Cook Political Report moves Missouri from “toss up” to “likely Democrat”; Update: Romney, Scott Walker call on Akin to quit

posted at 4:42 pm on August 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

Maybe ObamaCare won’t be so bad, guys. A couple of tweaks to IPAB, a little fine-tuning of those state insurance exchanges, and who knows? We might be able to duct-tape this boondoggle together and keep it aloft for a decade or two. If anyone can make it work, it’s President Romney, right?

Jennifer Duffy of Cook waves bye-bye to the prospective 51st vote for repeal:

Ed and ConArtCritic, who analyzes polls for Ace’s site, argue persuasively that the PPP poll this morning showing Akin up by a point is essentially garbage, as it’s based on a ridiculously lopsided Republican sample. (PPP is Kos’s pollster; go figure that they’d churn out some encouragement for Akin to stay in the race at a decisive moment.) A more realistic turnout model in Missouri would have McCaskill up comfortably by six or seven points, and that’s before the Democratic ad machine, now fully loaded with disapproving quotes from Akin’s fellow Republicans, goes to work on him.

But it’s apparently useless trying to point this out to the candidate: Paul Ryan called Akin personally yesterday to vent his disapproval and, just as I’m writing this, with less than two hours before the withdrawal deadline expires, Romney has issued a statement flatly calling on Akin to quit the race. Problem is, there’s really nothing the party can offer him to make it worth his while to go. Read this short but smart piece at Salon listing the many reasons Akin has to keep going. He’s old; he’s still got a more or less 50/50 shot at the Senate; he may or may not think his primary victory was divinely ordained, etc etc etc. If he were a younger pol, the GOP leadership might be able to tempt him with the promise of some plum position down the road if he plays ball now. As it is, the one and only argument his critics have is to ask him to put conservatism first and step aside to maximize our chances of repealing ObamaCare. You can see from his Huckabee interview this afternoon how seriously he takes that argument. Charlie Crist’s still the most nakedly careerist politician I’ve ever seen, but you’ve got to hand it to Akin: Even Crist never put his own ambitions above his party’s top agenda items.

He can still quit after today’s deadline passes, but to do so he’ll need a court order. Can he get one? As Nate Silver notes, four of the six justices of the Missouri Supreme Court are Democratic appointees, and Akin has no stronger supporters in America right now when it comes to staying on the ballot than Democrats. Meanwhile, if Priebus and Cornyn are serious about withholding money from this guy in the assurance that conservatives will blame Akin for the eventual loss, not them, I think they’re kidding themselves. Once it’s clear that he’s in the race to the bitter end, the calculus among many of his critics will shift from “he’s a moron” to “he’s a moron but he’s our moron,” such that if the RNC and NRSC cut him off, the dreaded Beltway RINO establishment will be blamed for not having done everything they could to make the best of a bad hand. (That would be less likely if McCaskill utterly crushed him on election day, but she’s sufficiently weak that she probably won’t win by more than four or five points. He’ll be competitive, sort of, down the stretch.) Never mind that the money they save might prove critically useful elsewhere; once Akin proves he’s a “fighter,” willing to tell both Democrats and Republicans to go to hell, that’ll earn him a certain base of populist support that will demand financial support from GOP treasurers on his behalf. And if they don’t provide it, they’ll be scapegoated, not him.

We’re 80 minutes from the deadline as I write this. While we wait to see if today’s pledge not to quit holds, here’s Rush Limbaugh via the Daily Rushbo.

Update: Here’s the full Romney statement I mentioned earlier. Another very heavy hitter, Scott Walker, is also pushing with both hands:

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today calling on U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) to remove himself from his U.S. Senate bid to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

“Representative Todd Akin’s comments were ignorant at best and completely outrageous. For the good of his state and for the good of his party, he should step aside immediately and allow someone else to run.”

Holding McCaskill’s seat is job one for Democrats, but obviously they want more out of Akingate. A lot more.


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Crazy eyes…

Bruno Strozek on August 21, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Textbook Narcissistic personality disorder

THANKS ASSHOLE!!!!

lm10001 on August 21, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Get the F out.

