Akin May Write a Book


Teagan Goddard reports that Todd Akin is considering writing a book now that he has lost both his House seat and the Senate seat he would almost certainly have won if he had not revealed his ignorance and extremism to the world. That is, of course, the first step to becoming a star on the Christian rubber chicken circuit, giving speeches for $5000 a pop. As one of the leading members of the Family (aka the Fellowship), he won’t be out of work long. He’s too well connected.

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  1. D. C. Sessions says

    Yesterday a commenter on the Maddowblog won the Internet for observing that the best part of the proposed Senate rule changes would require RepublicansSenators in a filibuster to hold the floor and keep talking.

    In what should become known as the “Akin Rule,” commenter Nathan observed

    that if you have a group of Republicans talking nonstop for any significant duration, one or more of them is bound to say something staggeringly uninformed and offensive about rape.

    And that’s the best reason I can see for keeping them on the floor with a live mike for hours or days on end.

  2. raven says

    I’m sure it will be amusing in a horror fiction sort of way.

    Hopefully, it will be gruesome enough so that no one in their right mind would ever vote for him again.

  3. frog says

    D.C. Sessions: My dad told me that back in the days of real filibusters, they would just read the newspaper or a book or a list of stats from The Baseball Encyclopedia.

    Of course, those were the days when politicians were relatively sane and perhaps just slightly less prone to believe they were perfect and brilliant.

  4. whheydt says

    Re: D. C. Sessions @ #5…

    I’ve been in favor of that ever since they quit requiring it.

    If one or more Senators want to filibuster, then–by damn–the should be required to *filibuster*. None of this namby-pamby putting the legislation on hold and doing other things until they decide they won’t block it any more.

  5. fastlane says

    I suspect the wing nuts would read from the bible. It would have the double effect of putting most people to sleep, and win points with their base.

    That is, of course, the first step to becoming a star on the Christian rubber chicken circuit[.]

    That’s such a brilliant description Ed. Although, it sounds better in spanish – El Pollo Elastico. :-)

  6. Reginald Selkirk says

    RE filibuster: Of course, those were also the says before C-SPAN. Now all their constituents could see that they’re wasting time reading the newspaper, or whatever.

  7. Ben P says

    RE fillibuster: Of course, those were also the says before C-SPAN. Now all their constituents could see that they’re wasting time reading the newspaper, or whatever.

    There’s a couple fillibusters that were pretty fun.

    Huey Long of Louisiana made his name by conducting fillibusters where he read recipies for fried oysters and expounded upon the concept of “pot likker.” Subsequently the senate passed Rule 19, which required all senators to speak on a topic germane to the bill on the floor.

    In 1935 Huey long tried to fillibuster the National Recovery Act by reading the United States Constitution and analyzing it line by line for 15 hours, after that, he offfered to give advice to any senator who sought him, no senator asked, but spectators from the gallery passed down notes which Long then expounded upon. Long finally yielded the floor at 4am to go to the bathroom and the bill was passed in his absence.

    In 1957 Strom Thurmond fillibustered the voting rights act. He read each state’s election statutes, then read a supreme court opinion by Justice Taft. He then read the declaration of independence and expounded on it, the bill of rights, and Washington’s farewell address. He spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes, ending his speech with “and I expect to vote against the bill,” which was then defeated.

  8. gorgias says

    On the plus side, his appeal to the Right in Missouri is much smaller than one might fear; even my mother, despite her strong anti-abortion beliefs, thought he was a stupid asshole and voted in favor of the very pro-choice McCaskill. It’s nice to know that even here in one of the red states, people have limits to the amount of fucknuttery they’ll put up with in their elected officials.

  9. Ben P says

    And the post above hints at the true devilry of the old fillibuster system.

    Debate could not be closed so long as any senator wished to speak on the topic. In the absence of cloture, any bill can be delayed indefinitely by a group of even 10-15 senators who are willing to speak continuously on the topic. One senator could delay for a substantial length of time, but not forever.

    But the real impact was that, whever debbate ceased you needed to have all your political allies there and ready to vote on the bill within the short time period (15 minutes) that the vote was open. So as long as the fillibuster was going on, all the senators needed to be present, or at least close by, to vote when debate ceased or they risked a defeat on the bill.

