Democrats Move Forward With Ad Campaign to Tie House Republicans to Todd Akin

Democrats are moving forward with a plan to ty Todd Akin to House Republicans this fall. The DCCC is targeting 20 Republicans including Paul Ryan in their home districts.
Talking Points Memo reported:

TAMPA, Fla. — As Republicans work to keep Todd Akin off the agenda at their convention here, Democrats are working hard to keep the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri and his views on “legitimate rape” in the minds of voters across the country.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is going forward with a new campaign aimed at tying Akin to House Republicans on the ballot this fall. Twenty Republicans (including Paul Ryan) will be targeted in their districts with DCCC robocalls that use Akin and the GOP’s draft platform — which calls for a total ban on abortion and is silent on any exceptions to that ban — to make the case that the GOP is far outside the mainstream on women’s issues.

Putting Akin close to the House GOP isn’t a tough sell. Akin was one of the many Republicans who co-sponsored legislation that originally rewrote the existing rape exception in the ban on federal abortion funding to only cover “forcible rape,” a move that abortion rights groups said would severely weaken the exception.

Even Mitt Romney has acknowledged that the Akin affair has “cast a shadow” over the GOP in recent days, despite calls from Romney and others in the party for Akin to leave the Missouri race.

Polls show Romney trailing President Obama badly on women’s issues, and the DCCC is banking on the fact that the Akin effect goes all the way down the ballot.

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  • Highlander

    I’ve asked half a dozen people what THEY think about the Akin affair, and guess what? With the exception of one hard core liberal, and one hard core Republican, nobody else I asked knows anything about it. In my opinion, everyone is making a mountain out of a molehill. We have more pressing issues in this country and dwelling on this nonsense makes the people who are doing it look like zealots and fools …

  • Where’s the MF money Jon?

    Thank goodness Mr. Akin puts himself above the party in a critical election year. He recognizes the import of losing his race and dragging others down with him as a matter of personal pride. We should all support Mr. Akins upcoming loss to a once beatable incumbent, donate to his campaign, and watch the democratic media play those ads targeting the uninformed causual voter play over and over and over. For we know that we are righteous and we should remain righteous all the way to the end, when we lose. We can then tell our children, America’s future debt slaves, that we know their lives are miserable and saw it coming but damn, we were righteous. We lost righteously.

  • CT

    I suspect the Democraps will be successful with this campaign as it is based on a lie, something they are very good at. Thank you Asshat Akin.

  • Sarah Bloch

    The problem for the GOP os that Mr Akin IS a House Republican.

  • pantone1987

    If women are dumb enough to tie Akin to the rest of the GOP, then can we please take away their right to vote?

  • Redwine

    Conservatives and Republicans need to read Daniel Greenfield’s incisive article on Democrat hypocrisy on rape and Akin:

  • bg


    don’t make me laugh, like the “all pregnancies are ‘legitimate
    rapes’ now” Reps played no roll in this “illegitimate” farce.. 😡

    Ryan on Akin: ‘Unfortunate’ but not ‘wrong’

    [So with all this media fury over Rep. Todd Akin’s despicable and shamefully ignorant explanation of “legitimate rape,” why isn’t anyone going after Paul Ryan for the exact same thing? Ryan co-sponsored the “let’s redefine rape” bill with Akin. It was called the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” H.R.3 in the very first session of the 112th Congress on January 20, 2011.

    Ryan’s and Akin’s chosen language in their version of the bill stipulated that abortion should only be allowed “if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest, or in the case where the pregnant female suffers from a physical disorder, physical injury, or physical illness that would, as certified by a physician, place the pregnant female in danger of death unless an abortion is performed, including a life-endangering physical condition caused by or arising from the pregnancy itself.”

    “Forcible rape” … as opposed to the voluntary kind.]


  • valerie

    #1 August 27, 2012 at 10:44 am
    Highlander commented:


    The real problem is right here:

    Twenty Republicans (including Paul Ryan) will be targeted in their districts with DCCC robocalls that use Akin and the GOP’s draft platform — which calls for a total ban on abortion and is silent on any exceptions to that ban — to make the case that the GOP is far outside the mainstream on women’s issues.

