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Good morning everyone!

Heh, so WHY another Stars Earn Stripes themed Monday?  Because the show is on tonight and it pisses off the liberals, lol!  How was everyone’s weekend?  We had the most beautiful weather here in Colorado so we spent our weekend outdoors.  We actually have some trees with leaves that are turning.  Could we be in store for an early winter?  I sure hope not!

I come back to find that our new MO GOP nominee has completely stuffed his foot and in his mouth.  WTH was he thinking?  In an election cycle when the democrats desperately want to make this election about women’s issues instead of Obama’s record this yahoo gives them gold.  Mary Beth has a great write up at C4P about it.  I read Akin’s “clarification” and I didn’t find it the least bit helpful.  Romney/Ryan are already distancing themselves from Akin but he has until Tuesday at 5pm to drop out.

In fact, after Akins heads to the ER to remove this:

He will likely need to make a return visit after many in the GOP get done with him to remove this:

It shouldn’t be that hard to beat Claire M. for a competent conservative.  I suggest Huckabee straighten his chosen candidate out and fix this otherwise people might see what bad judgement the Huck really has and what great wisdom Sarah has…

 

News roundup:

Thank you Rudy

Ahhhcckkkk… what dumbasses… and who in the world leaked this story anyway?…

They’ve lost that loving feeling for Obama…

And I look like Angelina Jolie…

I don’t see this as a bad thing…

Look who’s next to get an IRS audit…

Someone explain to me how you violate an unwritten rule at school…  this isn’t a sisterhood club with pinky swearing…

Whoa

Great so I never again want to hear a criticism of Palin when she fights the culture war in Hollywood as it is equally important…  For the record, I don’t think Andrew Breitbart would actually disagree with Cutter on this.  The culture war is important…

Now this is liar, liar pants on fire…

In my opinion, too late

Oouch

And people laughed at Palin for a legitimate answer they didn’t quite understand?  This is horrible…

I love John Mackey.  I love his story and his healthcare solution for his company. I look forward to his book…

 

Have a great Monday everyone.  Don’t forget to tune in for another episode of Stars Earn Stripes tonight!

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  • cookboy

    This Akin thing is not anamalous, unfortunately. The entire political class is infested with the ignorant and disdainful. This comment just hit a more sensitive nerve than the run of the mill stupid comment.

  • Chris Jefferson

    Akin must go, unfortunately. This comment made him look stupid. Elmer Gantry-ish stupid. As long as the GOP finds the MSM in the pocket of the Democratic Party, our guys have to be careful.

    Sarah Palin was wise, and prescient, to have endorsed Steelman.

    • hrh40

      So if Akin drops out (which I know he won’t but hypothetically …) the other guy (Bruner?) narrowly beat Steelman, is that correct?

      So he would be next in line and he’s worse than Akin from what I understand ….

  • LS as guest

    Could I be reading that NYTimes story right?  Does it say that Ryan revised his last budget to make sure it fit with what Candidate Romney was putting together?

  • Gelston

    Will Sarah weigh in?
    This is a great opportunity for her to speak for conservative ladies, in my humble opinion.

  • RefudiateGOPe

    Good morning, all.

    If you’re to believe Todd Akin’s “clarification”, during that interview he must have gotten his tongue tied over his eye teeth and couldn’t see what he was saying. What a maroon!

    What Akin said is much more problematic than George Allen’s “macaca moment”, and that cost Allen an election he should have won.

    I also think it’s unfortunate that Dana & Chris Loesch are doing back flips to parse Akin’s words into something that they contend is “actually accurate”.  I don’t know at what point of an argument that “actually accurate” meets the smell test, but I’m pretty clear that his statement was “actually stupid” and it stinks to high heaven.

    If macaca can lose you an election, there is no doubt in my mind that a stupid statement about rape, pregnancy and abortion is a sure bet to result in a loss, even if the opponent is Claire McCaskill.

    • http://www.polination.wordpress.com Ting

      “Macaca” might still lose George Allen an election this year.  I am not overly confident about his chances, and can’t believe they let him massage his ego and take a chance like this over what should have been an easy pick-up. It does lend a bit of credence to those who say the GOP likes things just the way they are.

