Akin Defiance Symbolic of Tea Party Control Trouble

UPDATE: It’s official — Akin is set to remain the GOP’s candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri. There was a 6:00 p.m. (EST) deadline for Akin to withdraw and give Republicans a chance to appoint a different candidate, but he allowed it to pass without action:

If he doesn’t meet the deadline, Missouri law says Akin would need a court order to be removed from the ballot and that he would have to pay for reprinting costs.


Great stuff from NBC’s First Read on why Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin is unlikely to drop out of the Missouri Senate race and how the Republican leadership got stuck in the mud:

Much of it comes down to the 2009-2010 cycle, when Republican leaders — National Republican Senatorial Committee head John Cornyn and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell — took so much heat for backing establishment candidates over Tea Party insurgents like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. The base of the party sent this unmistakable message to GOP leaders: Stay out of our primaries or get on board of the most conservative candidate.

Yes, both Rubio and Paul ended up winning (as did Republicans across the board in 2010), but others lost, including Sharron Angle, Ken Buck, and Christine O’Donnell. So Republican leaders — the very folks who could have ensured that Missouri Republicans ended up with their most electable candidate (and no one ever thought it was Akin) — chickened out, and the chickens have come home to roost.

And here’s the ultimate question for Republicans: Can you always pick the most conservative candidate and still win races, especially in blue or purple states? Indeed, Republicans may not control the U.S. Senate in 2013 because they have been unable to put even a thumb on the scale for its preferred candidate.

We have long discussed in this space the long-term problems that the Tea Party will cause the Republican Party, and this is just another example of something felt earlier this summer by Sen. Richard Lugar. Or in 2010 by Colorado’s Jane Norton. And the list grows…

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  1. ClubTwitty says:

    “This is a traumatic thing – she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Willke told the Times. “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new

    • ClubTwitty says:


      There are approximately 100,000,000 females old enough to be at risk for rape in the United States. If we calculate on the basis of 100,000 rapes, that means that one woman in 1,000 is raped each year. If we calculate on the basis of 200,000 rapes, that means that one woman in 500 is raped each year.

      Now for the important question. How many rape pregnancies are there? The answer is that, according to statistical reporting, there are no more than one or two pregnancies resultant from every 1,000 forcible rapes.

      But, does it make sense? Let’s look, using the figure of 200,000 rapes each year.

         Of the 200,000 women who were forcibly raped, one-third were either too old or too young to get pregnant. That leaves 133,000 at risk for pregnancy.

         A woman is capable of being fertilized only 3 days (perhaps 5) out of a 30-day month. Multiply our figure of 133,000 by three tenths. Three days out of 30 is one out of ten, divide 133 by ten and we have 13,300 women remaining. If we use five days out of 30 it is one out of six. Divide one hundred and thirty three thousand by six and we have 22,166 remaining.

         One-fourth of all women in the United States of childbearing age have been sterilized, so the remaining three-fourths come out to 10,000 (or 15,000).

         Only half of assailants penetrate her body and/or deposit sperm in her vagina,1 so let’s cut the remaining figures in half. This gives us numbers of 5,000 (or 7,500).

         Fifteen percent of men are sterile, that drops that figure to 4,250 (or 6,375).

         Fifteen percent of non-surgically sterilized women are naturally sterile. That reduces the number to 3,600 (or 5,400).

         Another fifteen percent are on the pill and/or already pregnant. That reduces the number to 3,070 (or 4,600).

         Now factor in the fact that it takes 5-10 months for the average couple to achieve a pregnancy. Use the smaller figure of 5 months to be conservative and divide the avove figures by 5. The number drops to 600 (or 920).

         In an average population, the miscarriage rate is about 15 percent. In this case we have incredible emotional trauma. Her body is upset. Even if she conceives, the miscarriage rate will be higher than in a more normal pregnancy. If 20 percent of raped women miscarry, the figure drops to 450 (or 740).

      • AristotleAristotle says:

        Christ on a fucking bike. THERE IS NO AGE LIMITATION ON RAPE. Even newborns – NEWBORNS – have been raped. As have very elderly people.

        I’m not even going past this line.

        (And lest anyone think I’m yelling at CT, I’m actually yelling at the author of this bullshit. And yes, I’m aware that that person is about 99.99999999% likely not to be a Pols regular.)

