I got a fund raising appeal e-mail from McJoan this morning. This isn't an uncommon event; I opted-in to receive such appeals from DailyKos. This one caught my eye a bit more than most, because it pointed me to a story by Joan from last Thursday:
This is what winning in November looks like two months out. Not only is the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulling its resources out of New Mexico, it's having to shift the $3 million it had in reserved ad time in there to a state Republicans were confident they'd get: North Dakota.
That's huge, because ND was supposed to be a lock for Republicans. Now they need the cash to shore up that race, so New Mexico bites the dust.
Then I read this Buzzfeed story this afternoon:
Rick Berg, North Dakota's at-large congressman and a candidate for Senate, voted to criminalize abortion in the state as a Class AA felony, including in the case of rape or abortion.
Berg, who is running against former Democratic Attorney General Heidi Heitkamp, voted with a minority of the state house in 2007 to make terminating a pregnancy illegal, in a bill that only made exception for when the life of the mother is endangered.
Now, no doubt Akin was a disappointment to Turd Blossom and the "machine" Republicans, but Akin is a rube and was immediately adopted by Tony Perkins and the rest of the Christian Crazies. Now you've got a guy who's been sold as a relatively rational guy going further into the weeds than Akin.
Incredible. The forced-birth issue is going to totally destroy the Republican Party. This isn't shoot-yourself-in-the-foot territory, this is Plaxico territory.