The Whoopi Cushion

Update: We’re reminded that Obama made a big mistake by attacking Akin today. He should have waited until Wednesday when the replacement deadline had passed.

He was not alone in his premature attack. Today his #1 enabler made the same mistake. Claire McCaskill: These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome. McCaskill should have waited to attack Akin until after tomorrow after 5:00 p.m.

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Barack Obama and his enablers must go. Our #1 target in the senate races this cycle is Obama enabler #1 – Claire McCaskill.

But these are slippery worms who use every slimy deception to escape from justice. Today at his latest publicity stunt Barack Obama came to the rescue of supporter McCaskill. The topic was rape.

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Let’s give fulsome praise to the Republican establishment today. The Republican establishment is doing everything in its power to get rid of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Claire McCaskill of Missouri.

Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS has pulled all its ads from the Missouri senate race. Crossroads won’t help Akin.

Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts:

“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”

Ron Johnson, senator from Wisconsin:

“Todd Akin’s statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. He should step aside today for the good of the nation.”

Mitt Romney could have been a lot stronger by demanding a resignation but something is something:

“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.” …

“I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”

Romney followed that mushy statement later in the day with “He should spend 24 hours considering what will best help the country at this critical time.”

Senator John Cornyn of Texas who is also the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee is softly putting the pressure on as well:

“Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible. I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next 24 hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service.”

To Cornyn’s credit he spoke softly but the big stick is also out:

“National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) has informed Rep. Todd Akin that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate in the aftermath of Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.

Cornyn also told Akin that, by staying in the race, he is endangering Republicans’ hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate, the aide said. [snip]

The NRSC and Crossroads were primed to spend more money on Akin’s race than the candidate himself was likely to spend.”

Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell:

“Congressman Akin’s comments were totally inexcusable. What he said is just flat wrong in addition to being wildly offensive to any victim of sexual abuse. Although Representative Akin has apologized, I believe he should take time with his family to consider whether this statement will prevent him from effectively representing our party in this critical election.”

Todd Akin insists he’s staying in the race. Some are reporting that Akin aides are getting ready to get the hook and get Akin out.

The pressure on Akin to get out must be ramped up quickly. The deadline (not final but a court order would be required for a later withdrawal) is tomorrow at 5:

“Missouri state law allows a nominated candidate to withdraw his or her bid for office by 5 p.m. on the 11th Tuesday before the election which, as it turns out, is tomorrow. If Akin does drop his bid before tomorrow’s deadline, the state’s GOP central committee would pick his replacement.

This statutory fact alone is why Republicans — from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — are coalescing around a 24-hour ultimatum.”

It’s no longer a question of “Is Todd Akin going to drop out?” Simply put Todd Akin has to go – NOW.

Even those who foolishly requested Akin be given a chance to explain now know Akin must go. In an election if you are explaining, you’re losing. And today we have another day in which jobs, jobs, jobs are not being discussed as the singular focus. And no economy/jobs as the central focus helps Barack Obama.

Should Akin be given a chance to prove himself, to explain? No. Is this fair? No. But this is about winning elections not whining about elections. The consequences of stupidty cannot be blinked away, they have to be dealt with realistically and swiftly. In this case Akin must be removed ASAP. ASAP is tomorrow at 5.

Akin’s stupidity or ideological craziness is hardly a novel event. Rape? Anyone remember the brilliant comments from Whoopi Goldberg about rape?

Whoopi: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like “You know what this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail I’m not staying, so that’s why he left.”



We don’t recall Barack Obama calling out Whoopi on rape-rape – not even on his appearances on the TV gabfest entertainment show. But slimy Obama knows an opportunity when he sees one and today Obama greased himself and Claire McCaskill up:

Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people,” Obama said.

The Obama campaign has accused Romney and his fellow Republicans of waging a “war on women.” On Monday, Obama described a “significant difference of approach between me and the other party” on the issue of women’s reproductive health.

“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Monday shows Obama leading Romney among women 54 percent to 39 percent, and that’s a gap the Obama campaign hopes to widen. Minutes after Obama left the podium, the first lady’s Twitter account posted a quote from the president saying, “I want women to control their own health choices just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”

What a slimy trio McCaskill, Barack are Michelle are. But, as real estate scam artist and state senator Barack Obama George Plunkitt said “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.”

And what an opportunity Akin provides to advance the Obama campaign strategy:

“While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are working overtime to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape, they are contradicting their own records. Mr. Romney supports the Human Life Amendment, which would ban abortion in all instances, even in the case of rape and incest. In fact, that amendment is a central part of the Republican Party’s platform that is being voted on tomorrow. And, as a Republican leader in the House, Mr. Ryan worked with Mr. Akin to try to pass laws that would ban abortion in all cases, and even narrow the definition of ‘rape.’ Every day, women across America grapple with difficult and intensely personal health decisions — decisions that should ultimately be between a woman and her doctor. These decisions are not made any easier when Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan treat women’s health as a matter of partisan politics.”

Strategy might not be all there is to a campaign, but it is close. Remember this is not an accident or happenstance. This has been Claire McCaskill’s strategy all along:

“Akin was viewed as the weakest candidate in a three-way primary race against McCaskill, who is widely considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent running in the Senate. Believing she had the best chance of beating Akin, McCaskill promoted the Republican before the Missouri primary earlier this month in an ad that called him the “true conservative” in the race.

McCaskill, in an interview on MSNBC on Monday, called the comments a “window into Todd Akin’s mind.”

“I hope this is one of those gut check moments [for Missourians] when they say this is not somebody we want speaking for us on the floor of the United States Senate,” she said on “Morning Joe.”

McCaskill was clearly benefiting from the flap over Akin’s comments — a spokeswoman for the campaign said it has seen an “uptick” in donations, though she didn’t have specifics beyond that.”

McCaskill picked her weakest opponent then helped him get the nomination. Results: catastrophe. Strategy matters a great deal.

Scott Brown knows this as does Elizabeth Warren. It’s why Scott Brown spoke up strongly and early. Why, aside from the fact that he has a genuine aversion to what Akin said, should a Missouri race require comments from candidates in Massachusetts? Strategy!

Akin opens an ugly door that the Republican establishment knows must be shut real quick.



It’s ugly and the strategy is ugly too:

“Though claiming to be outraged by his remark, McCaskill declined, during an interview on MSNBC to call for Akin’s withdrawal. Making her true preference clear, she added that for Akin to withdraw would be “radical” after a hotly contested three-way Republican primary which Akin won “by a comfortable margin.” Translation: please, please, please, don’t withdraw.

Akin actually received only 36 percent of the vote in the Republican Senate primary. But McCaskill has her politics, if not her facts, absolutely right. She was basically political toast — trailing Akin by 11 points in the most recent poll — until Akin made his comment. Now, suddenly, she has probably has a decent shot at retaining her seat.

Moreover, McCaskill and the Democrats are financially invested in Akin. They reportedly poured more than $1 million into the Republican Missouri Senate primary by way of advertising designed to boost Akin among Republicans.

You have to hand it to the Dems; they continue to demonstrate considerably more savvy in the Senate candidate selection process than the Republicans do.”

Strategy!

The Obama/McCaskill outrage is not about rape. It’s about winning. Winning ugly. Keep idiot Akin in the race is what Obama/McCaskill want. Some Republicans see beyond this race a bit:

“A more important question is what kind of senator Republicans would be getting if he could hang on and they could gain a majority in the Senate. Anybody capable of making a statement as simultaneously offensive and moronic as Akin’s is likely to make more such statements.”

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Greased pigs are difficult to catch. You can’t chase them and play in their pigpen – they enjoy it and you get dirty. You need to trap greased pigs with a strategy that works.

Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill are pigs fully greased.

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140 thoughts on “The Whoopi Cushion

  1. from Gateway Pundit today:

    In 2008 Claire McCaskill accused Bush of allowing people to die in New Orleans because they were poor and black.

    “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”

  2. U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, called on Todd Akin to step down today after his controversial rape comments.

