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  • War Begins: Slandering Conservatives has Started [Empire Strikes Back in No. Virginia Campaign]

    12/20/2013 8:41:45 AM PST · by Moseley · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | December 20, 2013 | Jonathon Moseley
    The attacks have begun. The Republican establishment in the U.S.A. has now actually started the shooting war in the 2014 primary elections they have been threatening against conservative candidates for Congress. “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio. His new political group, Defending Main Street, plans to raise $8 million to defeat tea-party candidates and elect moderate Republicans instead. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.” LaTourette was a close ally of moderate Republican Speaker John Boehner in...
  • Ashley Judd target of GOP preemptive strike

    03/07/2013 9:38:42 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/4/2013 | Lois Romano
    She’s not even a candidate yet. But the GOP opposition research machine is already in full froth over what it views as perhaps the juiciest 2014 target: Ashley Judd, who is exploring a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). Republicans are homing in with glee on the actress and activist, picking apart her views and statements and compiling a thick compendium of speeches, writings and tweets. What they found: Judd may not have a legislative record, but she has left quite a paper trail. This early opposition research effort seems as much about scaring Democrats nationally about a...
  • Rove's 'No More Akins' Group Outrages Conservatives (Free Republic Mentioned)

    02/06/2013 5:13:47 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 142 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 2/4/13 | ELSPETH REEVE
    Karl Rove's American Crossroads has started a new group to make sure the 2014 Senate races produce zero Todd Akins. But it turns out some conservatives like Rove less than Akin. -snip- The Senate Conservatives Fund's Matt Hoskins told Politico the Crossroads group was the "Conservative Defeat Project." Free Republic posters mocked "Tokyo Rove." On Breitbart.com, Ben Shapiro called Rove and his cohorts, "The Bush insider team that helped lead to the rise of Barack Obama." RedState editor Erick Erickson said the Conservative Victory Project was sure to pick losers. "I dare say any candidate who gets this group’s support...
  • NRSC Prepares to Interfere in Primaries (To forestall any "Tea Party" candidates)

    11/25/2012 8:05:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 25, 2012 | Ben Shapiro
    The National Republican Senatorial Committee had a rotten track record in 2012. But now they’re looking to get more deeply involved in picking candidates at the state level, hoping to foreclose Tea Party primary challengers like Richard Mourdock (R-IN). “There’s always going to be fundamental dislike of the national party coming to a local or a state race and saying, ‘This is who we want to pick,” Keli Carender of Tea Party Patriots told The Hill. The NRSC pulled out of several races this cycle, dooming several candidates to less-than-full financial support...
  • Romney Adviser: Christie “Undermined” GOP Message (throws Akin & Mourdock under the bus too)

    11/07/2012 3:33:33 PM PST · by drewh · 84 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 7, 2012 | 2:38 pm | Beltway Confidential
    National Review reporter Robert Costa talks to an unnamed Mitt Romney adviser who indicates there are a lot of hard feeling between Romney’s inner circle and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the latter’s embrace of President Obama after Hurricane Sandy: Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, the adviser adds, is persona non grata in Romney’s inner circle. “He went out of his way to embrace the president during the final week of the campaign,” the adviser says. “It wasn’t necessary and it hurt us. Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Chris Christie undermined the Republican message.” Christie, of course, had...
  • Those extremist Republicans! Joseph Farah warns GOP establishment about 2016 election

    11/14/2012 5:43:24 PM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | November 14, 2012 | Joseph Farah
    It was almost laughable on Election Night when the analysts began explaining why Mitt Romney lost. It was because of his extreme position on border security. It was because Republicans picked candidates that were too extreme. It was because Republicans denied manmade, catastrophic “climate change” was real. And this was on what many Americans believe to be the “fair and balanced” network, Fox. Some even believe it to be a “conservative” alternative to the rest of the statist media jackals. I thought the cacophony would die down by now, but it hasn’t. Mitt Romney doesn’t have an extremist bone in...
  • Claire McCaskill Destroyed Todd Akin In The Missouri Senate Race

