Video: Noted party boss castigates Akin for not withdrawing

posted at 9:21 am on August 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Count Sarah Palin among the politely unimpressed with Todd Akin’s dedication to principle in his decision to stay in the race.  “Bless his heart,” Palin told Greta van Susteren (whose own displeasure is couched in less-generous tones), “but you have to know when to hold them and when to fold them.  Believe me, I’ve been there.”  After saying that she knows what Akin might have been trying to do in defending life, Palin emphasizes that the Senate election in Missouri is bigger than one person.  And if Akin won’t get out, Republicans have to find another way to beat Claire McCaskill — by running Palin’s original endorsee in the race as a third party [see update]:


In any other context, having Palin urge a third-party run for a Senate seat would have been the ultimate slap against the GOP establishment. Now, it might be their only option left, unless groups like the NRSC and American Crossroads are willing to eat crow and place some ads in Missouri backing Akin. It depends on the polling, but it’s hard to imagine someone with Akin’s current negatives remaining competitive for long. In October, McCaskill’s campaign is going to start running ads with the video of Akin attempting to claim that “legitimate” rape victims have super-uteri that can resist rapist sperm or something, and the race will end up looking something like Alan Keyes’ competitiveness against Barack Obama in 2004 — unless Missouri voters have another option.

So, has anyone looked up the rules on independent Senate bids in Missouri? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already a matter of considerable research on the Right.

Update: Allahpundit shot me a link to Jim Geraghty last night, who did do the research on third-party bids. The good news? Republicans can get another name on the ballot. The bad news? Missouri has a sore-loser law that disqualifies Steelman and John Brunner. They can put Jim Talent, John Ashcroft, and pretty much anyone else on the ballot they wish — except anyone who was on the primary ballot. Palin actually says in the interview that the GOP needs to run someone like Steelman as an independent, not Steelman herself, which commenters have pointed out to me.


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Missouri Republican voters: you should have listened to Sarah.

aunursa on August 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

A lot of commenters yesterday cited the “no sore loser” law. Talent or Ashcroft can evidently run, but no one from the primary.

beatcanvas on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Sarah Palin – Party Boss

I like it..:)

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Missouri Republican voters: you should have listened to Sarah.

aunursa on August 22, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Sarah gave us O’donnell and the “I am not a witch” hilarity!

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

she was and is right.

rob verdi on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

So, has anyone looked up the rules on independent Senate bids in Missouri? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already a matter of considerable research on the Right.

That was only the main conversation topic of yesterday afternoon, Ed.

Short version is that independent filing deadline has come and gone, and Steelman and Brunner are disqualified from even running as write-ins.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

nathor ,
Castle voted for Cap and Trade, the energy version of Obamacare, that is why he lost.

rob verdi on August 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

A third party candidate would assure a McCaskill win unless Akin drops out before the election. I’m sure that Palin knows that.

cajunpatriot on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

by running Palin’s original endorsee in the race as a third party:

Sorry Ed. She didn’t say Steelman should run 3rd party. She said someone like Steelman should run 3rd party.

And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

who needs Dems to keep a negative issue alive, Reps and conservatives do it by themselves.

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I understood that Steelman couldn’t run. Or Brunner.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Bond, Kit Bond. Write-in.

gracie on August 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

nathor ,
Castle voted for Cap and Trade, the energy version of Obamacare, that is why he lost.

rob verdi on August 22, 2012 at 9:26 AM

sure he did, but better him than coons!

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:28 AM

My understanding is that the deadline for an Independent or third-party candidate to get on the ballot has expired in Missouri, so that options out. A write-in candidacy is still possible, but Missouri has a sore loser law that would prevent Steeleman from making a bid for the seat.

dmataconis on August 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

Short version is that independent filing deadline has come and gone, and Steelman and Brunner are disqualified from even running as write-ins.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

I’m pretty sure we can still run a write-in candidate though (heck, I think you might have been the one to mention this).

Doomberg on August 22, 2012 at 9:29 AM

She’s right. Again.

This is shaping up to be another Trollapalooza kind of day.

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Sarah gave us O’donnell and the “I am not a witch” hilarity!

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Another moronic statement…:)

Palin never endorsed O’Donnell in the primary.

