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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so hannity is pissed:

The person who’s going to be happiest with this interview is Claire McCaskill

who exactly does akin think his base is?

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Wait a minute, Paul Ryan believes that there’s a distinction between “forcible rape” and other forms of rape. How is that different than Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

MO has a sore loser law. Anyone who ran in the primary can not run again in another party.

Barred on August 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM

An open Primary and a sore loser law? That’s nasty combo to have as we’re now witnessing.

Kataklysmic on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Akin is no different than Buck, Angle, O’Donnell and the rest of the idiots that many on this board supported.

IR-MN on August 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

RINOs always have an excuse for losing. But they never want to fight to win.

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Wait a minute, Paul Ryan believes that there’s a distinction between “forcible rape” and other forms of rape. How is that different than Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Is all statutory rape forcible?

Kataklysmic on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yep.

Mike Huckabee should be run out on a rail for this idiocy.

portlandon on August 21, 2012 at 5:07 PM

..agree but if one fcould find a rail strong enough to hold him, it would be difficult to find enough folks to carry it and Huckablimp.

The War Planner on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

So who is the write-in candidate?

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

If the tea partiers and Missourians in general think so little of their state that they would vote donkey, then they deserve what they get. The GOP is going to take back the Senate with or without Akin so this is only about Missouri anyway.

platypus on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Un fortunately that isn’t true. The Republican party and Romeny/Ryan are getting pulled into this thing too. I already read an article talking about Akin and the Republican platform at our Convention…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

AOSHQ had a post that was interesting.

Akin has about $500K in the bank.

McCaskill has millions (and will no doubt have funds pouring in).

Akin is counting on God prompting the faithful to open their wallets for him, since it is “providential” that he won the primary.

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

If the tea partiers and Missourians in general think so little of their state that they would vote donkey, then they deserve what they get. The GOP is going to take back the Senate with or without Akin so this is only about Missouri anyway.

platypus on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

On what grounds do you make this statement?

Tell me about how we get to 50/51 while throwing away Missouri. And stick to the races as they are now, and not how you imagine they’ll turn out. And also remember that Olympia Snowe’s seat is gone, so we start from 45.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I already read an article talking about Akin and the Republican platform at our Convention…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

OMG! The Dems are saying mean things about us???

God help us.

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

OK I am not from Missouri but by now how does anyone who reads Hotair…reads comments and makes comments and not know by now Missouri has a sore loser law the people who lost the primary can not run in the general election….

Do not be an Akin….

DVPTexFla on August 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

OMG! The Dems are saying mean things about us???

God help us.

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Laugh now…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

my twitter feed is getting pretty hysterical about the Hannity/Akin interview.

i’m not listen, but the guy is melting down?

too bad there’s really no time left…another day and he might have gone

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

I listened to the whole thing. I give Hannity props for self-restraint. If this was a face-to-face interview on TV, he would’ve had a hard time not leaping over the desk and strangling the dude.

Hannity probably asked about a dozen times if Achin’ would change his mind if he felt that control of the Senate(and therefore the repeal of Obamacare) was in jeopardy, and every time Achin’ would either cite PPP’s BS poll, talk about principle over politics(you’d think that would entail dropping out, but whatever), or start rambling about the greatness of American and returning to our founding principles.

When Achin’ said he wanted to take his message to the people, Hannity wisely countered that there are others who could do likewise without the “rape” baggage. Achin’ didn’t disagree, but he claimed the people chose him. Hannity even asked him point blank what he’d do if Romney personally called him before 5PM and asked him to drop out. Without actually saying the words, Aiken’ basically said he still wouldn’t budge.

The guy is certifiable. It’s all about him. He thinks he can win. He feels entitled to the nomination. And he doesn’t give a damn what the consequences are of his impending loss to McCaskill. I loathe this douchebag.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

He keeps talking about principles, but he won’t put them about his own selfish ambition.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 5:11 PM

He keeps talking about “social issues” needing to be discussed. Does he honestly think that he is the only person in this country that can do that at this time?

He’s as narcissistic as obaka!

ladyingray on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I don’t think our begging is going to do anything to change his mind. We need to re-group and see if there is anything we can do to save this potential seat…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I know. But right now I feel pretty helpless. My children’s future is at stake. I really believe that. All I care about is leaving them the sorts of opportunites that my parents and I had.

