Video: Akin’s new mea maxima culpa TV spot

posted at 8:41 am on August 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Can Todd Akin hang onto his Republican nomination for the US Senate after a disastrous interview over the weekend, in which he questioned the legitimacy of rape claims from women who got impregnated by their assaulters?  He’s giving it a try, with a new ad out this morning called “Forgiveness,” which ends the explanations and instead offers a mea maxima culpa while promising to get tough on rapists (via Politico):

“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize. As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. I pray for them,” Akin says. “The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims.”

Akin continues: “The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”

The spot was produced by the Strategy Group for Media, which guided Akin to an upset victory in a multi-candidate Republican primary. For Akin to move ahead, he’ll have to apologize profusely (as in this ad) and move on from his problematic comments, return the focus of his campaign to McCaskill and her record in Congress, and win back support from the national Republicans who have condemned him when it becomes clear that he’s going to remain the party’s nominee for Senate. He’ll have to run an insurgent race and bet either that the GOP establishment eventually comes back on board — or that he won’t need them in the general election any more than he needed them in the primary.

The ad itself seems like a message that Akin still has no intention of dropping out before today’s 5 PM deadline in Missouri.  It’s unclear whether Akin had the ad buys to put this on TV in the state today at all, or if that inventory is available otherwise.  It would have to go into rotation for a while before anyone could calculate the impact of Akin’s apology, and whether voters believe it to be sincere.  One thing seems sure: his mortification is sincere.

PPP polled the state in the wake of Akin’s comments, and found that … nothing much really changed:

Missouri voters strongly disagree with the comments Todd Akin made about abortion over the weekend, but it hasn’t moved the numbers a whole lot in the Senate race. Akin leads Claire McCaskill by a single point, 44-43. That’s basically identical to our last poll of the contest in late May, which found Akin ahead by a 45-44 spread.

However …

It’s not that Missouri voters are ok with or supportive of Akin’s comments. 75% of voters, including even 64% of Republicans, say they were inappropriate to only 9% who consider them to have been appropriate. 79% of voters say they disagree with what Akin said, including 65% who express ‘strong’ disagreement with him. 51% of GOP voters say they strongly disagree with him.

All of that is taking a toll on Akin’s image. Only 24% of voters have a favorable opinion of him to 58% with a negative one. He’s pretty universally disliked by Democrats (3/85) and independents (21/61) and even with Republicans (43/34) he’s on only narrowly positive ground.

There’s another problem with this poll for Akin, one we don’t usually see from PPP — they significantly oversampled Republicans.  The D/R/I on this survey is R+9 at 30/39/32, but even the GOP-sweep 2010 election had exit polls for Missouri showing an R+3 advantage, 34/37/28. I’m not sure I’d trust that one-point margin lead in this poll.

In this instance, I’d be more concerned about the deeply negative rating Akin gets at the moment and the angry reaction from voters to his comments, which also shows up in a Survey USA poll.  A solid majority believe that Akin didn’t misspeak in his interview but said what he truly believes (55/32), which makes it more difficult to sell an apology after the fact.  Almost the same percentage (54/34) want Akin to withdraw; that’s a minority opinion among Republicans, although significant at 33/52, but 58% of independents want Akin out of the race, and majorities of both men and women agree.

While this ad strongly suggests that Akin doesn’t have an exit strategy in mind, the day is still long.  I would be slightly surprised if Akin remained in the race by 5 pm CT today.


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PPP oversampled GOP to give Aiken false hope, I’m shocked!

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 8:44 AM

c’mon bud. Just take the plunge.

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Execute backup plan GOP/RNC stat.

hillsoftx on August 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM

If he truly believes in conservative principles and the good of the country he will step down. Honorable people know when they have made a mistake that cannot be accounted for by words alone.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Facedesk. Another career politician unwilling to give up “their’s”

MeatHeadinCA on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

PPP saying it hasn’t hurt him is as believable as Rachel Maddow encouraging him not to be rash and remember you can withdraw later, if you want to. Big guy. We love you.

