Yesterday, Donald Trump made the worst possible hash out of a question on abortion that you could even imagine. He basically made Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Christine O’Donnell look like seasoned veterans in terms of manipulating the media minefield of abortion questions. Show More Summary
Trump at MSNBC's town hall, March 30, 2016. (Tom Lynn/Getty) And just like that, the Republican presidential contest has veered into Todd Akin territory. In a taped Wisconsin townhall with MSNBC voters, set to air Wednesday evening,Show More Summary
Congratulations, Idaho, you now have your very own Todd Akin.
What’s good, Idaho Legislature? How is legislating going up there in the Great Potato State or whatever you call yourselves? Quick question: do you guys ever feel like you run, well, a little bit behind? Like perhaps your wingnuts don’t catch on to what other wingnuts are wingnutting about until several years later? Now now,
SEXIST MAN-HATING SENATOR TRIES TO END DEBATE SHE’S LOSING: Sen. Claire McCaskill would like men to ‘just shut the hell up’ on these issues. But remember, Todd Akin was the crazy one.
It's one thing to try and choose your own opponent...but did the Missouri Senator go too far?
Why yes, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill wanted to make sure that Rep. Todd Akin won the 2012 Missouri GOP primary so that she could kick his ass in the general, and at this point she’s bragging to WIN THE MORNING about how she helped make that happen. Akin’s track record made him my ideal opponent. [Read more...]
LISTEN AND LEARN: Claire McCaskill: How I Helped Todd Akin Win — So I Could Beat Him Later.
In 2010, 2012, and 2014, Democrats pounded the GOP on the "war on women." It did little good, but the Democrats have kept it going. Within the Republican Party, the leaders and candidates, scared of another Todd Akin moment, have run from the issue of abortion. Show More Summary
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) invoked Todd Akin’s name after Donald Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen says a husband can’t rape his spouse. McCaskill tweeted Cohen is “giving Akin a run for his money.” Cohen was upset over a Daily Beast article on how Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, alleged that he had raped her, though she walked [...]Show More Summary
“In recent years, Republicans have worked to soften their tone when it comes to contentious issues such as abortion, wanting to avoid a repeat of gaffes like Todd Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ comments that have turned off many female voters,” Politico [...]
Prominent Hillary Clinton donor Donald Trump wasn’t happy when Karl Rove compared him to Todd Akin. Rove also said, “The fundamentals matter a lot and Mr. Trump’s fundamentals are not good,” and
BERNIE SANDERS IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S ID: The other aspect of Sanders’ candidacy that is so interesting is the media’s coverage of it. Sure, he’s said a ton of nutty things that would make Todd Akin blush (e.g., claiming that cervical cancer is caused by an insufficient number of orgasms), but the lack of coverage […]
PARTY OF SCIENCE: Bernie Sanders Once Blamed Cervical Cancer on a Lack of Orgasms. On Facebook, Stefan Sharkansky snarks: “He and Todd Akin should go up against each other in a gynecology quiz match.”
In 2012, then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) took a winnable Senate race and turned it into a debacle for the whole party. His comments on rape were front and center at the Democratic National Convention. One news cycle after another was devoted to his ignorant remarks. He lived up to the cartoon portrait of a clueless […]
VERONIQUE DE RUGY: Yes, Jonathan Gruber Is an Obamacare Architect. Gruber is the Todd Akins of Obamacare, except unlike Akins, Gruber really did matter…a lot.
In an effort to take advantage of Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s position on abortion in the case of rape, All In host Chris Hayes labeled the likely Republican presidential candidate’s statements the “first Todd Akin moment of the...Show More Summary
Maybe the media should take note.
OH, LOOK, ANOTHER DEMOCRATIC TODD AKIN: National Journal: Democrats Have a Todd Akin Problem: Alan Grayson is getting closer to a Senate campaign in Florida. He could cost them a must-win seat—and threaten their chances at a Senate majority. Rep. Alan Grayson is the Todd Akin of the Democrats—except that he’s louder, more outrageous, and […]
SHE’S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA’S TODD AKIN: Roll Call: Loretta Sanchez Stumbles Prompt SoCal Angst. It has been a rough few days for Sanchez. A mere three days after announcing her candidacy, Sanchez mimicked a Native American “war cry” at an event at the state party convention. She apologized, but “no doubt hurt herself,” said Eric Bauman, […]