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Akin and the Runaway Right

That good old boy from Missouri, Todd Akin, really stepped in it. He has managed to not only offend his Democrat Senate opponent Claire McCaskill, he has offended Michelle Malkin and a host of other righty bloggers. You just can’t say these two words together: legitimate and rape. I’m guessing the greater Akin horror is the fact he said what he actually believes . . . that a baby in the womb is a sacred life without regard to the circumstances of its conception, including rape. What radical heresy. Damned inconvenient to boot, on multiple levels.

I admit Akin’s remarks came off as clumsy at best and possibly stupid, depending on exactly what was in Akin’s head at the moment. Hate and outrage are to be expected from the left and the malignant media but the venom from the right was really quite extraordinary. Sorry, Patriots, this is why we often lose.

The establishment and the right side snark crowd are way too quick to pile on one of our own. Akin was on course to beat McCaskill like a rented mule. I’d wager he would beat her in spite of his remarks. Nevertheless, now, the consensus is he must step aside. Akin may be gone by the time you read this because the Left must have its scalp.

Malkin: GOP candidates in critical races that could swing the balance of the U.S. Senate ought to be ready for prime time. Period.

The Left, unsurprisingly, is now trying to hang Paul Ryan for Akin’s idiocy. Pro-abortion groups are already fund-raising off of it and every last celebrity on the planet is tweeting about it.

Oh, dear, like the Left wasn’t going to go after Ryan’s abortion stance. Come on, Ryan will be demonized on every possible level, with or without Akin running against the bozo that is McCaskill.

Is it just too much heavy lifting to stay with Akin? Or just what is it? Is it the Christian thing? The old white guy thing? There’s something about how the right piled on Akin that shows some serious cracks and tension in our coalition.

Let’s take a breath and observe some history:

Did the Democrats bail on the Lion Liar of the Senate when he went off a bridge and left a young girl to drown? Did Democrats bail on John Murtha when he became an unindicted co-conspirator in the Abscam scandal? Did Democrats bail on Barney Franks when his boy friend ran a same sex brothel out of his apartment? Did Democrats bail on Bill Clinton when he diddled the hired help in the Oval Office and then blatantly lied under oath about it?

The answer to all of the above is NO. The first two died in office decades after their offenses. Franks retired years later and Clinton is a hero collecting 200K per speech. They all survived because the Left and their enablers stick together. They can even ignore the day by day gaffe machine they have as Vice-President. They focus on unity and victory while ignoring the obvious stupidity of Joe Biden. The right runs away from their candidates over comparatively trivial screw-ups.

I’d feel a little better if we could take down one of their’s since we are so hot to give up one of ours so easily. That will not be happening because of the pathetically timid leadership of the GOP.

Forget about that, but think about this. If we want more constitutional conservatives in office, we shouldn’t abandon them on the battlefield, even when they shoot themselves in the foot. It takes guts and maturity not to bail when the battle rages. Fight, dammit! Sadly, that is something not in the DNA of the establishment Grand Old Party. For reasons of their own . . . or something, the majority of right side bloggers have decided to join the Establishment to surrender over Akin. Go figure.

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  1. What Akin said was unbelievably stupid, but because t was factually wrong. But he was trying to make a point that morally wasn’t, at least to a broad sector of Americans, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, all of them, have made misstatements of fact that are 100x more wrong factually than Akins comment, and were spoken with malice aforethought. And I’m still trying to recall anything the Dems have said that is morally straight.

    Still, we do hold ourselves to a higher duty than those guys, so at least some element of outrage is appropriate. But for most of us this is an opportunity to watch what happens inside the GOP when remediable stupidity bumps up to professing Good and professional Good. By all account Akin has decided to stay in, not heeding the call of the likes of John Cornyn, Anne Coulter, Malkin and Krauthammer.

    Like you TG, I suspect Akin can win anyway, after all, it is Claire McCaskill, who, were it not for Barbara Boxer, would have the dimmest bulb in the Senate.
    What will be interesting, as we saw with the Delaware GOP in 2010, is how many Republicans will actively assist in Akin’s defeat, just so as to not be shown up for the inconsequential moral high dudgeon they’ve shown this week.

    If we’re going to take names,those will be the names to take.

  2. In a convoluted way I understood some of what Akin was saying, but unfortunately, he conflated several different issues, perhaps trying to sermonize without having the platform to do so. It doesn’t change my opinion that he is a decent and good man, and the idea that our sanctimonious establishment GOP jump right in to throw him off the bridge, which we do with regularity at the behest of the so-called moral outrage pontificated by the Leftist controlled media, is frightening. It is also the real reason why we lose elections.

    Anthony Weiner delivers soft porn on the internet and the Dems shrug their shoulders; we have a guy who misspoke and apologized, and we riddle his body with bullets on the political battlefield, instead of binding the one wound and soldiering on.

    The GOP establishment must have not been supportive of this gentleman for the Senate race in Missouri.

  3. Good to see a moral voice on this issue, not to mention reason. What I see is a group who never supported Akin to begin with using the huge gaffe as a weapon to beat him with, in essence using the unborn for their own political gain. Their failure to defend the pro life position, even if they have valid reasons to support their belief that he should leave the race, tells me more about their character than Akin’s. It’s not something I’m likely to forget. Add to that the fact that many who called themselves pro life have been exposed as pro choice if the baby was conceived as the result of rape. What a sad state of affairs.

  4. And let me just add, as a woman and mother familiar with both childbirth and miscarriage, I believe that stress and other non-medical factors can affect those circumstances from start to finish. Is it any different than a doctor telling a chemo patient that a positive attitude may affect the outcome? How about the number of couples who suddenly become pregnant once they stop trying/worrying about it? However, I agree it was not a good move on Akin’s part to go in that direction, although I’m not convinced that’s what he intended anyway.