    11/07/2012 8:59:01 AM PST · by doug from upland · 78 replies
    business insider ^ | day after the death of America | Rogers
    U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill beat embattled Republican Congressman Todd Akin by a overwhelming margin in Missouri's Senate race Tuesday night. With 99% of precincts reporting, the Democratic Senator lead Akin by a whopping 54.7% to 39.2%, according to the Missouri Secretary of State. Akin conceded the shortly before 10 p.m. CST., the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. "Things don't always turn out the way you wanted," Akin said in his concession speech. He ran on a platform that criticized incumbent McCaskill for supporting Obamacare, the stimulus act, and her family's close ties to federal money, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
  • Missouri Republican Akin loses after comments on rape

    11/07/2012 8:33:36 AM PST · by Blue Highway · 27 replies
    MSN News ^ | 11-7-12 | Kevin Murphy of Reuters
    Akin was favored to beat McCaskill until his remarks about "legitimate rape." KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, who sparked a furor in August with comments about "legitimate rape," was defeated by Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill on Tuesday. Until the rape comment, Akin was considered the favorite to beat McCaskill in a state that has trended Republican and voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Tuesday. But the race reversed course after Akin's comment to a television station that women have natural defenses against pregnancy from "legitimate rape." The comment drew scorn from state...
  • Dunkirk

    11/07/2012 6:20:56 AM PST · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | November 7, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    I’ll have more in the morning, but my quick thoughts. Of course it was a bad defeat tonight.  Let’s not kid ourselves. We had a chance to stop the decline, and we didn’t. We held the House pretty strongly, so that’s good, and a reflection that candidates and ideology matter.  We nominated candidates at the District level who could make the case; we didn’t make the case at the national level.  It also looks like we did well in state races. Wrong lessons will be drawn from the Senate races.  We nominated a moderate who lost in a Wisconsin which rejected...
  • Toomey: 'I think Gov. Romney's going to carry Pennsylvania'

    11/05/2012 1:00:46 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-5-12 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) predicted Monday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would carry the state of Pennsylvania, pushing back against Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe's suggestion that GOP efforts in the state were a "desperate ploy" to find an alternative path to 270 electoral votes. But Toomey noted that in 2010, Republicans swept statewide offices in Pennsylvania, and he predicted a similar electorate for Tuesday's presidential vote. "If you take a look at what happened the last time Pennsylvanians went to the polls, which is 2010, Republicans swept," Toomey told CNN on "Starting Point." "I won a statewide office....
  • The Libertarian felon is no alternative to Todd Akin

    11/05/2012 8:56:41 PM PST · by Uncle Chip · 11 replies
    The Unablogger ^ | November 5, 2012 | The Unablogger
    As I wrote in an earlier post, partisan control of the U.S. Senate probably turns on the Missouri contest between unpopular Democrat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill and unpopular Republican Rep. Todd Akin. Voters get it that McCaskill looks after whatever is best for the Obama Administration instead of her own constituents, but many remain alienated by Akin’s support for abortion restrictions for a pregnancy that resulted from a rape. The final poll on the contest by Public Policy Polling shows that Akin has pulled within four points of McCaskill, 48%-44%, leaving McCaskill short of a majority. The only other senate...
  • Todd Akin draws closer to Claire McCaskill in Missouri Senate poll (McCaskill Only +2)

    11/04/2012 9:54:03 AM PST · by Red Steel · 23 replies
    STL Today ^ | October 29, 2012 4:30 pm | Kevin McDermott
    ST. LOUIS • Congressman Todd Akin has dramatically narrowed the lead of Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri’s nationally watched Senate race, according to a new poll. But the poll — commissioned by the Post-Dispatch, News 4 and the Kansas City Star — also indicates that Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment in August continues to affect the race. McCaskill still enjoys a significant gender gap, and three-quarters of her supporters call Akin’s comment “somewhat” or “very” important to their decision. The results show McCaskill leading with 45 percentage points to Akin’s 43 points among likely voters. That’s within the poll’s 4-point margin...
  • McCaskill +4, Nixon +8, Romney +8 in Missouri: PPP

    11/04/2012 8:59:03 AM PST · by Red Steel · 14 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | November 4, 2012 | Dave Helling
    Public Policy Polling says Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill hold a narrow 4-point lead over Rep. Todd Akin in the 2012 campaign's closing days. She's at 48%, Akin at 44% in a poll of 835 likely voters Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.4%.
  • Akin was Arrested at Least Eight Times in 1980's

