Breaking: Akin tells Huckabee he’s staying in the race

posted at 1:23 pm on August 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Business Insider has the update from Todd Akin’s appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show, which Huckabee had teased with this tweet:

The decision?

UPDATE: “Akin: We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate.”

Needless to say, we still have more than four hours to go before that becomes final.  Meanwhile, Akin says he’s staying  in the race because, well, he won the nomination:

The statement comes as even more pressure drops on Akin to get out.  The last five Republican Senators from Missouri have now all asked Akin to vamoose:

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt called U.S. Representative Todd Akin’s recent statements “totally unacceptable” and issued the following joint statement together with former Missouri U.S. Senators John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, John Danforth, and Jim Talent calling for Akin to step aside:

“We do not believe it serves the national interest for Congressman Todd Akin to stay in this race. The issues at stake are too big, and this election is simply too important. The right decision is to step aside.”

Well, Groucho Marx once said that he’d never want to join any club that would have him as a member.

Politico hears that Talent has absolutely refused to run in Akin’s place, but that Ashcroft might be another option.  Meanwhile at The Corner, they’re hearing about a potentially face-saving swap that would allow Akin to run again in his current Congressional district:

“The buzz today is there is a last-ditch effort underway involving a swap with Ann Wagner,” the consultant writes. “Wagner is the nominee for Akin’s old congressional district and has long standing connections with many on the state committee given her deep involvement in the Party on the state and national levels. This allows a woman to replace Akin, which almost all agree is the wisest choice and gives Akin an opportunity to stay in public office by running for re-election.”

That might not be a total palliative for the state GOP, but it would limit the potential damage to one House seat rather than risk the good odds for a Republican takeover of the Senate.  It would allow Akin to stay in politics and regain the party’s backing, sparing him the ignominious exit from electoral politics — this week, at least.  It’s not a bad idea, but would Akin agree to it?  Stay tuned.

Update: According to Philip Klein, Akin is citing the PPP poll and claiming the problem is just one word:

I addressed the issues of the PPP poll here, but even without the sample issues, the overwhelming negatives for Akin in the poll should be a reason to get out, not to stay in.

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Just reacting to your suggestion. We are a long way from the election with plenty of missteps to happen on both sides. We will discuss endlessly and adjust accordingly.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

So it’s all coming back to you now?
Always happy to jog your memory, Cindy.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Steveangell,
Yeah steve throw a pity party for this vain fool of a mann, I am sure Romney is ecstatic this happened as well as the establishment, can you be that dumb?

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

If Akin stays in, we do not win the Senate.

If we do not win the Senate, we cannot repeal National Obamacare.

Akin, GET THE HELL OUT!

Rixon on August 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Cook Political Report on Twitter:

#MOSen: moved the race to Likely Democrat. As long as Akin is running, it is unwinnable for Republicans. If he exits, it’s back to Toss Up.

There ya go. The damage will be cumulative, the more he gets hammered the worse it will get.

GET
OUT
NOW

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

the women in here have such foul langauge.

never in all my days have i seen women act so vulgar… :(

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

You are so right.

Fact is when the USSR imploded they released their KGB files and the Conspiracy that McCarthy said was happening actually was happening. Now his investigation did become a kangaroo court where people had to prove their innocence. But the conspiracy was real.

You can pretend that Russia no longer means us harm but you are deluding your self. Communism will always be a real threat. Communist are comitted generation after generation. They want to rule the entire earth. There are many of them they are NOT united but they are in fact out there. This kind of thinking did NOT go away the names just changed to fool us. Communist became Liberal then Progressive then Democrat (just fooling).

But it sure does bother me that Mitt Romney and the rest of the Establishment sees a pro life man running for Senate a bigger threat than Obama.

This man broke no law. You just want him out because he is opposed to Abortion on Demand. Period. His statement is just an excuse you have been looking for to over come the will of the people.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You’re so ignorant. This has nothing to do with McCarthy.