Marcus on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

another day in the news cycle chewed up by this nonsense.

renalin on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

While this ad strongly suggests that Akin doesn’t have an exit strategy in mind, the day is still long. I would be slightly surprised if Akin remained in the race by 5 pm CT today.

Your more optimistic then I am. Aiken clearly believes he is having some mortal struggle he must endure for whatever reason. Draw up plans to make him and his staff persona non grata and use the resources somewhere else.

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

MAN…!!! It’s going to be a long day…

Mothers Finest on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

I heard he held a prayer session, hopefully he remembers proverbs 16:18

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

One thing seems sure: his mortification is sincere.

The only thing he is mortified by his the sudden collapse of his political career. He needs to leave.

Lawdawg86 on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Go to hell Akin get out now.

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Akin is a little man.

beatcanvas on August 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

If they’ve oversampled Republicans, which rarely happens, then maybe they’re trying to encourage him to stay in the race. He needs to go.

Kevin71 on August 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Go now.
Please Todd Akin, withdraw today from the US Senate race in MO. Do the right thing for MO and your country. The last thing we need is Claire McCaskill in the senate for 6 more years. The only path to keep a conservative supreme court is for a Republican US senate and you can not defeat McCaskill.

RickinNH on August 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Why are there only six Akin threads! Someone’s asleep at the wheel!

Akzed on August 21, 2012 at 8:48 AM

another day in the news cycle chewed up by this nonsense.

renalin on August 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

It will be 24/7 up until the weekend, then next week it will peter out a bit but pop up as the msm makes the most ludicrous connections between Romney/Ryan and this clown.

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

“And I am not a witch.”

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 8:49 AM

If he stays in the race he’s going to lose. Democrats went to great lengths to help get him elected because he is a buffoon that McCaskill can easily beat. When he loses and costs us at least the retake of the senate, the voters of Missouri should vote him out of congress all together at the next opportunity.

Certif on August 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Words have weight, something once said cannot be unsaid. Meaning is like a stone dropped into a pool; the ripples will spread and you cannot know what back they wash against.

-Phillipa Gregory

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Hey, as bad as this is, we still have the advantage over Obama.

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Akin: empty chair, empty brain.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

A lot of talk about Hannity, Levin, Senator Brown, etc., but what exactly happened in his Huckabee interview? What is Huckabee saying today on Fox & Friends? Was he ON Fox & Friends? He usually is if his name is mentioned. Care to guess what he’s doing behind the scenes? My guess is he’s badgering this guy and the missus to march on in Jesus’ name.

Marcus on August 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

This f*** is not going to withdraw… He is totally irrational… However it is not over for the Senate seat in Missouri by any stretch of imagination…. The Republican Party in Missouri and the RNC are going to endorse a Republican to run as an independent and he is going to win the Senate seat even with this idiot Akin in the race…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

R+9 ?–PPP now has credibility score of 0.

You have McCaskill funding his ads, Maddow feeling sympathy and this BS polling service skewing the results…

Dude really must be clueless.

hillsoftx on August 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

He’s giving it a try, with a new ad out this morning called “Forgiveness,” which ends the explanations and instead offers a mea maxima culpa non-apology applogy while promising to get tough on rapists (via Politico):

Spliff Menendez on August 21, 2012 at 8:52 AM

A lot of talk about Hannity, Levin, Senator Brown, etc., but what exactly happened in his Huckabee interview? What is Huckabee saying today on Fox & Friends? Was he ON Fox & Friends? He usually is if his name is mentioned. Care to guess what he’s doing behind the scenes? My guess is he’s badgering this guy and the missus to march on in Jesus’ name.

Marcus on August 21, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Leave the christian bigotry to the liberals and there web sites, it does not belong here.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

You fouled your nest, Mr. Aiken. Time for the GOP to clean house. By hanging around and risking GOP chances in the Senate, you’re showing us just how small a player you really are.

MainelyRight on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

I would be slightly surprised if Akin remained in the race by 5 pm CT today.

Ed, I hope you are right!!!!