And all Akin apparently cares about is his own pathetic, worthless career.

All I can say is that if he doesn’t withdraw in the next half hour, the RNC and the NRSC had better not cave and give him any support. He needs to be blackballed, along with every member of his campaign staff. We can’t allow him to set an example for others.

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

So basically most of the commenters on this thread (and the die-for-the-GOPers elsewhere) think that people will put in McCaskill just to teach him some lesson. Last time I checked, the GOP side of the ballot had about 60% voting not for Akin.

Not put in McCaskill, but just leave the section of the Ballot blank.

eva3071 on August 21, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Third party worked for Murkowski and Lieberman. What are the chances that it could work here with Steelman and strong GOP support?

AZfederalist on August 21, 2012 at 5:22 PM

If it works for the bad guys (Murkowski) and the better-than-the-worst-guys (Lieberman, decent on foreign policy, but still a dem), it’s gotta work for the good guys at least once.

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Akin is counting on God prompting the faithful to open their wallets for him, since it is “providential” that he won the primary.

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Well, I guess we’ll all find out. This is surely the acid test.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Who the hell is Jennifer Duffy, and what gives her the authority to decide that Akin serves as an indictment of the whole Republican party, especially when Republicans are calling for him to quit?

GMO on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Akin needs to withdraw so he can finish his valuable work in the field of female reproductive physiology of rape victims.

exceller on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Wait a minute, Paul Ryan believes that there’s a distinction between “forcible rape” and other forms of rape. How is that different than Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I’m confused, too. Why is barack obama having a rapist introduce him at the democrat national convention. Or was that a “non-legitimate” rape? Or did those women lie about being raped? Do women do that — lie about rape? Would barack like to clarify his position on women lying about rape? When do they do that? How often? Didn’t he say “rape is rape?” And since he did, I have to ask again: Why is barack obama having a rapist introduce him at the democrat national convention?

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

All I can say is that if he doesn’t withdraw in the next half hour, the RNC and the NRSC had better not cave and give him any support. He needs to be blackballed, along with every member of his campaign staff. We can’t allow him to set an example for others.

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

So, you want the Dem to win? To set an example?

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

All I can say is that if he doesn’t withdraw in the next half hour, the RNC and the NRSC had better not cave and give him any support. He needs to be blackballed, along with every member of his campaign staff. We can’t allow him to set an example for others.

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

I feel like you and hope the Party can re-group and either run someone as write-in, or concentrate on other seats and give not a dime to this coward…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Who the hell is Jennifer Duffy, and what gives her the authority to decide that Akin serves as an indictment of the whole Republican party, especially when Republicans are calling for him to quit?

GMO on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Political editor of the Cook report, and the fact that he’s still our party’s fricking nominee, genius.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

So basically most of the commenters on this thread (and the die-for-the-GOPers elsewhere) think that people will put in McCaskill just to teach him some lesson. Last time I checked, the GOP side of the ballot had about 60% voting not for Akin.

If the tea partiers and Missourians in general think so little of their state that they would vote donkey, then they deserve what they get. The GOP is going to take back the Senate with or without Akin so this is only about Missouri anyway.

platypus on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I’m voting for him. I’ll talk to people I know well enough about this and say something about the difference between not liking what people say and what they do. I won’t knock on strangers doors, or make phone calls, nor will most anybody else. Maybe you out of staters can do the phone calls if you feel so moved by this. You don’t have to deal with these people face to face each day.

But we’re just a bloc of voters. You know who something like will animate? A portion of people that will not make the likely voter filter in every poll between now and November.

stldave on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Who the hell is Jennifer Duffy, and what gives her the authority to decide that Akin serves as an indictment of the whole Republican party, especially when Republicans are calling for him to quit?

GMO on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

A lying-ass liberal democrat… like the kind that made sure that Akin got elected over the wishes of 60% of Missouri republican voters.

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:32 PM

this idiot should go, he can cost us the senate…why the heck doesn’t he retire, he’ll get all those benefits for the rest of his life, he’s awfully old anyways…people like these make me sick….

jimver on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

We value accuracy here.

hillsoftx on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Mike Huckabee should be run out on a rail for this idiocy.
I am going to be furious if I even spot Huckabee at the convention, let alone be given a speaking role. Cancel his hotel room this afternoon.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

You may want to stay away from the TV next week and don’t worry you will not miss Palin speech because she is not on the agenda.

