Hannity to Akin: You know you could cost us the Senate, right?

posted at 6:01 pm on August 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via BuzzFeed, it’s important that people like Hannity, Coulter, and the boss emeritus are leaning on this guy too, not just Romney and Reince Priebus. Without pressure from all-stars on the right, he can dig in and turn it into a “weak-ass establishment RINOs are selling me out to the Democrats” populist attack on D.C. Republicans. That might be enough to rally grassroots conservatives to his side and keep him in the race, but not enough to prevent him from losing to McCaskill and, just maybe, dragging the ticket down with him. How lucky do you feel? Want to bet the future of repealing ObamaCare on Akin’s ability to not only recover from his theory of the female body’s magical defenses against rape-sperm but to avoid other goofy errors between now and November? John Brunner, who finished second to Akin in the primary, is reportedly already angling to replace him if he drops; Sarah Steelman, who finished within a point of Brunner, is almost certainly interested too, especially since she’d be inoculated from Akin’s comments due to her gender. If the game’s on the line in the late innings and your pitcher’s getting shelled, why not go to the pen while you can? Even the Tea Party Express, imagining another Angle/O’Donnell nightmare scenario in November, is unsparing:

Akin’s been consistent today about saying he’ll stay in, but I keep seeing reports like this from plugged-in pundits on Twitter:

BuzzFeed’s getting mixed signals:

“Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.,” a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind.

But a Republican close to Akin said his position hasn’t changed: He’s still in the race.

Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in court.

Could be that Akin hasn’t given any indication privately about quitting but that the consultants, who suspect he’s DOA if he stays in, are trying to shove him towards the exit by creating a false narrative in the media about him supposedly dropping out. It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: The more the press reports that he’s on his way out and the more positive feedback those reports receive from the right, the more Akin might feel that he has no allies left and is better off quitting. The thing is, if he decided to stick with it, how likely is it really that the NRSC and Republican Super PACs would follow through on their threats and refuse to spend any money on his race in the fall? He may lag behind McCaskill, but probably not by so much that the race’s outcome will become a foregone conclusion; if we get to October and he’s within five or six points, the pressure on the NRSC and outside groups to come to his rescue will be tremendous, even though the money they’d be spending on him could also be useful in other races. The reason they’re threatening to withhold funds now is purely a bluff to convince him that he has zero chance of winning and therefore stands to gain nothing by staying in. But if he does stay in, and ends up being the only game in town for Republicans, will they really cut him off?

Two exit quotations for this one. The first, from NBC: “[A] source with ties to Akin’s political operation tells First Read that the GOP congressman most likely won’t quit the contest, saying Akin believes this race is ‘providential’ and even if Akin was ready to get out, his wife would never let him quit.” The second, from Philip Klein: “At this point, if Akin doesn’t drop, McCaskill can run ads all fall simply quoting Republicans condemning him.”


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Ladies and gentlemen, here’s our candidate.

https://twitter.com/AnnWagnerSenate

vegconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

We would lose the House seat if she runs.

Bluray on August 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

One House Seat isn’t worth nearly as much as one Senate Seat.

vegconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

One House Seat isn’t worth nearly as much as one Senate Seat.

vegconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

I agree, but I’d like to see verification that the said twitter account is real before dragging her into the race.

Bluray on August 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s our candidate.

https://twitter.com/AnnWagnerSenate

vegconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:06 PM

We would lose the House seat if she runs.

Bluray on August 20, 2012 at 10:08 PM

No we wouldn’t. It’s a R +9 seat and the democrats are running a some dude. Brunner could run in that seat, for example. Even Akin could probably still win it, but he’s too toxic now to run for any office under the GOP ban.

That twitter account is false but Wagner is my favourite candidate by far.

Problem is Akin needs to withdraw soon to give her time to withdraw from her seat before 5pm tomorrow.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I agree, but I’d like to see verification that the said twitter account is real before dragging her into the race.

