IN-Sen: Mourdock’s Democratic Opponent Also Anti-Choice

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 6:16 am

By now, you’ve probably heard about Akin II: The Re-Akining, the comments of Republican Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock, talking about abortion and rape at a debate. Who knows why a Republican sees the words “abortion” and “rape” at this point and thinks “Let me try to work up a talking point here,” but [...]

House GOP Decides to Make Scott DesJarlais Face of the Caucus Today

By: Friday October 12, 2012 10:00 am

This is a little thing, but I think revealing about the Republican bubble. So House Democrats have, throughout this work period, sought to disrupt the “pro forma” sessions of the chamber to force a return to work on what they describe as urgent priorities, from taxes to the farm bill to jobs measures. What happens [...]

MO-Sen: Akin Officially on the Ballot; McCaskill Immediately References Legitimate Rape Comments in New Ad

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 6:55 am

Yesterday was the final day that Todd Akin could take himself off the Missouri Senate ballot. But I think the national Republicans who desperately wanted this to happen gave up on the idea long ago. Clearly Akin marches to his own beat, and wouldn’t be swayed even by the cutoff of funds. Some conservative movement [...]

MO-Sen: McCaskill Avoids Antagonizing Akin Until After Ballot Deadline

By: Monday September 10, 2012 11:44 am

There are two weeks left before it becomes impossible for Todd Akin to take his name off the ballot in the Missouri Senate race. To be sure, we’ve seen no signs of him moving toward that in any way, though GOP insiders like Karl Rove have floated a bunch of potential replacements, and fellow politicians [...]

Thoughts on Day 1 at the DNC – The Rise of the Social Liberals

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 6:26 am

You can read the big prime-time speeches from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama. They tell a coherent story of success borne out of struggle, the importance of government investment in education and opportunity as a bridge from the bottom, and the need to give everyone those same chances. They were [...]

Republican Platform Lumbers Far to the Right

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 12:23 pm

The Republican platform is too large a document and covers too many issue areas for one person to dissect entirely. I covered my core competency by going through the housing plank. But for those who did have the time and resources to do a full overview, the picture becomes clear that this is a pretty [...]

Romney Tries to Claim that Abortion Not an Executive Branch Issue

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 6:16 am

I guess Mitt Romney wanted to get in one more shift in position before his convention speech. On CBS News last night, Romney added an exception to his views on abortion rights, and also tried to claim that Presidents have nothing to do with the matter. First, Romney said this: “My position has been clear [...]

Another Republican Gets Tripped Up on Rape and Abortion

By: Monday August 27, 2012 12:58 pm

The specter of Todd Akin, which has hovered around the GOP for a full week, has struck again. This time, Tom Smith, a first-time candidate for US Senate in Pennsylvania, who will probably lose his race to the well-situated Bob Casey, has been nicked. Smith was asked about the rape exception for abortions, and he [...]

MO-Sen: Todd Akin Plans Press Conference for Later Today

By: Friday August 24, 2012 12:55 pm

Care for a Friday afternoon news dump? Todd Akin, the Missouri Senate candidate whose comments about abortion, pregnancy and rape dominated the week, will hold a press conference today at 4:15pm CT in St. Louis County. I’m not sure why this would be held if it weren’t an update to the status of his Senate [...]

Controversial “Rape Victims Can’t Get Pregnant” Doctor Was a Romney Surrogate in 2008

By: Thursday August 23, 2012 8:54 am

Just to add further fuel to the fire of Todd Akin’s comments on “legitimate rape” and abortion, it turns out that the doctor whose opinions formed the basis of those comments was a Mitt Romney surrogate during his last run for the Presidency, and according to the Telegraph (UK), spoke to Romney as recently as [...]

Akin Intimates That Women Fake Rape to Get Abortions

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 8:15 am

Peterr noted some of the developments in the Todd Akin story. The deadline for easily withdrawing from the Missouri Senate race has come and gone, and Akin remains “in it to win it,” defying even a call by the presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee (and a friend from the House Budget Committee, as well as a partner [...]

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