    11/03/2012 3:32:05 PM PDT · by randita · 41 replies
    Hot Line ^ | 11/3/12 | Dan Friedman
    Missouri Republican Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin was arrested at least eight times in the 1980s at anti-abortion protests, according to newly obtained records. That is four arrests in addition to four the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported last month based on a review of its contemporaneous coverage of protests. The four additional arrests each appear to have occurred outside a women's health clinic in Ballwin, Missouri in St. Louis County between 1985 and 1987. "Right Wing Watch," a project of People For the American Way, a nonprofit group critical of Akin's ties to what it calls radical elements of the...
  • Akin gathering steam in race

    11/02/2012 4:03:17 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/2/12 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Polls showing him gaining on McCaskill has led to an infusion of funds for campaign ads on Akin's behalf Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) is showing signs of a newfound strength on the campaign trail — making multiple new ad buys as polling shows him gaining on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Akin and groups supporting him are making a $1.75 million investment in campaign ads this week, according to his campaign, allowing him to air a wider variety of ads than the incumbent Senator for the first time in the entire race. That influx of cash has wider implications than just...
  • In Missouri Senate race, new Akin ad features rape survivor

    11/01/2012 6:26:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/1/12 | Kevin Murphy
    Todd Akin, the Republican candidate in the closely watched U.S. Senate race in Missouri, released a new advertisement on Thursday featuring a woman who says she was raped and had an abortion but supports Akin's anti-abortion stand. The TV commercial comes in the closing days of a campaign that has drawn national attention because of Akin's remark in August that women's bodies could ward off pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape." Akin, a six-term U.S. congressman from the St. Louis area, was heavily criticized by Democrats and lost support from some leading Republicans because of his remark. A poll by...
  • Akin to get $800,000 in ads from Now Or Never PAC

    11/01/2012 4:34:52 PM PDT · by Fred · 56 replies
    St Louis Business Journal ^ | 110112 | Greta Weiderman
    Now Or Never Political Action Committee will spend $800,000 on television ads for Republican Todd Akin, who is campaigning against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, The Hill reports. The group’s ad asks voters who “don’t agree with everything he says” to back Akin anyway, and it focuses on winning Senate control and defeating McCaskill. “In the Senate, Akin will vote for Romney’s policies to get Americans working again,” according to the ad. “Claire McCaskill would fight Romney every step of the way. To avoid Washington gridlock and get this country back to work, our best choice is Todd Akin.”
  • Gingrich: Akin win could rebuke GOP establishment

    10/31/2012 2:43:54 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 18 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | 10/31/12 | DAVID A. LIEB / Associated Press
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that Missouri voters can send a powerful signal to "the moneyed Republican establishment" by electing congressman Todd Akin over Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
  • Todd Akin says he'll match Claire McCaskill on TV in campaign's final week

    10/31/2012 12:11:36 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 27 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | October 31, 2012 | Steve Kraske
    Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin said today in Lee's Summit that he'll match his Democratic rival, Claire McCaskill, in TV ad spending in the race's final week. At a stop in Lee's Summit, Akin said he no longer will be outspent 9:1 or 10:1 as he has in recent weeks. "That ratio is going to change now," Akin said. "We have enough money to be able to do more advertising." Akin is spending Tuesday and Wednesday in the KC area in what aides said would be his final visit to the area this campaign. At noon Tuesday, Akin and former...
  • Claire McCaskill has sold out Missouri

    10/30/2012 9:04:57 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 6 replies
    Reboot Congress ^ | October 29, 2012 | Reboot Congress
    The transcript of the Todd Akin ad above is hard hitting. I've added links so you can review the facts: It's been revealed, Claire McCaskill's husband was caught cutting business deals in the Senate dining room, selling tax credits tied to Obama's stimulus money, money Claire McCaskill voted for. McCaskill uses her position and power to cash in. It's no surprise that McCaskill thinks she's above the law, she didn't pay her taxes but voted to raise ours. The arrogance and corruption of Claire McCaskill. Dealing herself in. Selling us out. Just last week, the National Legal and Policy Center...
  • McCaskill's mother dies

    10/29/2012 5:25:41 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 49 replies
    CNN POLITICS ^ | 10/29/2012 | Kevin Liptak
    (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill's 84-year-old mother, Betty Anne Ward McCaskill, died on Monday, the senator from Missouri said in a statement on Monday. "For some time, mom's health has not been good, and our family takes comfort that she is now at rest," McCaskill wrote. "People all over the state have asked about her, and their prayers and concern have been greatly appreciated."
  • Missouri's Senate race a statistical dead heat: poll

