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(The Hill)   Newly released FEC documents show that the NRSC secretly funneled $760,000 to Todd Akin (R-ape) in last days of election after legitimately condemning him earlier in the race   (thehill.com) divider line 46
    More: Obvious, Missouri GOP, National Republican Senatorial Committee, Fe C, Todd Akin, Missouri Republican Party, Springfield News-Leader, Claire McCaskill  
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2012-12-07 11:14:50 AM  
Hardly a surprise, but I'm glad they wasted their money.
 
2012-12-07 11:18:55 AM  
"McCaskill won reelection by 15 percentage points."

That's pretty much the only lesson anyone should take away from this.
 
2012-12-07 12:14:56 PM  
Well, at least they spent the money on an ad. Imagine if they had funneled that money to a losing candidate and then it "accidentally" fell through the cracks.
 
2012-12-07 12:50:40 PM  
This should be a reminder to people to judge people and parties on their actions and not their words.

Won't happen though.
 
2012-12-07 12:53:55 PM  
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2012-12-07 01:02:24 PM  
Money well spent.
 
2012-12-07 01:07:10 PM  
That's because the NRSC put staff and consultants in the campaign before the rape comments and they needed to make sure those people got paid. Because if they didn't people wouldn't want to work for the NRSC. It's that simple.
 
2012-12-07 01:07:15 PM  
I don't get it. Were they looking at unskewed data? If you lose by 15% on election day, how the hell does anyone look at the data just a few days prior and decide that's a good race to dump money into?
 
2012-12-07 01:08:49 PM  
Did anyone see his concession speech? It was one of the strangest things I've ever heard a supposed human say
 
2012-12-07 01:09:28 PM  
In other news, the GOP has branded itself the Party of Rape and that moniker will stick for quite some time. Good luck with the women there, GOP.
 
2012-12-07 01:09:52 PM  

MasterThief: [images3.wikia.nocookie.net image 400x373]


What he said, but double.
 
2012-12-07 01:12:49 PM  

qorkfiend: I don't get it. Were they looking at unskewed data? If you lose by 15% on election day, how the hell does anyone look at the data just a few days prior and decide that's a good race to dump money into?


To be fair, even Nate Silver predicted just a 6 point win for McCaskill. Of the 6 polls on his site after October 20, 3 had the margin 4 points or less and only one had a margin above 10.
 
2012-12-07 01:13:48 PM  

Apik0r0s: In other news, the GOP has branded itself the Party of Rape and that moniker will stick for quite some time. Good luck with the women there, GOP.


Would you say that they're FORCING that moniker on a party that doesn't always want it?

// I would
// and if it's a legitimate plank in the party platform, the electorate has ways of shutting that shiat down
 
2012-12-07 01:15:36 PM  
I can't even imagine the ignorance of the people who actually voted for this toe-headed cretin... Never mind the clods who gave him money.
 
2012-12-07 01:18:44 PM  
I'm not surprised. Much - not all, but much - of the criticism directed at Akin from the Right was "he hurt his chances to beat the Lib" rather than "what he said was wrong".
 
2012-12-07 01:26:20 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Apik0r0s: In other news, the GOP has branded itself the Party of Rape and that moniker will stick for quite some time. Good luck with the women there, GOP.

Would you say that they're FORCING that moniker on a party that doesn't always want it?

// I would
// and if it's a legitimate plank in the party platform, the electorate has ways of shutting that shiat down


seeswhatyoudidthere.jpg
 
2012-12-07 01:27:50 PM  

Apik0r0s: In other news, the GOP has branded itself the Party of Rape and that moniker will stick for quite some time. Good luck with the women there, GOP.


In 2016, the GOP will re-brand themselves as "the Party of Forceful Affection."


In 2020, they will opt for "the Party of Agressive Snu-Snu."


This can only end in tears.
 
2012-12-07 01:28:22 PM  
I like to think that I helped defeat Akin with my small contribution to McCaskill, and I don't live anywhere near Missouri.
 
2012-12-07 01:28:33 PM  
Zombalupagus
Well, at least they spent the money on an ad. Imagine if they had funneled that money to a losing candidate and then it "accidentally" fell through the cracks.

It's okay. They have ways of shutting down anything that falls through the cracks.
 
