Extremists Help Democrats to Retain Control of the United States Senate

Time for the GOP to engage in soul-searching if it wishes to remain a viable party worthy of being handed the reins of government.

Although this registered Republican is not in favor of the United States Senate remaining under control of the Democrats, justice has been done in the defeats of two GOP candidates: Missouri's Todd Akin and Indiana's Richard Mourdock. These men, with the utterance of just a few ignorant and incendiary words, demonstrated that they are not fit to serve as among the most powerful and influential individuals in the nation.

Akin infamously made a distinction between women that are "legitimately" raped and those that are not (the rape "fakers"), and indicated the bizarre belief that a woman who has been raped can ward off pregnancy through wishing it away.  Mourdock told us that if a woman has been raped and becomes pregnant, it was "God's will." I suppose Mr. Mourdock would also consider it God's will that a precious child was fatally mauled by painted dogs at the Pittsburgh Zoo as his mother and horrified onlookers looked on helplessly.

Messrs. Akin and Mourdock were originally expected to win their races handily, but failed to do so because they inserted foot into mouth, demonstrating themselves to be more closely linked to a caveman mentality than to any political party of the twenty-first century.

Representative Akin was urged to withdraw from his race, including by many prominent GOP members, but he defiantly and arrogantly refused, demonstrating a belief that he is more important than party and country. Most shamefully, some members of the party lent support to his campaign after his obstinacy kept him on the ballot.

Despite my desire for the Republican ideals of limited government, minimal taxation, and swift and stern punishment for heinous criminals to prevail, I could not have voted for a Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock. It is fortunate for the American people and for our nation's reputation in the world that they were repudiated at the polls. Either of them would have been a cancer on the Senate and a continuing affront, particularly to women, notwithstanding any laudable initiatives they might have proposed.

If the GOP wishes to perform some soul-searching to determine why it failed in this election, it should begin by taking a long, hard look at the extremism inherent in those like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.

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John Linko November 09, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Unfortunately, efforts to curb extremism were not as successful when those extremists were entrenched in incumbency. In the House, the likes of Michelle Bachmann (Minn.) and Steve King (Iowa) were able to retain their seats, but it does look as if Allen West (Fla.) may have gotten the boot in an extremely tight race.
WW November 09, 2012 at 01:56 PM
As long as antiquated, backwards religious restrictions on things that we have long since accepted as a society at large (women's rights, reproductive health, equal rights for minorities & LGB, etc.) remain as one of the primary foundations of the Republican party's social policies, they will continue to alienate those that otherwise agree with many of their other principles. Many of the economic policies that are proposed by the right and left are equally difficult (not to mention extremely vague and nondescript) for the general public to decipher as being necessarily right or wrong save for at a high, conceptual level. However it is very easy for the public to envision what restrictions to aforementioned personal freedoms would mean to them and/or their loved ones. More often than not they represent a major turn off to an increasingly educated and tolerant public when all other things are equally cloudy and uncertain.
Robert A. Shoaf November 09, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Pathetic and infuriating as well that those two clueless jackasses were nominated as senate candidates. They certainly contributed to Romney's defeat, not decisively, but they sure didn't help! Those two bozos, and the rotund clown in New Jersey need to just shut up, and go away.


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