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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Dear Readers; PLEASE go to Akin’s website and write him to QUIT TODAY.

Czar of Defenestration on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

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

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.

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 9:17 AM

Sure you can be forgiven, but that doesn’t mean people will vote for you! You know, God isn’t a big fan of prideful people and that’s what he’s looking like right now.

mrscullen on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

and can you imagine the joy with which every leftist reporter will have in covering the RNC convention next week

Stepy may have to increase their coverage to 2 hours to milk this for all its worth (and it is worth a lot to Stepy/barry)

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

At this point, Akin is just cooperating with the enemy–MSNBC.

RBMN on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Ding ding ding KJ

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 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
——

I never said anything about this swinging any election in any direction.

But your keyboard pounding fury is noted.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Just shut up and get off the stage, you idiot!!! What part of this is difficult for an idiot like you to understand???

theosdad on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 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.

Yes grasshopper.

Vince on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

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

WisCon on August 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

No he is not… Just relax folks… Even if he stays in the Republicans are going to run another Republican as an indepedent and he/she would win the Missouri Senate race…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

And we had been building up some good momentum lately with the Romney/Ryan ticket, excellent fundraising numbers, more Biden gaffes, increasing support among independents and younger voters, etc.

So sad. Now, instead of discussing Obama’s disastrous economic policies, we’re having to defend ourselves against charges that Republicans are anti-science, anti-woman rape apologists.

Thanks, Todd Akin! Are you some kind of Democrat party plant? You WERE the Democrat-funded candidate during the primary, after all.

bluegill on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Remember how long it took Anthony Weiner to resign? And how bad it made him look? And how many people asked him to leave? And how it humiliated his poor wife and put her in the spotlight? Granted, Akin didn’t do anything lewd but nevertheless, he’s a disgrace and the longer he drags this out the worse it will be for him.

scalleywag on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 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

Did you even bother to read my posts? I absolutely want him to drop out, what he said is completely wrong. I was responding to a liberal poster who was giddy over this and pointing out his politician is actually immorally having oral sex with young boys.

LTR

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Todd Akin may very well accomplish the unthinkable.

No, not miraculously coming back from these disastrous, breathtakingly stupid comments to unseat his incumbent opponent.

Todd Akin may very well become even more hated on the Right than Obama-Pelosi-Reid.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I don’t think he’s going anywhere. And I think the GOP will eventually rally behind him because of how desperately we need every Senate seat. And I think 2 months from now, this comment will probably have no more impact on his race than the typical Democrat ‘war on women’ mantra attacks do.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Is there any mechanism by which the MO GOP can kick him off the ticket? If so, they really need to be exploring that option, because I don’t think this guy gets it.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

hmmmm…goldber just RT this

Omri Ceren
@cerenomri

RT @JanCBS: Sr GOP source on the full-court press to get Akin to step aside tells me: “It’s hard to reason with an idiot.”

r keller on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 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

this will reflect negatively all over GOP. damage already is done. more voter opinions were formed, another news cycle lost.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I never said anything about this swinging any election in any direction.

But your keyboard pounding fury is noted.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

No fury at all… I am relaxed because I know that this BS isgoing to have zero effect on the election including on the Missouri Senate seat for the reasons I explained in the previous post…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 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

I’d be very surprised if they haven’t already threatened to end the careers of any of his staffers who remain with his campaign. The sad thing is they could all walk out in unison and tell him to drop out of the race, and this idiot will still think God’s will(along with his wife’s) demands he stay in it.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

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

Maybe because he’s a toxic jackwagon??? Yes, there are jackwagons on both sides, and yes, it’s unfair that there’s a double standard, but it is what it is. You can get one guy to apologize and defend his stupid comments, but you won’t get thousands to do so. Why would I want to rally around someone and downplay and explain what he might have really meant, just to preserve his political ambitions at the expense of the whole party? Plus, tick-tock. This stuff matters.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

The wacko’s got a big fat ego combined with the illusion of grandeur that makes him think he’s on a mission from God. There is no reasoning with folks like that. Humility is what’s called for here, but like most politicians, all this fella has is hubris and the fatal flaw.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

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

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 8:57 AM

The media is what protects liberals.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

He has given Obama a gift – getting the message off of the economy.

I’m beginning to think he really is a Dem operative.

