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Are There Moderate Conservatives In Missouri?

Are There Moderate Conservatives In Missouri?

The hard-right battle to challenge Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill (R) peaked last night, with Rep. Todd Akin wrapping up the state’s Republican Senate nomination.

Akin’s hard-right credentials brought the support of both former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann. Among Akin’s most vocal positions includes a belief that Medicare is unconstitutional, that climate change is a hoax and wants to repeal the 17th Amendment, which allows for the direct election of Senators by the people, rather than state legislatures.

Akin is also one of those elected officials that likes to toss around the smear of “socialism” whenever he sees a policy initiative that benefits anyone other than white males, including most recently when he called legislation streamlining the student loan process a “stage three cancer of socialism.”

The Missouri race is indicative of the future of conservative politics. Akin’s win was made possible only by a flood of outside dollars. “Todd Akin’s victory is the result of an unprecedented level of support from outside groups who are launching vicious attacks against Senator McCaskill’s sterling record,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “But the distinction between Claire’s impressive track record of fighting for working families and Akin’s extreme, Tea Party agenda couldn’t be clearer. And this November, the voters will once again send a leader to the Senate who fights for their rights and opportunities.”

The contrast to Sen. McCaskill couldn’t be more direct, but his win shows that the hard-right conservative base is not intent on wooing independent and moderate voters but rather driving the whole country off the cliff with their crusade.

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10:54AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Adam... Constitutionality IS a very radical idea on this site... haven't you figured that out yet. Most on this site are purely emotionally driven, believing that DC can solve all their problems. Dems love promoting that concept as it places more and more dependents on DC dole, securing their base for future elections.

Working Americans see through the guise and will vote based on keeping more of the money they earn rather than giving it away to those who choose not to.

10:48AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Janet... No it's more like the one-party system we suffered through after the 2008 elections. We made partial correction in 2010, and are moving to make the final corrections in 2012.

10:58PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Claire McCaskill ran some pretty funny ads denouncing this guy as a hard right wing nut job, and they worked like a charm. She now has the Tea Party idiot she wanted to run against and this clown can join Christine "I'm Not a Witch" O'Donnell and Sharon "Second Amendment Remedies" Angle as the Republican candidate who should have won, but didn't.

4:07PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Why are the poorest states the most religious, most conservative, least educated, most unhealthy, most racist, most jingoistic, most polluted, most violent, most ass backward and most Republican?

3:50PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Are there any moderate republicans left period? I doubt it. They're all just a pile of fascist nazis period.

2:20PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

so many of the republicans seem to want a one party system with only republicans in the Congress and White House. Doesn't it occur to them that that is a one party system quite like the one party system that the USSR had?? It doesn't matter what laws are passed when you have a one party system, it is still a dictatorship not democracy.

2:06PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

That question will be answered after the election.

There is a lot of poverty in Missouri, particularly in the Ozarks, where I live.

The poorest Counties, seem to be the most solidly Republican, go figure!

1:14PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

You have something wrong here. Being a Moderate means that you are neither a Conservative nor a Liberal. It means that you are balanced, and capable of thinking for yourself and making your own decisions. From a political point of view I am a Moderate, and choose to register as a Libertarian because of it. However, the Libertarian Party is not always pleased with the way that i vote. However, I suspect they will be when I vote for Gary Johnson in November as both Obama and Romney are a seriously bad joke and poor choice.

Personally, if they have held office before then I expect I will vote against them, no matter what position they are in. If there is anything this nation needs it's a good political house cleaning. So, try to get the old crowd out as they have proven they do not serve us no matter what their party may claim. Remember the definition for insanity (doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results), and choose not to be insane when you vote.

1:10PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

The hard right is definitely stage 3 cancer for all of us, and a slow agonizing death for the American People.

11:55AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

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