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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Robb on August 21, 2012 at 11:30 AM

the social con armada will hit hard for this in 3,2,1…

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Congrats Robb, you play into the care trolls comments here as well. They’d love to see a bunch of us finally say, screw the progressives in the GOP and I’ll take my vote somewhere else. nathor’s you new buddy.

Conservatives have coalesced behind the R2 ticket nicely. Go ahead and foment dissention in the ranks by painting all social conservatives by the remarks of one man. Watch what happens to probably the biggest voting block in your party.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

azconservativegirl on August 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM

I think they have tried.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Anytime Huckabee, Maddow and McCaskill are all supporting the same GOP candidate, there might just be something wrong.

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Doesn’t this require a write-in, which is enormously expensive and difficult?

I cannot believe what a selfish pig this guy is.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

It’s a pain in the ass and expensive, but if you figure that all those millions that were going to be spent on Achin’ are now available for a write-in campaign, that’s a lot of coin at the GOP’s disposal.

The hard part will settling on a candidate. We have to have the entire Republican Party, Tea Party, and conservative base united behind one individual which won’t be an easy task. If/when we do that, I actually think a successful write-in campaign is possible.

Doughboy on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

What makes you different from the Democrats wanting to run Chic-Fil-A out of business? Freedom of Speech is for EVERYONE and you don’t get to decide who has to stop talking. No social conservative has told you to shut up or ship out of the party. You might want to rethink your party affiliation to one with a more lock step monolithic flavor.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Cindy, Akin volunteered to take money from my party. He is supposed to act in the Party’s best interests. If he is so stupid he does not grasp that the media are not his friends he needs to go anyway.

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m just mentally moving on that we’re probably going to lose this seat. It wouldn’t be the first time SoCon nonsense cost the Republican Party dearly.

The RNC should announce a write in candidate at 5:01pm today if Akin doesn’t bow out. There’s no way Akin can win the seat after both saying that nonsense AND being completely cut off from all national money. And it’s not like the big money people in Missouri are going to be holding fundraisers for this clown. You give Claire McCaskill a 20:1 spending advantage and put him against this year’s “David Duke”, and it’s over anyway.

The one upside to all of this is Republicans holding the position of criminalizing abortion even in cases of rape is going to be dead in all but a few pockets in the Bible Belt. Ridiculous pro-life groups that try to bully Republicans to hold this position in primaries will be given the bird. It will be the equivalent of the liberal position on slavery reparations.

BradTank on August 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Cancel the Huckabee speech and attendance at the convention – or any future role in the GOP – unless and until he convinces Akin to step down TODAY.

matthew8787 on August 21, 2012 at 11:47 AM

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m with you. My argument is with Robb who has decided that Mr. Akin is the voice of all social conservatives and therefore should be banished from the Republican party. He should be careful what he wishes for.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

He won’t step down. Total ego and selfishness to the bitter end: that’s the nature of our political character today. And as for the religious component — ever notice the total absence of selfless Christian humility by those who peddle their Christianity? No, his political ambition has now become “providential.” Beautiful.

rrpjr on August 21, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Methinks he need beeth reminded of Proverbs 16:18:

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

Resist We Much on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

BradTank on August 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Unintended consequences of having a bumbling, inarticulate fool be one’s spokesman?

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Grace_is_sufficient

I would have to respectfully disagree. Yes, in the world of politics, you may have to make concessions. If your only concern is to do or say whatever it takes to get elected, then a lot of men and women who died in service to our great nation made the sacrifice in vain. They stand on the front lines every day because they believe in the principals that made this country great.
When you are willing to sacrifice your core principals because they might offend someone, then what do you have left? Why do you think this country is in such a sad state of affairs? People are selling out their beliefs in the name of tolerance. What he said may have been offensive, but I find the actions of many people in our society offensive. Civility, good manners, and respect should be taken out of the dictionary because they are no longer relevant in our society.
What he said pales in comparison to the words of almost any popular rap song. They advocate treating women as sex objects, hating the police, cursing, getting drunk and taking drugs. This says more about our society than some off the cuff remark made by some politician. While he may have to resign for the good of the party, what perplexes me is that there are far greater issues to be concerned about than what he said. Politicians can only do what we allow them to do. Unfortunately, rather than taking our elected officials to task over their behavior, we tolerate it because we are to lazy to come together. We let their misguided principals dictate to us how we should live our lives.

bandutski on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

BradTank on August 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Classy, ain’t cha?

