August 21, 2012, - 3:36 pm

SEXIST!: Michelle Fraudkin Blames Rep. Akin Rape Comments on “Republican Men”; Tired of the Akin Pile-on?

By Debbie Schlussel

I’ve said nothing thus far about the avalanche of attacks on Rep. Todd Akin, the Missouri GOP U.S. Senate candidate who made some really stupid televised comments about rape and abortion on Sunday. That’s because I despise group think and group thinkers, whether on the left OR the right. And I’m tired of hearing the avalanche of shrieks from the self-anointed elites on the right attacking Akin and demanding he resign his nomination and give up because “we must win the U.S. Senate at all cost.” I find it disgusting. The guy misspoke. He said some very moronic things. He apologized. Move on. He won the primary fair and square. And what would have been a one day story is now a week-long or more of hype because self-appointed schmucks and autocrats on the right know better than the people of Missouri who voted for this guy in the Republican Primary. These are the same people who constantly attack Barack Obama for throwing people under the bus. Well, meet the stop-for-no-one bus drivers of the right. Today, they’re running Akin over. Tomorrow, it will be you, especially if you have a penis.

The Ghost of Betty Friedan Applauds Malkin & Her Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Pile-on Against Todd Akin

And those calling for him to pull out are many of the same elites who gave verbal Lewinskys to Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell in 2010 who made one dumbass comment after another, who didn’t seem to know elementary school basics about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and was just an all-around airhead. But she was a chick and she was endorsed by Sarah Palin. So, many of those people–the self-anointed electors, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, National Review, Red State, and Michelle “I Am a Woman of Color!” Malkin–embraced and defended that idiotette no matter what. And they lost. O’Donnell was trounced by the Democrat. But they stuck with that fool because she had a vagina. Let’s be honest about that. They attacked common sense Republican strategists who rightly pointed out that this woman was a moron, no matter how conservative she was. Fraudkin had dumb “Women Can Do It’ pics of Rosie the Riveter all over her site and her twitter account (I guess she doesn’t realize that the Rosie the Riveter chicks worked in the factories only because the men were doing the real work: ya know, fighting that tiny battle, called World War II.)

My favorite “attack” on Akin is Fraudkin’s blatantly sexist use of it to attack Republican men and state that only the women know how to speak. Here’s what the plagiarist said (something that she could have easily cribbed from the mouths of Gloria Steinem and Eleanor Smeal):

If only we conservative women had magical ways of preventing stupid Repub men from implanting rhetorical IEDs on our lawns…


Yup, not spoken by Steinem or Martha Burk. But by Michelle Malkin. Um, sexist much? Trust me, Fraudkin’s “magical way” was snipping off her male wife’s testicles (if he ever had any, which is doubtful) and making him give up his career in 2004 to become Mr. Mom. She is a feminist. And this is the story BS feminists spout, whether they call themselves “conservative” or liberal.

Yup, it’s all the male chauvinist Republicans guys’ fault. We, women, are perfect. Uh-huh, like this genius-ette:

Christine “I’m Not a Witch” O’Donnell

I’m tired of hearing the self-righteous, faux-indignance from these frauds. If Sarah Palin or Christine O’Donnell had made the statements Akin made–and they made plenty of pretty dumb comments–all of these faux-conservative elitists would be defending them. This guy’s problem is that he’s a guy, that he has a penis. I feel for him. The piling on by these people is ridiculous. Yes, his comments were dumb, but it’s spawned some pretty dumb comments from these self-anointed kings and drag queens of the right.

Ann Coulter said “Roe is at stake.” Huh? Roe v. Wade has no chance of being reversed. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. I’m pro-life, but I’m a realist. The Missouri U.S. Senate seat will have ZERO effect on Roe. None. Anyone who claims otherwise is lying to you. Anyone who thinks it’s okay to throw this guy under the bus to win the U.S. Senate, as Fraudkin explicitly says she does, is a traitorous lout. In Akin, you have a loyal conservative Republican Congressman with years of experience and doing the right thing in terms of voting and bills, and they are throwing him under the bus, Obama-style. It’s sickening.

Many of these self-anointed “Akin Thou Must Resign” cretins are upset that Sarah Palin’s hand-picked candidate, Sarah Steelman, for whom Palin campaigned in a ridiculous Superman get-up, got crushed by Akin and came in a mere third. They are pushing for this woman, who couldn’t even win the Missouri GOP primary with the help of mindless Palinbots, to take Akin’s place.

Don’t fall for the pile-on. Don’t listen to the elitists. Claire McCaskill, the current sitting Democrat U.S. Senator from Missouri, was never going to lose this thing. She’s a dunce. But she’s popular. And she’s gonna win this thing no matter how many “Republican men and their IEDs on the lawn” Michelle Fraudkin throws under the bus and attempts to castrate.

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Group Think is found on the left, the right, and the middle. These self-anointed pundits all move like a herd, and attack anyone who dares to truly think for themselves. This is why anyone with a brain can climb no higher than “envelope licker” in either the Republicrat or Democratic parties.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 21, 2012 at 3:57 pm

WHY must they be so “hysterical” about things?


As Goes... on August 21, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I agree with the general point about the Republican wrecking squad, but I have a lot of reservations about Akin.