GO, NOW, AKIN !!!

stenwin77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

I can’t tell whats worse, his stupidity or the fact that he is so erratic.

rob verdi on August 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Why?

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

One reason is that being a Dem means never having to say you’re sorry.

Dusty on August 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Ding ding ding KJ

cmsinaz on August 21, 2012 at 9:18 AM

You rang?

It’s going to be a looong, Trollapalooza kind of day. Yikes.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Why do politicians have no idea of a hopeless cause? He could not answer easy questions from Hannity yesterday. He will get hammered and be embarrassed and Claire (I do not represent Missouri) will be reelected. Any idiot can see the path Akin is on.

aigle on August 21, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I think the Leftist Media has finally found someone they love even more than President Obama.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

No fury at all… I am relaxed because I know that this BS isgoing to have zero effect on the election including on the Missouri Senate seat for the reasons I explained in the previous post…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM
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Hey you forgot to act like a little child and call me scum.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I don’t think he’s going anywhere. And I think the GOP will eventually rally behind him because of how desperately we need every Senate seat. And I think 2 months from now, this comment will probably have no more impact on his race than the typical Democrat ‘war on women’ mantra attacks do.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

I think you are wrong.

stenwin77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

You know, God isn’t a big fan of prideful people and that’s what he’s looking like right now.

mrscullen on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Amen. Staying in the race is Akin’s will, not necessarily God’s.

SailorMark on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

He has given Obama a gift – getting the message off of the economy.

I’m beginning to think he really is a Dem operative.

stenwin77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM

That’s exactly what hoosierdaddy said last night.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

I don’t think he’s going anywhere. And I think the GOP will eventually rally behind him because of how desperately we need every Senate seat. And I think 2 months from now, this comment will probably have no more impact on his race than the typical Democrat ‘war on women’ mantra attacks do.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Uh, no they won’t. They’ll try to find an alternative, be it a 3rd party candidate or even a write-in(assuming these are legal avenues). But if Achin’ doesn’t drop out, he’ll be so thoroughly despised by every Republican and conservative in this country that he’ll be lucky to draw a single supporter to his rallies or townhalls. In fact, we may see one of the most surreal things ever in any campaign. Hecklers from the guy’s own party following him around wherever he goes.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

No he is not… Just relax folks… Even if he stays in the Republicans are going to run another Republican as an indepedent and he/she would win the Missouri Senate race…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

How often does that work?

WisCon on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 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 just showed a pic of Ryan/Akin. There’s more coming.

Since when does it matter what the GOP does to distance itself from something? It will be magnified by the msm to their hearts content.

What Romney/Ryan did means nothing.

Carlos C on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 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

I felt that way yesterday, but now I’m thinking this very well could have an impact on the presidential race. They’re tying Akin to Ryan as much as they can and repeating the lie that both sought to “redefine rape”, leaving out the fact that it was a bipartisan bill.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

The media is no longer going to portray Ryan as ‘the guy who wants to kill medicare,’ but ‘the guy who wants to redefine rape with Akin.’

BohicaTwentyTwo on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Akin.

Shut up.

Get out.

No more words.

Paradol Ex on August 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Squirm, GOP, squirm

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

Would you enjoyment at another mans downfall be as enjoyable if it was a Democrat? And don’t tell me it is because the GOP is self righteous because the Dems are more so, just with other people’s money.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Not good enough

CatoRenasci on August 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 9:19 AM

How often does that work?

WisCon on August 21, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Murdumdum in Alaska?

bazil9 on August 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

If Guam tips over does that mean jobs is a three letter word? Are 7-11s all owned by Indians? Does Obama still bowel in the Special Olympics? Does he still talk about his Muslim faith and see fallen heros in the audience?

There are a lot of stupid things said in politics and the democrats own most of them.

Vince on August 21, 2012 at 9:28 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

I meant no bigotry towards Christians. I meant bigotry towards Huckabee.

Didn’t Huckabee have a famous “floating cross” ad, filmed in front of a staircase and with french doors so there would be a cross behind him as he spoke? Why there it is, to the left. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mike was behind the video camera here.

Marcus on August 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

If, by some miracle, Todd Akin actually gets elected to the Senate, I’m sure it won’t be long before he again says something so fantastically stupid that he’s forced to resign.

