Tuesday The Thirteenth

Todd Akin, like one of those Jasonesque characters in a sequel-begetting fright flick, just won’t go away.

A sometimes Democrat-friendly polling firm, Public Policy Polling, finds that Akin is only down 48-44 to Claire McCaskill (women support Claire 55-38), even after Dr. Todd shared his pre-Neanderthalic understanding of rape and the female reproductive system with Missouri voters.

The survey found that although Akin’s favorability rating is at only 29%—that’s not a typo—his good standing among Republicans in this state has gone up from 74% to 79%. Apparently, a vast majority of Missouri Republicans have decided that Akin’s medieval pseudoscience, which claims that women’s bodies have special recognition devices that can detect sperm planted through “legitimate” violence, is the kind of science that GOP Jesus loves.

Surprisingly, among independents the race is, uh, tied, 46-46. What that means is that some of those who claimed they are independents are lying through their conservative teeth or don’t have the slightest idea what “independent’ means (not out of the question here in Missouri). Those who claimed they were not Republicans or Democrats amounted to 32% in this survey. And no one can convince me that 46% of true independents are voting for the pre-Neanderthal in this race. If that is so, Allah help us.

Also, it appears some extra dough is finding its way into the state in support of Dr. Todd.  The New York Times’ “The Caucus” reports that Akins “is receiving an influx of more than $2 million in the final days of his campaign.” The skinny:

Nearly a million of those dollars on television ad buys are coming from Mr. Akin’s campaign, while the rest is from outside groups, and there is speculation that organizations that previously distanced themselves from the six-term Congressman could be behind some of the new spending.

One of those organizations suspected of sending Akin money is the National Republican Senatorial Committee (chaired by Texas Senator John Cornyn, who is so conservative that he once almost compared homosexual marriage to a man marrying a box turtle—I kid you not), which had pulled the plug on Akin when it appeared he would not survive his lecture on evangelical gynecology. But now that he is, like Jason, alive and well, Cornyn may be funneling money to the state Republican party, which has never stopped its support of Dr. Todd.

But I want to pass on something that may help those of you who, like me, have feared that the pre-Neanderthal can pull off a win and not only embarrass Missouri, but help speed up the ongoing erosion of women’s rights.

On Sunday, I was helping to contact local potential McCaskill voters. Several times we ran across Republican women who were voting for Claire, despite the fact their husbands were not. One woman said to us:

Tell her I am a rock-ribbed Republican but I am supporting her.

I took that as good news that although the race will be mind-mindbogglingly close—considering what kind of candidate Akin is—there is a goodly number of Republican women out there who haven’t yet lost their minds.

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  1. genegarman

     /  November 5, 2012

    And, do I not have the same type of opposition in Kansas State Senate District 13? Yes, I do. So, it should be just as significant for those who read this to make sure everyone on your email lists, in the Kansas counties of Cherokee and Crawford, as well as the cities of Fort Scott and Chetopa, know for whom to vote: Gene Garman, Democrat.


    • Gene,

      Thanks for the notice. I published a blog post today with some information on you and your race. Good luck. I’ve already texted my brother in Fort Scott and put the word out through him.



  2. Consistent with election panic time, I got an emotive robo-call the other day from none other than Missouri Senator Roy Blunt. And his wife! The couple pleaded with me to, for heaven’s sake and the sake of our children’s financial futures, vote for Todd Akin! If ever appeals to reason were in, they are are out now. Now it’s between “our kind” and “them”.

    One more day. I’m voting for Bronco Bama. And Claire.


    • I like “Bronco Bama” a lot.

      One more day, indeed. Nice of you to get a two-for-one deal on the Blunt phone call. I guess his ex-wife wasn’t available to take part in the family values phone-iness! There’s nothing quite like an ideological ménage à trois! Sorry you missed it. Maybe next time.


  3. Treeske

     /  November 5, 2012

    Not unusual for Republican women to vote differently from their husbands. Nancy Reagan, Barbara and Lara Bush are among many Republican women who are pro-choice but did not speak out until their husbands were out of office!


    • I have mixed feelings about their not speaking out, too. I understand it, but in Reagan’s case, as well as Barbara Bush’s, it was pretty clear how they felt. They just didn’t have the courage, or the concern, of a Betty Ford. As Eleanor Smeal wrote,

      There was never a secret where Ford stood on women’s rights.



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