Talking Points Memo: ”Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s advisers are making preparations to withdraw from the race Tuesday, GOP operative Richard Grenell and RedState.com editor Erick Erickson report. Grenell cited “GOP sources” in his tweet announcing the withdrawal, which has yet to be confirmed by Akin. Akin has been under fire since saying women have biological defenses to fend off pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”
Nate Silver believes Rep. Todd Akin’s recent comments about “legitimate rape doesn’t lead to pregnancy” could swing the Missouri Senate race in his opponent’ Sen. Claire McCaskill’s favor:
In my review of Senate races last week, I classified Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who won the Republican primary earlier this month, as a very slight favorite over the Democratic incumbent in the state, Claire McCaskill.
Although some Democrats were pleased that Mr. Akin was the nominee, he nevertheless held a small lead over Ms. McCaskill in the polls, which averaged five percentage points across four surveys conducted in July and August.
But that was before Mr. Akin’s controversial remarks about rape in an interview with a St. Louis television station that was broadcast on Sunday morning. The comments, and Mr. Akin’s subsequent explanation of them, drew overwhelmingly negative sentiment at social networking platforms, including on Mr. Akin’s Facebook page. Source: FiveThirtyEight
Women aren’t the only ones under attack by the Tea Party-infused Republican Party, blacks, Latinos and the gay community are too. Rep. Todd Akin said the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act deserve a second look in order to change them. This is in keeping with Franklin County OH Republican chairman Doug Preisse doubling down on black voter suppression comments. There is a lot at stake in this election and the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan tag team will ensure we are all pushed to the back of the bus in favor of the fabulously wealthy and right wing evagelicals.
Further proof of the dumbing-down of American, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), who is also the state’s Republican senatorial nominee, shared some interesting information for women everywhere:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
This is the same candidate who says it’s time to take “a second look” at the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He went to college to spew this venom? What a dumbass. I wonder what Mitt Romney’s ‘bold’ veep pick Paul Ryan has to say about Todd Akin’s comments? Sounds as crazy as Ron Paul’s ‘honest rape‘ comment.
Surprise, surprise, Paul Ryan praised Akin’s leadership during Missouri primary:
“Todd Akin has been a great asset to the House Budget Committee,” Ryan said in a joint press release last November with fellow House leaders, including NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions, and Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan. “His principled approach to fiscal responsibility is exactly the kind of leadership America needs and I appreciate his hard work.”Source
More information on Todd Akin’s blunder: http://fox2now.com/2012/08/19/the-jaco-report-august-19-2012/
Here’s a tweet from his opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill:
As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM bit.ly/NahiHz
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 19, 2012
Watch video of Rep. Todd Akin insulting women everywhere:
Todd Akin issued an apology for his statement, saying he misspoke:
“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
“I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.
“But I also believe that this election is about a wide range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion-dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.” Source
Here’s Rep. Todd Akin saying it’s time to look at the Voting Rights and Civil Rights Acts: