Rachel Maddow on how Dems are turning Tom Tancredo into Todd "Legitimate Rape" Aiken

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Rachel Maddow introducing the Tom Tancredo segment in a video from last night's show. That clip and others below.
Today is primary election day, when voters in Colorado will determine which Republican gubernatorial hopeful will try to unseat Governor John Hickenlooper in November -- and to set the stage, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow capped her show last night with a segment interpreting one technique Hick supporters are using to try and guarantee victory.

Maddow's theory: Colorado Dems are deploying a canny strategy to help former Representative Tom Tancredo win the nomination, because they see him as the equivalent of doomed Missouri senate candidate Todd "Legitimate Rape" Aiken. Details and multiple videos below.

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Todd Aiken during the interview in which he unleashed his "legitimate rape" comment.
As you'll recall, Akin, a Republican determined to defeat sitting Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill, became a national laughingstock/figure of ridicule in 2012 after this explanation for why he opposes abortion even in the case of sexual assault: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."

Maddow notes that McCaskill saw Akin as the easiest of her potential opponents to defeat. So her campaign spent millions airing ads proclaiming him to be Missouri's "true conservative" -- the idea being that if Missouri Republicans thought he was the candidate furthest to the right, they'd vote for him.

The approach worked: Akin won the Republican primary, only to be destroyed by McCaskill in the general election.

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A screen capture of Tom Tancredo in the "Futile" ad.
Buoyed by McCaskill's success, pro-Hickenlooper forces decided to try the same tactics here on behalf of Tancredo, who lost to Hick in 2010 as the standard-bearer for the American Constitution party. Hence, an ad entitled "Futile," in which Tancredo is deemed "too conservative" in part because he branded Obamacare a scam "just when it's starting to work."

In addition, Maddow notes that Dems also launched ads going after ex-Congressman Bob Beauprez, who some observers see as the more formidable candidate (even though he, too, has lost a race for governor, in 2006 versus Bill Ritter). However, those spots imply Beauprez isn't conservative enough -- a message thought to boost Tancredo by comparison.

The assorted ads clearly tickle Maddow, who says Dems are "trying to trick Republican voters into picking the wingnut" -- a description she justifies by referencing past Tancredo remarks about bombing Mecca, calling Miami a third-world country and impeaching President Barack Obama. But she leaves out one amusing side note: Tancredo's backers have created a spot in which the "Futile" ad is followed by Big Tom saying that even though Democrats produced the commercial, he endorses the message anyway.

Look below to see the aforementioned Maddow show segment, followed by the original "Futile" ad, the doctored version from the Tancredo campaign and the spot aimed at Beauprez.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Calhoun: Wake-Up Call archive circa December 2013: "Marijuana: Tom Tancredo says skip the scare tactics and give Amendment 64 a chance."

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Tancredo, too extreme for Colorado.  We aren't a radical right wing nut state.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Tom Tancrepo = draft-dodging lying nutbag

Sean Padraic
Sean Padraic

Hickenlooper is a small business advocate who found a way to make money on an industry that was going to happen sooner or later. Look at the growth and the progress Colorado has seen, we're the first state in ride sharing as well. Tancredo wants to build a wall, but has no vision or insights how to actually bring change and growth to the state. I am proud to say I'm from Colorado because of business savvy, and in touch representatives like John W. Hickenlooper.

Cynthia Mendez
Cynthia Mendez

Tancredo has no chance and Hickenliar is just as useless.

Riley Nolan
Riley Nolan

Wonder how many natives are gonna vote R no matter who the candidate is because they are tired of the way the state they grew up in is heading. Either that or we can just become another shit hole California.

Uncle_Big_Green
Uncle_Big_Green

Out of the (4) R candidates and Hick, Tancredo has the fewest busy-body control freak tendencies.

Jim Burness
Jim Burness

I'm surprised Frackenlooper didn't change parties early enough to run on the R ticket.

Jay Cismaru
Jay Cismaru

Whatever lyrics Madoes wants I want the opposite

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

We all drink water and breath air too.....go figure.

Cliff Lopez
Cliff Lopez

we all drive cars and heat our homes...go fracking..don't like...leave the country.

Mark J Pastika
Mark J Pastika

Hook-in-lipper is an indecisive liberal douche bag. Anyone could beat her...;)

Sean Dolan
Sean Dolan

They are both sluts for big-oil fracking so no one wins........

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The loony liberal (and Maddow is one of the looniest) game plan has, for some time, been to try to demonize everything and everyone conservative.      Why? 


Because they can't stand on accomplishments - they have had none. 

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muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Because conservative run Iran and Texass are so wonderful.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Great!  Exactly when and where were those filed, or is this all in your mind?

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Is yours still puckered from the experience?  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

That's the problem with you rectumlickums, you stand for nothing, then when a good American is for something, you name call, then are against what the good American is for, while still offering nothing you are for.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Radical right wing nuts can smear.  That;s the only thing they are good for.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

No, that's brown, scented conservative love jelly, spewed conservative liars such as little mark.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Try it, little troll.  You can add this to the long list of things you're wrong about. 

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues Conservatives do a fine example of demonizing their own movement.  What Dr. Maddow does is use facts to make conservatives LAUGHINGSTOCKS. 

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga


Too fucking stupid to know the difference between Texas and Iran.   Do you ever know where they are?  Don't bother to answer.  Everyone knows that you haven't a clue.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@RobertChase What is wrong bobbie?  Does this conflict with your little fantasy world?  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga


I'm curious fatso, do you know the difference between  ' and ; ?


No need to look them up and then answer.  We all know how fucking stupid you are.  Too late to redeem yourself.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga


Another mind numbing, pathetic attempt at rational thought.  


When I tell you how fucking stupid you are, I'm not kidding.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga


Golly fatso, the donkey seems to like you.  He's as fucking stupid as you.


TOO OBTUSE TO BE  OF USE.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... that she's a hyper-intelligent FEMALE ... and a lesbian ... further humiliates the Konservatards

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga We weren't talking about differences, we were speaking of a similarity, that both are conservative.  Then you do some more ranting.  You should see a psychotherapist about that.  I'm betting on a referral to a psychiatrist. 
Fishingrainbow is going to be prescribed medical pot.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


I suspect bull dykes know much on the subject of eating out various cracks and holes.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "Was that supposed to make sense you ignoramus [sic] bitch?"


Grammar fail, you pig-ignorant imbecile.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga Once again you take the bate and smear instead of contributing meaningfully to the conversation.

Before you wet yourself planning your bate response, I'm just messing with you.  Bait is what you fish with, fishingrainbow.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay 


But it sounded so good.  You are correct.

I will change my response to:


Was that supposed to make sense you ignorant bitch?


Or, I suppose this would also work:


Was that supposed to make sense you fucking ignoramus?


Thanks for being there for me donk

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@muhutdafuga 


So, what you are saying is that you are illiterate, ignorant and stupid on purpose?

What a great idea.  I see it has been working well for you.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues @muhutdafuga You offer an excellent example of "conservative reasoning," commonly called talking out your ass.  That explains the stench of your posts.

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