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Short version is that independent filing deadline has come and gone, and Steelman and Brunner are disqualified from even running as write-ins.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

And on that note, congratulations on your inevitable win, Senator McCaskill. You counted on the Republicans to behave like losers even when they had it in the bag, and they didn’t disappoint.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Sore loser law is why Palin said, “The way we do that is to have someone like Sarah Steelman be able to run, even if it’s as a third-party candidate, to be able to run and take this back.”

It’s too late for Brunner or Steelman to run third party. I say move along. Leave it up to the people in state of Missouri.

Fallon on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Sarah Palin – Party Boss

I like it..:)

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

dems like it too

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

The only people that are telling this fool to stay in the race are the ones with a paycheck on the line.

meci on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Short version is that independent filing deadline has come and gone, and Steelman and Brunner are disqualified from even running as write-ins.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Yup. Just updated the post.

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

If we field an independent 3rd candidate, in this modern world with the internet to spread information quickly, and with Akin’s negatives, our candidate would rise quickly, and Akin’s vote share would shrink to less than 5%. So, go for it!

anotherJoe on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

So, has anyone looked up the rules on independent Senate bids in Missouri? I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s already a matter of considerable research on the Right.

Well first let’s assume Achin’ remains in this thing for the duration of the race. He’s delusional enough to do so unfortunately. The consensus seems to be a third party or write-in candidacy is impossible for Steelman(sorry, Cuda) or Brunner due to sore loser laws. Also, a third party candidacy may be impossible altogether barring the GOP negotiating with another party already on the ballot such as the libertarians to replace their candidate with a Republican. Even if that’s legal, it may be very difficult.

As far as I’m aware, a write-in candidacy for someone other than Steelman or Brunner is legal and might be our only way of winning this race. The key is finding a quality candidate with an easy-to-spell name who the entire base can unite behind. And if God willing, Achin’ sees the light and eventually does drop out(and assuming a judge allows it), we can just replace him on the ballot with that write-in candidate.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Reposting what I posted in headlines:

I see only one plausible “write-in” candidate option: Kit Bond.

He’s the only one familiar and popular enough to Missourians to actually run and win what would have to be the largest write-in campaign in American history.

Not Ashcroft (last held office in Missouri 11 years ago), Talent (lost to McCaskill), Danforth (last held office at least 10 years ago), or Wagner (virtual unknown who has never won anything statewide).

If you can’t get Kit Bond, then the write-in stuff won’t work.

Robert_Paulson on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Party Boss??????

gophergirl on August 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Palin never endorsed O’Donnell in the primary.

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Yes, she did. Just after Jim DeMint did.

But keep trying to revise history. It’s worked out so well for you thus far.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

dems like it too

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

RINO PDS…:)

Sweet!

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Palin’s not a party boss, but in the unicorn-and-rainows world Todd Akin has sequestered himself into, Palin’s support of Steelman during the primary makes her a ‘tainted’ voice.

Huckabee’s the only one Todd might listen to, and Huck apparently remains all-in with his candidate, even if it doesn’t just hurt the Republicans in Missouri, but also hurts them nationally as well as Team Romney (or, if you’re a cynic, you could say Huck is all-in with Akin because he doesn’t care if it hurts Team Romney. Be nice if someone at Fox would ask him about his continued support for Todd, since he’s getting a nice chunk ‘o change to be on their airwaves).

jon1979 on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

We gotta get voter turnout high so R&R can at least get MO’s electoral votes for the presedential win. We may split and forfeit the Senate seat between Akin and a write-in but we will win the presidency …MO is a MUST win for the Republicans.

gracie on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

If the American Constitution slot went unfilled as has been reported, can someone, in a simpler process vs. write-in, fill it before Sept 25th?

hillsoftx on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

She’s right. Again.

This is shaping up to be another Trollapalooza kind of day.

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

nathor is on the job.

WisRich on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Well the guy didn’t drop out. So does that mean you all are going to make sure we don’t keep the seat by not voting for the guy? Really? Because of one remark?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

And on that note, congratulations on your inevitable win, Senator McCaskill. You counted on the Republicans to behave like losers even when they had it in the bag, and they didn’t disappoint.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

What does that mean? You expected the GOP to rally around a guy who talked about legitimate rape?

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

well she didn’t know about the sore-loser law, but that law’s kinda silly anyway in my opinion…

Sachiko on August 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

MO has a ‘sore loser’ law. Steelman-who from what many MO commentors have said sounds like no great prize either-can run again.
I lived in St. L. 2005-’06 and whole-heartily recommend…never mind..
I was going to say state senator Jim Lembke-but I just discovered that in the primary Lembke-who was our state rep when we lived in St. L-endorsed… Akin.
How about Jim Talent?