    10/27/2012 3:53:18 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 15 replies
    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill holds a slim lead of 2 percentage points over Republican challenger Todd Akin - essentially a deadlock - in a race being closely watched following Akin's controversial comments on "legitimate rape," a poll released on Saturday showed. McCaskill had been seen as one of the most vulnerable incumbent Democrats but has led Akin in most polls since he said in August that women could biologically defend themselves against pregnancy caused by "legitimate rape." Akin said later he misspoke when he made the remark, which led to widespread rebukes even from...
  • A Fan Letter to Certain Conservative Politicians (BARF ALERT!)

    10/27/2012 3:40:12 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    Whatever ^ | October 25, 2012 | John Scalzi
    WARNING: this post is going to be oh-so-very-triggery for victims of rape and sexual assault. I am not kidding. Dear certain conservative politicians:Hi! I’m a rapist. I’m one of those men who likes to force myself on women without their consent or desire and then batter them sexually. The details of how I do this are not particularly important at the moment — although I love when you try to make distinctions about “forcible rape” or “legitimate rape” because that gives me all sorts of wiggle room — but I will tell you one of the details about why I do...
  • Poll: Akin, McCaskill locked in statistical dead heat

    10/26/2012 8:10:05 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 80 replies
    A new poll shows the Missouri Senate race is too close to predict a winner. The News 4, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Kansas City Star poll shows Senator Claire McCaskill with a 2 percent lead over Congressman Todd Akin, at 45 and 43 percent, respectively. With a margin of error at plus or minus four points, and eight percent still undecided, the two remain in a statistical dead heat. Click here to download and view full poll results. Watch News 4 at 10 p.m. for more analysis, and reactions from both campaigns.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Sen. McCaskill's Husband's Businesses Benefitted From $20 Million in Stimulus Funds

    10/25/2012 12:23:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | October 25, 2012 | Ken Boehm
    An analysis of public records by the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) has found more than $20 million in federal stimulus funds benefitting real estate projects financially tied to Joseph Shepard, husband of Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill. Earlier this month, the Associated Press published an analysis , stating, "businesses affiliated with the husband of Senator Claire McCaskill have received almost $40 million in federal subsidies for low-income housing developments during her first five years in office..." The NLPC analysis released today showed more than $20 million in financial benefits from the federal stimulus law to real estate projects associated...
  • New Gallup Poll Shreds CNN's Speculation on Women, Abortion, and the GOP (Only 1% of Women)

    10/24/2012 10:06:56 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 4 replies
    News Busters ^ | October 23, 2012 | Matt Hadro
    After a USA Today/Gallup poll showed women in swing states thought abortion the top election issue, CNN hyped the news and cast a wary eye toward "controversial" Republican positions as the possible catalysts. Five days later, however, Gallup reported that, nationally, abortion is near the bottom of importance among voters. CNN hosts Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper led their October 18 shows with the swing state poll, and anchor Carol Costello touted it the next morning. Costello wondered if "controversial" statements by certain Republicans were to blame for women suddenly treating abortion with utmost importance. "And that has more than...
  • NY Times Spiked McCaskill Corruption Story After Tipping Her Off

    10/22/2012 3:35:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    fox ^ | 10/22/12 | Matthew Boyle
    A spokeswoman for Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign told The Daily Caller that the senator and her husband first learned the criminal background of the man speaking out McCaskill’s husband’s business dealings from The New York Times. McCaskill spokeswoman Caitlin Legacki told TheDC on Friday that she thinks McCaskill and her husband Joseph Shepard discovered Craig Woods’ criminal background “[w]hen the New York Times told me in June that he’s a felon.” TheDC reported Thursday that Woods, a former employee of Shepard’s, alleged in a 2011 audiotape that Shepard used the U.S. Senate dining room to cut business...
  • Akin: McCaskill fetches expansive government “like a dog”