Granted others have made dumb comments, and there is a double standard between liberals and conservatives, but the thing that really bothered me about Akin was the extent and lack of qualification of his apologies. I heard him on Hannity (car radio — have to listen to something when I’m driving), and it seemed clear to me that from now on, he will be completely on the defensive in his campaign, and a doormat for the feminists.

“Legitimate rape” can be an appropriate expression, at least in the context where the PCers have expanded the definition of rape beyond recognition — the student handbooks about ‘date rape’, the phony Duke prosecution, etc. But Akin won’t even try to refine his remarks — he was obviously backing down from anything that could possibly cause the slightest aggravation to feminists in his apologies. If he had held fast, even a little in this area, I would have supported him.

Granted O’Donnell didn’t break any IQ barriers, but some of her comments were distorted and exaggerated by the media — with Akin they didn’t need to distort anything. And O’Donnell remained defiant until the very end, as did Angle, something that distinguishes them from Akin.

And Rush’s apologetics for Akin were incomprehensible — Rush speculated that Akin is used to speaking only with people who have agreed with his conservative social views over the years, and this explained his incredible comments about the female body’s ability to deal with ‘illegitimate rape’. They’re a refection of the political isolation of his discussions. Rush can’t be that stupid– but he evidently thinks his listeners are.

I think that McCaskill is vulnerable, although I am far from endorsing any Republicans except for maybe Allen West, Joe Walsh and Michele Bachmann. I am opposed to the Republican attack machine and what they did to Sharon Angle, especially, but Angle and O’Donnell never became as contrite as Akin. His contrition and complete subservience to the feminists now, make him damaged goods.

But one of the problems in this campaign is Romney’s total disinterest in any issues except the economy, so the Democrats will have an unfettered playing field in the women’s area. Romney didn’t really counter them before, with the whole Sandra Flake thing, and now, he will be even more helpless. Akin’s conservative social views don’t bother me, but I am afraid they are now a thing of the past.

And frankly, my thought when I heard about Akin was to wonder who the clown of the day will be tomorrow. A party that hopes to lead this country forward had better come up with better people than this.

Little Al on August 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As a woman that has been raped, I do not find what he said offensive. (As a matter of fact, I remember being taught exactly what he said in “sex ed” in school.) What I do find offensive, however, is that the donks can say pretty much anything – no matter how false or ridiculous – and the media lets it slide.

KerryB29 on August 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm

That’s true Jonathan, group-think and group-discourse can be discovered on any side of the political spectrum, but also group-think and group-discourse can also be discovered amongest religion and religious people.

And this is why I love your style and wit Debbie, you think for yourself and don’t take talking-points from anyone in general, and I’m the same way to, think for myself, use critical thinking and be a free-thinker, etc. Regarding this story, whenever you expose Michelle Malkin, it proves you know what you’re talking about DS, and I’m becoming alot more cynical of Ms. Malkin, and you also said this a few years ago DS that Malkin is one of the PC thought-police among the right-wing!

When Christine O’Donnell was running for senate in Delaware two years ago, the woman said some outrageous and dumbass sentiments, I believe she said that if you touch yourself inappropriately, your going to hell and your not going to the kingdom, etc. When she said that statement, I was like, “what the hell is lady saying? Is she crazy or something?” Don’t forget, Rick Santorum during the primaries last fall and during the winter said TONS of moronic and stupid stuff, he even used religion as a tool in order for mindless folks to follow him like if he were running a cult or something! To it’s not just limited to folks on the left wing saying dumbass and moronic stuff, there’s been some people on the right-wing who’s said plenty of moronic sentiments as those on the left-wing have said in the past!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on August 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

WTF!? Rape is traumatic and the memories of it stay with you for your lifetime. The man has no conscience if he can say something stupid as ‘legitmate rape’. If this ever happened to any female he loved, would he truly be asking them if they were ‘legitimately’ raped? That is insane! Would any of you be asking that? Rape and incest are about someone’s power over another person, not about sex.

Not too long ago the woman in US a woman was blamed for her own rape. In many (if not all) Middle Eastern countries, a woman can be prosecuted/put to death after being raped because she is having sex outside of marriage. I guess that is what the US headed for morally.

If any of you are interested in facts and not ignoramous Akin opinions of post-rape pregnancy, here is a link to

Lee on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Moronic Lee. Never thinks just spews tired Liberal talking points.

    Lee, if rape is NOT about sex how come a penis and/or vagina and forced sexual intercourse and inappropriate touching is ALWAYS involved? I wish dopes like you would stop saying it’s not about sex. Forced sexual intercourse is why it is so heinous to begin with. The rapist isn’t forcing the person to eat a bologna sandwich or mow the lawn. STFU you retarded Liberal.

    Secondly, Rape is heinous but fake rape like “date rape” is NOT rape. That’s using power and regret to take down a man. “Date rape” is a whole lot of crappy nonsense spewed by a woman who is trying to come out smelling like a rose when she is lying and trying to take down a man. THAT I don’t abide.

    Skunky on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

There was no way I was gonna pile-on. I detest following the crowd plus I come from the state that gave us Barney’s Frank, Gerry Studds and Elizabeth “half-breed” Warren. No Liberal in this state threw those wankers under the bus. The double-standard lives!