    U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, today made the following statement regarding Congressman Todd Akin:

    “Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible. I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next twenty-four hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service.”

    Senator Scott Brown called on Missouri Representative Todd Akin this morning to withdraw from the US Senate race in his state, after Akin made controversial remarks on rape.

    More… FOX reported: Rep. Jeff Flake, who is running for Senate in Arizona, tweeted that Akin’s comment was “wrong.” Virginia Senate candidate George Allen and Montana Senate candidate Rep. Denny Rehberg reportedly have joined in the rebuke.

    Meanwhile… The leftist Twitter lynch mob called for the rape and murder of Todd Akin following his comments.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/08/nrsc-chairman-john-cornyn-senator-scott-brown-call-on-akin-to-step-down/

  3. Looky here!!!!! This is FLORIDA!!!!!!

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    [quote]

    Question 1:
    The 2012 United States Presidential election will be held on November 6, 2012. Who areyou more likely to vote for in the election?

    (Barack Obama): 39.90%
    (Mitt Romney): 54.46%
    (Another candidate): 3.05%
    (Undecided): 4.72% [/quote]

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/103331632/FMWB-Fulmer-Associates-Aggregate-Polling-Study-Report-for-Florida-General-Election?secret_password=1zk6r9l2b6szas5ioh5

  4. The strategic boobery is not one sided. Obama made a major strategic blunder, as did McCaskill today. By not waiting another day to attack Akin they have helped the Republicans.

    McCaskill went on Morning Joe and Obama went to the press room to attack Akin and Republicans. These combined attacks alerted the Republicans. Now there is a chance to get rid of Akin before tomorrow 5:00. Obama/McCaskill should have waited until Wednesday to attack.

    Strategic boobery runs both ways.

  5. Good evening all.

    Been a very rough week, another one of my business collegues just filed for bankcruptcy, so had to help him sort things out, and I have another collegue who is literally at the brink, cannot get loans, he’s already mortaged his house, his 2 cars, end of the loan lines so to speak.

    Not sure what’s going on in politics, haven’t been following anything for last week or so, I pray and pray Romney ryan can pull this out. I supported Hillary, but at this point, its beyond Hillary, the dem party is done essentially, the country another 4 years under this marxist fool is done. There is almost like a John Gault revolution brewing under the surface, people, enterpreneurs are just closing shops, not hiring, nothing. All productive people seem to be going John Gault.
    Will read up on the posts. Hope everyone is doing well.

  6. neetabug
    August 20th, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    hello neetabug, hope you have been well, glad to see your posts also, I remember your posts from 2008.

    yea, unfortunately very stressful, more so for my business collegues, and very depressing for me to see. And oh yeah, he “did build that business”! 🙂
    I’m really at the point of just not even following any of this, just grow my garden and get ready for when it all just crashes, if people are this dumb not to see through OTurd, I have no sympathy for the fiscal, economic pain coming their way anymore.

  7. Loved Phyllis Diller watching those Dean Martin Roasts growing up. Rip.
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    As for the GOP, they are just the gift that just keeps giving. They should be posed to
    win the Presidency and senate, but can’t seem to stay on message or n this case
    make such a repulsive remark.

  8. rom ACE, by the way ACE, I do care….

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    FMinnesota State Democratic Representative Caught Having Oral Sex With 17-Year-Old Boy In Bushes at Rest Stop, After Craigslist Hook-Up
    Eh.

    A trooper approached Mr Gauthier on his way back from the encounter.
    ‘It was at that time I noted his zipper was open and part of his shirt was hanging out. I asked him why his zipper was down and he said he didn’t know,’ the officer wrote in his police report. ‘I told him to zip it up and leave. The male seemed nervous.’

    Then, the trooper said, he saw the teen.

    ‘He stated that he had met an older man at the rest area after corresponding with him in a response to a Craigslist ad,’ the trooper wrote.

    The teen told the police that his parents were unaware of his sexual orientation and begged them not to tell his family of the incident.

    I don’t know. I’m having a hard time caring.

    There’s a lot of glee in these embarrassments all around. I’m not sure they actually matter, or they’re our business.

    I know the kid was 17 but… Going to a rest stop to give an old due a wettie (or… vice vera, to get one)? Seems like he might sort of have been around the block a few times.

  9. Who is this Akins idiot and why is he still in the race, and against Claire “my kids told me who to vote for” Mckaskill??

    I’m pro-life, but not a chance in hell can I defend what this nutjob said, what was he thinking? He doesn’t seem to even understand what he said.

    Palin supported the Sarah Stelman lady I think, she seemed very good, the Brunner guy also. So how did this idiot even win? Was this an open primary?? Who endorsed him?

  10. Jen the Michigander
    August 20th, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    Looky here!!!!! This is FLORIDA!!!!!!

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    [quote]

    Question 1:
    The 2012 United States Presidential election will be held on November 6, 2012. Who areyou more likely to vote for in the election?

    (Barack Obama): 39.90%
    (Mitt Romney): 54.46%
    (Another candidate): 3.05%
    (Undecided): 4.72% [/quote]

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/103331632/FMWB-Fulmer-Associates-Aggregate-Polling-Study-Report-for-Florida-General-Election?secret_password=1zk6r9l2b6szas5ioh5
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    The polling had 83% white voters, 68$ over the age of 65. Only 4% Latino voters.

    I hope they win FL but this is the kind of poll-skewering that frankly the Dems use to “prove” they winning.

    This is also why I never take polls at face value but read all the way down to the bottom where the skewering is buried.

  11. If this Akins asshole (sorry, but let’s call him EXACTLY what he is) doesn’t step down pronto, the the Missouri voters should note that he was more important than his constituents. PERIOD.

    Republicans need to keep hammering away at him and give him not one cent more. Not one.

    What a disgusting thing for him to say. And on the same day women finally got Augusta out of the Dark Ages. Congrats to Condi Rice for being one of the two women breaking that barrier.

  12. My wife, who is pro-choice, just looked at Akin’s picture and said, yea he looks like a creep. Sorry, but how can anyone possibly say what he did, there are many people who believe in the santity of life but they don’t go all nutjob extreme like what Akins said, has the man ever a science book about any of this? I just read Huckabee endorsed this fool and it was an open primary, so lots of dems probably crossed over to vote for him.

    I still think Claire “my kids told me who to vote for” Mcaskill can be defeated, but not with this fool Akins, he needs to go, put in Sarah’s choice, she seems to be pretty good at getting decent candidates. 5 pm tommorow, the man needs to resign before them before he hurts other national repubs.

  13. We are blushing and embarrassed here in Missouri about US Representative Todd Akins’ comments.

    Here is a bit of history about Rep Akins. He served in the state house from 1989 to 2001 from the 85th and 86th districts. Although he is listed as R-St. Louis he does not represent St. Louis City…but the western suburbs, a NICE area. He won election to the US House of Rep in 2001 and has served on the House Armed Sersvices Committee. Akin was born in NYC in 1947 and has a degree in engineering. Akins has won his relections handily in his district.

    Many across the state were willing to vote for him since his opponent was Sen. Claire McCaskill.

    For many of us in Missouri it was ABC (anybody but Claire). We are hoping as you all are that Rep. Akins drops out of the race tonight or tomorrow. How could we vote for Akins or McCaskill! What a choice!

  14. some ABC obot kid reporter shilling for his Obot messaih. These people just never stop, 4 years later and still shilling for their Messaih.

  15. SouthernBorn,

    I don’t hold this against the folks of Missouri. It was an open primary and I am sure the Dems contributed to this guy’s victory.

    I hope Akins comes to his senses quickly and drops out but then again if he had any sense he would have NEVER made that stupid of a comment.

    He must be having Olympics withdrawl because that was a London double-decker, Gold medal winning statement of stupidity. Like the Republicans don’t have enough problems with women voters.

    Good Lord, open mouth insert both feet, both hands..etc.

    Worst part is it gave Obama an excuse to hold a press conference. Even he couldn’t resist this one.