You need to heed Miss Cindy’s words.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Congrats Robb, you play into the care trolls comments here as well. They’d love to see a bunch of us finally say, screw the progressives in the GOP and I’ll take my vote somewhere else. nathor’s you new buddy.

dumping the conservatives would take the GOP closer to the center\libertarian wing. of course I would love it! but it wont happen :(

Conservatives have coalesced behind the R2 ticket nicely. Go ahead and foment dissention in the ranks by painting all social conservatives by the remarks of one man. Watch what happens to probably the biggest voting block in your party.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

back to the political wilderness I guess.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The RNC is going to have to make good on their threats to abandon the guy. Akin obviously thinks they’re bluffing. So, unless we want to see more of this kind of behavior in the future, he’s going to have to serve as an example to the rest.

I’m not saying that every candidate has to toe the party line on every issue, but clearly Akin’s sole motivation is a selfish one. We couldn’t afford to lose that seat, not with the repeal of Obamacare hanging in the balance. So, he’s not just flouting the “establishment” at the RNC or denying Missourians an issues-based race. He’s putting the economic future of America and the Liberties of all our citizens at risk.

Jerk.

Murf76 on August 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Very well stated.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

While he may have to resign for the good of the party, what perplexes me is that there are far greater issues to be concerned about than what he said. Politicians can only do what we allow them to do. Unfortunately, rather than taking our elected officials to task over their behavior, we tolerate it because we are to lazy to come together. We let their misguided principals dictate to us how we should live our lives.

bandutski on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Agreed. Then he needed to leave it alone. But,..he just couldn’t resist the temptation, could he?

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I’ve never seen so many new people commenting in one thread.

Makes you wonder…

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The Husband said that Karl Rove was on TV vouching for Mr. Akin’s character the day after saying that his organization isn’t going to spend any money on him. Another sign that he is going to stay in the race and the Party will have to make the best of it?

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The one upside to all of this is Republicans holding the position of criminalizing abortion even in cases of rape is going to be dead in all but a few pockets in the Bible Belt. Ridiculous pro-life groups that try to bully Republicans to hold this position in primaries will be given the bird. It will be the equivalent of the liberal position on slavery reparations.

BradTank on August 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

no dude, they are fanatic. this stuff wont silence them a single bit, they will just keep hyping. just watch!

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Above story says Akins placed add buys for 22-27 so he ain’t going anywhere…

sandee on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

faraway on August 21, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Yeah, huh.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

All,

Stop your stupid knee jerk reaction. Even if this fool stays in we will run another Republican as an independent and he/she would win the Missouri Senate seat.

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Oh good grief, folks. This isn’t about social conservatism. It’s about a moron who believes in magic vajayjays. :o

Murf76 on August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Its too late………….

The knees have been jerked, mandatory and appropriate, in this hyper-sensitive electoral sound bite period….and in the interests of, yes, double standards- he’s got to go.

Read my lips- Republicans have to avoid anyone who can be manipulated into being seen as ANTI-Woman. The POTUS race would be over if the womens vote was a little more secure than it otherwise could be. This Akin guy will be the poster child of why womens should vote for Romney- who is painted as wanting to take away their reproductive rights anyway.

Toxic.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

I’m just mentally moving on that we’re probably going to lose this seat. It wouldn’t be the first time SoCon nonsense cost the Republican Party dearly.

BradTank on August 21, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Sing it, brother. What’s a few hundred million dead babies between friends.

Bishop on August 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

I am actually beginning to hate this man. He holds on to not-a-chance harder than Dede Scozzafava. STEP DOWN, DAMMIT.

Book on August 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Bishop on August 21, 2012 at 11:58 AM

You owe me some Windex. I just spewed Diet Coke all over my monitor…again.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Oh good grief, folks. This isn’t about social conservatism. It’s about a moron who believes in magic vajayjays. :o

Murf76 on August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

.
I’ve heard somethings about Tijauna, and if the stories are true,

seeing is believing.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Please stop pretending like you have any clue what most social conservatives believe. You are not capable.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

no dude, they are fanatic. this stuff wont silence them a single bit, they will just keep hyping. just watch!