I loved when Rush said he detested when Republicans come out in a Mexican firing-squad when it comes to culling their own BECAUSE they want to show the Liberals they are “not like that”. Who cares??? Why cater to the double-standard and legitimize the false meme erected by the phony Liberals????

I hope y’all are watching closely. This year has been a good year to see so-called Conservatives flail about in a ridiculous manner. It’s been eye-opening and depressing. By November we’ll know all the frauds as their masks will be all ripped off and discarded.

Skunky on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm

My question is where are all these Republicans when a Democrat says or does something outrageous? When Nancy Pelosi tried to exempt “Chicken of the Sea” Tuna from minimum wage increases because they were in her district, when she made millions from the legislation she pushed, when she said or did some outrageous garbage, where were the Republicans to demand her ouster from the House of Representatives? (The sound of crickets).

Republicans need to grow a pair. And Michelle’s husband needs to wake up, slap the piss out of his wife, and tell her that from now on, she is going to keep a kosher home and raise the children Jewish.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm


    Huh? Are you confusing her with your Filipina Jewish wife?

    In your case we know who is wearing the pants in the family.

    To put not too fine a point on it, the real reason women on the Right are upset by his remarks is that he’s a real man and speaks his mind.

    But we can’t have that today and we are already a matriarchy in fact as well as in name. After all its the gals who are deciding who the GOP can nominate.

    And if its going be to a traditional man, fudgitboutit. They’d just as soon throw you, Jonathan Grant, under the bus if you were a Republican Senate candidate and said something to tick them off!

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Seeing conservatives self-destruct is not a pretty thing. Debbie is right. We need better people right out of the gate. Not elites. Not Joe-everyman plucked out of checkout line at Walmart. Not fashionistas. Real doers. And thinkers. And people who know when and when not to shut up. We better bury this incident and move on because otherwise Dems will shove it down the public’s throat for as long as they can. It fits in perfectly with their game plan.

Not Ovenready on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Yup – that’s why Republicans won’t probably win the Senate because they’re too busy destroying their own candidate to notice they need to beat the DEMOCRAT!

Whatever you think of Todd Akin’s comments, I’ve said dumb things myself from time to time. But he’s not being piled on by the Right because he misspoke but because he is a man.

Feminist bigotry against men is alive as well as much on the Right as well on Left and its sad, horrifying and reprehensible.

And throwing Rep. Akin under the bus won’t advance any of the things conservatives want to accomplish in the country. The Democrats are chortling at the circular firing squad the Right has assembled around the beleaguered Akin.

With friends like them, the Republican Party and the conservative movement in America doesn’t need enemies.

NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Take a good look at that photo of Michelle Malkin. It’s the real deal — a face of pure hatred and contempt. She’s the “thrilla from Manila.” I pity her husband, Jesse, who lives every day of his timid life of that disapproving face forming. It is a sad commentary on the political culture of contemporary conservatism that someone of the intellectual and emotional caliber of Michelle Malkin has risen to the top of its A-list.

Seek on August 21, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Debbie: You are right. I heard the wall-banger-AKA: Hannity interview Akin today and wall-banger all but told him to resign, yet Hannity always says that he is independent and not always in tune w/ the GOP. Instead, wall-banger should be supporting him after all the gaffs by “Plugs” Biden and O-Bozo himself. But hey, what do you expect from a college drop-out…H e can’t be too intelligent!!!

STEVEN ESPY on August 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I am no big fan of Akin, either, but the pile-on is cowardice, pure and simple. If the Republicans were so tough with the Democrats and the deficit, the country might not be in such a mess today.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm


    The party could have used a better candidate but they don’t have one.

    If they’re going to destroy a conservative candidate, they might as well go home.

    I’m no fan of Akin’s remarks but the conservative movement is far more stupid than him and they seem to have a political death wish.

    They’ll lose the MO seat because to put it simply, they’re morons who couldn’t figure out how to screw in a light bulb if their lives depended upon it.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Norm, my wife keeps a kosher home. In fact, that was one of the requirements that the reform rabbi has of those that convert.

      And we don’t have kids, but if we did, they would be raised Jewish.

      I would never slap my wife, and don’t believe in such nonsense, but in the case of Michelle Malkin there should be a legal exception. I do wonder if he sits down to pee. What a wuss!!

      Jonathan E. Grant on August 21, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Much of the conservative movement today is incapable of self-reflection.

In the real world, they’d want Rep. Akin in the Senate but you know thanks to Palin and the Mr. Mom group think that is now all the rage on the Right, the day when we could have traditional men running for public office is over.

Like Debbie never tires of pointing out, no matriarchy has ever survived. But thanks to the tireless efforts of Fraudkin and her fellow Feminist Sisterhood Of The Traveling Right, that’s where we’re headed.

And the ghost of Bin Laden from beneath the sea and Islamic terrorists everywhere are laughing at us!

NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

As I recall, sexual arousal *does* somewhat increase the likelihood of pregnancy in human females, but it’s ludicrous to assert that pregnancy *requires* arousal. How dumb.

In some animals, though, females will not conceive at all unless it is by “choice.”

skzion on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Cats and Llamas are induced ovulators. They need to be screwed by the male to conceive.