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

If he stays in the race he’s going to lose. Democrats went to great lengths to help get him elected because he is a buffoon that McCaskill can easily beat. When he loses and costs us at least the retake of the senate, the voters of Missouri should vote him out of congress all together at the next opportunity.

Certif on August 21, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Even if he stays we are not going to lose because we will run a Republican as an independent and his going to win even with this fool Akin staying in the race….

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

there = their

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

Just wait, my friend. The day is young. You ain’t seen nothin’, yet…sad to say.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

By not withdrawing, you’re proving to us just how much you deserve to lose.

MainelyRight on August 21, 2012 at 8:54 AM

How hard is it for this guy to see…

…by clinging onto his campaign this way…

…it comes across as pure avarice…

…so people of conservative beliefs can’t for for him now?

If he wants to save his career, he needed to end this with “So, I’m withdrawing and throwing my support behind Sarah Steelman”.

Then, he would eventually find a career in the near-future.

But to cling on, as if this is his moment because he thinks it’s a “calling”…

…and not realize, maybe his “calling” is to become sacrificial and show conservative, evangelical Christian, Republicans do possess a moral compass no one in the Dem party has…

…is apparently not the calling he wants to hear.

budfox on August 21, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Juxtapose this guy with Lizzie Warren. She is an abominable candidate, and probably more so than this Akin fella. Yet, she still stands…….

Why?

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

This is never going away until Akin goes away. The media will make sure of that. And it will drag a lot of other GOP candidates down and quite possibly cost us the Senate.

Akin needs to get out today. If he doesn’t, the GOP needs to very publicly back another candidate as a write in or third party.

cool breeze on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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

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

Carlos C on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Romney, Ryan, McConnell, Boehner, Priebus, and heck, even the Koch brothers need to call this guy and tell him to stop thinking about himself and do what’s best for his party and his country. He should resign immediately. The words “legitimate rape” are going to follow this guy around the rest of the campaign season.

cdw070 on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

You fouled your nest, Mr. Aiken. Time for the GOP to clean house. By hanging around and risking GOP chances in the Senate, you’re showing us just how small a player you really are.

MainelyRight on August 21, 2012 at 8:53 AM

This.

petefrt on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Because the Dems protect their own. Please reference Bubba Clinton.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Get him out today. CNN spinning like crazy to keep him in. Until tomorrow, when they go nuclear.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I heard he held a prayer session, hopefully he remembers proverbs 16:18

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 8:47 AM

That’s what it sounds like. If this arrogant pr-ck really thinks he has any shot at winning this race, then he deserves the hatred that’ll be directed his way every single day for the rest of his life.

You don’t need to pray to God, Todd. He sent you about as clear a message as possible yesterday. EVERYONE wants you out of this race! You have no money. No support. No chance. Ask yourself how you want to be remembered when this is all over. The man who potentially handed the Senate to the Dems and with it Obamacare is probably not the way you wanna go out.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Time to get out, Mr. Akin, for the good of the cuntry.

BTW: I’d point out; this is the ESTABLISHMENT’S candidate who screwed beyond repair. So much for Tea Party candidates being the ones ‘not ready for prime time’.

michaelo on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

ABC Good morning started this day with a photo of Paul Ryan and Akin together and the smile on Steppies face was a classic.

RickinNH on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

DUDE – exit stage left.

What is with politician’s egos?

gophergirl on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

She’s a Democrat.

Spliff Menendez on August 21, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Akin4President!!!

Valkyriepundit on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

This mea culpa is stupid. You didn’t misspeak, Todd, the very premise of what you were trying to say was biologically wrong. You weren’t even close to anything resembling the truth and you managed to accomplish that while being extraordinarily insensitive too.

GTFO.

Red Cloud on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

This non-specific half-walkback but stick to his guns shiny turd is what he and his handlers believe will win back votes?

Ha ha ha what a hilarious piece of ignorant deluded trash.

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

We forgive you, Akin.

Now step aside for the love of God and country.

shinty on August 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Boy, he must really believe he’s on a mission from God or whatever- politically isolated, with practically everyone under the sun telling him to take a hike, and yet he doubles down.