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

For once, I’ll agree with your pathetic attempts at playing the ends against the middle with us, care troll. We will not change our opinions, (your liberal canard about rapes and incest notwithstanding).

If you actually thought the embarrassing comments of one man would compel a person who is passionate about the sactity of life to say, “Oh wow, what an awkward thing to say. I need to change my convictions to pro-choice”, then you understand less about us than you even can imagine.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Its too late………….

The knees have been jerked, mandatory and appropriate, in this hyper-sensitive electoral sound bite period….and in the interests of, yes, double standards- he’s got to go.

Read my lips- Republicans have to avoid anyone who can be manipulated into being seen as ANTI-Woman. The POTUS race would be over if the womens vote was a little more secure than it otherwise could be. This Akin guy will be the poster child of why womens should vote for Romney- who is painted as wanting to take away their reproductive rights anyway.

Toxic.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

There is zero damage that is going to happen here to the Republicans not matter how hard the liberals try… This guy is now an outcast in the Republican Party and the Republican running as an independent in Missouri is going to win the Senate seat…

mnjg on August 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I think the wrong republican leaders are calling on this buffoon to step down. Lets have Chris Christie have a meaningful conversation with him. Or Gunnery SGT R. Lee Ermey might get his attention.

meci on August 21, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Liberals, who deliver these things at least weekly from their top people and Obama surrogates get away with saying ignorant things with staged MSM mea culpas all the time.

There’s no reason he should be run off for saying something stupid about something that results in 57million slaughtered fetuses before they reach the world from their momma’s womb. They should be concerned about the act which he discusses, not the dumb words about it.

THAT any sane person would be the thing to be disgusted over, all he said were words, meanwhile the people beating him down are doing it over the right to preserve the continued slaughtering of minority babies because even the filthy abortionists admit that’s what they’re doing.

Didn’t hear the left feigning any crocodile tears and outrage over THIS now did we? Of course not… “Caught on video: Abortionist talks of the “ugly black babies” he aborts | LifeSiteNews.com” http://bit.ly/OVt5cK

chicagoray on August 21, 2012 at 12:09 PM

bandutski on August 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Don’t get me wrong–I’m perplexed too. But to say that this incident means that men and women who fought and died for our nation died in vain…no. The beauty of a representative republic is that we get to choose who represents us. And if that person is found wanting, there are means to replace him.

That’s all this is. I don’t see this is a bowing to the society-at-large. Akin the CANDIDATE is not worth the effort you’re exerting on his behalf. His worth as a man I cannot speak for, and I don’t have to.

We only stand in judgment of him as a candidate.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I don’t care if you’re sorry or not. Drop out now before you hand us Obamacare for now until eternity.

hachiban on August 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

harlekwin15 on August 21, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I’m with you. My argument is with Robb who has decided that Mr. Akin is the voice of all social conservatives and therefore should be banished from the Republican party. He should be careful what he wishes for.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM

No. They should not be banished. They should be ridiculed. For their beliefs, no. For not understanding that we have to defeat liberals. And we can’t with idiots like Akin.

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I don’t condone Mr. Akin but I fail to see how that makes social conservatives worthy of ridicule. Especially from you.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If you actually thought the embarrassing comments of one man would compel a person who is passionate about the sactity of life to say, “Oh wow, what an awkward thing to say. I need to change my convictions to pro-choice”, then you understand less about us than you even can imagine.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Pro-baby killers find our position incomprehensible. They can’t seem to wrap their minds around the concept of killing and not killing innocents.

NotCoach on August 21, 2012 at 12:20 PM

No. They should not be banished. They should be ridiculed. For their beliefs, no. For not understanding that we have to defeat liberals. And we can’t with idiots like Akin.

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

At least MJBrutus isn’t afraid to say what most of you actually feel.

The best part of the Romney administration is that he won’t have to bow and scrape to the demands of the kooks who have glommed on to the GOP. Every so often in politics coalitions change and adjust. This is one of those inflection points where the GOP will finally be able to rid itself of the devils known as the religious right. Reagan was the first to truly dine with them, and he was wise enough to use a long spoon. The lesser men who weren’t have allowed the party to be painted with their brush.

