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    Yes, Akin should drop out

    Yes, Akin should drop out

    Yesterday I cautioned against piling on a candidate within minutes before giving the candidate a chance to react himself.

    With the benefit of 24 hours, it’s clear that Akin has become a national liability, in part because his apology was round-about, in part because Republicans are not forgiven as easily as Democrats (remember how the press and Democrats reacted to allegations of rape made against Bill Clinton), and in part because Republicans who control the money and political leadership have been left with no choice but to do everything withing their power to distance themselves.

    As many readers pointed out, at this point the merits hardly merit discussion.

    Akin says he is staying in the race.  I am not of the school that he would be bound to lose under other circumstances.  With time Missouri voters would have to weigh his statements against Claire McCaskill’s support for the Obama agenda and Obamacare.  But that’s with time, of which there is precious little before election day and the conventions.

    These developments today should give Akin pause as to whether he wants to drag others down with him (h/t Charles):

    • Republicans pull money from Missouri – “National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.) has informed Rep. Todd Akin that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate in the aftermath of Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.”
    • Crossroads pulls out of Missouri after Akin comments – “The conservative outside-spending powerhouse Crossroads GPS is pulling its ads from the Missouri Senate race, three sources confirmed to POLITICO.”
    • Calls to step aside: “Many big-name Republicans have repudiated the comment, and Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Senate candidate and former congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) have called for Akin to drop out of the race.”

    Duchess of Kitty has more links in the comments.

    There are two ways Akin could drop out.  By tomorrow, or as late as September 25 by court petition.

    At this point, let’s hope it’s tomorrow.


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    morbius | August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Politics is war continued by other means. In war, when a commander fails at a critical battle through his own incompetence, he should be immediately relieved and replaced by a more competent leader. Stepping aside is the only honorable action for Akin.

    maxparrish | August 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I have never supported the clay footed conservatives that scatter whenever a leftwing culture czar flashs ridicule. Too many times we have failed to bully back the nasty nonsense.

    But this is not nonsense. I am utterly stunned that someone this ignorant could actually capture the nomination. One wonders if this fellow obtained this “insight” from the graffiti written on a local truckstops restroom walls.

    Atkins did not “mis-speak” (which is an extraordinarly inept attempt at damage control) – to call him a hill billy would be an insult to hill billies.

    I deeply hope he withdraws immediately and seeks help. I hope his ego and hubris does not cost the party a sure seat. And if he does not withdraw I hope there is not a Republican in the State that will ever associate with him again. This man should be deeply ashamed that he wasted the time and effort of so many by posing as an adult, and if he cannot see how moronic he was, I would welcome him being driven from the party.

    What a putz…

    […] NRSC is pulling its funding and American Crossroads PAC are pulling out of the state.  Several Republicans are calling for him to step down.  He was blasted by Mitt Romney yesterday as well: […]

      No, Akin’s problem was saying something so stupid and demeaning of women that it suggests he is a ignoramus of the highest order.

      While oppositiion to abortion for rape victims is
      politically unwise, at least it is a morally informed opinion. But phrases and comments such as “victims of ‘legitimate’ rape” (as if many rapes are exagerations or false claims by women)and spinning bizarre theories that women’s bodies protect against pregnacy if the are raped is more than stupid, it suggests a man deeply out of touch with what is morally acceptable to most Americans.

      And to magnify his error, the guys PR team releases a tepid non-apology saying “Oh,he mispoke” – a second slap in the face to women.

      Akin’s might have been a fine Senator, but a blunder of this size will assure his defeat.If he has a ounce of moral fiber in him and humility, he will resign before the end of the day. All the videos of his “heart” cannot undo the damage. Its over.

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