LEAVE TODD AKIN ALONE!  4:50 pm August 22, 2012

Rep. Joe Walsh Just Doesn’t Get Why Everyone Slammed Todd Akin Like That

by Jim Newell

On the toilet, one secNow that Missouri’s finest reproductive sorcerer Rep. Todd Akin is “in it,” by which we mean his Senate race, so as “to win it,” we should expect to see many on the right to start saying, oh well, maybe we were too hard on the ol’ galoot after all. It was just one sentence, right? These things happen. And Illinois father of the millennium Rep. Joe Walsh is out early to shield his colleague from those who would have his head. “What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on,” Walsh told a group of Young Republicans yesterday. “And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

We find ourselves in rare agreement with Congressman Walsh. Since when is there a “rush to pile on” to a fellow god-fearing Republican politician who expresses a terribly offensive and stupid comment about rape? Where was the rush to his defense? Look, scientists say one thing, but then religious-organization-affiliated fake scientist people say this other thing. Can’t we teach both in our schools? And as a side point, who stripped alchemy from the curriculum?

Of course the party would have rushed to Akin’s defense had there not been a 24-hour window available in which he could have dropped out and been replaced with a more solid candidate in a must-win race for control of the Senate. But now that’s over. Cheer up, Joe Walsh! The cavalry will come, soon enough.

[Patch via HuffPo]

 

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UnholyMoses August 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Dear Rep. Walsh

Shut. The. Fuck. Up. And. Pay. Your. Goddamn. Child. Support.

Sincerely,

Men like me who do

Jus_Wonderin August 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Kudos!!!

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Hear hear! You made 'em, you bought 'em.

UnholyMoses August 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Exactly.

Even if I've only seen her for, oh, about three of her 20 years (long, long, loooooooonnnngggg story; I'll just note that I did all I could — and more — and my conscience is clear), and will stop having to pay soon (she's not in college any more) I've always had that mindset.

It's called "personal responsibility." And worthless, scumbag, gigantic assholes like Walsh should try it sometime.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I'm sorry, man. My ex and I managed to make sure we had equal footing. I can't imagine how tough it was for you.

UnholyMoses August 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm

**WARNING: LONG AND PERSONAL STORY AHEAD!! FEEL FREE TO SKIP!!**

The mom and I weren't married — just drunk high school friends. And she was engaged to another high school friend. Who, not surprisingly, wasn't friends with either of us after that.

Then she lost. her. fucking. mind and decided that I could be a great conduit for welfare fraud and ensuring she never had to work.

I refused and was shut out from 1992 until about 2004ish. I made contact around then and truly tried to be there as much as I could, and in every way — financially, emotionally, everything. Hell, my wife even treated my daughter as ours, rather than just a visitor every other Saturday.

I did all I could to connect with her — went to museums, on campouts, to movies, let her have sleepovers at our place with her friends, just sat and talked (or tried to) … just everything I could think of to make it … "normal."

By that point, though, my daughter was convinced I was rich because I had **GASP** a job and a car and wasn't living in a certified slum (which are much better than the non-certified ones, as the roaches at least wait until you fall asleep). Oh, and her mom convinced her I was an evil douchebag who was basically just there to buy her stuff.

Then the day came when I got The Call …

I can assure you that it sucks when your own kid tells you straight up that she doesn't love you, and doesn't really have any feelings for you at all. And never will.

The way I see it: She formed an idea of who I was based on her psychotic mother, and nothing I could ever do would ever change that. It was a losing battle.

It has, however, proven to me that being a parent has NOTHING to do with biology. Not at all. Not even a little.

It has to do with simply being there.

sullivanst August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

It's called "personal responsibility."

That's for other people.

Callyson August 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Speaking as a daughter of a father who didn't pay for a while, but came back and more than made up for it by helping me through college, I send an internet hug your way!

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I hope Dad's proud of you. It's obvious from reading your posts you're intelligent, perceptive, compassionate, and funny. You can't get a better child than that. (Unless maybe you hit the lottery and cut him in.)

Callyson August 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Aw, thanks…right back at ya!

UnholyMoses August 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Awww … shucks. Thanks.