MJBrutus on March 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:22 PM

There’s no reason he should be run off for saying something stupid about something that results in 57million slaughtered fetuses…

You don’t have to get to that. The “legitimate” rape and “Magic Shield” are offencive enough for THIS woman.

Are there double standards? Yes.

Is it unfair? Yes.

Is life unfair? Yes.

Does it matter? No.

Resist We Much on August 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I don’t condone Mr. Akin but I fail to see how that makes social conservatives worthy of ridicule. Especially from you.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You really are stupid are’nt you. Oh Limbaugh is basically sticking up for him now. More idiocy. If I’m Akin I stay in now.

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Alert!, Rush is holding a pep rally for Akin now.

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I guess I am stupid if you are the one who makes that determination. I don’t think you are so therefore your opinion is immaterial.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Cindy stupid? Um, she does seem to have the quotes highlighting down.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM

No he isn’t. He has said that Mr. Akin must go. He is just comparing how the two parties handle gaffes. Also, you might want to consider that Mr. Akin will be easier to pry off his stance if he realizes people don’t think he is evil and have some sympathy with his situation. Not you of course, because saving innocent lives is totally stupid to you.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Cindy stupid?

Um, she does seem to have the quotes highlighting down.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:30

PM

I know,

right?

NotCoach on August 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

You really are stupid are’nt you. Oh Limbaugh is basically sticking up for him now. More idiocy. If I’m Akin I stay in now.

And from what I’ve seen, she would’nt be stupid enough to split her contractions incorrectly. Are’nt we being a little caustic here and ca’nt we all just trade comments a bit more respectfully?

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

For those who fantasize about voting for the Libertarian senate candidate for MO instead.
http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/mo-libertarian-candidate-doesn-t-run-from-felony-record/article_67b03a49-4dc5-59d2-b469-52a3002ae44b.html

Jonathan Dine spent four months in state prison after police found a marijuana operation in his apartment near Kansas City four years ago. Prior to that, Dine was locked up in Kansas on charges of stealing and identify theft.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 12:36 PM

NotCoach on August 21, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Right!

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

LOL!! Don’t defend me using grammar!!!

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

How does your comment imply that Cindy is stupid in any way?

blink on August 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM

I was listening to Limbaugh while Robb was saying he was having a pep rally for him. He’s either lying of stupid himself. Rush was calling for him to bow out.

Again, this is all about turning Akin into an attack on Social Conservatives for a lot of the more progressive republicans here. They will do or say anything.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

At this point I’m not sure about that Republican part but progressive is a sure thing.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:35 PM

LOL!! Don’t defend me using grammar!!!

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM

In all fairness, he did get “I’m” right. It’s debatable whether it’s such a tall order figuring that one out though.

But dude, when you’re getting corrected in grammar by hawkdriver, the typo king, your stuff is definately weak.

Must be even more stupid than us, no?

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I cannot believe, more than 24hours after this became headline news, that this POS hasn’t pulled out of the race. What kind of obstinate delusional moron is he? Probably the kind that think women have internal laser beams that kill bad man sperm.

Come on! This disease has got to be cut out! There’s no way he’s going to win that Senate seat and all he’s doing now is ensure Obama has a bat to bash Romney/Ryan in the head with for 3 months.

As for the poll with him leading by one…I heard all day yesterday how Akin had a 10 pt lead over McCaskill, so what’s this, ‘the polls haven’t moved’ stuff? Assuming he had that huge lead which was reported widely yesterday, that means he lost 9pts in a single day. Get the fu*k out. Now!

kit9 on August 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

He looks like he will be on DLoesh radio show 12:35C

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/waiting-3/#comments

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

At this point I’m not sure about that Republican part but progressive is a sure thing.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM

No kiddin’.

The only thing I’m sure about, is that several of them have a lot of bitterness and hatred going on.

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I won’t call him stupid, I’ll just point out that he seems to have a problem with the Constitution or an extreme narcissistic view of himself. Seems to be a common trait in progressives.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 12:51 PM

She was relatively sympathetic to him when this broke.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM

There’s no way to take those words back. The convoluted thinking process that led to them is the exact convolution that has made our Congress dysfunctional.

