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Flashback: Dems Spent $1.5M To Help Akin

From just two weeks ago from a strangely prescient Washington Post:

Why Todd Akin’s win gives Democrats hope in Missouri

Posted by Sean Sullivan | 08/08/2012

Senate Democrats got exactly what they wanted in Missouri on Tuesday night. Now comes the hard part.

Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s primary victory clearly boosted vulnerable Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill’s survival odds this fall. But to win, McCaskill will have to make the general election campaign as much about her opponent as herself.

That’s easier said than done. But Akin — and some of the things he’s said in the past — does make it a bit easier.

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.)

We’re not quite sure what is wrong with that statement. But, apparently, we are supposed to believe that Akin has a history of ‘Bidenisms.’

Akin is far from an ideal Republican nominee. But the GOP doesn’t need a superstar to defeat McCaskill. She is running in a state where Mitt Romney is expected to defeat President Obama. She will have to confront opposition ads that will attack her for billing taxpayers for trips she took on a plane she co-owned with her husband. She has long been one of the most high profile backers of the President…

In just about every Senate race featuring a vulnerable Democratic incumbent running in a state Obama is likely to lose, the GOP strategy has been consistent: Tie the Democrat to Obama and his policies via paid media efforts. Then, repeat.

Which should tell you how wildly popular Obama is in the real world.

In Missouri, the strength of this line of attack will be especially important for the GOP. Akin’s tendency to chart his own path (which, on occasion, has also been the politically problematic one) suggests that Democrats might be handed new fodder for their own attack ads this fall.

Akin’s uncompromising brand of social conservatism, for example, might lead him to say something that may give political moderates — the same moderates who don’t like the economic policies advanced by Obama and Senate Democrats — pause in the Senate race…

Everything has to go right in the fall for McCaskill to survive. Akin has to slip up, she has to be flawless, and it may even take a little luck. But on this day, Democrats can argue that much of the race has gone right for them so far, with Akin’s win being the latest example of their strategy succeeding. And they’d be correct.

Sometimes you just have to shake your head. Still, we believe that any other Republican candidate will beat McCaskill.

If not, there is something terribly wrong in Missouri.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Flashback: Dems Spent $1.5M To Help Akin”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “If not, there is something terribly wrong in Missouri.”

    There is something wrong. Remember they elected a dead guy then let them put his wife in his place.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    So, the Dems have a new poster boy to bash?

    Flip’em. Use their lies, use the truth and flame them relentlessly.

    New Akin Campaign Slogan

    The democrats manipulated the primary and the honest people of Missura
    –Anyone but McCaskill

    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. H/T Lucianne

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    The 800 lb gorilla is Akin’s charge that the criminal be punished; not the innocent. Put that in your ethics pipe & smoke it!


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