  5. I can forgive, forget & understand the mis-statement part…what worries me is the level of ignorance his remarks display. Maybe he was trying to conflat too many ideas in one statement, but I can only guess that what he was trying to somehow say was that there really couldn’t be that many pregnancies resulting from rape (and that even though they don’t have to give a reason) too many women were using that as an excuse to get an abortion(i.e. “legitimate”).
    But that was not what he said, leaving me to ponder the level of his intelligence. And we have enough pompous idiots in government now…

    • Just remember that in terms of pompous idiots, it’s a two person race. Claire McCaskill is the one who said that America could solve its $15 trillion debt crisis “if we reduce the adult onset of diabetes by 10% in this country”.
      .
      She’s also the one who, after pushing hard for ethics reforms specifically related to congressional travel expenses, was caught using her jet for personal campaigning while billing taxpayers for it. She had to quickly come up with $88K for that, and while that investigation was underway, it was discovered she owed $287K in back taxes for that jet.

      While styling herself some kind of moderate Democrat, she (obviously) voted for Obamacare (with all that entails, like raiding Medicare, eliminating Medicare Advantage), has voted reliably against domestic drilling and coal, and directed Porkulus funds to her husband’s businesses,

      So while Akin has his flaws and you may consider him stupid, at least he’s not an America-hating crook like his opponent. Just think about these things when you are writing him off.

  1. What Akin said was unbelievably stupid, but because t was factually wrong. But he was trying to make a point that morally wasn’t, at least to a broad sector of Americans, Barack Obama, Harry Reid, all of them, have made misstatements of fact that are 100x more wrong factually than Akins comment, and were spoken with malice aforethought. And I’m still trying to recall anything the Dems have said that is morally straight.

    Still, we do hold ourselves to a higher duty than those guys, so at least some element of outrage is appropriate. But for most of us this is an opportunity to watch what happens inside the GOP when remediable stupidity bumps up to professing Good and professional Good. By all account Akin has decided to stay in, not heeding the call of the likes of John Cornyn, Anne Coulter, Malkin and Krauthammer.

    Like you TG, I suspect Akin can win anyway, after all, it is Claire McCaskill, who, were it not for Barbara Boxer, would have the dimmest bulb in the Senate.
    What will be interesting, as we saw with the Delaware GOP in 2010, is how many Republicans will actively assist in Akin’s defeat, just so as to not be shown up for the inconsequential moral high dudgeon they’ve shown this week.

    If we’re going to take names,those will be the names to take.

  2. In a convoluted way I understood some of what Akin was saying, but unfortunately, he conflated several different issues, perhaps trying to sermonize without having the platform to do so. It doesn’t change my opinion that he is a decent and good man, and the idea that our sanctimonious establishment GOP jump right in to throw him off the bridge, which we do with regularity at the behest of the so-called moral outrage pontificated by the Leftist controlled media, is frightening. It is also the real reason why we lose elections.

    Anthony Weiner delivers soft porn on the internet and the Dems shrug their shoulders; we have a guy who misspoke and apologized, and we riddle his body with bullets on the political battlefield, instead of binding the one wound and soldiering on.

    The GOP establishment must have not been supportive of this gentleman for the Senate race in Missouri.

  3. Good to see a moral voice on this issue, not to mention reason. What I see is a group who never supported Akin to begin with using the huge gaffe as a weapon to beat him with, in essence using the unborn for their own political gain. Their failure to defend the pro life position, even if they have valid reasons to support their belief that he should leave the race, tells me more about their character than Akin’s. It’s not something I’m likely to forget. Add to that the fact that many who called themselves pro life have been exposed as pro choice if the baby was conceived as the result of rape. What a sad state of affairs.

  4. And let me just add, as a woman and mother familiar with both childbirth and miscarriage, I believe that stress and other non-medical factors can affect those circumstances from start to finish. Is it any different than a doctor telling a chemo patient that a positive attitude may affect the outcome? How about the number of couples who suddenly become pregnant once they stop trying/worrying about it? However, I agree it was not a good move on Akin’s part to go in that direction, although I’m not convinced that’s what he intended anyway.

  5. I can forgive, forget & understand the mis-statement part…what worries me is the level of ignorance his remarks display. Maybe he was trying to conflat too many ideas in one statement, but I can only guess that what he was trying to somehow say was that there really couldn’t be that many pregnancies resulting from rape (and that even though they don’t have to give a reason) too many women were using that as an excuse to get an abortion(i.e. “legitimate”).
    But that was not what he said, leaving me to ponder the level of his intelligence. And we have enough pompous idiots in government now…

    • Just remember that in terms of pompous idiots, it’s a two person race. Claire McCaskill is the one who said that America could solve its $15 trillion debt crisis “if we reduce the adult onset of diabetes by 10% in this country”.
      .
      She’s also the one who, after pushing hard for ethics reforms specifically related to congressional travel expenses, was caught using her jet for personal campaigning while billing taxpayers for it. She had to quickly come up with $88K for that, and while that investigation was underway, it was discovered she owed $287K in back taxes for that jet.

      While styling herself some kind of moderate Democrat, she (obviously) voted for Obamacare (with all that entails, like raiding Medicare, eliminating Medicare Advantage), has voted reliably against domestic drilling and coal, and directed Porkulus funds to her husband’s businesses,

      So while Akin has his flaws and you may consider him stupid, at least he’s not an America-hating crook like his opponent. Just think about these things when you are writing him off.

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