Bluray on August 20, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Oh, it’s a real twitter account alright. But we have no idea who submitted some random email address to get it.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

One House Seat isn’t worth nearly as much as one Senate Seat.

vegconservative on August 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Ann Wagner needs to stay in her race and Brunner in his. She has her local contacts and he has his statewide network and they are not interchangeable. these are not chess pieces. Replacements should only be made when necessary, not when convenient.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Oh, it’s a real twitter account alright. But we have no idea who submitted some random email address to get it.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Real as in “Ann Wagner or someone on her campaign team set it up because they’ve got in/MO GOP got Akin out”.

Not “let’s promote her into the race but end up creating a huge amount of confusion through the media for her staff further putting the House and Senate seat at risk when the key thing is trying to get Akin to drop out at the moment”.

Bluray on August 20, 2012 at 10:32 PM

We’re not going to spend a single second of this election talking about the economy, are we?

*drinks self into oblivion*

El Dillo on August 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

chumpThreads on August 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM

I’m feeling pretty sure that you have no idea what “out of context” means

besser tot als rot on August 20, 2012 at 10:03 PM

…and I’m thinking chump …spelled choom wrong!

KOOLAID2 on August 20, 2012 at 10:35 PM

PPP: Akin 44, McCaskill 43

Are we pantcrapping too much, or are they trying to convince us not to drop him?

Gingotts on August 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Ann Wagner needs to stay in her race and Brunner in his. She has her local contacts and he has his statewide network and they are not interchangeable. these are not chess pieces. Replacements should only be made when necessary, not when convenient.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Brunner was already rejected once by MO voters in spite of his “statewide network”. For this same seat. He lost to a goofball like Todd Akin in spite of outspending him by a 8:1 margin. Shouldn’t this tell you something about the value of his “statewide network”?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Ann Wagner is fabulous, she needs to represent the district she’s running in, she is well loved and will win handily.

Anyone other than Akin can win against Clare, with the possible exception of Emerson. Steelman or Brunner (sp?) would win easily. Sometimes it take a woman to beat a woman, and Steelman has played politics for a long time, so I’d prefer Steelman, but Brunner came in 2nd in the primary, so he’d be fine too.

If it wasn’t for Clare’s $2 million in ads and 30,000 dem crossover voters, Akin would never have won anyway, PLEASE he has to get out before 5 pm tomorrow. But will he? He’s a dofddering fool, he just might stay in. What a cluster.

JustTruth101 on August 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Wow!

Republicans could still win this seat, especially by replacing Akin with Sarah Steelman, the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate who came in a very close third in the primary. Right now, any of the other primary candidates would be a better bet than Akin. But an attractive, pro-life, Palin-endorsed Republican woman is a shoe-in to beat McCaskill. Especially after this.

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/08/ann-coulter-if-akin-loves-his-country-he-will-step-aside.html

Ann Coulter: If Akin Loves His Country, He Will Step Aside

Posted on August 20 2012 – 8:01 PM – Posted by: Steve Flesher

Ann Coulter today joined a huge crowd of fellow Republicans calling for Akin to step aside and even penned a special column about it available at Human Events. Coulter also took the time to suggest Sarah Steelman, specifically mentioning Sarah Palin and the significance of her endorsement.

I won’t hate Todd Akin officially unless he refuses to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race. If he does withdraw, honorably sacrificing his personal interests to save the country, it will be time for all good men to rally around Akin as an American patriot.

Akin was one of nine GOP candidates in the primary to challenge Missouri’s left-wing, tax-cheat sitting Democratic senator, Claire McCaskill. McCaskill is Chuck Schumer in a dress. Totally out of step with the good voters of Missouri, her seat should be an easy win for Republicans this year.

Curiously, Democrats ferociously supported Akin in the GOP primary. McCaskill’s supporters spent $2 million to make Akin her opponent and also crossed over to vote for Akin in the Republican primary – and that’s been admitted in The New York Times.