  16. Does anyone know if one of the other candidates can register as Independent and run if Akins doesn’t step down?

  17. http://www.wfaa.com/home/166765396.html

    He says he’s not leaving.

    The man is a pathetic PO$, he really is. I read his entire statement again, absolutely represensible, the GOP need to throw the kitchen sink at him, and get Huckabee to stop eating those chick fil a sandwichs and talk some sense into the candidate HE endorsed!

    How the GOP could mess up such an easy pick up!

    GOP needs to throw down the gaunlet on this.

  18. VotingHillary
    August 20th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    I’m wondering the same thing. Can the MO repub party completely cut him off and then have their own candidate. If he has no money, can he still get votes? or will this split the vote and then Claire sails back in?

  19. *shuddering*, just listening to that woman’s voice just brings back every 2008 memory of this pathetic woman.

  20. How did this man even get elected 6 times? he schedules to go on Pier Morgan’s show and then at the last minute cancels, and Morgan has a field day with this.

  21. oops, sorry about that video link, Obot Piers Morgan calls Akins a “gutless little twerp” for booking an interview and then cancelling. The man is done, he needs to resign, he’ll drag down so many other tickets with him.

  22. KSDK in St. Louis is reporting that in a poll apparently today, 54% want Rep Akins to drop out of race while shockingly 35% want him to stay in. Republican Central Committee Chairman, Jon Bennett is supporting Akins and does not want him to drop out although $5 million that would have been spent on this candidate’s campaign would disappear. Of course, Claire McCaskill is defending him…she learned a lot from her hero BO 😉

    If Akins were to drop out, possible Republican candidates would be Sarah Steelman, Jo Ann Emerson or a lady named Wagner. Steelman ran against Akins in the primary.

  23. Southern Born
    August 20th, 2012 at 11:14 pm

    They should put a potted plant to run against Claire, the repub MO party lady is still supporting this idiot?? Did she even read what he said? I wonder how many people Claire paid to go vote for Akins.

  24. Forgot to mention that Jo Ann Emerson is a present US Representative from a district that extends into the Missouri Bootheel and after redistricting to near the St. Louis area.

  25. ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akins comments are offensive to any person who has ever been raped, whether it is a male or female victim.

    He should resign immediately, an apology does not excuse his mind set, which is barbaric and parochial; his world view does not belong in the halls of government, where the men and women move a country back to its former glory and continue its leadership in the world.

    I believe Sarah Steelman would be the better U.S Senator to represent the Republican Party in Missouri.

  26. Tim, the Republican Central Committee Chairman is a man…Jon Bennett. I saw an interview a few minutes and he surely did say he was STILL supporting Todd Akins.

    You’d think that Bennett loves him some Claire?? Akins is a “dead man walking” and Claire will win if he does not drop out.

    What a mess.

  27. admin, my apologies, not sure why the video of Obot Morgan is that big. I got the link from mediate. Ak! that’s enough to give someone a major headache, that jerk that big.

  28. I will credit the repubs for trying to cut this whole thing off, and sharply.

    Akin seems to be a pathetic PO$, wanting his little time in the sun, and I agree with my wife, he is creepy, its all just a reinforcement of a stereotype.
    What else can the national repubs do, other than cut off all funding. Akins clearly doesn’t even have a damn clue what he said.
    This whole thing is still so salvagable, Claire is hated in MO from everything I’ve read, people just don’t want a lunatic like Akins to vote as the alternative. Brunner or Steelmen seem decent, and will just hammer jobs jobs, etc.

  29. and Claire moves up in the polls.

    http://t.co/VqbAdDq7

    Have to hand it to her, dumba$$ repubs, no wonder Palin refused to back him, went with Steelman instead.

    At least they have 3+ months advanced notice, if they still don’t go nuclear on him to get rid of him by tommorow at 5pm, they deserve to lose the seat, sadly the rest have to live with consequences.

  30. http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-campaign-was-trawling-warm-bodies-fill-half-empty-kick-rally_650295.html

    “President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign paid nearly $93k to hold a kick-off event at the Ohio State University in May. And, at the time, photos of the event showed large sections of the arena unoccupied, causing the New York Times to write that the kick-off event “had the feeling of a concert by an aging rock star.”

    A new ebook published today by Glenn Thrush explains that the empty seats that marred the expensive kick-off event were not because the Obama campaign did not try to fill them:

    “In the week or so leading up to the Obama campaign’s official kickoff rally on May 5 at Ohio State University’s basketball arena in Columbus, Obama’s campaign had put out a maximum effort to fill the Schottenstein Center’s eighteen thousand seats. [snip]

    Obama’s Ohio team figured the downshift to a relatively small venue would guarantee success and assured Chicago the place would be full. As the sun rose on their campaign kickoff day and the crowd began to walk in, they realized, to their horror, that they were going to fall sharply short of the mark. With Obama and Michelle jetting in on Air Force One— and the national media filing in— organizers, gnawing on fingernails, realized only about fourteen thousand people would show. That left about four thousand empty seats ringing the upper deck.

    “There was one more thing: Obama would literally be staring at the empties, which were intentionally clustered outside the view of the camera pit facing his lectern. About an hour before Obama spoke, editors with OSU’s student newspaper, The Lantern, tweeted: ‘Ushers are asking audience members to move accordingly in order for seats to look full for TV.’

  31. tim
    August 20th, 2012 at 11:48 pm
    Mark Levin makes some good points.

    http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-calls-on-akin-to-step-aside-slams-democrats-for-devastating-hypocrisy/
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    tim,

    This is a horrible rant. The Republicans need to disown this, disown Akins and that is it…PERIOD.

    The whole “well, look what they did” is just not going to fly on this one.

    Levin is playing into the Dems’ hands with this rant. Coulter did a much better job with her tweets.

  32. “The Republicans need to disown this, disown Akins and that is it…PERIOD.”

    Agreed. I maintain he makes good points that there is a double standard in the media, even without this insane statement from Akins. Akins cannot be defended here, but I agree with Levin that there is a double standard when it comes to the media, what he didn’t include in his rant is that, the LSM picks their candidate and tries to destroy who they don’t want, they wanted OTurd in 2008, Hillary was collateral to them, same with Palin. It was so obvious, it was not bias, it was stalin like propoganda.

  33. tim,

    There is a double-standard. We all know it. But this comment was just so audacious and reprehensible, that it needs to be disowned by the Republicans without the “look what they did” rationale attached. It dilutes any disavowment.

    There is a time and place to do the compare/contrast thing. This just isn’t it. Disown the words, disown the speaker of those words and that’s it. It needs to be firm, resolute and without any excuse or sideline.

    I cannot even begin to express how depressed I am tonight with what Akins has done. He sucked the air out of what was a rising RR campaign and he is so damn selfish and self-serving that he doesn’t seem to care if he takes down everyone else by default with him.

  34. “I cannot even begin to express how depressed I am tonight with what Akins has done.”

    I agree with you there as well, I don’t follow anything for a week or so, pretty confortable that R & R will be able to pull this out, and this dumba$$ Akins opens his damn mouth, all he had to do is about about ObamaCare, jobs, ObamaCare, jobs, and he couldn’t even do that.

    I’m so tired of these idiots. I think R/R want to win, but you have these idiots who clearly seem to have no idea how much independents, and I’m only speaking for myself, are willing to put aside to evict that marxist fool in the WH and take the senate away from that rambling idiot reid, this election is not about social issues, its all about the economy, debt, economy.

    If the repubs pull out the hammer on him and he leaves by tommorow, I have faith reince prius? is getting this done, or else this will sway voters a few points, which is never good when everything is so close.

  35. one last comment on this, I 100% believe the Akins remark is why Oturd did the presser today, and of course his “base” aka LSM made sure that question about Akins was asked. Cannot believe the repubs picked this jerk, still its salvagable, 3 months is a long time, but time to cut the Akins man, and by tommorow at 5pm.

