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Is Todd Akin Indebted to The Left?

posted at 11:22 pm on October 17, 2012 by

Yes, Obama had an improved performance that some liberal are construing as a victory, but it’s still a bad climate for Democrats. Case in point, look at what’s happening in Missouri.  Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee, is making a comeback against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill.  This is after one of the most epic campaign meltdowns in recent memory.

If an aide on the Todd Akin senatorial campaign ever writes a book about this race, it should be called “the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad campaign.”  Rep. Akin started by saying that a woman has way to shutdown a pregnancy if a “legitimate rape ” occurs.  While most on the left, especially feminists, focused on the rape aspect, the stupidest part of the statement is Akin’s imaginary thinking concerning the female anatomy.  No, women don’t have countermeasures within the fallopian tubes to stop an unwanted pregnancy.

It begs the question, if Akin doesn’t know basic facts about human anatomy, what else doesn’t he know?  Furthermore, is he so bad at articulating a point of view that he makes the Republican Party, the pro-life cause, and the conservative movement a comedic punchline?  That’s probably the most important point since Americans don’t want clowns in Congress.  Just look at Dennis Kucinich. However, in terms of making a joke of conservatism, Akin’s already done that.  The next senator from Missouri will be a person voting on bills to balance the budget, keep America safe, and reduce the amount of government intrusion into our lives. We need to have serious people making these decisions.  Yes, Akin maybe a solid conservative, but if he has Joe Biden syndrome, then we could be defending this man’s gaffes against some in the media.

To make matters worse, last month:

Akin told The Kansas City Star in an interview published Thursday that McCaskill did not act very “ladylike” in their debate…causing more backlash from both sides of the aisle.

“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

This comes after he received support from Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Jim DeMint.  Then, we find out that he failed to report his pension benefits on his taxes.  In fact, he had to amend “a decade’s worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time. Akin’s office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. Akin’s office released a letter dated Tuesday to the House Ethics Committee in which the Republican congressman described the lack of information about his pension payments as an ‘unintentional oversight.”

Here’s how the media would frame him.  He’s a “sexist, misogynist, and a tax evader.”  This would have ended most campaigns, but given four consecutive trillion dollar deficits, unemployment above 8% for over forty consecutive months (although, it’s “dropped” to 7.8%), and $ 6 trillion dollars in new debt – he’s able to stick around.  He also has the benefit of living in a ‘reddish’ state.

On October 15, Ed Morrissey posted that Akin’s race isn’t lost.

A new poll from Wenzel Strategies (via James Hohmann at Politico’s Morning Score) might show a glimmer of that hope, however.  The likely-voter survey puts Akin up four points over McCaskill, 48.9/44.7, with 87% of the vote firm.  The sample on this poll has a D/R/I of 38/37/25, more Democratic than the 2010 midterm turnout in Missouri of 34/37/28, although not as Democratic as the 2008 turnout model of 40/34/26 that nonetheless gave John McCain a narrow win in the state.

However, a couple of points should be kept in mind.  First, this is a poll conducted on behalf of a partisan client, Citizens United Political Victory Fund, and Wenzel does a lot of work for Republicans.  We’d be suspicious of PPP polls, so it’s fair to note this.  Second, the poll also shows Mitt Romney ahead of Barack Obama by almost 14 points, 54.9/41.1, while the RCP average for MO is Romney +5.2%.  The last poll in that series, though, was conducted before the first debate, and it’s entirely possible that the race in Missouri has shifted significantly since.  It’s worth noting that Obama’s favorability in the poll is 49.5/49.1, so it’s not as though this has an overwhelming tilt.

Nevertheless, ”why not pitch in?  Akin’s the Republican candidate, and the race is definitely not lost.  Romney doesn’t need the help in Missouri, but defeating McCaskill would be a huge boost to Republican hopes of controlling the Senate.  Furthermore, the continued competitiveness of this race shows that the damage from the gaffe has receded.  Thanks to McCaskill’s blanketing of the state on the gaffe, it’s done all the damage it could possibly do now.  Those voters who might still change their minds won’t be changing horses based on that now.”