2012-12-07 01:29:34 PM  
I farking hate politicians and people in general. If I were to say half the shiat politicians get away with at work I would get canned without hesitation.
 
2012-12-07 01:29:54 PM  

Huggermugger: I like to think that I helped defeat Akin with my small contribution to McCaskill, and I don't live anywhere near Missouri.


Now she is beholden to out of state interests.
 
2012-12-07 01:30:52 PM  

The Why Not Guy: I'm not surprised. Much - not all, but much - of the criticism directed at Akin from the Right was "he hurt his chances to beat the Lib" rather than "what he said was wrong".


That sounds about right. The GOP can never be wrong because they are all that stands between us and the Pure Unadulterated Ebony Evil currently squatting in our White (People's) House.

The best thing we can do for our country is give the GOP more microphones.
 
2012-12-07 01:33:46 PM  
Hardly a surprise, but I'm glad they wasted their moneypulled money out of the pockets of the rich to stimulate the economy.
 
2012-12-07 01:35:11 PM  
hahahahah hahahahahaha
the rape party lost by 15%?
hahahahah ahahahh hhh h hahahahahaha

Clearly they need to STOP using internal polling data. PERIOD.
They should just use 538 and be done with it. They would do infinitely better.
 
2012-12-07 01:36:33 PM  
When elections are being violated their systems just shut down and prevent a-holes from getting elected.
 
2012-12-07 01:42:58 PM  
It was a legitimate race, because he didn't end up elected.
 
2012-12-07 01:44:12 PM  

namatad: Clearly they need to STOP using internal polling data. PERIOD.
They should just use 538 and be done with it. They would do infinitely better.


Even Nate doesn't think that's the best idea. Instead:

"...campaigns would be wise not to have their pollsters serve as public spokesmen or spin doctors for the campaign. Campaigns have other personnel who specialize in those tasks.

The role of the pollster should be just the opposite of this, in fact: to provide a reality check such that the campaign does not begin to believe its own spin."
 
2012-12-07 01:50:38 PM  

12349876: qorkfiend: I don't get it. Were they looking at unskewed data? If you lose by 15% on election day, how the hell does anyone look at the data just a few days prior and decide that's a good race to dump money into?

To be fair, even Nate Silver predicted just a 6 point win for McCaskill. Of the 6 polls on his site after October 20, 3 had the margin 4 points or less and only one had a margin above 10.


Well, it was 5% until the NRSC dumped $760,000 into a series of ads showing how the female reproductive system shuts down in case of rape. They probably shouldn't have consulted with Akin about the content.
 
2012-12-07 02:01:29 PM  
I'm so, so very glad that dickweed lost. This news makes me all the happier.
 
2012-12-07 02:08:26 PM  
FTA: Rick Tyler, a top adviser to Akin, slammed the NRSC Todd Akin for its his "incompetent leadership" and said that their his actions early on, in disavowing Akin, irreparably damaged the candidate.

FTFH
 
2012-12-07 02:09:13 PM  
I'm still baffled that the GOP hasn't explained that it isn't rape if you say surprise.
 
2012-12-07 02:13:29 PM  
The Ad the GOP took out

/party of Lincoln
 
2012-12-07 02:15:38 PM  
The be fair the RAPE thing is a part of their 2012 PLATFORM
 
2012-12-07 02:21:33 PM  
The Rapeublican Party. Relax & Enjoy Us!
 
2012-12-07 02:29:54 PM  

namatad: hahahahah hahahahahaha
the rape party lost by 15%?
hahahahah ahahahh hhh h hahahahahaha

Clearly they need to STOP using internal polling data. PERIOD.
They should just use 538 and be done with it. They would do infinitely better.



How would that work? Good numbers would only tell them that in order to win they would have to adopt policies that would cause half of the GOP base to start burning things in the street, things like the GOP leadership.

It's hilarious. They have no way out. Half the party is deranged hillbillys with hearts full of hate and no understanding of anything of any importance. They know only sound-bites and speak in bumper stickers. Just as they were trained to do by the GOP message crafters at Fox. They can't be reasoned with.

I love it.
 
2012-12-07 02:36:09 PM  

WTF Indeed: That's because the NRSC put staff and consultants in the campaign before the rape comments and they needed to make sure those people got paid. Because if they didn't people wouldn't want to work for the NRSC. It's that simple.


