Will Todd Akin’s Rape Comments Put Missouri Into Purple Column?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Democrats, Missouri, Republicans, Senate

If you haven’t heard Todd Akin’s comment yet…get ready…

Okay, ready?

Wait, are you absolutely sure?

Okay…here we go…

Key phrases (via TPM)…

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

So let’s breeze past the obvious stupidity of the comments and go to the political impact.

Concerning his upcoming Senate race, I think Akin just lost it. He’s running against incumbent moderate Democrat Claire McCaskill and this is the type of unforced error that makes Akin look like an unabashed radical. And Missourians don’t like radicals.

Do note that this was going to be a tough race for McCaskill, and Repubs knew that Akin wasn’t their best bet in this race…but I would be shocked if Akin put up much of a challenge now. I’ve even heard from a GOP operative in Kansas who says that his/her GOP friends in Missouri will now be voting for Claire.

That brings us to the presidential race. Could women disgusted by Akin’s remarks help swing Missouri in Obama’s favor? You bet. And they come in the form of the face of Paul Ryan.

From Politico:

Paul Ryan co-sponsored a federal “personhood” amendment. He voted to defund Planned Parenthood. He opposes all abortions, except when the life of the mother is at risk. And he supports a federal bill requiring women to get an ultrasound before an abortion.

If this sounds like an ominous ad from the Obama for president campaign, something like it could soon be coming to a TV near you. These are among the positions the Wisconsin congressman has taken in his career that Democrats are bound to highlight in the weeks ahead in ads, press conferences and rallies as they try to widen President Barack Obama’s lead among women over Mitt Romney in polls.

So yeah…my predict will be that all eyes will be on Missouri in November.

Stay tuned…


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10 Responses to “Will Todd Akin’s Rape Comments Put Missouri Into Purple Column?”

  1. Alistair Says:

    Well Justin I’m from Springfield MO. and while Claire McCaskill now has become the favorite I’m not sure it will help President Obama even-though Romney is not popular either. I guess we have to hear from Nate Silver.

  2. cranky critter Says:

    I agree this makes McCaskill a shoo-in. That kind of scary ignorance is a gamebreaker.

    The upticket effect is pretty iffy, though. How often do authentically undecided voters make up their minds on the basis of the identity of the VP?

    Democrats are putting a lot of eggs into the “GOP is anti-woman” basket. That involves connecting a number of dots. But in the end, does it all connect to Romney? IMO, all or most of the female voters who choose to think that way have already decided against Romney.

  3. Tillyosu Says:

    The “Akin=Ryan=Romney” meme is so laughably predictable, especially in the midst of a campaign where the Democrats would rather talk about anything…ANYTHING but the economy and the President’s record.

    Thankfully, Romney did the smart thing and headed them off this morning:

    “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

    This post sounds to me like a bit of wishful thinking on Justin’s part.

  4. Jenna Says:

    Wow, those comments from Congressman Akin are amazingly stupid for this day and age. How does this happen?

  5. Tully Says:

    Democrats are putting a lot of eggs into the “GOP is anti-woman” basket. That involves connecting a number of dots.

    GOP state legislature candidates are sure doing their very best to help the Dems connect those dots. Sadly, Akin is right in line with the religious right wing of the party, and that wing has piggy-backed into greater power on the Tea Party Express. You just don’t see it where you live to the extent we do here in the Great Middle. The AngryJesus mob is alive and kicking.

  6. Tully Says:

    Of course, the reason Mitt Romney is the candidate and not one of the far-righters like Santorum is that even now a majority (however slim) of the GOP finds such attitudes towards women unacceptable and are cautious about the religious right’s zeal and idiocies.

    Cornyn has publicly suggested that Akin should “reconsider” his run for office, and Romney condemned his remarks, calling them “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.” Romney also said he would not oppose abortion in cases of rape. So there’s hope yet for intelligent life on the right side of the aisle.

    Any doctor who told Akin such BS should be brought up for license review as incompetent to be a physician.

  7. mw Says:

    Yeah, I’ll go with the consensus. Put a fork in him. Srsly doubt this will have any impact on the top of the ticket. I just don’t see it.

    In any case I like McCaskill. She has an independent streak and does not toe the party line as much as most Dems. If she holds her seat, it’ll make it tougher for the GOP to take the Senate. That’ll keep things happily divided even if Obama and team manage to blow it.

  8. Tully Says:

    And it continues to develop … current rumor is that Akin IS going to drop out udner very heavy pressure from party uppers of all factions. Can’t pull the mask off of the AngryJesus mob when they’re trying to stealth into office as fis-cons, so off he goes.

  9. David P. Summers Says:

    That brings us to the presidential race. Could women disgusted by Akin’s remarks help swing Missouri in Obama’s favor? You bet. And they come in the form of the face of Paul Ryan.

    Well, we should hope not, the odiousness of the comment not withstanding. We have enough of politics based on things other than issues to need more of guilt-by-association of Romeny with remarks he didn’t make or have a say in, which he has repudiated, and which come from someone who we don’t even know he knew existed.

    Partisan like this sort of thing. Broad sweeping characterizations note only promote the general desire to “destroy” the other side, regardless of the issue”, but being able to compare to the very worst they can dig up from the other side lets them lower the bar for their own accountability.

  10. Daniella K Says:

    People are tired of these lies being spread. Please support this cause and boot this mofo –

    http://www.youstand.com/cause/82112/remove-todd-akin-from-the-house-science-committee

    Please take a stand and support this.

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