Mr. Akin, if you love your country, quit the race.

cane_loader on August 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM

This guy is actually selfish enough to hurt our chances at repealing all the damage Obama has done to this country. This self centered p.o.s. needs to think about his children and grand children.

rndmusrnm on August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

She was relatively sympathetic to him when this broke.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:53 PM</blockquote

On my knees anyway, maybe I should scrub the floor.
That's what my mom used to do when she was stressed.

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Oh, I forgive you right readily and think the Dems who voted for you are having a great day. However, if you stay in the race, I’ve got to conclude that you don’t give a damn about anything but your own ambitions.

Yes, I know, in the face of all the Dem shennanigans, this is a pittiful pittance, but the fact is we need to take MO. You, Mr. Akin, will through your own conceit doom millions of more babies to death because we couldn’t take the Senate and the Dems will finally do away with any semblence of the “no federal taxes for abortion” amendments. It’s not about YOU, sir.

Portia46 on August 21, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Grace_is_sufficient

I guess we just see things from a different perspective. I was not defending Akin, I just don’t see this as much as an issue when put in context with situation this country is currently in. It is just something hyped up by the media and unfortunately, as usual, the republicans are playing right in to their hands.
Let’s not talk about the economy, the housing market, or anything that is relevant to the current election. No, we’ll go off on some tangent about some comments made by someone who probably would never get any national coverage except for this one statement. I can sincerely tell you that I would rather stick to my principals and end up living in the street than to disregard my principals and live in a mansion.
All the candidates now are just poll takers. Whichever way the polls tell them to think, that is what their stance is. Heaven forbid that they take a stance based on their own views. This is nothing new in politics, but in my humble opinion, I think that it is far worse than it used to be.

bandutski on August 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

kingsjester on August 21, 2012 at 12:52 PM

True and understated all at the same time. They badmouth Social Conservatives worse than they badmouth Donks.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:59 PM

rndmusrnm on August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I am sure he believe his stance for the innocent unborn is equally important.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

As for the poll with him leading by one…I heard all day yesterday how Akin had a 10 pt lead over McCaskill, so what’s this, ‘the polls haven’t moved’ stuff? Assuming he had that huge lead which was reported widely yesterday, that means he lost 9pts in a single day. Get the fu*k out. Now!

kit9 on August 21, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The poll has a +9 GOP weight. When the deliberate distortion was taken out , moron Akin is losing by significant margins. Ac e had done the math.

bayview on August 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Sounds like a good idea. I don’t think casting Mr. Akin as a bad person is helping the situation.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

He Missouri……should have listened to the Mama Grizzly.

Duh.

PappyD61 on August 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

rndmusrnm on August 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I am sure he believe his stance for the innocent unborn is equally important.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:00 PM

The way these folks talk about their own. Amazing. Out of here Cindy Sue, say hey to the hubby for me.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

I’m pretty sure Dana knows what is at stake here.
I pray God guides her in helping this man to make the right decision like yesterday.

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

If your very vulnerable opponent is practically begging you to stay in the race, that’s as clear a sign as you will ever get that you need to get out NOW.

natasha333 on August 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 1:02 PM

I’ll do it!!

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Oh dear, Rush says in 1996 Mr. Akin asked a member of the MO Republican party to step down for a DUI.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Akin had every right to say what he said – the first amendment protects even phenomenally stupid speech. But the first amendment does not protect anyone from the consequences of their statements.

In this case, Akin has forfeited his shot at the Senate. Tough for him, but he needs to get over it. His life will go on without “Senator” in front of his name. The rest of us? What happens to us if we’re stuck with Harry Reid as Senate majority leader because of Akin’s refusal to face reality?

That’s what matters – not Akins’ rather odd theory of his “predestined” campaign. Maybe he was predestined to show the world how important it is to engage your brain before opening your mouth; if so, mission accomplished. Now go!

natasha333 on August 21, 2012 at 1:14 PM

We have the crazy here whining about being under attack. Quelle surprise. They’re mentally demented paranoiac who always see themselves under attack. Akin probably believes he’s under attack from the evil secularized people and the establishment and whatnot.

