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TOPIC: Gaffe-prone candidates hurt GOP Senate chances
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WASHINGTON — Republicans hopeful of taking over the Senate should be measuring the drapes. But a series of blown opportunities two years ago and again this year has cost Republicans dearly in their quest for a Senate majority.

Flawed, gaffe-prone nominees may have cost them the chance to win three seats in the 2010 GOP wave. Now, an easy pickup in Missouri and a longtime GOP seat in Indiana are in question after high-profile stumbles on rape and abortion.

Democrats presently control the Senate with 53 votes, including two independents who usually vote with them. By any measure, Republicans should hold more seats if it had not been for losses two years ago in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, where tea party-backed candidates stormed to wins in GOP primaries but fell short in the general election.

The biggest flameout of 2010 came in Delaware, where longtime Rep. Mike Castle had been considered a sure bet to take over a longtime Democratic seat despite the state's strong Democratic lean. But Castle was upended in the GOP primary by tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell, who in turn got crushed by 17 points in the general election by Chris Coons.

In Colorado, tea partyer Ken Buck defeated GOP establishment favorite Jane Norton in the primary, only to lose by 2 points to appointed Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet. And in Nevada, gaffe-prone tea party candidate Sharron Angle lost to Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, who entered the race with high unfavorable ratings and would probably have been an underdog to a more mainstream Republican candidate.

If Republicans had won those seats, the Senate would be evenly divided, with only the tiebreaking vote of Vice President Joe Biden maintaining control for Democrats.

"The tea party is so focused on nominating people who are ideologically in their camp that they don't consider the broader question of 'Can this person win a general election?'" Castle said. "It happened at least three times in my cycle and in two of these elections this year, it's shaping up that way."

Republicans started 2012 with high hopes of taking over the Senate. They had just 10 seats at risk this year compared with 23 for Democrats — including the two independents who caucus with Democrats.

Then came the bizarre missteps.

Not one but two GOP candidates made widely panned remarks about rape, pregnancy and abortion.

The first GOP hit came in August, when Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., said in a televised interview that women who are victims of a "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. He was justifying his position supporting abortion only when the life of the women is in danger.

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Serves them right.

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Democrats prevailed against Republicans in two U.S. Senate races in which abortion and controversial remarks about rape played a pivotal role.

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri — who set off a firestorm after using the phrase “legitimate rape” — and Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock — who said, “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen”. Their Democratic rivals, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill and Indiana U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, are the projected winners.

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I just had a gal knock on my door. She was canvassing for a candidate for a local seat in the State Assembly. She spoke no English! The guy actually has my vote. Not sure if having people trying to get out the vote and not be able to speak English is going help him though...

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The kingdom of Michelle Bachmann in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, is made of cheap, one-use plastic Tea Party Caucus economics.

Minnesota's Congressional Welfare Queen has a Chinese injection-molded smile.

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Romney specializes in Chinese injection-molding. Create a product so insane, ita appeals to Wall Street investors who accept government bailout money while denouncing the government that bailed them out.

Cheap plastic crap that breaks easily in its first use.

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"Is THAT what Mittens is doing, smiling? I thought he was grimacing..."

"More like the look one gets trying to pass a turd the size of a bowling ball .."

You gentlemen are both correct. But sometimes, he has it flowing, a very smooth extrusion. Diarrhea of the mind.

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"Is THAT what Mittens is doing, smiling? I thought he was grimacing..."

More like the look one gets trying to pass a turd the size of a bowling ball The same as the look on Pat Robertson's face when he is praying.

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" the fact that he can smile while he's lying."

Is THAT what Mittens is doing, smiling? I thought he was grimacing...

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Not all of them are dumb. Just the tea party supporters...

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Republican primary voters seem to be a pretty dumb lot. If they were that dumb in general elections, they might vote for a guy based simply on the fact that he can smile while he's lying.

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TOPIC: Gaffe-prone candidates hurt GOP Senate chances