Friday, August 31, 2012
FRSFreeStateNow: Talking Points Memo: The Effect of Representative Todd Akin on The GOP
What Representative Todd Akin, the GOP US Senate Nominee for Missouri represents, is exactly what the Republican Party spent four days trying to get away from. People who in the GOP who take Representative Akin seriously and actually agree with him and why the GOP has struggled with female voters. Going back to 1992, this idea that issues that directly effect women, like rape aren't the concern or business of Republicans. And that women should just get over things like this and concentrate on the economy, Foreign Policy and raising their husbands kids. Going into the Congressional Elections. Senate Republicans need a 3-4 seat pickup depending on who wins the White House, to win the majority in the Senate but thanks to the Tea Party, 3-4 might become 6-8. Because they have to pickup 3-4 Democratic seats and not lose any of their own. Thanks to the Tea Party and who they've nominated in Maine and Indiana, those two seats are now in play for Senate Democrats and Senate Democrats already had their eye on Arizona as well. Senate Democrats look like they have a lot of ground to defend but they also look like they have the people to defend the territory. And Senate Republicans are still short on some troops.
I predicted back in June that the party that wins the White House will also control the Senate in the next Congress. And I'm still sticking with that but Maine and Indiana changes that a little bit and with Senator Mccasskill facing Representative Akin in Missouri in the fall. The President might not have to get reelected for Senate Democrats to keep control but I wouldn't bet any a dime on that.