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  • Anonymous Women for Todd Akin

    With "Hens for the Fox" seemingly taken, the embattled Todd Akin Senate campaign is seeking to recapture some momentum by reaching out to female voters using a new website titled "Women for Akin."

    The kickoff video, "We Think for Ourselves," features a woman in silhouette, while the accompanying brochure includes pro-Akin testimony from women who give only their first names. Whatever his shortcomings as a human being, at least Akin has the decency to offer his female supporters the same protection offered to mob snitches.

    However, Akin's claim of support among women voters is belied by the website's optimistic grammar — "I am a women and I support Todd!" — as well as the actual membership of this secretive "Women for Akin" group…

    Leading the effort to bolster Akin's support among women appears to be his daughter, Hannah, whose name is featured prominently on the "We Think For Ourselves" brochure posted online.

    "He truly believes that 'all men (and women) are created equal,'" Hannah Akin says in the brochure. "That he, as an elected representative, is 'a servant of the people,' is not just an empty phrase, but a belief that guides his life."

    Hard to tell with all the typos, but maybe the campaign only meant to say that they have the support of the Akin women.

    Tags: Men and Women, Missouri, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
  • Karl Rove Jokes About Killing Todd Akin

    Like a gaseous, floating turd, Missouri's Todd Akin refuses to sink in the polls. The latest numbers, courtesy of Public Policy Polling, have incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill leading the legitimate rape theorist by just one point, 45-44%.

    Missouri Republicans are especially ready to forgive and forget…

    53% of voters say that they accept Akin's apology for his comments last week to 40% who do not. For most Missourians Akin's words weren't a permanent deal breaker. Although Democrats are not ready to forgive him, 77% of Republicans say they accept his apology to only 18% who do not…

    Akin's favorability numbers are still poor with 33% of voters rating him favorably to 56% with a negative opinion. But that's up a net 11 points from our survey last Monday when it came down at 24/58.

    There's a certainly disconnect between the state's electorate and national Republicans, who are concerned about Akin's impact on races in more moderate states and districts. Karl Rove, for one, would like to push Akin out of the race, and down a ravine…

    On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party's highest-earning and most powerful donors…He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

    It had better be an illegitimate murder attempt if there's any chance of it working.

    Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Karl Rove, Missouri, Polls, Todd Akin
  • Our Endorsements: Akin's Heart Just Don't Understand

    * Do you know enough about Todd Akin's heart mouth?

    * A survey of political bloopers.

    * This:

    * This artist is not a fan of President Obama.

    * Democrats have ideas for gun control

    * Things the RNC would be better off leaving unsaid.

    * Politicians posing with animals slideshow.

    * A People's History of Mitt Romney, as told through 30 objects.

    * Karl Rove does a mean James Carville. Wait, I put mean in the wrong place.

    Tags: Barack Obama, BuzzFeed, Daily Links, Democrats, Funny or Die, Guns, James Carville, Jewish, Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Republican National Convention, Republicans, Tampa, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
  • Democrat Claire McCaskill Is Todd Akin's Last Defender!

    Prior to his depiction of the female reproductive system as a legitimate rape detector, Todd Akin had been leading incumbent Missouri senator Claire McCaskill in the polls for months.

    Not anymore. A Mason-Dixon poll shows half of Akin's supporters want him to withdraw and stop assaulting the Republicans' chances of gaining control of the Senate. His favorability rating is 17 percent positive versus 56 percent negative, and he trails McCaskill by nine points.

    A chorus of Republican officials have called on Akin to step aside. Turns out, he is not a miraculous snow-flake who deserves the chance to live out his Senate candidacy to the fullest, but a burden that must be discarded.

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    Tags: Abortion, Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Senate, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
  • From the Pork Barrel: The Joy of Tithing

    * Ann Romney says she loves giving tithing 10 percent of the family income to the Mormon Church so much that she cries. Her husband responded, "So do I, but for a different reason." Now that is an actual joke. I think.

    * Todd Akin has promised the people of Missouri that he will hang himself limply from Mitt Romney's neck like an albatross all the way till November!

    * A Tea Party state legislator who was warned the people of Maryland of how homosexuals will hurt our children got drunk and crashed his boat into another boat full of kids. Is this his way of coming out?

    * 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 Jeb Bush and John McCain sit down with David Gregory to discuss probably a bunch of Republican stuff on NBC's Meet the Press.

    Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: ann, Jeb Bush, John McCain, LGBT, Maryland, Meet the Press, Mitt Romney, Mormon, Pork Barrel, State Legislature, Tea Party, Todd Akin