    10/22/2012 4:03:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 64 replies
    PoliticalMo ^ | 10/20/12
    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin said Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill has fetched expansive government policies “like a dog” during her tenure in Washington. Akin made the comparison during a fundraising event in Springfield, where he featured support from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, one of the few national Republicans still backing Akin after much of the party establishment distanced themselves from his candidacy following the controversy earlier in the race surrounding his comments about “legitimate rape.” “She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’” he said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and...
  • Slums, drugs, and spousal abuse..The sordid tale of Claire McCaskill

    10/20/2012 7:19:56 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 30 replies
    Red State ^ | 10/20/2012 | Jeff Emanuel
    The domestic violence in Shepard’s past is both shocking and repulsive in detail. On February 15, 1998, police were called to then-Mrs. Shepard’s house (the couple had been separated since June of the previous year) by a girlfriend. According to the police report (.pdf file), Mrs. Shepard said of her husband: Read on. Joseph entered my home. I told him to leave. He came up to me looking angry. I put my hands up to protect my breasts as they are sore (cancer). He has hit me before in the breast. He grabbed my wrist and arm and pushed me...
  • Could Claire McCaskill lose to Todd Akin? You betcha

    10/19/2012 10:38:00 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 10/19/12 | William Jacobson
    Claire McCaskill is so unpopular that she’s barely running ahead of Todd Akin despite his self-inflicted wounds and the defection of almost all of the Republican establishment from supporting him. McCaskill has had to spend heavily just to stay slightly ahead: Senator Claire McCaskill, the Missouri Democrat fighting to keep her seat, spent nearly $7 million over a three-month period through the end of September and her campaign had more than $2.1 million in the bank for her race against Representative Todd Akin, according to quarterly disclosure reports her campaign released on Monday. Could McCaskill lose? Two days ago the...
  • Whistle-blower audio: Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband cut business deals in Senate Dining Room

    10/18/2012 9:02:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband used the U.S. Senate Dining Room to cut business deals selling tax credits tied to stimulus money, a whistle-blowing executive inside his company alleged on an audio recording exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller. “The thing that irritated me about this was he [McCaskill’s husband Joseph Shepard] entertained these outside investors in the Senate Dining Room,” the whistle-blower said. “That’s where he closed the deal.” The whistle-blower, Craig Woods, was a longtime high-ranking official within Shepard’s business empire, serving first as chief financial officer and then as vice president and chief underwriter for Missouri Equity...
  • Whistle-blower audio: Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband cut business deals in Senate Dining Room

    10/18/2012 9:20:58 PM PDT · by Optimist · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/18/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill’s husband used the U.S. Senate Dining Room to cut business deals selling tax credits tied to stimulus money, a whistle-blowing executive inside his company alleged on an audio recording exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller < snip > “He [McCaskill’s husband] did 4 projects — these were rural development deals where he came in and stole from a guy and he did the federal credits and he got Enterprise Bank to invest in those four deals and those have been really iffy,” Woods said on the tape. < snip > Woods said those four projects —...
  • Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin meeting in second Missouri Senate debate (Live at 7pm central tonight)

    10/18/2012 4:26:48 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 30 replies
    kshb.com ^ | 10/18/12
    Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican challenger Todd Akin are meeting in suburban St. Louis for their second and final scheduled debate. See link below for video. Hope this works.
  • Ad attacks McCaskill for voting to 'send taxpayer dollars' overseas

    10/17/2012 9:15:18 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/17/12 01:09 PM ET | Daniel Strauss
    Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) political action committee released a new ad this week accusing Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) of being a rubber stamp for sending foreign aid to countries with anti-American interests. The ad, released Tuesday and funded by Rand PAC, aims to help McCaskill's Republican challenger in the Missouri Senate race, Rep. Todd Akin. "The Pakistani government imprisoned the man who helped us finally get Osama bin Laden," the narrator in the ad says. "What would you do? Claire McCaskill voted to send taxpayer dollars to Pakistan." The ad also links McCaskill to sending funds to Egypt and Libya...
  • Rand Paul Is Launching A New Ad Campaign To Help Todd Akin (Mo Senate Race on fire for Akin)

    10/16/2012 4:55:22 AM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 48 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/15/12 | Grace Wyler
    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul is wading into the nation's most incendiary Senate race this week, with the launch of a new statewide, six-figure ad campaign to help Missouri Republican Todd Akin. Business Insider has learned that Paul's political action committee, RANDPAC, will go on air Wednesday with a new ad attacking Akin's opponent, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, for her vote against Paul's amendment to block U.S. aid to Pakistan, Egypt, and Libya. "Claire McCaskill works with Barack Obama to send our money overseas to radicals who attack our embassies, burn our flag, and kill our diplomats," the narrator says. "What...
  • Poll finds Akin with slight lead over McCaskill

