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2012-11-05 09:06:09 AM
Thanks for the free senate seat, Teatards.

The one way tea party came handy.
 
2012-11-05 09:10:16 AM
The election isn't over yet. The electorate will have a chance to display pro-rape tendencies.
 
2012-11-05 09:11:09 AM

JasonOfOrillia: The election isn't over yet. The electorate will have a chance to display pro-rape tendencies.


9 out of 10 people enjoy gang rape.
 
2012-11-05 09:12:02 AM
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2012-11-05 09:14:37 AM
If it's a legitimate election, the GOP has ways of shutting that whole thing down.
 
2012-11-05 09:15:12 AM
I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.
 
2012-11-05 09:17:09 AM

A quote for all Republican candidates:

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt."

Or for the "Biblical" Toad Aken:

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding.

--Proverbs 17:28
 
2012-11-05 09:18:23 AM

blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.


Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.
 
2012-11-05 09:20:27 AM
before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that
 
2012-11-05 09:22:39 AM

mayIFark: Thanks for the free senate seat, Teatards.

The one way tea party came handy.


The count's up to four Senate seats now, over the course of two years. Nevada and Delaware in 2010, and Indiana and Missouri this year.
 
2012-11-05 09:23:00 AM

HMS_Blinkin: Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.


And I know for a fat that at a minimum 47% of the people in this country think they are wealthy, old, white, male and heterosexual.
 
2012-11-05 09:23:43 AM

blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.


So the fact that Willard is predicted to be within a few points in the popular vote (if not outright win it) doesn't make you worry?

The fact that Willard even got to be the nominee doesn't make you worry?
 
2012-11-05 09:25:58 AM
Democratic Public Policy Polling's final Missouri survey Sunday had McCaskill leading Akin by just 4 percentage points, 48 percent to 44 percent.

That 44% of Americans would vote for a man who believes that sometimes no means yes is a sad, sad commentary on the state of our nation.
 
2012-11-05 09:26:59 AM

wooden_badger: The fact that Willard even got to be the nominee doesn't make you worry?


Not as much as the fact that if he loses the next nominee is most likely Rick Santorum.
 
2012-11-05 09:28:09 AM

thurstonxhowell: If it's a legitimate election, the GOP has ways of shutting that whole thing down.


I can't give this comment enough "Smart" votes to express how depressingly true I think this is.
 
2012-11-05 09:29:13 AM

wooden_badger: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

So the fact that Willard is predicted to be within a few points in the popular vote (if not outright win it) doesn't make you worry?

It does, but the story wasn't about Romney.

The fact that Willard even got to be the nominee doesn't make you worry?

The fact it is not Bachmann, Perry, Cain, or Gingrich gives me some relief.

But then I think abut Huntsman not getting it, largely because he was so rational, and yeah, I start to just hate people.

 
2012-11-05 09:30:05 AM

Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that


McCaskill was pretty much openly pulling for Akin during the primary - there were even some "pro"-Akin ads that were run by Democratic PACs - because she (correctly) figured Akin would be the easiest opponent precisely because he wouldn't be able to keep his mouth shut.
 
ecl
2012-11-05 09:30:43 AM

HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.


In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.
 
2012-11-05 09:30:47 AM

Karac: wooden_badger: The fact that Willard even got to be the nominee doesn't make you worry?

Not as much as the fact that if he loses the next nominee is most likely Rick Santorum.


There's a decent chance the next nominee will be Santorum even if Romney wins.
 
2012-11-05 09:31:32 AM

Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that


Democrats have started to learn how to actually play politics (bloodthirsty, with no mercy) to the point where during primary season, McCaskill was airing ads saying "Todd Akin is the TRUE conservative for Missouri". Because she knew that Akin doing something on the order of combining basic scientific ignorance with a shrugging off of the opinions of half the population was the best chance she had to stay in the Senate.
 
2012-11-05 09:32:49 AM

ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.


Hey you live in St. Charles too?
 
2012-11-05 09:33:15 AM
Get out and vote!

Remember Wisconsin!
 
2012-11-05 09:34:41 AM

qorkfiend: There's a decent chance the next nominee will be Santorum even if Romney wins.


There's a near 100% chance their next nominee will be santorum, even if it's not Rick Santorum.
 
