How to project “legitimate rape” onto your opponent.

I’m feeling political today.  Let’s start with this video.  After a PAC called “Now or Never”, which apparently cares more about the “R” after a candidate’s name than whether or not they consider some rapes to be legitimate, dropped $800,000 on Todd Akin’s campaign, the campaign put out this ad.  The message seems to be “my legitimate rape comments aren’t as bad as her!”

That’s some hubris right there.

McCaskill thinks you should vote based on what people say, not what people do.

Are we to imagine that what people say doesn’t have a tremendous impact on what they’ll do?  Should we expect Akin to look out for women despite his “legitimate rape” bullshit?  Sorry Todd, but while some Missourians will hear the message of “what I said is irrelevant” and will swallow it (hopefully not enough for you to win), I’m not one of them.

And what’s this bullshit about Obama’s “war on jobs”?  How demented do you have to be to think that Obama’s has spend all these years in politics only so now, presumably because he’s evil, he can work to unmake jobs?  You know who was fucking great at eliminating jobs?  The last guy the Republicans had in office.  The tallest throne in the pantheon of job loss belongs to him.

Obama, on the other hand, has fixed the damage your guy did.  Since the economy has turned around (the last 31 months) we’ve added just under five million jobs, with economists projecting another twelve million in the next four years (for which Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are trying to take early credit).  Hell, in the news just this morning I read that we added 171,000 jobs in October.  That’s a mighty ineffective effort in the “war on jobs.”

We knew Todd Akin was an asshole, so it should come as no surprise the lengths to which he is dishonest.  Unfortunately there’s a lot of people in Missouri gullible enough to believe in people rising from the dead.  It’s equally unsurprising that many of them will be unable to catch obvious lies like this.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • John Horstman

    Wait, are they actively TRYING to remind people of Akin’s rape comments? Is this a false-flag attack ad? I don’t understand…

    • baal

      They did this with the word ‘BINDER’ too. Confuse the out group with baffling usage and reinforce a parallel bs universe for the in group. This add is almost predictable.

  • Loqi

    Oh, are we going to wait until after Thanksgiving to start up the War on Christmas this year and just fill the lost time with another imaginary “war” on a vague concept?
    Dastardly war mongers, we are.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      I’m not waiting for them to fire the first shots on the War on the War on Christmas this year. I’m starting the War on the War on the War on Christmas pre-emptively.

  • RuQu

    We added 171,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate went up.

    Why did it go up? Because more people who previously had stopped looking for work started again, and only those looking for work count as unemployed. That’s a positive sign. It means the “disgruntled unemployed” think the recovery is strong enough to be worth the effort.

  • Buzz Saw

    We knew Todd Akin was an asshole, so it should come as no surprise the lengths to which he is dishonest.

    Somehow we went from this being a PAC supporting Todd Akin to an ad Akin put out himself. How the fuck did that happen? That’s not to say that Akin wouldn’t agree with what was said in the ad, but I could not help but note the source confusion that evolved through the post.

    • Stogoe

      Super PACs “don’t” collude wtih the candidates directly in the same way that Clarence Thomas “doesn’t” parrot everything Antonin Scalia says.
      If you believe the lie that they’re separate and independent from each other, you’re more gullible than anyone has ever been at any point in the history of gullibility. Seriously, it’s in the book – World Records of Gullibility. I’ll go wait while you look yourself up.