    Now in that context, Rep. Akin’s remarks wouldn’t be so pointless.

    But we’re dealing with human beings here and human reproduction as we have been helpfully reminded by this firestorm surrounding him, is as much a political as it is a reproductive issue.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Hmm – how very interesting. There are those who cannot conceive; so, they adopt after all they are infertile. Then, they get pregnant. Hmmm –

dammad on August 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Sad, isn’t it? Nothing has changed since the days of Richard Nixon, who spent his entire life trying to be accepted by the cool kids, but no matter what he did, they still hated him.

In the process, he gave us OSHA, the EPA, expanded affirmative action, took us off the gold standard, and sold out the MIAs, among other things. In the case of EPA especially, he gave the keys to a known enviro extremist, and created the worst federal agency by far.

However, he was still hated by the Left, and finally self-destructed. And, why was he hated? Because he had the temerity to call Commies Commies, back in the late 1940s.

As I have often said, when you discover that those lining up on your side are betraying you, it is most depressing.

Red Ryder on August 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Rush in His Own Words:

“If you strip this down, what Akin was trying to say was something very simple. I don’t think abortion should even happen in rape. That’s what he was trying to say. Let’s just strip away all the other stuff. There are a group of pro-lifers who profoundly believe that, and they talk to each other, and they try to come up with ways of persuading other people to agree with them on this. Because their view is, it’s not the baby’s fault. Why are we gonna kill the baby? Why should there be an exception? The baby is the essence of innocence in every act of conception. The baby is entirely innocent, is what they believe, and so an exception to them weakens the entire argument.”

Hmm –

dammad on August 21, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m opposed to abortion except to save the life of the mother.

    An exception for rape is a loophole. Any one who pretends otherwise isn’t pro-life or they are hypocrites.

    And the argument has nothing to do with overturning Roe. Congress will never do it.

    Just to think some people want to destroy a man for well being human – its a sad sight.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

The pile on is insane. It also allows Democrats to collect dividends without having to say a word.

Worry01 on August 21, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Claire McCaskill’s campaign doesn’t have to do a thing. The morons of the Right are doing the job for her.

    Like I said, who needs a Republican Party with friends like them?

    They might as well be closet Democrats for all the difference it makes in MO.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 6:27 pm

What really disgusts me about this whole thing is that so-called “Republicans” can oppose their own party platform and openly stand up for baby killing. That’s ok and considered “mainstream” speech, and they still get party money for their campaigns. And then they pile onto Akin like he’s the wack-job, with Party Chair “Pubic” saying the party won’t give him cash to defeat McCas-“kill-those-babies.” Huh? This just throws off the mask of the Republican Party…. their elite stands for abortion, as a good leftist “Blue-Blood” should.

Great post Debbie…. as us Army tankers would say: “Target! Cease fire!”

Russ on August 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Which makes you wonder despite all their protestations, whether in fact they are Obamaphiles at heart.

    Methinks they doth protest too much!

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

dammad, Rush also elaboratedon the “group of pro-lifers who talk to each other”, and suggested that they insulated themselves from other points of view. Akin’s comments went much further than just saying ‘it’s not the baby’s fault’. The omissions in your comments don’t do conservatives any good.

What can we say about a ‘group of conservatives’ who talk to each other and conclude that a woman has natural defenses against a birth based on rape?

Little Al on August 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Skunky, you arrogant Conservative closed-minded ass, rape IS a form of power. It is a sexual power over another, just like murder is a power to end another’s life. Duh!

All form of rape is rape! I feel sorry for any daughter you sorry sap sucker some poor woman to have. I guess if the kid comes to you saying she was ‘date-raped’, she can be straightened out by you that at least it wasn’t a stranger. Talk about retarted!

Lee on August 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Not really! There is a difference between rape as violent assault and charges of rape as a feminine stratagem to allow women to gain the upper hand over men they don’t like.

    The first date rape story is in Genesis, with Joseph being accosted by the wife of an Egyptian official. He did NOT rape her but a rape charge again a man is sufficient to ruin him even if it has no truth to it.

    Wake the heck up!

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    LOL Lee. It’s cute to see you loose your sh** over a faux construct. I’ll send all the “date rape” victims to see you for tea and sympathy. What a waste of time and a thankless task. I’d rather eat saltines and watch a cement wall.

    Lee, you are the one wanting to mitigate RAPE into just a power thang. I care enough to know that the heinous sexual violation should not be pushed aside by dopey Liberals like YOU.

    What the f**k is “retarted”. Is that a whore tarted up twice???

    Skunky on August 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Rape is a terrible crime but that’s not justification for taking an innocent human life = that of the unborn child.

But the end logic of feminism is women have last word when it comes to deciding to hsve a baby. And the Left and the Right don’t really disagree about woman empowerment.

NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Norman, you nicely bottom-lined it. When I was foolishly pro-choice I never really thought long and hard on what abortion really was. Once I did, and as an animal-rights activist I saw how flawed and foolish I was to feel so deeply for animals but not for the innocent babies. Women kill ’em because they don’t want the consequences of getting pregnant and even more sick…they rather have their child die than give it to another person who wants to raise it. Ultimate selfishness and self-centeredness.

    If you are an animal-rights activist and pro-abortion you are a fraud and a fake.