  36. There’s a good emotional anti-Obama ad to be found in this; an honest one, I presume:

    nytimes.com/2012/08/20/business/economy/slow-response-to-housing-crisis-now-weighs-on-obama.html?pagewanted=all
    [….]
    Cautious Moves on Foreclosures Haunting Obama
    [….]
    But he tried to finesse the cleanup of the housing crash, rejecting unpopular proposals for a broad bailout of homeowners facing foreclosure in favor of a limited aid program — and a bet that a recovering economy would take care of the rest.
    During his first two years in office, Mr. Obama and his advisers repeatedly affirmed this carefully calibrated strategy, leaving unspent hundreds of billions of dollars that Congress had allocated to buy mortgage loans, even as millions of people lost their homes and the economic recovery stalled somewhere between crisis and prosperity.

    [ There’s much more info on this at rbg’s long post on the last article:
    rgb44hrc
    August 20th, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    http://www.hillaryis44.org/2012/08/19/the-new-testament/#comment-389404

  37. If the repubs pull out the hammer on [Akin] and he leaves by tommorow, I have faith reince prius? is getting this done [….]

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    Maybe that’s why Obama did the presser today. After tomorrow, Akin may be past history, thus no longer an excuse for such a press conference.

  38. Admin: The work that must be done is to get rid of Barack Obama and his destruction of America. The job is not to coddle the Romney campaign.

    Admin, I totally agree with this. I hope that you did not take my last comment as an insult in any way. I need to explain about that comment. First, most of the time, I use an Iphone to post comments. It is time consuming, and burdensome, but it is the only means I have to do so the majority of the time. (Tonight, I am using my laptop at a WiFi hotspot which is soooo much better). Anyway, many mistakes are made by me when using the Iphone as can be seen in that particular comment. Making corrections on Iphone comments is something that I have decided not to do since again, it is very tiresome, so my apoligies in that regard. About my comment… I actually did not want to have that comment post. I rambled in it somewhat, and I realized that it may have come across as attacking Hillary which really was not the intent.

    I appreciate this blog. I agree with the vast majority of what I read here. I also appreciate all of the commenters found here. I am not down on the Clintons, but I admit that there are times that either Bill or Hillary has done something that I believe to be either against what I personally believe, and it rubs me the wrong way. That doesn’t mean that I dislike them. If I make a comment about something either has done, it is out of fustration in the same manner that I might let off steam if I have a disagreement with a family member. I respect the Clintons for the most part, and I believe them both to be highly intelligent and having America’s interests at heart. I many not agree with them on all things, but I do believe that they want a strong America.

    I view Barack Obama to the contrary. He is NOT intelligent in the manner that the Clinton’s are. He does not want America to be number one, and views America as not exceptional. I don’t hate many people, but I think that I may hate him. He is the opposite of what this country needs. I want to see him out of office come November. I agree with you that Romney needs to run an exceptional campaign, and when his campaign is off the tracks, someone needs to get it back on right quick. I take your articles about the Romney campaign in that vain. You obviously view your role as one in which you help neuter Obama, and I view anyone who has that goal as a comrade in arms. I know that I am rambling again, so I will finish with “keep up the good work”. I hope that the others who I have come to admire, return, too. Let’s get Obama DISMISSED!

  39. admin
    August 20th, 2012 at 10:51 pm
    =======================

    Claire looks like a freakin ostrich in that screen capture.

  40. nomobama: “… I hope that you did not take my last comment as an insult in any way…”

    ====

    If I’m not mistaken, I was the one who took issue with your ‘last comment’ stating that the Clintons had their ‘faults’ and that some people here seemed to service this faulty couple with ‘blind allegiance’.

    Don’t worry, I didn’t take that as a insult and I’m confident enough in your intelligence to know that my reply, explaining my allegiance to the Clintons, was not taken as an insult to you.

    As long as we stay away from ad hominem attacks, there will never be any insults given or taken.

  41. Well, if I lived in Missouri, and Akins was still in the race, I would still vote for him because ABC is the goal. Yes, he said something extremely stupid, but I am not even sure if he intended his comment to come out in the manner that it did, or if he actually believes in what he said. One needs to be sharp as a tack at all times when running for political office, and there is little room for error unless your name is Biden or Obama. One flub, and you very well could be gone. I hope that the Republican party does what is best for the Senate election contest in Missouri. Akins wants to continue with the election. From what I read, the outcry against him may indicate that his continuing in the Senate race will only help Claire McNumbskull get re-elected. I hope Akins takes that into consideration, and does what is right and necessary. He erred, and sometimes one has to suffer the most brutal of consequences as punishment.

  42. jeswezey
    August 21st, 2012 at 5:12 am
    =================================

    I know that this is obviously a pro-Clinton website. I remember thinking a couple of times in the past 3 or 4 years that while people here were using the word “Obamabots”, “bots”, or “hopium guzzlers”, etc., a non-aligned observer who stumbled across this site might view some of the commenters here as “Hillarybots”, or people who adulate Hillary. I am not saying that it is wrong to support Hillary. I only wondered at the time as to what extent one would go to support her, and if one would ever criticize Hillary in a constructive way when warranted.

  43. ShortTermer:
    August 20th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
    Re: jeswezey
August 20th, 2012 at 7:15 am
    “…you are running contrary with your posts to the majority of Americans. I have worked hard to get Republicans to come here and learn from us and our amassed gold mine of research. You just killed that with your posts….
    ====

    (i) You are referring not to “posts” but to a single post, concerning god-given rights as expressed by both Romney and Hillary.

    (ii) Positioning with respect to the majority of Americans may be a criterion governing your thought processes, but not mine; and not that of any other blogger here. I intend to continue to express my views honestly, regardless of what any perceived majority thinks. I have said repeatedly that I am not subject to groupthink.

    (iii) If the majority of Americans think that our rights are given to us by some god, then we are really fucked.

    (iv) You’ll have to explain more clearly to me how I killed your hard work to get Republicans to come here. Don’t get it.

    =====
    “… I think it is time to take a deep breath and make an exit now…”
    =====

    In recent days, we’ve been trying to stop the hemorrhage of bloggers leaving the site, now you go and try to push me off too. Don’t get your hopes up. I’m not the kind to stand down in the face of opposition.

    =====
    “IF it is truly ABO for even avowed socialists like you…”
    =====

    You might add that the majority of Americans are not socialists, which probably diminishes in your mind any right I may have to express myself at all.

    Incidentally, my 2008 vote for McPalin was ABO, but my vote this year is not ABO. In the opinion of this avowed socialist, I will be voting for Romney/Ryan because I think they will be good in the White House. They are viable presidential candidates with a viable plan for America, whereas Obama sucks big time.

    Also incidentally, Obama is nowhere near being a socialist, if that is what you are assuming or implying. As far as I can gather, he may be a Marxist or communist, but he is a narcissist and sociopath more than anything else.

    =====
    “…then why in the hell are you bashing the ground group of the one that is opposing him; and that is our only hope for SAVING any little piece of America?”
    =====

    I don’t know what I said in that post that could taken as “bashing” anything. I disagree with Romney about god-given rights, and that’s “bashing”? I also disagree with Romney/Ryan on their proposed anti-abortion amendment, do you give me the right to disagree with that? Or do I have to take their whole shebang lock, stock and barrel and praise them like a seal balancing a ball on its nose? Or do I have to consult the American majority first?

    ====
    “I love Hillary, less now than in the past, but I love this country more.”
    ====

    I’ve done a lot of thinking and reading about love, and in my eyes, the groundwork of love is Respect: “tough love”, “telling it like it is”. I’d be mildly interested in knowing why you love Hillary “less now than in the past,” but abjure you from telling me that I cannot respectfully differ with Hillary on a matter such as the real origin of our rights.

    Specifically, I remember objecting to Hillary’s expression of god-given rights a few months ago, and Mrs Smith came to Hillary’s defense, saying that she was speaking before a religious conference where such expressions would be taken well and be more effective than a legal dissertation. I understood Mrs Smith’s defense, but I still find Hillary’s remarks striking, out of character and, basically, unreal.