Then the Democrat governor of Missouri (who is probably going to be re-elected in November) will have the pleasure of appointing his replacement.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Maybe because he’s a toxic jackwagon??? Yes, there are jackwagons on both sides, and yes, it’s unfair that there’s a double standard, but it is what it is. You can get one guy to apologize and defend his stupid comments, but you won’t get thousands to do so. Why would I want to rally around someone and downplay and explain what he might have really meant, just to preserve his political ambitions at the expense of the whole party? Plus, tick-tock. This stuff matters.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I am questioning the whole GOP strategy to push this guy out so strong. usually political operatives only distance themselves from the remarks and refrain from asking people to step down or even insulting their fellow party members as, for example, priebus did by calling Akin Dum.

If I was Akin, would feel insulted, betrayed and probably would keep on running just out of spite.

also, the media hype that the GOP is fueling is making a bad situation worse.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

bowl=bowel

Vince on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Just spoke to MO Repub Head qtrs – lady said (off record) that big wigs from Wash DC were coming in and/or personally discussing with Akin RIGHT NOW – she thinks step down it will happen – FINGERS CROSSED!!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Could the Rep. establishment have pressured him for this public apology in exchange for some other appointment to be considered? Hopefully this ad is the preamble to a more enjoyable announcement later.

lynncgb on August 21, 2012 at 9:31 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.

The prognosis on local talk radio here in DC:

This was a “gotcha” moment. And Akin was “got.”

This drags the GOP down the war on women meme and for that reason alone he needs to go. Any politician (particularly pro-life) that does not have a safe generic answer to the abortion and rape question is not ready for prime time. Had it just been the “legitimate rape” thing, it would have been survivable. But to start yammering on about women’s reproductive capability shutting down during a rape was a career-ender. My guess he is gone by the end of the day, if for no other reason his finances just dried up.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Is there any mechanism by which the MO GOP can kick him off the ticket? If so, they really need to be exploring that option, because I don’t think this guy gets it.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Not sure. I asked yesterday if the GOP can force him off the ticket, but I don’t know if it’s possible. Also, can they add an independent candidate to the ballot(ala Doug Hoffman in NY-23) or attempt a write-in campaign for an alternative candidate.

That last option may be their only choice if Achin’ continues down this delusional, selfish road. And it’s not impossible to pull off. It’ll require the entire Republican Party and conservative base to unite behind a single person and then inform pretty much every voter they can to request a write-in ballot and pencil in their name, but if Leena Mickelwhite can do it in Alaska with at best lukewarm support of Republicans, there’s no reason it can’t be done in Missouri with the full backing of every Republican in the nation.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Apparently there’s a guy in Minnesota willing to
help out Akin, and get him out of this “pickle”
he’s in….

ToddPA on August 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Just spoke to MO Repub Head qtrs – lady said (off record) that big wigs from Wash DC were coming in and/or personally discussing with Akin RIGHT NOW – she thinks step down it will happen – FINGERS CROSSED!!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

everybody loves the establishment now? lol!

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I am questioning the whole GOP strategy to push this guy out so strong. usually political operatives only distance themselves from the remarks and refrain from asking people to step down or even insulting their fellow party members as, for example, priebus did by calling Akin Dum.

If I was Akin, would feel insulted, betrayed and probably would keep on running just out of spite.

also, the media hype that the GOP is fueling is making a bad situation worse.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

They have to publicly call for his ouster, lest they be accused of agreeing with him. Of course there’s a risk that you push him into a corner and he decides to double down, but with enough very public pressure you’ve gotta assume he’ll see the writing on the wall at some point.

I want to know who is advising him to keep plugging away. That ad is an embarrassment…if you have to explain that you’re not OK with rape, you’re losing.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I don’t think he’s going anywhere. And I think the GOP will eventually rally behind him because of how desperately we need every Senate seat. And I think 2 months from now, this comment will probably have no more impact on his race than the typical Democrat ‘war on women’ mantra attacks do.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Hopefully he withdraws. If he doesn’t, he’ll be the new Dan Maes. Except he won’t even get 11% of the vote.

