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Posts Tagged ‘Claire McCaskill’

Breaking Down Todd Akin and the GOP

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 27, 2012

By Adrienne Ross –

I don’t get the GOP. This isn’t the first time, but it might be one of the most critical times. Everyone knows Todd Akin made a really stupid comment about what he termed “legitimate rape.” Those two words should never be in the same sentence, much less next to each another. Akin has since apologized, but the damage has been done.

The only ones more eager than Democrats to throw him under the bus were Republicans. Why is that? Well, first of all, for obvious reasons. His statement that a woman’s body has ways of shutting down when raped, preventing pregnancy from ensuing, was off the wall, ridiculous, and beyond defense. Rush Limbaugh might have uncovered the second reason when he said Republicans always want to be liked and always feel the need to prove themselves to the left, which seems to cause us to eat each other alive. We jump to avoid yet another accusation of being called anti-women, racist, extreme, or whatever other term we’re afraid we’ll be called if we don’t separate ourselves from this statement or that one.

While Akin was wrong in his comment, he was not wrong in his pro-life position. He doesn’t believe in abortion, even in the tragic situation of rape. I share his position. The problem was not in where he stands on the issue, though I concede many would disagree. The problem, as I see it, was his inability to articulate his position on the issue. Then we allowed Democrats to co-opt the conversation. Again, his error wasn’t his pro-life position; his error was attaching rape to the word “legitimate.” Rape is rape. Period.

Nonetheless, anyone who suggests that his comment reveals him to be placing blame on a woman for rape or validating skepticism about a woman’s claims of being raped is being disingenuous. Everyone knows that is not what he meant. And no matter what anyone thinks of his term in office in Missouri or his record, no one should condone someone’s character being destroyed unfairly, for that would simply be another case of politics-as-usual, which all fair-minded people despise.

Granted, there’s an argument to be made for his getting out of the race, which has been the steady refrain from prominent voices in the GOP–from Governor Palin, to Presidential-candidate Romney, to RNC Chair Reince Priebus, and the list goes on. This election is a must-win. Claire McCaskill must go. The GOP must capture the Senate, and we don’t have the luxury of nonchalantly approaching a win. To quote Sarah Steelman, who was one of Akin’s challengers in the primary he just won on August 7th, “The status quo must go.” Steelman is the candidate Governor Palin endorsed and the one I, in my own way, subsequently supported from the faraway blue state of New York.

What I respected about Palin’s call for Akin to “take one for the team” and step aside for the sake of that Senate seat was that she didn’t pile on Akin for what he said. In fact, she wouldn’t even deal with what he said at all when Greta Van Susteren asked her about it. That train had already left the station, had been sized up over and over, and its fatuity already well-established. Instead, the Governor dealt with the impact of what he said. That’s the issue remaining here. His words have given Democrats fodder, furthered the left’s attack on the right’s respect for women, and most importantly, given Claire McCaskill a good chance to win when it looked like her chances were all but gone. For that reason, Governor Palin implored him to drop out of the race. She did not attack his character, as many others have done and are doing. She simply said that for the sake of the country, he should do what she had to do in Alaska: pass the ball. Again, I respect her handling of the situation.

Many others in the GOP have not been so gracious. They’ve used this situation to go after his character and do what Democrats have been known to do: attack from all angles. Now, I agree that it would seem advantageous to the cause for Todd Akin to drop out of the race. However, he has said repeatedly that he will not do so. Whether he can pull out a win, especially when the GOP has pulled out its resources, remains to be seen. My question, however, is at what point will the party establishment stop demanding and demonizing, accept that he has made the decision–however unwise it may be–to stay in this thing, and put their support behind him. If, in fact, their beef with him is that he’s costing us that Senate seat, why then would they refuse to give him every available opportunity to win, since he’s said he won’t get out? Refusing to do so is a clear indicator that they are more interested in something else other than winning. If winning is the only goal, then why won’t they help him win? Are they punishing him for not getting out of the race? But who are they really punishing? As their pleas for him to step aside demonstrate that they want him to recognize that this is bigger than he, they must recognize also that this is bigger than they. This is about winning and righting the American ship. So if they can’t convince the guy to back out, they should at least help him win–if the goal is defeating McCaskill.

That seems like such a common sense approach to me, so I assumed that if the GOP was still insisting he back out of the race after he has stated again–most recently via a press conference–that he’s in it for the duration, they must be planning to keep the pressure on only until September 25, hoping that he’ll come to his senses by then. That makes sense also. However, today the RNC Chair said he will not be supporting Akin at all, at any point–even if the race is close.

