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Okay, I will state up front that this diary will be short and hopefully sugary sweet.

Unless you have been living in Rupert Murdoch's secret bunker during the past 24 hours, you might have heard that a Senatorial candidate from Missouri said something rather "enlightening"...

In an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday, the GOP Senate nominee was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

There are several other diaries that can better explain how insanely ridiculous and offensive Mr. Akin's words are.  Other than expressing my firm solidarity with those opinions, I won't offer any of my own.

But that's not why I donated to the Incumbent Senator from Missouri, Claire McCaskill.

I am a Liberal with a Capital L.  A Progressive with a Capital P.

Claire McCaskill, at her best, is a moderate Democrat.  moderate with a small m.

But thank goodness for Lawrence O'Donnell.  This savvy yet passionate political veteran reminded me, reminded us, of exactly what's at stake.

In the "Rewrite" segment of his show tonight, Lawrence waxed poetic about Senator McCaskill.  Not because she's a champion of progressives.  Not because she always votes the way we would like her to.

But because she is a Democrat, with a Capital D.  When the chips are down, when Obamacare needed one more vote, when Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor needed confirmation to the Supreme Court, Claire was on our side.

You think Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin would vote for our best interests?  Or any Republican who might replace him?

Lawrence, thanks for reminding us of the big picture.  We can't maintain a majority in the Senate (or retake the House) without the courage of moderate Democrats who have to campaign in conservative-leaning states.

I'm not saying I miss the Blue Dogs.  I don't.

But Claire McCaskill would be light years ahead of any Republican as the presiding senator from Missouri.

Show Claire some love.  If you can't muster that, show her some respect.  And a few dollars, if you can spare them.

If you have any doubts, ask yourself one question.  Do you want Claire McCaskill picking the next Supreme Court Justice, or Todd Akin?


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  •  I agree with Lawrence. (14+ / 0-)

    I heartily endorse Claire McCaskill for the Senate in Missouri, and I thank her for her votes for the stimulus, and Obamacare(yes, Obama cares, Vulture and Vouchercare don't).

  •  You can watch the video (8+ / 0-)

    here. The videos from tonight's show are spread across the top of the page. Hit the arrow at the far right to see more vids; click on the "Rewriting Claire McCaskill" video.

    You will get it.

  •  Just skimming over her website, (13+ / 0-)

    and one or two other sources:
    - She does not support marriage.
    - She wants to weaken EPA regulations on coal power plants in her state.
    - For fossil fuel subsidies.
    - Against cap and trade.
    - She's tough on illegal immigration.
    - Strong on defense.

    On the other hand:
    - She did vote for the ACA.
    - She voted to end DADT.
    - She's pro-choice, though against "partial-birth" abortions, whatever those are (It's not a technical term).
    - She supported most stimulus funding.
    - Voted for increase taxes on the wealthy, raising the capital gains rate, and supports estate taxes (Though also voted to extend the Bush cuts)
    - Against no child left behind, against school vouchers, for Pell Grants.
    - Against offshore drilling.

    She definitely is a blue dog, but she's much better than a crazy wing nut, or even a moderate Republican (Of which there aren't exactly a whole lot left at the national level, anyways).

    I donated a modest amount to her campaign yesterday, because:
    1)  Her race is definitely winnable.  It's not clear if it's still losable, but figure money now may make more difference, than if we wait for more numbers before donating.  On a side note, I don't donate a huge amount, but I'm trying to donate to campaigns in competitive districts.
    2)  Her record is much better than practically any Republican in the Senate. She's also much less likely to filibuster things than a moderate Republican.
    3)  She's in a conservative district.  Moderate dems from conservative districts are often the "best" we can do, and if we want to grow the party, we need them winning elections in competitive districts.
    4)  The longer she's the incumbent, the harder she is to unseat, at least in good years.

    Not exactly a strong endorsement, but I do really want her to win.

  •  Who the fucking hell (8+ / 0-)

    on this blog would trade Claire's votes for Akin's or Jim Talents? Only a Quisling arsehole troll I say...

