM

I think tonight I will boldly go where few Americans dare tread. That’s right. I’m going to watch Piers Morgan. If the conditions permit, I shall send back status reports. Fare ye well, my fellow conservatives. God-willing, we shall meet again soon.

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Remember to shower twice afterwards, and apply bleach, soap and shampoo liberally to all affected areas.

TXUS on August 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Biden, BFD?

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/biden-bfd.html

M2RB: The Friends of Trusty Sidekick

Resist We Much on August 20, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Even if Akin steps down, the chance that any Republican wins this seat now is probably pretty remote.

TXJenny on August 20, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Where is Dire? We may need his quote. It appears that the Missouri Republican Committee aren’t interested in Brunner nor Steelman.

Instead, the top three names being floated are former senator Jim Talent, former state GOP chair Ann Wagner (who is running as the Republican in the district Akin currently represents), and Tom Schweich, the state auditor who also worked as John Bolton’s chief of staff in previous years.

Akin does the right thing and drops out, it appears the Missouri Republican Party apparatus is bound and determined to lose the seat anyway. None of these establishment types being mentioned even bothered to run in the primary. If the Missouri GOP anoints a candidate who lacks an established, grassroots organization on the ground, McCaskill will be a shoo-in for re-election.

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/08/missouri-gop-establishment-talking-about-wagner-talent-and-schweich-as-possible-akin-replacements.html

It would be a shame if Akins drops out and this R Committee appoints someone other than Brunner or Steelman and lose the race anyway. None of these suggested names even ran in the race. This Committee makes the appointment political, instead of the voters of Mo.

bluefox on August 20, 2012 at 9:12 PM

“Born to be Vile!”

Resist We Much on August 20, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Ah, yes, E. Warren. Between her, Biden, Pelosi, Reid, and now Akin, I can’t decide who is more of a clown. A sad testament to politics in our country. I’m so glad I’m not a grade-school student learning about what our leaders are like. How disappointing and disillusioning!

SailorMark on August 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Claire, you ignorant

DrStock on August 20, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Well, there you have it.Akin needs to go…NOW!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

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That’s a good “barometer” for me, as well.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Maybe Missouri just can’t produce quality candidates from any party.

nitzsche on August 20, 2012 at 8:00 PM

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I don’t believe that . . . . . . show me.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 9:46 PM

and a Democratic judge ordered the polling places in St. Louis to stay open longer in order for the Dems to get more votes in.

iamsaved on August 20, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Can you name ANY election in Missouri that doesn’t feature “a Democratic judge [who] ordered the polling places in St. Louis to stay open longer in order for the Dems to get more votes in?”

It’s about as predictable as anything in politics. Like the dead voting in Chicago.

As Huey Long was supposed to have said, “When I die, bury me in Louisiana, so I can stay active in politics.”

tom on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Claire McCaskill: “These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome.”

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Says the “self-serving” politician, while pretending to defend another one.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

When I look at that evil women’s face I just see an Shrunken Apple Head all shriveled and disgusting. Does anyone else get that?

Tbone McGraw on August 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Says the “self-serving” politician, while pretending to defend another one.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Sort of reminds me of the “fish” troll we have here:-)

bluefox on August 20, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Akin must go. Brunner, Steelman, Talent – any of them can wipe the slate clean.

Steelman, a female, is the best antidote in this type of circumstance.

matthew8787 on August 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

To this MO voter, Steelman was the better candidate anyway.

Kevin71 on August 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

matthew8787 on August 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

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To this MO voter, Steelman was the better candidate anyway.

Kevin71 on August 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM

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I agree . . . but I’m not a Missouri voter.

But the question of whether Steelman would have won in a two-way race with Brunner is left to “hang in the air”.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM

…Why did Talent lose last time? Was he just swept up the the “throw `em all out?” of 2006?

ThePrez on August 20, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Because George W. Bush refused to cure Michael J Fox of Parkinson’s due to his stance against embryonic stemcells.

Go RBNY on August 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

If Akin’s primary win was a Democratic plot, then why was this issue not raised until today? And where is the evidence?

Ask yourselves if spreading this type of conjecture is the moral thing to do. You are effectively robbing Akin of his honor by alleging–with no reliable proof–that his primary victory was the result of Democratic manipulation and interference in order to ensure the nomination of the weakest GOP candidate.

I suppose Akin’s endorsement by Michelle Bachmann was a Democratic plot, too?

TXJenny on August 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Yup. Akin has let religious beliefs get in the way. I hear his wife is even more rigid. He meant every word of what he said or he wouldn’t have said it. The far right can be as dangerous as the far left…both extremists. Ohio Buckeye.

AReadyRepub on August 20, 2012 at 11:50 PM

That’s right. I’m going to watch Piers Morgan. If the conditions permit, I shall send back status reports. Fare ye well, my fellow conservatives. God-willing, we shall meet again soon.

Lawdawg86 on August 20, 2012 at 8:47 PM

“God willing?” Have you never read “Do not put the Lord your God to the test”?!

If you must do it, make sure you have no food nearby, lest you choke on it, and wear rubber gloves to avoid electrocution if you are unable to resist the urge to punch the screen.

Even with such precautions, if you watch Mr Morgan for more than a few minutes I fear your fate will be worse than that of a salt-coated slug … you’ll froth and foam and dwindle into a flacid, shrivelled, empty skin draped across the chair like a drying, snot-coated pillow-case. The only solid thing remaining of your person will be your eyeballs: grotesquely bloated and from which your dissolved innards will slowly ooze as dollops of slimy blood-red tears.

YiZhangZhe on August 21, 2012 at 6:13 PM

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