We’re probably going to lose this seat. I cannot believe, after losing several winnable seats in ’10, that we’re about to do it again. What a clusterfark.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Does he not get how he is effecting the presidential race? I think McConnell, Boehner and other heavyweights need to get on a plane and meet him person BEFORE 5:00 PM today.

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Doesn’t affect you, up in the great White North, Nanook.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM

“The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness.”

No , you’ve got to go. There’s no room for that type of “mistake”.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

I forgive you. As your penance, please resign and let someone else run.

golfer1 on August 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Apology accepted. Now please leave for the good of Missouri and the country. Thanks!

tims472 on August 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

The fact is, Mr. Aiken, it doesn’t matter that you apologize and that others have done (and will do) worse. The Lamestream media holds our side to a higher standard. That’s just he way it is. You won’t get a pass on this. So if you can’t perform at the highest levels required then you have to leave for the good of your fellow Republicans and the country. We’re not playing games here. We’re playing for the future of America.

MainelyRight on August 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

But has he ever actually said what his position now is on abortions in case of rape or incest, since that he can’t rely on some fake “doctors tell me” excuse?

Or is he still voting “present” on this aspect of abortion?

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

The frustrating thing about this whole controversy is that it was so unnecessary. If Akin believes that life begins at the moment of conception and that abortion is murder, then he could have justified his opposition to abortion for rape victims by explaining that it is ideologically inconsistent to oppose abortion as murder, but then make an exception for babies conceived as a result of rape and/or incest. Murder is murder, and you can’t justify the murder of an innocent baby simply because of the manner in which the baby was conceived.

A lot of people would have disagreed with Akin if he had expressed that view, but at least he would not have exposed himself as ignorant of basic biology.

AZCoyote on August 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

If Todd Akin has a soul, a conscience, and a brain he would step down.

NOW!

Punchenko on August 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Ha ha ha what a hilarious piece of ignorant deluded trash.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Your Self Portrait in words instead of Watercolor?

ToddPA on August 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I don’t forgive him! I want to send him to a mandatory biology class!!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Leave. Bye.

albill on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This non-specific half-walkback but stick to his guns shiny turd is what he and his handlers believe will win back votes?

Ha ha ha what a hilarious piece of ignorant deluded trash.

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Our guy makes a wrong and ignorrant statement about rape and your news media can’t stop airing it.
http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/minnesota-democrat-urged-to-step-down-after-admitting-sex-with-17-year-old-boy/
Your guy has oral sex with a 17 yr old boy this July and no one says nothing. You must beam with pride over the quality of your politiciians and party.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

This non-specific half-walkback but stick to his guns shiny turd is what he and his handlers believe will win back votes?

Ha ha ha what a hilarious piece of ignorant deluded trash.

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

You know the difference between the GOP and Democrats? The GOP is rallying to remove this ignorant deluded trash from the ballot while Democrats would be circling the wagons in support of him. As evidence I point to basically every elected Democrat and nominated Democrat in the country.

Spliff Menendez on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Doesn’t affect you, up in the great White North, Nanook.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 9:00 AM
—–
If the best retort you can come up with is the tired “this has nothing to do with countries outside my border” + a racist slur then maybe you should just shut your hole.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Todd Akin, you need to do the right thing and step aside.

This presumptuous man has apparently convinced himself that his campaign is a mission on behalf of God. Supposedly his wife is also totally against him dropping out.

Akin is thinking more about his own political career than the issues he pretends to care so much about. He is willing to let his own personal ambition threaten our ability to retake the Senate and hurt Republican chances elsewhere, including in the presidential race.

If he stays in, his selfishness is going to ensure that we talk less about Obama’s economic failures and more about how those “mean, stupid and extreme” Republicans supposedly have no regard for female rape victims and don’t even know how the human body works.

Todd Akin cares more about Todd Akin than he cares about the country.

