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Democracy Under Attack.
by DubiousForever
 Dubious
Aug 21, 2012 | 1357 views | 6 6 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Added for DV2, and all women for that matter.
Added for DV2, and all women for that matter.
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Lord knows I do not agree with the statements of Rep. Todd Akin.  However, the GOP calling upon a legitimately elected candidate to step down in favor of another that may have a better chance of winning is a slap in the face of democracy.  Disenfranchising the voter's choice with the selection of a candidate by a "committee" is something I would expect to read about in some third-world country with a "ruling council".  Like it or not Akin won the GOP primary with votes from Americans.  To call for negating those votes is truly UNAMERICAN.  Akin has made his bed, now he should run in it.  And the GOP needs to stop trying to disenfranchise American voters.

Dubious

Update:

Aug 21 (Reuters) - A deadline passed on Tuesday evening with no indication from Republican U.S. Representative Todd Akin that he would bow to party pressure and quit the Missouri Senate race over his controversial remarks on abortion and rape.

Missouri election law gave Akin until 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. EDT) to take himself off the Nov. 6 ballot in the Senate race against Democrat Claire McCaskill.

Party leaders including Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell had strongly urged him to step down.

But the Republican has vowed to stay in the contest, saying he represents a conservative movement that must be heard.

A staunch opponent of abortion rights, Akin claimed in a television interview on Sunday that women could not get pregnant from "legitimate rape" when asked about his opposition to abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

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DifferentView2
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August 23, 2012
Politico reports that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was in Tampa Wednesday night to meet with ”members of the Council for National Policy, a secretive coalition of powerful conservative and evangelical leaders.”

Founded by prominent Christian conservatives in 1981 as a conservative counterweight to left-leaning policy groups, the CNP according to a 2002 Atlantic article, serves as “a sausage factory for conservative ideas of a particular gout: strong affirmations of military power, Christian heritage, traditional values, and leave-us-alone-get-off-our-backs legislation.”

Regular CNP conventions are held, but little is known about them. Membership is confidential, discussions are not discussed publicly and guests can attend only with “the unanimous approval of the executive committee,” according to a memo obtained by the New York Times in 2004.
DifferentView2
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August 22, 2012
Thanks for clarifying my comment with the graphic. The polls in Missouri indicate that Akins lead over McCaskill went from 10 points to only 1 point after Akin's remarks. This would be a boon for the Democrats if they hold onto this Senate seat.
DubiousForever
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August 21, 2012
Graphic added.
DifferentView2
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August 21, 2012
77% of abortion leaders are men. 100% of them will never become pregnant. That explains everything.
DubiousForever
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August 21, 2012
Excerpt from CBS News:

Had Akin decided to drop out before 5 p.m. CT Tuesday, he could have done so easily. If he drops out after that point but before Sept. 25, the Missouri GOP will have to obtain a court order to replace his name on the ballot. After Sept. 25, the state will not change the names on the state ballot, no matter what.
DubiousForever
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August 21, 2012
Akin has until 5PM today to decide.