Now we know why. The rape comment was a totally unforced error on a day that should have been a smashing triumph for the Romney-Ryan ticket.

Akin wasn’t asked some out of the blue question no Republican candidate has ever been asked: He was asked the most jejune, obvious question every Republican is asked in any race for any office. How can a Republican not have an answer for: “What about abortion in the case of rape and incest?”

The point I believe Akin was ultimately driving at was that this is a teeny-tiny percentage of all abortions, so why are we spending all our time taking about it? How about saying: “Yes, it’s still a life, but more people are killed in drive-by shootings in Chicago every year. You give us the 2 million abortions that aren’t a result of rape and incest and we’ll give you the few thousand that are.”

Instead, Akin rambled about “legitimate rape” – violating an ironclad rule of politicians that the word “legitimate” should never appear within 15 yards of the word “rape.” And he talked about the medical possibility of becoming pregnant from a single traumatizing rape.

He’s not a talk radio host. He’s not sitting around shooting the breeze in a college dorm room. This is a politician who should have a clear, nonthreatening answer at the ready for the most cliched question in the MSM’s playbook.

This is no time for another foot-in-the-mouth, Trent Lott Republican to be dominating the national political discussion. The country is at stake.

On InTrade, Akin was winning by 75 percent before his “legitimate rape” comment. Afterwards, he was trading at 45 percent. McCaskill’s seat went from an easy win for the Republicans to a certain loss.

Not only that, but Akin’s staying in the race will surely have a spillover effect in other races – even the GOP’s presidential ticket. Mark Foley’s creepy emails to congressional interns cost us the House of Representatives in 2006 – and Foley resigned as soon as they emerged.

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens was completely innocent of the crimes he was charged with – as we now know – but because he refused to withdraw from the senate race while he was under investigation in 2008, Republicans lost a sure Senate seat in that election. If Stevens had stepped aside and let another Republican run, Obamacare would not have become the law of the land.

That’s how important a single Senate seat can be.

The U.S. Senate will confirm or reject the next president’s Supreme Court nominations. Roe v. Wade could be at stake in Rep. Akin’s decision.

I’m sure Rep. Akin worked hard and is probably a good Republican in many other ways. But Republicans can’t risk these kinds of mistakes. Not this year.

If Akin truly loves his country and genuinely wants Roe v. Wade overturned, he will step aside and allow another Republican to run in his place. If he is a narcissist who cares more about himself than millions of unborn babies and Obamacare being repealed, he will not.

This is why the great Christian, successful businessman and Tea Party-favorite, Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, has called on Todd Akin to withdraw. This is not the establishment bullying a brave conservative. This is conservative patriots who fear for the nation’s future asking a recently-chosen Republican candidate who has mortally wounded his own campaign to step aside for the good of the country.

Republicans could still win this seat, especially by replacing Akin with Sarah Steelman, the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate who came in a very close third in the primary. Right now, any of the other primary candidates would be a better bet than Akin. But an attractive, pro-life, Palin-endorsed Republican woman is a shoe-in to beat McCaskill. Especially after this.

ChuckTX on August 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Brunner was already rejected once by MO voters in spite of his “statewide network”. For this same seat. He lost to a goofball like Todd Akin in spite of outspending him by a 8:1 margin. Shouldn’t this tell you something about the value of his “statewide network”?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM

He wasn’t “rejected”. There were 8 candidates running, and the top three nearly tied. You don’t even live here.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

He wasn’t “rejected”. There were 8 candidates running, and the top three nearly tied. You don’t even live here.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

He. Lost. Get over it already. In politics there are no silver and bronze medals. This isn’t the Olympics. The man is such a bad candidate he managed to lose to a kook like Akin after outspending him by a 8:1 margin.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

He wasn’t “rejected”. There were 8 candidates running, and the top three nearly tied. You don’t even live here.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:47 PM

She’s been pumping that line all day. Your guess is as good as mine to why.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The man is such a bad candidate he managed to lose to a kook like Akin after outspending him by a 8:1 margin.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 10:53 PM