  • John_Frank

    Very early this morning, Sarah Steelman sent out the following tweet:

    Sarah Steelman@sarah_steelman
    Todd Akin’s remarks about “legitimate rape” were inexcusable, insulting and embarrassing to the GOP. #mosen
    https://twitter.com/sarah_steelman/status/237512223218622466

    If people are wondering what Governor Palin thinks, I believe Sarah Steelman’s tweet is your answer.

    P.S. For those are interested, you can find a list of people who endorsed Akin at this page:

    http://www.akin.org/endorsements

    While Ryan is not listed, last fall, he strongly praised Akin’s leadership skills last fall. Akin tried to say that Ryan was endorsing, but he was not. Needless to say Dems are doing everything they can to try and tie Akin to Ryan.

  • Bean Counter

    Mornin’ good buddies. I gotta tell you, the longer this political slasher movie goes on, the more depressed I get. I hope there’s at least an intermission coming soon to give us all a break in the horror.

    The Akin thing is really quite simple. He’s an idiot, bankrolled by the dems and endorsed by another idiot (Huckabee). He, predictably, says something uber stupid and probably loses 100% of the women vote. In a year when our side desperately needs to take the senate, he’s got to go. We can’t just lay down and forfeit any seat due to a dumb ass candidate.

    And, of course, the GOP rep skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee led the news this morning. I swear, our folks just can’t get out of their own way. There’s obviously something in the water on Capitol Hill that turns people into tone deaf power crazed zombies. That whole place needs an exorcism or something equally drastic.

    I’m becoming more and more convinced that every incumbent on either side is an enemy of the state and must be defeated. We need a total purge of all three branches of the federal gov’t. (won’t happen w/the supremes unless there’s a mass resignation) and start over from scratch with folks who aren’t stupid, insane and/or morally bankrupt. Well, sigh, it’s a nice thought.

    Today’s task is getting a new GPS as mine just up and died on me. My phone has a GPS app, but I prefer a standalone unit that doesn’t interfere with the other phone functions. I’m not a good multi-tasker while I’m trying to drive.

    Welll, at least we’ve got Stars Earn Stripes tonight. Go Todd. Show those amateurs how it’s done.

    Y’all stay resolute. And if that don’t work, just get drunk and cry. Go forth and carpe some diem.

  • BostonBruin

    Good morning!

    Sarah Palin has officially endorsed Dan Bongino, running for the Senate in Maryland (h/t: Josh Painter):
    http://sarahpalinjournal.blogspot.com/2012/08/sarah-palin-endorses-dan-bongino-for-us.html

    Comment from Mr. Bongino:

    “The citizens of Maryland have been subjected to the failed ‘bureaucracy first’ ideology of an entrenched political class for far too long. I am determined to bring both a middle-class perspective and value system back to an unresponsive class of insulated politicians. I am a political outsider and I have constructed my campaign around the idea that public office is a sacred trust placed in our elected officials by the citizenry. That sacred trust has been broken and I am making an ironclad promise to the citizens of Maryland to restore it.”

    • hrh40

      You beat me by 5 minutes!

      But fascinating that you quote him and I quote her, so between us, we just about covered it. :)

  • hrh40

    Loooooooove those X-ray photos! :)

    Huckabee’s a career politician good ol’ boy, that’s his main criteria for endorsing IMO.

    Meanwhile Palin endorses former Secret Service op Dan Bongino in “deep blue” Maryland with a Great Statement!

    Re Sarah Palin Journal http://sarahpalinjournal.blogspot.com/2012/08/sarah-palin-endorses-dan-bongino-for-us.html

    “Though political pundits often dismiss conservative candidates running in deep blue states, I don’t believe in ignoring good candidates simply because they’re fighting uphill battles against the odds. In fact, I find such candidates incredibly brave and especially worthy of encouragement. In many cases, they are often the most articulate and courageous new conservative voices out there.

    In 2012, we must cede no ground in our effort to win back control of the Senate and secure the House. We must fight every race to make sure we equip our next President with a wise Congress ready to work for all Americans.  We also owe it to voters in every state – even the deep blue ones – to support good candidates for office so that they have a genuine choice in November. That is why I’m honored to announce my support for Dan Bongino in his Senate race in the “deep blue state” of Maryland.