But let’s separate things: the only people under attack here are the crazy like Akin and his ilk. The crazy who believe in “God’s Little Shield” and stuff like that. Not social conservatives or pro-lifers: I’m a very conservative Catholic and, as such, a full-spectrum pro-life. Only the people who keep voting for nutjobs like Akin, who listen to his kind of babbling without calling him and others out and who are still trying to defend the man and who still believe he just committed a minor offense (at least here, in their personal blogs they say the man said nothing wrong).

As Gabriel Malor put it:

“I mentioned it on twitter, yesterday, but it bears repeating: Akin’s convenient misconception about pregnancy gave him an easy out when it comes to abortion. He gets to take the tough line on abortion — make it illegal in all cases — but then sooth his guilty conscience by believing some horseshit about women having ways to nonetheless dispose of an unwanted pregnancy. It’s moral cowardice, but I bet you anything Akin thinks he’s a martyr.

Nobody is bad mouthing social conservatives, let alone pro-lifers. What the crazy calls bad mouthing is merely a realistic and objective assessment of their craziness. And it’s necessary to do that to protect the many sane social conservatives out there.

joana on August 21, 2012 at 1:23 PM

No Mr. Akin it is NOT what’s in your heart. It’s what’s in your head that is so horrible. You can apologize over and over but it won’t change your brain. Your heart can be changed but we would hope that when you are considering a vote in Congress that it would be mostly your brain that is being used. What you said was not a gaff but your strongly held belief. That is the same level of Obama saying “You didn’t build that”. That was an insight into his brain and not his heart. You my friend are toast as a politician.

inspectorudy on August 21, 2012 at 1:24 PM

Oh dear, Rush says in 1996 Mr. Akin asked a member of the MO Republican party to step down for a DUI.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Heh. Perhaps double standards are also alive and well in places other than the media? Or, is a DUI by a state official more destructive to society than allowing Harry Reid to remain as Senate majority leader and retain Obamacare?

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I’m pretty sure Dana knows what is at stake here.
I pray God guides her in helping this man to make the right decision like yesterday.

MontanaMmmm on August 21, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Dana L’s reaction so far has broken my heart. She’s done what she has condemned others of other political persuasions of doing, supporting someone on the same side, right or wrong. She is a wonderful bright light, but she’s so wrong about this.

Several young people in my family and among my friends are liberal. Normally, I don’t talk politics, but this year, inspired by Breitbart and the importance of this election, I’ve been working hard to convince them that conservatives have a better path for our country and that there is no “GOP War on Women.” I was actually getting somewhere. Then, Akin just blew that all to hell.

We simply cannot support a man who thinks that pregnancy might indicate that rape couldn’t have happened because if the rape would have been real, or “legitimate,” then a woman’s body would have activated some invisible shield to stop sperm.

limmo on August 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM

a capella on August 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I have a feeling that we are going to have to make the best of Mr. Akin.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Again, this is all about turning Akin into an attack on Social Conservatives for a lot of the more progressive republicans here. They will do or say anything.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Bullsheet.

Since when does “Social Conservative” offer some sort of carte blanche immunity from saying something as stupid like he did?
You are twisting this into a rally around a pro-choice guy, for the sake of rallying around a pro-choice guy. We accuse the democrites of this very same type of parochialism. The only difference is that the media allows them to get away with it. Republicans do not have those same rights. You can choose to ignore the reality, but it exists nonetheless.

His bizarre anatomical calculation of the female sexual reproductive system and his unfortunate slip about the categorization of rape is what has put him on trial. Whether HE drops out or not is ultimately his decision- but his electability is now in question.

But really, who outside of Missouri really knows his political viewpoints or positions? I didn’t.

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 1:38 PM

hawkdriver isn’t turning it into that fight, he is just replying to those who believe Mr. Akin’s remark is the launchpad to remove social conservatives from the Republican party. There are many who are not satisfied with the rallying of the social conservatives to support the Romney/Ryan ticket but to disavow their beliefs or get out.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Oh, awesome, something I’ve never seen before…a single story taking up every single story on Mediaite’s headline banner. Every single one. Take a wild guess what it is?

kit9 on August 21, 2012 at 1:47 PM

It is all in the hands of the people of Missouri.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I was listening to Limbaugh while Robb was saying he was having a pep rally for him. He’s either lying of stupid himself. Rush was calling for him to bow out.

