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March 25, 2013
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love…Good people disagree with me. On the other hand, my children have a hard time understanding why this is even controversial. I think history will agree with my children.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, becoming the 42nd senator to support marriage equality. Extra points for making the announcement on her Tumblr
9:14 // 1 year ago
January 28, 2013
We are doing a lot of reaching out to some of the tea party folks across the state. What we’re finding — at least in this stage of the race — we’re finding that our interests align. It’s unusual.
Keith Rouda, a field organizer with the liberal PACS MoveOn.org and Progress Kentucky, on the shared interests of Democratic donors and tea partiers in Kentucky. Both groups want Mitch McConnell out of the Senate, albiet for different reasons, and so they’ve struck up somewhat of an alliance. Apparently, Democratic donors have told state tea party groups that they’ll help bankroll the primary campaign of a credible right-wing challenger to McConnell, and one state Democratic group has already circulated petitions urging potential candidates to challenge McConnell in the primary. This is the exact same tactic Democrats used in Missouri last year, and it worked out pretty well for Claire McCaskill. source
10:41 // 1 year ago
November 6, 2012
If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.
The infamous remarks, by GOP Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, which may indeed have been the irreparable deathblow to his candidacy. Despite calls from prominent Republicans for his withdrawal, Akin stuck it out, and tonight, has been defeated by Missouri incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill, as projected by NBC News.
22:16 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012
18:24 // 1 year ago
September 26, 2012

With Todd Akin’s final withdrawal deadline past, Claire McCaskill has finally pulled out a nice can of you-know-what on the controversial Missouri Senate candidate. Whaddya think?

20:48 // 1 year ago
August 27, 2012

Todd Akin: Not polling quite so hot in Missouri after rape comments

  • pre-gaffe Todd Akin, newly picked to be the Republican nominee in the Missouri Senate race, had been leading incumbent Claire McCaskill in the polls for months. Then he made a comment about rape, pregnancy and abortion.
  • post-gaffe Akin, who was once expected to have a shot at taking out McCaskill, is now nine points down on the Democrat in one poll, and ten points down in the other. Sometimes a single comment can change the entire race. source

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10:02 // 2 years ago
August 21, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin asks for “Forgiveness,” via campaign ad. Does it work?

Perhaps he doesn’t plan to drop out? The Missouri Senate candidate, who was rumored to be dropping out as of yesterday afternoon, appears to be at least trying to salvage his campaign right now, releasing this ad. Akin didn’t have the best day on Monday, facing sharp rebukes from his own party and skipping out on “Piers Morgan Tonight” at the very last second. Akin drew stern criticism over the weekend after he claimed that women couldn’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape” — a claim that suddenly gives Claire McCaskill a chance to win re-election.

7:22 // 2 years ago
August 19, 2012
17:35 // 2 years ago
joshsternberg:

“As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM http://bit.ly/NahiHz - Senator Claire McCaskill responding to Senate challenger Rep. Todd Akin’s stupid comments on rape and abortion.

Cause and effect: Thanks to his comments, Akin just gave his opponent some ammo and momentum in the race — a race that was going to be difficult for McCaskill because her state’s leaning right these days and she barely won in 2006 as it is. The question — with a weak opponent who just drew a firestorm of controversy, can McCaskill claw her way to another term?
EDIT: For sake of numbers, McCaskill was down five points on Akin before he made his comments, based on a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

joshsternberg:

“As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM bit.ly/NahiHz
 - Senator Claire McCaskill responding to Senate challenger Rep. Todd Akin’s stupid comments on rape and abortion.

Cause and effect: Thanks to his comments, Akin just gave his opponent some ammo and momentum in the race — a race that was going to be difficult for McCaskill because her state’s leaning right these days and she barely won in 2006 as it is. The question — with a weak opponent who just drew a firestorm of controversy, can McCaskill claw her way to another term?

EDIT: For sake of numbers, McCaskill was down five points on Akin before he made his comments, based on a RealClearPolitics average of polls.

16:51 // 2 years ago
November 29, 2010

Max Headroom: John McCain all over place with DADT rhetoric

Was Obama an inexperienced politician when he said he’d repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t tell”? Well, he ran a better campaign than this dude back in 2008. (Thought we’d forget that, didn’t you?) Anyway, John McCain was on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday trying to explain how the current gays in the military policy makes sense, in a way that’s giving Candy Crowley some real meat to chew upon. Meanwhile, large chunks of Americans think the policy should be repealed. And that includes this guy’s wife.

  • See, I’m not like Obama at all! The storyline we’re expecting to see in the next few months goes like this: Democratic senators, like Claire McCaskill, will be falling over themselves to differentiate themselves from the president. Don’t expect her to have a fat lip from playing basketball anytime soon.
  • Soft Black Friday story ruined It seems like your normal mid-afternoon CNN story that you can completely ignore until around the 45-second mark, when the anti-fur protesters show up. Then it gets interesting. Hey protesters: People who watch CNN in the daytime don’t buy fur; they can’t afford it.

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1:30 // 3 years ago