You sound exactly like Lloyd Smith. The fact is Brunner was winning by double digits until Palin got into the race. Akin did not beat Brunner. Akin won because Palin and Brunner split the grassroots. We. Do. Not. Want. More. RINOs.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

She’s been pumping that line all day. Your guess is as good as mine to why.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 10:55 PM

Huh? Because I don’t think Brunner or Steelman should be the candidates just because they were terrible enough to lose to Akin? Plus, Brunner is an untested rookie and Steelman is hated by an important faction of MO conservatives, has a terrible voting record and was beaten handily the two times she run on statewide GOP primaries (go figure).

There are plenty of potential candidates to pick from: Ann Wagner, Tom Schweich, Jim Talent, Kit Bond, Blaine Luetkemeyer, John Ashcroft, John Danforth, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam Graves.

What I don’t understand why, and you’ll certainly explain, is why we should be pick the weaker ones that might actually lose this race to McCaskill?

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

You sound exactly like Lloyd Smith. The fact is Brunner was winning by double digits until Palin got into the race. Akin did not beat Brunner. Akin won because Palin and Brunner split the grassroots. We. Do. Not. Want. More. RINOs.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 10:58 PM

How do you know Brunner isn’t a RINO? Because of his conservative voting record?

RINO is just a meaningless word people use to qualify anyone they don’t like or disagree with. Now Brunner is the only conservative in Missouri? It’s this kind of blind fanaticism that creates this sort of meltdowns.

A guy who can’t beat Akin and Steelman, Palin endorsement or not, shouldn’t be trusted to deal with this race, not after this. Not when his electoral record is 0 Wins, 1 Loss.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Being inexperienced and having a terrible voting record are fine reasons to oppose a candidate. Coming in a close second is not, as we found out in the case of St. Reagan.

pedestrian on August 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM

There are plenty of potential candidates to pick from: Ann Wagner, Tom Schweich, Jim Talent, Kit Bond, Blaine Luetkemeyer, John Ashcroft, John Danforth, Jo Ann Emerson, Sam Graves.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM

All warmed-over RINOs, well known to be so here, except Schweich whom no one knows and could never beat McCaskill. Akin didn’t beat Brunner, Palin did. You have no idea how the race went, you are just parroting what you read and lazily feeding at the establishment trough.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

All warmed-over RINOs,
alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Haha, that’s what I thought. The guy who you support is the only conservative in the entire state. Let’s just disregard he’s no voting record whatsoever and his only political experience was losing to Todd Akin after outspending him 8:1. And he used to be one of Akin’s biggest blunders. By the way, I know more about MO politics than you ever will.

You’re as crazy as Akin and his ilk, just a different type of crazy.

Anyway, the last Akin e-mail I got has this:

God governs in the affairs of men, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable an empire can rise without his aid?

He still believes he’s on a mission on behalf of God as I’ve always feared.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

ChuckTX on August 20, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Didn’t take long for the Palinistas to start picking at the corpse did it? Sorry, but if anybody gets the nod it should be Brunner, not Steelman, due to his second place finish. Just because Sarah Palin endorsed her doesn’t mean she should get a free ride to the front of the line.

JFS61 on August 20, 2012 at 11:29 PM

RINO is just a meaningless word people use to qualify anyone they don’t like or disagree with. Now Brunner is the only conservative in Missouri? It’s this kind of blind fanaticism that creates this sort of meltdowns.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

^^Exactly right.

Thank you to Joana for posting on this site. She knows her stuff and always makes very intelligent points.

It irks me to see some people try to make every race into the false dichotomy establishment/RINO vs. tea party, even when that description doesn’t always fit. RINO *IS* a meaningless word that means whatever anyone wants it to mean.

Our goal should be to win elections by running the most *electable* conservative available. In some districts that may mean nominating more conservative candidates than in others. Always demanding 100% purity will only help the Democrats. No matter what, we shouldn’t be nominating unelectable, incompetent, not-ready-for-primetime kooks like Todd Akin and Sharron Angle.

bluegill on August 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Anyway, the last Akin e-mail I got has this:

God governs in the affairs of men, and if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable an empire can rise without his aid?