  44. Specifically, I remember objecting to Hillary’s expression of god-given rights a few months ago, and Mrs Smith came to Hillary’s defense, saying that she was speaking before a religious conference where such expressions would be taken well and be more effective than a legal dissertation. I understood Mrs Smith’s defense, but I still find Hillary’s remarks striking, out of character and, basically, unreal.

    =======================

    Iirc, the consensus was that Hillary was speaking in the same terms that our Founders used, and this fitted with the premises the UN was using, iirc.

  45. nomobama: “… I only wondered at the time as to what extent one would go to support her…”
    =====

    The extent to which I will go is to give vocal support, and financial assistance, to anything she does that I fully agree with, and give her a broad benefit of the doubt in areas where I disagree. I think that is the kind of support that can be expected from anyone at this site, including admin.

    Your ‘last comment’, though, expressed disappointment in what you saw as failures in Hillary’s conduct of foreign policy, and these failures apparently diminish your respect for Hillary.

    My reply was essentially to the effect that no Secretary of State or even POTUS could have done better in the ‘failure’ situations that you indicated, so that no diminishment of respect was due.

  46. wbboei
    August 20th, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    ….. But the worst of the worst are organizations like the Southern Poverty Insitute and its founder attorney Morris Dees. He lives like a middle eastern potentate, and he draws what he calls hate maps across the country against Christian organizations…..
    *******************************

    Thank you for mentioning Morris Dees. He is a man whose name I choke on. The damage he and his SPLC have caused over the last few decades is immeasurable – all in the name of conquering hate. Yet very few people are even aware of him. He does definitely need more attention.

  47. Leanora, wbboei: OK, I’ll bite. Fill me in on Morris Dees. If he operates in the name of conquering hate and causes damage doing so, something is definitely wrong. What kind of damage has he done?

  48. Here is one from RCP that is guaranteed to make any rational being Barf.
    It puts to rest the “likeability” canard and offers the suggestion that Obunga is going to lose big if the focus can be kept on his RECORD rather than all the diversionary crap they are shoveling up for the adoring media.

    Cool Is All That Remains
    By Mona Charen – August 21, 2012

    Have you noticed how often the president’s supporters talk about the “likeability” factor in politics these days? No longer do we hear that presidential candidates must convey “the vision thing” or “gravitas” or credibility as commander in chief. Not that those criteria were precisely calibrated. Four years ago, many commentators were assuring us that Joe Biden brought gravitas to the Obama ticket, which is a little like saying that helium provides ballast, but at least they thought a certain policy weight was important — even if their perception was ludicrous. This year, however, we are told that voters cast their ballots based mostly upon which candidate they’d prefer to “have a beer with.”
    If that truly were the most important qualification in the minds of most voters, we might as well abandon the Electoral College, chuck the Constitution with its complicated rules and just select presidents by liking them on Facebook.
    That would suit Obama. When he or his surrogates are not suggesting that the Romney/Ryan team will throw grandma off a cliff or kill steelworkers’ wives, the president seems to revel in his favorite subject: the coolness of Barack Hussein Obama.
    Nearly all politicians offer glimpses into their personal lives to humanize and endear them to voters. George W. Bush sometimes described his fitness regimen. His father let it be known that he disliked broccoli. Ronald Reagan had a fondness for jellybeans and horseback riding. Bill Clinton played the sax (to say no more).
    But Barack Obama, the man who published his first (of two) autobiographies at the age of 34, has cultivated a cult of coolness about himself. Perhaps because he cannot run on trillion-dollar deficits, the looming fiscal cliff, increasing poverty, the loss of America’s AAA bond rating, or the decline in middle class incomes. Or perhaps because he is just shallow enough to think that celebrity matters, he has indulged in record-setting levels of vanity during his time in office.
    Obama doesn’t just love himself, he also thinks it’s uplifting for others to love him, too. So he has shared his NCAA brackets, slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon and crooned a few Al Green lyrics at a fundraiser. Human-interest fluff, you say? Everybody does it?
    Maybe. But consider that in the past few days even some members of the White House press corps are complaining that the president hasn’t held a press conference in two months, but he has managed to make himself available to Entertainment Tonight and People magazine. The world was apparently panting to discover that the president is personally friendly with George Clooney. Yes, and Michelle Obama confides that Clooney is “cute.”
    It requires a stratospheric level of self-regard to suggest, as the campaign did with its “Obama Event Registry,” that in lieu of accepting gifts for themselves, Obama supporters should suggest that well-wishers send donations to the Obama campaign instead. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you,” exhorts the site, “register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.”
    Unabashed, the campaign also taped a solicitation featuring the first couple’s blow-by-blow reminiscence about their first date. Offering small details about your life is one thing, but this is like dragooning the entire country into watching your home movies.
    “It was a cool date,” the first lady recalls for the ad. Barack apparently showed her “all different aspects of his character.” He took her to the Art Institute of Chicago, where they had lunch by the fountain in the courtyard. Obama winks at the camera. “Guys out there: Art impresses people.” Then they went to see Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Thing.” Michelle summarizes: “He was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive.” Barack smiles complacently and again addresses the camera: “Take tips gentlemen.”
    While unavailable to discuss the entitlement time bomb, Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons (accompanied by new threats to wipe Israel off the map), our crushing national debt or the record-high joblessness among college graduates, President Obama made himself available to the “Morning Mayhem” show on KOB-FM in New Mexico. For six minutes and 40 seconds, the president discussed a range of issues, from whether Colorado or New Mexico had the best chili to where to get a good hot dog in Chicago to what kind of music he likes to work out to to what kind of superpowers he’d like to have if he were an “Avenger.”
    He said he’d like to fly. Had enough yet? 

  49. Here’s one from RCP which is guaranteed to make anyone barf. It demolishes the “likeability” canard and suggests that Barky is going to lose this one big time if the focus can simply be maintained on his vile record.

    Cool Is All That Remains
    By Mona Charen – August 21, 2012

    Have you noticed how often the president’s supporters talk about the “likeability” factor in politics these days? No longer do we hear that presidential candidates must convey “the vision thing” or “gravitas” or credibility as commander in chief. Not that those criteria were precisely calibrated. Four years ago, many commentators were assuring us that Joe Biden brought gravitas to the Obama ticket, which is a little like saying that helium provides ballast, but at least they thought a certain policy weight was important — even if their perception was ludicrous. This year, however, we are told that voters cast their ballots based mostly upon which candidate they’d prefer to “have a beer with.”
    If that truly were the most important qualification in the minds of most voters, we might as well abandon the Electoral College, chuck the Constitution with its complicated rules and just select presidents by liking them on Facebook.
    That would suit Obama. When he or his surrogates are not suggesting that the Romney/Ryan team will throw grandma off a cliff or kill steelworkers’ wives, the president seems to revel in his favorite subject: the coolness of Barack Hussein Obama.
    Nearly all politicians offer glimpses into their personal lives to humanize and endear them to voters. George W. Bush sometimes described his fitness regimen. His father let it be known that he disliked broccoli. Ronald Reagan had a fondness for jellybeans and horseback riding. Bill Clinton played the sax (to say no more).
    But Barack Obama, the man who published his first (of two) autobiographies at the age of 34, has cultivated a cult of coolness about himself. Perhaps because he cannot run on trillion-dollar deficits, the looming fiscal cliff, increasing poverty, the loss of America’s AAA bond rating, or the decline in middle class incomes. Or perhaps because he is just shallow enough to think that celebrity matters, he has indulged in record-setting levels of vanity during his time in office.
    Obama doesn’t just love himself, he also thinks it’s uplifting for others to love him, too. So he has shared his NCAA brackets, slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon and crooned a few Al Green lyrics at a fundraiser. Human-interest fluff, you say? Everybody does it?
    Maybe. But consider that in the past few days even some members of the White House press corps are complaining that the president hasn’t held a press conference in two months, but he has managed to make himself available to Entertainment Tonight and People magazine. The world was apparently panting to discover that the president is personally friendly with George Clooney. Yes, and Michelle Obama confides that Clooney is “cute.”
    It requires a stratospheric level of self-regard to suggest, as the campaign did with its “Obama Event Registry,” that in lieu of accepting gifts for themselves, Obama supporters should suggest that well-wishers send donations to the Obama campaign instead. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you,” exhorts the site, “register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.”
    Unabashed, the campaign also taped a solicitation featuring the first couple’s blow-by-blow reminiscence about their first date. Offering small details about your life is one thing, but this is like dragooning the entire country into watching your home movies.
    “It was a cool date,” the first lady recalls for the ad. Barack apparently showed her “all different aspects of his character.” He took her to the Art Institute of Chicago, where they had lunch by the fountain in the courtyard. Obama winks at the camera. “Guys out there: Art impresses people.” Then they went to see Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Thing.” Michelle summarizes: “He was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive.” Barack smiles complacently and again addresses the camera: “Take tips gentlemen.”
    While unavailable to discuss the entitlement time bomb, Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons (accompanied by new threats to wipe Israel off the map), our crushing national debt or the record-high joblessness among college graduates, President Obama made himself available to the “Morning Mayhem” show on KOB-FM in New Mexico. For six minutes and 40 seconds, the president discussed a range of issues, from whether Colorado or New Mexico had the best chili to where to get a good hot dog in Chicago to what kind of music he likes to work out to to what kind of superpowers he’d like to have if he were an “Avenger.”
    He said he’d like to fly. Had enough yet? 

