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And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.”

Karen Hughes, former George W. Bush adviser • Voicing her frustrations with the rhetoric on rape and women’s rights from some members of her party leading up to last Tuesday. As both a woman and Republican, Hughes comes by the intensity of her disdain naturally — no less than two GOP Senate candidates in eminently winnable races, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, had their chances derailed by high-profile, tone-deaf and offensive comments on rape and pregnancy. The Obama campaign maximized its advantage with female voters to staggering effect this cycle, beating Mitt Romney among single women by 38%. source (via shortformblog)

This is why politics is a sham. Instead of saying this after the matter, after her team lost, why not speak her mind before the election? Wouldn’t that be the right thing to do, to speak up even when it’s your side talking stupid? Put people before party; put facts before fiction; put truth before lies. This is true for Democrats as well as Republicans, but more true for Republicans. (via joshsternberg)

justinspoliticalcorner:

Missouri Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill is closing with a big lead, according to a new poll from SurveyUSA and commissioned by four in-state TV stations. McCaskill gets 51 percent of the total, GOP Rep. Todd Akin gets 36 percent, and Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine sees 8 percent. The same poll shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney winning by 7 points, 50 percent to President Obama’s 43 percent.

h/t: TPM

Missouri, you need McCaskill AND Obama.  Vote!

justinspoliticalcorner:

On March 11, 1993, Dr. David Gunn was shot three times in the back and killed outside his Pensacola, Florida clinic by an assassin who stepped out of a group of anti-abortion protesters. Days later, longtime Todd Akin associate Tim Dreste delivered a chilling message to St. Louis-area doctor Yogendra Shah. Dreste stood in front of his clinic with a sign that read “Dr. Shah, are you feeling under the Gunn?” – referring to the slain Florida doctor. We’ve obtained a short video recording of this infamous incident, which you can watch below. 

Dreste would later be convicted of extortion on the basis of this incident and others that followed. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones ruled in 1999 that Dreste “acted with malice…and with specific intent in threatening plaintiffs.”
 
Yet Todd Akin donated to Dreste’s long-shot campaign for the state house in October 1993, just months after Dreste threatened Dr. Shah. Very few others did so – Akin’s $200 contribution was Dreste’s 2nd largest individual contribution and made up 9% of his total donations.
Akin had known Dreste for the better part of a decade by then and would have known what he was supporting when he cut that check – the St. Louis Post-Dispatch later wrote:
Wearing a hat adorned with shotgun shells, Tim Dreste is a familiar sight among the anti-abortion protesters who regularly picket the Hope Clinic for Women in Granite City.
 
Dreste was the talk of the anti-abortion and abortion-rights camps when, after the murder in 1993 of Dr. David Gunn in Florida, he carried a sign asking, “Do You Feel Under the Gunn?”
Akin and Dreste were both involved in the Pro-Life Direct Action League in the late 80s. Dreste – under orders from Operation Rescue’s Randall Terry – broke away in September 1988 and formed a more radical group, Whole Life Ministries. The following month, Akin appeared at one of the group’s events and described Dreste’s foot soldiers as “freedom fighters.” Days later, Akin was elected for the first time to public office.
 
In 1989, Akin intervened on behalf of one of Dreste’s protesters who had been convicted of assaulting a clinic worker. When Dreste launched the Life Chain of St. Louis in 1990, Akin signed on as an endorser and attended the event through the 90s and beyond. And when Dreste helped form a new militia group in 1995 – the 1st Missouri Volunteers – Akin signed on to support them as well.
Given what happened in 1993 and 1994, it’s both deeply revealing and disturbing that Akin continued to work with and support Dreste. In April 1994, Dreste co-founded a radical new anti-abortion group – the American Coalition of Life Activists – and met with Paul Hill. On July 30th, Paul Hill murdered Dr. John Bayard Britton, who replaced Dr. Gunn in Pensacola, as well as Britton’s bodyguard.
 
Days later, Dreste appeared outside a St. Louis-area clinic with a sign reading “Abortionists 50 million, Babies 3.” He also contributed to Hill’s legal fund, told a clinic worker, “I’m John Hill, you know my brother Paul,” and tried to terrorize doctors by passing out “wanted” posters outside their homes and clinics (similar posters were distributed before Gunn and Britton were murdered). Through all of this, Akin remained loyal to Dreste.
To recap, Akin stuck with Dreste after he publicly threatened a doctor and condoned murder in 1993. And he stuck by his old protest buddy in 1995 even though the year before, Dreste:
  • co-founded a pro-violence anti-abortion group
  • met with a domestic terrorist who murdered two people three months later
  • condoned those murders and contributed to the killer’s legal fund
  • threatened doctors and clinic staff during his frequent protest appearances.
Akin sure is loyal! To be sure, Akin has tried his best to cover up his long ties to and support for Dreste. He’s openly lied about his history with the 1st Missouri Volunteers, and his campaign just wants to change the subject. But the truth is slowly coming out, including hisnumerous arrests (four at last count!) and name switcheroo to conceal them. But if you judge a man by his actions, not his press releases, Akin has remained loyal to the bitter end.
 
He reunited early last year with the people he protested (and was arrested) with in the 80s. He’s attended virtually every Life Chain event up until this year. And as we’ll show, he’s apparently still on good terms with convicted extortionist Tim Dreste.
 

Rep. Todd Akin and the Missouri Republican Party are launching a nearly $700,000 TV ad blitz in the closing days of his challenge to Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, but the source of the funds for the effort is unclear.