He still believes he’s on a mission on behalf of God as I’ve always feared.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

This man Akin sounds delusional and extremely presumptuous.

bluegill on August 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I heard the Hannity interview. He did Akin a favor giving him a national microphone to explain himself. This is the same grilling Akin would face every day if he stays in the election

IMHO Akin did not catch on. He apologized for bad data,for unintentional hurt, and wanted to move on to bigger issues, like taxes

Unfortunately for Akin this is his biggest issue.

Damage control has to be fast, and it has to focus on the victim.

Akin should have been on his knees reaching out to the victims to help him understand the enormity of the hurt, because victims can tap into the well, and the well was being plumbed by his enemies, including on the GOP side. He should have acted at once, asked for meetings, asked for suggested legislation whatever.

He cannot now slap himself in the forehead and announce he should have realized sooner the depth of the hurt feelings

I accept he had bad information. But he dug his own trap, and the jackals waiting on the sidelines are not a pretty sight

entagor on August 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

He still believes he’s on a mission on behalf of God as I’ve always feared.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

.
This man Akin sounds delusional and extremely presumptuous.

bluegill on August 20, 2012 at 11:36 PM

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Todd Akin may or may not be “delusional”, but atheists definitely are.

listens2glenn on August 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM

By the way, I know more about MO politics than you ever will.

joana on August 20, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Sure you do.

alwaysfiredup on August 20, 2012 at 11:56 PM

If and when Akin drops out of the race, I’d like to see Ann Wagner jump in and State Senator Jim Lembke run for Congress in Missouri’s 2nd District.

If Akin stays in the race, Lembke could run for the Senate as an independent and Wagner continue her race to become Missouri’s next U.S. Congresswoman. Of course there’d be the danger that Claire McCasket could get re-elected with 34 percent of the vote, with Akin and Lembke each getting 33 percent. Or maybe Wagner would have to run as an independent. Or even Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, but I’d be the first to admit that’s the ultimate in long-shot thinking.

Plus, if Akin chooses to stay in, I’d be very interested in seeing just who donates to his Senate campaign during the next 7 days. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the SEIFU, maybe the Teamsters and definitely a George Soros outfit among them, just to continue McCasket’s $2 million strategy of running against the weakest GOP opponent.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM

If and when Akin drops out of the race, I’d like to see Ann Wagner jump in

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 21, 2012 at 12:08 AM

If she’s so awesome why didn’t she run in the first place?

alwaysfiredup on August 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

If she’s so awesome why didn’t she run in the first place?

alwaysfiredup on August 21, 2012 at 12:09 AM

Simple. Ann Wagner chose to run for Akin’s seat in the House shortly after he announced his candidacy for the Senate. I would hasten to remind you and everyone else that Akin did a mighty fine job during his six terms in the House until this fiasco. A SurveyUSA poll had Akin beating McCasket by 11 points shortly after the GOP primary.

With Akin, Steelman and Brunner all running in the primary, Wagner figured (and very possibly still does even in this unfolding Akin train wreck) that running for the House seat is the right thing for her to do at this time. And I think, from what I know of Wagner, that she should do a pretty awesomely awesome job either in the House or in the Senate.

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 21, 2012 at 12:22 AM

Akin, get the hell out, you can’t win now!
Let’s rally ’round Sarah Steelman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark7788 on August 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Akin, get the hell out, you can’t win now!
Let’s rally ’round Sarah Steelman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mark7788 on August 21, 2012 at 12:24 AM

From your computer keyboard to God’s (or at least the Missouri Republican Party’s!) motherboard….Brian1972 says that only the Missouri GOP gets to choose Akin’s successor in the (hopeful!) event he packs it in. We could do a lot worse than Steelman, who can’t run as an independent should Akin stay in. As I wrote earlier this evening, my only two concerns about Steelman are her opposition to tort reform and the state party brass’ history of not being that chummy with her (think Sarah Palin and her less than cozy relationship with the Alaska GOP).

