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Akin, the Standard-Bearer
American Thinker, by James Simpson

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Posted By:Judy W., 9/28/2012 9:20:02 AM

Tuesday, September 25, was the last day U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) could withdraw from the race. And he isn't going. So the GOP standard-bearer is Todd Akin; he needs our help, and we need to support him. Yes, he made a stupid remark, and as a result, what should have been an easy Senate win turned into a hotly contested race. He apologized profusely, but rather than come to his aid, Republicans of every stripe denounced him and called for his resignation. This is idiotic. Despite this widespread trashing, recent polls indicate

I gave money to Akin yesterday.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Cato the elder, 9/28/2012 9:24:51 AM     (No. 8895614)


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Reply 2 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 9/28/2012 9:25:46 AM     (No. 8895619)

Good for you. I am glad he had the fortitude to stand pat. I always thought we should have stood by him.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bobgray2, 9/28/2012 9:33:04 AM     (No. 8895640)

Dumb as Akin's statement was, he is still smarter and better for the state and the country than McCaskill. Many of our GOP leaders and commentators are just as stupid as the liberal pundits we frequently make fun of. They can't wait to rush out and point fingers at our own candidates for every slip. They immediately want to distance themselves from any candidate who may not be flawless. This is political stupidity. It doesn't matter if our candidate has flaws as long as they are smaller and fewer than those of the democrat opponent.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/28/2012 9:35:50 AM     (No. 8895649)

OP, I did too.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: DaveFromTampa, 9/28/2012 9:36:55 AM     (No. 8895654)

I still refuse to support him because he is a selfish SOB who is so clearly willing to screw the country to enrich himself he is not trustworthy for the office, IMO.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 9/28/2012 9:38:19 AM     (No. 8895661)

I'd rather have a thousand Akins in the senate over one McLame or McConnell or Grahmnasty. One man with integrity is worth more than a whole Senate full of spineless, reach across the aisle and shake my good friend's hand cowered in fear of the Kneepad Media RINO anyway.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Intentional, 9/28/2012 9:46:00 AM     (No. 8895679)

Compare their voting records. McCaskill is liberal. Akin is conservative.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 9/28/2012 9:46:01 AM     (No. 8895680)

#5 actually it is you who is the selfish one. You would rather keep democrats in power than to accept this man's apology. You have put your own pride ahead of what is best for the nation.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: bobgray2, 9/28/2012 9:46:16 AM     (No. 8895683)

#5 And what exactly makes him selfish? Because he believes that the decision of the primary voters in his state took precedence over the fears of national party officials? And the SOB comment, really? Come clean, you were never going to support him anyway, right?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: TunnelRat, 9/28/2012 10:02:53 AM     (No. 8895729)

I remember, when I was growing up, that I was taught "my country, right or wrong". These days we hear "my party, right or wrong".

"Yes, he made a stupid remark". No, what Akin said was not just a stupid remark, or a slip of the tongue, or an unfortunate phrasing, or something taken out of context. Rather he actually seems to believe what he said. His thoughts on the subject seem almost medieval.

A man this ignorant does not belong in public office. It was not just Democrats pouncing on his words; it was honest Republicans making clear that he does not (or ought not) represent the party.

The proper thing for him to do was to have dropped out of the race, to make way for someone (anyone) more qualified than he. He did not do so, despite having several opportunities. So now we are stuck with him.

Yeah, the Democrat might be worse. Yeah, we need a Republican senator. So yeah, the Republicans there will probably have to vote for him.

But do not make this into some sort of virtue. It is a shame to the party that he is the candidate, and a shame to our electoral methods that we are once again left with having to choose the lesser of two evils.

The man should have resigned; he did not. He put his own career opportunities ahead of the party. Now the party is asked to put its political needs ahead of the country.

This is a sad situation. We ought not to be defending what has been done.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: oh-heck, 9/28/2012 10:08:30 AM     (No. 8895747)

Less than 2 weeks after squeaking out a victory in a 3 way primary, Todd Akin made an unforced error on national TV. President Obama and the MSM leaped upon the error as a distraction. GOP leaders condemned his statement and asked him to withdraw. Todd believes his electoral mandate is more important than any peripheral damage his error may do to the party. For the sake of the nation, I hope he is right.

As for the other Senators who have enabled Obama, I hope they face a strong primary challeng that will encourage them to retire. But they have at least won their election. If Todd wins, all can be forgiven. But his candidacy will play a part in the coming debates and it would be shameful if his pride allows Obama to be reelected.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/28/2012 10:16:23 AM     (No. 8895769)

#10 has just given us a wonderful recitation of the LEFT'S position on this matter.
Did you even read what he said? Or just what was spun about what he said?

