Altar of ego

Senate candidate clueless to what's best for constituents, country

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We have no idea whether Todd Akin is the numbskull his words paint him to be. But we do know that he’s radioactive now – and apparently so blinded by ambition that he’s the only one who can’t see it.

The Missouri congressman, who’s running for the U.S. Senate, recently said one of the flat-out dumbest things you’ll ever hear a national-level politician say: that, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

First, his use of the word “legitimate” is both beefheaded and offensive. Rape is rape, congressman. Try joining us in the 20th century, if not the 21st!

Second, his quote seems to suggest he thinks that a rape victim’s body can somehow block impregnation. That’s just plain bats.

“Yes, pregnancy can happen as a result of rape,” he now acknowledges.

Great! We’ve now established that he is, indeed, smarter than a fifth-grader.

But he has managed to make himself the laughingstock of
this election cycle. And by refusing to step aside and relinquish the Republican nomination, he has handed Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill a fund-raising and vote-getting bonanza – and is putting at serious risk his party’s chances of winning the Missouri seat and control of the U.S. Senate in November.

Democrats and their lapdog media are also all-too-happy to use the incident to try to paint all other Republicans with Akin’s ignorance – which is
patently dishonest, considering the fact that Akin stubbornly ignored calls from the highest reaches of his party to withdraw from the race Tuesday. Republican officials also pulled millions in funding from Akin’s race.

It’s amazing how ambition, the lure of power and the siren song of ego can blind and deafen a man to what’s truly best for his constituents, colleagues and country. Todd Akin seems to think his own ascension is not only still likely but perhaps even more important than the fate of the country: Many conservatives believe the country is doomed, financially if not otherwise, unless Republicans can win Congress and the White House in November.

None of that could dissuade this man from staring into the Capitol reflecting pool and seeing his own image.

We don’t know if Akin can still win, should he stay in. Perhaps voters are convinced that even an occasional goofball is better than a Democrat-led Senate.

What we do know is that Todd Akin is the embodiment of every argument in favor of overturning the 17th Amendment – which wrested responsibility for election of senators away from the states.

Given that we must live with that error, it would be more bearable if the people we nominated were more honorable than to sacrifice the nation’s good at the altar of ego.

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Rhetor
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Rhetor 08/25/12 - 06:12 am
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And Romney just made a birth

And Romney just made a birth certificate joke--with the convention coming--not a good week for Republicans.

palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 08/25/12 - 06:24 am
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Which is more ignorant?
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Which is more ignorant? Legitimate rape or trickle down economy?

Techfan
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Techfan 08/25/12 - 06:55 am
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And the "Big business is

And the "Big business is doing fine" comment.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/25/12 - 06:57 am
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Economy

'trickle down"...hmmm, what should we call President's Obama economic plan? Any suggestions. Disaster maybe?

Techfan
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Techfan 08/25/12 - 07:10 am
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When has the GOP voted to implement Obama's plans?

Who would know since the GOP votes down every one of of Obama's jobs bills. Remember, the GOP's number one job is to make Obama a one term President, not improve the economy.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/25/12 - 07:15 am
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Yawn

Excuses, excuses...take a little responsibility once in a while. You think the President is the first one who had to work with an opposition Congress? If he had once ounce of leadership skills, he could get something done. Perhaps if he had not spent the last 3 yrs campagning he could have gotten something done. At the end of the day, it's his economy. Own it and quit making lame excuses.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/25/12 - 07:35 am
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Republicans disowned Akin

Republicans disowned Akin and asked him to resign because we know his remarks were stupid and wrong. On the other hand Democrats have Bill Clinton as the keynote speaker, someone they described as the big gun, yet, he was playing with a 20 year old girl in the Oval Office, has numerous women make sexual harrassment and in some case rape charges against him. I don't remember a single Democrat speaking against his behavior. By the way, Paula Jones says he is not a big gun. More like the little man syndrome.