2012-11-05 09:38:53 AM
We had the same kind of thing in Michigan with the incumbent Dem, Debbie Stabenow. My general belief is she is the least qualified individuals in the world to hold an elected office above dog catcher and I was looking forward to voting her ass to the curb. Then along comes Pete Hoekstra with this gem, followed by him spewing a steady stream of derp and attack ads for the length of the campaign.

I'd been excited about this election. Snyder had won the governorship as a moderate R who mostly ran on his economic credentials. Stabenow seem vulnerable to the same kind of Senate Candidate. All the Reps had to do was pick out the Senatorial version of Snyder and rip into Stabenow for her inconsistent voting record on a few topics like CAFE and it shouldn't have been all that hard to displace her. Instead they ran some dude who seems to moonlight as a Klansmen.

Last I checked Stabenow has a nine point lead on Hoekstra and I'm going to feel a twinge of pain when I vote for Stabenow tomorrow. However, fark Hoekstra.

/about the only thing Hoeksta could have done it make it worse was get a celebrity endorsement from Alexandra Wallace
//my favorite troll is to agree that you should have to be native born to hold any highly elected office in the United States, get everyone nodding along and then mention Hoekstra is an immigrant from the Netherlands
 
ecl
2012-11-05 09:39:59 AM

Mrtraveler01: ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.

Hey you live in St. Charles too?


By Soulard, but I work in Ballwin, Fenton, Chesterfield etc.
 
2012-11-05 09:42:39 AM

ecl: Ballwin, Fenton, Chesterfield etc


Yep...those are indeed crazy right-wing areas.
 
2012-11-05 09:49:55 AM

Hetfield: Come on in, GOP lovers.


I read that in Cheech's voice. It was pretty epic.
 
jty
2012-11-05 10:07:18 AM

ecl: Mrtraveler01: ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.

Hey you live in St. Charles too?

By Soulard, but I work in Ballwin, Fenton, Chesterfield etc.


Soulardian here as well. We're a little liberal bastion of relative sanity, but go west or south and they love them some Akin.
 
2012-11-05 10:12:34 AM

qorkfiend: Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that

McCaskill was pretty much openly pulling for Akin during the primary - there were even some "pro"-Akin ads that were run by Democratic PACs - because she (correctly) figured Akin would be the easiest opponent precisely because he wouldn't be able to keep his mouth shut.


Yep, she took two big Republican election tenets - dumping money into an election without questioning where it came from, and the ideological purity test - and wielded them against their creators.

Payback's a biatch. They wanted their candidates and voters to fall in ideological line, and it's costing them seats.
 
2012-11-05 10:15:21 AM

UNC_Samurai: qorkfiend: Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that

McCaskill was pretty much openly pulling for Akin during the primary - there were even some "pro"-Akin ads that were run by Democratic PACs - because she (correctly) figured Akin would be the easiest opponent precisely because he wouldn't be able to keep his mouth shut.

Yep, she took two big Republican election tenets - dumping money into an election without questioning where it came from, and the ideological purity test - and wielded them against their creators.

Payback's a biatch. They wanted their candidates and voters to fall in ideological line, and it's costing them seats.


It still has to cost them this seat. I generally trust polling forecasts as a guideline, not a certainty. Liberals in Missouri still need to get off their asses and vote tomorrow.
 
2012-11-05 10:16:55 AM

ha-ha-guy: We had the same kind of thing in Michigan with the incumbent Dem, Debbie Stabenow. My general belief is she is the least qualified individuals in the world to hold an elected office above dog catcher and I was looking forward to voting her ass to the curb. Then along comes Pete Hoekstra with this gem, followed by him spewing a steady stream of derp and attack ads for the length of the campaign.

I'd been excited about this election. Snyder had won the governorship as a moderate R who mostly ran on his economic credentials. Stabenow seem vulnerable to the same kind of Senate Candidate. All the Reps had to do was pick out the Senatorial version of Snyder and rip into Stabenow for her inconsistent voting record on a few topics like CAFE and it shouldn't have been all that hard to displace her. Instead they ran some dude who seems to moonlight as a Klansmen.

Last I checked Stabenow has a nine point lead on Hoekstra and I'm going to feel a twinge of pain when I vote for Stabenow tomorrow. However, fark Hoekstra.

/about the only thing Hoeksta could have done it make it worse was get a celebrity endorsement from Alexandra Wallace
//my favorite troll is to agree that you should have to be native born to hold any highly elected office in the United States, get everyone nodding along and then mention Hoekstra is an immigrant from the Netherlands


There are times when I'm convinced you are my alt.
 