    The Republican platform is not the TEA Party platform.

  • Skandia Recluse

    Amazing how the news media and the democrat party can smear *all* republicans or *all* conservatives because of one remark by one individual.
    Well, anyway…

    When it’s a democrat who says or does something unsavory, not only does that behavior or remark *not* apply to the rest of the party, but they defend the individual when it happens.

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  • Let them, it is loser of an argument. They are up in arms about a Senate candidate that has the Biblical belief that a baby in the womb has the same rights whether it is a product of a rape or the product of a marriage.

    Their candidate on the other hand not only believes that unlike mercy that has been given to animals that live through the gas chamber the baby born of a botched abortion should not receive medical attention in order that they might live!

  • Old and busted Democrats: Republicans don’t have a big tent, they aren’t inclusive, they push out people who aren’t exactly how they demand!

    New and hot Democrats: Republicans include people we don’t like, they’re crazy

  • retire05

    Ummm, interesting. Yet, nothing on the fact that the Dems are not beating up on the guy who seeks young love (young homosexual love) by recruiting his lovers on website to meet him in a roadside part. And the Republicans are absolutely mute on the subject.

    So I come to a conservative website where I expect to see the Dems beat up for the hypocrites they are, and what do I get? Another “hate Akin” post.

  • Westie

    I blame all the idiot Repubs and pundits that took the bait and drove this idiot story for the last 2 weeks…please do yourselves a service and shut up!

  • bg


    Highlander #1 August 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    sorry, but that simply can’t be true, the story went GLOBAL NEWS,
    and was still being aired laocally, not to mention the main topic on
    ALL political talk shows as of yesterday..

    just a sample..


  • bg


    yeah, no one listens to Rush, Levin, or watches Hannity, etc,
    not to mention frequent numerous “conservative” blogs.. 🙄


  • bg


    ps re: #16

    and the Porg-Dem-Libs aren’t spastically elated over
    this, no on no.. how dumbed down are we?? *sigh*


  • bg


    Highlander #1 August 27, 2012 at 10:44 am

    re: [everyone is making a mountain out of a molehill.]

    stated that days ago, ergo, totally agree..

    that’s exactly what REPUBLICANS et al did when they stole that football
    from the DEMOCRATS, and instead of logic and cool heads prevailing, not
    to mention truth, insanely ran towards the other teams goal with it.. 😡


  • C-Christian Soldier

    the R elites are running the show-thus
    they continue to betray fellow Rsss–instead of ‘watching their 6’-(military term)

    don’t get me started on the RNC-romney – rules change—!!!


  • #7 bg

    “Forcible rape” … as opposed to the voluntary kind.]

    I think they were trying to separate out the brutal act of rape of an unwilling and non-consenting victim that everyone normally associates with rape from “statutory” rape, which might be consensual but by an underage girl who cannot legally give “consent” but is considered “rape” under legal statute.

    Maybe they should add a part that says if the baby is aborted, the rapist also receives a directed verdict of “guilty of capital rape resulting in homicide” and is sentenced to capital punishment (to be administered if ever caught and positively identified, DNA, etc.) since the rapist is actually the one responsible for the baby being put to death. To really stir the pot, they should apply that penalty to Planned Parenthood for all the rapes they cover up through abortion and “sloppy” record keeping.

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  • a former dem

    I’m no fan of Todd Akin, I think he’s a selfish idiot who won’t leave, so that some other repub can beat that clown McKahill. and I am not pro-life.

    But really dems, how stupid do you think independents are? I don’t give a damn about Akin other than he’s blowing a winnable seat, but really dems, please try and scare women like me who are more worried about the 16 trillion debt than birth control!