    Dan is not a politician, but he has spent his career protecting them. He is a decorated United States Secret Service agent who served under three Presidents. Dan has seen what politicians have done to our country, and he’s decided, “If I’m not part of the solution, I’m part of the problem.” He based his candidacy for U.S. Senate in Maryland on a strong commonsense conservative platform, won his primary, and is now fighting an uphill battle against a 45-year career politician who in fact inherited his first political office from his uncle at the tender age of 23 way back in 1967 and has been in elected office ever since. 

    This is more than just a race of Republican vs. Democrat or conservative vs. liberal. It’s about taking our country back from the career politicians in both parties who have spent us into debt, nearly taxed us to death, enriched themselves, rewarded their cronies at our expense, and have no vision to help the private sector create the jobs we need to get this economy moving again. They are the reason why Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low. In supporting Dan
    Bongino, we are offering Maryland voters a clear choice either to continue with the failed policies and crony capitalism of the permanent political class, or to shake things up with Dan Bongino and cast a vote that helps put our country back on the path to prosperity.

    - Sarah Palin”

  • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

    Good morning all. Very excited about the Dan Bongino endorsement. He’s a good candidate. It will be tough to win that race in a state like Maryland, but who knows? He just may pull it off, and it’s great that the Governor wants to support good candidates in blue states.

    Regarding the Akin thing, I think Michelle Malkin’s post says it very well. While I understand the Loeschs calling out media and liberal hypocrisy, that doesn’t excuse conservatives saying stupid things either. Akin still is a better choice than McCaskill, but that doesn’t matter if his mouth gets in the way of victory (and the intelligent speech). It’ll be interesting to see what he and the Missouri GOP do in the coming days.

    http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/20/the-todd-akin-mess/

    • Firelight

      LOVE Malkin’s response!  She is right, the GOP in MO will have to decide if sticking by Akin is more important than winning the Senate seat and thus a majority in the US Senate.

      It will be interesting to see who the MO GOP would broker a deal to back.  I’m not sure what the process is on that.  Does Brunner automatically get the nod because he came in second or does the MO GOP broker a deal between Brunner and Steelman?

      • BostonBruin

        Folks from Missouri have posted on C4P that the MO GOP State Committee would select a new candidate to replace Akin. And supposedly, they could pick anyone.

        • Firelight

          Well, supposedly they could but they would also want to not anger the electorate and find someone they thought could actually beat Claire.  Usually that is someone that the people feel has at least somewhat earned the right to run.

          This could be an interesting next 30 hours.

  • BostonBruin

    Just tweeted by Jake Tapper:

    “.@ScottBrownMA says “Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for US Senate in Missouri.”

    Sounds like Scott Brown is concerned that Akin’s comment could be used against him in his race against Elizabeth Warren.

    • LS as guest

      Akin’s comment could hurt the GOP across the country in all but safe states and districts.

    • LS as guest

      Looks like Ron Johnson just joined Brown.

    • lonestar

      This is one case where Dick Morris was right.  He endorsed Steelman and said it would take a woman to beat McCaskill.
      Even the RINOs are calling for him to drop out.  When Cornyn and KBH condemn you, it must be bad.
      They can’t blame Palin for this one.  

  • John_Frank

    Good morning,

    Akin will now find Romney’s boot up his backside when he goes back to the E.R, along with those of many others.

    Romney: Akin’s ‘Inexcusable’ Comment
    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/314452/romney-akins-inexcusable-comment-robert-costa

    In a phone interview this morning, Mitt Romney told National Review Online that Representative Todd Akin’s recent comment on rape is “inexcusable.”

    “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.”

    Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, controversially claimed on Sunday that a woman’s body can block an unwanted pregnancy.

    “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV.

    “I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”

    Question: How does Akin go about correcting a statement that the de-facto leader of the Republican  party finds is “insulting,” “inexcusable,” “wrong,” “offensive” and “entirely without merit?”

    Hmm …is Romney saying that a full and complete apology by Akin, coupled with abject groveling, along with a hundred lashes in the public square will suffice to make amends for his sins, or is he telling Akin in a polite way that it is time to walk the plank and withdraw.

