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Legacy Media’s Todd Akin obsession:
one more way to amplify Democratic talking points

Not long after making his crazy statement on rape, Missouri Republican Todd Akin issued a statement saying that he had misspoken; he apologized for the remarks.  Democrat Joe Biden has yet to apologize for making a remark that, the editors of the left-leaning Boston Globe conclude, if uttered by Republicans Mitt Romney or Paul Ryan, would have them “pilloried for racial insensitivity“.

Commenting on this double standard, Ed Morrissey writes, it is “easier to survive a gaffe or scandal if one is Democrat“:

Would an exposed plagiarist ever get a chance to be on a Republican national ticket in a presidential election?  I think not; the media would be (conveniently) outraged over such history. Or how about this endorsement of China’s brutal one-child policy, a “gaffe” that took place one year ago today?

When it comes to Republican gaffes, our legacy media play them over and over again in an unending loop and attempt to tar the entire party with the faults of one man.  With Democrats, the episode is briefly reported and quickly forgotten.  How much media coverage did our legacy media give to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s statement that Jews are “being exploited” by the Republican Party?  Or Senate Democratic Leader calling citizens seeking redress of their grievances at public fora “evil mongers.”

Yet, yesterday, on his CNN talk show, Piers Morgan, in between tossing softballs to Congressman Jan Schakowsky suggests that because the Illinois Democrat equated Ryan with Akin, this story has “become Romney’s worse nightmare. It’s gone right back to the social conservative issues he was so desperate to move off on.

Gone right back to the social issues, Piers?  Or has the legacy media pushed the debate in that direction?  If folks like you weren’t dragging the story out, there would be no such Romney “nightmare.”

ADDENDUM:  Do wonder if the president decided to do a “spontaneous” press conference yesterday giving all the heat his friends in the legacy media were giving to the Akin story at the time.  “Despite the fact that Election Day is just 77 days away,” reports Conn Carroll at the Washington Examiner

. . . the first question Obama was asked was about Akin. (more…)

Warren slurs Scott Brown because of that (R) after his name

Yesterday, at Legal Insurrection, Anne Sorock reported that Elizabeth Warren was playing the “rape card against Scott Brown” even though the Massachusetts Senator was one of the first Republicans to criticize Todd Akin and ask the Missourian to withdraw from the Senate contest:

To Miss Warren as to Congressman Jan Schakowsky, it doesn’t matter that Republicans have overwhelmingly denounced Akin, with every prominent Republican who has spoken out on the matter as well as a sizable number of conservatives in the media asking the Congressman to exit the Senate contest.  (Interestingly, it seems that most of the people who want Akin to stay in the race are Democrats and allied special interests.) These folks are determined to smear the GOP at all costs.

The good news is that a poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic shows Brown has “opened a significant lead on Warren, 49-44.

Help keep this good man from Massachusetts in “the people’s seat” by donating to his campaign.

UPDATE:  PPP isn’t the only poll showing Brown ahead.  Another survey provides almost identical results:

According to a Kimball Political Consulting survey of registered voters in Massachusetts, Senator Scott Brown has a 6 point lead over Democrat Elizabeth Warren (49 percent to 43 percent) with 9 percent undecided. The figure is just within the survey’s 4 percent margin of error.

Via Powerline picks.  No wonder Miss Warren is scraping the bottom of the peril.  The Democratic candidate can’t seem to get much traction in this overwhelmingly Democratic state.

Talking about Romney’s Taxes Sure Beats Talking about the Economy

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:18 am - August 21, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election,Obama Hopenchange

When I caught footage of the president making an issue of Mitt Romney’s tax returns yesterday in a White House press conference, I wondered if any of his predecessors had ever, from inside the White House, speculated about the their opponent’s personal financials. Given the question (about his negative campaigning) the president could have just avoided the tax issue and left it to his minions and allies?

Charles Krauthammer contends that Obama is focusing on such picayune matters because if the election is decided “on the issues”, Obama “loses”:

Via Noah Glyn @ The Corner.

