FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ben Freeman, The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America

By: Sunday December 2, 2012 1:59 pm

In The Foreign Policy Auction: Foreign Lobbying in America, Freeman unpacks the ways in which governments from around the world attempt to use finance capital to ensure that the sausage factory on Capitol Hill churns out American foreign policy in their favor. The book is unrelentingly thorough, engaging, and sober. “There is no arch-villain here,” Freeman warns at the start, “no dark lord, no one to unmask at the end of the show. There are only politicians seeking reelection, lobbyists seeking more revenue, and foreign governments competing for influence over the most influential government the world has ever known.”

 

Todd Akin’s Way With Words Continues

By: Monday October 22, 2012 4:15 pm

But at least Representative Todd Akin, the son of his mother, father of his daughters, husband of his wife, and pious Christian that he is, didn’t call Senator Claire McCaskill a bitch.

‘Cause that would be downright ungentlemanly.

Todd Akin’s Three Nightmares

By: Monday October 15, 2012 2:45 pm

Todd Akin has three nightmares. First, Claire McCaskill has a devastating trio of ads featuring women who have been raped, including a conservative who says she’s never voted for Claire before, but she will now. Second, conservative men who are turned off by Akin’s views on women are starting to be heard.

Akin isn’t taking this sitting down. He’s launched a four-city tour to push back against this called “Missouri Women Stand With Todd Akin,” but it has a rather large problem from the standpoint of optics. None of the women that Akin’s campaign listed as headliners for the tour are from Missouri. Ooops.

And then there’s that third nightmare-inducing commercial, with all the naked women.

Don’t believe me? Click on through . . .

Republican Flip-Flopping on Akin Is a Sign of Romney’s Failure

By: Saturday September 29, 2012 9:00 am

With Todd Akin standing firm in his decision to remain on the Missouri ballot as the GOP candidate for US Senate, it falls to the rest of the Republican party leadership to flip-flop on their condemnations and fall into line.

And they have.

What’s curious, though, is that one of the flip-floppers is former MO senator and current Romney security affairs advisor Jim Talent, who is rumored to be in line for a possible cabinet post should Romney win. Either Romney will soon flip-flop on Akin as well, or Talent has decided that there will be no Romney administration come Jan 21, 2013, and he’d better help the GOP take the Senate. (Or, of course, both.)

Here’s the GOP’s current political calculus, courtesy of Todd Akin: The more Romney’s fortunes founder, the more the GOP needs to pull out all the stops to win the Senate, and if principles like “women are human beings, too” need to be sacrificed to the cause, so be it.

MO-Sen: Akin Officially on the Ballot; McCaskill Immediately References Legitimate Rape Comments in New Ad

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 9:45 am

Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement members have slowly been inching their way back into the race, with Newt Gingrich campaigning with Akin this week, and Jim DeMint’s PAC likely to send him some money.

MO-Sen: Todd Akin Plans Press Conference for 4:15 CT

By: Friday August 24, 2012 1:19 pm

Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate campaign.

Akin missed the deadline to easily withdraw from the race in Missouri, but it’s not really that much more difficult at this point.

Why Todd Akin Stayed, and Why it Troubles Paul Ryan

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 7:25 am

It’s not because Akin might lose to McCaskill, costing the GOP control of the Senate. It’s not because the focus on Akin might derail the careful planning for next week’s Republican National Convention. It’s not because the focus on Akin might spill over into the presidential race, forcing Romney and Ryan to talk more about social issues than the deficit, the budget, and the economy, and perhaps costing them the White House. It’s because Akin chose what Ryan did not.

Despite “Legitimate Rape” Comment, Todd Akin Still Leads by a Point

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 9:25 am

There is probably one main reasons why Rep. Todd Akin is still refusing to bow to the collective pressure of the Republican party to drop out of the Missouri Senate race: he thinks he can still win. New polling by PPP shows that is not a completely unreasonable belief for Akin to hold. The poll found that despite his “legitimate rape” comment, Akin still holds a one point lead over Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

Akin, Staying in MO-Sen Race, Appeals to Missourians for Forgiveness in New TV Ad

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 7:00 am

When you put out an ad that has to state clearly, up front, that “rape is an evil act,” I’d say that should be the end of your political career, but in this case, Todd Akin is clearly making a play for hanging in there in Missouri, with just hours before he needs to make a decision on whether to withdraw.

Todd Akin, Rush Limbaugh, John Ashcroft, and Mark Twain

By: Monday August 20, 2012 4:15 pm

To people here in Missouri, Akin’s comments were not terribly surprising. Akin is a known commodity — known to be highly conservative and well in keeping with a non-trivial slice of the Missouri electorate.

Like Br’er Rabbit telling Br’er Fox not to throw him in the briar patch, Claire McCaskill ran ads on Fox News during the GOP primary fight, calling Akin “too conservative for Missouri”. With an endorsement like that, conservatives in the GOP primary race were happy to hand Akin a victory with 36% of the vote.

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