Shark Attack — The Todd Aikin Blunder”

Aug 22, 2012 by

by Donna Garner –

Setting the scene:

On August 8, 2012, U. S. House Member Todd Aikin (R – Missouri) won in the three-way Republican primary for the U. S. Senate seat belonging to Democrat Claire McCaskill. Aikin ran against John Brunner (a businessman) and Sarah Steelman (former state treasurer who was favored by Sarah Palin).

Claire McCaskill is a long-time-liberal-left-Democrat (as her record proves – posted at the bottom of this e-mail). McCaskill is considered to be at the top of the list of Democrat Senators who are in danger of losing their seats, and the Republicans believe her seat is crucial to their being able to take back the U. S. Senate from a majority of Democrats under Harry Reid.

By now we all know that Congressman Aikin made a terrible blunder on a TV interview in St. Louis on 8.19.12 when he brought up assertions made by Dr. John Willke, a physician for 40 years in Cincinnati, Ohio ( ).

Dr. Willke was the president of the National Right to Life Committee for ten years and is a long-time supporter of pro-life candidates. Willke has stated, “When a woman is assaulted and raped, there’s a tremendous amount of emotional upset within her body…this trauma can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy…sperm in a woman who is being raped is less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”

In 1996 the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology did publish a peer-reviewed study that estimated 5% of rapes resulted in pregnancies, but a study published in 2001 indicated that 6.4% of rapes result in pregnancy. Of course, both of these studies undoubtedly leaned on the statements by the women involved to declare “rape” or “consensual sex.”



The point that Congressman Aikin was trying to make in his interview is that any kind of abortion results in a murdered baby and that the rapist should be the one punished for the crime and not the unborn child. However, Aikin definitely misspoke when he used the word “legitimate” rape. (Last year, he had worked on a bill in Congress to distinguish forcible rape and abortion restrictions.)


When Aikin realized what a blunder he had made in his St. Louis interview, he quickly issued the following statement:

As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society, and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.


Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that, I apologize. As a father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault, and I pray for them.


The fact is rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.



It goes without saying that Obama, the liberal Democrats, and the left-leaning media have reacted to Aikin’s blunder the way sharks react to blood in the water; and the Democrats are hoping this whole incident blown completely out of proportion will sink the Republicans’ chances of taking back the White House and the U. S. Senate.



Besides, this blunder by Aikin offers a great distraction for Obama and his supporters to avoid talking about his miserable record as President such as the fact that if Obama is re-elected, “Taxmageddon” will mean $494 billion in tax hikes with average taxpayers seeing their taxes increase by about $2,000 to $4,000 starting Jan. 1, 2013.



I believe Mark Levine on the Mark Levine Radio Show (8.21.12) said it best when he stated that in 50 years nobody is going to remember what Todd Aikin said in a TV interview but that everyone in the world will know what America chose to do on Nov. 6, 2012.



[I agree with Mark Levine that on Nov. 6, 2012, either we Americans will take back our country from the edge of fiscal and social collapse; or we will continue the downward spiral into oblivion until America and its Constitutional ideals are destroyed. – Donna Garner]



Levine also stated that it is past the deadline for Todd Aikin to ask to have his name removed from the ballot without there being a court order; and unfortunately, on the Missouri Supreme Court there are 4 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Levine does not think that the 4 Democrats on the Court would allow Aikin to remove his name from the Missouri ballot. Why?



According to the New York Times (8.19.12 — ), Congressman Aikin’s opponent, liberal-left Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill, had decided to promote Aikin in the primaries as the person she wanted to run against in the general election. Therefore, she spent $2 Million on ads calling him the “true conservative” in this race. In a state that has been evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, those two million dollars’ worth of ads may have helped to elect Aikin in the primary because he won by six percentage points with 36 percent of the vote.



BOTTOM LINE: The way I see it is that we grassroots voters on Nov. 6, 2012, must first-and-foremost oust Obama from the White House; and secondly, we also must oust Harry Reid as the chair of the Senate.


How do we get rid of Reid as chair? Presently in the U. S. Senate, the Democrats have a majority of 53 to 47. During this election cycle, the Senate Democrats are trying to defend 23 seats while the Republicans are defending 10. All that the Republicans need to do is to elect 3 seats to take over the U. S. Senate because when Romney wins, then Vice President Paul Ryan would break any tie votes in the Senate.



This means that if Congressman Todd Aikin is on the Missouri ballot, the grassroots citizens of Missouri must do the right thing for our country by electing him to the U. S. Senate. If some other Republican takes Aikin’s place on the Missouri ballot, then he/she must be elected to the U. S. Senate.


The rest of us who live outside Missouri must do our part. When we know which Republican will be on the Missouri ballot in November, we must send our campaign donations to help him/her to get elected.


Liberal-left Democrat Claire McCaskill must not be allowed to regain her seat in the U. S. Senate.


We must put Romney/Ryan in the White House and also increase the numbers of conservatives in the U. S. House.


How bad is Senator Claire McCaskill’s voting record? Please see for yourself:


U. S. Senator Claire McCaskill — Voting Record by Interest Group

Project Vote Smart




Planned Parenthood – 100% — (2012, 2010, 2008)


*Congressman Todd Aikin – Planned Parenthood – 0% (2012 through 1995)


National Right To Life – 0% — (2011, 2009, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)

NARAL Pro-Choice – 0% — (2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007)

*Congressman Todd Aikin – NARAL Pro-Choice – 0% (2011 – 1997)



National Taxpayers’ Union – 20% (2011), 24% (2010), 25% (2009)

Citizens Against Government Waste – 28% (2010), 46% (2009), 23% (2008), Lifetime Score – 23% (2008)



NAACP – 95% (2009-2010), 90% (2009), 97% (2007-2008), 100% (2007)

Human Rights Campaign (largest homosexual organization in U. S.) – 85% (2007-2008)



American Conservative Union – Lifetime Score – 15% (2011)

*Congressman Todd Aikin’s American Conservative Union – Lifetime Score – 97% (2011)

Conservative Woman for America – 8% (2011), 9% (2009-2010), 27% (2007-2008),

Club for Growth – 26% (2011), 18% (2010), 17% (2009), 15% (2008),

Eagle Forum – 33% (2011), 0% (2010), 26% (2009), 12% (2008)



National Education Association (NEA) – received “A” (2011 through 2007)



American Family Association – 4% (2009 – 2010), 0% (2007 – 2008)

*Congressman Todd Aikin – 100% (2010 through 2003)


Family Research Association – 0% (2007 – 2008), 0% (2007)

*Congressman Todd Aikin – 100% (2009 – 2010 through 2001)



Citizens Against Government Waste – 28% (2010), 46% (2009), 23% (2008), 23% (2007)



Human Rights Campaign – 80% (2009 – 2010)

*Congressman Todd Aikin – 0% (2009 – 2010)



Family Research Council – 0% (2011), 4% (2009 – 2010)

*Congressman Todd Aikin – 100% (2011, 2009 – 2010)



National Organization for Women – 94% (2007 – 2008)



*Congressman Todd Aikin — National Journal – Conservative on Social Policy Score — 89% (2005)

*National Journal – Liberal on Social Policy Score – 0% (2002)

*National Journal – Liberal on Economic Policy Score – 0% (2002)

*National Journal – Composite Conservative Score – 92% (2002)

*National Journal – Composite Liberal Score – 8% (2002)

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