Your dad has obviously done well!! :-)

Callyson August 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Aw, you're too kind…(blushes)

pdiddycornchips August 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Joe believes that subsidizing children leads to dependency and his kids will learn to pull themselves up by their pampers.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Or their mothers can do it — which is, I think, Joe's plan for "man"kind.

Not_So_Much August 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm

Even though I'm still stuck on the number 1 as far as wives go (chronic underachiever), couldn't agree with you more.

Jadetiger79 August 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm

My ex owes about the same amount Walsh does…$118,266.65. It's been 23 years since I got the order. The child was the product of a vicious rape that left me beaten and stabbed in a hotel room. Bless you men who do the right thing. It's very rare.

Terry August 23, 2012 at 7:25 am

Good lord. Words aren't enough here.

UnholyMoses August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

(((BIG, HUGE HUG)))

ThundercatHo August 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

Perfect. This is the reason I hate him much more than other asshole teabaggers esp. since my ex never paid. I have great respect for all men who do live up to their reponsibility.

Come here a minute August 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

If the Grand Old Party can support a deadbeat dad like Rep. Walsh, they should have the decency to also support the rape-denier Rep. Todd Akin.

As a great poet once said, "It just makes sense. Does it to you?"

sewollef August 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

That's so funny, 'cos my great poet once said Joe is an arse. And Todd is a prick.

So there's that.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I miss old "Duzz it tah yew?" What happened to that guy? He was no Skoal Rebel or BasilMarceaux.com, but he had promise.

metamarcisf August 22, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Headline of the day (Washington Post):

"Romney Gets 0% of Blacks in New Poll"

FlownOver August 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Mitt just wants to know how much is 3/5 of 0%.

MilwaukeeKent August 22, 2012 at 9:45 pm

That's Fox Math, that there, best leave it to the experts at Fox News to figure that out. Once they have it in pie chart form, it will reveal the fact that Romney actually has 120% of the Black vote.

fuflans August 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

that sure is.

SorosBot August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

He's even lost Herman Cain?

fuflans August 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

and allen west.

UnholyMoses August 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Well, we all knew it wouldn't be any more than 13% …

WhatTheHeck August 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

And what % of black Mormons did he get?

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Just for the record, is there an African-American Log Cabin Mormon? If so, he should come over here and introduce himself. I'd like to hear some of his word salad.

BerkeleyBear August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Not to my knowledge but there is a black Republican Mormon woman running for Congress in Utah, which is about as crazy as it sounds. Especially since she's a social right winger who has a shot at unseating one of the very few Dems in the Utah delegation.

Jukesgrrl August 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

Everyone who votes for her gets to say, “See, I'm not prejudiced,” afterwards.

Major Thom August 23, 2012 at 8:25 am

All of 'em, monkey.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Guess the Mormon Church is going to be getting rid of the Blacks again.

Callyson August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I thought you were snarking, but this is serious!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan

Today, we are all Blacks…

anniegetyerfun August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

New Zealand Rugby libel!

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:04 pm

All Blacks >> Wallabies. (At least last Saturday).

doloras August 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm
SexySmurf August 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

The poll had a margin of error of 3%, so Romney might actually be getting -3% of the black vote.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:51 pm

There's not enough p for that.

Nostrildamus August 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm

To paraphrase Stephanie Miller: The -3% figure raises all sorts of possibilities. If there are more blacks who hate Romney than there are living blacks, are black people coming back from the dead to vote against Romney?

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

Well, if black people are 3/5 of white people, then white people are 1.67 of black people, so a mere 1.8% of white people that really, really hate Mitt Rmoney <raises hand> would account for the variance.

Incitefully_Joe August 23, 2012 at 11:07 am

Yes

Biff August 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Driving down 101 the other day, I saw a billboard that proclaimed "Martin Luther King was a Republican"…

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:50 pm

For realz?

Biff August 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Yeah. Southbound from Salinas, before Paso Robles…

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Yeah, but in that stretch you get billboards with personal ads from Jesus and a wide variety of lawyers promising Jesus-like miracles.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Years ago I would have thought you were joking, then I spent some time in Floridah.

unclejeems August 23, 2012 at 1:54 am

He may have been a Republican, in the days when the tiny group of southern Republicans consisted of the >10% of African Americans who could vote, and your crazy Aunt Jane. Think he voted for Nixon in 1960? Not a chance.