    My bet is the latter, but since I am not up on my Romneyese time will tell.

    P.S. I suspect the overnight poll numbers that were conducted by the Romney campaign concerning Akin’s statement and the potential impact on Romney’s campaign were absolutely dreadful.

  • Lipstick

    Wow! I had no idea my mind could block an unwanted pregnancy! The human mind is a powerful thing.

    • lonestar

      Only if you are being legitimately or forcibly raped.  If you’re too passive during the rape, I guess you still get pregnant.

  • Riley4Palin

    Happy Kick in the Balls Monday!

    Dr. Todd Akin, head of the Gynecologist Department of Missouri must seriously check his ego today and do what is best to win the Senate seat and kick Claire to the curb.  The calls for resigning are starting to come from both sides now.  I don’t think he lasts another 48 hours.  And here I thought good ol’ Claire was toast.  Leave it to the GOP men to create stupid narratives about women’s issues that they never have been able to lead on…….ever in my lifetime.  And another thing, when you have Snake Oil Salesman and Preacher Mike Huckabee stepping forward to spin for your side, it is a losing narrative Team Akin.  Buttercup Claire appeared on Morning Joe and spun herself silly that Dr. Todd should stay in the race.  Politics 101 always tell me that the GOP should do the opposite of what the Dems tell us.  Your move Dr. Todd.

    Speaking of stupid narratives, skinny dipping while on a taxpayer funded trip?  Really GOP?  The  politician’s response was even worse. How does, “I didn’t keep my swimsuit on” ever spin in your favor?  These are the days it must really suck to go home to a girlfriend or wife.  “How was your day dear?”………Good Lord.   Women may be emotional at times, but men leave their brains at the curbside more often than not.

    Glad I was playing golf and enjoying the nice weather over the weekend and missed out on all this unforced error political drama.  Good thing Sarah Palin endorsed Akin in this MO race……oh wait.

  • blackbird

    Good afternoon everyone. Great news round up Firelight. The John Mackey video is excellent and his book will be a good read.

    “people laughed at Palin for a legitimate answer they didn’t quite understand?” this is usually true when it comes to the Governor, her bus tour comes to mind and speaking of bus tour it would be great to see the Governor gas up the bus although beginning to middle of summer would have been a great time oh well maybe next year, but most definitely 2016.

  • blackbird

    GOING FOR IT

    Columnist Dave Barry says this about his father: “My dad … he’d try anything — carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, roofing. From watching him, I learned a lesson that still applies to my life today: No matter how difficult a task may seem, if you’re not afraid to try it, you can do it. And when you’re done, it will leak.”

    I’m the King of Leaks. But at least his father tried. There’s something to be said for taking a risk and going for it. I am convinced that one of the great necessities of life is courage.

    We’ve heard it said, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” But the motto of some of us is more like “Nothing ventured, nothing lost.” How often are we so afraid to try to do something new or to go in a new direction that we never venture beyond the familiar? “Better to be safe than sorry” has trapped too many unhappy people in a cocoon of their comfort zones.

    What would you be doing with your life today if you had more courage yesterday? Where could you be tomorrow if you decide to take a reasonable risk today?

    Humorist J. Upton Dickson once said he wanted to start a society called the “Dependent Order of Really Meek and Timid Souls.” When you make an acrostic of the first letters of its name, you have the word “Doormats.” According to Dickson, the Doormats could have an official insignia — a yellow caution light. Their official motto might be: “The meek shall inherit the earth, if that’s okay with everybody.”

    Fear. Is there anything so crippling to the spirit as fear? How might things be different if we acted with just a little more courage? After all, who doesn’t feel fear? But the truth is that courage is not fearlessness; courage is deciding to act anyway.

    Over the years I’ve enjoyed letters from some of our Life Support System family all around the world. One such friend wrote to me in response to an article and said, “I always say that anything worth doing is worth doing poorly! That way nothing scares me off. Try most anything.” Once she was able to let go of the outcome and decided not to care about whether she succeeded or failed, she found the courage to jump in and try.