Now.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 21, 2012 at 4:45 PM

All aboard the failboat. Capt. Todd Akin at the helm.

Red Cloud on August 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Charlie Crist’s still the most nakedly careerist politician I’ve ever seen

Does the name Arlen Specter ring a bell?

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Can we get him declared mentally incompetent?

cthulhu on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I used the contact info on his campaign site to write him. Got a message back that the email addy is no longer a valid address.

CJ on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Akin. Out. NOW!!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

tick tock! i love this deadline drama!

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Akin is the problem in Washington. An entrenched politician who can’t give up his perks for the good of the Nation/Party. I normally don’t get emotional, but this selfish a-hole is making me and quite a few other people very angry.

Corporal Tunnel on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Only Republicans self-police like this. Bill Clinton — the “not rape-rape” guy, will be a keynote speaker for the Democrats in “It used to be Bank of America” Stadium.

unclesmrgol on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Once it’s clear that he’s in the race to the bitter end, the calculus among many of his critics will shift from “he’s a moron” to “he’s a moron but he’s our moron,” such that if the RNC and NRSC cut him off, the dreaded Beltway RINO establishment will be blamed for not having done everything they could to make the best of a bad hand.

As readers of this site well know, I’m not very sympathetic to the TrueCons. But they’re right there with everyone else calling for this guy to go, and I have no doubt that they’ll simply switch to a more realistic race if Akin’s intent on dooming this seat for us.

George Allen, Rick Berg, and Josh Mandel could always use some more help.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Does the name Arlen Specter ring a bell?

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Hey now! I’ll have you know we here in PA call him
ARLEN SPHINCTER!

ToddPA on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

He’s completey disconnected from reality if he thinks he has a snowball’s chance of winning. Way to put yourself above the greater good, Akin.

KateNE on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Keep on keepin’ on there, Forehead and Wife, you’re going to help seal our doom. But hey, as long as you get to try and stay on the public nipple for a little longer, that’s what is important here.

Bishop on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

This seat is lost. If this moron gets out, we have a fighting chance. But he will stay in, so its time to focus on other races and pray this idiot doesnt drag us down with him in november.

Jack_Burton on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

What a twatwaffle.

Flyboy on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

We’re screwed. Living here in Missouri, there are a lot of people who would have voted for Akin thst are now going to just skip that section of the ballot, myself included. This race was lost entirely do to this idiot’s ego.

Promise that this guy will become a pariah among Missourians for the rest of his pitiful life.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today calling on U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) to remove himself from his U.S. Senate bid to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

“Representative Todd Akin’s comments were ignorant at best and completely outrageous. For the good of his state and for the good of his party, he should step aside immediately and allow someone else to run.”

RINO /kingjester

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

He just told Hannity he’s staying in. Congratulations, Claire. You’ll live to fill your fat face in DC for another term.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

A typical career politician who puts his own delusions about their career above doing what is best for the country.

mydh12 on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

OUT! NOW! Only a little over an hour left.

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Pretty hard to overlook all the GOP heavy hitter criticisms and requests for him to leave. Can’t just walk those back and suddenly support him. We’d look even more foolish. He can’t win. If he won’t step down, isolate him and concentrate on other races.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Specter, Crist, Akin: MY PRECIOUS! IT’S MINE! ALL MINE!

Punchenko on August 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Listening to Akin on Hannity. Two words–

Joe Sestak

PortlandJon on August 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Well………. Nov. 6th no longer matters I guess. Let`s all go out and drink!!

ThePrez on August 21, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Sistah Spuljah him. We’ll get some use out of him one way or another.

Go RBNY on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I used the contact info on his campaign site to write him. Got a message back that the email addy is no longer a valid address.

CJ on August 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

That is what’s pissing me off the most. Apparentyl he can’t take criticism and just clams up into a little bubble when he rightly gets blasted for it. It is clear he has no intention of listening to us, his constituents when we take issue with what he has done.