2012-11-05 10:18:47 AM

RminusQ: Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that

Democrats have started to learn how to actually play politics (bloodthirsty, with no mercy) to the point where during primary season, McCaskill was airing ads saying "Todd Akin is the TRUE conservative for Missouri". Because she knew that Akin doing something on the order of combining basic scientific ignorance with a shrugging off of the opinions of half the population was the best chance she had to stay in the Senate.


Actually, it was "too conservative for Missouri", which was very attractive to the base, and it worked. Akin was polling in third place in the MO Repub primary behind a businessman and a former state officeholder that had no legislative record to speak of. Akin's got a record in the House going back 20 years or so, and that record (voting no on everything but personhood) doesn't look very good in the daylight. Akin's views on abortion and rape getting publicized were a gift that they could only have dreamed about.
 
2012-11-05 10:19:12 AM

Karac: wooden_badger: The fact that Willard even got to be the nominee doesn't make you worry?

Not as much as the fact that if he loses the next nominee is most likely Rick Santorum.


That just leaves a bad taste in my mouth...
 
2012-11-05 10:19:20 AM

Karac: That 44% of Americans would vote for a man who believes that sometimes no means yes is a sad, sad commentary on the state of our nation.


1. Stupid white guys vote for republicans because their lives suck.

2. republicans in power think up new ways to make the lives of stupid white guys suck even more.

3. Stupid white guys come to the conclusion that their lives suck even more because there are still Democrats out there, and they must elect even more republicans to fight them.


/that trickle down is gonna happen any time now. Been over thirty years but I just know it'll happen sometime. They promised me.
 
2012-11-05 10:26:00 AM
Crewmannumber6


before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that


There were two more mainstream candidates in the primaries. Since she was the incumbent, she contributed money to his campaign and vocally supported him knowing that he would be easier to beat in the general election.
 
2012-11-05 10:26:06 AM
Note that vote-share and chance-of-winning are very different things. Per 538's MO Senate projection, with McCaskill up 3.6% that gives her an 88% chance of winning.

I, like others, find it a bit dismaying that it's not as one-sided as the MN race (Klobuchar +26.2).
 
2012-11-05 10:31:27 AM

jty: Soulardian here as well. We're a little liberal bastion of relative sanity, but go west or south and they love them some Akin.


You don't have to tell me twice.

The yards in the neighborhoods around me in St. Charles are littered with Akin signs, way more than Romney signs even.
 
2012-11-05 10:36:51 AM

Mrtraveler01: jty: Soulardian here as well. We're a little liberal bastion of relative sanity, but go west or south and they love them some Akin.

You don't have to tell me twice.

The yards in the neighborhoods around me in St. Charles are littered with Akin signs, way more than Romney signs even.


There are TONS of Catholic churches in St. Charles though, to be sure. It doesn't shock me my old home town is full of rape ableists. They do support a worldwide child abuse ring after all.
 
2012-11-05 10:37:17 AM
It will be funny but mostly sad when voters quietly come out in full force to elect Akin. They'll probably even lie in the exit polls so you won't even know it's happening but just wait.....
 
zez
2012-11-05 10:41:00 AM

Mrtraveler01: ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.

Hey you live in St. Charles too?


In St. Charles they don't even bother to put Democrats on the local ballots. It's just a bunch of Republicans running against each other.
 
2012-11-05 10:43:39 AM

zez: Mrtraveler01: ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.

Hey you live in St. Charles too?

In St. Charles they don't even bother to put Democrats on the local ballots. It's just a bunch of Republicans running against each other.


I live in Nebraska now, and it's not much different here. Most of the local elections are Republicans running unopposed or against each other. But somehow, just somehow, liberals are a grave threat to this almost wholly conservative state.
 
2012-11-05 10:43:49 AM
I just saw the new Akin desperation ad. The commercial basically says to ignore all Akin's craziness. Romney needs Akin in the senate. McCaskill will work to crap over all of Romney's legislation. Article here.

Apparently, there is a new Survey USA poll that has Clair up by 15 points. Link to video.

Also took a chance yesterday answering the phone from two unknown numbers: one was a robocall from Rick Santorum, the other was a robocall from Rand Paul. I didn't listen long enough to know who they are hawking.
 
2012-11-05 10:46:15 AM

Uncle Eazy: I just saw the new Akin desperation ad. The commercial basically says to ignore all Akin's craziness. Romney needs Akin in the senate. McCaskill will work to crap over all of Romney's legislation. Article here.