Her opposition to tort reform notwithstanding, I think Steelman would have a terrific voting record in the Senate, right up there with DeMint and Rand Paul.

Everybody had better do the right thing, and fast. An awful, awful lot is at stake, it goes without saying!

Sir Rants-A-Lot on August 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM

All this talk is well and good, but Akin holds the cards. We’re counting on Macgruber to cut the red wire as the clock runs down. We’re screaming at him to cut the red wire. He’s just smiling at us and saying, “green?”

It’s unreal that the fate of the senate might rest on this guys decision over the next 18 hours. I don’t like our odds.

stldave on August 21, 2012 at 1:50 AM

If GOP-E only thinks what is right … it should be

S-A-R-A-H S-T-E-E-L-M-A-N

Akin won because he used the magical Romney-defeated-the-conservatives strategy… too dirty and too-much money.

TheAlamos on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM

It begins: http://mediacdn.disqus.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/327/5834/original.jpg

pedestrian on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 AM

LOLOL!

TheAlamos on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 AM

I’m sure that Hannity thinks he’s looking “big picture” here in wanting the GOP to take the Senate, but he (and the GOP) is just playing into the Democrat’s hands. It doesn’t matter the misstep, misspeak, ill-timed or poorly worded phrase, the fact is that no mistake by a Republican is survivable. No sin is forgivable. I know that we must have standards when the Democrats have none, but they cannot be so lofty that we can’t reach them or face being tossed into the trash when we fall short. I’m not in his district or even his state and I didn’t even know who Akin was until the other day, but I care about a principle, sometimes more than I care about winning. Naive? Yeah, I guess principles are naive.

swinia sutki on August 21, 2012 at 6:20 AM

My take.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 6:37 AM

I don’t live there, so excuse my ignorance, but is any other candidate beating McCaskill by 13 points? If there is, get stupid out of the way. If there isn’t and she’s still down by next month, swallow hard and hire a minder.

Mr. Grump on August 21, 2012 at 6:51 AM

If GOP-E only thinks what is right … it should be

S-A-R-A-H S-T-E-E-L-M-A-N

TheAlamos on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM

Let’s make sure that we put what’s in the best interests of Sarah Palin first because that’s more important than what’s right for Missouri and the country.

JFS61 on August 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Let’s keep up the pressure today. I say Romney has until 4:00 to be ‘measured” and then, before the deadline at 5:00 – he needs to tell him publicly to get out!!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

And remember – this is NOT about whether or not rape victims should or shouldn’t be able to have abortions. It is about the idiocy of THINKING that women can BLOCK SPERM during a rape!!! It is about opposing a caveman like ideology.

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Let’s keep up the pressure today. I say Romney has until 4:00 to be ‘measured” and then, before the deadline at 5:00 – he needs to tell him publicly to get out!!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 7:39 AM

I couldn’t disagree with you more. It is pretty clear that you aren’t thinking strategically. Akin needs to be pressured out but the Romney/Ryan message is all about the economy, Obama looting Medicare, the number of Americans out of work, the number of Americans on food stamps, etc. It is taking the enemy’s bait to weigh in on a sensitive social issue like abortion. The Senate Reelection campaign and other party leaders can take care of Akin. Romney/Ryan need to stay on message.

Seriously, I can’t think of a more moronic idea than the presumptive nominee for President to refocus the campaign on social issues in what is clearly an economy/referendum election.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 7:52 AM

swinia sutki on August 21, 2012 at 6:20 AM

You make it sound as if the GOP automatically throws candidates under the bus for any mis-statement. That isn’t true. George Allen lost his last Senate election over a total smear job and there will be a special place in hell for Jim Webb for being such a filthy campaigner but he maintained GOP support.