He is just like Claire McCaskill in that they like to stick it to Missourians.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Jennifer Duffy of Cook waves bye-bye to the prospective 51st vote for repeal:

If Romney/Ryan win, wouldn’t Ryan, as president of the senate, be able to cast the 51st tie-breaking vote?

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

A typical career politician who puts his own delusions about their career above doing what is best for the country.

mydh12 on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

at his level they are all like that, don’t have illusions.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

When you listen to the interviews he’s given, it’s clear the man is delusional. There’s still time, though…

I don’t know about the impact nationally. Anyone that believes Paul Ryan is anything like this guy probably wasn’t voting GOP, anyway.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

No, he can’t stick around Hannity. He has a resignation to file, dope!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

RINO /kingjester

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

BS.
KJ’s a great guy and a great conservative…and he wants Akin GONE!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Akin
obviously does not want to take responsibility for his actions, is he and obama related ? like….twins ?

runner on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

…he’s on Hannity right now…”I mispoke one word in one sentence on one day!…oh oh oh oh!…he has a problem if that’s what he thinks!

KOOLAID2 on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Does the name Arlen Specter ring a bell?

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Don’t know if you were working with the ‘naked’ adjective, but good catch either way.

wolfsDad on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

OUT! NOW! Only a little over an hour left.

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Just made that same observation to Spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Just heard him on Hannity. Short of him getting terminally ill and keeling over within the next hour, he is staying in the race.

The Count on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Great. Just fucking great. Now this will affect us nationally by giving Obama a talking point

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Death panels,a third world economy,drones overhead, and a supreme court filled with “wise Latinos” and open borders with welfare for all. Four more years of Obama. THANKS TODD AKIN!!!

RickinNH on August 21, 2012 at 4:54 PM

RINO /kingjester

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

BS.
KJ’s a great guy and a great conservative…and he wants Akin GONE!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM

…someone’s snorting…and it’s not k j !

KOOLAID2 on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today calling on U.S. Representative Todd Akin (R-MO) to remove himself from his U.S. Senate bid to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO).

“Representative Todd Akin’s comments were ignorant at best and completely outrageous. For the good of his state and for the good of his party, he should step aside immediately and allow someone else to run.”

RINO /kingjester

joana on August 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Shut up, you idiot.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

hmm, seems my comment was eaten

McCrackhead stays. Just great.

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Unfu*king believable!

At this rate this guy is going to bring down the
entire Missouri GOP, an have the Sh*t splatter effect
on all the surrounding states…what as AZZ!!

ToddPA on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

If Romney/Ryan win, wouldn’t Ryan, as president of the senate, be able to cast the 51st tie-breaking vote?

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Yes, that’s true. And it’s also true that we’d control the agenda on the floor in that case as well.

But at this point it may be difficult even to get to 50. Snowe’s seat is probably gone, and Brown’s got a hell of a fight to keep MA. Meanwhile, we’re strong only in WI, MT, and NE. All others are effectively tossups.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

That is what’s pissing me off the most. Apparentyl he can’t take criticism and just clams up into a little bubble when he rightly gets blasted for it. It is clear he has no intention of listening to us, his constituents when we take issue with what he has done.

He is just like Claire McCaskill in that they like to stick it to Missourians.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I’d like Hannity to ask him how he thinks he’s gone to win if he can’t even leave his phone plugged in and his email working.

Does he think that this all magically goes away at 5:01 and no one will be emailing/calling his campaign or congressional offices? Um, I don’t think so. Not to mention, you can already see the Dem protestors showing up at his every single public appearance with signs about “legitimate rape.”

CJ on August 21, 2012 at 4:55 PM

OUT! NOW! Only a little over an hour left.

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Just made that same observation to Spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Nope.
MO is in CST.
He has five minutes to five.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Once it’s clear that he’s in the race to the bitter end, the calculus among many of his critics will shift from “he’s a moron” to “he’s a moron but he’s our moron,” such that if the RNC and NRSC cut him off, the dreaded Beltway RINO establishment will be blamed for not having done everything they could to make the best of a bad hand.