Lifetime American Conservaive Union score of %97.24.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: King of all trolls, 9/28/2012 10:32:31 AM     (No. 8895834)

Akin has been a big help to Obama. His unpardonable comments about rape fit perfectly with Wassermsn-Shultz' narrative about the war on women. When the media is so savagely biased against you, you don't have the liberty of making stupid mistakes.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: On fire, 9/28/2012 10:50:09 AM     (No. 8895888)

I've sent two donations. GOP establishment can go suck eggs.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: bobgray2, 9/28/2012 12:01:13 PM     (No. 8896079)

#10 You are looking for virtuous politicians? Let us know how that works out for you. As far as I know, Jesus Christ isn't running for office, and anyone else is doomed to fall short. So Akin has some rather ignorant ideas about biology. So what? Those beliefs will have no impact on me, my family, or the country in general. All kinds of people believe all kinds of foolishness, and that is OK as long as the foolishness doesn't extend to the things which would negatively impact me, my family, or my country.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: berthabutt, 9/28/2012 12:45:28 PM     (No. 8896180)

True, his statement was invalid scientifically. The lapdog media was most obliging to ram it down our throats for 2 wks solid with dogpile on from the right as well. I listened to his lame/weak response on Hannity's radio show, including Hannity's not so gentle prodding to drop out. Could his train of thought to state that PP was not providing abortions only to 'valid rape' victims, but for any woman, at any stage, any age, for any reason been derailed into the trainwreck of legimate rape comments? This is a broken glass election and if I were in Missouri I'd be crawling to vote for AKin over dipstick McCaskill.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/28/2012 1:37:21 PM     (No. 8896313)

From a Google search-'correlation between stress and miscarriage"(786,000 responses in 0.34 seconds)

"If you've ever wondered about the link between stress and miscarriages, this is a list of some of the key research that's been done on the effects of high anxiety during pregnancy."

•Alder, J., N. Fink, J. Bitzer, I. Hosli, and W. Holzgreve, "Depression and anxiety during pregnancy: a risk factor for obstetric, fetal and neonatal outcome? A critical review of the literature." Journal of Maternal Fetal and Neonatal Medicine Mar 2007. Accessed 28 Jul 2008.

•Dole, N., D.A. Savitz, I. Hertz-Picciotto, A.M. Siega-Riz, M.J. McMahon, and P. Buekens, "Maternal Stress and Preterm Birth." American Journal of Epidemiology 2003. Accessed 28 Jul 2008.

•Hobel, Calvin and Jennifer Culhane, "Role of Psychosocial and Nutritional Stress on Poor Pregnancy Outcome." Journal of Nutrition May 2003. Accessed 29 Jul 2008.

•Milad, Magdy P., Susan C. Klock, Scott Moses, and Robert Chatterton, "Stress and anxiety do not result in pregnancy wastage." Human Reproduction 1998. Accessed 28 Jul 2008.

•Mulder, E.J.H., P. G. Robles de Medina, A.C. Huizink, B.R.H. Van den Bergh, J.K. Buitelaar, and H.A. Visser, "Prenatal maternal stress: effects on pregnancy and the (unborn) child." Early Human Development Dec 2002. Accessed 27 Jul 2008.

•Nelson, D. "Does Stress Influence Early Pregnancy Loss?" Annals of Epidemiology 2003. Accessed 28 Jul 2008.

•Nepomnaschy, Pablo A., Kathleen B. Welch, Daniel S. McConnell, Bobbi S. Low, Beverly I. Strassmann, and Barry G. England, "Cortisol Levels and Very Early Pregnancy Loss in Humans. PNAS Dec 2005. Accessed 27 Jul 2008.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: civilservant, 9/28/2012 1:37:36 PM     (No. 8896314)

•Obel, C., M. Hedegaard, T.B. Henriksen, N.J. Secher, J. Olsen, and S. Levine, "Stress and salivary cortisol during pregnancy. Psychoneuroendocrinology Aug 2005. Accessed 28 Jul 2008.

•Sigiura-Ogasawara, Mayumi, Toshiaki A. Furukawa, Yumi Nakano, Shiro Hori, Koji Aoki and Toshinori Kitamura, "Depression as a potential causal factor in subsequent miscarriage in recurrent spontaneous aborters." Human Reproduction Oct 2002. Accesed 28 Jul 2008.

•Wisborg, K., A. Barklin, M. Hedegaard, and T.B. Henriksen, "Psychological stress during pregnancy and stillbirth: prospective study. BJOG 10 Jul 2008. Accessed 27 Jul 2008."

Looks like a whole bunch of them there scientician types think the same way as does Rep. Akin.

And Steven Pagonas and the Duke Lacrosse team can elucidate on "legitimate" rapes.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 9/28/2012 2:00:34 PM     (No. 8896376)

Akin's latest unforced error is calling McCaskill "unladylike." So now he's channelling Arlen Specter.

These sexist old fossil Republican men need to get out of the way.

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