Democrats Spent $1.5 Million to Get Akin Elected in Primary

A good investment?
Democrats spent $1.5 million to help elect Republican Todd Akin in Missouri.
Beltway Confidential reported:

Call it a wise investment in light of his recent comments: Democrats wanted Missouri Republican congressman Todd Akin to win his state’s hotly contested Senate GOP primary because they believed he gave incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill her best shot at retaining her seat. As the Washington Post reported earlier this month:

There’s a reason why Democrats spent over $1.5 million trying to help Akin win his three-way primary. He was the most conservative candidate in the field — and the most unpredictable one. He shook up his campaign staff late last year. He recently released a head-scratching and jumbled campaign ad. And Democrats have already launched a microsite highlighting his controversial statements that won’t play well with moderates. (“America has got the equivalent of the stage III cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in,” Akin once said.)

Here’s how the Democrats did it, running ads in the GOP primary that were intended to boost his appeal among  the most conservative primary voters.

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  • JenBee

    Uh huh. Speaks volumes.

  • snap boy

    “He shook up his campaign staff late last night”…because they forced the candidate to make a bone numbingly stupid statement?

  • Mekan

    Well, in an illiterate America TV ads work. We voted for Akin, well I didn’t, but the majority did and we got we we elected. Fix the populace and you fix the government.

    I am pretty sure I know what must be done to fix the populace, and that will never happen.

  • Spider

    Ok, he can stay in if he wins.

    Can’t guarantee that?

    Then get out.

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  • stonedome

    “America has got the equivalent of the stage III cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in,”…although i don’t agree with the rape thing, i do agree with this statement. the federal government is busy handing out taxpayer money to people who are not even citizens and have never practiced “fairness” or “shared responsibility”

  • mercador

    Why do they call him a republican, when he is not?

  • Faye

    Was there any big name Republicans that supported Akin?
    I really did not follow this race very closely but wonder if someone on the national scene threw their support behind Akin.

  • cal rifkin

    If he won’t get out, is a third party campaign posssible?

  • Maudie Frickit

    “Democrats Spent $1.5 Million to Get Akin Elected in Primary”

    If true, finding out late is better than not finding out before it’s too late.
    The guy’s actions smacks of the Christine O’Donnell fiasco. Found out her shortcomings and shenanigans way late.

  • Jerry VanAlst

    @Cal Rifkin, Sarah Steelman…she came in second in the primary. She is grass roots, an economist by trade, former state treasurer and state senator of Missouri, not sure if there will be a write in spot, but if things dont get better for Akin, I will write her in, for the sake of this state and for the country…we have to secure this senate seat. Semper Fi

  • Mekan

    Ms. Steelman is not grassroots as in she has been party of Republican party apparatus for a few years. She is more grassroots than Akin though.

  • therese

    I wonder if it has crossed Todd Akin’s mind regarding this matter that God does indeed work in mysterious ways, and knew we would have a better chance of outing McCaskill with another candidate. Just wondering……..

  • Dagny

    #12, I’m pretty sure she came in 3rd. Brunner came in 2nd.

  • bg


    this is what the man said:

    “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really
    [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.”

    video & more here..

    read & listen to it “in context”..

    Dave Catanese, Politico Reporter,
    Defends Todd Akin Rape Comments

    [“So perhaps some can agree that all rapes that are reported are not
    actually rapes? Or are we gonna really deny that for PC sake?” he said.
    “So looks like he meant to say — ‘If a woman was REALLY raped, it’s
    statistically less likely for her to get pregnant.’ What’s the science?”]

    Updated: Politico’s Dave Catanese pulled off Todd Akin story

    [For the sake of “argument,” Catanese tried to see the controversy
    from Akin’s side, writing, “We all know what he was trying to say.”]

    Godspeed, God Bless & Thank You Mr. Akin..


  • Dagny

    I don’t think this is about what he was trying to say and the point he was trying to make. It is about what and how he said it. If he cannot get through a simple local interview without totally stepping in it, how can he expect to debate Claire, or even beat her. We need someone in there who can debate her and win. Not stick his foot in his mouth and make a fool of himself. Why do you think Claire wants him in the race. He’s the candidate who gives her the best chance of winning.

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  • Acehole

    Dagny: What about qualifications? Who’ll do the best job? Who will, while maybe not actually legislating anything of importance, at least spend part of the term engaged in something besides baldfaced whoring for cash to finance a reelection campaign? What about statesmanship?

    If you’re just going to vote the party ticket and not give a damn who is on that ticket, we’ll continue to send idiots to DC whose only skill consists of giving rimjobs to the people who can get them elected, and those people aren’t called voters.

  • Fhnuzoag

    This is a pretty dishonest summary. Democrats ‘spent $1.5 million to get Akin elected in Primary’, by placing adverts against him decrying Akins as being too conservative. (They also placed ads against his competitors too.) Republican voters then decided that, hey, ‘how can you be too conservative?’, and then voted for him in their droves.

    Except now, it’s clear that the democrat ads were correct, Akins is a right wing fanatic. The fault here lies squarely with republicans who figured that was somehow a good thing.