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Republicans. Will they ever support rape enough? 

“The NRSC’s actions reflected its incompetent leadership,” Tyler told TPM Friday. “It’s hard to say if Akin could have won given how poorly the Republicans performed nationally. But there can be no question that their actions and comments kept the campaign from recovering after a misstep.”

Right. It’s not that your candidate was a total dog anus. It’s that Republicans performed poorly nationally, so how could poor saintly Todd Akin possibly have won?

Tyler, honey, Republicans could have won every other district and Senate seat ever and you still would have come up short because YOUR CANDIDATE WAS THE RAPE GUY. The first of many rape guys, but still, the RAPE GUY.

Democrats said the proof of the ad buys shows the NRSC was “underhanded and dishonest” in Missouri. Tyler says it would have been more helpful if GOP leaders hadn’t lined up to publicly dismiss Akin’s chances.

Well, yes. It would have been more helpful to your candidate. Not so much to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which was still at that point thinking about winning any elections at all, and thus trying not to be so loudly pro-rape (while still, of course, supporting whatever bag of hammers with an R after its name was on the ballot anyway).

I actually wish they’d been open about it, too. I would have more respect for them if they’d just flat-out owned it, monetarily and otherwise. Less respect than I have for the fine upstanding Americans who rob liquor stores for a living, but more respect than I have for the NRSC right now.


Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.