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Posts Tagged ‘todd Akin’

Breaking Down Todd Akin and the GOP

Posted by Adrienne Ross on August 27, 2012

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

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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Sarah Palin: Akin needs to “know when to fold ’em”

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 22, 2012

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Governor Palin talked to Greta van Susteren about the Akin “legitimate rape” controversy On The Record last night.   She suggested a third party run for Sarah Steelman if Akin does not withdraw from the race.   From the transcript posted at Greta’s site:

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, the 5:00 PM deadline has now passed. The drumbeat, though, is loud. It’s getting louder. But it sure isn’t getting to Congressman Todd Akin in Missouri. He blew off the 5:00 PM Central deadline to drop out of the Senate race. Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan jumping into the fray, urging him to quit.

Congressman Akin is trying to unseat Democratic senator Claire McCaskill. Now, it all started during an interview, when the conversation turned to abortion. Congressman Akin said, If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

Well, then all hell broke loose, and the highest-ranking party members have been urging him to quit the race. So now that Congressman Todd Akin missed a deadline and won’t bow out, should the GOP kiss its chance of winning the Missouri Senate seat goodbye?

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin backed Akin’s Republican primary opponent, Sarah Steelman. Governor Palin joins us. Good evening, Governor. And I think it’s only fair to take a few seconds and to gloat a little bit. You chose the candidate that the Republican Party didn’t — you know, didn’t vote in in Missouri, and now all the leaders in the country, Republican leaders, are trying to get Akin to go. So I think they probably love your choice.

SARAH PALIN, FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR/FORMER ALASKA GOVERNOR: Well, I won’t gloat about it, but I was right. And Sarah Steelman’s supporters and campaign staff, we were all right in knowing that Sarah Steelman is the right person for the job to represent Missouri and to allow common-sense conservatives to take back the Senate to halt what it is that Barack Obama has done to this country.

Sarah Steelman was the right person. I supported her then, and I’m going to continue to support her.

VAN SUSTEREN: Well, it looks like Senator Claire McCaskill ought to be sending a fruit basket tonight to Congressman Akin because he certainly has — I mean, he has certainly jeopardized the chances for Republicans to take that seat. And Senator Claire McCaskill really was on the ropes. But now, boy, things have turned around, haven’t they?

PALIN: Well, see, that’s the point, Greta. Claire McCaskill and the Democrats thought that they were so clever in fighting so hard to get Akin on the ballot as the winner in the GOP primary. And you know, many of us who recognized that cleverness, that craftiness from the left, because we’re kind of getting used to the games that they play, wanted to do something about it.

And Sarah Steelman and her motto and her campaign being “The status quo has got to go” was absolutely right on in saying, you know, we need somebody who has a strong record of reform, of fighting crony capitalism, of fighting the good old boy network, of fighting ignorance in the Senate. And Sarah Steelman was going to be that person.

Now we do have opportunity, even though Todd Akin has said that he’s not going to drop out. And bless his heart, I don’t want to pile on Todd Akin because, in some respects, I understand what he’s trying to say here in standing on principle, that he doesn’t want to be perceived as a quitter. But you got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.

Believe me, I’ve walked it before. I know when you have to hold that mantle and then hand it to someone else in order to progress a positive agenda. That’s what I had to do in Alaska.

In order to take back the Senate and promote the ideas and policies of respecting and protecting the sanctity of human life and respecting the idea and policies that would perpetuate a strong economy based on empowering hard-working individuals, instead of growing dysfunctional, indebted government, we’ve got to take back the Senate, and Missouri is a must-win state.

The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it’s as a third party candidate, to be able to run and help us take this back.

[…]

PALIN: You know, close that chapter, though, of what he said and what he meant and how he will try to explain what he meant. Close that, and now just deal with the pragmatism in front of us, these decision that have to be made on when the deck is stacked against you, when your funding has been pulled, when all the bigwigs, not just in the establishment but those hard- core supporters, have pulled their support from you as the GOP primary winner, in Todd Akin. When that support is gone, that would be needed in order to beat Claire McCaskill, help take back the Senate, when it’s gone. That’s when you have to use discernment and know when to fold them.