    Claire's no Teddy but then again she she has to answer to a different electorate. And she's smart as a whip

    "Fascism is attracting the dregs of humanity- people with a slovenly biography - sadists, mental freaks, traitors." - ILYA EHRENBURG

    by durrati on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 10:01:15 PM PDT

  •  A vote fore Claire McCaskill is a vote for (10+ / 0-)

    Patrick Leahy as chair of the Judiciary committee instead of Orrin Hatch.

    A vote for Claire McCaskill is a vote fore John Kerry as chair of the Foreign Affairs committee instead of John McCain.

    •  A vote for Claire McCaskill is a vote (2+ / 0-)
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      against this Akins person even being present as a possibility for the Science Committee he is now a member of. Kind of like when Libya was on the UN Human Rights Council.

      Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

      by Mokurai on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:10:48 PM PDT

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  •  I donated to her also. And I'm from Massachusetts (6+ / 0-)
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    StonyB, elwior, Smoh, Byblis, denig, high uintas

    "The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave." -- Patrick Henry

    by BornDuringWWII on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 10:38:33 PM PDT

    •  I'm from New Jersey. (6+ / 0-)
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      elwior, My Spin, ekgrulez1, Smoh, denig, high uintas

      My apologies to y'all for Chris Christie.  No, I didn't vote for him.

      Never been to Missouri.  Doesn't matter.  Claire McCaskill's on our team, and she needs our help.  Let's show we've got her back...

      Romney-Ryan 2012. Because Hoovervilles are greatly missed.

      by StonyB on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 10:53:59 PM PDT

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      •  More importantly, keeping McCaskill helps the base (8+ / 0-)

        Missouri, from what I understand, is not exactly a swing state but it isn't as red as say Mississippi or Oklahoma.  Keeping Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate will allow the Democratic Party to do even more outreaching than it's done before in Missouri, turning the state into a Swing State.  

        Remember, McCaskill was one of Barack Obama's biggest surrogates during his presidential campaign in 2008.  Obama lost Missouri by such a narrow margin to John McCain so anything can happen so long as the Democrats fire up their base.

      •  I was in Kansas City way back when the (1+ / 0-)
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        Athletics were still there, before they skedaddled to Oakland and became the A's. Just for a few days, while my father attended a convention. I didn't know about Twelfth Street and Vine at the time, but my mother did, and insisted that he bring us all along on the trip so he couldn't take an unseen evening out with the boys.

        Hey, Mitt! Thanks for ObamneyCare.

        by Mokurai on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 04:30:19 PM PDT

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  •  I just about donated to Claire, and then ... (7+ / 0-)
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    StonyB, elwior, My Spin, Smoh, Byblis, denig, high uintas

    ... I remembered that I was on Wifi. As soon as I get home, there'll be another donation from me for Senator McCaskill. I don't live anywhere near Missouri but have been paying a lot of attention to her since she became an early surrogate for Obama against McCain/Palin. She was more than a match for her Republican counterparts, and she made key media appearances for major agenda items during her term. She didn't just vote for them, she stood behind them and stuck her neck out. We need smart, strong voices (and speakers) like her on our side.

    Here she is shutting up Joe Scarborough about 4 years ago, noting that Joe was allowing himself to be made a puppet by McCain's campaign manager, while at the same time managing to slip in the fact that Exxon had just announced profits of $12B, in a way that can be described as a beautifully executed verbal roundhouse kick:


             (The roundhouse kick lands at about 2:50 of that video. OUCH!).

    Lawrence O'Donnell did a very good job for Senator McCaskill tonight on his show. She did a very good job for us 4 years ago. She'll be even more important in the next 6 years.  

    I would tip you, but the man took away my tips.

    by Tortmaster on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 11:15:34 PM PDT

  •  I donated to here this last weekend (4+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, StonyB, denig, high uintas

    She's my former senator; I'm originally from Missouri (living in Colorado now) and believe me, it is NO liberal state. Politics are almost surely local for her. I remember sending Senator McCaskill emails in regards to the economy, Washington DC politics, and the debt and I've always had some sort of long reply back from her.

    She does what she can in representing her state. We need people in Washington along will people like Manchin (WV), Pryor (AR), Landrieu (LA), Begich (AK) and Tester (MT) who is also up for reelection in Montana, in the U.S. because it will show that the Democratic party is a more diverse party and can get things done with other elements of the party. If we have more people like them representing less liberal states, Washington DC would almost surely be getting stuff done for this country.

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