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Here's me, back in August, arguing why Todd Akin shouldn't drop out of the Missouri Senate race at a time when establishment Republicans had vowed to cut him loose:
The NRSC and Karl Rove's Crossroads have promised to quit the state of Akin stays in. But the GOP's hopes for a majority run through Missouri. There's not much of a path without knocking off McCaskill.

In other words, the money will be there. As much outrage and disgust as they're dishing at the moment, they'll quietly open up the checkbook so long as the race remains deadlocked, and Akin promises them one seat closer to the majority.

If I'm Akin, I call their bluff and stay in.

Akin called their bluff, stayed in, and yes, the NRSC quietly spent a nice chunk of change to try and win the race.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee quietly sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party in early November, just as the state GOP was mounting a last-minute TV ad blitz to boost Rep. Todd Akin’s sagging Senate campaign, according to records released Thursday.

The NRSC funds appear to have helped pay for the pro-Akin TV ads as he was struggling to narrow Sen. Claire McCaskill’s lead at the polls. The disclosure is highly significant because the Senate GOP campaign committee promised to abandon Akin after failing to push the conservative congressman out of the race following his August declaration that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancies because female bodies often shut down.

The GOP undercut Akin for months and then did what everyone knew was inevitable—spend money to try and save what should've been a sure-fire pickup. However, that money was too little, too late.

Perhaps it never would've mattered. Republicans didn't abandon Richard Mourdock in Indiana after his similarly idiotic comments and he still lost (though not as badly) in a similarly solid Red state. But Republicans didn't lack cash. What they lacked was a path to 51 Senate seats as one candidate after another flamed out. Thus, they were never going to get to a majority without Missouri.

But NRSC chair John Cornyn backed himself into a corner and then proved that his word was dirt in a hopeless last-minute gambit to try and rescue a seat they should've won easily. And for what? To piss away a big chunk of your donors' money while proving that yes, once again, you can't trust a word that a Republican says?

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:08 AM PST.

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  •  FYI (4+ / 0-)

    "Akin called their bluff, stayed in, and yes, the NRSC quietly nice a big chunk of change to try and win the race."

    Might want to edit.

    •  Me too! Me too!! (2+ / 0-)
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      jerrypw, Aunt Pat

      I urged everyone here to encourage Akin to stay in the race.  Here's my diary of the outcome...

      It sure was nice to see this one play out as it should have, despite the GOP's desperate last-minute attempt to de-contaminate the race by laundering it with (laundered) money.

      I'm not sixty-two—I'm fifty-twelve!

      by Pragmatus on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:37:45 AM PST

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    •  Sneaky snake tried (0+ / 0-)

      Sneaky snake found guilty
      Sneaky snake fried
      Because it lied

      Our money system is not what we have been led to believe. The creation of money has been "privatized," or taken over by private money lenders. Thomas Jefferson called them “bold and bankrupt adventurers just pretending to have money.” webofdebt

      by arealniceguy on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:22:46 PM PST

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  •  I'm shocked, shocked I say, that national Repugs (15+ / 0-)

    would say one thing and do the opposite!

    (Your winnings, sir)

    Thank you.

    The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

    by JVolvo on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:14:16 AM PST

  •  and that money was good for (8+ / 0-)

    getting Akin over 39%. Akin's showing was the worst for a MO statewide Republican candidate for Governor/Senator since 1964.

    Even with some pollsters (PPP) showing the race close, the resource gap just was too much.

    Nothing like them trying to compromise to please the far-right loons who hated that they didn't rally around Akin, while displeasing them more and displeasing more reasonable donors who'd prefer not seeing their money spent on Todd Akin.

    Even if it's a big total, it's essentially a token "see how hard we're trying" effort. I don't know if the Now or Never ad is online, but it was comically bad. It essentially said that Akin should be elected because Mitt Romney would be elected President and Akin would work with Romney.

    This ad was running at the same time that Claire blanketed the ad with audioclips of Romney and McCain denouncing Todd Akin.

    The Republican Party isn't a party of small government, it's a party of a government for the few. @bhindepmo

    by RBH on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:14:41 AM PST

  •  In the other thread you chided me about (3+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, Pragmatus, Aunt Pat

    not appreciating silly things the GOP has done to laugh about.

    I definitely don't have that problem for THIS diary!