Really? That is interesting. That's not what the article says, but it's interesting.

/in fact, the whole GOP has become interesting, really really interesting
 
2012-12-07 03:30:17 PM  
If the GOP is wasting that kind of money, they may as well just pay higher taxes.
 
2012-12-07 04:19:11 PM  

Hillbilly Jim: I'm still baffled that the GOP hasn't explained that it isn't rape if you say surprise.


i277.photobucket.com

Not rape
 
2012-12-07 04:49:53 PM  

tinyarena: WTF Indeed: That's because the NRSC put staff and consultants in the campaign before the rape comments and they needed to make sure those people got paid. Because if they didn't people wouldn't want to work for the NRSC. It's that simple.

Really? That is interesting. That's not what the article says, but it's interesting.

/in fact, the whole GOP has become interesting, really really interesting


The Republican party is definitely experiencing interesting times, in the "ancient Chinese curse" sense of the term.
 
2012-12-07 04:56:27 PM  
That's some fine personal and fiscal responsibility, Rapeublicans.
 
2012-12-07 04:56:40 PM  

Apik0r0s: namatad: hahahahah hahahahahaha
the rape party lost by 15%?
hahahahah ahahahh hhh h hahahahahaha

Clearly they need to STOP using internal polling data. PERIOD.
They should just use 538 and be done with it. They would do infinitely better.


How would that work? Good numbers would only tell them that in order to win they would have to adopt policies that would cause half of the GOP base to start burning things in the street, things like the GOP leadership.

It's hilarious. They have no way out. Half the party is deranged hillbillys with hearts full of hate and no understanding of anything of any importance. They know only sound-bites and speak in bumper stickers. Just as they were trained to do by the GOP message crafters at Fox. They can't be reasoned with.

I love it.


I wish I could be as amused but clearly they don't need a bunch of elected representatives in order to have profoundly negative influence on national policy. They just have to be willing to be really, really big arseholes.
 
2012-12-07 09:56:07 PM  
There is no better example of the Republican bubble than their running away from him in panic, then changing their minds in mid-stride, and funneling money to him, while trying to avoid talking about him--and then getting shellacked on election day.

Stay stupid, GOP.
 
2012-12-08 01:12:56 AM  
I'm not sure you can say they "secretly" did anything, considering they reported this on their FEC report.

If they wanted to give him money secretly, they would have created (or used) multiple entities to shuffle the money around so it couldn't be traced. With our current electoral financing laws, it's incredibly easy.
 
2012-12-08 10:58:20 AM  

Dear Jerk: Zombalupagus
Well, at least they spent the money on an ad. Imagine if they had funneled that money to a losing candidate and then it "accidentally" fell through the cracks.

It's okay. They have ways of shutting down anything that falls through the cracks.


They do? Stephen Colbert and his lawyer showed how easy it was to launder unspent money and simply keep it - with no accountability.
 
2012-12-08 11:11:16 AM  

Blathering Idjut: Apik0r0s: namatad:
I wish I could be as amused but clearly they don't need a bunch of elected representatives in order to have profoundly negative influence on national policy. They just have to be willing to be really, really big arseholes.


I'd love to see what the House would look like if they hadn't been able to do all the redistricting they did in 2010. Under the old districts, I wonder if they would have won? Because except for the House, it looks like the GOP was pretty soundly rebuffed this election season. Since the House is the only place where basically lawmakers can choose their own constituents rather than the other way around thanks to redistricting, I think that may be the only reason they have any majority there at all.
 
2012-12-08 11:18:03 AM  

murdoch's_weeners: Blathering Idjut: Apik0r0s: namatad:
I wish I could be as amused but clearly they don't need a bunch of elected representatives in order to have profoundly negative influence on national policy. They just have to be willing to be really, really big arseholes.

I'd love to see what the House would look like if they hadn't been able to do all the redistricting they did in 2010. Under the old districts, I wonder if they would have won? Because except for the House, it looks like the GOP was pretty soundly rebuffed this election season. Since the House is the only place where basically lawmakers can choose their own constituents rather than the other way around thanks to redistricting, I think that may be the only reason they have any majority there at all.


Everything I've heard indicates that it's true. In House races, Democrats got more votes than Republicans.
 
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