• The GOP's Plan to Be Less Todd Akin-y

    Having seen its "say a bunch of stupid shit about rape" campaign strategy succeeding less well than expected in 2012, it would appear as though the Republican Party might be ready to take a slightly different tack

    In the wake of the GOP's Election Day beatdown, influential Republican senators say enough's enough: Party leaders need to put the kibosh on the kind of savage primaries that yielded candidates like Akin — and crippled Republican prospects of taking the Senate in two straight election cycles.

    It’s time, they say, for Washington bosses to be more assertive about recruiting and then defending promising candidates. They argue that it’s critical to start enlisting local conservative activists as allies and to ease the tea party versus Washington dynamic that’s wreaked havoc on the party.

    And if that doesn't work, they can tell their candidates to stop saying a bunch of stupid shit about rape. Maybe even a combination of the two strategies?

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    Tags: Republicans, Todd Akin


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