Todd Akin, please prove me wrong and do the right thing.

bluegill on August 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

ABC Good morning started this day with a photo of Paul Ryan and Akin together and the smile on Steppies face was a classic.

RickinNH on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

just great.

How hard was it for Akin to just shut his face.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Juxtapose this guy with Lizzie Warren. She is an abominable candidate, and probably more so than this Akin fella. Yet, she still stands…….

Why?

ted c on August 21, 2012 at 8:56 AM

Because she can still get funding.

This guy, on the other hand, thinks he’s Joshua and has met his Jericho. He’s gonna keep tooting that horn in the hopes that something’s gonna happen for him.

beatcanvas on August 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Yepper renalin

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

This non-specific half-walkback but stick to his guns shiny turd is what he and his handlers believe will win back votes?

Ha ha ha what a hilarious piece of ignorant deluded trash.

Squirm, GOP, squirm

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Yeah keep deluding yourself liberal scum that this would do anything to the state of the elections… LOL… Even if this idiot does not withdraw the Republican party is going to endorse another Republican and run him/her as an independent and he/she would win the Missouri Senate race even with idiot Akin in because that is how much McCaskill is hated in Missouri…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:06 AM

He’s a fanatic and has to go. No one who says something like that has a normal view point.

aniptofar on August 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

A lot of people would have disagreed with Akin if he had expressed that view, but at least he would not have exposed himself as ignorant of basic biology.

AZCoyote on August 21, 2012 at 9:03 AM

He was trying to vote “present” to avoid the disagreement.

Wethal on August 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The GOP needs to send a strong message, NOW. Strip him of his party membership, and let it be known to everyone who either works for, or campaigns on behalf of this jackass that they will be permanently blackballed from ever working in the field of politics again.

JFS61 on August 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Hey, Todd! This is God:
“Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” You need to go and stop hogging all the attention. This is no one’s fault but your own.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Did not and refuse to watch that ad. But did he say anything about continuing his campaign in that ad? Can the ad truly be an apology to save his honor before withdrawing later in the day? Oh, I can only hope.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I will forgive him if he steps down. It’s time.

The Count on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

“The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy.”

Destined to be this year’s “I’m not a witch.”

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

he still doesn’t quite get it. he now says you Can get pregnant from rape (that counts as an improvement, i guess)

is he too embarrassed about the female body, and the ways to shut down tings?????

if i were Claire i’d be doing the jig today….i bought myself a moron to run against…

in his case i think i would say i think i had a mini-stroke, and my wife if very concerned, and i must leave the race for health reasons

but if you and Huck are on a mission…it must be different

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

We accept your apology, now resign you idiot.

NoDonkey on August 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM

In the Hannity interview he talks about how he is still the strongest candidate because he won the primary.

Does he really think he would have won the primary if this happened before hand?

mockmook on August 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Depressing.

I can’t even blame Akin. The fault is with the crazy that keeps nominating gadflies like him. Everybody knew he was a gaffe-prone wacko yet they still voted for him because he talks so much and with so much eloquence about God.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:10 AM

This idiot is going to cost us the senate. Just unbelievable.

WisCon on August 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This mea culpa is stupid. You didn’t misspeak, Todd, the very premise of what you were trying to say was biologically wrong. You weren’t even close to anything resembling the truth and you managed to accomplish that while being extraordinarily insensitive too.

GTFO.

Red Cloud on August 21, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Yes , if it was a legitimate misspeak an experienced politician have ways to shut their whole face down. But no , he was going on and on as if he liked it.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

This has the potential to take down Romney/Ryan…

Carlos C on August 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Ryan had a great line that should be repeated over and over again.
“Medicare should not be a piggy bank for Obamacare.”

AmeriCuda on August 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Did not and refuse to watch that ad. But did he say anything about continuing his campaign in that ad? Can the ad truly be an apology to save his honor before withdrawing later in the day? Oh, I can only hope.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Let’s hope.

gophergirl on August 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Can the ad truly be an apology to save his honor before withdrawing later in the day? Oh, I can only hope.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 9:08 AM

If that’s the case then I’ll forgive him.