    U.S.A. essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said it like this: “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

    Boldness is not the same as carelessness. And I have made plenty of mistakes in life. But I am quite sure that my bitterest memories come because I was afraid to act. I sometimes wonder what my life would be like today if I had been a little bolder, a little more daring, when opportunities showed themselves.

    This last part of my life I will err on the side of boldness. And if I overstep, I can at least rest assured that I didn’t squander whatever gifts I have because I was afraid to venture into the unknown. 

    By Steve Goodier: http://www.lifesupportsystem.com

  • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

    Well, per his comments on Huckabee’s show, it looks like Akin is staying in the race. Ugh.

    Now I have MC Hammer lyrics running through my head…..Too Legit to Quit. Sorry, I know that’s bad.

    • TENCOLE

       Hey Whit, check this out. For all those who even think Obama has a remote chance of “loosing” Illinois….or rather that Mitt has a chance to “win” it.

      http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2012/08/illinois-powerful-and-lively-capitol-media-.html#more

      • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

         I saw the new polling. I think Obama’s lead is indeed shrinking in Illinois, but I really doubt that he will lose here. Yes, he’s only ahead by 13 in Cook county, but I don’t think that corresponds to a Romney win. I think it may help some Congressional GOPers win though, perhaps, especially Jason Plummer who is running for a retiring Dem’s seat in the Metro East/southern Illinois area.It does perhaps generate some GOP excitement, but he won’t lose. The GOP leaders in Illinois don’t have the grassroots ability to pull it off, especially with a candidate like Romney.

         I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer. This is just how I see it.

    • BostonBruin

      Spoke too soon. Apparently, Akin is dropping out tomorrow. This news was tweeted by Erick Erickson and a few others.

      Senator Cornyn (head of the NRSC) has withdrawn NRSC financial support and the Crossroads PAC (Karl Rove) is also pulling their ads from Missouri. Money talks.

      • John_Frank

        I am not sure that Erickson knows what he is talking about.

        His tweet was sent before the Huckabee interview in which Akin said that he was staying.

        Also, the Family Research Council has come out in support of Akin.

        Todd Akin moves to save candidacy
        http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79889.html

        Yes, I know it is pulitico.

        “This is an effort to try to direct attention away from…Claire McCaskill, who has been supportive of Planned Parenthood – an organization that’s been under investigation for criminal activity,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in between meetings of the RNC platform committee.

        Perkins lashed out at Brown of Massachusetts for saying Akin should get out of the race.

        “He should be careful because based on some of his statements there may be calls for him to get out of his race,” he said of Brown. “He has been off the reservation on a number of Republican issues, conservative issues I should say. His support among conservatives is very shallow.”

        Connie Mackey, the president of FRC Action PAC, said Republicans trying to pressure Akin out of the race lack “backbone.”

        “We feel this is a case of gotcha politics,” she said. “We know who Todd Akin is because we’ve worked with him up on the Hill. He’s a defender of life. He’s a defender of families. This is just a controversy built up, it looks as though, to support his opposition. Claire McCaskill on the other hand has supported Planned Parenthood all these years…Todd Akin is getting a very bad break here. We support him fully and completely.”

        Mackey added that she’s not agreeing or disagreeing with his statement.

        “I know nothing about the science or the legal implications of his statement,” she said. “I do know politics, and I know gotcha politics when I see it.”

        http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79889_Page3.html

        I am starting to get a really bad feeling about this.

        See also:

        Todd Akin to withdraw from U.S. Senate race tomorrow?
        http://twitchy.com/2012/08/20/todd-akin-to-withdraw-from-u-s-senate-race-tomorrow/

        Initial reports suggested that Akin was quitting, but it seems these reports are coming from the Mo GOP and not from the candidate, who is fundraising and pressing forward.

      • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

         We’ll see what inevitably happens. If he stays in, it’ll be very hard for him to gain any traction with no funding and with fellow GOPers distancing themselves him.

        I understand to a point those who are upset that it seems he is being pushed out. I don’t like him as a candidate, but he’s a reasonably good conservative as a congressman. People see this as the GOP getting wobbly, but I don’t think that’s it. It’s one thing to push back against lies from the Democrats. It’s another thing to stand behind a comment that will be used against you for three months and may cause your party to lose an important seat.