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:19 am

I think this is the que the Republican Party needs to now start using the word "nigger" in their formal press releases.

Terry August 23, 2012 at 7:27 am

Among Hispanic people, he's probably got a percentage made up almost entirely of Cuban-Americans and men whose families have owned sizable portions of land in Southwestern states for more than four generations.

Sharkey August 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

"Even though I just piled on, I’m bothered by this rush to pile on."

NorthStarSpanx August 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Well at least our dear QuitterTM Sarah Palin on Susteren last night prefaced her piling on by saying she wasn't gloating that her Primary pick was better and that bless his heart, she's not meaning to pile on but he should back out by September 25 or Steelman should mount a third party run at his seat.

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Oh, that's worth seeing!

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Oh, how can we encourage a third-party run?

BoatOfVelociraptors August 23, 2012 at 6:02 am

The concept of "Rush" and "Pile on" lead my brain into places that I do not wish it to visit.

FlownOver August 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

And if anyone knows "offensive, insulting and wrong," it's Our Joey.

Asshole.

fuflans August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

our joey is gaffey joe the man biden.

this joey is 'joe going back to whatever soulless chicago suburb he crawled out of' joe.

and i sincerely hope it's that blasted heath barrington.

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I see more about this butthole in national media than I ever do in the Trib, Sun-Times or local newscasts. (As I have mentioned, the wife and I are the entire subscriber base keeping the Chicago news industry afloat.)

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

Yep, he's no Drew Peterson.

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Drew Peterson owns Chicago media!

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:21 am

God, I hate that guy. Every time I see his face on my television I yell "What the fuck are you smiling about?!"

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm

I thought nobody read shit on paper anymore.

Jukesgrrl August 23, 2012 at 12:53 am

Even if you don't, he can't be escaped.

Native_of_SL_UT August 22, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I can't understand why people piled on either. Remember the respect and support Anthony Weiner got for his little foopah?

LibertyLover August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Yeah, the only sex scandal in Washington without any sex.

ProgressiveInga August 22, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Little late to the game here, but I recall about 7 1/2 inches of sex in that scandal.

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Hypothetical sex.

gurukalehuru August 23, 2012 at 5:57 am

Little point of order here, there's a big difference between faux pas (which Weiner committed, big time) and FUPA (see Republican keynote speaker). Foopah is a word which attempts to conflate two things which should really, really not be conflated.

marconidarwin August 22, 2012 at 4:58 pm

OMG, Joe Walsh wants to gay-marry Todd Akin!

kittensdontlie August 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

It's win-win for them both, with no one getting pregnant and/or paying child support.

ManchuCandidate August 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Joe Walsh, no ordinary clueless GOPer.

Spurning Beer August 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Three times I sail around the world, but do they call me Pierre the Sailor? No.

But suck one cock….

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

When Pierre goes down…

Oh, wait, that was Pierre the Aviator.

Jus_Wonderin August 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

God. Has any other face asked so keenly and completely to be punched. I swear, I could recreate the Eagle's Moon landing site if you give me a few minutes with this fuck up.

Am I obligated to add, "with votes" or not?

ThundercatHo August 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hey, I have a baseball bat that has been very recently named "Votes", care to borrow it?

Geminisunmars August 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

In balloon over Joey's head: Uh-oh. If they can pile on like that on Akin, just think what they might do once they get a load of me.

LibertyLover August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

I am beginning to think that Joe Walsh has a desperate need for attention.

docterry6973 August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

The GOP will never run out of idiots.

WhatTheHolyHeck August 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Nail a GOP candidate's feet to a big turbine. Watch him go downhill and turn turbine. Replacement GOP candidate arrives and is nailed to turbine. Wheel turns. Repeat ad infinitum.

This could be the secret to perpetual motion and free energy for everyone. Thanks, GOP!

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:22 am

It's idiot elephants all the way down…

Tequila Mockingbird August 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

Todd Akin, why don't you come to your senses?
You been out cruising elementary schools for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one but I know that you got your reasons
Those back-alley abortions are gonna haunt you somehow

I can't wait for you up against Claire McCaskill, boy
She'll beat you if she's able
You know that walking away is always your best bet

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Wait, is this the Linda Ronstadt or Eagles version? I need to know if I should arrange for a piano or not.