KBird on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Write-ins are impossible and illegal by MO law.

A more likely possibility is the MO GOP trying to get him out by court order, but see AP’s post at the top regarding THAT option.

Myron Falwell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

He keeps talking about “social issues” needing to be discussed. Does he honestly think that he is the only person in this country that can do that at this time?

He’s as narcissistic as obaka!

ladyingray on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Maybe he’s not the right spokesperson for social issues…

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

I feel sick after listening to that numbskull Akin on Hannity.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 21, 2012 at 5:34 PM

the fact that he’s still our party’s fricking nominee, genius.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Remind us again what percentage of Missouri GOP voters in the primary picked him?

I’d really like to see your numbers that show Akin is representative of the GOP.

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I feel like you and hope the Party can re-group and either run someone as write-in, or concentrate on other seats and give not a dime to this coward…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

ditto…what a scumbag, unbelievable…still can’t believe he won over palin’s endorsed candidate…

jimver on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

My guess is democrats will be making donations to Mr. Akin to make him think he has support…otherwise his campaign in broke in a few weeks…

DVPTexFla on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

A more likely possibility is the MO GOP trying to get him out by court order, but see AP’s post at the top regarding THAT option.

Myron Falwell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Could they do that?

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I hope the MO GOP, the national GOP organizations, and the MO TEA Parties are furiously working on a plan B to find a candidate and bury him in money and support. If Akin decides to stay on the ballot we have to get behind someone else ASAP.

Charlemagne on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

So Romney has asked Akin to quit. Romney can’t even convince conservatives he can be trusted, so how is going to convince Akin to quit?

bgibbs1000 on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

DVPTexFla on August 21, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Sorry. I was just thinking out loud how diabilical it is that in MO Dems are free to help elect the weakest candidate in our primary but we’re not free to try and run someone better if they’re successful.

Kataklysmic on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Myron Falwell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

From Missouri SOS:

A “write-in candidate” is a person:

whose name is not printed on the ballot (see 115.453(4,5,6) RSMo); and
who has filed a declaration of intent pdf image to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day. It is not necessary to file a declaration of intent if there are no candidates on the ballot for that office. (see 115.453 (4) RSMo)

As for sore loser:

If a candidate files for nomination to an office and is not nominated at a primary election, that candidate cannot file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for the same office at the general election. (Section 115.453(4) RSMo)

Brunner and Steelman are thus a no-go, but someone like Talent or Ashcroft would work.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Gotta give Claire credit on this one. She knew her opponent well.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I hope the MO GOP, the national GOP organizations, and the MO TEA Parties are furiously working on a plan B to find a candidate and bury him in money and support. If Akin decides to stay on the ballot we have to get behind someone else ASAP.

Charlemagne on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

I’m confused. Can we put someone else on the ballot at this late date?

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

He won the primary. That makes him our nominee.

Just as we had to be saddled to raging lunatics Angle and O’Donnell, we’re stuck with this guy too. He’s “representative” of our party because he won the primary.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Write-ins are impossible and illegal by MO law.

Myron Falwell on August 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Really? Even in the general? I know some states don’t allow it for primaries, but the general too?

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

HellPaso doesn’t count.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Oh, it counts. Sorry, you haven’t been a Texan long enough to make statements like that.

jazzuscounty on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

The guy is certifiable. It’s all about him. He thinks he can win. He feels entitled to the nomination. And he doesn’t give a damn what the consequences are of his impending loss to McCaskill. I loathe this douchebag.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Ditto.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Just as we had to be saddled to raging lunatics Angle and O’Donnell, we’re stuck with this guy too. He’s “representative” of our party because he won the primary.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

With 36% of the vote. That’s a ringing endorsement…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

See my previous post. Write-ins have right up until the election, but Steelman and Brunner are disqualified.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

And Lubbock. Don’t leave out the only part of the world that goes by Craig James strange standard time.

cozmo on August 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Make like a tree and LEAVE!
*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m speechless. I can’t wait until AP sees that. The snark possiblities are beyond robust.