By Jan Schakowsky’s logic, Bill Maher’s crude slurs represent “real positions” of Democratic Party

Doing cardio yesterday, caught Jan Schakowsky on Piers Morgan’s show and was struck by her prejudiced view of the GOP. (Side note: would anyone watch CNN if gyms/airports did not broadcast it as their default “news” station?)

Scrolling through the Corner, I found that Eliana Johnson had embedded video (of part of) the 7-term Illinois Democrat’s appearance on the show where she contended Akin’s remark, as Johnson summarizes, “unmasks the ‘real positions’ of the Republican party“:

The real position of the Republican Party?!?!?  The only prominent Republicans who have spoken out have criticized Akin’s remarks about rape, with many urging him to withdraw from the Senate race.  The chairman of the Republican National Committee publicly called the remarks “dumb” and “bizarre.”

To partisans like Miss Schakowsky, it doesn’t really matter what Republicans say.  When one Republican says something crazy and offensive, well, then the crazy, stupid statement defines the party.  Interestingly, when a prominent supporter of her party engages in name-calling, she won’t even respond to a question (at 0:30 below): (more…)

Missourians don’t want to give Claire McCaskill another term

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:30 am - August 21, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Congressional Elections

According to Public Policy Polling whose surveys skew slightly Democratic:

Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn’t moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race. Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That’s basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.

(Via HotAir headlines.) And that despite “75% of voters, including even 64% of Republicans”, saying they found the candidate’s comments inappropriate.   Not just that, his ratings have taken a tumble, with only “24% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 58% with a negative one.”

What’s keeping him afloat is voter dislike of the incumbent, Democrat McCaskill.  These numbers, report PPP’s Tom Jensen speak to

McCaskill’s continued unpopularity. Only 41% of voters approve of the job she’s doing to 53% who disapprove and for many voters their dislike of McCaskill trumps their concerns about Akin.

Maybe Mr. Akin could clean up his image in the next 80 days. Or maybe he could drop out of the race, show himself to put a man of class who puts his party, his state and his nation ahead of his own ambition and ensure that Missourians won’t have to suffer another six years with a Senator they definitely want to replace.

UPDATE:  This poll, unlike most from PPP, appears not to skew toward the Dems.  Ed Morrissey looked at the Dem/GOP/Independent breakdown and found that the “significantly oversampled Republicans“, leading Paul Mirengoff that this was part of a strategy to keep Akin in the race:

PPP is a Democratic polling company that partners with the leftist outfit The Daily Kos. Typically, it’s polls do not significantly over-sample Republicans. I suspect this one did for the purpose of providing encouragement to Akin to stay in the race.

The Democrats have already done what they can to boost Akin. During the primary, theyreportedly spent more than $1 million in advertising designed to help Akin defeat his two more electable rivals.

Will Obama have to campaign in Illinois this fall?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:18 am - August 21, 2012.
Filed under: 2012 Presidential Election

Drudge and Glenn have picked up a story other conservative bloggers have linked:

At the Daily Caller, Alexis Levinson reports that

A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster and political strategist Michael McKeon found Obama leading Republican Mitt Romney by 49 percent to 37 percent in Cook County, the home of Chicago. That puts him ahead by a far thinner margin than expected in a county he should be winning handsomely.

. . . .

In the city of Chicago itself, he retains a 60-29 lead over Romney. But the Republican challenger leads 45-38 in the surrounding areas. Across the county as a whole, Romney leads 43-31 among independent voters, a crucial voting bloc. Romney also holds a 44-38 lead among male voters, and a 53-40 lead among white voters.

If Mitt Romney is leading in suburban Cook County, that is not good news for Barack Obama. It also means he’s likely ahead in the next largest (after Cook) counties in the state, DuPage, Lake, Will and Kane (Chicago suburbs and exurbs).  Just two years ago, Republican Mark Kirk lost Cook County by a 2-to-1 margin while winning the state by 2 points.

With this poll finding Romney ahead in the inner suburbs of the nation’s third largest city in the president’s home state, we can expect even more favorable results for the Republican challenger in the suburbs of other big cities. (more…)