  50. more than a million registered democrat voters in the five swing states have dropped out of the party and switched to independent status.
    A lot of them are Hillary supporters.
    Never forget Never forgive. 😯

  51. Right now, there is a concern that the unnamed stormed (which will become Isaac), might cause a problem for the Republican Convention.

    I am not sure if that will hurt or help.

  52. 2016: Obama’s America is an excellent movie, and the fundraising numbers are showing that the vetting that this movie does (and also via other non-traditional media sources)is finally being accomplished. It’s nice to see that Americans are now “down-sizing” Obama, instead of the reverse.

    The movie features Obama’s anti-colonialist attitudes, which seemingly colors ALL his foreign policy tactics. It also highlights his close relation ship with American Communist Party member Frank Davis (not a composite mentor, though Obama tries to obscure his identity in the “autobiographies”.

    The movie also shows an interview with George Obama, whose appreciation for the benefits of capitalism and inherent sense of self-responsibility and dignity are in stark contrast with his half-brother.

  53. This is the third time I’ve tried to post this piece, so let’s see if it works.

    ‘Tis enough to make one barf heartily.

    From
    RCP:

    Cool Is All That Remains
    By Mona Charen – August 21, 2012

    Have you noticed how often the president’s supporters talk about the “likeability” factor in politics these days? No longer do we hear that presidential candidates must convey “the vision thing” or “gravitas” or credibility as commander in chief. Not that those criteria were precisely calibrated. Four years ago, many commentators were assuring us that Joe Biden brought gravitas to the Obama ticket, which is a little like saying that helium provides ballast, but at least they thought a certain policy weight was important — even if their perception was ludicrous. This year, however, we are told that voters cast their ballots based mostly upon which candidate they’d prefer to “have a beer with.”
    If that truly were the most important qualification in the minds of most voters, we might as well abandon the Electoral College, chuck the Constitution with its complicated rules and just select presidents by liking them on Facebook.
    That would suit Obama. When he or his surrogates are not suggesting that the Romney/Ryan team will throw grandma off a cliff or kill steelworkers’ wives, the president seems to revel in his favorite subject: the coolness of Barack Hussein Obama.
    Nearly all politicians offer glimpses into their personal lives to humanize and endear them to voters. George W. Bush sometimes described his fitness regimen. His father let it be known that he disliked broccoli. Ronald Reagan had a fondness for jellybeans and horseback riding. Bill Clinton played the sax (to say no more).
    But Barack Obama, the man who published his first (of two) autobiographies at the age of 34, has cultivated a cult of coolness about himself. Perhaps because he cannot run on trillion-dollar deficits, the looming fiscal cliff, increasing poverty, the loss of America’s AAA bond rating, or the decline in middle class incomes. Or perhaps because he is just shallow enough to think that celebrity matters, he has indulged in record-setting levels of vanity during his time in office.
    Obama doesn’t just love himself, he also thinks it’s uplifting for others to love him, too. So he has shared his NCAA brackets, slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon and crooned a few Al Green lyrics at a fundraiser. Human-interest fluff, you say? Everybody does it?
    Maybe. But consider that in the past few days even some members of the White House press corps are complaining that the president hasn’t held a press conference in two months, but he has managed to make himself available to Entertainment Tonight and People magazine. The world was apparently panting to discover that the president is personally friendly with George Clooney. Yes, and Michelle Obama confides that Clooney is “cute.”
    It requires a stratospheric level of self-regard to suggest, as the campaign did with its “Obama Event Registry,” that in lieu of accepting gifts for themselves, Obama supporters should suggest that well-wishers send donations to the Obama campaign instead. “Let your friends know how important this election is to you,” exhorts the site, “register with Obama 2012, and ask for a donation in lieu of a gift.”
    Unabashed, the campaign also taped a solicitation featuring the first couple’s blow-by-blow reminiscence about their first date. Offering small details about your life is one thing, but this is like dragooning the entire country into watching your home movies.
    “It was a cool date,” the first lady recalls for the ad. Barack apparently showed her “all different aspects of his character.” He took her to the Art Institute of Chicago, where they had lunch by the fountain in the courtyard. Obama winks at the camera. “Guys out there: Art impresses people.” Then they went to see Spike Lee’s movie “Do the Right Thing.” Michelle summarizes: “He was hip, cutting edge, cultural, sensitive.” Barack smiles complacently and again addresses the camera: “Take tips gentlemen.”
    While unavailable to discuss the entitlement time bomb, Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons (accompanied by new threats to wipe Israel off the map), our crushing national debt or the record-high joblessness among college graduates, President Obama made himself available to the “Morning Mayhem” show on KOB-FM in New Mexico. For six minutes and 40 seconds, the president discussed a range of issues, from whether Colorado or New Mexico had the best chili to where to get a good hot dog in Chicago to what kind of music he likes to work out to to what kind of superpowers he’d like to have if he were an “Avenger.”
    He said he’d like to fly. Had enough yet? 

  54. NewMexicoFan
    August 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Right now, there is a concern that the unnamed stormed (which will become Isaac), might cause a problem for the Republican Convention.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Is “Isaac” a code name for the New Black Panther Party, ACORN, and Occupy Wall St. combined into a “perfect storm”?

  55. A quick on-the-road communication from a longtime D.C. political operative rips the cover off of what is being reported as a surprise visit by President Barack Obama to the daily White House press briefing. This was no surprise visit – it was a carefully planned and staged event with the complicit cooperation of White House approved media figures all intended to gain political points by reigniting the now old and tired “war on women” ploy.

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/20/white-house-insider-obama-preps-media-for-surprise-press-conference/

  56. From Hillbuzz:

    http://hillbuzz.org/missouri-ground-report-congressman-todd-akin-takes-phone-system-offline-at-all-offices-on-august-20th-2012-2012

    Dear HillBuzz,

    Just thought you should know that I’ve been trying to reach Todd Akin’s office all day today to tell him how terrible his comments on abortion were. His DC office has not been picking up the phone and it just goes to a message saying all the mailboxes are full. So then I tried calling his district offices. He’s got one in St. Louis, one in St. Charles, and each of those have quite a few numbers listed. I tried each number and the same thing happens, “This mailbox system is not accepting messages”. Looks like the whole Akin staff is in a bunker somewhere in crisis lockdown mode and they don’t even have the decency to listen to constituents who are enraged with him.

    Disgusted in St. Charles

  57. News from Hillbuzz. I haven’t been there in a long long time. Are they still as out-and-out conservative as they were two years ago? Maybe I should stop in for a look-see.

    Still no desire to visit Taylor Marsh anymore.