When the Democrats do something stupid they just have Debbie Wasserman Schultz come out and make up something for the press to blame it on Republicans.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 08/25/12 - 07:28 am
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alter of ego?

No, no, no! ACES has it all wrong as usual. Todd Akin is not staying in the race because of his own ego, he's running because God told him too. When God says run for Senate, you run for Senate! Todd Akin is a humble, faithful Evangelical son who does what his Father tells him to, even when it is difficult and painful to do so. You really have to respect Todd Akin for putting God ahead of mere human politics. When ACES goes against Todd Akin, it is going against God, and will feel His vengeance. Don't be surprised when plagues and pestilence strike the AC's offices!

Techfan
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Techfan 08/25/12 - 07:32 am
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Care to check the number of

Care to check the number of cloture votes/filibusters since 1/20/2009?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 08/25/12 - 07:34 am
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Nope

Kind of results oriented sort of guy. Excuses are for losers.

robaroo
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robaroo 08/25/12 - 07:39 am
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Just Politics

The Democrats will ride the Akin goof as long as they can.

The Republicans do the same thing. If you've ever listened to Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity you know what I mean. They will take goofball comments from some Democrat and use that to paint the entire Democratic party.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/25/12 - 07:46 am
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Why Did.....

....the democrats invest $1.5M - $2.0M in Akin's GOP primary campaign? Why did they so desperately want to make him the Republican candidate to oppose the unpopular incumbent democrat candidate for the Missouri Senate Seat?

Did they have prior knowledge that he would, after winning the primary, intentionally commit political suicide, but refuse to have his political corpse removed from the ballot and, thereby, insuring the Senate seat would remain in democrat hands?

What more could the democrats ask for? What more could they PAY for?

I've said it before and I'll say it again.....democrats play hardball. Republicans play slow pitch softball. Democrats are ruthless and have no scruples. Republicans usually aren't up to the challenge.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/25/12 - 07:49 am
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EEL, is on the Democrat page.

EEL, is on the Democrat page. Blame it all on conservative, church going Republicans for what Aiken said. Talk about anything, but Obama's government and the economy. Are you really Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

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dichotomy 08/25/12 - 07:50 am
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If you believe that Obamacare

If you believe that Obamacare lowers the cost of healthcare;

If you believe that Obama will cut the deficit in half in his first term;

If you believe that the stimulus will keep unemployment from ever going over 8%:

If you believe that Republicans want to put black people in chains;

Then you might as well believe that a woman who has been raped can stop herself from being impregnated;

Because you will believe anything.

Akin is an idiot. Obama is a liar. Biden is an idiotic liar.

Techfan
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Techfan 08/25/12 - 08:04 am
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"overturning the 17th

"overturning the 17th Amendment – which wrested responsibility for election of senators away from the states" and gave it to the people (actually it took it away from the state legislatures, not the states). For invoking the Constitution so much, a lot of right wingers seem to hate parts of it and want to eliminate a lot of it. If we could just go back to the days when senate seats were bought, and legislatures were deadlocked and states didn't have representation, sometimes for years. Those were the days.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/25/12 - 08:11 am
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So many need to go

Akin is just 1 of many who need to go........both sides....

You can't fix stupid......& we are LOADED with stupid in congress......heck..I know 4 posters on here who could do a better job....Harley & River come to mind....

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/25/12 - 08:13 am
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akin
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is a moron and obama is a Kenyan.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/25/12 - 08:41 am
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"Harley & River come to mind...."

Go with River. He's much younger and probably has fewer skeletons.

Besides, he's far more of a m.m..m...moderate than I and probably better looking.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/25/12 - 08:35 am
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"EEL, is on the Democrat page...

...Blame it all on conservative, church going Republicans for what Aiken said. Talk about anything, but Obama's government and the economy."