It was about Welch and the Birchers saying that President Einsenhower was a Kremlin agent. And that he was building concentration camps in Alaska. And lots of other sense.

Now, if you’re crazy enough to believe Akin was a victim of an establishment cabal because they see a pro-lifer like him as a bigger threat than Obama (mind you, the VP nominee has the exact same position, as well as the current House and Senate leadership) or that women bodies have some sort of anti rape pregnancy mechanism, you’ll probably believe Einsenhower was a KGB agent. Crazy is crazy.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I hope Hannity explains to him that the PPP poll is crap so he might not want to hold out hope on that.

tims472 on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Mitch boy needs to get on the phone and tell this yahoo should he win his election, he will be banned from all committees etc….i.e his seat will be worthless, any agenda he has will be DOA

Animal60 on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

animal,

i was thinking horse head in his bed.

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

the women in here have such foul langauge.

never in all my days have i seen women act so vulgar… :(

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

PeeWee Herman, called and said he misses you…

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

It’s sad to watch, but they’ll go over the cliff, with Akin.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yeps. It’s pure and simple tribalism. And I know the people Akin talks to. Lauren Ellis, Mackey, his family. They’re all like this. This is why he hasn’t withdrawn.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Oh Jesus H. When asked about Romney’s request that he step down, he says “we’re back where we were in the primary”. What does that even mean?

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 4:41 PM

The Cretin is saying he loves Mormons.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Daemonocracy on August 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

We are the base, the backbone of the party.

No. You’re not. You’re a member of a delusional fringe of one party, and nationally your fringe is statistically insignificant.

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

I started to ask where you have been but then I realized I haven’t been around all that often so maybe I was missing and not you. How have you been?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

lovingmyusa,

it’s un-ladylike to use the c word even in your little jokey way.

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Things are usually not ever as bad as they appear at first blush. It’s kind of sad for the voters that they have to make the best out of a bad situation but it probably happens a lot.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

I have been reading a lot of reaction and I’m afraid in this instance, it is as bad as it appears.

I live in Nevada and I remember exactly when Sharon Angle lost that senate seat. It was when she said to some Latino kids she was speaking with that they looked a little Asian. It was in response to questions about her use of only Latinos in her commercials about illegal immigration.

That stupidity occurred a couple of weeks before the election and she dropped like a stone after it.

I am not in Missouri and don’t know if this guy can pull out a victory, but what I do know is that the media and the Dems are ecstatic to have this little tidbit to toss around and smear the whole conservative ticket with the same ignorant/extremist brush with which they are painting Akin.

Jvette on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Mitch boy needs to get on the phone and tell this yahoo should he win his election, he will be banned from all committees etc….i.e his seat will be worthless, any agenda he has will be DOA

Animal60 on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Didn’t McConnell do that with the Lisa Murkowski, Queen of All RINOs, when she lost the senate primary nomination for her own seat in 2010?

Oh. Never mind.

spiritof61 on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

You know what, people have their library cards and reading comprehension isn’t too big of a problem on HotAir but you interpret my remarks anyway you like, I have zero problem with you being obtuse.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Col. Todd ‘Slim Pickins’ Akin, waving his cowboy hat as he rides his political nuclear device out of the Missouri bomb bay door and descends toward Tampa!

Yeeeeee-haaaaawwwwww!”

profitsbeard on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Now, if you’re crazy enough to believe Akin was a victim of an establishment cabal because they see a pro-lifer like him as a bigger threat than Obama (mind you, the VP nominee has the exact same position, as well as the current House and Senate leadership) or that women bodies have some sort of anti rape pregnancy mechanism, you’ll probably believe Einsenhower was a KGB agent. Crazy is crazy.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

This is not at all crazy.

He broke no law. He simply stated something the establishment took out of context then crucified him over.