Since Akin is operating with zero money from the NRSC and Rove’s Crossroads GPS after ‘rape-gate,’ it would be a miracle if he were a pull off a win on November 6.  However, it will be because Obama’s failed economic policies provided him the buffer, and the fact that Claire McCaskill is no moderate budget hawk – which is the narrative she’s trying to convey.

However, if Akin wins, I don’t want to hear the complaints from far left, the feminists, and the other Obamabots on how awful America is becoming, and the ‘evil’ within the Republican Party because it was Barack Obama’s policies that sent him to Washington.  If anything, Akin owes the political left his career.  If things go his way, it would be because failed big government liberal policies kept him alive.

I have no dog in this fight, but let’s just say I won’t be happy if McCaskill is sent back to D.C.

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Here’s how the media would frame him. He’s a “sexist, misogynist, and a tax evader.” This would have ended most campaigns, but given four consecutive trillion dollar deficits, unemployment above 8% for over forty consecutive months (although, it’s “dropped” to 7.8%), and $ 6 trillion dollars in new debt – he’s able to stick around. He also has the benefit of living in a ‘reddish’ state.

Being sexist, misogyist, AND a credibly accused rapist didn’t stop Bill Clinton’s political career. And tax evasion? Do the names Charlie Rangel and Tim Geithner mean anything to you people?

I have no dog in this fight, but let’s just say I won’t be happy if McCaskill is sent back to D.C.

By “no dog in this fight,” I assume you mean you can’t vote there? If McCaskill is sent back, she gets to vote on laws that do indeed affect us all, God help us.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Being sexist, misogyist, AND a credibly accused rapist didn’t stop Bill Clinton’s political career. And tax evasion? Do the names Charlie Rangel and Tim Geithner mean anything to you people?

All were Democrats that benefited from the media complex that supports them…
It’s the same media complex that went after the Republican leading point on the Clinton impeachment hearings (i.e. Rep. Henry Hyde)
It’s different when you have that card to play

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

All were Democrats that benefited from the media complex that supports them…
It’s the same media complex that went after the Republican leading point on the Clinton impeachment hearings (i.e. Rep. Henry Hyde)
It’s different when you have that card to play

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 9:35 AM

So it’s better to be stupid and/or dishonest when you can count on the media’s support. Gotcha.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Let me just add one thought here:

If we can vote for Willard Milton Romney because he is “the lesser of two evils,” then the good people of Missouri should be able to rationalize a vote for Todd Akin on the same basis. Personally, I’m getting goddam sick of choosing politicians on the basis of who will screw me the least painfully, but Missouri isn’t the only place where this kind of electoral clusterfark happens.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Might as well send him to DC, Snowe’s office is available. Mitch can deal with him when he gets there.

Kissmygrits on October 18, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I have no dog in this fight, but let’s just say I won’t be happy if McCaskill is sent back to D.C.

So I’ll just point out all of the negatives I can find or construe on Akin.

If you want to make the point that Obama’s policies are helping Republicans, there are better ways to do that.

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

If you want to make the point that Obama’s policies are helping Republicans, there are better ways to do that.

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Yeah. Like actually crticizing Obama’s policies.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 9:55 AM

BTW. I can’t understand the political correctness that underlies this post. He said McCaskill was “much more ladylike in 2006.” So what? She was!

Did you want hi to say that she is now a b’tch?

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:56 AM

hi = her

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

hi = her

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Jeez! hi = him!!!!!

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Vince on October 18, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Go have a cup of coffee, Vince. You’ll feel better. ;)

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 10:00 AM

That’s probably the most important point since Americans don’t want clowns in Congress. Just look at Dennis Kucinich.

I’m sorry, but I couldn’t let that pass without comment.

Have you never heard the moronic comments of Sheila Jackson Lee?

How about Hank Johnson claiming that the island of Guam would capsize if the marines moved a base?

The name Cynthia McKinney ring a bell? That idiot couldn’t open her mouth without saying things so incredibly stupid you could do nothing but shake your head in wonder.

The Dim party is almost to a man a collection of clowns and buffoons.

To paraphrase the classic 80′s movie…. Biden?…Biden?…Biden?

