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Meanwhile, In Minnesota…

22 August 2012 @ 11:16

While so many on the Right have allowed themselves to be distracted by the Left in the case of Todd Akin, we learn of a situation actually worthy of outrage…

From the New York Daily News, Erik Ortiz reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Rush Limbaugh]:

Democratic leaders in Minnesota are demanding a state lawmaker withdraw from his re-election bid after police claim he admitted to having sex with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.

While Rep. Kerry Gauthier, 56, will lose support from fellow Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party members if he continues with his campaign, party leaders stopped short Monday of asking him to immediately resign.

The first-term legislator wasn’t charged in the alleged July 22 encounter because the legal age of consent in Minnesota is 16 and no money was exchanged, according to the St. Louis County attorney’s office. Police say the two had oral sex behind a rest stop pavilion in Duluth after the teen responded to Gauthier’s Craigslist ad looking for a “no strings attached” sex.

Smitty, who posted about this story here, comments:

Yet this post…is intended to raise awareness to the media effort to smear Todd Akin and draw attention from a public figure who [quote from a news reports of the charges].


As he writes in a Comment:

The issue I was trying to get at here is why conservatives permitted the Left to have 100% control of the news cycle, and focus on Todd Akin, when Kerry Gauthier was running around, naughty bits akimbo.

What a study in idiocy, on multiple levels.

Quite. This is one of the issues surrounding this whole story that has really ticked me off.

I must say, the actions of Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin [who
engaged in some Leftist-like sarcasm using the #magicaluterus hashtag], and other normally sensible conservatives have been very disappointing — to put it very mildly. [For examples of Mrs. Malkin acting just like a Leftist, please click here, here, and here.]

Jeff Goldstein is worth quoting at length:

Todd Akin didn’t rape Juanita Broderick. He didn’t drown Mary Jo Kopechne in his car. He didn’t engage in shady land deals, hang out with domestic terrorists and anti-semites, or stuff money in his freezer. He expressed a dubious claim about the frequency of pregnancy after rape — a claim that is based in part at least on well-known and frequently detailed barriers to conception, such as chronic stress.

Whether he was wrong or not was beside the point. The merits of his claim were never argued. He’d said something the left won’t allow to be discussed, and many on the right — just as they did with John Derbyshire and a host of others who have introduced “controversial” propositions — rushed to condemn him rather than to patiently correct him (or, heaven forfend, even defend the position).

We witnessed gross anti-intellectualism and the insidious politically correct chilling of speech through an aggressive, Twitter-fueled pique of competitive outrage. It was disgusting to watch frankly — with people actively trying to one-up each other in their purported bother over a minor point in on the pro life continuum. The reasons for this I can only speculate upon: a desire to be seen as a “thinking” conservative, set apart from those kind, whose godbothery social conservatism has always made them suspect to the cogniscenti; a cynical opportunism to replace one candidate with a preferred candidate; an ostentatious sanctimony that seems very important to a large portion of the online right.

Whether Akin should have stepped down or not was never my concern. My concern — and my criticism — has always been aimed at the those who placed our Senate chances in Missouri in jeopardy by reacting to a gaffe as they did. And it wasn’t Todd Akin — who did the perfunctory apology tour almost immediately — who did that. Or rather, his contribution was minor, and his recovery would have been easy had it not been for the reaction from the right — from online calls for his removal, to press releases sent by GOP officials, and so on. In the end, this is what sunk Missouri for the Republicans: if you are going to publicly call for the removal of a candidate as a show that you, too, are FOR WOMEN!, you’d better first make sure he’s willing to step aside to give you your moment of cheap grace and social posturing.

Pragmatism, that is.

So no, Mark Levin. Try as you might, when you rail about the loss in Missouri that now is almost certainly coming, should Akin not recover (and isn’t so demoralized by the treachery of his own side that he doesn’t just mail it in from here on out), you won’t be able to blame those sick to death of taking marching orders from our inside the Beltway betters who presume to tell us what candidates we can and can’t run, or who is and isn’t “electable.”

Hugh Hewitt is not the boss of me. And as much as I’ve promoted you and respect you, in the end, neither are you. I won’t be shamed into standing up to such left-provoked wildings just because the sanctimonious GOP elite decided to play us too!

Yes, we want to win the Senate. But no, we won’t agree to trample a man’s good name in our haste to do so. The ends don’t justify the means.

Levin used to know that. Maybe one day soon he will again.

Dead solid perfect.

SIDENOTE: As well as Smitty’s second point above, there’s another issue here and it concerns where the incident happened: at a rest stop. In other words, this was a man engaging in anonymous sex in a public place — that’s disgusting and speaks to a depraved mind.

  1. 22 August 2012 @ 12:21 12:21

    Well look on the bright side. Mr. rest room stop public sex, if he loses, will probably either get a reality show, enter celebrity rehab “My sex addiction killed my compassionate Democratic political career”, or become an analyst on MSNBC.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      22 August 2012 @ 13:51 13:51

      I know, aren’t they! Those Diluthians better wake up and smell the smegma – get with the End Times.

  2. Adobe_Walls permalink
    22 August 2012 @ 13:56 13:56

    Inside the beltway elite of both parties, time period between twilight and dawn, sharp, long bladed utensils, some assembly required.

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