  58. rgb44hrc
    August 21st, 2012 at 11:50 am
    NewMexicoFan
    August 21st, 2012 at 10:20 am
    Right now, there is a concern that the unnamed stormed (which will become Isaac), might cause a problem for the Republican Convention.
    &&&&&&&&&

    Is “Isaac” a code name for the New Black Panther Party, ACORN, and Occupy Wall St. combined into a “perfect storm”?
    ——————————–
    Not that I know of. But a perfect storm might be what we need to get O out of office.

  59. The Chicago Sun-Times is busy humping a flea again, saying that “Hillary Clinton for vice president is a hands-down, sure-fire victory strategy for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.”

    What gets me most about these journalists is that they have to refer to the POS as “President Barack Obama” instead of just “Obama”. Does Laura Washington think people might not know who she is talking about unless she adds his first name, plus the dubious title “President”?

    Washington goes on, “The November election will be excruciatingly close…” – it will be excruciating only if Obama wins, nobody really cares by how much – “and will turn on the mood of a sliver of independent voters in the swing states.”

    I guess people in Chicago haven’t a clue.

  60. TheRealist
    August 21st, 2012 at 1:31 pm
    Akin says he plans to stay in race…
    @GovMikeHuckabeeshow
    ————–
    Any Polititian worth his salt know to verify his facts before mouthing off. Akin has lost the support of his party. IT IS OVER AKIN, JUST RESIGN. HOWEVER IN LOYALTY TO YOUR PARTY, DO IT BEFORE 5 TODAY.

  61. more than a million registered democrat voters in the five swing states have dropped out of the party and switched to independent status.
    A lot of them are Hillary supporters.

    ===============

    Over what time period, and how many were Hillary supporters, and how is that known?

  62. It’s “DEMOCRAT-IC” Party not DEMOCRAT Party

    Unless you’re a Republican…

    Are the folks here STILL Clinton democrats, or has this site become something else?

  63. Are the folks here STILL Clinton democrats, or has this site become something else?

    =====================

    Some of us still agree with Hillary’s and FDR’s policies.

  64. Akin: “I just misspoke one word in one sentence on one day

    =====================

    It took him longer to address the FACT he got wrong, and then sfaik he only vaguely said that it is possible to get pregnant from rape.

  65. In 2008, Obama rejected public financing of political campaigns. This allowed him to attract a wall of money through Soros affiliated people and organizations. The FEC could not keep with it, so it turned out to be a wrong without a remedy.

    But that was then and this is not. Now, the lack of public financing constraints benefits not Obama, but Romney. Obama has unleashed the Republican financial machine, and given them a huge incentive to open their wallets. And the mighty messiah is burning through money faster than he can raise it. It is like the old joke in the transportation business which says we lose money on a per shipment basis, but we make up for it on volume.

    In other words, the great messiah has managed to hoist himself on his own petard.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/21/obama-cleared-way-for-romneys-campaign-cash-advantage/

  66. “Akin: “I just misspoke one word in one sentence on one day””

    Which word was that? “Legitimate”, or was it one of the words in of the string that expressed his opinion that women have the ability tpo shut conception down?

    “I just misspoke one word….” belies the fact that this dude hasn’t a clue. He, and others like him, politicians or not, need to go.

  67. Important. Polls turning against the Messiah and telebama and crazy Joe. The three stooges. Sorry tele, but you are known by the company you keep. This is an interview of Monica Crowley about the current state of the campaign. Her cirriculum vitae is as follows:

    Crowley began written correspondence with former President Richard Nixon while attending Columbia which led to the two meetings. She had the opportunity to continue her education at Villanova University but instead accepted a position as a research assistant for Nixon.[2] Nixon promoted her to Foreign Policy Assistant in 1990 because he appreciated her foreign policy opinions. She was an editorial adviser and consultant on his last two books, Seize the Moment (1992) and Beyond Peace (1994). She held the position until Nixon’s death in 1994. Crowley used this period to record her conversations and observations about Nixon (she kept a diary), and she published two subsequent books on the former President in his final years: Nixon Off the Record: His Candid Commentary on People (1996) and Nixon in Winter (1998).

    In the mid-1990s Crowley wrote a column for the New York Post. She has written for The New Yorker,[3] the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the Baltimore Sun, and the Washington Times. In June 2012 she published What the (Bleep) Just Happened?: The Happy Warrior’s Guide to the Great American Comeback. She was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Here is the interview:

    http://live.wsj.com/video/opinion-it-the-economy-stupid/08A9DB7E-7999-4F00-BCBE-D651BFB040C4.html?mod=wsj_article_tboright#!08A9DB7E-7999-4F00-BCBE-D651BFB040C4

  68. jbstonesfan
    August 21st, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Looks like McCaskill lucks out.
    ———————–
    Yes. If you took the vote tomorrow, it is quite possible that she would win.

  69. August 21st, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    Looks like McCaskill lucks out.
    ———————–
    Yes. If you took the vote tomorrow, it is quite possible that she would win.

    =======================

    Isn’t there still an hour left in the Central time zone?

    Sfaik, the official difference is that if he resigns today, some Republican committee can choose his replacement, and (they hope) bury the story quickly.

  70. Obama has NO coattails 2010 showed us that.
    I agree with this
    Some optimism on this dismal day: there are many seats that should go republican besides MO. Neb should be a solid win, NDak, Wis, Fla, Montana, VA and OH. If we get the same wave election that we had in 2010, there are many more states that can go red like PA, Mich, Nmex. and states like ct nj, wva are not impossible. manchin barely won, menendez polls in the mid 40s. this could be a huge coattail election where the country sees this as the last chance to stop obamunism and repub/indie turnout is massive. if that happens, the senate is safely repub even if we watch the easiest state stay with the bolsheviks.

  71. TheRealist
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    It’s “DEMOCRAT-IC” Party not DEMOCRAT Party

    Unless you’re a Republican…

    Are the folks here STILL Clinton democrats, or has this site become something else?

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    I think the best answer to that question is we are Democrats In Exile, and/or Independents, who support this country.

    The reason we refuse to use the word Democratic Party is quite simple. It is materially misleading. The reason we call it the Democrat Party is to signify that something fundamental has changed, and it is no longer the Party of the Clintons or of Roosevelt. It is the party of Obama. The white middle class has been thown under the bus.

    The reason we use the word Democrat Party is because it is no longer “democratic”. During the 2008 primary, the Obama forces cheated and coerced their own people, they used false accusations of racism, the Rules and Bylaws commmitte disenfancised thousands democratic voters, and Obama has done everthing he can to eradicate the Clinton legacy. To call a party who engages in these activities DemoratIC is materially misleading.

    If the word Democrat Party bothers you, then perhaps we should find another word like the Undemocratic Party, or the Obama Party, because that is descriptive of what it is. If Hillary becomes the nominee then we can resume calling it then Democratic Party. Only then will that name be descriptive.
    .

  72. ““Akin: “I just misspoke one word in one sentence on one day””

    Which word was that? “Legitimate”, or was it one of the words in of the string that expressed his opinion that women have the ability tpo shut conception down?

    “I just misspoke one word….” belies the fact that this dude hasn’t a clue. He, and others like him, politicians or not, need to go.”
    *******
    He has a clue, he didn’t mis-speak, he isn’t ignorant; this is what he and and a lot of his supporters believe. “Haven’t a clue” or ignorance implies that the “error” can be corrected with education, his beliefs are “faith based” and therefor irrefutable in his own mind.

    In addition to his engineering-management degree, Mr. Akin also has a Masters of Divinity degree.

  73. August 21st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    It’s “DEMOCRAT-IC” Party not DEMOCRAT Party
    Unless you’re a Republican…
    **************

    You don’t have to be a republican. I say it that way and I’m not a republican. I am now an independent. It is just the correct way to say the word.

    We have republicans and democrats. Not democratics!

  74. wbboei-

    Long time no, huh?