It’s amazing so many people are simply unable to understand that Akin killed his political career the moment he uttered those words. He’s become a drag that nobody except fellow crazies will want to be associated with.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I am questioning the whole GOP strategy to push this guy out so strong. usually political operatives only distance themselves from the remarks and refrain from asking people to step down or even insulting their fellow party members as, for example, priebus did by calling Akin Dum.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

This is an economic election. Any time the GOP wastes defending this idiot it time away from discussing the failed Obama record, the impact of Obamacare, etc. Further to take a risk on this guy for Senate is a six-year mistake if it puts the vulnerable partisan whore who was the 60th vote for Obamacare. In short, this is too important an election and with less than three months to the election, there is little margin for error.

Happy Nomad on August 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Would you enjoyment at another mans downfall be as enjoyable if it was a Democrat? And don’t tell me it is because the GOP is self righteous because the Dems are more so, just with other people’s money.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:27 AM
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Yes. Yes I would.

Weiner, for example, got what he deserved. He got kicked out of the sandbox for a timeout. And if he comes back and people get over his shenanigans, then so be it. If not, then so be it.

Ted Kennedy should have died in jail.

Name me some other as*hole Dems and I’ll condemn them too.

I don’t give a sh*t what side of the aisle people come from if they do stupid things.

Both sides are appallingly/laughably self-righteous.

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

How much of the money for this failtastic ad came from McCaskill?

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

No, the GOP cannot kick him off the ticket. Our voting system precedes parties. I believe he could switch parties now and still face election, though there’d be two Democrats on the ballot.

theCork on August 21, 2012 at 9:36 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?

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

The Tea Party support was split between Brunner and Steelman. While I know it’s an article of faith among the supporters of the GOP party leadership that the hated “TruCon”/Tea Party movement is actually a secret front for social conservatives, nowhere is this lie more evident than in the total rejection of Akin by virtually everyone on the right.

The Tea Party was ALWAYS primarily about fiscal issues and it would be nice if the anti-Tea Party folks woke up to this fact instead of throwing around the TruCon smear.

Doomberg on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I am questioning the whole GOP strategy to push this guy out so strong. usually political operatives only distance themselves from the remarks and refrain from asking people to step down or even insulting their fellow party members as, for example, priebus did by calling Akin Dum.
nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 AM

I’m convinced it’s because of the time constraints. There were only 24 hours to deal with this, to have a shot at regaining momentum. There was no time to massage his ego, spend weeks behind the scenes leaning on him. This was going to be a cakewalk, and all he had to do was speak reasonably coherently. For a guy running to be a statesman, this should not be difficult. He FAILED. It makes you question his judgment, and his “forgiveness” pleas only serve to underscore one’s suspicions of his mental capabilities.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Not sure. I asked yesterday if the GOP can force him off the ticket, but I don’t know if it’s possible. Also, can they add an independent candidate to the ballot(ala Doug Hoffman in NY-23) or attempt a write-in campaign for an alternative candidate.

That last option may be their only choice if Achin’ continues down this delusional, selfish road. And it’s not impossible to pull off. It’ll require the entire Republican Party and conservative base to unite behind a single person and then inform pretty much every voter they can to request a write-in ballot and pencil in their name, but if Leena Mickelwhite can do it in Alaska with at best lukewarm support of Republicans, there’s no reason it can’t be done in Missouri with the full backing of every Republican in the nation.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, that might be the only way forward. Problem is, that will require the GOP to dump far more resources into that race than they intended, which means that help can’t go elsewhere (like to the VA Senate race).

Let’s hope common sense prevails and they convince him to go today.

changer1701 on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

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.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:17 AM

I agree completely with you. Sadly, here’s the “but”: But, since it didn’t go that way and even GoP-friendly sites such as HotGas are mocking him, it’s probably time for him to go.

I really hope the next time something like this happens we’ll not react with such a knee-jerk. Considering my many discussions here and elsewhere yesterday, I very much doubt that will happen.

eforhan on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Uh, no they won’t. They’ll try to find an alternative, be it a 3rd party candidate or even a write-in(assuming these are legal avenues). But if Achin’ doesn’t drop out, he’ll be so thoroughly despised by every Republican and conservative in this country that he’ll be lucky to draw a single supporter to his rallies or townhalls. In fact, we may see one of the most surreal things ever in any campaign. Hecklers from the guy’s own party following him around wherever he goes.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

The Republicans know a 3rd party, or especially a write-in, will not be a viable option. Mark my words, this seems like the biggest furor in the history of ever now. But if he stays in the race, and the GOP has no way to force him out, they will fall in line and work to minimize this because they can’t afford to just bail on this Senate seat, regardless of what they think of him. It will happen. I don’t know if he has a shot of winning or not. But I know this won’t be a big issue one way or the other in two months.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Rasmussen daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday
Romney 45%
Barry 44%.
Others 5%
Undecided 6%

Romney retains the +1.