No, not this time. I don’t want the RNC or NRSC anywhere near this guy. He is radioactive and any support for him will bleed into other races. If they were to cave and give him support, not only would they be setting a horrible example for other craven self-involved pols who put their own ambitions before the good of the party and the country, but they would serve as the link between Romney/Ryan and Akin, and we would probably lose the White House.

This is a disaster, but at least the RNC, NRSC, and Romney campaign have done their best to contain it.

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

4:55 Eastern time. Five minutes left to end Obamacare. After that, it’s the law of the land. I am wishing very bad things on this man. Very, very bad things. He is destroying my children, my grandchildren. I have the right to wish very bad things on him. I will continue to do so.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This is a massive over-reaction but the die is cast.

He is utterly toast and the quotes from his own party will torpedo him. He has no more of a chance than JetBoy’s hat had.

Pull all funding and accept it – Air Claire is sticking around because of this moron.

CorporatePiggy on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

once Akin proves he’s a “fighter,” willing to tell both Democrats and Republicans to go to hell, that’ll earn him a certain base of populist support that will demand financial support from GOP treasurers on his behalf. And if they don’t provide it, they’ll be scapegoated, not him.

I don’t think so. There’s so much anger at this guy from both the conservative and not-so-conservative wings of the party that there’s just no way he can be supported. I’m expecting a massive poll collapse from him in the next couple of days. The Tea Party has, by and large, completely rejected this guy. Don’t get sucked into the conspiracy theory that the Tea Party is a secret front group for social conservatives.

Doomberg on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

At first I felt sorry for him because I know what its like to make a mistake, then get piled on. However, the way he conducted himself the last 72 hours is a disgrace for the State of Missouri. He is just fine with giving the rest of us the finger for his forlorn ambitions.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

SOMEONE, QUICK! JEDI MIND TRICK! JEDI MIND TRICK HIS ASS!!!

ThePrez on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Once it’s clear that he’s in the race to the bitter end, the calculus among many of his critics will shift from “he’s a moron” to “he’s a moron but he’s our moron,”

Sorry AP, not gonna happen. He is too toxic now and the dems are going to try to bludgeon us with him because they have nothing else. I don’t want to claim him, and a 6-term House member should have the political sense to realize he’s no longer representative of the people, but only himself.

LtBarnwell02 on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

He is garbage if he does not leave the race, will forever be remember as the guy who lost us the senate and probably more; this is what delusional looks like, wonder is he thinks fire can melt steel ?

runner on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

If this idiot doesn’t get the message they’ll have no choice but to completely freeze him out & run another Republican as an Independent.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 21, 2012 at 4:57 PM

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

So is Texas. The cut-off is @ 5P

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

He just told Hannity he’s staying in. Congratulations, Claire. You’ll live to fill your fat face in DC for another term.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I’m listening to that interview. It’s cringeworthy. I see two possibilities:

1) Achin’ really believes he can win this which shows he’s living on another planet.

2) Achin’ knows his chances are slim, but he wants that damn Senate seat for himself, the best interests of the party and nation be damned.

So he’s either insane or a selfish SOB.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Does the name Arlen Specter ring a bell?

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Don’t know if you were working with the ‘naked’ adjective, but good catch either way.

wolfsDad on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

That just gave me a mental image I can’t unsee. Somebody get me some mind bleach. Stat!!

Bitter Clinger on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The guy is likely toast, but it is sad that we are depending on such an ill informed populace that one bone-headed statement is enough to disqualify the guy in their eyes. He’s a solid conservative on other issues. What does this say about our election chances in general that we’re depending on these morons to win the election?

njrob on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

OUT! NOW! Only a little over an hour left.

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Just made that same observation to Spawn.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Nope.
MO is in CST.
He has five minutes to five.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Oops. Clock fail.
Yes, one hour and two minutes.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Hit the road Jack!