  •  And then there's (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Eyesbright, Aunt Pat, ellefarr

    the unknown sums of money that I betcha the NRSC quietly funnelled to other groups who spent it on Akin's behalf. Missouri politics is famous for that.

  •  Just shocked, shocked I tell you (8+ / 0-)

    Can't believe that the GOP would go back on their word.

  •  No surprises here. Like Dr. Strangelove, (7+ / 0-)

    played by Peter Sellers, they can't stop that arm from rising to salute.  As loathesome as Akin's remarks were, they couldn't help themselves from continuing to fund him.

  •  I respectfully dissent... (6+ / 0-)

    ...on labeling that "help" as "big."

    It would be an understatement to call it too little, too late.  It's much worse than that, it's laughable.

    Given that McCaskill won by 16, did the NRSC even poll the race before transferring that money?  Or did they poll it like Republicans polled everything else this year?  Or did they really have that cash in reserve lying around with nothing else to do with it?...that would be malpractice in its own right.

    That $760K that late really amounted to nothing.

    44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:35:50 AM PST

    •  Cornyn was in a… (3+ / 0-)

      …damned if he did, damned if he didn't situation. It's also possible that the money he did spend on Akin was given by donors who had maxed out to Todd, and needed a route to give him more.

      Teh stoopidTM, it hurts. Buy smart, union-printed, USA-made, signs, stickers, swag for everyone: Get your We are the 99% Yard Sign.

      by DemSign on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:38:52 AM PST

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    •  Then please explain (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, MichaelNY

        I received an email via Corny - NRSC  in which is was requesting donations because the committee had decided to do "deficit spending" to the tune of $2M late in the election cycle.
          While I can't guarantee that the information via websites is 100% accurate - Claire's spending was  $7.3M and putting that total amount from NRSC is about 1/10th of the total $$$$ she expended in 2012.

         FTR:   I receive that email - because he is my Senator - sigh! and it seems that GOP are more than willing to share info, because I sure as heck never donated to the GOP.

  •  I appreciate it, Todd. Way to hang in there (2+ / 0-)
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    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:37:24 AM PST

  •  So this wounded the GOP (2+ / 0-)
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    Vince CA, Aunt Pat

    But really, not as much as I hoped. They still have the House majority loaded to the gills with a white male only power structure. We need to tie their misogyny not just to the assholes that say it but the assholes who don't disavow this crap. Sort of adjunct to the now famous "Rape Advisory Chart" would be the very, very short one showing the times anyone in the GOP national leadership called out Akin-esque or Mourdock-ian crap as that -- crap.

    To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:37:27 AM PST

  •  Money spent on political advertising is money (1+ / 0-)
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    well spent. If nothing else, it keeps TV and radio stations in the black.
    So, political candidates are being sold like soap. It's all a crap shoot. We don't know ahead of time how a person will perform. We don't know if, when they make mistakes in office, as they almost must, they'll learn from mistakes or just do them over again.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:42:42 AM PST

  •  Typical Republican... (2+ / 0-)
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    417els, Aunt Pat


    Instead of their party bosses demanding the Tea Party/white supremacist lunatic fringe stop primarying electable Republicans, they remain silent, let the circus play itself out, & just toss money at the unelectable nutjobs.

    I thought this was supposed to be the party good with money & business strategy.

    Yet even after an election where they were destroyed, they are still allowing Rick Santourm to control senate votes on U.N. treaties.

    No amount of billionaire wingnut welfare is going to remedy that level of unhinged hysteria.

    "You just gotta keep on livin man! L-I-V-I-N!" - Wooderson

    by wyvern on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:43:53 AM PST

  •  Apparently, the folks in that picture... (3+ / 0-)

    missed English class the day "irony" was discussed.

    This image is a nice complement to the infamous "morans" picture, no?

    How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

    by BenderRodriguez on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:45:02 AM PST

  •  76 thousand or over quarter billion, are we sure (0+ / 0-)

    the Politico article did not have a typo?  I sure hope so.  If the NRSC has $50 Billion, assuming swing states and high profile races get the bulk, we are in big trouble.

    I'm currently researching for 2014 state races to determine how much money will be spent to oppose Democratic candidates.  Specifically big money donors to those like American Crossroads.

    I can't find anything on donations made by billionaire Wayne Huizenga to Republican candidates, or their surrogates in 2012.  Huizenga, his family, and various corporations are spreading the wealth.