What Akin said, in the heat of the silly season, is indefensible. Not because the GOP shouldn’t show some latitude for mis-statements but because do you really want every Republican candidate from local dogcatcher to Mitt Romney have to continually defend the GOP position on abortions due to rape because of this guys truly unfathomable statement that women’s reproductive mechanisms shut down during rape?

I don’t live in MO and know nothing about Akin. I despise McCaskill and if this gaffe gives her political life then it is time for Akin to go for the good of the party and the good of the nation who must get rid of the filthy Dem leadership in the Senate that blocks anything but the most radical of legislation. Three years of no budget and counting. Anybody who supports Akin is really saying that they are okay with another few years of Harry Reid and the Dem obstructionism.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 7:59 AM

Akin single-handedly resurrects the phony “war on women,” hurrah!…

Pest on August 21, 2012 at 8:15 AM

The Democrats spent 1.5 million to have Akin win the primary because they thought (correctly) that Akin would be easiest to beat for various reasons, one them his unpredictability.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/democrats-spent-1.5-mil-to-help-akin-win-gop-primary/article/2505373#.UDN9tKDnbsZ

Carlos C on August 21, 2012 at 8:30 AM

greta pretty much nails our half-wit…with he new ad

According to Politico, Congressman Todd Akin has a new ad asking the voters of Missouri to forgive him for his “legitimate rape” remark and the companion statement about not getting pregnant when “legitimately raped.” You don’t vote for someone to lead out of pity or because you are gracious to forgive. You vote for someone you think has good judgment and represents your ideas for good governing. His remarks are off the charts – they are weird. Even wanting to be forgiven is weird….forgiven for what? For exposing himself? Telling the voters what he thinks? If anything, that is the good thing he did so that the voters can decide to stay far away from his name in the voting booth.

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin must go.

shinty on August 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

“At this point, if Akin doesn’t drop, McCaskill can run ads all fall simply quoting Republicans condemning him.”

So we’re wating for this Joe Bidenesque jack-ass to “do the right thing”?

I won’t hold my breath.

Tim_CA on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Todd ‘Legitimate Rape’ Akin must go.

shinty on August 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The bumper stickers, alone, will doom this fool.

He is the face of the American Taliban. Republicans (I am one and not a RINO) had better get these guys and gals in a little room, somewhere, and find out what’s rattling around in their dark, narrow little minds, BEFORE shoving them out on a public stage as serious candidates for us to have to vote for!

What’s next, for gawd’s sake? Snake-handling candidates, claiming that the snakes can recognize “legitimate” believers and not bite them?

GTFO, Akin, you moronic peckerhead!

TheClearRiver on August 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Akin is to biology what Hank Johnson (Guam might tip over) is to geology.
People like them have no business making decisions for the rest of us.

dentarthurdent on August 21, 2012 at 10:53 AM

LOL – why not just let the voters decide?

Oh that’s right – because all you PIGS are anti-democracy – don’t trust the sweating masses – even if they’re Republican. There’s no way you can avoid that – you’re anti-democratic so just OWN IT baby!

And – who’s Willy McDole to talk? Hell, he didn’t enjoy anywhere near majority support in the primaries.

HondaV65 on August 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

TheAlamos on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 AM

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Let’s make sure that we put what’s in the best interests of Sarah Palin first because that’s more important than what’s right for Missouri and the country.

JFS61
on August 21, 2012 at 7:05 AM

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There you have it, ‘Alomos.

We can’t be calling for Steelman to replace Akin, because she was endorsed by Palin. Because of this, Steelman must be turned down so as to avoid the appearance of “pandering to Sarah Palin”.

Am I in the ballpark, JFS61 ?

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

C’mon Hot Air!

As I just pulled up your site, 11 of the 35 articles on the page referred to Todd Akin — OVER 30%!

I doubt that if Israel had bombed Iran this morning you would have had this much coverage.

Give us a break. The guy made an idiotic statement. BIG DEAL! End of story.

Concerned_American on August 22, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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