Apparently, there is a new Survey USA poll that has Clair up by 15 points. Link to video.

Also took a chance yesterday answering the phone from two unknown numbers: one was a robocall from Rick Santorum, the other was a robocall from Rand Paul. I didn't listen long enough to know who they are hawking.


That's a desperation ploy if I ever saw one.

Either way, seriously Missouri liberals, go f*cking vote and make sure Akin doesn't ever stink up a Senate chamber.
 
2012-11-05 10:47:33 AM

zez: Mrtraveler01: ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.

Hey you live in St. Charles too?

In St. Charles they don't even bother to put Democrats on the local ballots. It's just a bunch of Republicans running against each other.


St. Charles county reporting here too. FWIW, I know quite a few GOP voters who will be voting for Romney, but either voting Claire, or writing in someone else.
 
2012-11-05 10:49:23 AM

Chilkoot Charlie: RminusQ: Crewmannumber6: before she helped engineer a self-destructing Republican opponent

I don't understand that

Democrats have started to learn how to actually play politics (bloodthirsty, with no mercy) to the point where during primary season, McCaskill was airing ads saying "Todd Akin is the TRUE conservative for Missouri". Because she knew that Akin doing something on the order of combining basic scientific ignorance with a shrugging off of the opinions of half the population was the best chance she had to stay in the Senate.

Actually, it was "too conservative for Missouri", which was very attractive to the base, and it worked. Akin was polling in third place in the MO Repub primary behind a businessman and a former state officeholder that had no legislative record to speak of. Akin's got a record in the House going back 20 years or so, and that record (voting no on everything but personhood) doesn't look very good in the daylight. Akin's views on abortion and rape getting publicized were a gift that they could only have dreamed about.


A lot of Dems crossed party lines in the primary to help elect Akin too, knowing that as soon as he won the primary, he's stick his foot in his mouth.
 
2012-11-05 10:56:15 AM

Uncle Eazy: I just saw the new Akin desperation ad. The commercial basically says to ignore all Akin's craziness. Romney needs Akin in the senate. McCaskill will work to crap over all of Romney's legislation. Article here.


I saw that too and found the ad to be hilarious and desperate.
 
2012-11-05 10:57:40 AM
The only reason Akin will lose is because this is a Presidential election year and any money supporting Akin would have dragged down the top of the ticket. If this was 2014, Akin would have won because his money supply would not have run out, and mid-terms are always a referendum about the party in the White House.
 
2012-11-05 10:58:15 AM

ecl: HMS_Blinkin: blastoh: I don't think this is a huge cause for celebration.
If she wins, it will be narrow (like razor edge).

She should be up by 15-20 points at least, and the fact that she is not, makes me worry about society.

Romney shouldn't be losing by as little as he is, either. ~47% of people will vote for that clown, and I know for a fact that less than 47% of people in this country are wealthy, old, white, male, and heterosexual.

In Missouri, lots of people will vote for Akin and Romney simply to spite the Democrats. I work in a crazy right wing area outside St Louis and I've got people coming in assuming b/c I'm white we must both hate black people and hate democrats... It's a sad state of HATE politics in Mo.



I live on the otherside of the state, Kansas City Suburbia and it is same hear sadly.
 
2012-11-05 11:02:37 AM
MO voter here: KC region

Voted early on Saturday - I was sitting on a bench outside the door looking through my purse to find my license, knowing I have to show it to vote early, and as this older couple walked in, apparently assuming that my whiteness meant I was voting GOP, as they said 'Won't it feel good to say 'President Romney' on Wednesday?'

I looked and said 'Actually, my vagina has pulled it's rank card and voting straight dem, so one of you two is about to have your ballot cancelled out. Have a nice day. GOBAMA!'

Not sure which one caught them more off guard: a middle aged white woman supporting Obama, or the use of the word 'Vagina'.

Strange to have such a strong love/hate relationship with your home state.
 
zez
2012-11-05 11:04:27 AM

Mrtraveler01: Uncle Eazy: I just saw the new Akin desperation ad. The commercial basically says to ignore all Akin's craziness. Romney needs Akin in the senate. McCaskill will work to crap over all of Romney's legislation. Article here.

I saw that too and found the ad to be hilarious and desperate.


I get a kick out of the Clairack mccasbma billboards all over town where they merge their faces together
 
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