Former Bush staffer Michael Gerson lays out reality his party in The Washington Post. Tea party candidates — recall Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin — often lose winnable races. Tea party primary challenges, and the fear of them, encourage a harsher ideological tone among sitting Republican legislators, undermining their general-election appeal [...]
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We may have our own Richard Mourdock in Oregon. Jason Conger, the presumptive front runner for the GOP nod to take on Jeff Merkley, came on “Kremer and Abrams” this Sunday. I asked him why he had, in 2011, sponsored HB 3512, a “fetal pain” abortion limitation with no exception for rape or incest victims. Show More Summary
In response to McAuliffe, 'I Will Be a Brick Wall' for Abortion Advocates: Todd Akin, I'm sure you remember, was pilloried for having an extreme position only a small minority of the American people agree with. In an interview with a St. Show More Summary
The Senate Conservatives Fund is planning to start doing in the House what it has already done in the Senate: knock out insufficiently conservative Republican incumbents -- but without re-creating the disasters that were Todd Akin and Christine O'Donnell....
Funny, I don't remember CBS having a problem repeatedly identifying Todd Akin as a Republican during the 2012 election. But CBS This Morning couldn't quite bring itself to identify Jesse Jackson Jr. as Democrat in its Wednesday report...Show More Summary
In response to Republicans Are Weaponizing Weiner Democrats Complain: That's all pretty rich coming from the party that surgically grafted Todd Akin onto every single Republican running in 2012. They managed to fuse Akin, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, and Mitt Romney into Siamese triplets. Show More Summary
As Todd Akin and the country at large learned during the 2012 elections, pregnancies resulting from rape are very real and sadly all too common. If there was one silver lining in the entire debacle and “debate” over Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment, it was that it helped expose a previously under-reported problem: 31 states allow [...]
There are a number of divisions within the GOP today, many of which are more about strategy than substance. For instance, Karl Rove is trying to get the party to avoid nominating more people like Todd "legitimate rape" Akin for office,...Show More Summary
Democrats, especially female members, piled on Republicans like Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Mitt Romney, and Rush Limbaugh in 2012, accusing them of insensitivity and waging a so-called war on women. But as even the left-leaning BuzzFeedShow More Summary
Move over, Todd Akin, because believe it or not, someone has actually surpassed his "legitimate rape" idiocy. Meet Texas Republican (of course) Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who had this to say while denying an exception for rape in the draconian...Show More Summary
Prediction: If the GOP establishment doesn't follow Republican Rep. Todd Akin's example with a big, fat apology -- to Akin -- the whole party goes down in flames come November.I don't mean every Republican will lose,...
Remember back in December when Dick Armey blamed the GOP's 2012 losses on a few candidates saying "stupid things"? ARMEY: We had a least two candidates that should've won, that frankly lost because they said some stupid things on a subject that their party's leaders should've schooled them to stay away from in the first place. Uh-huh. Show More Summary
Alexander Burns and Jake Sherman of Politico take a look at what they call the GOP's "clueless caucus" — the Todd Akins and Allen Wests and Steve Kings and Michele Bachmanns of the Republican Party who just can't stop saying stupid things. Show More Summary
CNN tarred the Romney campaign with Todd Akin's infamous "legitimate rape" comment, and now it is trying to do the same to Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) for making a much less controversial remark on rape and pregnancy. Franks, referring...Show More Summary
You would think that Republicans would just stop talking about rape. You really would. But they don't, and they don't because so much of their party agenda continues to revolve around ladyparts and what should or should not be done with those ladyparts, and so we get people like Rep. Show More Summary
Rep. Trent Franks After the 2012 elections, Republicans vowed not to be tripped up by any more Todd Akin-style comments alienating women voters by minimizing rape, defying science, and sheer force of idiocy. Apparently Rep. Trent Franks did not get that message, though. Show More Summary
Despite Republican strategists’ efforts to keep GOP politicians from making insensitive comments about rape victims, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) channeled former Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) infamous “legitimate rape” comment during a committee hearing on Wednesday. Defending his proposal to ban all abortions after 20 weeks with no exceptions for rape and incest, Franks claimed, “The [...]
In January, Politico reported that the conservative pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List was organizing special training sessions to teach male Republican lawmakers how to not make ignorant comments about rape (see: Akin, Todd). How's that working out so far? On Wednesday, Rep. Show More Summary
Was Arizona's Trent Franks not paying attention when Todd Akin made similar comments last year and paid the price?