    10/15/2012 10:39:53 AM PDT · by billorites · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2012 | Daniel Strauss
    Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) leads Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in his bid for the Senate by a slim margin, according to a new poll. Wenzel Strategies, a Republican leaning pollster, found Akin leading McCaskill 49 to 45 percent with 7 percent undecided. Both candidates are underwater, though, on favorability. Forty-five percent of voters rate Akin favorably, with 49 unfavorable. McCaskill is viewed favorably by 44 percent and unfavorably by 52. Broken down across gender lines, McCaskill has a 7-point advantage among women, leading Akin with 50 to 43 percent support. Among men though, Akin holds the edge, with fifty-five percent...
  • Akin takes the lead in Missouri in new poll (Akin rolling - McCaskill in panic mode)

    10/15/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/15/12 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    A Republican polling firm has GOP Rep. Todd Akin up by four points over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in their hard-fought Missouri Senate race. Mr. Akin led his opponent 49 percent to 45 percent in a survey conducted for the Citizens United Victory Fund by Wenzel Strategies, one of just two polls to give him the upper hand after his party all but abandoned him in August for his widely condemned comments that victims of "legitimate" rape are unlikely to become pregnant. That's because Mr. Akin led among independents by a 50 percent to 41 percent margin, according to...
  • An Akin comeback?

    10/15/2012 9:04:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Nearly two months ago, Todd Akin bought time on Missouri television to ask forgiveness from voters over regrettable remarks he made about rape. Most scoffed that electoral forgiveness would be forthcoming, and predicted doom and defeat for Republicans in a Senate race most had assumed they would win against unpopular incumbent Claire McCaskill. As soon as it became impossible for Akin to withdraw, McCaskill began bombarding Akin with ads over his statement, and few gave Akin any hope for a comeback.A new poll from Wenzel Strategies (via James Hohmann at Politico's Morning Score) might show a glimmer of that hope,...
  • Gingrich calls out Rove super PAC, NRSC for abandoning Akin

    10/15/2012 9:03:07 AM PDT · by Where is todays Reagan · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/14/2012 | Paul Conner
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized two major Republican campaign organizations for not continuing to back Republican candidate Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race. In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, Gingrich called out GOP “establishment types” — Crossroads GPS super PAC and the National Republican Senatorial Committee — for pulling funding from Akin, a congressman whose comments about “legitimate rape” caused a national uproar. “If you applied the Todd Akin rule to Joe Biden, he’d be resigning the vice presidency once a week,” Gingrich said in Akin’s defense. “You have this bizarre double standard where Biden...
  • Todd Akin In The Lead (48.4% to 44.7%) For Missouri U.S. Senate Race According To CUPVF Poll

    10/15/2012 7:18:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 143 replies
    Citizens United Political Victory Fund (CUPVF), the affiliated PAC of Citizens United, released a poll today conducted by Wenzel Strategies, showing Congressman Todd Akin in the lead against incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill in the Missouri United States Senate race. The poll was conducted via telephone survey of likely General Election voters from October 12-13, included 1,000 respondents, and has a 3.07% margin of error
  • Missouri Senate Race Update: Claire McCaskill vs. Todd Akin (46% v. 45.2%; 8.8% Undecided)

    10/13/2012 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 28 replies
    Oposing Views ^ | Tue, October 09, 2012
    Given what's come out of the mouth of Rep. Todd Akin (R) in the last couple months, casual observers might assume he no longer stands a chance anymore to oust incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) from her Missouri Senate seat. They would be wrong. A poll released by We Ask America on Oct. 2 shows McCaskill had a lead of less than a percentage point over Akin, 46 to 45.2; that's less than the margin of error, with 8.8 percent of voters undecided
  • Huckabee:Republicans Who Abandoned Akin Should Repent