Again, this is all about turning Akin into an attack on Social Conservatives for a lot of the more progressive republicans here. They will do or say anything.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Can only speak for myself, but I wish he’d step down because we don’t need the distraction or the wasting of resources for someone who is not on their game and not prepared.

We have NO room for stupidity and self-inflicted errors. This has to be run close to perfection to overcome the BS the dems are going to throw, the compliance of the LSM and the stupidity of the average voter.

So while I would fight for someone who is being *unfairly* maligned by the press and Dems (redundant), I’m not going to shed a tear or waste energy on someone this clearly unprepared.

There are probably a few out there who are of similar mindset and it has absolutely nothing to do with social conservatism.

kim roy on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I don’t condone Mr. Akin but I fail to see how that makes social conservatives worthy of ridicule. Especially from you.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You really are stupid are’nt you. Oh Limbaugh is basically sticking up for him now. More idiocy. If I’m Akin I stay in now.

Robb on August 21, 2012 at 12:27 PM

I was just going to lurk today. I am legitimately tired of Todd Akin, but when someone calls the most popular and sweetest poster here at hot gas, stupid, I have to weigh in.
Robb, if you’re going to call someone stupid, at least have the minerals to make sure your grammar and spelling is correct.
If you’re going to insult the most popular and sweetest poster here at hot gas, expect to have your a$$hair set on fire and your carcass fed to Dave Drywall, Canada’s first prostate and teabag donor.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Akin just said it flat out on the Dana show. He thinks women make “illegitimate” rape claims to get abortions. THAT IS what he was trying to say. That’s what we knew he said. We were right. He is so wrong. Dana isn’t going to tell him to step down. He isn’t going to step down. Such a complete jerk. Such a mess.

limmo on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Oh dear! Please, let me come to Robb’s aid, no one deserves that.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

limmo on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

That doesn’t make sense and is an even dumber statement. Women don’t have to give reasons to get an abortion.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

If you actually thought the embarrassing comments of one man would compel a person who is passionate about the sactity of life to say, “Oh wow, what an awkward thing to say. I need to change my convictions to pro-choice”, then you understand less about us than you even can imagine.

hawkdriver on August 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

of course, I know you guys well enough to know that you really take your beliefs serious and you will never stop defend them for political convenience.

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

FlaMurph on August 21, 2012 at 12:00 PM

lolol Well, there’s that.

But back to Akin… Dan Quayle’s career was finished on the misspelling of “potato”. And yeah, there’s a double-standard where you have Joe Biden not able to count how many letters are in J-O-B-S and Hank Johnson unconvinced that Guam isn’t going to “tip over”. So, I get why people are upset. But that’s the reality we live with. The wrong isn’t that we expect MORE from our candidates. It’s that Democrats expect LESS.

This election needs to be about the issues.. Medicare, the national debt. Not about the usual inane emotionalism of the Democrat Party. Akin needs to get out of the way and allow Missourians to be a part of that national discussion.

Murf76 on August 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Oh dear! Please, let me come to Robb’s aid, no one deserves that.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM

You are too good, Cindy.
We need a fire to toast the marshmallows.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on August 21, 2012 at 2:02 PM

nathor on August 21, 2012 at 1:59 PM

And yet many social conservatives are calling for this man to step down. My problem with Mr. Akin’s comment has more to do with violence against women than it does about abortion.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

That doesn’t make sense and is an even dumber statement. Women don’t have to give reasons to get an abortion.

Cindy Munford on August 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM

The larger context of Akin’s original comments are that if abortion is illegal with a rape exception then some women would falsely claim to have been raped. He was trying to explain why he is opposed to a rape exception in a world where states are allowed to legislate on the matter. He is not saying anything he hasn’t said in the past on the issue prior to this weekend. He just isn’t talking about the bizarre notion anymore that women have a biological defense mechanism to stop pregnancy when raped.

NotCoach on August 21, 2012 at 2:04 PM

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