The Establishment hates what he meant to say just as much of course. But he won a fair election and a good number of Americans agree abortion should be illegal especially in the third trimester.

You seem to be mostly mad that he said the unborn child should have rights. Well just when does that child gain rights of a human. In Austrilla they are now arguing that a parent should be able to kill a child up to their first birthday. Are you OK with that.

This is the problem. We mostly agree humans have rights but when do they begin. Many of us argue at conception. You disagree with this so do not feel anyone you disagree with should be able to run for office.

People this is Communism on display in the Republican Party. No freedom of Speech a pure dictatorship in the making.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The bottom line:

No exception for rape or incest = compulsory childbirth.

Every rapist who succeeds in impregnating his victim gets to be a father. Every incest victim who is impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to her own brother or sister.

That is the very definition of obscenity.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

kingjester is an angry ugly pseudo-Christian zealot who thinks Akin was right and believes he’s being pushed out by people who hate religion and his pro-life stance.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:13 PM
The consensus here, joana, is that you need to step down from this forum immediately for the good of the site. No one can be allowed to “misspeak” like that. It shows an outrageous level of insensitivity and commenters are embarrassed at your continued violations of the rules of civilized discourse.

Awaiting your apology post and resignation. Before 5 p.m. please.

spiritof61 on August 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM

THIS!!!!!!!! Bigotted Biotch

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Jvette on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I know, I do believe that unless he drops out, this race might be lost. Although people from Missouri will obviously do the best that they can. I don’t think it will make the state go for Obama. Taking back the Senate is a bit more problematic. I think getting the less than optimal candidate happens a lot sometimes because of early voting.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Every incest victim who is impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to her own brother or sister.

That is the very definition of obscenity.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Nobody asked you about your family.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

People this is Communism on display in the Republican Party. No freedom of Speech a pure dictatorship in the making.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

You forgot to mention that freedom of Speech does not include the freedom to be a complete imbecile in politics.

profitsbeard on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

How are you? It’s nice to see you back and active again. Are you sure you want to take on the role of hall monitor?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You know what, people have their library cards and reading comprehension isn’t too big of a problem on HotAir but you interpret my remarks anyway you like, I have zero problem with you being obtuse.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Cindy, you said you didn’t remember making any comments about panicking. You said I was free to provide a link.
I did.

I didn’t interpret your remarks. I simply pointed out what you said. How am I being obtuse?

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

No one cares. As usual you are trying to make something out of nothing. Have at it.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

You just want him out because he is opposed to Abortion on Demand. Period. His statement is just an excuse you have been looking for to over come the will of the people.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

You and several others on here are apparently completely unable to see the issue here. Most of us on this board are pro-life to varying degrees. His statements are ignorant and offensive to a vast majority of the population because they intimate that a woman who gets pregnant from a rape and whose body did not ‘reject’ the rapist’s sperm was not ‘traumatized enough,’ read not legitimately raped. That is toxicly offensive. How on G-d’s green Earth can people not understand that?

So, the thousands of women in Bosnia who were forcibly impregnated during a rape campaign of ethnic cleansing in the 1990s lied? Or, maybe they enjoyed it?

So, a woman who was given a date rape pill and didn’t know until afterward that she was violated (so was not physically or emotionally traumatized enough to reject the sperm) was not really raped?

Are people in this country THAT IGNORANT?

He will be the most hated man in America if we suffer generations of socialized health care for his delusions of granduer.

Firefly_76 on August 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

What is she referring to? And what relevance does it have?

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

She supported the underdog Steelman. I just heard A Kin to A$$es on Hannity. He really is a self-important putz and now he’s also an arrogant liar. Just like Obama. He’s actually saying he said “one word”. No, you pea-brain, you said a whole string of words about women having some magical ability to reject the sperm of a rapist. You also said it was “one day”. Nope, you’ve now had TWO days to dig yourself into the seventh ring of hell.