Romney leads by 20 points among entrepreneurs, while Obama leads by 17 among government workers. Seventy-two percent (72%) of all voters believe that people who start small businesses are primarily responsible for their success or failure.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Funny how a Democratic Rep from Minnesota got caught in the bushes at a rest stop with a 17 year old boy, but Akin seems to be dominating the news.

Apparently saying something stupid is worse than being caught in public with a minor.

melle1228 on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

How much of the money for this failtastic ad came from McCaskill?

Sekhmet on August 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Dont know , she’s sending blank checks…

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Once again, nobody eats their own like the GOP. If we ever have a viable Conservative Party, I pray they aren’t nearly so craven.

SKYFOX on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

OMG. He is trying to stay in the race. He really needed to be gone by now, within hours from now at the latest. It’s almost too late. He is so going to ruin this election, and not just for one Senate seat. There’s really nothing else to be said. And he STILL doesn’t get that apologies aren’t going to cut it. Conservatives simply cannot be associated with someone who thinks that women have some magic juice which protects them from pregnancy if raped so, that if they get pregnant, the case could be make that they probably weren’t “legitimately raped,” and who uses that line of “logic” to support his position on abortion. This is awful! Please, please someone, get him out!!!!! He apparently is a completely self-centered jerk as well as being totally incompetent. He must go NOW!

limmo on August 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Once again, nobody eats their own like the GOP. If we ever have a viable Conservative Party, I pray they aren’t nearly so craven.

SKYFOX on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Nothing conservative with what Akin did.

the_nile on August 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:34 AM

No,but the establishment holds the cards. I don’t think me showing up at his door will do any good.

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Dave Rywall on August 21, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The downfall of most who look to power rather than public service.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

A legitimate moron.

Politics is not the confessional where you get forgiveness, doofus.

It’s hardball for the survival of the nation.

Go away now, fool.

profitsbeard on August 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

No, the GOP cannot kick him off the ticket. Our voting system precedes parties. I believe he could switch parties now and still face election, though there’d be two Democrats on the ballot.

[theCork on August 21, 2012 at 9:36 AM]

No he couldn’t do that. Missouri election law requires you be a member of the party for a minimum of 3 months prior to the time of submission of nominating petitions and not be a member of another party.

Dusty on August 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Funny how a Democratic Rep from Minnesota got caught in the bushes at a rest stop with a 17 year old boy, but Akin seems to be dominating the news.

Apparently saying something stupid is worse than being caught in public with a minor.

melle1228 on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Because a state legislator is just like a Congressman and Senatorial candidate.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

The Republicans know a 3rd party, or especially a write-in, will not be a viable option. Mark my words, this seems like the biggest furor in the history of ever now. But if he stays in the race, and the GOP has no way to force him out, they will fall in line and work to minimize this because they can’t afford to just bail on this Senate seat, regardless of what they think of him. It will happen. I don’t know if he has a shot of winning or not. But I know this won’t be a big issue one way or the other in two months.

Shump on August 21, 2012 at 9:37 AM

No they won’t. If they spend any money or resources on this race, it will be AGAINST Achin’, not on his behalf. Trust me, you don’t spit in the face of the party leaders as well as the Tea Party and the rest of the conservative base and then think all will be forgiven. Achin’ is signing his own political death warrant if he doesn’t drop out.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Well I guess the GOP has found its Alvin Greene…

Valkyriepundit on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I keep reiterating – this is NOT ABOUT Rape victims keeping/or not keeping an unwanted preganacy. This is about ABJECT IGNORANCE. It is about the ludicrous notion that women can fight off rape sperm. It is about a level of ignorance the GOP does NOT need to be associated with!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

SKYFOX on August 21, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I hope I am never blind enough to support someone just because of the letter he is sporting behind his name.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Sorry. This story would only be newsworthy if Gauthier had been caught in the act while in the Sea of Galilee.