    Wayne Huizenga , 74 (bio)
    Miami Dolphins owner; businessman
    NEWSMEAT Power Rank: 43
    Election Picks: 89 wins, 51 losses             
    $259,120*   Republican
    $44,750       Democrat
    $358,350       special interest
    total:  $662,220  
    According to this website, if accurate, states that American Crossroads received a donation of $50,000 in 2010.  There is no data on 2012 contributions.
    (My note: Huizenga sold 95% the Miami Dolphins in 2006 to Stephen Ross for a reported 1.1B)

    Huizenga hosting party for GOP donors
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Governor Jeb Bush and a couple hundred of Florida's wealthiest Republicans will party next Thursday at the 18-thousand-square-foot mansion of billionaire H. Wayne Huizenga in Fort Lauderdale. The invited guests are being encouraged to donate 100-thousand dollars or more to keep the Grand Old Party humming along.

    Bush says he's serving as the main attraction at next week's fund-raiser to keep Republicans focused on their 2006 election battles against Democrats.

  •  Ryan, Akin, and Mourdock... (1+ / 0-)
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    Vince CA

    Moe, Larry, and Curly......the episode where they're at the Women Hater's Club.

    Buy Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand, and tear Ayn and the GOP new orifices. Plus, I get a small royalty, and Jeff Bezos and his employees get the rest. Not a bad deal, as CEO Bezos is not much of a dick, relatively speaking. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:54:47 AM PST

  •  'pub spending on Akin (1+ / 0-)
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    1.  Is anyone surprised?

    2.  Fools and their money are soon parted.

    "The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little. " --Franklin D. Roosevelt

    by jg6544 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:58:52 AM PST

  •  The GOP's moral corruption knows no bounds. (1+ / 0-)
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    Disgusting...not surprising, but disgusting nonetheless.

    Conservatives seem to believe that the rich will work harder if we give them more, and the poor will work harder if we give them less. E.J. Dionne

    by blueyescryinintherain on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 11:59:30 AM PST

  •  Freddy! (0+ / 0-)

    Seriously Akin looks like the horror film character "Freddy" from the Friday the 13th film series.

  •  2014 Senate races? (1+ / 0-)
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    Aunt Pat

    I'd like to request a front page early look into the 2014 Senate map. It doesn't look good for Dems, but then, neither did 2012. However, 2014 won't be a presidential election year. What are our best hopes for holding the Senate as we await 2016's much more favorable map? How do we keep the Republicans in self-destruct mode? The worse thing that could happen is that they actually figure out how to appeal to non-white and old voters.

  •  Why are republicans are allergic to the truth? (0+ / 0-)

    They cannot seem to tell the truth about all matters, great and small, they quite simply lie.

    When found out, they carry on as though it doesn't matter.  Can they not comprehend that trust and credibility diminishes among the public with every lie they tell?

    "Evil is a lack of empathy, a total incapacity to feel with their fellow man." - Capt. Gilbert,Psychiatrist, at the end of Nuremberg trials.

    by 417els on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:12:26 PM PST

  •  I cannot stand these (0+ / 0-)

    people.  I cannot stand to look @ them; cannot stand to hear them talk.  Even if any of them made a valid point, I can't get past who they are, because eventually it will return to "teh stupid."

  •  I am actually surprised that he did this poorly... (1+ / 0-)
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    In spite of the fact that he is and was, without doubt, the dumbest guy to ever run for the Senate from Missouri, an embarrassment to everyone in the state, I am still surprised that he didn't get more votes.  Outstate Missouri, when you get away from St. Louis and KC, is chuck full of right to life bible thumpers who think just the way old Todd thinks.  

    The things that the national press picked up and ran with are but a small indication of what a totally unqualified candidate he was.  I am not certain he would be able to distinguish between his rear and third base.

  •  We knew all along (0+ / 0-)

    those guys are just typical GOPers - they just were too up front.

    It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.

    by GrinningLibber on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 03:09:44 PM PST

  •  Love juxtaposition of that sign & Akin (0+ / 0-)

    I realize they don't comprehend the message, but seeing "You can't fix stupid, but you can vote them out" sign juxtaposed with Todd Akin warms my heart and brings a laugh.

    We have a local nutcase who has these signs on his front lawn interspersed with people running for office whom I suspect he is supporting.

    Yes, those candidates lost and they were demonstrably stupid.

    Thanks for making my decisions easy!

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