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Rep. Todd Akin Says He'll Continue Senate Bid: AUDIO

AkinRep. Todd Akin will ignore Republican calls for him to quit his race for U.S. Senate. He tells Mike Huckabee that he'll continue on.

Said Akin: "We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate."

Interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

UPDATE: The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not support him.

“This is undoubtedly a difficult time for Congressman Akin, but the stakes in this election are far bigger than any one individual.  By staying in this race, Congressman Akin is putting at great risk many of the issues that he and others in the Republican Party are fighting for, including the repeal of ObamaCare.

“It should not be lost on anyone that some of the only voices not calling for Congressman Akin to do the right thing and step aside are Claire McCaskill and the leaders of the pro-abortion movement.   Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.
 
“We continue to hope that Congressman Akin will do the right thing for the values he holds dear, but there should be no mistake – if he continues with this misguided campaign, it will be without the support and resources of the NRSC.”

Developing...

In related news, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) joined him earlier today in sending Republicans off a cliff:

King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.

“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”

A Democratic source flagged King’s praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don’t exist or happen rarely.

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At Family Leadership Summit, Iowan Conservatives Vow To Defeat Judge Wiggins

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Yesterday, nearly 1,000 of Iowa's religious conservatives gathered in Grace Point Church, in Waukee, for the Family Leadership Summit. They did not seek to eliminate child hunger or illiteracy or poverty in Iowa, or to ensure that Iowa's children receive their vaccinations. They instead listened to addresses from Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Rep. Steve King, and others, and plotted the defeat of Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who's up for a retention vote this year. Judge Wiggins is one of the seven Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled against the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act in 2009.

The campaign to unseat Judge Wiggins was announced by failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. From the AP:

“When you raise your hand and you swear an oath to the constitution and then you go outside of the constitution, outside of your separation of powers to legislate from the bench . . . we the people must hold a person like that in check,” said Vander Plaats, chairman of [the anti-Wiggins campaign,] Iowans for Freedom.

Earlier this month, Andy reported that the state GOP is gunning for Judge Wiggins, too.

Three of the justices who threw out the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act have come up for retention vote since the ruling. All three have been ousted.


GOP Rep. Adds Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment To Defense Appropriations Bill

SteveKingRepublican Rep. Steve King of Iowa today attached an amendment to a Defense Appropriations Bill that would ban not only same-sex marriages on military bases, but also orders military chaplains to steer clear of such ceremonies.

"The Defense of Marriage Act means this: Marriage means only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. And the word ‘spouse’ only refers to a member of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife. Pretty simple statute being contravened by the president of the United States as exercised through the Secretary of Defense," King said of the President and the State Department's position that same-sex marriages should be allowed on bases.

"This amendment prohibits the use of military facilities or the pay of military chaplains for being used to contravene the defense of marriage act."

According to Politico, Democratic Congressman Norm Dicks of Washington called King's measure "contentious and discriminatory."


Colbert Finds Romney's VP, Anti-Gay Iowa Rep. Steve King: VIDEO

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Stephen Colbert says he has found Mitt Romney's running mate in Iowa wingnut Rep. Steve King, someone who must appeal to women, Hispanics, African Americans, evangelical Christians and Republicans. Additionally, King said last week that gays should stay in the closet at work.

Says Colbert: "Hear that the gays? It's up to you to keep us from discriminating. Because once we know you're gay, I have a natural desire to fire you. And, unlike gay, discriminating is not a choice."

Featuring a special appearance by cameraman Julian.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Republicans: Sexual Harassment Does Not Exist

HermanCainSmilesSlate's Dahlia Lithwick has a hilarious article up on the new nature of sexual harrassment denialism, which depends less on defending the accused ("So-and-so didn't sexually harass anybody because So-and-so is a good and honorable person!") than on imagining the offense out of existence ("So-and-so couldn't have sexually harassed anybody, because the whole concept of sexual harassment is the invention of a conspiracy of humorless biddies out to castrate successful men and take their money!") The article's all about the legion of Herman Cain defenders who've sprung up in the three weeks since we first caught wind of his alleged history of harassment. Below, find the remarkable collection of quotes Lithwick has compiled to illustrate her point. They paint a pretty bleak picture of the right's stance on gender relations in this allegedly enlightened anno Domini, 2011.

Road John Derbyshire, National Review: "Is there anyone who thinks sexual harassment is a real thing? Is there anyone who doesn’t know it's all a lawyers' ramp, like 'racial discrimination'? You pay a girl a compliment nowadays, she runs off and gets lawyered up."

Road Laura Ingraham, The Laura Ingraham Show: "We have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. It always ends up being an employee who can’t perform or who under-performs and is looking for a little green."

Road Kurt Schlichter, New York Post: " ... the only things you need to file a lawsuit are the filing fee and a printer. Facts are optional. … Where sexual-harassment law once protected women from being forced to be the playthings of crude lechers, it’s been transformed to enforcing a prim puritanism that drains the humor and humanity from the workplace."

Road Sen. Rand Paul, quoted at Politico: "There are people now who hesitate to tell a joke to a woman in the workplace, any kind of joke, because it could be interpreted incorrectly."

Road Rep. Steve King, quoted at Slate: "It's a terrible concept to define an action by the perception of the perceived victim."

Road Ex-Sen. Fred Thompson, National Review: "These alleged victims and their lawyers -- no matter what they may say publicly -- are champing at the bit to come forward for their day in the limelight and the inevitable book deal."

Incredible, isn't it? Apart from the plain inhumanity of accusing strangers of dastardly selfishness, sans evidence, because they happen to accuse a beloved public figure of something nasty, the right's wagon-rallying around Herman Cain reveals an extraordinary lack of logical rigor. Taken to its conclusion, it imagines out of existence any misbehavior by anyone, so long as that someone is someone they like. There's no whistle-blowing that couldn't, in theory, be ascribed to some selfish motive or misunderstanding. For example: You could say that Fred Thompson doesn't really think Cain's accusers are selfish money-grubbers; that he's only claiming so because he wants to enhance his profile by commenting loudly on a hot-button issue. But you shouldn't. Because there's just not enough evidence either way.


Rep. Steve Kings Says Gays Who Want Marriage are 'Promoting the Idea of Desecrating the Eucharist': VIDEO

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Right Wing Watch posts an exchange between anti-gay Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King and Bishop William Lori at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing yesterday on “The State of Religious Liberty in the United States.”

King suggests that gays who want same-sex marriage are "promoting the idea of desecrating the Eucharist" and are a "direct affront" to the Church. Lori is in willing agreement.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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