Naked.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Wrong thread. Obviously.

steebo77 on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Because a state legislator is just like a Congressman and Senatorial candidate.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

You can’t be serious, if this were a republican having sex with a boy it would be the ONLY thing on the news.

Sorry no one is buying your version of reality.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I hope this is part of a graceful exit. If not, he is going to be a drag on the entire conservative cause this election cycle. I see no reason to stand by this moron. Sometimes you circle the wagons, but sometimes you revv up the bus. Under the bus with Akin!

bitsy on August 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Because a state legislator is just like a Congressman and Senatorial candidate.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

It is comparable just due to the nature of the offenses and the fact that neither person wants to step down.

melle1228 on August 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I hope I am never blind enough to support someone just because of the letter he is sporting behind his name.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Amen Munford.

bazil9 on August 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I am questioning the whole GOP strategy to push this guy out so strong. usually political operatives only distance themselves from the remarks and refrain from asking people to step down or even insulting their fellow party members as, for example, priebus did by calling Akin Dum.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:30 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?

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:16 AM

this will reflect negatively all over GOP. damage already is done. more voter opinions were formed, another news cycle lost.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 9:21 AM

You really hate that the GOP isn’t committing suicide by standing with Akin, aren’t you? You’re kind of terrified the lessons of 2010 were learnt, at least by a sizeable part of the party, aren’t you?

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:45 AM

And if the GOP is smart (yeah, BIG if), they’ll put a rape exception into their pro-life plank for the convention. But they won’t. And Romney-Ryan will have to answer rape questions for the rest of the campaign. And, eventually, one of them will mangle it like Akin did, trying to point out how rare it is, that women will lie, etc. Just put it into the plank and be done with this mess. But they won’t.

Rational Thought on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Because a state legislator is just like a Congressman and Senatorial candidate.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 9:42 AM

You can’t be serious, if this were a republican having sex with a boy it would be the ONLY thing on the news.
Sorry no one is buying your version of reality.

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Exactly!

melle1228 on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

If, by some miracle, Todd Akin actually gets elected to the Senate, I’m sure it won’t be long before he again says something so fantastically stupid that he’s forced to resign.

Akin’s been in politics since 1988, state and federal. He has never earned lower than a 96% rating from the American Conservative union, most times at 100%, and always gets an A rating from the NRA. He voted for concealed carry in Mo.

Point being, he hasn’t been this stupid before. He was interviewed by a flaming liberal, Charles Jaco. Jaco’s interviews are difficult to watch as they ramble all over the place and are difficult to follow, except they are always way left.

Vince on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Skwor on August 21, 2012 at 9:44 AM

There is a double standard. Period.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I hope I am never blind enough to support someone just because of the letter he is sporting behind his name.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Preach, sister, preach.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Even if everyone said they forgave him, I wouldn’t want him. Anyone who will do something that stupid will do something twice as stupid if you give him a chance.

hachiban on August 21, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I keep reiterating – this is NOT ABOUT Rape victims keeping/or not keeping an unwanted preganacy. This is about ABJECT IGNORANCE. It is about the ludicrous notion that women can fight off rape sperm. It is about a level of ignorance the GOP does NOT need to be associated with!

djl130 on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Agree 100%.

bitsy on August 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

He’s still around? Seriously, how can anyone defend this fracking moron? And people still wonder why the GOP gets branded as the party of fringe religious nutters? This guy is making the case for every stereotype used by the left against Republicans.

Borgcube on August 21, 2012 at 9:48 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

Yep. He needs to step aside.

As someone else here said, if you’re having to make ads to clear up any confusion about whether you think rape is an evil act, then you’ve already lost.

bluegill on August 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I hope I am never blind enough to support someone just because of the letter he is sporting behind his name.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 9:43 AM

EXACTLY. We’re not Dems. Words & behavior actually matter.

hoosiermama on August 21, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Hang tough Mr. Akin, and pee in the eyes of every single obnoxious bed wetter on our side. A pox upon all who abandon principle for fear of the media. Let the good people of Missouri handle their own problems, otherwise we are no better then any overbearing leftists who believes all of our affairs must be run from Washington D.C.

NotCoach on August 21, 2012 at 9:50 AM

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