The Missouri Senate race is a race well known to those that follow politics. It’s been a roller coaster ride and the epitome of everything the political arena can muster, good and bad. It’s been a race that has shined a light on the worst in media and the best in grassroots activism. The race has also been a story of establishment versus those that refuse to fall within it. It’s been a race fueled on biting ads and two stubborn candidates. Claire McCaskill a shrewd politician and Todd Akin a man strong in his beliefs.
It’s no mystery why an unpopular Senator like McCaskill is leading by a slim margin in the polls given the comment Todd Akin has made. One can also say it is no mystery that the race is as close given McCaskill’s essential lockstep in voting with Obama 98% of the time. Todd Akin is trailing because of the impact of his comment and McCaskill’s lead is slim because of her terrible record. A McCaskill record that flies in the face of the will of Missouri voters especially with ObamaCare. Some Missouri voters are struggling between Akin’s comment and McCaskill’s largely liberal voting record.
Since Akin’s comment Claire has ran a lazy campaign and chose to ride Akin’s comment to the end with ad after ad and painting Akin as extreme, and as part of a fringe element of the right. No different than she’s done in the past to the Tea Party and other Grass Roots groups. Like President Obama, she has no record to run on and has to resort to character assassination. In addition McCaskill has had the comfort of a lazy and bias Missouri media coddling her along the way. It’s not that any of this should come as a surprise in today’s political climate. It was a predictable path for McCaskill the day after Akin’s comment was made. We should expect this from a shrewd politician. Claire is known for running on half truths and has spent her entire political career on the defense and rightfully so since she hasn’t represented the will of the Missouri voter especially with ObamaCare. She goes to Washington D.C. and does Obama’s will and then comes back to Missouri and tells voters what they want to hear and plays the Missouri farm girl role.
Recently, McCaskill has relentlessly been bombarded mostly online, by a number of scandals that Missouri media refused to cover. Scandals that only an establishment Democrat could shrug off and bask within the comfort of a fawning Missouri and National media. Last week a local St. Louis reporter did an interview with McCaskill and was one of the few that asked her about these scandals. I’m thankful that these questions were asked but frustrated in the lack of follow up questions needed. Some may view this interview and see Claire’s “Granny charm” I see something very different.
Watch interview here.
In this interview McCaskill abruptly and in her “aw shucks” charm and she brushes off the mentioned scandals as not having any evidence or merit and she says that is why the media has not covered it. I would take that comment one step further and say that had Missouri covered the scandals and had done their job that the scandals woud would have great merit. Claire knows good an well that local media like the St.Louis Post Dispatch and Kansas City Star are in her pocket and killed or quelled the story for her. She rests in her media comfort zone.
Todd Akin made a six second comment that he apologized for over and over (too much so in my opinion). A comment that may have offended some so greatly that they feel they can’t vote for him. To each his/her own I suppose. Apologies are a popular thing in today’s politically correct society. Often apologies are demanded and often given in the “gotcha” game of political media. Some apologies go farther than others apparently.
I find it offensive that at the end of the interview with Larry Conners, in regard to Akin’s “negative ads” that McCaskill in a condescending tone and smirk says ” I hope he prays about that” There’s your real Claire. A woman that just lost her mother just a few days before this interview. She mocks prayer and Todd’s faith. That’s what I saw. That’s what I heard.
Just last year one of Claire’s big mistakes came into play. A mistake in not paying taxes on her $2.1 Million dollar private plane and suspicion on her husband’s shady tax dollar fueled low income housing business. Her apology was widely and quickly accepted by the local media. Just last year Claire’s wealth came into focus.
Claire’s not paying taxes is a direct affront on all of us that do pay our taxes. That “mistake” was made by a two term auditor. An oversight? You be the judge. I find it interesting that one apology carries more weight than another depending on party and media ties. I find Claire’s behavior to extreme and fringe. Fringe in that she is a Senator willing to take our tax dollars and put them toward unpopular and unwanted programs, like ObamaCare. However Claire fails to pay taxes herself. That to me is extreme and fringe.
Extreme and fringe is telling the press “I hate coal” when 83% of Missouri’s energy comes from coal. That is extreme and unpopular to Missouri workers, union and non-union alike. Yet just like in the interview above when Claire is asked about her unpopular decisions, she doesn’t answer with fact. Rather she invoked Harry Truman. I guess because Claire has a read a few books about Harry Truman that it makes her job killing decisions okay? Good grief.
The sexual harassment suit being filed against Claire’s husband’s business Claire says is not directly connected to she and her husband? Really Claire? Who owns the business? If this allegation is found to be true guess who this woman is coming at next? The owners. If there is an out of court settlement guess who’s paying up?
Claire knows better and I would hope that voters do too. A lot of baggage surrounds Claire McCaskill and the baggage is only made lighter because of the media protecting her. If it walks like a duck it’s a duck.
Claire is in classic political form trying to convince Missouri voters that she is a “moderate” She’s said “I’m in the middle” We’ve seen it all before. We saw it with Hillary Clinton in her bid for President in 2008 against Obama. Now Hillary is Obama’s Secretary of State and just took the fall for him in the Benghazi scandal. That’s moderate right? Claire McCaskill said if re-elected she would vote to keep Harry Reid as Senate Majority leader. A Harry Reid who just recently scoffed at the idea of working with Romney should he be elected President. Is that moderate? In the middle? How can you say you’re going to vote a partisan like Reid in as Senate Majority leader and yet claim yourself to be one that reaches across the aisle? It’s just the same ol’ same Claire McCaskill politics and the hometown farm girl BS we’ve always heard. A Farm girl at home, Barack Obama’s Senator in D.C. That to me is extreme and fringe and not Missouri logic. It’s a D.C. tap dance.
Missouri voters have two choices in a race that in many ways mirrors the Presidential election. A choice between saving this country and the direction Obama and his rubber stamp Senator McCaskill or a man with principle and proven leadership skills. A six second mistake versus a six year set back in McCaskill’s leadership. A Senator who votes against Missourians and with Obama. There is no viable third option here. Leaving this portion of the ballot blank is a vote for Claire McCaskill. Voting for an obscure 3rd party option is a vote for Claire McCaskill. Time to win this race and turn Missouri bright red and show the establishment and Obama minions that they are unwanted and that they are done.
This is what Tea Party groups and Grass Roots have been waiting for. This is THE race. A win in Missouri is a win for real and true change and a monumental win for Grass Roots and for principled values. It’s a vote for our future. It’s go time.