Kataklysmic on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I mean seriously if Akin WERE a democrat operative what would be different?

How could you tell?

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

So Romney has asked Akin to quit. Romney can’t even convince conservatives he can be trusted, so how is going to convince Akin to quit?

bgibbs1000 on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Paul Ryan called him and Scott Walker called for him to step down. They also pretty untrustworthy?

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Has Schmuckabee said anything about this?

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 5:28 PM

It sounds like Hannity is conducting the interview as a psychiatrist would help a neurotic come to terms with his problem.

scrubjay on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

With 36% of the vote. That’s a ringing endorsement…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

That’s just about what Sharron Angle got. Deal with it.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m scared to look.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

actually, i worry more about the collateral damage than the MO senate race. Taking back the senate has always been hard in my opinion. ME could be lost, MA could be lost, so that’s -2 right there..that have to be made up somewhere.

I have zero confidence that Macacca Allen can do what he didn’t do last time.

Hoping that the Rs run the table on the rest is a long shot to me.

although, we could get close

Claire was always going to be tough…she was an early barry supporter..and she has tons on money from EMILY’s list, et al.

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

filed a declaration of intent pdf image to be a write-in candidate for election to office with the proper election authority prior to 5:00 p.m. on the second Friday immediately preceding the election day.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

So we’ve got even more time? Good.

Abby Adams on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Time for some good news for a change.

A new Baydoun/Foster (D) poll has Romney up 4 points in Michigan.

steebo77′s Daily Swing State Report - August 21, 2012 UPDATE

State / Rolling Average / Latest Poll / Electoral Votes
Indiana / Romney +15.7% / Jul 31 / 11
Georgia / Romney +11.4% / May 22 / 16
Arizona / Romney +9.8% / Jul 24 / 11
Missouri / Romney +4.5% / Aug 10 / 10
North Carolina / Romney +1.8% / Aug 3 / 15
National (tracking only) / Romney +1.1% / Aug 18 / NA
Florida / Romney +0.8% / Aug 15 / 29
National (w/ tracking) / Romney +0.4% / Aug 18 / NA
Iowa / Romney +0.0% / Aug 8 / 6
Virginia / Romney -1.3% / Aug 17 / 13
Ohio / Romney -1.3% / Aug 13 / 18
Colorado / Romney -1.4% / Aug 13 / 9
Michigan / Romney -2.3% / Aug 16 / 16
National (w/o tracking) / Romney -2.3% / Aug 18 / NA
Wisconsin / Romney -2.7% / Aug 17 / 10
New Hampshire / Romney -2.8% / Aug 10 / 4
Nevada / Romney -4.4% / Jul 24 / 6
Pennsylvania / Romney -5.9% / Aug 9 / 20
Oregon / Romney -7.3% / Jun 22 / 7
Minnesota / Romney -7.9% / Jul 18 / 10
Connecticut / Romney -8.3% / Jul 27 / 7
New Mexico / Romney -9.0% / Jul 14 / 5
New Jersey / Romney -11.1% / Jul 26 / 14
Maine / Romney -12.9% / Jun 22 / 4
Washington / Romney -13.6% / Aug 1 / 12

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Has Schmuckabee said anything about this?

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Yes he had this nut on this morning and stood up for him. Then he took calls where everyone forgave him and said they were going to vote for him…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I haven’t been following all of the comments on this Akin controversy, but it appears that Akin is more concerned about his personal pride than the larger stakes in this election.

Has anyone posited that Huckabee’s support for Akin is just another Huckabee insidious effort to undermine Romney’s bid for the presidency? I find that former Arkansas governor sleazy to the nth degree.

onlineanalyst on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

He won the primary. That makes him our nominee.

Just as we had to be saddled to raging lunatics Angle and O’Donnell, we’re stuck with this guy too. He’s “representative” of our party because he won the primary.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

I asked for numbers, instead I get that you don’t know what the word “representative” means.

