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  • From the Pork Barrel: Mitt Romney Loves to Laugh

    * It's a near-perfect simulation of genuine emotions of humorishness.

    * "The only relevant comparison that I see between [Mitt Romney's] campaign and Friday Night Lights is in the character of Buddy Garrity." -Peter BergFNL series creator and anti-BuzzBissinger

    * Looks like the swings states are slowly but steadily swinging away from Barack Obama. Oh well. Who needs Iowa?

    * Todd "Shut That Whole Thing Down" Akin is, it seems, also quite the scholar in the field of evolutionary science.

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as we watch CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning at 9 am (EST).


    Tags: Barack Obama, Evolution, Mitt Romney, Pork Barrel, Science & Technology, Television, Todd Akin
  • Todd Akin Is So Pro-Life, He Opposes Abortion in Cases of Non-Pregnancy

    Todd Akin — a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology — is justly famous for his medical expertise on the "legitimate rape" counter-measures available to the female body. But until Amanda Marcotte spotlighted a speech he gave on the House floor in 2008, few of us were aware of his contributions to to analytic philosophy…

    "It is no big surprise that we fight the terrorists because they are fundamentally un-American, and yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists… You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die."

    That is some deep stuff. That is why Akin is on the Science, Space and Technology committee and we are not.

    As Dan Amira explains, it's possible Akin was referring to a spectacularly rare phenomenon in which shady doctors defraud women by performing phony procedures when the patients aren't actually pregnant. In which case, Akin isn't so much a meta-physicist as a consumer advocate.

    But this doesn't free us of the deeper philosophical question. Aren't abortions in which no fetus is terminated the best kind of abortion from a pro-life perspective? Why isn't staunch anti-choicer Todd Akin standing up for fake abortions?

    Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Abortion, Science & Technology, Todd Akin
  • Quote Unquote: Not a Winnable Race

    Republican Sen. John Cornyn on Todd Akin's electoral chances

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    "I just think that this is not a winnable race. We have to make tough calculations based on limited resources and where to allocate it, where it will have the best likelihood of electing a Republican senator."

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    Also — and don't quote me on this — but I hear that Akin always seems to "forget" his wallet for congressional lunch trips to Applebee's. So, that might be factoring in, too.


    Tags: John Cornyn, Money, Quote Unquote, Republicans, Senate, Todd Akin
  • Claire McCaskill Is Not "Ladylike" Enough for Todd Akin

    Todd Akin opens his mouth, news story happens. You know how it goes

    When she defeated Republican Senator Jim Talent in 2006, [Democratic Sen. Claire] McCaskill "had a confidence and was very much more sort of ladylike," Akin told reporters today at a press conference in Jefferson City on the third day of a statewide bus tour.

    "In the debate we had Friday, she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she was threatened," Akin said.

    Yeah, you know how women are, when they're threatened. They turn into surly wharf tarts and brazen hussies, what with their strong personalities and willingness to engage in serious discussion. Sometimes they're even talk about their vaginas! Disgusting!

    Personally, I think this is a very strategically-sound move from Akin's perspective. I mean, I think it's gross, but that's kinda the point.

    Hear me out: A month ago, Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" pretty much drove away most voters who could be considered "discerning" or "rational." So, now, at this point, not only does he not have anything to lose by saying crazy ridiculous sexist nonsense, but it could actually behoove him! You know, energize the ol' crazy ridiculous sexist base and make sure they get out to the polls.

    Everything is going according to plan.

    Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Debates, Men and Women, Missouri, Senate, Todd Akin
  • Todd Akin Might Still Win This Thing

    It's been about a month since Rep. Todd Akin went on television and accidentally said in public stuff that Republicans usually only say in private. But Sen. Claire McCaskill still only remains a few points ahead of Akin in polls, and now Republican money seems to be flowing back into Akin's campaign coffers.

    So, what exactly does this mean?

    But a month after his comments set the political world on fire, there’s a different feeling on the ground here among operatives, voters, activists and officials in both parties: Akin can still win.

    Akin's strategy rests on a big push to turn out the base in areas like conservative southwestern Missouri while stemming losses in Democratic-friendly bastions, such as the St. Louis region — all the while waging a pressure campaign on Republicans in Washington to send national money into a tightly contested race.

    The exact details of Akin's plan are a little complicated, but it can be easily simplified down to this: An Akin loss, under the current circumstances, would not be considered "legitimate" in the eyes of Republicans. But the GOP has ways to shut all that Claire McCaskill-winning stuff down.

    It's scientific.

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images


    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Senate, Todd Akin