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Republicans Have a Storm Coming

Updated on August 23, 2012
There's a storm coming!
There's a storm coming!

Republicans have had a bad summer. It all started out with Mitt Romney's refusal to release his tax returns, which turned into a badly thought out reaction to Senator Harry Ried's baseless claims that Romney had not paid any taxes for ten years. Then it moved on to Paul Ryan and his budget. Unfortunately, Obama has wanted to have this debate for a while. Romney just gave it to him. Now, things have gotten bigger.

Let's start with Representative Kevin Yoder's naked swim in the Sea of Galilee. It all started out innocently enough. Yoder and several other fellow House Republicans were on a "fact finding" mission to Israel, which included a visit to the place where Jesus is said to have walked on water. Then, things got, well... wild. Apparently there was a drunken frolic, which culminated in Yoder jumping "into the water without a swimsuit." This paints House Republicans in a most unfavorable light. Unfairly, of course, because most Republicans were not at the Sea of Galilee to bear witness to the naked Congressman. However, none of the Republicans were at all pleased with Yoder when the FBI began an investigation.

Yoder later apologized for his immodest actions. But apart from causing much snickering among Democrats and the public at large, this story has little potential to impact votes. It was what came next that really scared Republicans. Todd Akin, the Missouri Republican nominee for Senate, said something incredibly stupid. Here is the full quote from the now infamous interview; "It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare, If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.

Republican leaders, worried about the damage this would cause to their hopes of recapturing the Senate, begged Akin to step down. Akin, unfortunately, still has not stepped down, and he doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. His remarks were not poorly worded. He did not misspeak in any way. Akin just doesn't know the details about how a women's plumbing is supposed to work. And this guy is on the House Committee for Science, Space and Technology. This enormous blunder will not help Republicans narrow the gender gap.

Akin later dodged a second interview, this time with CNN. The host, Piers Morgan, was reduced to interrogating Akin's empty chair, where Morgan labeled Akin a "gutless little twerp."

Akin co-authored a failed piece of legislation redefining rape to include the nefarious term "forcible rape." (Akin's partner in that shady days work was none other than Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan.) It does not help Republicans that the parties platform now has a stance calling for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, without exceptions in the case of rape. This probably won't go down well at the convention.

Speaking of the convention, it seems Republicans may face yet more to dampen their spirits. Tropical Storm Issac is about to turn into Hurricane Issac, and may be headed right for Tampa. It is due to arrive sometime around Monday, when Republicans are set to begin their National Convention. This is not a good sign for Republicans, who, after a summer of relative tension, where hoping to avoid a storm.


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    • Nathan Orf profile image

      Nathan Orf 5 years ago


      Akin is popular among conservative christians, but his own party has essentially disowned him. That race is more even now than it was before his idiotic comment. As for Romney getting a bump in the polls after naming Ryan as his running mate, this usually happens when a V.P candidate is chosen. Once more people start seeing how extreme Ryan is, I think they will go back to Obama.

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      Nathan Orf 5 years ago

      Michele Travis,

      You're right; Paul Ryan was a potentially bad choice for Romney. Together, they will lose the Republicans the White House, and maybe the Senate as well.

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      Steve 5 years ago from Brockport, NY

      I think that this is going to be a very bad hurricane season for the Republicans. What worries me is that Akin is receiving a lot of support from Conservative Christians and Romney is getting a bump in the polls since naming Ryan as his running mate. I just hope our sane moderate tolerant Americans can get fired up not sit out this election.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This hub is true. That is probably the reason Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan for his VP, but that may have not been a very good choice. Paul Ryan has been even more extreme then Mitt Romney. Guess the storm is coming.

      Voted up.

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      Nathan Orf 5 years ago

      Mr. Happy,

      This past month more like. In fact, Romney has not had a very good summer, all around. His foreign tour makes Obama look even better on foreign policy, Romney keeps bringing up taxes...

      Obama and the Democrats are probably whistling a happy tune right about now.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Maybe the Republicans can just blame all their blunders on the stress relating to the coming Hurricane Issac and just take the week off. Romney looks like he's walking through a mine field lately, dodging all kinds of questions from taxes to legitimate rapes ... Haha!! He must be loving this past week ...