        I just hope if he does get out that the MO GOP doesn’t do anything stupid with whom they might choose as a replacement. They should choose one of the two runner ups, preferably Steelman. I’m not necessary an identity politics person, though I like to see conservative women in office, but considering the nature of Akin’s comments, Steelman may be the way to go.

        • BostonBruin

          He’s now saying on Hannity’s radio show that he’s staying in. Looks like Erick Erickson and other jumped the gun.

      • lonestar

        When the super RINO Cornyn dumps you, it’s bad.

    • John_Frank

      For those who are interested, Real Clear Politics has the full interview with Huckabee:

      Akin On Rape Comment: “I’m Not A Quitter … I’ve Not Yet Begun To Fight”
      http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/08/20/akin_on_rape_comment_im_not_a_quitter__ive_not_yet_begun_to_fight.html

      During the interview Akin at the urging of Huckabee said that when he was talking about “legitimate rape” he meant “forcible rape.”

      Shakes head …. sighs … what the heck?

      “Rape is rape.”

      In the meantime, Obama went to the WH Press Briefing room to take advantage of … I mean comment on the situation.

      It is now being reported that:

      National GOP pulls funding from Todd Akin’s Missouri race in wake of rape comments
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/with-todd-akins-rape-comments-abortion-is-back-in-the-campaign-spotlight/2012/08/20/c497bae4-eac7-11e1-a80b-9f898562d010_story.html

      Akin has been clearly told, he will have absolutely no outside financial support if he stays in the race.

      P.S. If Akin does not withdraw … “legitimate rape” …. “forcible rape” … versus “rape is rape.”

  • Riley4Palin

    At this point it looks like the only person who can knock some sense into Dr. Todd Akin resigning from the Senate race ASAP is Dana Loesch.  I agree with her 95% of the time, but this is part of the 5% where we have disagreed. I’d like her to call him personally and tell her guy to stand down for the sake of the country.

    I see no positives here.  The Dems will use this audio and video clip on every single race until November to turn out the women and Independents.  There is no plus side to him staying in.  He is making a complete ass of himself on Hannity right now.   Of course this is a follow up to his other boneheaded interview today with Schmuckabee.

    • lonestar

      Dana Loesch owes her rise to the rise of the tea party.  She got national exposure with the tea party.  Greta had her on the air in the beginning.  She is not the all powerful. In fact, she isn’t even a big player in Missouri politics.

      • Riley4Palin

        Lonestar:

        You are missing my point.  As far as I can tell, Dana seems to be one of the very few defending Akin now.  I love her passion about politics in general, but on this issue alone, I believe she is wrong.  She endorsed him in this race, was angered that Palin stepped in with her endorsement of Steele, and has been defending Akin’s comments since yesterday.

        This has nothing to do with her stature in the TP movement.  That is a separate issue.  Since Loesch has been such a supporter, it probably would be helpful for her to re-evaluate her own position in the coming hours, see the ‘lay of the land’ right now, and then in turn talk to Akin about stepping down so that a new candidate can get in place quickly and take out Claire, kill the Dem narrative, and move forward.

    • Firelight

      I normally agree with Dana as well but she seems willing to go to the mat for this guy and it is causing her to lose credibility because she no longer looks objective.

      Akin needs to go ASAP and if he doesn’t and MO loses, Dana will take some serious heat. Based on her tweets, I don’t see her asking Akin to stand aside.  Unfortunately, she is telling conservatives to knock it off.

  • Firelight

    IMO Akin needs to go now.

    He has unfortunately changed the conversation from Right to Life to now a debate on the definition of rape and the body’s response to rape.  That is a HUGE problem and a losing dialogue.

    By making the comments he did, Akin made the issue about gender.  The ONLY way to make this huge gaffe no longer an issue hanging over any MO GOP candidate’s head is to put Sarah Steelman in as the new candidate.

    JMO

    • Riley4Palin

      Fire:

      You nailed it in your first and second paragraph.

      I don’t tweet, but I do follow a few people – including Loesch and John Nolte.  They are wrong on this issue and keep paddling upstream and will not wave the white flag.  It is driving me completely bonkers!!

