By Richard K. Barry In an interview with KDSK-TV in Missouri, former Senate candidate Todd Akin (R) said that a political comeback is possible. You'll recall Akin of the "legitimate rape" comment, which destroyed a campaign that might otherwise have easily defeated Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. Show More Summary
Click here to view this media Former Republican Missouri Senate nominee Todd Akin said on Thursday that he wished he could take back his comments about women not being able to get pregnant from "legitimate rape" because he's "relived...Show More Summary
Todd Akin says he's relived 'legitimate rape' many times. Watch....
It was clear in both the lead up to and the aftermath of the November 2012 election that Republican candidates are not faring well among women voters. From Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin to Mitt Romney's 11-point loss among women voters, it became painfully clear that the GOP has a lady problem. Show More Summary
Before last night’s episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit aired, NBC was promoting the episodes by teasing that the headlines it would be ripping its storyline from were the ones made by former Rep. Todd Akin last year, when he claimed that women who were survivors of so-called “legitimate rape” couldn’t become pregnant. [...]
My colleague Asawin Suebsaeng missed the most important point about Duckpenisgate: right-wingers should like duck sex research, because it almost, kind of, makes Todd Akin look not-so-bonkers. Unlike humans, female ducks actually do have a way to "shut that whole thing down" when raped by a male duck. Show More Summary
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has a fairly solid record on supporting LGBT equality, particularly in contrast to her most recent challenger, former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO). It wasn’t until this weekend, however, that she expressed her full support for marriage equality: I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right [...]
Georgia Rep. Phil Gingrey (R) landed in hot water earlier this year after he defended former Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) scientifically inaccurate claim that women can’t become pregnant from “legitimate rape.” Gingrey — a medical professional who is actually a co-chair of the GOP Doctor Caucus — said he thought Akin was “partially right” when [...]
If only there were a way to fix the stupid If only Republicans could unlock the secret to not saying stupid shit about rape. Over and over again. For years and years. But gosh, it is just so tricky! How are you supposed to keep candidates...Show More Summary
Actress and public health activist Ashley Judd is seriously considering running for Senate as a Democrat next year against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the Senate minority leader. On Tuesday, the Daily Caller's Alex Pappas waded through...Show More Summary
Whether or not film star and progressive activist Ashley Judd decides to challenge Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) for his seat in 2014, conservatives seem to be gearing up for a fight. On Tuesday morning, right-wing website The Daily Caller compared Judd’s unabashed feminism and environmentalism to failed Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), whose campaign [...]
Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) has decided to run for the open seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R), the Washington Post reported Friday. Over a decade-plus in Washington, the self-described “pro-life OB-GYN” has become famous for amassing on of the most extreme voting records in Congress and a long series of gaffes. Over six terms [...]
Until around the time Todd Akin blew up his Senate race, the conventional wisdom in campaign world was that if Romney won, he'd carry the House and the Senate as well. That supposition underlay the GOP's entire substantive agenda from...
Conservatives have been trying to turn Colorado lawmaker Joe Salazar into the left's Todd Akin this week over comments he made about guns and rape. Now, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg's gun control group is coming to his defense...
Click here to view this media Ladies, forget about transvaginal ultrasounds or contraception coverage or any other concerns about a war on women. The real issue for Fox-lovin’, rootin’ tootin’ American women is packing heat. At least,...Show More Summary
Infantem organum Forced birthers aren't really known for their science acumen. Just ask former Rep. Todd Akin, the deep thinker who gift-wrapped the Missouri Senate seat for Claire McCaskill by 'splaining that women have magic lady parts to detect rape sperm and prevent pregnancy. But Alabama state Rep. Show More Summary
GOP Flat Earth Society members Todd Akin of Missouri and Paul Broun of Georgia ordered a case of Preparation H delivered to the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing on the threat of asteroids. The hyper-right wing...Show More Summary
Writing in from Iowa, TPM Reader BF says don't expect a Senate candidate Steve King would flame out like Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock... Just a few thoughts on Steve King from someone who is now represented by him...
No more Todd Akins. No more Richard Mourdocks. No more Republican primaries that produce divisive, gaffe-spewing GOP candidates. That's the aim of a new super-PAC, the Conservative Victory Fund, spearheaded by Karl Rove and his big-money juggernaut, American Crossroads. Show More Summary