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
While the voters have not been unkind to the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, one segment of the Congressional Republican Party has been dealt a devastating blow: the Senate Rape Caucus.
Tags: Abortion, Bob Casey, Claire McCaskill, Election Day 2012, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
As you've no doubt heard, Todd Akin has been catching some heat for comparing his opponent Sen. Claire McCaskill to a dog. Well, Akin's adviser — in an apparent attempt to smooth things over with angry voters — tweeted this out a little while ago…
If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she'd be a "Bullshitsu",
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) October 22, 2012
We saw that, and we were like, "Heeeeyyyyyyy… Not only is that incredibly offensive, but it also kind of looks like fun." So we decided to put together a list of other possible dog breeds that Sen. McCaskill might be…
Tags: Claire McCaskill, Puppies!, Todd Akin
Let's grant that the failure of Todd Akin's mouth to shut down all the legitimately offensive things his brain comes up with presents a serious problem. But consider the Republican Senate candidate's latest statement about his opponent Claire McCaskill…
"She goes to Washington, D.C., it's a little bit like one of those dogs, 'fetch,'" Akin said. "She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri."
At first glance, comparing McCaskill to a dog appears just as bad as all the other remarks Akin has recently made. However, we shouldn't be making such a judgement without first consulting a nutjob-to-English dictionary. As a native speaker, Iowa's Rep. Steve King makes for the perfect translator…
When WHO TV's John Bachman asked King about a time when he compared immigrants to dogs by saying the U.S. could have the "pick of the litter," King responded, "It was a compliment, John."
Turns out that in his native tongue, calling Claire McCaskill a dog is actually the nicest thing Todd Akin has ever said about a woman.
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Tags: Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Steve King, Todd Akin