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

4:55 Eastern time. Five minutes left to end Obamacare. After that, it’s the law of the land. I am wishing very bad things on this man. Very, very bad things. He is destroying my children, my grandchildren. I have the right to wish very bad things on him. I will continue to do so.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

They’re on Central time. Deadline is 5pm Central.

njrob on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

So is Texas. The cut-off is @ 5P

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Not all of it, it’s that big!

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

bho/team are JUST lovin this major major distraction now aren’t they? Good gosh, wonder if they are paying for this to continue so as to take the heat off bho’s krap?

Even dear joe isn’t getting as much press as this mess is?
L

letget on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

It’s not that this guy simply won’t get out of the race, he’s woefully clueless. He believes his sin was merely misspeaking one word; it hasn’t occurred to him that diving into the topic head first was a rotten idea. Nevermind for a second that he screwed up big time…if he doesn’t even understand the nature of his mistake, why would anyone trust his judgment in the Senate?

Erich66 on August 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM

At first I felt sorry for him because I know what its like to make a mistake, then get piled on. However, the way he conducted himself the last 72 hours is a disgrace for the State of Missouri. He is just fine with giving the rest of us the finger for his forlorn ambitions.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Worth being posted twice.

CJ on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

iowahawkblog Akin: Slim Pickens riding the H-Bomb all the way down. #DrStrangeTodd

Heh.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Screw him.

Run Steelman as an independent with the full financial backing of the GOP.

Once she wins, switch her party back to Republican.

BacaDog on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Does he think that this all magically goes away at 5:01 and no one will be emailing/calling his campaign or congressional offices?

I will personally continue to blast him all the way to the election in revenge for what he has done to us. If he thinks this will magically go away like the rape-sperm, he has another thing coming. We will make him miserable, and then he will lose anyway.

Nope.
MO is in CST.
He has five minutes to five.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

An hour from now actually. I live in Springfield, MO.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

All hail the glorious new era of ObamaCare!

ThePrez on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Avid reader of HA but not much of a poster, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Akin has to go. NOW! The Dems will beat every Republican running for anything from dog catcher to President over the head with this guy’s words. Can you “excommunicate” someone from the Republican party?

JannyMc on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Oh looky the fat democrat political expert has mad his call.

bgibbs1000 on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Thank you, Mike Huckabee.
Thank you, Michele Bachmann.
Thank you, Claire McCaskill.
Thank you, Charles Jaco.
Thank you, Public Policy Polling.

But most of all, thank you, Todd Akin.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Even if the Missouri Supreme Court were more in our favor, I am not sure that someone saying something stupid should be considered a valid reason to change it after the deadline. I can think of several scenarios where it would be justified, but not this one. In a general sense, it is not the job of the courts to save us from the consequences of making the wrong choice during a primary.

Of course, I don’t know the relevant Missouri caselaw on that point, so it may be worth a shot IF the guy changes his mind soon. But honestly? I don’t see that happening. The guy is stubborn.

McDuck on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I love Rush, but I gotta disagree with his analogizing getting Akin to quit the race with a move to take away Rush’s show.

22044 on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I wonder how many folks here who once screamed at their fellow republicans to ignore everything and get behind the RINO Romney because no matter what he is, we have to stay loyal and hide our differences,like the democrats do? Just asking.

Don L on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Obama, McCaskill, Reid & Co. are having a “Legitimate orgasm”.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

after all the insults he got from his fellow party men, he can stay just out of spite! its a “I going down, but I will take your double crossing asses with me”

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Or, have Steelman run as a write-in.

If that dumbass Lisa Murcowski in Alaska can pull it off, anyone can.

BacaDog on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

*packs bags* I`m thinking Costa Rica or maybe Singapore?……. Decisions, decisions.

ThePrez on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Dear Mr. Akin,

You are too stupid to be a senator. You are too stupid to have a chance of beating an extraordinarily stupid incumbent in a landslide GOP election. By hanging around you are simply allowing the chances of this nation obtaining a responsible senate majority to dwindle. I don’t care what your opinion is on abortion or gay marriage or any other stupid issue. This election is about saving our nation’s economy and thus preserving its strength. I know that it isn’t fair. I know that you were born stupid and taught by stupid people and that you can’t help but to be stupid. Life is unfair. Go away.