Via Red State:

The question is: “If he stays in, is your position eventually going to change? Are you going to have to support him? The Chairman replies “No, no. No. He could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny.”

In other words, Priebus doesn’t care if we lose the seat. Yet he accuses Akin of not caring if we lose the seat. Like I said in the open: I don’t get the GOP. I reiterate, I’m not saying Akin should stay in. I’m saying that for whatever reason–and people have their own opinions of how honorable or dishonorable that reason is–he has stated he won’t get out, and if he maintains that position post September 25th, somebody has to put the country first.

Perhaps Todd Akin will take Governor Palin’s advice and come to acknowledge that it would be best for Missouri and for America to “take one for the team.” However, if he never comes to that conclusion, somebody better make the decision that we need to do all we can to win this seat, and that will mean supporting Todd Akin, like it or not. And if the GOP big wigs don’t put two and two together and come to that conclusion, whose fault will it really be when Claire McCaskill is still sitting in that seat after the election?

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Senator Claire McCaskill Calls For Violence If Democrats Don’t Get Their Historic Tax Hikes

Posted by Gary P Jackson on January 10, 2011

It really is time for Americans to take up pitchforks.

~ Senator Claire McCaskill [D-MO]

By Gary P Jackson

In an earlier posting we started exploring the possible inspiration for left wing Marxist Jared Lee Loughner as he went on his violent rampage. In that posting we explored the violent rhetoric of Barack Obama, and how ON HIS ORDERS to “Hit back twice as hard“, union thug members of the SEIU beat a black man, Kenneth Gladney nearly to death. This and other cases of Obama’s violent rhetoric can be seen here.

Now we have democrat Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri caught on tape in December demagoging,  engaging in class warfare [an old communist trick the democrats use well] and calling for violence if the democrats don’t get their way.

From Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit:

Obama lackey Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and her democratic colleagues held a press conference today. The liberal senator called for violence if democrats don’t get their historic tax hikes.

McCaskill told the press that if democrats were not allowed to raise taxes on the rich,

It really is time for Americans to take up pitchforks.

[ ….]

Since you mentioned deficits, Claire… We know you don’t want people to see this but your democratic colleagues tripled the national deficit two years ago and then nearly matched it last year.

Read more here.

McCaskill posted this call for violence on her You Tube Channel:

The democrats are like children. Spoiled children. Spoiled VIOLENT children.If they don’t get their way, they throw hissy fits, and call for violence.

It’s an old communist tactic to sow the seeds of discord between that “haves” and the “have nots.” It gets some elements of the public riled up. Those with poor understanding of the opportunities this nation offers, fall for it just as those poor ignorant souls did in the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany, and other communist and socialist countries.

The truth is, the top 1% of wage earners do the heavy lifting for the bottom 95%.

Just after Christmas a report came out called …. Fleeced: The upper 1% earned 19.6% of total income before tax, and paid 41% of the individual federal income tax. “No other major country is so dependent on so few taxpayers

The most productive citizens in this country are being fleeced by the unproductive. The so-called rich are being punished for achieving the American Dream via punitive taxation. Earlier this month, and after voters repudiated Democrats’ class warfare rhetoric in November, Dick Durbin trots it out again – the class warfare card

Read this lengthy eye-opening report here.

This is all the democrats know how to do. They can’t govern, and their ideas never work, so to distract their minions they continually stir up class warfare. Their intent is to keep their supporters angry. Distract them with a villain, those “evil rich people.” Now that the American people are sick of it, and threw the democrats out of power in Congress, much like their communist and socialist counterparts before them, they are trying to incite their followers to actual violence.

As we reported at the start of the new year, Obama’s mentor and supporter Francis Fox Piven has called for violent revolution!

We may never know if mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner heard Claire McCaskill’s call to violence and took heed, but we do know that his target, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was a fiscal hawk, had called for a pay cut for members of Congress, and took the Conservative position on taxes.

In this area she was very much out of step with the radicals in the democrat party. This is one of the reasons she was “targeted” as a “sell out” and had a “bulls eye” placed on her by the far left publisher of the Daily Kos, Marcos Moulitsas.

The left doesn’t tolerate free thinking and non-conformity.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  What a joke, Senator McCaskill, that you think Americans will believe your party’s attempts to politicize the tragedy in Arizona when so many of you are on tape and in print making statements similar to the one you made about “picking up pitchforks.”  And by the way, Ms. McCaskill, Sarah Palin, whom your party wants so desperately to marginalize, is a true champion of the middle class, and the working class, and the business class.  She is the best thing that has happened to American politics since Ronald Reagan.  Run, Sarah, Run!

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