I hope Steelman puts her hat in the ring as an independent. I’d send her money and spend time on the internet defending her against Akin who must be a Democrat and a kin to McClaskle (sp).

And another thing. I think Republicans passed this “test”. We have a total nincompoop, we eject him-her. If our guy sins, we apply the same standards we apply to Democrats. Dems embraced Weiner and Biden and the Liar in Chief. We reject the Todd Akin’s.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

People this is Communism on display in the Republican Party. No freedom of Speech a pure dictatorship in the making.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

This tops all your other idiocies.

You forgot to mention that freedom of Speech does not include the freedom to be a complete imbecile in politics.

profitsbeard on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Indeed. I can’t even look at the idiot Akin any more. I knew instinctively what the effect of all that will be. Good luck, morons.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

The bottom line:

No exception for rape or incest = compulsory childbirth.

Every rapist who succeeds in impregnating his victim gets to be a father. Every incest victim who is impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to her own brother or sister.

That is the very definition of obscenity.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Check Akin’s make up.

Maybe he’s really a Kromagg underneath, since they were in favor of forcing women to be state-induced breeders for sexual predators.

profitsbeard on August 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I hope Steelman puts her hat in the ring as an independent.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

For the hundredth time, she can’t run according to Missouri law.

JFS61 on August 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Don’t make things up.

The issue is “Legitimate rape”, no more, no less.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

It’s about a faction of the SoCon wing which is batsh*t insane and a net negative to the party from an electoral perspective. A bunch of zealots who couldn’t care less about small-government conservative and will always vote for the guy who talks more about God, even if it’s a quasi-socialist big government hack like Huckabee or Santorum.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:27 PM

This statement is false and you need to state it as an opinion. Stop projecting your opinions on Social Conservatives. Speak for yourself. “Insane”, “zealots”, “God” are terms that define YOU and I am speaking for myself saying that they don’t define ME. Those words you use are used to describe those of a particular religion, but mostly Christianity.

Oh and your statement about other posters going or staying is not your choice; again your opinion. When you have your own blog, you get to dictate, but not here on HA.

We are allowed to express our opinions and don’t need to agree with you or anyone else.

You haven’t changed since the Primaries here, just a different topic, but the same attitude.

bluefox on August 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I hope Steelman puts her hat in the ring as an independent. I’d send her money and spend time on the internet defending her against Akin who must be a Democrat and a kin to McClaskle (sp).

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Steelman, or Brunner for that matter, cannot do that.

Missouri has a Sore Loser Law, so since Steelman was defeated in the GOP primary, she is prohibited by state law from filing in the general election for the same office she lost the nomination for.

It is illegal.

The only way Steelman can run is if Akin drops out, and the state GOP Committee selected her to be the GOP nominee in Akin’s place.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Nobody asked you about your family.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

What a completely vile and filthy thing to say to anyone, let alone a complete stranger.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

What a completely vile and filthy thing to say to anyone, let alone a complete stranger.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Maybe so.

I retract that, not as funny as it should have been in hindsight now.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

The only way Steelman can run is if Akin drops out, and the state GOP Committee selected her to be the GOP nominee in Akin’s place.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Thank you. My opinion of prune-faced Todd just sunk below bottom. No wonder the sense of urgency from every conservative and moderate who thinks four more years of Harry Reid and Barrack Obama is the death-knell for freedom.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

No one cares. As usual you are trying to make something out of nothing. Have at it.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:09 PM

And as usual you are being mealy mouthed and dishonest. You skirt the edges to maintain plausible deniability in everything you say. It is your approach on HA to make nothing out of something.

Nonetheless, I caught you out and you don’t even have the decency to concede the point. I can respect someone with an opinion, but you? You don’t have the integrity to form an opinion.

Have a nice day! :^ D

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

For the hundredth time, she can’t run according to Missouri law.