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Burn ALL Akin’s Bridges… NOW!
I’m unfortunately forced to listen to MS-NBC to see what hay they’re making of this, and I get my answer: a lot! First, they are tying Ryan to Akin, as Akin & Ryan apparently co-sponsered a bill, something about outlawing abortion in cases of “forcible rape.” We better come to Ryan’s defense, and quick.
That this unquestionable nutball has sneaked through our primary system is disturbing, but that Akin can hurt our chances in senate and house races across this land, and hurt our chances against Obama, it means that we should FORGET ABOUT MO, stop the bleeding, our number one job is to cut all support for Akin, burn all his bridges, because he poses a much wider threat than MO alone.

anotherJoe on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Akin’s gone full retard.

cool breeze on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

My guess is democrats will be making donations to Mr. Akin to make him think he has support…otherwise his campaign in broke in a few weeks…

DVPTexFla on August 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I hadn’t thought of that. They could send just enough for him to pay the bills. Until October, or so.

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Wish we could get clarity on whether we can run a third party candidate.

Brian1972 earlier I believe said yes, but NOT Steelman or Brunner.

Still leaves many persons of quality.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If I were Obama I’d be having my minions sending Akin check after anonymous check for his campaign…until 5pm CST.

Air Claire is getting ready for her cartwheels! She knows the system in Missouri, that’s for sure.

marybel on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

People in Missouri must be really stupid to be swayed like this. I’ll drive around that state instead of through it.

SirGawain on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Chickification of our politics. The erection and the eruption of the reactionary politics of emotion. Just glaring proof of why the 17th and 19th amendments were terrible mistakes. Progressives plunged the knife deep into our Republic a century ago, again and again. Direct election of Senators, Woman’s suffrage and the creation of ‘victim class’ politics, Personal Income Tax, anti-Capitalist BS in the guise of ‘Trust busting’. While their ideological cohorts were carrying out their glorious communist revolution in Russia, our own elitists were busy laying the foundations of our nation’s collapse. Now we see it all playing out, in our headlines 30 times a day.
This Akin turmoil is but one glaring example of it all.

rayra on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I wish Hannity luck. He didn’t have much luck with narcissist Obama. Akin maybe just as self-centered and cost us Missouri.

clnurnberg on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Wait a minute, Paul Ryan believes that there’s a distinction between “forcible rape” and other forms of rape. How is that different than Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Forcible rape as opposed to statutory rape. You see, even those forms of rape that seem to be just fine with libs (like Assange having sex with a sleeping woman or Polanski drugging a girl in a hot tub with booze and pills) are forced.

Good Solid B-Plus on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Yes he had this nut on this morning and stood up for him. Then he took calls where everyone forgave him and said they were going to vote for him…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I guess Huckaboob isnt running in 2016 then

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I just hope the polls hold – I doubt these numbers include residual Akin effect. I am hoping that the strong response by the GOP will count for something. One more hour and then we write Akin off as a bogey.

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 5:43 PM

The people that have to vote this guy in are all in Missouri right? So my question is…how many people on this post are from Missouri and do we really know what the people of that state think?
Tearing hair out and letting spittle fly won’t help here. We just have to hope that if he stays in he wins and on top of that we have to hope he has learned to put his brain in gear before he thinks. Most people in this world have a least one hairbrained idea in their head and I hope this is his worst one.

SgtRed on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Just as we had to be saddled to raging lunatics Angle and O’Donnell, we’re stuck with this guy too. He’s “representative” of our party because he won the primary.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:38 PM

With 36% of the vote. That’s a ringing endorsement…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I told you guys to stop disparaging Mitt Romney.

spiritof61 on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Wait a minute, Paul Ryan believes that there’s a distinction between “forcible rape” and other forms of rape. How is that different than Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment. I’m confused why Paul Ryan would condemn his friend rep Akin.

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Why don’t you ask Roman Polanski and his many lib supporters about “rape rape”?

gwelf on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Heh.Looks like he also writes without thinking.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

That this unquestionable nutball has sneaked through our primary system is disturbing, but that Akin can hurt our chances in senate and house races across this land, and hurt our chances against Obama, it means that we should FORGET ABOUT MO, stop the bleeding, our number one job is to cut all support for Akin, burn all his bridges, because he poses a much wider threat than MO alone.

anotherJoe on August 21, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Exactly. Cut all ties to him, and when the inevitable comparisons between our candidates and him come up, strike them down. Call this guy what he is… Not representative of their views..

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I asked for numbers, instead I get that you don’t know what the word “representative” means.

