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.


Todd Akin’s “Legitimate Rape” Comment Becoming Poison For the Whole GOP

By: Monday August 20, 2012 11:10 am

Not only has Akin’s statement about “legitimate rape” not leading to pregnancy put his own election in peril, but several Republicans appears to be scrambling to prevent the problem from metastasizing.

Already the Romney campaign has made multiple statements strongly distancing themselves from Akin. And MA. Sen Brown is calling on Akin to withdraw.

Akin’s Comments About Rape and Pregnancy Common Among Anti-Choice Movement

By: Monday August 20, 2012 7:30 am

By now you surely know about Missouri Rep. (and US Senate candidate) Todd Akin’s comments to a local news station about “legitimate rape” and how women have a magic pregnancy shutdown switch when in a rape situation. (I believe it activates much like the Wonder Twins, you have to yell out “form a sperm filter!”) Akin has since said that he “misspoke”. But he actually uttered a long-standing belief on the part of the anti-choice movement, simply taking it a bit further and in a less friendly setting than is typical.

Todd Akin Wins Missouri GOP Primary as Claire McCaskill Hoped

By: Wednesday August 8, 2012 9:20 am

In yesterday’s Missouri primary, Rep. Todd Akin managed to narrowly win his party’s Senate nomination with 36 percent of the vote. He beat out both self-funded businessman John Brunner, who got 30 percent, and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman, who got 29 percent, for the chance to take on incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

Akin was considered the most conservative of the nominees and the weakest general election candidate.

Feingold Blasts Specific Defenders of Secret Corporate Campaign Spending

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:30 pm

Russ Feingold may be well-positioned to return to the US Senate if he chooses, now that Herb Kohl has retired. A normal politician in that position would not make waves with any party leaders, or take up principled causes where both parties have failed. Feingold is not that normal politician. The Hill reports that he publicly shamed several Democrats in an email to supporters of his new organization, Progressives United. But they don’t make clear what the fuss is about.

Debt Limit Vote Could Yield Spending Caps

By: Friday April 15, 2011 7:45 am

If you want to know about the impact of spending caps, just travel to Colorado.

With Nine Days Till Government Shutdown, Obama Tries to Re-Engage on Budget

By: Wednesday March 9, 2011 1:05 pm

The President has been completely disengaged on the budget battle in Congress, preferring to let them battle it out while he jets around the country and says “win the future” a lot. And some members of Congress are sick of it. Now, part of this is Congress wanting to share the blame with the White House for whatever comes out. But the other part is a recognition that the caucus is rootless and without direction, and only a party leader can come in and impose that. The fact that Obama set Joe Biden to the task of working out a compromise, only to have Biden leave for Europe for a week, is testimony to the fact that there’s something wrong with this lack of engagement. When Joe Manchin, who I think got to the Senate three days ago, is calling you out for a failure of leadership, there’s a problem of engagement.

Keeping the Lights On In Texas . . . and Claire McCaskill’s Head

By: Friday February 4, 2011 4:30 pm

The big story in Texas this week was loss of electricity and the need for “rolling blackouts” in major urban areas and other load centers, which affected natural gas supplies into Northern New Mexico. What does it tell us?

Democrats Aren’t Doomed to Lose the Senate in 2012

By: Thursday January 6, 2011 7:20 pm

With nearly a full two years until the next election, the idea that Democrats are pre-ordained to lose at least four Senate seats, costing them their majority, is already gaining broad traction with both Democratic senators like Claire McCaskill and writers like Ed Kilgore. The dynamics of the 2012 Senate elections don’t favor Democrats inherently: they are defending 23 seats while Republicans defend only ten. However, there is no reason to believe the majority is lost so far out from the election. The relative number of each party’s seats that is to be contested is less important than the national political climate.

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