      WTF Dana and John?   It is beyond creepy for any normal person man or woman to hear this story about a white GOP man talking about a woman’s body shutting down if she is “legitimately raped”.  Good Lord.  This is a NOT an issue they can win.  Enough already!!  This isn’t something that can be repaired at this point.  Perhaps they should really be wondering why the hell Akin wasn’t prepared fully to answer questions about social issues.

      As for putting Steelman in as the candidate, I really don’t think Dana is going to go for that either.  And I thought I was a bit stubborn.  I’ve got nothing on Dana.  LOL

      • John_Frank

         During the Huckabee interview, he said that he meant to say “forcible rape” instead of “legitimately raped.”

        What he meant to discuss was a pregnancy arising from a forcible rape, which under the US Criminal Code is the worst legal category from rape, the lessor category being statutory rape (without force).
        http://www2.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2009/offenses/violent_crime/forcible_rape.html

        Needless to say the whole problem is how he framed the discussion, even in his apology.

        P.S. Akin is an engineer by profession.

        • Bill589

          I hope he is a better engineer than he is statesman.

          • section9

            Herbert Hoover was an engineer, but an awful President. Calvin Coolidge once remarked that he couldn’t believe he took any economic advice from Hoover.

            That said, Hoover was a terrific statesman.

        • Firelight

          To me this just showed that he isn’t ready yet to take on the democraps.  He should have done what Palin did and simply say in that situation, he would hope people would choose life.  That all he needs to say.

          He isn’t ready for the big leagues and needs to step down.

      • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

        I admire the Loeschs’ fighting spirit (her husband’s tweeting a lot about this too), but I don’t like their almost nastiness when fellow conservatives disagree with them. I think this even on times I’ve agreed with them.

        Yes, Breitbart was about “war” in the ideological and messaging sense, but you don’t waste tons of ammunition on a battle you’re ultimately going to lose. 

        For what it’s worth, the Tea Party Express, who endorsed Steelman, and Senator Johnson from Wisconsin, who endorsed Brunner, have called for Akin to step down. 

        • Firelight

          Whitney, I agree.  My thing is consistency.  I try really hard and don’t always have it within myself but I do try and I know for certain that if this was a liberal, Dana and Chris would be all over them.  In fact, Dana was all over Whoopie for the rape-rape comment so I find it hypocritical that she now defends Akin.

          I do somewhat feel sorry for Akin because while I don’t like him, he is a conservative.  I also understand that the pile on has mostly to do with the urgency of the situation and the deadline to decide.  That is unfortunate but it is what it is.

          I would feel better about Dana and Chris if they could just admit his statement was colossal stupidity and that the statement is indefensible but the person is defensible.  However, they are not approaching it that way.

           

          • section9

            Dana is playing the “No Enemies On The Right” Game that Andrew played. The game the media plays is a con, and Andrew understood the con, but when our own side puts on its Stupid Hat, it’s time for Mr. Potato Head to step down.

  • Bill589

    Yesterday, I saw a Juan Williams has a show on FOX: Fixing Our Schools
    I totally disagree with his big government view.

    This is how I understand our federal Dept of Education:

    Jimmy Carter thought that the federal government needed to take care of us more because the quality of our schools should be better. So he grew government another department, and began the spending of a lot of our money, year after year, administration after administration.

    Now our schools are worse.

    And I can’t find ‘governing education’ in the US Constitution.

    When Connecticut took care of Connecticut, we did education better.

    If California was responsible for California, then I believe they would control their debt much better, since they would be the ones to pay the money back.

    Also, I don’t believe we should trust the federal government being involved with our children’s education because I don’t want them to influence what is taught.

    I believe the Dept of Ed is not only a big waste of money, but also has made our schools worse.
    I want it gone.

  • indemind

    “Never entrust power to anyone not willing to surrender it”

    I Stand With Sarah Palin

    ¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸…¸.¤*¨¨*¤.
    ¸.*SarahAmerica *¸
    .¸.¤*¨¨*¤.¸¸.¸.¤*¨¨*¤. …………  Not4Sale
    ..