    At the end of the day…an innocent being should never pay for the sins of adults.

    That’s why I oppose abortion in all circumstances…only to save the mother and that rarely happens.

    Skunky on August 21, 2012 at 7:03 pm

I listened to Rush this morning and he basically said that while it wasn’t his place to tell Akin to resign, Akin would cost the republicans the Whitehouse and the Senate. It’s pretty unanimous except for Debbie, and Debbie is just being stupid – she’d rather her stupid views be upheld than Obama be defeated. Nice, Debbie.

george on August 21, 2012 at 6:59 pm


    Your attitude is why the GOP will lose in November. No guts, no principle and no glory!

    And they have done more to undermine their own prospects of winning by choosing to gang up on their own candidate than anything the Democrats could ever have dreamed of doing to him.

    You’re the perfect example of the mindless group think that’s engulfing the Right.

    I’m with Debbbie here (by the way thanks for calling her stupid, it shows who here is lacking calm, clear thinking and it sure as heck isn’t her) and while I don’t excuse Todd Akin’s comments, the way he’s been treated by most conservatives has been truly reprehensible.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Now its Mitt Happens who wants to push Akin out of the door:

Here is an example of his flip floppery:

On Monday:

Mr Romney said on Monday Mr Akin’s remarks were “offensive and wrong”, but he had stopped short of urging him to drop out.

Today, Tuesday, Romney says this:

“Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race,” Mr Romney said on Tuesday.

Rest is here:

Yup, this is a preview of what we’d all see in a Romney Administration. You won’t have to worry about principle if he’s elected or from the Republican frauds who seek to give Sen. McCaskill an easy win in November.

After all, its not like Akin hasn’t paid the political price for being human. Disgusting back-stabbing from the GOP to one of its own candidates is truly a sight to behold!

NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    The irony here is that in the likely event that Romney loses Missouri, he and his champions will surely say that Akin dragged him down at the polls. When of course it’s actually the other way around. Can’t wait to hear the excuses for all the other swing states, LOL.

    Statusmonkey on August 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      That’s why Mitt Happens wants him dumped pronto: political preservation.

      Don’t forget though he is a liberal after all and in not going to do anything to jeopardize the women’s vote.

      Even if that means Akin has to take the fall for him. Its nothing personal, its the politics, stupid!

      NormanF on August 22, 2012 at 1:31 am

Thank you for writing that Debbie. Now I don’t have to write my own opinion because you have expressed it.

The man won the primary. He made a mistake. He apologized and will probably be better for all this if his own people would just accept the apology and forgive him. As they should.

Michelle Malkin simply fails to live on Planet Earth. Akin won the primary. That’s that! If he won’t step down, his Republican critics better shut up and let this pass. The more they whine and kvetch about it, the more they undermine their own candidate.

There is NO Santa Claus on August 21, 2012 at 8:00 pm

The irony is before dumbass Fraudkin and the rest of the Right opened their big mouths to pile on him he had a comfortable lead in the Senate race.

But they couldn’t leave well enough alone. And if they get the candidate they preferred, whom MO GOP primary voters didn’t want, that candidate will lose in November.

Akin may not have expressed himself clearly, we have all done that from time to time. There was no need to make a capital case out of it.

NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm

It’s interesting to watch the political games.

When it’s some person on the right saying stupid things- they should be run out of town on a rail and never forgiven.

When it’s some person on the left saying stupid things- it’s to be admonished, but never keep them from staying in office.

The worst part as Debbie points out, is to watch these rightwing frauds do most of the heavy lifting for the mainstream lefties in this case.

More people know about this Akin thing than know about that moron Hank Johnson (D) and his asinine comment about Guam “tipping over” if you stationed 8000 Marines there.

PitandPen on August 21, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I don’t believe Todd Akin meant to say rape is justifiable.

    I think he meant to say in his own way, that when a pregnancy results from a rape the fruit of that union is as “legitimate” as the fruit of any other sexual union.

    If he had put it that way, nobody would have demurred. But let’s give him a break shall we? People don’t always find our thoughts cogent because we often can’t find a way to put them out there like we want.

    Its only human – human to err! That’s why people clarify their views when they get responsible criticism. But this piling on Akin goes beyond the bounds of reasonable discourse.

    And you are right stupidity on the Left is more easily forgiven than stupidity on the Right as though the Right needs to find the Stepford Perfect Candidate. I have news for them: He has never existed, doesn’t exist and will never exist. If you expect human nature to be perfect and without human flaws, good luck with it.

    There is no such thing as the perfect candidate! Just ask one hypocrite named Mitt Williard Romney.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 9:06 pm

I agree that we should stand behind Todd Aiken. He was asked, as a pro-lifer, whether he would accept a pregnancy arising from a rape as a legitimate reason for an abortion. Why on earth he had to talk about the false idea that conception is virtually impossible after a rape, I do not know. He was wrong factually and wrong to address it at all. Once a woman is pregnant from a rape it is a little late to talk about risk assessment or how unlikely it was to occur.

Later on he said that he would not favor abortion because it would take the life of an innocent victim – the child. He said he favored punishing the rapist. Of course the media focused on his misstatement. His use of the term “legitimate” to qualify rape is pertinent today because the feminist movement has expanded the definition way beyond the bounds of commonsense, much less law.