  • bg


    Opaobie #20 August 27, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    yes, i tend to agree, however..

    the question asked and answered by Todd Akin was about abortion in
    cases of rape, not what constitutes a legitimate vs an illegitimate rape..
    of which, as you know, both Akin and Ryan couldn’t be any closer on the


  • bg


    re: #24 August 27, 2012 at 7:07 pm bg

    [“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really
    rare,” [Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape.] “If it’s a legitimate rape,
    the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s
    assume that maybe that didn’t work or something
    : I think there
    should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the
    rapist, and not attacking the child.”]

    [“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

    “I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

    “But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.”]


  • bg


    more truth re: the fallacious charge against Akin..

    Jane M. Orient, M.D., says political
    demagoguery is replacing science.

    [Rape clearly involves a forcible penetration of a woman’s body,
    without her consent, almost always by a man. It is painful and
    causes harm – not just physical injury but often lifelong, serious
    emotional distress: flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, depression,
    difficulty forming normal relationships and even guilt.

    Starting from one extreme, some radical feminists appear to believe
    that most if not all sex involving a man and a woman is a rape. The
    man is always the perpetrator, and the woman, a victim. Clearly,
    there are activities that are not forcible rape and do not involve the
    same emotional reaction, but are still not legitimate. These would
    include statutory rape, “date rape” and seduction. To suggest that
    a woman ‘s dress or behavior might in some cases have contributed
    is, of course, unacceptable.

    At the other extreme, radical Muslims appear to believe that rape
    rarely if ever occurs, and that all non-marital contact between a
    man and a woman is illegitimate and the fault of the temptress.
    From the fury directed at Akin, you’d think he had advocated
    Shariah law and “honor” killings.]

    bit more at link..


  • bg


    May 23, 2012

    “Pro-Choice” Americans at Record-Low 41%

    August 21, 2012

    Media Completely Ignores Democrats Pushing Out Pro-Lifers

    [Of course, while Roberts and others in the media aim to paint the GOP
    platform as too extreme on the pro-life side, you can expect the media
    to continue to ignore the plight of pro-life Democrats who simply asked
    weeks ago for their party to be a “big tent” that welcomes pro-lifers as
    well as pro-choicers.]

    August 23, 2012

    Pro-life Democratic group criticizes platform

    [“For the good of the Democratic Party, we will continue to advocate that
    the platform language should reflect the true diversity of views within the
    Democratic Party,” DFLA Executive Director Kristen Day said. “Our message
    is simple: If you are pro-life and a Democrat, you can make a difference,
    thus the case for recognition. Inclusion can make a critical difference in
    this fall’s election.”]

    August 24, 2012

    Pro-Life Democrats to Counter Democrats’ Pro-Abortion Convention

    [After having been thrown to the curb by the Democratic Party and its
    refusal to acknowledge them in their party platform, pro-life Democrats
    are planning to hold their own event at the convention in Charlotte.]

    but hey, not to worry, Akin detractors solidified the following:

    ‘all pregnancies are “legitimate rapes” now’

    [Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed
    because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is
    no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to
    Oxford University has argued.]


  • bg


    August 27, 2012

    Did Todd Akin Make the GOP’s 28-Year-
    Old Abortion Plank Suddenly Relevant?

    [The platform that the Republican Party is expected to approve this week
    includes a plank declaring that “the unborn child has a fundamental
    individual right to life which cannot be infringed”
    and calling for “a human
    life amendment to the Constitution”
    as well as “legislation to make clear
    that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

    That language is closer to the position taken by vice presidential nominee
    Paul Ryan (and Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin) than the one taken
    by presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who says he would allow abortion
    in cases of rape and incest. It is hard to see how those exceptions can
    be reconciled with a “fundamental individual right to life which cannot
    be infringed.”

    Does it matter? As The New York Times notes, the GOP’s two most
    recent presidential nominees, George W. Bush and John McCain,
    were both more flexible on abortion than their party’s platform. So
    were Bob Dole and George H.W. Bush. Ronald Reagan, by contrast,
    took the Ryan/Akin position, saying abortion should be illegal except
    when necessary to save the mother’s life. It was under Reagan that
    the current version of the abortion plank was originally adopted:]

    proud to be an Akin-Ryan-Reagan pro-life supporter..