LibertyLover August 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Acapella, with feeling.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Gropey throaty-singing. Check.

Tequila Mockingbird August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Wait! Imma let you finish!

Todd Akin, oh you ain't gettin' no younger
Even Ann Coulter wants you to drag your sorry ass home
And freedom? oh free-dumb, well that's just Tea Party talkin'
Trust me, you’re in the GOP race all alone

Don't your mouth get tired of the bullshit lines?
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
It's hard to tell the night time from the day
You're losin' all your highs and lows
Ain't it funny how the feelin' goes away?

coolhandnuke August 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Is "pile on" one of them oopsfamisms for illegitimate rape?

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I refudiate your oopsfamism.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Trust me, the last thing I want is to pile onto Todd Akin. It sounds like the least sexy thing I can imagine

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 5:07 pm

(Shudders violently) Why even go there!?

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I'm drunk…

*checks watch*

…in about a half hour.

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Proactive, eh?

anniegetyerfun August 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

There's a lot of room on that forehead, though. Think of how many people you could fit!

rockyoumonkeys August 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

*Leaps back in front of a camera*

Hey, I need attention too, let me also tell you how wrong Akin was while also trying to not piss off my own party! LOVE ME!!!!

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:03 pm

“And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

It's hard to hear them over the din of members of your own party going "He said WHAT?!?!?!?!??!!?

OneYieldRegular August 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Yes, well, when those members include the presidential and vice-presidential nominees and the head of the party, it may be time for Joe to unpack his bags for Tampa.

BlueStateLibel August 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Yes, well, our little Joey is pretty tone deaf, as well as an asshole.

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Walsh continued, "hell, why not put a rapist on the ballot?!"

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

"You know you want to!

One_who_wanders August 22, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Rapist – Deadbeat. It is a Dream Ticket.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Fuck 'em / Forget 'em 2016

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:24 am

Followed up by: "I mean, did you see what that Democrat was wearing? He/she was asking for a challenge."

fartknocker August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

I somewhat gotta agree with you Joe since you didn't hear one fucking GOP member tell you that your prick and a piece of shit for not paying child support.

FYI, Duckworth is ahead by 8% in her election bid for this douche stain.
http://www.electionprojection.com/2012elections/i

mrpuma2u August 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Good, i hope Duckworth gets rid of this stain on the reputation of already tarnished Illinois politics. Joe can fade into obscurity with Willard Romney. I can hardly wait.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm

It doesn't say a lot for his district that the veteran with Federal experience isn't even into the double digits. Go, Tammy!

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Really. Unfortunately, it says a lot about the sad state of the fucking Union, not just her district.

widestanceromance August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Oh, come now, Joey, you saw what Akin was wearing. Did that not scream 'free anal: come n' get it' to you?

smokefilledroommate August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

something about Limbaugh and construction cones.. babble..

SayItWithWookies August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Walsh and Akin are heading up the next hard-hitting political show, Conservative Shit Ingestors: Phony Victims Unit, wherein they'll be defending the last bastion of freedom, put-upon racist misogynist white males who don't want to pay for anything but hookers and blow.

BloviateMe August 22, 2012 at 5:05 pm

He then added, "know why women don't need watches? There's a perfectly good clock on the stove."

smokefilledroommate August 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

"I turned my dishwasher into a snow plow. I gave her a shovel!"
Derrrrrp!

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:15 pm

For my anniversary, my wife demanded to go someplace she'd never been. So I took her to the kitchen.

One_who_wanders August 22, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Thank you. We'll be here all week. Don't forget to tip your waitresses and bartenders and do try the Veal!

Chet Kincaid_ August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Is that from "The Lockhorns"? Or is it vintage Dangerfield?

actor212 August 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Henny Youngman

Yes, I am old. Why do you ask?

Wadisay August 22, 2012 at 5:06 pm

Really, they ought to replace all the lights at the Tampa convention center with 25-watters, to symbolize the not-too-bright guys within.

YasserArraFeck August 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Cockroaches like the dark

sudsmckenzie August 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Dont get them Started on light bulbs.

