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Todd Akin: Arbiter of Manners

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

I figured if Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin stuck to his guns, all the Republicans who loudly withdrew their support after his heinous “legitimate rape” comments would come slinking back. And sure enough, they did. Yesterday, after he waited out the final deadline for withdrawal, the National Republican Senate Committee changed its tune.

Here’s the party line in August:

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.

“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.” [emphasis mine]

Note the primary concern has nothing to do with Akin’s magical thinking re: rape and pregnancy. It’s all about the fear that Claire McCaskill would beat Akin like a drum. And, since Akin is now their candidate, like it or not hgh height growth, here’s the new statement:

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein-in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs in this country, that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Sen. Claire McCaskill,” NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer said. “As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November, and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

Continue to monitor, huh?

I suppose that gives them some wiggle room just in case Akin says something else stupid. Oh look – he already did:

“I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent,” Akin said. “She had a confidence and was much more ladylike (in 2006), but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she feels threatened.”

She’s threatened? Sounds to me like the man who thinks he’s an expert on ladyparts is scared to death of an actual woman. I know some Republicans want to move us back to the 1950s, but apparently Todd Akin thinks he’s already living there. He may know even less about manners than he does about biology.

Perhaps for their next debate he will demand that she wear a Sunday hat and white gloves.

 

Bravado with a Side of Homophobia

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

…and a heaping helping of sexism.

North Carolina congressional candidate and state senator David Rouzer, speaking to a Tea Party Express rally on Sunday:

ROUZER: When we get [Romney and Ryan] in you are going to see a big change, you’re going to see number one that America is going to be respected again around the world. You’re going to see all this turmoil that’s taking place, you’re going to see them look up and say guess what, the American people have spoken and maybe we need to cut it out a little bit, maybe we need to tone it down a little bit, because now we have real men in the White House.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: No girly men!

ROUZER: That’s right, no girly men.

Is he saying all the men in the Obama White House are gay? Well, that would put him way out into tinfoil hat territory with the far electronic cigarette usa right nuts who think happily married President Obama is secretly a coke-snorting homo who’s had some of his ex-lovers killed. No, I’m not going to link; these people don’t need any more attention. Perhaps he simply thinks the men are sissies. Which, of course, makes them too much like women, and we can’t have that.

Steve M. has written quite a bit lately about the fever dreams of some right-wingers who see themselves as the heroes in an apocalypse they seem to crave. I’m sure Mr. Rouzer sees himself as one of the he-men leading the charge toward war with Iran or any other country that irritates him, kicking them into submission and walking away with only a few manly scratches.

Personally, if I had to choose someone to lead the charge against an oncoming apocalypse, it wouldn’t be Mr. Rouzer. It would be a girl. This girl:


 

h/t Think Progress

Come On, Glenn — Tell Us What You Really Think

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Talk show conspiracy nut Glenn Beck on his radio show, dismissing talk of a Palin/Beck ticket in 2012:

BECK: First of all let me rule that out.  Uh, Palin/Beck?  Ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous.

CO-HOST: She’s far too smart for that.

BECK: No, I was just thinking, what, I’m gonna take back seat to a chick?  (laughter all around)

CO-HOST: Oh, you’ve gotta be (indistinguishable), you’ve gotta be (indistinguishable).  Of course, it’s Beck/Palin. [The second sentence might be Beck; it's hard to tell in the cross-talk.]

BECK: And while you’re at it, go shoot a bear.  Make some stew!  I’m hungry in here!   (more laughter)

CO-HOST: That’s, that’s so great.

He was just joking, right?  Just like he was joking here:

BECK: Please can we not? (CROSSTALK) No, no I’m just saying — Beck-Palin, I’ll consider. But Palin-Beck — can you imagine, can you imagine what an administration with the two of us would be like? What? Come on! She’d be yapping or something, and I’d say, “I’m sorry, why am I hearing your voice? I’m not in the kitchen.”

Actually, it sounds more like he got his little feelings hurt because Sarah Palin described him as “a hoot”.  That wasn’t sufficiently respectful of his superior manhood, I guess, so he decided he needed to retaliate with a heaping dose of sexist BS.

Okay, “feminist” tea partiers, those of you who hang on Beck’s every word and love Palin because she makes you “proud to be a woman”, what do you think of this?  It’s just harmless banter, right?  Right?  We all know the right has the greatest respect for women — as long as they keep to their place.  Just ask Glenn Beck.

h/t Blue Gal

She’s No Lady

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Del’s post below about Rod Blagojevich reminded me that I never cross-posted this piece from Shakesville, originally published last Friday:

So we all know that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on Tuesday, charged with attempting to sell the US Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. And we know that the case is based on wiretaps of Blagojevich’s home and office, which caught him uttering some obscenities as he discussed the various targets of his alleged pay-to-play scheme.

But did we know that his wife was also heard to utter the f-word? Oh noes, the little woman said “fuck”. And said it repeatedly. Let me sit down right now. I think I have the vapors.

The Chicago Tribune published a story yesterday that opened with this totally not sexist description of Patricia Blagojevich:

An unflattering portrait depicting Illinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich as a modern-day Lady Macbeth who plotted against her husband’s perceived enemies and backed his corrupt schemes emerged in court documents connected to the governor’s arrest Tuesday.

Yes, of course. The scheming woman with blood on her hands. How original.

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