Kind regards,
Brutus

MJBrutus on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Listened to Hannity. Un- FRICKING-Believable – He is ENJOYING THIS. He has NEVER had this much ATTENTION. He LOVES THIS SO DAMN MUCH. We need to ignore him and hope that we can capitalize in other areas. At least Romney told him to get out.

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

It is what it is. I still wouldn’t give this guy a dime!

mrscullen on August 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

iowahawkblog Akin: Slim Pickens riding the H-Bomb all the way down. #DrStrangeTodd

Funny, we’re the target.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Can someone like Jim Talent jump in and run as an independent?

bopbottle on August 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Obama, McCaskill, Reid & Co. are having a “Legitimate orgasm”.

Schadenfreude on August 21, 2012 at 5:02 PM

and many prolifers will wish to abort the baby of that orgasm! lol!

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

The campaign commercials write themselves: “Do you really want to vote for the man who was told to step down by his own party, including Mitt Romney?”

So yeah, it’s over. Thanks you halfwit, thanks for destroying a chance to take a senate seat. Damn I hate these lifer trash pols.

Bishop on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Mark Kirk of Illinois is still recovering from a terrible stroke. No overwhelming likelihood of his returning and IL has a Dem governor.

We need a margin for error.

This is an absolute nightmare.

Can the party run a third party candidate?

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Great phrases of American politics:

“Sean, I’m no medical expert” – Todd Akin

joana on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Unbelievable. :-(

Punchenko on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Has anyone tried reverse psychology on this guy yet?

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Once it’s clear that he’s in the race to the bitter end, the calculus among many of his critics will shift from “he’s a moron” to “he’s a moron but he’s our moron,” such that if the RNC and NRSC cut him off, the dreaded Beltway RINO establishment will be blamed for not having done everything they could to make the best of a bad hand.

You’re dead wrong on this AP. Giving this fool any money would just allow Dems and media to tie the entire GOP to him and could cost Senate seats elsewhere. He’ll be treated as radioactive, as he should be.

Jon0815 on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

dude. c’mon. give it up and pull the plug….or the pin, whichever…

*facepalm*

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Listened to Hannity. Un- FRICKING-Believable – He is ENJOYING THIS. He has NEVER had this much ATTENTION. He LOVES THIS SO DAMN MUCH. We need to ignore him and hope that we can capitalize in other areas. At least Romney told him to get out.
djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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Agreed. He’s never going to win. He made his bed, let him lay in it. Tomorrow ppp will show a poll of Claire up by 5-6

mrscullen on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I heard him also on Hannity. I give Sean snaps for trying to get this guy out, but it ain’t gonna happen… he sounded like a kook. So, is there a plan B or do we just write this seat off?

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Apparently, Mittryanakin believe that some things just aren’t spoken of in polite company.

women
taxes
foreign policy
anything about how you would run the country

why is that?

America needs real conservatives in charge for a change!
dump mittryanakin now!

Pragmatic on August 21, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Even if the Missouri Supreme Court were more in our favor, I am not sure that someone saying something stupid should be considered a valid reason to change it after the deadline. I can think of several scenarios where it would be justified, but not this one. In a general sense, it is not the job of the courts to save us from the consequences of making the wrong choice during a primary.

Of course, I don’t know the relevant Missouri caselaw on that point, so it may be worth a shot IF the guy changes his mind soon. But honestly? I don’t see that happening. The guy is stubborn.

McDuck on August 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM

You obviously don’t live in NJ where they make up the law if they don’t like it. At least Missouri has an opt-out clause after the 1st date. In NJ, Torricelli was past every deadline and the leftist court still replaced him. NJ elected a cadaver in his place that’s still in office.

njrob on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Screw him.

Run Steelman as an independent with the full financial backing of the GOP.

Once she wins, switch her party back to Republican.

BacaDog on August 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Not her. I’d rather not hand my state to the unions and trial lawyers. Brunner’s the way to go.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 5:06 PM

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