  10. jnorris says

    Off topic, but interesting.
    David Barton’s worst nightmare: a news release from
    George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate, Museum & Gardens Launches New George Washington Encyclopedia
    Largest Online Encyclopedia Initiative Devoted to Nation’s First President

    http://www.mountvernon.org/encyclopedia

  11. ottod says

    I’m puzzled that you think that writing a book is the first step toward a gig on “…the Christian rubber chicken circuit…” Do you think that the musings of Todd Aiken would appeal to anyone who could actually, you know, read?

  12. says

    “Akin May Have Someone Write a Book for him to sign”.

    Ed; we are many things, “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers..” we are not, however, gullible enough to think that Akin can write anything more complex than a declaratory sentence–and that only with substantial coaching.

  13. says

    Wow, it’s gotta suck to know you’re such a loser that you had it all in the palm of your hand and blew it – by telling the truth. If I had a life-legacy like that I’d start drinking hard and I’d only stop when my heart and liver gave out.

  14. Rodney Nelson says

    Won’t he have to learn to read & write first?

    This will be one of those “as told to” books. The ghostwriter will get second billing.

  15. Nibi says

    Ben P

    But the real impact was that, whever debbate ceased you needed to have all your political allies there and ready to vote on the bill within the short time period (15 minutes) that the vote was open. So as long as the fillibuster was going on, all the senators needed to be present, or at least close by, to vote when debate ceased or they risked a defeat on the bill.

    Ah, so the real problem was that it interfered with fundraising efforts.

    ottod

    Do you think that the musings of Todd Aiken would appeal to anyone who could actually, you know, read?

    It’s not meant to be read. It’s a tribal totem to be displayed on the coffee table next to the latest Beck or Barton screed.

  16. says

    Also, I hope he gets a little help from his friends Louie Gohmert and Michele Bachmann in his “writing” effort. Ooooooh, and Alan Keyes and Allen West. With a foreword by Karl “the math” Rove.
    It would be the bestest, most wonderfulest and Jesus-iest book what ever done benn rote down and stuf. ‘Cept’ the Buybull, of course.

  17. grumpyoldfart says

    In Australian parliaments it is permitted to move “that the member be no longer heard.” There is no debate allowed and the motion must be put the vote immediately.

    So no filibusters

  18. says

    ““How A God Fearing Christian Man Was Raped By The Liberal Media.”

    And a high tech legitimate rape at that. Although, I gotta think that Akin was mansluttin’ like teh Batshit KKKrazzee.

  19. davidct says

    This is one of those times when I believe in “ghosts”. It is hard to believe that this blowhard would actually have the discipline to write his own stuff.

  20. eric says

    What, the thread is ‘Akin may write a book’ and yet no one has suggested snarky titles for it? I’ll go first:

    “Legitimate Rape: my time in office.”

    Ben P:

    And the post above hints at the true devilry of the old fillibuster system…

    …So as long as the fillibuster was going on, all the senators needed to be present, or at least close by, to vote when debate ceased or they risked a defeat on the bill.

    I’m with Nibi – this is a feature, not a bug. Filibuster methods that prevent senators from getting other work done (like their own fundraising) ensure that filibusters will only be used for things a significant minority of senators find truly important. If too few people think its that important, then you can’t sustain one for more than about 24 hours because there will be few/nobody to take your place, and the filibuster fails. If too few people think passing the bill is important, they don’t bother staying within call-back distance and the filibuster succeeds without having to go on forever.

  21. Ichthyic says

    Todd Akin is considering writing a book now that he has lost both his House seat and the Senate seat he would almost certainly have won if he had not revealed his ignorance and extremism to the world.

    title:

    The Idiot’s Guide to Shooting Yourself in the Head.

  22. Ichthyic says

    “How A God Fearing Christian Man Was Raped By The Liberal Media.”

    well, that implies it wasn’t a legitimate rape.

    I hope he had protection!

    I hear from Rush Limbaugh that Oxycontin works well in that regard.

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