JFS61 on August 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

But I read it for the first time when I read Brian1972′s post. I apologize. (and apprecicate his retraction)

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

omg… When this guy invokes “principles”, what he’s saying in essence that EVERY PERSON who has asked him to get out of the way is UNprincipled. Jerk.

Murf76 on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You are a good man.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

I am hearing that his appearance on Hannity is just awful, certain to squash most of the sympathy people have felt for him. I can’t believe that Missouri will vote for Obama because of Mr. Akin.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

You don’t have the integrity to form an opinion.

Have a nice day! :^ D

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I have no idea what your beef with CM is, but this struck me because it is so completely illogical. Opinions, be they informed or otherwise, are a matter of cognition. Integrity has nothing whatsoever to do with their formation.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Congratulations?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

You people wanting to keep Akin in the race can console yourself with your principles and self righteousness as you sit in a waiting room for 8 hours to see a doctor because we fell one vote short of repealing Obamacre.

Malachi45

And when he loses because you people felt it was necessary to overreact to what he said to prove you’re more outraged than the democrats, you’ll only have yourselves to blame. We’ll probably lose it no matter who we put in at this point. Good job. But hey, at least you showed those dems that you really don’t hate women after all. Idiots, lol.

Sheesh, if democrats behaved like republicans/conservatives every time they said something stupid, we’d own every level of government. But democrats almost never eat their own. Republicans on the other hand can’t wait to do it it seems.

xblade on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Principles, my pale olive cottage cheese booty! I bet we find after all is said and done McCaskill made Akin the offer he couldn’t refuse.

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

In Austrilla they are now arguing that a parent should be able to kill a child up to their first birthday. Are you OK with that.

First, of course, we have to deal with the absence of a question mark. You remember question marks, Steve? Still with me? Am I going too fast for you?

Second, now we have to get out the atlas and look for Austrilla. Downer. Give us a hint, Stevie. Is it close to the Alps or is it a more antipodean kind of place? Note the use of question marks here, Steve.

Third, oh how I always love the third, let’s assume that big Steve with his big brain meant “Australia”. Who the f€ck is “they”, Steve? WHO in Australia is “now arguing that a parent should be able to kill a child up to their first birthday”?

You didn’t do too well at school, did you Steve? And now you’re sad about it. By the way, I love the tatts. They’re so you.

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

And when he loses because you people felt it was necessary to overreact to what he said to prove you’re more outraged than the democrats, you’ll only have yourselves to blame.

xblade on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

This is not self fulfilling prophecy.

It is an understanding of the depth of slime to which the other side will sink to win.

If Akin stays in and loses, it won’t be due to anything other than his incredibly insensitive and foolish comment.

Jvette on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

But I read it for the first time when I read Brian1972′s post. I apologize. (and apprecicate his retraction)

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I have typed out that explanation about 9,000 times in the last 48 hours, since I saw someone link to the law in a headlines thread yesterday. I didn’t know that either until somebody else educated me with the Missouri election law website links.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:17 PM

You are a good man.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Thank you. As for the retraction, after a couple minutes that joke suddenly looked all wrong to me, and I wished I hadn’t posted it at all. Chumpy can be very annoying, but still that wasn’t right.

I am going to step away from this darn computer for a while, this whole subject is beginning to give me a headache!

Think I’ll take a walk outside.

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I doubt we will ever know if that’s the truth, wouldn’t it be illegal?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

What a completely vile and filthy thing to say to anyone, let alone a complete stranger.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Chumpy is a troll. He comes here because he likes it nasty. Don’t feel sorry for him.

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

I don’t trust Rove, the Bushes nor any of the Establishment Republicans. Romney & Ryan better watch their backs and don’t think the W.H. & the Dems are their only enemies.

bluefox on August 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Oh come on..that is just paranoid. Not even Mark Levin was okay with this. This is not the fault of Karl Rove..he is not the man who made this ridiculous comment. Akin is running for the US Senate..he knows what the stakes are. Or he should.