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Yes, she did. Just after Jim DeMint did.

But keep trying to revise history. It’s worked out so well for you thus far.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Didn’t DeMint and Palin both endorse O’Donnell over Coons? I don’t believe either of them endorsed O’Donnell over Castle in the primary. Besides which, it can’t be said enough: Exit polling suggests Castle would have lost just as badly to Coons.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

nathor is on the job.

WisRich on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

They must work shifts.

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

I keep reading that Steelman is prohibited because of Mo’s sore loser law, but how could that law constitutinally supercede a write-in winner? Prune face liar won 34% of 37% of the vote. Hardly a tusami of public support.

Tea Party? Get thou to MO. Save us from his a$$.

Portia46 on August 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Sorry Ed. She didn’t say Steelman should run 3rd party. She said someone like Steelman should run 3rd party.

And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

Flora Duh on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Yes. She said like Steelman.

bazil9 on August 22, 2012 at 9:36 AM

This PROVES Sarah Palin is running.

NickDeringer on August 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I say move along. Leave it up to the people in state of Missouri.

Fallon on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

So if we pretend election of an idiot to the US Senate doesn’t affect all of us – and we use your logic of leaving it to the voters in that state – exactly why does anyone ever get involved on elections in any other state? Should the rule be butt out of any election held in any state other than your own?

katiejane on August 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

What does that mean? You expected the GOP to rally around a guy who talked about legitimate rape?

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I am merely stating that as a matter of fact. There’s a reason Republicans are “The Party of Stupid.” I’m rather agnostic on this whole Akin business, and I can not vote as I do not live in Missouri and have ZERO control over the final outcome.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Sarah gave us O’donnell and the “I am not a witch” hilarity!

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Better than Castle.

Another moronic statement…:)

Palin never endorsed O’Donnell in the primary.

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Wrong. She did endorse O’Donnell in primary. It’s Angle that everyone says she endorsed in the primary when she did not.

topdawg on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I saw her last night, but sheesh, Steelman CANNOT run as an indy per Missouri law — they have a sore losers statute. Palin should know these things before she goes on TV and urges someone to run — who can’t — unless Akin steps down.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Oh my: Palin endorses O’Donnell over Castle

Stop trying to revise history. She endorsed the Wicked Witch of Wilmington when there was still a chance to stop her.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Well the guy didn’t drop out. So does that mean you all are going to make sure we don’t keep the seat by not voting for the guy? Really? Because of one remark?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Be realistic. His favorables are in the toilet after that remark and his subsequent attempts at damage control and spin. People are not going to vote for him. If the choice on Election Day is Achin’ or McCaskill, the Dems hold onto this seat for 6 more years. Period.

What we’re trying to do is find an alternative way to take what should be a gimme seat. Will it be more difficult than it should’ve been all along? Absolutely. But it’s far preferable to a vain attempt at convincing 50.1% of the voters in Missouri to pull the lever for this nutjob.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

it is always nice to see lickspittles foam at the mouth
whenever a thread about this woman appears…

tell us, are you currently venting 1/10 as much venom
at MIKE HUCKABEE, the bloated jackazz who went all in
for this cluster????

ToddPA on August 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Didn’t DeMint and Palin both endorse O’Donnell over Coons? I don’t believe either of them endorsed O’Donnell over Castle in the primary. Besides which, it can’t be said enough: Exit polling suggests Castle would have lost just as badly to Coons.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

Nope. They both endorsed O’Donnell over Castle in the primary.
http://hotair.com/archives/2010/09/09/oh-my-palin-endorses-odonnell-over-castle/

And from what I recall, exit polls showed Castle in a dead heat with Coons.

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

I am merely stating that as a matter of fact. There’s a reason Republicans are “The Party of Stupid.” I’m rather agnostic on this whole Akin business, and I can not vote as I do not live in Missouri and have ZERO control over the final outcome.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I’m simply curious as to how you see that Republicans have “behaved like losers” during this whole asinine saga.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Just out of curiosity… if by some small miracle Akin dropped out using the court order option, how would the replacement candidate be chosen? Would the “party bosses” choose the candidate or is there some other mechanism to pick the candidate? Does the “sore loser” law still apply?

texgal on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Shut up, Sarah. The decision belongs to Missourians and no one else.