President Obama can ask for more Arabic translators in Afghanistan, and nobody points out that the inhabitants of Afghanistan don’t speak Arabic. He can allude to his great uncle as having been present at the liberation of Auschwitz and no one in the media points out that the Red Army liberated Auschwitz.

Gloria Stewart on August 21, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Excellent point!

    He did clarify his statement and there is nothing in it Debbie and I find fault with.

    I find its fascinating that the same fraudulent hypocrites on the Right and who can live with Joe Biden’s missteps are the same people who want to run a good man out of town for having blundered. If they can live with Biden – why on earth can’t they live with Todd Akin?

    You’ll have a hard time getting them to answer that question honestly.

    NormanF on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Sclussel’s column is so jumbled and mixed-up that I don’t even know where to start. I’ll keep it as brief as possible, though.

Sarah PALIN is now the Republican elite? Are you KIDDING me? The REAL elite Republicans are the ones who are members of Congress. For most of Schlussel’s lifetime they have been using their outsized influence to nominate an endless flood of McCains and Romneys, all the while suppressing candidates like Akin, Palin, O’Donnell, and the GOOD candidates in this year’s GOP primary. Take Cornyn or McConnell, for example: why is it that the FIERCEST Romney backers are the same people who always try to dump candidates like Akin? For almost a year now, these same politicos have been telling us that Mitt Romney is the ONLY thing that can keep the Republicans alive. They don’t CARE about the Romney enthusiasm gap, of course, because they claim that those of us who are unhappy THEIR pick will somehow be FORCED to vote for him on election day. How very strange that they do NOT believe these same “captive voters” will also be forced to turn out and vote against McCaskill.

Isn’t it funny how the REAL GOP establishment’s diabolically brilliant game of realpolitik always, always commands that we embrace liberal candidates – and reject conservative ones?

If Debbie actually believes that the pus-buckets in Congress wanted Christine O’Donnell, she needs to do some research on a gentleman named Mike Castle, O’Donnell’s opponent in the primary. Approximately as liberal as Al Gore, HE was the one that the GOP elites felt they could get behind. And when Castle lost that primary, the liberal Republicans in Congress and the RSCC pitched a truly epic tantrum and announced that they would not be sending one. single. penny. to help defeat Chris Coons in the general election.

O’Donnell sure doesn’t sound like the establishment candidate to ME. But what do I know?

Statusmonkey on August 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Judging by the political success of the McCaskill family, saying stupid things might just be a very shrewd strategy to get this dude elected. Of course actually BEING stupid would seem to be even more appealing to the electorate of the great state of MO. The jury is still out…

Pauley D on August 21, 2012 at 10:52 pm

I could see her dressed in black pajamas, standing up to her waist in paddy water, pointing an AK 47 at somebody.

RT on August 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm


You have summarized something that the rest of the Media has not –

That much of the attack on Akin by “Main Stream Conservatives” is because Akin is “independent” (mainly supported by Evangelicals, and not THEM).
He is “not one of us” so doesn’t deserve support.

O’Donnell is NOT a good example, because she is an airhead; so was NV candidate. but “Main Stream Republicans” would be wise to be more supportive of the “Tea Partiers” instead of trashing them as “competition” because Americans are “comming around” more to the Tea Party philosophy than the “Big Spending Republicans” of the “Romney, Rove et al Mainstream”

Frank Zavisca on August 22, 2012 at 12:23 am

You really hate a lot of people don’t you Debbie? Again, this is not the values of Jewish or Christian heritage but rather the values of athiest traditions. Hate and facism. Anyone who thinks “differently” than you is to be feared as an idiot. Talk about lack of free thinking.

Anyways, I fully support Romney and Ryan asking Akins to leave the GOP. His comments aren’t only a bad relection on Akins. If they were, I’d say R&R were indeed over-reacting. Just like I learned in the Army, the good or bad things you do brings credit upon not only yourself but your entire company/batallion. By staying in the race, he’s being selfish and is affecting the GOP goal of having a sensible moderate that respects business in office instead of a liberal share the wealther. If he left, it would be more clear that Romney and those in the GOP that back him accept logical exceptions for justified abortion such as rape, incest, or threat to life of the mother. They only account for a small amount of cases, but that’s 32,000 rapes a year that result in conception so its still significant. Furthermore, by staying in the race, Skins takes away from the most important issue–> focusing on the economy!

james on August 22, 2012 at 1:59 am


    I agree with you. This election is just too important, and the Republicans must be able to put on as much clown makeup as it takes for them to win. Rainbow wigs too, if necessary.

    On a *completely* unrelated note, I am pleased to announce that Mitt Romney must drop out of the presidential race, immediately. Anyone who has gone on the record saying that he “enjoys firing people” has surely suffered a mortal wound, and is completely unelectable.

    This election is just too effin’ important to risk handing a victory to Obama. I’m sure that the Republicans and tacticians on the RSCC will be taking up this cause too, and we can probably expect Romney to call a press conference and bow out of the race some time this afternoon. Right?

    It’s the only choice we have.

    Anything to win. Anything.

    Statusmonkey on August 22, 2012 at 7:52 am

Yup – its all about politics, its about winning and principle and fair play be tossed out of the window!