Terrye on August 21, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Paranoid? Nope you are wrong again. Tell me, how many Establishment Republicans can you name that have been campaigning or supporting any Conservative running for Congress?

How many of that same group support the Tea Party of any location?

The facts are they work AGAINST the Conservatives and any Tea Party.

These Establishment Republicans have their agenda too, or haven’t you noticed? Don’t think for one minute they are above what I stated as my opinion.

bluefox on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

No exception for rape or incest = compulsory childbirth.

Every rapist who succeeds in impregnating his victim gets to be a father. Every incest victim who is impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to her own brother or sister.

That is the very definition of obscenity.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

This is the real issue. Can not even have a single Senator that believes in this.

He can not change the law by himself. That takes 60 Senators not one.

Thus this is Communism. No disent allowed period.

This is purely political. He walked back the Legitimate Rape. So it is not about that Romney walked back being pro Abortion and passing Romney Care. So do not give me the one statement means elimination crap.

Yes it sucks to be raped. Some women that have given birth saw it as a blessing in the end a part of the recuperation as in it made another couple very happy. But many others never saw it that way. But our rights begin at some point. I argue at conception. Let us have the debate but throwing someone out is communism not a debate.

I would argue that a woman compounds it by murdering an innocent child with an abortion. I would also argue the Rapist should be put to death.

Democracy is to make a decision somewhere in the middle. Communism is eliminating all viewpoints you disagree with. I have no problem with the laws that currently exist. I want them changed but will support the law until they are.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I doubt we will ever know if that’s the truth, wouldn’t it be illegal?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

To liberals, the law is an annoying trifle.

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Brian1972 on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Understandable, it feels like we have been on edge over this for longer than it has actually been. It doesn’t help that the only person who thinks the candidate should stick it out is the candidate. Well, and the Democrats.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

And when he loses because you people felt it was necessary to overreact to what he said to prove you’re more outraged than the democrats, you’ll only have yourselves to blame.
xblade on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

I agree.

I think that so many on the republican side who are so eager to hang a man who has apologized and asked for forgiveness, says a lot more about them than it does about him. You are also letting the democrats outrageous “outrage” get the better of you and determine what you should do and how you should feel.

Sterling Holobyte on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The bottom line:

No exception for rape or incest = compulsory childbirth.

Every rapist who succeeds in impregnating his victim gets to be a father. Every incest victim who is impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to her own brother or sister.

That is the very definition of obscenity.

chumpThreads on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

It’s a very difficult question for most of us I guess.

I can’t see any point beyond conception that a human becomes human. Conception seems to be the definite starting point.

So the question becomes, ‘Is it moral to kill an innocent human in order to save another innocent human from harm’?

DarkCurrent on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I said it, I meant it, and listening to his show today, I stand by it. I do believe that had Rush led the coverage yesterday, we’d have a radically different situation on our hands.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I listened to Rush today, and he pretty much said that Akin should get out for the good of the country.

If you didn’t hear that, you didn’t listen to what Rush said.

ladyingray on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

20 minutes to go until 5pm central time!

Pythagoras on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

You didn’t do too well at school, did you Steve? And now you’re sad about it. By the way, I love the tatts. They’re so you.

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Blame Hot Air setting the refresh to on.

If I wait any significant time to post. It just gets erased by auto refresh. No way to turn off only Hot Air can do that.

You were smart enough to figure out it was a question.

But not smart enough to come up with an answer.

Do you agree that parents should be able to kill their 9 month old child if they want to? If not then at what age. Conception, second trimester, third trimester or how many months old?

There question marks.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Trending NOW on Twitter

Akins’s comb-over suffers media-related aneurism. “It was stress from the mainstream media,” said Akin’s spokesperson. “The comb-over suffered a trauma and is now in intensive care.”

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

No problem – Sorry if I came across short, just that today hasn’t been a very good day.