Of course, this comes from the intellecutal heavyweight who couldn’t name a SCOTUS decision she disagreed with, thinks we have a two-party system, and told people they have to pick a party.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

A third party candidate would assure a McCaskill win unless Akin drops out before the election. I’m sure that Palin knows that.

cajunpatriot on August 22, 2012 at 9:27 AM

…that’s what I thought until thinking that they advertised for Dems to come out and vote for Akin’s…and he barely beat out his rivals in a 30-30-30 primary.

KOOLAID2 on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Wrong. She did endorse O’Donnell in primary. It’s Angle that everyone says she endorsed in the primary when she did not.

topdawg on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

That’s odd. I don’t recall Palin’s endorsement being an issue until O’Donnell actually won the nomination. Maybe I just remember it that way cause that’s when I started paying attention. I don’t usually get wee-weed up about controversial elections in states I can’t vote in.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Wrong. She did endorse O’Donnell in primary. It’s Angle that everyone says she endorsed in the primary when she did not.

topdawg on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

You’re right, I confused the two..:)

idesign on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

You do realize that Dr. Paul dropped out of the race, rght?

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

The “Update” post is still not correct. We cannot get any other name “on the ballot.” A write-in is the only option, and this person is absolutely not “on the ballot.”

One thread talked about a slot on the Constitution Party.

The misinformation and disinformation being scammed on this entire issue is ridiculous.

matthew8787 on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Shut up, Sarah. The decision belongs to Missourians and no one else.

Of course, this comes from the intellecutal heavyweight who couldn’t name a SCOTUS decision she disagreed with, thinks we have a two-party system, and told people they have to pick a party.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

So you’re personally attacking the woman for simply having an opinion?

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I wrote the following at the end of another thread. I submit it again because the more I hear from this man, the more I’m convinced he’s not working with a full deck and has a really nasty character. He is not a good man:

But Mr. Akin, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world… but for the Senate?

There is absolutely nothing in this world more arrogant, more evil, more dangerous than a man who thinks he knows God’s mind. This man is not nice. He’s certainly not decent. He is willing to sacrifice the lives of millions of people and destroy America for his “principles” which are nothing more than his personal ambition. He’s talking about a “national” stage. Absolutely despicable conceit for his own ego.

AND he’s a liar. He said more than one word and everything he’s said since he proclaimed women had magic wombs (stupid, ignorant—sensitivity has absolutely nothing to do with it) has been a lie. Despicable. Claire M bought and paid for this tool and it’s working [Dems spent 1.5 million getting him nominated and Dems voted in the Republican Primary to help get Claire's wish fulfilled].

And this “man of the unheard” people, turned off his phones and shut down his e-mail so he didn’t have to hear anything but the voices in his head. Evil.

So, we’d better find winable candidates and put our money where our interests lie. Allen? Scott Brown?

Portia46 on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

So you’re personally attacking the woman for simply having an opinion?

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Of course.

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

If Castle won, he would have been seated in the Senate right away, and the DREAM Act would be reality.

Thank you Palin.

sentinelrules on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

So you’re personally attacking the woman for simply having an opinion?

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

No. That’s a straw man.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Why all the hatred toward a good conservative woman?

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Shut up, Sarah. The decision belongs to Missourians and no one else.

Of course, this comes from the intellecutal heavyweight who couldn’t name a SCOTUS decision she disagreed with, thinks we have a two-party system, and told people they have to pick a party.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

So you’re personally attacking the woman for simply having an opinion?

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

I think Dante is attacking Palin for being a Republican. It fits into his M.O.

gryphon202 on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Palin, Romney, Preibus, Malkin, Hannity, Limbaugh, Beck —what sayeth Huckabee? You know, the one and only one who could have gotten the guy out?

Ed: when are you going to look into that guy? We know what Sarah said.

Why is Huckabee still on the speaking schedule at the Convention with the havoc within the Republican party he has fermented?

