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Todd Akin’s macaca moment

August 21, 2012

You know that old adage that there is no such thing as bad publicity? Pretty sure Todd Akin has an opinion on that right about now. And the GOP as a whole.

On Sunday, Akin stuck his foot in his mouth by talking about “legitimate rape” not resulting in pregnancy. He has subsequently apologized but the GOP powers-that-be are having none of it. They want him to step down – before 5 pm today, so they can name a new nominee for November’s general election.

Senator Claire McCaskill spent $2 million to help boost Republican Akin into the nominee slot because she was counting on him being easier to beat than any of the other candidates who were running in the Missouri primary. She probably has not stopped smiling since Sunday. John Brunner and Sarah Steelman, the 2nd and 3rd place finshers in the GOP primary, are probably rolling their eyes and saying “I told you so.”

Missouri is a swing state for the Presidential campaign and one of the states that needs to flip for Republicans to regain control of the Senate. Already, some of the big guns of outside money have pulled their support of Akin. He insists he’s staying in. We’ll see.

Not to be outdone by the GOP, the Dems have their own scandal to deal with – Rep. Kerry Gauthier, a Democratic Minnesota lawmaker, was caught having oral sex at a rest stop with a 17 year old boy. He hasn’t been charged in the July incident, and according to the Washington Post, authorities said he wouldn’t be “because the boy was older than 16, the legal age of consent, and no money was exchanged. Police say the teenager responded to the lawmaker’s Craigslist ad for “no strings attached” sex.”



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