    10/12/2012 4:10:17 AM PDT · by elephant · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Wednesday, 10 Oct 2012 | Paul Scicchitano and Kathleen Walter
    Conservative commentator Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax.TV that Republicans who abandoned Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin following his controversial remarks about rape should “repent.” Huckabee, who was one of the first prominent conservatives to voice his support for Akin hopes that fellow conservatives will “repent of their sins and will get back and help Todd Akin” before it’s too late. “It’s interesting that he is, in some polls, leading and some he’s just barely behind within the margin of error and they’ve abandoned him,” said Huckabee on Wednesday. “They’ve got other Senate candidates that they’re pouring vast amounts of resources in...
  • McCaskill hits Akin with ads featuring raped women

    10/10/2012 11:03:37 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 10, 2012 | DAVID A. LIEB
    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill took aim Wednesday at Republican challenger Todd Akin with a new series of TV ads featuring rape survivors outraged by Akin's remark about "legitimate rape" and his opposition to emergency contraception. The three separate ads feature individual testimonials from three women who said they were raped, including one who describes herself as a "pro-life" Republican and another self-described "pro-life mother" who calls herself a "woman of faith."
  • Democrats Freak Out About Ohio

    10/10/2012 7:10:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 6 replies
    RS ^ | October 9th, 2012 | Erick Erickson
    The Democrats are in a full on freak out over Ohio. Harry Reid is giving his Super PAC $250,000.00 to run ads attacking Josh Mandel. ... Senator Bennet of Colorado is sending out emails to his supporters with the subject line “Buckeye for a day.” ... This isn’t just to help Bennett. This is to help Barack Obama too. The Democrats are going all in there. Consider, in contrast, Missouri, where the GOP has totally bailed on Todd Akin and the Presidential race in Missouri likewise went from a sure thing for Romney to now a borderline toss up. The...
  • Some in G.O.P. Choose to Return to Akin’s Corner

    10/07/2012 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 98 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/6/12 | John Elgion
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For establishment Republicans, it is decision time in the Missouri Senate race. Should they return to Representative Todd Akin’s corner? Many quickly withdrew their support for Mr. Akin weeks ago after his controversial comments about abortion and belief that victims of “legitimate rape” have a biological mechanism to fight off pregnancy, hoping to force him aside so another Republican candidate could battle the Democratic incumbent, Senator Claire McCaskill. But Mr. Akin called their bluff. He stayed in the race, reckoning that election math would oblige them to stick with him. Now, with Mr. Akin’s name legally...
  • Todd Akin failed to report state pension income

    10/04/2012 3:12:04 PM PDT · by Rio · 28 replies
    Associated Press via OregonLive ^ | 10/04/2012 | Unknown
    Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin on Thursday released a decade's worth of federal financial reports he has updated with nearly $130,000 in state pension income that he received, but failed to disclose, over that time.
  • Vanity: Just Sent 50 Bucks Todd Akins Way.

    10/04/2012 10:05:55 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 4 replies
    Me
    Just sent 50 bucks to Todd Akin. I think he can win this thing!! If he gets in he won't owe the Republican establishment SQUAT! I don't have a lot of money but if it means repealing Obamacare then 50 bucks doesn't sound like a whole lot after all.
  • Missouri's Akin, left for dead, on comeback trail

    10/03/2012 12:36:40 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 39 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/03/2012 | Paul Bedard
    Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, thrown under the bus by Karl Rove and the Washington GOP establishment for his "legitimate rape" comment, is making a strong comeback in the polls and is now better-liked than incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill. Five weeks after making the comments that at the time seemed career-ending, Rasmussen Reports has Akin six points behind McCaskill, 51 percent to 45 percent. That result shows an improvement over past polls, some that had him behind by 10 points. And among those "certain to vote," he trails McCaskill by just four points, said Rasmussen. More surprising is that...
  • Two Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1

    10/02/2012 7:40:02 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 70 replies
    Missouri Senate Polls -- first poll : Akin +4, second poll McCaskill +1
  • The 60th Vote Regrets

    10/02/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/2/12 | Staff
    One of the tragedies of the Obama Administration is the historic political accident that it had 60 Senate Democratic votes in 2009. The ability to break a filibuster without Republican votes empowered the left to think it could pass anything, and so it steamrolled ahead with ObamaCare, which needed every one of those 60 votes to pass. Now a couple of those Senators are expressing regrets about those votes after the fact. In our pages last week, former Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh rehearsed the looming economic damage from ObamaCare's medical-device tax. He described, as some of us predicted in 2009...