Butch_Wagstaff August 22, 2012 at 9:20 pm

The Devil's inventions, they are! It's candles & oil lamps & nothing else! As God, Jesus, and the American Bald Eagle so proclaimed!

SorosBot August 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Well it's not like Akin said anything the rest of the Republicans don't agree with; others just know it's untenable to most of the public and so only say it in private.

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:43 am

Yes, in private rooms, in fact.

MistaEko August 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Sure, this hot stove burned my hand, but why, I ask you, does nobody have the courage to touch it again?

pdiddycornchips August 22, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Akin/Walsh 2016 or Walsh/Akin?

elviouslyqueer August 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Man. Trying to figure out Joe's convoluted logic is like trying to juggle running chainsaws while jogging on a treadmill wearing 4-inch stiletto heels and having your hands thoroughly slathered with Crisco.

NorthStarSpanx August 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

You just described every closeted gay Republican's dream of what they'd see in Tampa next week.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Hey, don't threaten ME with a good time!

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Hmm, is there video?

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

You sound way too familiar with this scenario. lol

Lot_49 August 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

And majesty of the Citizens United decision will be further revealed—or not—in October when a mighty torrent of Rovian super-PAC money begins to stream quietly into Akin's campaign trough.

fuflans August 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

And as a side point, who stripped alchemy from the curriculum?

who indeed? we could all use a little john dee or nicholas flamel right now.

mbobier August 22, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Even they would be feeling a bit splenetic about these guys….

HarryButtle August 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

“What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on,” Walsh told a group of Young Republicans yesterday. “And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

Yea, what's with all the piling on? I mean, it's not like the guy didn't pay his child support or something…

Rotundo_ August 22, 2012 at 5:12 pm

When you have someone of the moral caliber of Joe ("Not the guitarist, the asshole!) Walsh defending you, you must surely know you have messed up large.

PsycWench August 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm

He then wistfully thought back to the innocent old days when a man like Mark Sanford could fly to Argentina for a tryst a few times before he was caught.

sudsmckenzie August 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

hey Joe, do you have a live in storage space lined up for November?, dont forget a coleman heater cause they dont have outlets.

NorthStarSpanx August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Not much venting either, don't want to die from carbon monoxide poisoning when the First Responders dither on that call.

sbj1964 August 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

One cannot defend the indefensible.The GOP is the party of hate,and they let shit like this slip all the time.The rubes who vote for them are just dumber than most.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Now that Missouri’s finest reproductive sorcerer

Harry Palmer?

kittensdontlie August 22, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I don't want Sarah Palin to know this, but Walsh's suggestion about rallying around Akin would be the bestest thing the Repugnantcans could do to win these elections…shhhh…let's keep this one quiet.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Yea. We liberals would HATE it if all the Thuglicans got in line behind Akin, and maybe made him keynote speaker or something so he could explain himself on national the TeeVee

mrpuma2u August 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Now it's your turn Joe! Say something (stupid) that will make headlines! It's your big chance!

La_Cieca August 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I must say that the deafening noise of the Republican party cleaving itself in twain is like the gentle cooing of angel singers to my ears.

mavenmaven August 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I mean, rape, big deal, but believing in climate change, now THAT'S a crime.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Yes, why won't the Republican's rally around Akin. After all, the party platform agrees with him.

Callyson August 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Gee, why are people going after Akin? Could it be that this is far from the first time that fucker has shown contempt for women who are rape survivors?

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/f

Asshole.

Fox E. Puppet August 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Maybe the real question is simply why Akin & why now? This shit's been going down for a long time- from Akin, Walsh, Ryan, etc., so why is it a big fuckin' deal all of a sudden?

hagajim August 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

If the GOP can support Diaperman David Vitter then they can certainly stick by misogynist man Todd Akin. Hell, he is the party platform for abortion, right down to the "legitimate" rape thingy.

Fox E. Puppet August 22, 2012 at 5:32 pm

We had to remove alchemy from the curricula- what would happen to us if gold is devalued?

Jus_Wonderin August 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hey, they could come to Dallas, I could show them our newest feature: the West Nile.

Jukesgrrl August 22, 2012 at 6:04 pm

"A lot of things are worse than offensive, insulting, and wrong. Me for instance."