JFS61 on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

I think that so many on the republican side who are so eager to hang a man who has apologized and asked for forgiveness, says a lot more about them than it does about him. You are also letting the democrats outrageous “outrage” get the better of you and determine what you should do and how you should feel.

Sterling Holobyte on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I think that those of you who think this imbecile should be allowed to drag the party down with him–really don’t understand the meaning of outrageous “outrage”…

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

the women in here have such foul langauge.

never in all my days have i seen women act so vulgar… :(

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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In my own life’s experiences, women CAN be much more vulgar than any longshoreman.

But there was a time when there was such a stigma over it, they put more effort into disciplining themselves NOT to.

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

I think that so many on the republican side who are so eager to hang a man who has apologized and asked for forgiveness, says a lot more about them than it does about him. You are also letting the democrats outrageous “outrage” get the better of you and determine what you should do and how you should feel.

Sterling Holobyte on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Asking someone to retire is not quite the same as hanging him.

Pythagoras on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

***UPDATED: KING RESPONDS*** Left-wing blog TPM trying to falsely smear Steve King over Akin remarks
http://www.therightscoop.com/left-wing-blog-tpm-trying-to-falsely-smear-steve-king-over-akin-remarks/

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:52 PM

never in all my days have i seen women act so vulgar… :(

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Eff off, @sshole!

ladyingray on August 21, 2012 at 5:54 PM

the women in here have such foul langauge.

never in all my days have i seen women act so vulgar… :(

Dr. Tesla on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

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In my own life’s experiences, women CAN be much more vulgar than any longshoreman.

But there was a time when there was such a stigma over it, they put more effort into disciplining themselves NOT to.

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Sorry, when one acts like a douchebag, it deserves to be treated as such.

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:55 PM

What this a$$hat, Akin, doesn’t seem to understand is that only his social issues will be discussed during the next 77 days, by the Dems and the press.

He just slit America’s throat.

ladyingray on August 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Evidently you haven’t been around HA long…right?

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

In my own life’s experiences, women CAN be much more vulgar than any longshoreman.

But there was a time when there was such a stigma over it, they put more effort into disciplining themselves NOT to.

Jeezuz Harold Christ on a bike, Listy, when were you born? 1872?

Women fart, you know. Hard to believe, but in my own life’s experiences women CAN fart. Who knew?

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

I think that those of you who think this imbecile should be allowed to drag the party down with him–really don’t understand the meaning of outrageous “outrage”…

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

You may be an imbecile he most certainly is not.

You win a seat in Congress and keep it for 22 years then you may have a little bit of a right to judge others.

But in my book only GOD has the right to judge.

This guy is only guilty of having a viewpoint you do not like. Period.

80% of Americans believe in GOD so he is hardly alone. But you even diss him for praying.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Yes it sucks to be raped. Some women that have given birth saw it as a blessing in the end …

You are so f€cking unhinged it’s beyond belief. You don’t read much, do you? Books, not internet shite. You don’t read. You can barely write, so it’s a good bet you don’t read. And if you can’t write, you can’t think.

May [here insert your preferred name for your preferred invisible guy in the sky] help us.

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

This man broke no law. You just want him out because he is opposed to Abortion on Demand. Period. His statement is just an excuse you have been looking for to over come the will of the people.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Why do I feel a lot of truth here? Even Rush was beating around the bush, hesitating, stammering, and totally without the usual fire in his ample belly when he started to defend/explain the pro-life aspect of this issue.

Those many scowls and hurled spittle by fiscal cons against social(who are also fiscal) conservatives can’t be so easily dismissed–Akin’s blunder notwithstanding.

Don L on August 21, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

This guy is only guilty of having a viewpoint you do not like. Period.

No, no, no Steve. You’re not supposed to write out your own punctuation. Doing so makes you look like a dunce. Still with me? Did I go too fast?

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

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Evidently you haven’t been around HA long…right?