    I just don’t like the idea of using the same term as the cabal who set out to destroy President Clinton
    and who continue to use the term as “code” even today.
    It is too reminiscent of the “Dixiecrats” who used the intentional mispronunciation of “Negro”as “Nigra” when they spoke about civil rights.
    Whether or not Machiavelli (and Admin?) is correct that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” co opting their
    hate speech doesn’t do much to advance the cause…

    So it’s almost 6pm, guess Akin is still in the race…

  75. Leanora-

    I beg to differ, as does Webster’s et al.

    Democratic Party (United States)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_%28United_States%29

    dem·o·crat·ic par·ty
    One of the two main US political parties (the other being the Republican Party); it follows a liberal program and tends to promote a…

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Democratic+party

    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/democratic

    We have Republicans and Democrats, but it’s the Republican and DEMOCRATIC party.

  76. TheRealist
    August 21st, 2012 at 5:49 pm
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    Too long. Glad to see you back.

  77. He has a clue, he didn’t mis-speak, he isn’t ignorant; this is what he and and a lot of his supporters believe. “Haven’t a clue” or ignorance implies that the “error” can be corrected with education, his beliefs are “faith based” and therefor irrefutable in his own mind.

    In addition to his engineering-management degree, Mr. Akin also has a Masters of Divinity degree.
    ————————–
    That Akin should be a master of divinity is both understandable and ironic. The Origin of the Species rocked Victorian England to its core, and produced a darker genre of literature which turned inward. Matthew Arnold captured that sentiment in the poem Dover Beach. The closing verses of that poem are equally relevant, as I behold the likes of Obama, Biden, Reid, Pelosi, McCaskill and now Akin. Five idiots separated only by party label.

    The world, which seems
    To lie before us like a land of dreams,
    So various, so beautiful, so new,
    Hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light,
    Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain;
    And we are here as on a darkling plain
    Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight,
    Where ignorant armies clash by night.

    Republicans have their share of people who claim to have deep religious conviction. Akin is one of them. There used to be a guy named Ed Buckam who was an ordained minister. He was once the chief of staff for The Hammer, and went on to become a consultant, as in Old Staffers Never Die, Old Staffers Never Fade Away, Old Staffers become New Consultants, such was Ed’s fate. I thought of him in connection with Akin only because he was able to take confession from Rebublicans who strayed from The Word and talk them into doing the right thing which is to say resign. Ed got caught up in the Hammer mess, so I doubt he is still active. But the point is, the guy who can get Akin to do the right thing, and resign so that is Ashcroft who like Buckham is an ordained minister.

    As Morris points out: if he does resign, then Sarah Steelman, who narrowly lost to Akin, will be the nominee. Sarah, endorsed by Sarah Palin, could beat McCaskill woman-against-woman and we could survive Akin’s remarks.

  78. I was trying to remember Buckham’s partners name. It was Jim Ellis. I used him to try to get some consumer legislation passed which was sponsored by my friend a conservative republican and supported mostly by democrats–democratic democrats. I sat with him in a hotel room in 1998 and watched Manhattan drain away.

  79. Does Missouri have a Lisa Murkowski type candidate who could run as an Independent or a write-in?

  80. ““Akin: “I just misspoke one word in one sentence on one day””

    Which word was that? “Legitimate”, or was it one of the words in of the string that expressed his opinion that women have the ability tpo shut conception down?

    =======================

    He said the one word was ‘legitimate’. I’m sure people have asked him what one word he would substitute for that. What has he said?

  81. Joe Biden: republicans are squeeling like pigs.

    Crazy Joe Biden. Crazy Guggenheim. A distinction without a difference.


  82. Does Missouri have a Lisa Murkowski type candidate who could run as an Independent or a write-in?
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    Those of us who are familiar with Alaska politics have a low opinion of Murkowski. She is not particularly bright–flunked the bar exam twice, is where she is do to neopotism–her daddy Frank, and is a shill for the oil interests. She plays the Alaska native tribes like a fiddle.

    That said, I take the point of your question, and started to write a post recommending that very strategy. The donors are shifting their alliances already. I think the threat of running Sarah Steelman as an independent, plus some divine guidance from Ashcroft could change his mind. If they can get him to withdraw prior to September 25, then run Steelman in his place. She came very close to winning the primary. If he will not budge, then run her as an independent, and back her to the hilt would be my recommendation.

  83. I went to Mrs. Smith’s site to see how our pinkers who left home are doing, and this is what I saw there in the comments:
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    Tellurian permalink*
    August 21, 2012 5:14 pm
    Rate This
    From pink:
    TheRealist
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    It’s “DEMOCRAT-IC” Party not DEMOCRAT Party
    Unless you’re a Republican…
    Are the folks here STILL Clinton democrats, or has this site become something else?
    …………………
    With the exception of foxy… (she doesn’t know any better) all that is left there
    are the dregs of the earth-
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    I tried to leave this comment: “Gee, thanks.” but I don’t know how to do the wordpress account thing, so I couldn’t log on.
    I didn’t know they felt that way about ALL of us! Very sad. I went to Mrs. Smith’s site to see how our pinkers who left home are doing, and this is what I saw there in the comments:

    Tellurian permalink*
    August 21, 2012 5:14 pm

    Rate This
    From pink:
    TheRealist
    August 21st, 2012 at 2:42 pm
    It’s “DEMOCRAT-IC” Party not DEMOCRAT Party
    Unless you’re a Republican…
    Are the folks here STILL Clinton democrats, or has this site become something else?
    …………………
    With the exception of foxy… (she doesn’t know any better) all that is left there
    are the dregs of the earth-
    —————————————————————
    I tried to leave this comment: “Gee, thanks.” but I don’t know how to do the wordpress account thing, so I couldn’t log on.
    I didn’t know they felt that way about ALL of us! Very sad. Very sad.

  84. Todd Akins could have withdrawn from the race today with complications. Now there will be all kinds of complications from the Dems.

    A bit of history: Robin Carnahan, MO Sec of State, is the sister of former (D) US House of Representative Russ Carnahan whose district was combined with others. He was recently beaten by Lacy Clay in the primary. Robin is the daughter of the dead man Mel Carnahan who beat John Ashcroft for the Senate seat in 1999. After Ashcroft’s defeat, George Bush selected him to be his Atty General.

  85. Lil ole grape,

    Granted you don’t know me, nor do I know you, but for what it’s worth:
    any site that monitors, cuts and pastes, and comments on innocuous comments from other sites, especially one whose host(s) they trashed while guests, gives up the right to judge others as dregs of the earth.
    .
    By the tone of the comment you’ve pasted it sounds like they are developing a parasitic relationship to HillaryIs44. IDo yourself a favor and don’t take their negativity personally. When the host refuses to nourish, parasites die off.

  86. Wbboei, the Republican Party establishment and the Tea Party and others have cards to play. First, they can tell Akin staffers that if they want a future in Republican Party politics they should leave Akin and his campaign. Senate Majority Leader McConnell can state that Akin will not be assigned committees even if he would win.

    Next week at the Republican convention the Missouri delegation will likely be asked to do what they can to get rid of Akin. If Akin tries to go to the convention he will be ostracized.

    To get rid of Akin by September 25 will be difficult but as the polls begin to reflect that he cannot win some sanity might prevail. The Republican Party might have to propose a substitute candidate. They have plenty of candidates to choose from. Ashcroft is the “neutral” that is most discussed. But Brunner, who ran in the primary is a millionaire and could fund a campaign quickly. Steelman, the woman Sarah Palin endorsed, would be a good alternative too.

    Usually we don’t approve of any attempt to circumvent the will of the voters but in this case Akin won a bit over one third of the vote and he is harming Romney and candidates across the nation. Akin has to go.

  87. Links and more details at the site.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/romney-endorsed-by-praised-dr-john-willke-leading-proponent-of-idea-that-rape-lowers-pregnancy-risk/261358/
    But this isn’t the first time a member of the Republican Big Tent has asserted this, and in 2007 presidential candidate Mitt Romney sought and won the endorsement of the man who has since the mid-1980s promoted the scientifically baseless idea that rape doesn’t lead to pregnancy, Dr. John C. Willke.

    [ The article goes on to cite other supporters of Akin’s idea. ]

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