But not until then.

Prove you can put your country before your own ambitions, Akin, and I promise I won’t think of you as a creepy, desperate a-hole willing to sell out his constituents and his countrymen just to hold onto his own tenuous grasp on power.

You’ve got 8 hours left to withdraw. If you don’t, you’ll be the most hated man in America.

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I was hoping I’d come to Hot Air this morning to learn that he’d thrown in the towel. I just cannot believe he thinks there’s a path to victory over this, and he may end up hurting other Republicans as well.

Ugh.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

I wouldn’t vote for anyone who talked like that, no matter what he said the next day. What makes me so angry about politicians like him is that instead of just doing the honorable thing and dropping out of the race, they put their own selfish interests first and stubbornly refuse to give them up. Doing so can cause damage to the whole party. The public shouldn’t have to force him out. The RNC chair asked him to leave and his response is to put out an apology ad and drag this out as long as he can? NO! Go away.

scalleywag on August 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:05 AM

yeah, this is the ‘brilliance’ of the Left. Bloody shirt politics

they waved the bloody shirt of embryonic stem cells in 2006, getting the fight between Michael Fox and Rushbo.

they are masters of the bloody shirt…and they need just a couple of half-wits on our side to make it work

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Akin is the new Sandra Fluke. The news will just move from contraception talk to rape talk 24 hours a day.

RBMN on August 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

This has the potential to take down Romney/Ryan…

Carlos C on August 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Nah – they distanced themselves pretty quickly.

This does have the power to have us lose the Senate however.

gophergirl on August 21, 2012 at 9:14 AM

ABC Good morning started this day with a photo of Paul Ryan and Akin together and the smile on Steppies face was a classic.

RickinNH on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Yeah, all of the MSM outlets are showing that picture. Moaning Joe must have showed it several times this morning.

Sigh…

Punchenko on August 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Ryan had a great line that should be repeated over and over again.
“Medicare should not be a piggy bank for Obamacare.”

AmeriCuda on August 21, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Wouldn’t it be great if we were talking about that instead of a half-wit social con who is intent on letting his own personal ambition get in the way of saving this country from socialism?

Caiwyn on August 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

He IS a witch.

Our guy makes a wrong and ignorrant statement about rape and your news media can’t stop airing it.

Yes, because we’re in THE FIGHT OF OUR LIVES and can’t afford a single doofus, no matter how kind-hearted in real life. Got it?

They tied him to Ryan within MINUTES of this. Can we afford that, after having Obama on defense for once?

NO.

He’s NOT ready for Prime Time and the Big Leagues are merciless.

They have to be. The future truly is a stake.

tree hugging sister on August 21, 2012 at 9:15 AM

I really surprised how so many hotarians have abandoned Akin. despite his fumble, he his the type of “true conservative” that many love to defend til the bitter end.
does this mean that the pragmatic (read establishment) section of the GOP finally won?

another thing is, if actually the GOP rallied behind him and minimized his comments, would probably be less damaging that than this GOP fueled media hype to try to push him out.

this is really a concerted strategy. who in the GOP decided to try to push him out so fast and so strong? is it really a right thing to do? would not be wiser if the GOP just distance itself from Akin comments without pressuring to leave?

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Our guy makes a wrong and ignorrant statement about rape and your news media can’t stop airing it.
http://www.jammiewf.com/2012/minnesota-democrat-urged-to-step-down-after-admitting-sex-with-17-year-old-boy/
Your guy has oral sex with a 17 yr old boy this July and no one says nothing. You must beam with pride over the quality of your politiciians and party.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:04 AM
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Akin did not just make a statement. He spoke candidly about his moronic beliefs. Note how I don’t say he’s your guy. He’s a guy. A piece of sh*t, but a guy.

Not sure how some as*hole in Minnesota is my guy.

There are 2500+ articles all over the web about this as*hole, so you’re right – “no one says nothing”. Your illiteracy actually helped you for once.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

if Akin has 2 daughters, when would he allow them to be “legitimately” raped? moron

kelley in virginia on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

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