The GOP voters in MO nominated him. But if the Republican elite now has buyers’ remorse based on what he said, there is a long line of politicians who should be disqualified for being stupid.

Mitt Happens is not a moderate – he’s a liberal through and through.

And its no longer about Akin, its about the women’s vote. And if a man has to be thrown overboard to win it, so be it!

That is why the establishment support for him has now been withdrawn. Without it, Akin doesn’t stand a chance in the general election. Nor does any one else the party elders might want to put in his place.

Debbie has a near perfect political track record and I have yet to see her fail this year.

NormanF on August 22, 2012 at 2:26 am


    “Establishment support for Akin has now been withdrawn.”

    Pfft, when was it offered in the first place?

    I love how our brilliant shining field commanders like to say that we must be willing to do “whatever it takes” to win the Senate – right before they announce their plans to boycott Akin, O’Donnell or whomever in the general election.

    That’s an interesting way to “win,” isn’t it? I’m not wearing a tinfoil hat or anything, but it’s getting hard NOT to have doubts about the self-appointed field commanders’ motives. If they were merely stupid and making unforced errors randomly, you’d think at least some of the blunders would actually benefit the GOP every once in a while.

    Statusmonkey on August 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

I was agreeing with the arguments about the problem with “group think”, but then as I read more comments they were mostly falling along party lines. Isn’t that pretty much what group think is?

myother on August 22, 2012 at 9:29 am

Mitts an opportunitist. Same as when he was with Bain Capital which was buy a company, leverage it to the hilt so you can pay youself millions in fees, and wait and see what happens. If the company survives your a hero and you cash out you stock options which are in a IRA account on top of the millions you payed yourself in fees. If the company goes bankrupt you still made millions in fees and the employees are on jobless and maybe homeless.

myother on August 22, 2012 at 9:37 am

Once upon a time, I defended Michelle Malkin in my blog when she was getting attacked by Margaret Cho.

Since then, with sobriety, I realized that Ms Malkin, along with Ms Coulter and Mr O’Reilly, was not really a conservative but a contradictarian.

My definition of a contradictarian goes like this…

Let’s say that the Democrats made a declaration that the sky was blue. We’d all look at the clear sky and finally deduce that, considering that the worldwide atmospheric conditions were to remain constant, the sky was indeed blue, even though we normally disagree with the Democrats at all known levels.

A contradictarian would look at the sky. But since the Democrats mentioned the fact that the sky was blue, this person, who wanted so much to be different from the crowd, got stuck with 3 choices – either a) concede and agree that the sky is blue; b) agree that the sky is blue, but offer an alternative explanation on why it’s like that; or c) declare the the sky is anything but blue.

This contradictarian, for the sake of being different, unique and true, would go for option “c”, mainly because agreeing and telling the truth would imply agreement with the Democrats.

The same analogy would apply if the Republicans were to make that declaration: contradictarians exist everywhere and wear any political stripe long enough to get to the deli platter at any political rally.

I’d say this: at this time, the “conservative” contradictarians are killing conservatism by saying the exact opposite of what the Democrats are saying at any given moment. Ms Malkin is deliberately making conservatism look like a dead, outdated ideology.

The Reverend Jacques on August 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

Just another reason I don’t even watch Fox News anymore. It’s just a kindler, gentler CNN.

To me, Conservatism should be about ideas and not power grabs like the Repulican party is right now. That is why I loved Ronald Reagan so much.

Maulkin and Co. is what you get when the Republican Party is just about profit. Granted, they are better than the liberals stealing our money, but not by much.

I read Maulkin’s article linked here by Debbie. She was hand wringing over celebs tweeting about this. Read the comments left by readers. They have a much better handle on it. The ones Maulkin are worried about are the same ones who slobbered all over Roman Polanski.

Akin said something stupid. Big deal. He deserves criticism but it’s not a huge deal.

Jeff_W on August 22, 2012 at 11:08 am

What I posted on Michelle Malkin’s website …

You bunch of Programmed female cats. Our political enemies are rejoicing in the streets over your “Akin Reaction”. You have conclusively proven how effective are their Political Correctness Techniques.

You immediately caved, rolled over and began chanting The Left’s required Meme.

I am ashamed of those calling for Akin to remove himself. ASHAMED. Thank God neither General Patton nor Ronald Reagan weren’t so easily cowed and buffaloed. You pathetic buffoons.


Good, flip the Dems. Flame them relentlessly with facts and truth.

Akin did not commit adultery. He did not tap his toes in a bathroom stall, he did not leave a woman to drown in a car. He did not have an affair. He did not email pictures of his private parts to a stranger. He did not rape a woman, and tell her to ‘put some ice’ on it. He did not think that if the Navy put more troops on the island of Guam, it might tip over. He isn’t even suggesting that Blacks be put back in chains.

For God’s sake you whiny knuckle heads. FIGHT BACK.

Akin’s new slogan for you who are imagination impaired …

The Democrats Manipulated the Primary and the Honest People of Missouri
–Anyone but McCaskill

Grow up and grow a pair.

Jack on August 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Yes, the Dems will have Bill Clinton speaking at their convention next month, a man who as an elected official exposed, sexually harassed and groped several women that we know about and allegedly raped a women (probably more?). But he and his complicit, enabling wife (“vast right-wing conspiracy”) get a pass because they’re liberal Demoncrats.

