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Now that Todd Akin is definitely on the Missouri ballot as the state's Republican Senate candidate, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill can take the gloves off, and Republicans can admit what we knew all along—they wanted Akin out of the race, but since he's in, they're going to support him.

As the deadline passed, McCaskill unveiled an ad (above) hitting Akin not just for his "legitimate rape" comments but for his opposition to Social Security, Medicare, the minimum wage and student loans. Republicans, meanwhile, began lining up behind Akin. Some did so tepidly, like Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, who had previously been one of the voices pressuring Akin to withdraw from the race but now says, "Congressman Akin and I don’t agree on everything, but he and I agree the Senate majority must change. From Governor Romney to the county courthouse, I’ll be working for the Republican ticket in Missouri, and that includes Todd Akin."

Rick Santorum and Jim DeMint were more enthusiastic in their support:

Todd Akin is a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate. Todd will work to stop reckless spending, stop the out of control debt, repeal the government takeover of healthcare, support our military and defend life at every stage.

We support Todd Akin and hope freedom-loving Americans in Missouri and around the country will join us so we can save our country from fiscal collapse.

DeMint's PAC may contribute to Akin's campaign, and Santorum's support joins fellow former Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee (who had supported Akin even as other Republicans tried to push him out of the race).

Claire McCaskill has a powerful message against Todd Akin—even many conservative Missouri voters don't want a senator who'll oppose Social Security, Medicare and student loans—but she unpopular herself. With Republicans lining up behind Akin, however unenthusiastically, this is going to remain a real race.

12:14 PM PT: That didn't take long:

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  •  hahahahahahahahahahahahaha.... (3+ / 0-)
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    CherryTheTart, Vatexia, Larsstephens

    this is going to be fun....

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 11:36:53 AM PDT

  •  Speaking for many women in Missouri . . . (6+ / 0-)

    This diary is right on.  Akin is now well-known in Mo. as willfully ignorant, to use the most charitable term.  Claire's new ad will pigeonhole him for the moron he is.  Missouri IS conservative especially in the out-state counties, but we have a fairly moderate exec branch, especially Sec of State and Gov who are both running for reelection.  So the folks here don't just vote a straight-party ticket even if they're conservative.  Our dem gov, Jay Nixon, was the state's dem AG from 1992-2008 (and a good one overall), then easily won the gubernatorial election in 2008, crushing his "severely conservative" opponent.  Voters here do know how to reject something that smells bad even if it's tagged "conservative."  Granted, plenty will vote conservative no matter what, but signs look good for McCaskill.

    •  you're an optimist, which is nice, but..... (0+ / 0-)

      .....I'm afraid that enough willfully ignorant voters in the MO boonies will put the "legitimate rapist" in the Senate.  IMHO, McCaskill has to repeat the 2006 formula to have a hope of keeping her seat, namely sweeping St. L. & KC, and pick off just enough rural voters to get in.  That doesn't seem like enough now.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 10:12:55 PM PDT

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  •  freedom-loving Americans will do WHAT? (2+ / 0-)
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    wilderness voice, VirginiaBlue

    play a part in electing Akin?  

    what on earth does he say about freedom - I suggest even men welcome birth control being available, as women do.  

    Akin is for not being free from the fear of an unwanted pregnancy; for not being free from the fear of illness, which you simply cannot afford; for not being free from the subordination of the economy to the military industry; for not being free from the oligarchs.

    what does Barney Frank say?  We're not perfect, but the other guys are crazy!

    Go McCaskill!!!

  •  PPP meme (1+ / 0-)
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    Vatexia

    Akin can make a comeback as "undecideds" heavily Republican.

  •  This is a brutal ad and it is subtley dishonest. (0+ / 0-)

    The voiceover and the words don't match on the most important quote of the ad, the one that made this into a race in the first place.  The voice says "only some rapes are legitimate" and the text says "some rapes are legitimate".

    The first is close to what Akin actually said and gets close to his meaning, something similar to the "forcible rape" idea that the GOP floated in the dark days of the takeover.

    The second means, roughly tranlated: "Sometimes it's okay to rape women."

    Now Akin is such an execrable human being that I'm not sure that's not what he actually thinks, but it isn't what he said.  Thus this ad is subtly dishonest.

    I don't know what to think about that.

    There's a part of me that is very glad to see the GOP get a taste of it's own medicine.  After all they ran a convention that was based 100% on an outright lie, as opposed to a subtle twist.

    That said, what Akin said is so shockingly horrible that I don't see any necessity to twist it.  But in any event this ad is an unequivocal sign that McCaskill is going to fight like hell to keep the seat and that she's not afraid to take the gloves off and fight a little dirty.  She wants this win.  That's the really important thing.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 01:09:51 PM PDT

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