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  •  Nevertheless... (16+ / 0-) is very helpful when they remind in no uncertain terms how malevolent their positions are on abortion and rape. They usually do a fairly decent job of hiding it.

    Note that Karen Hughes doesn't mind the abortion positions her party takes, just that any Republicans would let anyone know that so bluntly (I'll guess that she really isn't all in with the rape comments based on what she said here).

    No one ever created a vibrant economy by building houses for each other. Houses are built because there is a vibrant economy.

    by Doug in SF on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:05:10 PM PST

    •  The classic definition of 'political gaffe' (12+ / 0-)

      The classic definition of a true political gaffe is: Accidentally saying what you really think. It not only reveals an unhelpful truth about yourself; it also betrays that you were hiding an agenda or ideology you had all along. In the cases of Akin and Mourdock the statements themselves were bad enough but due to their nature they also make people wonder, “What else is he hiding?”

      I’m sure both Akin and Mourdock feel they have been done a great injustice. After all, restricting abortions to cases of legitimate (a.k.a.: forcible) rape was openly discussed in the halls of Congress and it was controversial but it didn’t take the whole GOP caucus down in flames at the time. Likewise with forcing women to carry their little gifts from God/rapists to term – that’s in the party platform.

      What’s remarkable to me is that these heinous views didn’t do more to drag down the GOP nationwide – and especially Paul Ryan. He’s one of the most extreme abortion zealots in Congress and all he had to do was say he would subordinate his views to Romney’s and that’s all we heard about what a sick extremist Ryan is.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:00:37 PM PST

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    •  They have dropped the dog whistles in all cases (3+ / 0-)

      and told the electorate what they really thought.  Cause TPers aren't so good w teh subtlety.  

      Letting Republicans run the government is like putting Atheists in charge of a church. They don't believe in it, don't care if it works - and they take no responsibility for the results.

      by orangecurtainlib on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:43:59 PM PST

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