MaaddMaaxx on October 18, 2012 at 10:34 AM

So it’s better to be stupid and/or dishonest when you can count on the media’s support. Gotcha.

Yep. If it’s on television, it has to be “true”….

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Have you never heard the moronic comments of Sheila Jackson Lee?

Yes, she’s another good example and so is McKinney…
Alan Grayson was another one

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Yep. If it’s on television, it has to be “true”….

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 10:41 AM

If enough voters believe that to make you worry about Todd Akin but not Mitt Romney, you need to get out of journalism and be in politics.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Meh. If Akin wins and we take the majority, McConnell will put him on a crappy committee assignment where he can’t make trouble and will have no reason to talk about ladies or their parts. He’ll be a reliably conservative vote on the floor but for the most part we’ll never hear from him and people will forget he’s even there.

dczombie on October 18, 2012 at 10:58 AM

If enough voters believe that to make you worry about Todd Akin but not Mitt Romney, you need to get out of journalism and be in politics.

Never said Akin was cooked, unlike what Politico said (unsurprisingly) on Morning Joe this morning, all I’m saying is that the left has made things so bad, economically, that Akin’s mistakes are being overlooked whereas in an election cycle with a healthy economy, he would have been finished. I think he will win – but he may have liberal ineptitude to thank for his win.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with being cynical

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I do have a ‘dog in this fight’ as I live in Missouri. I will hold my nose and vote for Akin rather than a third party or not at all because of the dire need to get rid of McCaskill.

Wolftech on October 18, 2012 at 11:56 AM

If we can vote for Willard Milton Romney because he is “the lesser of two evils,” then the good people of Missouri should be able to rationalize a vote for Todd Akin on the same basis.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Yup. Number one priority, after getting Mitt in office, is holding him to his more conservative promises. Akin will not be the worst Senator in office but he will add to the Republican headcount. I’d vote for him if I could.

Fallon on October 18, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Well Akin is our ‘leftist’ not theirs, so give the guy a few schillings you cheapos at the RNC!

el Vaquero on October 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

If things go his way, it would be because failed big government liberal policies kept him alive.

Or because conservatives stuck with him because he is a conservative.

Stoic Patriot on October 18, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Never said Akin was cooked, unlike what Politico said (unsurprisingly) on Morning Joe this morning, all I’m saying is that the left has made things so bad, economically, that Akin’s mistakes are being overlooked whereas in an election cycle with a healthy economy, he would have been finished. I think he will win – but he may have liberal ineptitude to thank for his win.

Ahem…couldn’t we say the same about Mitt Romney? Look at Romney’s record in Mass-uh-chew-sit’s, for the love of Gawd. There’s NOTHING conservative about it. NOTHING.

Also, there’s nothing wrong with being cynical

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Well, according to many self-professed “conservatives,” I should just keep my cynicism to myself when it comes to our presidential candidate. Double standards from the media are to be expected; it bothers me far more when we have one set of standards for what constitutes electability for Mitt Romney, as opposed to Todd Akin. In that regard, I am cynical to my very core.

gryphon202 on October 18, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Ahem…couldn’t we say the same about Mitt Romney? Look at Romney’s record in Mass-uh-chew-sit’s, for the love of Gawd. There’s NOTHING conservative about it. NOTHING.

Yes, Mitt’s record wasn’t conservative – but no, it’s not the same because the economy wasn’t nearly as bad in 2002 and his ads tying Shannen O’Brien’s husband, an Enron lobbyist during the time when that scandal was erupting, resonated with independents –– he also wasn’t running as a conservative, whereas Akin is

I’m not a mittbot btw, but he’s our nominee, and he’s performed better than any of my expectations –

Second, don’t keep you cynicism to yourself gryphon – let it flow…

Matt Vespa on October 18, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I’m shocked at how stupid he was, and I think he’s an egomaniacal jerk for not stepping down. But I would definitely vote for him if I lived in MO. I hope if he wins he has the sense to keep his mouth shut and not accept the invitations he’ll get to appear on MSNBC about 360 days a year.

BuzzCrutcher on October 18, 2012 at 9:18 PM