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Clearly, you don’t know what the word “election” means. You see, that’s when a group of people make their opinions known on which one of a group of people should be the representative of the entire group. They usually accomplish this by voting, either secretly or openly, for their preferred person, who is called a “candidate.”

Moron.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

GOP primary voters in Missouri will demand some other option, will take a day or two for plan B.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Yes he had this nut on this morning and stood up for him. Then he took calls where everyone forgave him and said they were going to vote for him…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Yup just like PPP had a R+9 poll to “help”….

Huck works for the DNC, we got rolled.

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Oh.My.God. Behold Akin’s illiterate, desperate, moronic website. #DOOM.

Buy Danish on August 21, 2012 at 5:37 PM

that bad, huh…am trying to protect myself, so I won’t take a look at it… somebody has to be able to do something about this d-bag…blackmail him, anything, just get him out of there…

jimver on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

You know, someone like Ashcroft could come in and say:

“I’m not in this to save my failing political career like Claire McCaskill is. I’m in this for one term, to set this country straight, to get our fiscal house in order, to put a stop to Obamacare, to save Medicare and Social Security once and for all, and to tell entrenched politicians like Claire McCaskill that they can’t run the government like their own personal bank account anymore. And I’ll be doing it WITHOUT worrying about my next election?”

THAT message would resonate like CRAZY.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Enough, he is now person non grata, lets move forward. He can sit in his bunker surrounded by people telling him he is right, we will lose the seat, and now must keep him from damaging the winning hand Romney has. By the way, if Romney wins and the Dems hold the Senate, much of Obamacare can still be eliminated by executive fiat and the Health exchanges can simply be denied money.

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Yes, I am interested in what people in MO are hearing – how they will vote – etc

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 5:45 PM

15 minutes… afk grabbing some Gaviscon and Gravol…

Alberta_Patriot on August 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Has Schmuckabee said anything about this?

Flapjackmaka on August 21, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Yes he had this nut on this morning and stood up for him. Then he took calls where everyone forgave him and said they were going to vote for him…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Great , Schmuckabee can hold a rally for Akin on the convention too.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

McCaskill helped to bankroll Aiken’s campaign. Its a Citizens United world people, get used to it!

libfreeordie on August 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

15 minutes and a firestorm of hell comes raining down on Todd Akin and anyone attached.

Hold tight to that skewed PPP poll, Todd.

kevinkristy on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Fifteen minutes to go. It ain’t happening, folks. The holy warrior’s soldiering on to defeat.

Just letting everyone know, capturing the Senate is absolutely vital to overturning Obamacare. If that doesn’t happen, it’s law in perpetuity. It’s time to go into overdrive to compensate for this crap-weasel.

KingGold on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

OT: RCP just moved Michigan from “Leans Obama” to “Toss Up.”

That’s 16 electoral votes gone from the Obama column.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Has anyone posited that Huckabee’s support for Akin is just another Huckabee insidious effort to undermine Romney’s bid for the presidency? I find that former Arkansas governor sleazy to the nth degree.

onlineanalyst on August 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

I did my best. Haven’t forgotten the 2008 primaries.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

I’m confused, too. Why is barack obama having a rapist introduce him at the democrat national convention. Or was that a “non-legitimate” rape? Or did those women lie about being raped? Do women do that — lie about rape? Would barack like to clarify his position on women lying about rape? When do they do that? How often? Didn’t he say “rape is rape?” And since he did, I have to ask again: Why is barack obama having a rapist introduce him at the democrat national convention?

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 5:30 PM

superb rebuttal, as usual (completely forgot about cigar Bill and his manners with ladies state and country-wide)…not that libfree deserved a response to his usual garbage…

jimver on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Selfish old bastard.

Terrye on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Faster, faster, more!

Please everyone, keep wringing those hands. We’re actually getting somewhere with this!

somewhatconcerned on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

OT: RCP just moved Michigan from “Leans Obama” to “Toss Up.”

That’s 16 electoral votes gone from the Obama column.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Hope this Akins fiasco doesn’t bring it down…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

Gotta give Claire credit on this one. She knew her opponent well.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Yeah, she really pulled a Houdini here. She was done for.

stldave on August 21, 2012 at 5:48 PM

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