These are the first ads run by the Missouri GOP in conjunction with Akin’s campaign. Of the total, $386,000 will come from the Missouri GOP to pay for the ad run, with the remaining supplied by Akin’s committee.

[…]

If the NRSC did pay for even a portion of the Akin ad blitz, it would be a stunning reversal by Texas Sen. John Cornyn and other Senate GOP leaders.

Cornyn and other top Republicans distanced themselves from Akin after he declared in mid-August that women’s bodies can shut down and avoid pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”

Cornyn then called on Akin to drop out of the race, but Akin refused. GOP strategists said the NRSC had been prepared to spend up to $5 million to help Akin defeat the vulnerable McCaskill, but instead shifted the funds to other races.

In an interview in September, Cornyn adamantly insisted the NRSC would not be involved at all in the Missouri race if Akin stayed in as the GOP candidate.

The entire party has Romnesia.

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill (D) is up 6-points in her race to keep her seat, according to a new poll from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP). McCaskill gets 46 percent, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) sees 40 percent and Libertarian candidate Johnathon Dine gets 6 percent.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) unveiled a new ad this weekend that makes reference to the comments that turned her challenger, GOP Rep. Todd Akin, into an underdog. The ad tackles Akin’s August comments that in cases of “legitimate rape,” a woman’s body can prevent pregnancy. But McCaskill goes further by attempting to link Akin’s erroneous statements to his position against emergency contraception. (via Missouri: Claire McCaskill Hits Todd Akin on Emergency Contraception | At the Races)

Missouri congressman Todd Akin has amended a decade’s worth of federal financial reports to add nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received over that time.

Akin’s office provided The Associated Press with a copy of the updated personal financial disclosure reports Thursday after being asked why he had not listed his retirement benefits. Akin’s office released a letter dated Tuesday to the House Ethics Committee in which the Republican congressman described the lack of information about his pension payments as an “unintentional oversight.”

Akin receives a state pension because he previously served in the Missouri House. He is running this year against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Todd Akin thinks doctors perform abortions on women who aren’t actually pregnant

abaldwin360:

In a 2008 Speech, Todd Akin Said Doctors Give Abortions to Women ‘Who Are Not Actually Pregnant’.

It turns out that Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment might not be the most inaccurate and stupid statement of the Missouri Representative’s career. In a 2008 speech on the House floor, Rep. Akin said (emphasis mine):

“You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: Not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things.”

“All of these things are common practice,” Akin continued, “but all of that information is available for America.”

Just think about that for a second. “Abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.” Absolutely mindboggling.

He also compared abortion to slavery.

“There will be a day - just as there is today, where people say, ‘Who would ever support slavery?’” Akin said. “In the future, there will be a day when men will say, ‘Who would have ever supported something so un-American as abortion?”

Really makes his “ladylike” comment seem not so bad, huh? Just a reminder, Todd Akin is the Republican Senate candidate in Missouri, a candidate that “mainstream” Republicans are supporting.

source

Akin and his followers don’t understand that women get D&Cs for medical issues unrelated to abortion. 

stoneagechronicles:

cristaanne:

void-liminality:

lepus:

nanner:

I’m going to need an in-depth explanation on why exactly someone would go through a D&C if not for a very serious medical reason.

Because that shit’s not exactly a picnic.

Sidewalk counselors say this shit all the time.  The “abortion mill” will give you a false pregnancy to do an abortion anyway.

WTF?  You can’t do an abortion if there is nothing to abort.

…what?

no.

Who what now? How’s this work?

If Todd Akin Wins…

newyorker:

“If you are trapped in a room with Newt Gingrich and he tells you that you have a “moral obligation” to do something, what is your best move?  What if the room is, as it was for certain listeners, in an Italian restaurant in Missouri, and he is telling you that you must support Todd Akin—the Senate candidate who, this summer, started talking about “legitimate rape”—saying that it would be “historically irrational” for you not to, and you have the distinct sense that he is about to start talking about the elections of the eighteen-sixties if something isn’t done?”

Amy Davidson on what it will mean if Todd Akin wins the Senate race: http://nyr.kr/Orynxq

Todd Akin in the Senate.  Not the House, but the Senate.  How far we have fallen that this is even a possibility.

I just think that this is not a winnable race. We have to make tough calculations based on limited resources and where to allocate it, where it will have the best likelihood of electing a Republican senator.
Chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senator John Cornyn said on Thursday that the NRSC has “no plans” to expand resources in the Missouri Senate race between Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin. (via kileyrae)

justinspoliticalcorner:

(via ‘Legitimate Rape’ Stars In New Ad Supporting McCaskill In Missouri | TPM2012)

Just as national Republicans on Wednesday opened the door to supporting Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race once again, a super PAC affiliated with EMILY’s List and SEIU are preparing to bombard the Show Me State with the remark that made Republicans recoil in horror in the first place.

TPM obtained an early look at television ad by Women Vote, the independent expenditure arm of EMILY’s List. The ad will run across Missouri starting Thursday with a $1 million buy co-funded by Women Vote and SEIU.

The “legitimate rape” quote that made Akin a household name in August is the first line of the spot. From there, the ad runs through a laundry list of other Akin views Democrats have often used to cast him as extreme.

McCaskill has run her own spot using the “legitimate rape” line, which Akin has apologized for in a TV ad of his own.

Todd Akin: Constituents Who Want My Attention Should ‘Write Me A Decent Check’

(by truthaboutakin)

Did he just confess to taking bribes?