VAN SUSTEREN: So I’m unclear. Are you suggesting he get out or are you suggesting the Republican party still back him?

PALIN: No. I’m suggesting that he get out. He should have reached that deadline today, I believe, personally, and gotten out of the race, but because he did not do that, Greta, then we have to figure out, OK, well, what is next? Again, without trying to pile on Todd Akin and what he’s going through right now, maybe it is a third-party run of Sarah Steelman (ph) that I can get behind, and, granted the status quo has got to go would be an odd name for a third party, but we’ll coin it, adopt it, run with it if that’s what it takes in order to get a commonsense constitutional, happens to be pro-life woman in Missouri to clean up this mess that’s been created and at the same time take back the Senate, which means we get to take back the country and put government back on the side of the people.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, it’s interesting, I don’t think they’re piling on him. You know, it’s not like it’s a gaffe, like he said the wrong word or something. I mean, he says it like he understands from doctors. Did he make it up? No doctor is coming out and saying this. This is more than a gaffe.

And what he’s done to the Republican party is not only is he going to risk the chance of the Republican party gaining the Senate by winning Missouri, but he’s also done one of the worst things you can do in politics, is by handing your opponent ammunition and as the Democrats have been talking about a war on women. Well, now he’s handed them so much ammunition on this by his bizarre statements.

PALIN: That’s what I mean, by the cards stacked against you. Good, bad, or ugly, that’s what he’s facing. This is not going in his favor. You have to step aside from self, from your self-desire to get in there and deserve and do what you believe is right, and you have to, in a sense, take one for the team. And you have to step aside, hand the mantle to someone else.

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PALIN: He has until September 25th to do it. If he doesn’t do it, then it will be third party then. We’ll do whatever we can to not quash this opportunity that we have to take Missouri for the good of the country and for the good of every citizen of Missouri, to take it back, put government back on the side of the people. The only way we do that is to have a conservative win in Missouri, to defeat Claire McCaskill, who is highly unpopular. Look at the polls. She’s still behind Todd Akin today, barely, but even despite all this chaos that’s going on, that’s indication of how unpopular she is.

It’s doable. It’s winnable, Missouri is. And that leads to winning the Senate. That leads to reversing a lot of the things that Obama and Biden have done to put our children and grandchildren in the chains of dependency, to shackle our kids and grandkids in the debt that they have continued to perpetuate, Greta.

VAN SUSTEREN: Have you made a call to Sarah Steelman, or do you spend to, or do you have any advice for her tonight?

PALIN: No, because here’s the deal. I also know my mission that I’m on is to help and not to hurt. Maybe Todd Akin needs to learn a little lesson from me. You need to know when to step back and wait to be invited to be important and not invite yourself to the party. What he’s doing right now, Greta, bless his heart, he’s inviting himself back into this general election that’s coming up, and he’s going to get defeated. And that’s unfortunate. That is why we have to think pragmatically about this, and we have to think, well, what’s another option? Is a third-party another option? If it is, let’s go. The status quo has got to go. Let’s do what we can to get there.

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Replace Akin with Steelman!

Posted by Roderic Deane on August 20, 2012

It’s really the best choice. Sarah Steelman has unquestioned conservative credentials and garnered the endorsement of Governor Sarah Palin, for crying out loud!

That fact has to roil the GOPe in Missouri. All the other candidates that have been floated are moderate at best and not likely to capture the enthusiasm of the Tea Party.

Without a doubt, the GOPe’s preferred candidates will lose in November, and for what? Bragging rights?

No, the best bet for the Missouri GOP is to put Steelman in place of Todd Akin. If she wins, they can puff out their chests and say “We knew what we were doing!”

If she loses, they can claim that they caved under pressure from the Tea Party, knowing that Sarah Steelman would get waxed by her Democratic opponent.

Hey Missouri GOP! You have nothing to lose by replacing Akin with Steelman!

Cross-posted from RodericDeane.com

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