    P.s…. Thanks Fierlight….ForAnother Grrreat News Round-up…………. love those xrays… *_*

  • John_Frank
    • Firelight

      I heard that and Akin did not sound like he was getting it.  It wasn’t sinking in.

      • section9

        You can tell that Pass-the-Buck-a-Bee has been on the phone with Akin threatening to release more felons if Akin quits the race.

    • lonestar

      Consider dropping out?  Someone needs to make it clear to Akin, Get Out Now!

      • John_Frank

        LOL … You think?

        What is deeply troubling is that during the interview Akin says that it was just one word that got him into trouble. He simply does not understand the gravity of the harm he caused with his comments.

        While his apology is heartfelt, the negative genie is out of the bottle. He says he believes in life and that belief motivates his effort. Then he needs to stand down, because his personal pursuit may cause untold harm to his motivating cause.

  • DeeDEEthree

    I posted this over at C4P.
    This is interesting.

    From the Daily Paul. http://www.dailypaul.com/249890/sarah-palins-palin-for-president-is-after-the-nomination

    Sarah Palin’s  ‘Palin For President’ Is Going After The GOP Nomination.

  • Just Passing By…

    Gov. Palin just posted the following reminder on facebook/twitter: ” Looking
    forward to watching “Stars Earn Stripes” again tonight at 8pm/9c on
    NBC. Sometimes Americans too easily forget that our troops are still in
    harm’s way in war zones today. SES is a great pop cultural reminder of
    the efforts of our men and women in uniform.”Todd’s partner, and the other half of “#TeamAKbro”, has been posting pics and responding to questions/comments on both his twitter and facebook accounts. Operative J.W. Cortes can be found on twitter @jwcortes and on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JWCortesOperative. (JW looks like he’s live tweeting again tonight-he responded to all time zones last week.) Might be a nice gesture of support for Palinistas to follow/like him on those two accounts.Also, please vote for Todd and JW on nbc as the team to “win it all” here: http://www.nbc.com/stars-earn-stripes/photos/11423#item=253755

    • Just Passing By….

       Sorry, the format got completely messed up on that post. Not sure what happened.

      • Firelight

        It’s still readable :) and I completely agree!  We should all support JW on twitter and FB.  I don’t post a thread again until Wednesday but I’ll include the info in my open thread. 

        I’ll head over and vote now for Todd and JW at the NBC link.  Excellent idea and thanks for providing the links!

        • Just Passing By….

          From reading his website and facebook page, it looks like JW is trying to break in to the acting/directing world. Hopefully this show will help. I was just impressed that a Latino male, raised in Brooklyn, and currently working for the NYPD was willing to retweet @SarahPalinUSA multiple times and speak positively about Todd in interviews.  Certainly if he had chosen to do the opposite, he would have found lots of immediate success in Hollywood and probably would have been well received by the higher-ups at the NYPD. His choice to not ignore Gov. Palin and to NOT speak negatively of  Todd (even subtly), shows me he’s an honorable man. I appreciate his willingness to stick his neck out and am pulling for JW and Todd to win this thing.

    • Firelight

      Awhile back you asked me about Chris Edwards, Palin’s former deputy Chief of Staff who supposedly helped with Game Change.

      I found this article not long ago but that is about it.

      http://www.washingtonian.com/blogs/capitalcomment/print/2012/04/04/meet-the-former-gop-staffer-now-hawking-chocolates-in-the-pentagon-pictures.php

      I was hoping you would pop back in so that I could share it with you.

      • Just Passing By….

        Wow – you have a steel trap mind! Impressive! Thanks for remembering and linking that article. I’m not quite sure what to think about Chris Edwards…so many contradictions…not what I expected. I’m going to have to digest that one for a while. For some reason I find myself feeling sad and somewhat sorry for him. Regardles of why he did it, he’s still on my “never vote for this candidate because they hired________” list. Thanks again for rembembering and posting Firelight. I rarely post but often read…you are kicking butt and have one of the best political round-up sites out there.

  • Gelston

    did you notice that one of the reps who went swimming in Israel was Rep Quayle of AZ.
    To quote Jay Leno, “What were you thinking?”

  • MT4P

    moved

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