Antispandex August 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm

“What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on,” Walsh told a group of Young Republicans yesterday. “And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

Because what republicans do is stand up for people who are offensive, insulting, and wrong.

barto August 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Does a day pass when Joe Walsh doesn't get something?

rocktonsam August 22, 2012 at 7:09 pm

I bet he doesn't get much, of anything ,ever

thurufally August 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Todd Akin. Joe Walsh. Sara Palin. George Bush. Donald Trump. Christine O'Donnell. Joe Wilson ("You Lie!"). Rick Santorum. Sharon Angle. Herman Cain. Michele Bachmann. Pat Robertson. Rick Perry. Sue Loudon (Chickens for Check-ups).

What the fuck, over? Is there a test for "crazy" Republicans have to take to run for office?

BlueStateLibel August 22, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Meanwhile, with his party obsessed with arguments about "when is rape rape" – surely a winning issue – and God threatening to wipe out his convention next week with a hurricane, Mitt Rmoney cries bitter robot tears.

Butch_Wagstaff August 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Why didn't they just decide to have the convention at one of Romney's houses inland? Was it the lack of titty bars and gloryholes?

thurufally August 22, 2012 at 9:23 pm

“What he said was offensive, insulting and wrong, but I’m bothered by this rush to pile on,” Walsh told a group of Young Republicans yesterday. “And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

Exactly, Joe! When have Republicans ever failed to stand up for what's offensive, insulting, and wrong?!"

docterry6973 August 22, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Don't worry, Joe. Ol' Todd will be fully rehabilitated any day now.

mavenmaven August 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Here's a winning entry into the increasingly crowded field of maniacal lunatics: http://www.examiner.com/article/gop-official-says

PuglyDoRight August 22, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Best. Alt text. Ever.

Warpde August 22, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Oh! It's getting so hard to tell the differences between the two Joe Walsh's.
Walsh on love or Walsh on Acki"n for love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6yyWKzPBCM

Negropolis August 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

If had Joe got it, I would have taken it as a sign of the end times.

fawkedifiknow August 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

I had quite a few reactions when I heard that Joe Walsh supported Akin, but surprise was not one of them.

gurukalehuru August 23, 2012 at 6:05 am

"We need to stand up for people who are offensive, insulting and wrong!" Joe Walsh

Larry McAwful August 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

If they sue Akin's ass off the ballot, I'm sure they could still squeeze Alan Keyes in.

ttommyunger August 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I hate being so shallow; one should never put too much weight on one's personal appearance, but this Walsh turd just looks like such a fucking weasel right out of the box.

actor212 August 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

*holds up iPhone lighter app*

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Desperate Asshole.

Chichikovovich August 22, 2012 at 8:08 pm

That's a harsh hand to be dealt. My heart goes out to you.

bobbert August 22, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Man, that's tough. It sounds like she's about 20 now, so there's a least a small chance that over the next few years she will review her life from an adult perspective and come to view you as a friend. But you are dead right about the need to be there, especially during the first eight or ten years, in order to be a parent.

From my own experience, I can just grasp a little sliver how how this must feel. It's easy, and true, for me to say "Stay strong, it's not really about you"; but really, what a fucking burden. Best wishes.

Negropolis August 23, 2012 at 12:07 am

Trust me, this is a phase. Maybe it will be a very long one (and maybe a short one), but there will come a time when she needs you more than she ever thought she would. Short of you having done something unspeakable or being a criminal, she'll come to the realization that few things are ever perfect and the situation will start to make sense.

Terry August 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

Give your daughter a few years. She'll be out on her own and may come to see things differently.

UnholyMoses August 23, 2012 at 10:01 am

I sincerely can't thank you all enough for the kind words.

Honestly.

Just another reason why I love this place …

**wipes tear from corner of eye**

Jadetiger79 August 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I am so sorry this happened to you. I know other men this has happened to, so while that in and of itself is no comfort, take heart that at least you weren't singled out.

I commend you for your strength and bravery, and do so wish there were more good men like you around. Biggest hug imaginable.

HistoriCat August 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

My road trip through Floriduh this summer was a never-ending series of nausea-inducing anti-abortion billboards. Apparently no one has any real business to advertise down there.

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