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:56 PM

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Jeezuz Harold Christ on a bike, Listy, when were you born? 1872?

Women fart, you know. Hard to believe, but in my own life’s experiences women CAN fart. Who knew?

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 5:57 PM

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During my elementary school years (’64-’72) I never heard an adult woman use anything close to vulgarity. From then into adulthood I was gradually hearing it more and more.
Sometime in the ’80s I finally figured out that women are much more vulgar than any guy.

I guess my younger years must have been in the same neighborhood as the Cleaver family.

listens2glenn on August 21, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I think that those of you who think this imbecile should be allowed to drag the party down with him–really don’t understand the meaning of outrageous “outrage”…

lovingmyUSA on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I just think that some in the republican party are dragging themselves down, and ripping themselves apart. And I do believe that the dems(and some republicans) just want him out because he is pro-life.
I can see the republicans side for wanting him out; because they think he will “set the tone” for what voters think republicans believe(and therefor lessen Romney’s chance of gaining/keeping those voters). And I can also see his side; that he is kind of being used by his own party as a person who has to be made an example of, for saying something in a way that does not mesh with modern societal views.
Whether he meant it totally in the way he said it doesn’t matter much. Nor does it matter if he leaves or not, as the dems are going to try to paint the republican party with their broad “anti-woman”, anti-”personal freedom” brush in the way they always do.

Sterling Holobyte on August 21, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Asking someone to retire is not quite the same as hanging him.

Pythagoras on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

True enough. Though the vibe on some of these comments are “akin” to the mood just before someone got lynched.

Sterling Holobyte on August 21, 2012 at 7:08 PM

JackieB on August 21, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Gold Star Saul Alinsky Award for you.

Looked up his statement on Civil Rights.

He said that he thought it made sense to revisit the Voting Rights act to give back to the States the right to do their own election.

He gave no indication as to how he thought it should be changed. He did not say it should be repealed or anything like that.

I imagine he is upset about the way Obama is abusing this law. Just wants to make sure a future President will not be able to abuse it like Holder is. But again that is my speculation.

So just more Saul Alinsky lies were going around on this. Seems there is an all out war against Conservatives by the Republican Establishment.

Steveangell on August 21, 2012 at 7:14 PM

@Ed Morrissey

Remember that study you pointed out that showed rape-related pregnancy isn’t as rare as pro-lifers (specifically Akin) like to believe?

Well let’s take a look at the study upon which those stats (the 5% rape-related pregnancy rate or 32,101 yearly rape-related pregnancies) is based.

It was conducted via a random digit dial phone survey.

It is based on 413 victims and 20 pregnancies by 19 of those victims.

More than half the participants were married or shacking up.

Nearly half of the pregnancies were fathered by either the boyfriend or the husband of the victim.

None of the data was gathered from, compared to, or corroborated with police reports or medical records.

The authors then multiply their 4.7% rape-related pregnancy rate by another study’s estimated number of total annual U.S. rapes (another made up number not based on facts) to get an estimate of 32,101 total annual U.S. rape-related pregnancies.

In conclusion, the statistic of 5% rape-related pregnancy rate does not represent an actual number, but rather is based solely on the study’s phone survey data (hearsay), and was really 4.7% not 5%. That there may be more than 32,000 yearly rape-related pregnancies is truly nothing more than an opinion.

Also, that silly college research paper you linked to the other day (you know, the one the Twitchy brainiac found) is also full of junk science. Just sayn.

Akin 2012!

TXJenny on August 22, 2012 at 1:18 AM

UPDATE: “Akin: We are going to continue with this race for U.S. Senate.”

Refers to self in third person….

Akin’s hair should have been a warning….

Sherman1864 on August 22, 2012 at 3:15 AM

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 1:24 PM

Concerned_American on August 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

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You’ve posted“spammed” this on every Akin thread, haven’t you?

listens2glenn on August 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

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