Hugh Hewitt was claiming on his radio show yesterday that Akin’s refusal to step down will cost the GOP control of the Senate and that Akin would be responsible for Obamacare, the HHS regs, etc. He then backtracked and said Akin was making it more difficult to get control of the Senate, apparently realizing how demoralizing he previous statements sounded. However, if the GOP cannot gain an extra 3 or 4 seats in the Senate this year, it will again confirm that the GOP is truly the stupid party.

When Christine O’Donnel was debating Coons before a law school audience (Delaware/Widener I believe), she made the statement that the phrase “separation of church and state” is not found in the First Amendment, which is true. However, most of the law school students laughed at her. So much for a legal education imparting wisdom and intelligence. To paraphrase Dennis Prager, higher education makes you stupid.

Concerned Citizen on August 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm


Thank you! Thank you!

You have no idea how glad I was to hear a conservative defending him. Having surf through PJMedia and American Thinker where everyone seems to be doing this groupthink.

It relaxes me knowing that I’m not alone in thinking that Akin shouldn’t be thrown under a bus over a stupid mistake that politicians make all the time.

Micky on August 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm


He just expressed an opinion. It may not be one people agree with but I thought we have or have had freedom of speech in this country.

But what we have learned is that if you disagree with the herd, you’re toast with them. Never mind that he clarified his comment. After all, its not your listening to others that’s praised, you’re damned forever for your original sin!

We have more tolerance for Islamic terrorists than we do for Todd Akin.

America Not Serious.

NormanF on August 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Skunky, I beg to differ on this one. Having been “date raped” myself I can tell you that it is rape, and is legitimate, even when you know someone and the scars are the same.

CJ on August 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    With all possible respect, I believe what Akin was attempting to relate was “if it was legitimately rape …” Not “legitimate” rape.

    Why do I hold this view? He was quoting from the Guttmacher Institute’s “Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives,” Guttmacher Institute, 2005. Online:

    Guttmacher is the Research affiliate of Planned Parenthood.

    If he had said “legitimately” instead of “legitimate” …. etc.

    Throwing him under the bus is so reflexively PC I cringe at the Pavlovian response of so called Conservatives.

    Jack on August 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

Akin won with 36% of the vote. The same crap happened in Nevada with moron Sharron Angle got a plurality of the vote when Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian nullified each other. It is important as all hell to retake the Senate if Obama wins re-election and to get John Kerry away from being head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That there is a double standard should be manifest to all which means our candidates need to be three times smarter and clever then the Democrats. It is what it is. As for O’Donnell I preferred Mike Castle because Delaware being a liberal state, that is as good as you can hope for.

Repeat on August 22, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    If you mean what you say, then you should be personally leading the Dump Romney movement right now. Especially if you are insisting on “clever” candidates. Unless humping trees, bragging about firing people, and saying that you “don’t care about the poor” are all part of some brilliant Machiavellian strategy that’s far too profound for mere mortals to grasp.

    Tell me, why is it that none of *Romney’s* many gaffes never provoke a massive campaign to dump *him* from the ticket? Why is our little McRominee the *one* man who is indispensable? Hm?

    Statusmonkey on August 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Correction: *ever* provoke

      Statusmonkey on August 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Now that you mention it, Mittens gaffes so much it puts Obama to shame (and we all know that if you put Obama to shame in terms of gaffes, then you have a problem). For all the talk of putting our candidates to a higher standard (which is dumb anyways, because you simply give liberals the political advantage), conservatives as a whole tend to be very selective in applying it.

      Micky on August 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I am getting the Distinct feeling Debbie doesn’t like Michelle, and hey Christine is much better looking than Palin anyway.


Mark D on August 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Most of the conservatives, for the reason of very much wanting to win and repeal Obamacare, have recklessly voicing the opinion publicly even to the point of being pushy bullies.
They should’nt blatantly displayed their bully faces publicly if they really want to persuade Akin to drop out. They should do it behind the scene. Imagine if you’re Akin, you win the primary fair and square, would you let yourself be bullied to drop out just because you say something stupid? Okay, not just saying something stupid, but also believing in something factually untrue, “pregnancy can’t happen in legitimate (true) rape”. I think if Akin still want to win the race, his apology should be admitting he’s believed something untrue and has changed his belief (about pregnancy in rape) after knowing the fact. That’ll be more sincere. Then all the self righteous conservatives who’ve bullied him can save face by supporting him again because he’s a change of heart. He can still firmly hold on to his principle of the baby’s innocent, hence shouldn’t be aborted. When he stick to the firm position of the baby’s innocent, not even liberal can disprove that except only through debatable argument of the fetus is not a living baby.

During the chaos of may 1998, Chinese women through out the country in Indonesia were systematically raped by gangs shouting the typical allahu akbar mantra that Debbie hates so much. By it’s systematic nature, it was allegedly organized by military faction in power struggle. Rape pregnancies did happened. In cases like this, most of you who stand for no abortion even in rape case, what would you do if you are the victims themselves? It’s not easy to persuade those women not to abort the asshole infected fetus.

Ethan on August 24, 2012 at 11:35 am

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