Democrats play hardball. Republicans play slow pitch softball.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/25/12 - 08:40 am
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Harely, well I would no doubt

Harely, well I would no doubt have the support of the radio guy and the cabal downtown. Ha...a joke. About the skeleton in the closet, mine even has glowing eyes and says boo when someone walks by.

harley_52
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harley_52 08/25/12 - 08:43 am
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"Harely"...

Already up to your campaign tricks, I see.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 08/25/12 - 08:45 am
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hahah harley

Yep.... RM ould get more radio time...no doubt about THAT..

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 08/25/12 - 11:58 am
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Legitimate rape?

As opposed to illegitimate rape?

harley_52
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harley_52 08/25/12 - 12:21 pm
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"As opposed to illegitimate rape?"

The man made a spectacularly horrific comment that will almost certainly cause him to lose. In all my years of listening to comments about abortion I have NEVER heard that position articulated. Never.

Since he made the statement in public and it was just as the time window allowing him to be replaced was closing AND because he has subsequently refused to give up his spot on the ballot in favor of somebody who has NOT committed political suicide, you have to ask yourself WHY did he do it?

Follow the money.

TParty
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TParty 08/25/12 - 04:06 pm
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I'm not surprised. This is

I'm not surprised. This is what happens when a party starts putting their religion ahead of science- they just don't know anything, and somehow they make the laws.

And this Akin guy- this a popular position in the new, loud Republican party. Ryan himself has supported bills talking about forceable rape. Forceable rape is the word used by republicans- so it's not "rape is rape".

I'm surprised that people are shocked by Akin's beliefs. He is not alone with prominent religious republican leaders

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socks99 08/25/12 - 04:09 pm
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ACES is wrong to imagine a

ACES is wrong to imagine a liberal media monster satisfied with just one GOP head on a pike! Why encourage them? This guy got some of the biology wrong, apparently, but his use of the word "legitimate" simply distinguished between intercourse that was consensual and that not.

Then, the media took his words out of context, and, as they way, "it went viral." What about his record of public service? Is it a good one or bad? Doesn't matter! He's toast because the liberal media says so, and even the conservatives are going along with the charade!

This incident says a lot more about the state of our political dialogue than it does about the nature of one of the parties. No doubt many in the political status quo would destroy American politics rather than relinquish their grip. Instead, why not work to defeat Barak Obama in November, and right the ship of state?

TParty
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TParty 08/25/12 - 04:32 pm
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Guy got some biology wrong?

Guy got some biology wrong? You should go look and see what committee this Akin guy serves on. And he makes policy and laws in that committee!! This man doesn't understand basic science, and yet his is shaping the future of science for America!

The rape thing is a whole other problem, the religious right uses "forceable" rape, not "legitimate" rape to shape their policy, because rape isn't rape according to the religious right.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/25/12 - 05:58 pm
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About Forcible Rape

No one took up for Aiken's statement, no one. Everyone said he should resign. Now Tea Party implies it's the Republican Party's fault. Ha. Some do believe rape is no excuse for an abortion, but that's a stretch from any discussion of forcible, legitimate or whatever word you want to use. It just fits the liberals to try to imply it does. Too bad it doesn't work. Aiken was never accused of rape, on the other hand, the Democrats keynote speaker has been numerous times.
F-O-R-C-I-B-L-E.

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Willow Bailey 08/25/12 - 08:09 pm
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@teaparty-"I'm surprised that

@tparty-"I'm surprised that people are shocked by Akin's beliefs. He is not alone with prominent religious republican leaders."

I call "BS" on your comment; even you should be ashamed of them.

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Willow Bailey 08/25/12 - 06:25 pm
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Awesome, awesome, awesome!

Comment by River @6:58. What about it liberal guys? If Clinton were a Republican he'd have been locked out of the White House, divorced by his wife, shunned by his peers, disowned by his party and served time in jail. Instead, he is their icon of what a leader and man should be. Pitiful, just plain, pitiful.

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