Missouri ProVote, Planned Parenthood, and the AFL-CIO braved the weather to rally in Joplin, MO, to protest against Todd Akin’s bus tour campaign ironically named “Common sense.” The protesters’ rallying cries ranged from issues of birth control, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Minimum Wage, School Lunches and Student Loans – with the over-arching message that Todd Akin is wrong for Missouri.
The protesters, with their counter-campaign named “Common Sense? Nonsense,” continued up the road and set up camp in Springfield. The number of protesters swelled from 10 to 75, as they patiently waited for Akin’s bus to arrive. An hour and a half after the stated arrival time, Akin stepped out of the comfort of his ideologically confused bus to face reality and the many chants and posters of the rowdy liberals who were fired up and ready to go. From his infamous comments about “legitimate rape” and Medicare being “unconstitutional,” Akin naming his bus tour “Common Sense” makes about as much sense as Mitt Romney telling a group of unemployed workers that he too was unemployed in a year when he made millions.
Catchy protest chants such as “Akin is mistakin’ about baby makin” embody the growing negative sentiment against his campaign. Not only do Akin’s messages outrage women, but also many of his fellow Republican constituents refuse to endorse him. Granted, the Republican intellectual powerhouse of Rick Santorum has stuck by Akin’s side, which only adds fuel to the fire of reasons why Missouri ProVote, Planned Parenthood, the AFL-CIO will continue to let Missourians know that Todd Akin is too extreme.