  2. MADCO says:

    Not really.

    Sure they vote (who’s bright idea was that?)

    And some of them have jobs and stuff. Until  they can get a man who will support them.

    But most of them aren’t “raped” anyway. They have buyer’s remorse, or it was fun for them anyway, or they knew the guy.

    And, seriously, no one takes women seriously, except other women.

    This is what I understand the Republican party to be about.

    Women’s health care decisions- best left to her husband and priest. (Unless it’s Terry Schiavo – then her parents)

    LIfe is “sacred” until it is falesely accused and convicted- then we should execute them anyway, because, well mistakes happen.

    What Akin still needs to answer is te question he was asked- should abortion be legal in the event of rape that leads to conception?

    He said no, because the punishment should focus on the rapist, not the child.  WHAT ABOUT THE WOMAN?

    • caroman says:

      “Is it possible to win a Senate race with 0% of the women’s vote?”

      One of the best quotes of the campaign so far.

    • BlueCat says:

      But those are simply votes the real core GOP needs to win elections. To the corporatist overlords of the party women aren’t important because the overwhelming majority of the top .001%, the people who really matter, are men. White men.

      That’s why they are pushing so hard to keep the growing Democratic leaning hordes at bay by a combination of appealing to fear, racism, xenophobia and religious fundamentalism on the white blue collar side and sheer suppression on the the minority side.

      They’re struggling a little with how far they can go in trashing women to appeal to the Christian right but think they can manage to keep just enough of them if only morons like Akin stop saying in public what it’s fine to say among friends. The main problem they’re having with the Tea party crowd is… too many morons.

      As an example, instead of apologizing abjectly and then shutting up on the subject for a while, Akin has been at it again, explaining that women are falsely claiming they’ve been raped to qualify for federally funded abortions. He’s just so used to only talking to fellow troglodytes, among whom this is probably a common meme, he really had no idea he probably shouldn’t keep saying stuff like that out in public.

      Morons can be such a headache when they aren’t under proper control. Poor GOP overlords.

  3. MADCO says:

    CNN reports:

    … draft platform for the Republican Party reaffirms its stance on abortion, and does not make an exception for rape or incest:,

    “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” the draft platform declares, according to CNN. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    • MADCO says:

      obligation to keep that pregnancy.   Because the zygote has a Constitutional right to live.

      SInce corporations are people, do I have a similar COnstitutional right not to kill a corporation?  What if I just get sick of owning it?

  4. Froward69 says:

    hello it has been awhile. I am tickled to death as to how the republicans are exposing themselves at the control freaks they are. Insisting upon controlling a woman’s decision to have or not to have a baby, inevitably leads to expose the misogynistic nature of republican men.

    PS I am back as it is the run up to the General Election and this is the time I lurk around here at Colorado Polls.

  5. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    We Republicans just don’t have the gumption to do what Democrats did to Andrew Romanoff.

    Heh heh heh!

    • AristotleAristotle says:

      … but I’m going to ask how these two situations compare. Either in reality OR your imagination.

    • BlueCat says:

      He put up a good fight but lost the primary because most of us voted for the other guy, considering him to be the better choice. They were both, like Obama, mildly progressive centrist Dems, not a dime’s worth of difference between them on important issues. The other guy, the one we (including me, a very grassroots Dem) elected as our choice, went on to win the election.  Your point?

      • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

        Obama, Bennet and Colorado Pols squashed Romanoff’s Senate campaign like a bug.

        • RedGreenRedGreen says:

          It’s the most powerful website in the Rockies! Like a bug, I tell ya!

        • MADCO says:

          You’re pissed because the process that allowed the President to endorse a candidate, and that allowed D’s to donate to Akin in the primary, has produced an uncontrollable rogue GOTP candidate who cannot win.  I’ll tell you now what I’ll tell the morning after election day 2012: boo fucking hoo.

          But- politics is hardball.  If you don’t like it, I hear there are kickball leagues forming. Knitting is good. Or maybe bridge.

  6. sxp151 says:

    on the Constitution Party line?

  7. Akin can easily pull out before September 25th, provided the GOP is willing to put up the cash to reprint ballots.  Considering how much they were pouring in to the race before Akin expressed himself, I don’t see that as a problem.

    The court order is merely a formality; the court is supposed to grant it unless there is a clear and compelling reason not to.

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