(havoc: (n); widespread destruction)

Marcus on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Just out of curiosity… if by some small miracle Akin dropped out using the court order option, how would the replacement candidate be chosen? Would the “party bosses” choose the candidate or is there some other mechanism to pick the candidate? Does the “sore loser” law still apply?

texgal on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Stop that. Your questions are entirely too sensible. We must keep venting about Akin for another 48 hours, not analyze alternative options.

matthew8787 on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Every day we spend talking about this self-deluded buffoon, and every day this blog is saturated with wall-to-wall headlines on one Senate candidate from Missouri, is another day the focus is off the seditious sociopath in the White House.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

The GOP cannot rally around this guy. He is already impacting the national ticket and God knows what other Senate races his disease is going to infect. The GOP financial machine has already pulled out and to pull back in would send the message the GOP agrees with Akin. So it is over for Akin – he blew it and should have withdrawn, but to protect the ticket we either do a write-in campaign or move our resources to another race in the hopes we can pull another candidate into being competitive. The GOP must treat this man like he has the plague, although the damage may already be done as Ryan is being tied to Akin and there are plans to fly planes with banners at every campaign stop Ryan is in. The WP had a story on it (I will try to find the link).

This is a disaster and this man must be isolated asap. If you give him money he will stay in. The sooner he gets the message the better off we all are. Did you see him on Hannity last night? It was a disaster.

So right now, the way I see it, the chances of ObamaCare repeal just dropped precipitously. Now we need to worry about the impact to national races and the national ticket itself. All from one bozo who is too arrogant to get the hell out of way. He can join Roberts and share a few beers and talk about how they screwed the country.

gmerits on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

I’m simply curious as to how you see that Republicans have “behaved like losers” during this whole asinine saga.

changer1701 on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

they did! duh! Akin did not fold the pressure and it was a epic circular firing squad moment!

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Actually a good candidate with conservative bonafides that fits the “like Sarah Steelman” role is Jo Ann Emerson, congresswoman since 1996.

rp on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Give it up – move on. The seat is lost; ego & stupidity triumph.
Priority Number 1:
Get Obama out of office.

The more everyone dwells on Akin, the more Obama gets to hide away giving interviews about his favorite “Happy Meal”, teletubbie and sock color.

albill on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Shut up, Sarah. Dante. The decision belongs to Missourians and no one else.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Called an opinion..
I see you have one too.

bazil9 on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Sarah you were endorsed by the Libertarian Party of Alaska in your governor’s race in 2006. You publicly thanked the Libertarian Party for your election on election night at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage. I was there. I saw you give Jason Dowell, Libertarian Party Chair, a big bear hug in front of the cameras.

You should know that there’s a Libertarian Party candidate – Jonathan Dine – on the ballot in Missouri.

How about returning the favor Sarah. Back the Libertarian in the race.

ericdondero on August 22, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Why is Huckabee still on the speaking schedule at the Convention with the havoc within the Republican party he has fermented?

+1 million

I say yank his fat ass and cancel his hotel room, as well — unless and until he convinces Akin to quit with an unappealable court order.

matthew8787 on August 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Well the guy didn’t drop out. So does that mean you all are going to make sure we don’t keep the seat by not voting for the guy? Really? Because of one remark?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It was a bad remark, followed by bad remarks, and more bad remarks. A national politician is measured by how he reacts when he’s tested. Akin failed his test. He’s toast. You can’t turn toast back into bread. You can’t unjump the shark.

Paul-Cincy on August 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

No. That’s a straw man.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Not at all. She spoke out on something and you basically told her to mind her own business because she couldn’t answer a couple of questions in a previous campaign.

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Akin has been bought and paid for by Axelrod and Organizing for America. He’s working for the other side.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

I usually give Palin no credit, but she was right here. And she is right now. If Akin does not do the honorable thing and drop out, the RNC needs to field a 3rd party challenger.

And anyone saying how a 3rd party challenget would have no shot, lets remember that if it was not for one idiotic statement, Akin would have 99.99% been likely to win. CM has been an awful Senator, and even against Akin, will not win by more than a few percentage points. And if you give people a reason not to vote for her, even with Akin in the way, CM will still lose.

milcus on August 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Update: Allahpundit shot me a link to Jim Geraghty last night, who did do the research on third-party bids. The good news? Republicans can get another name on the ballot. The bad news? Missouri has a sore-loser law that disqualifies Steelman and John Brunner. They can put Jim Talent, John Ashcroft, and pretty much anyone else on the ballot they wish — except anyone who was on the primary ballot. Palin actually says in the interview that the GOP needs to run someone like Steelman as an independent, not Steelman herself, which commenters have pointed out to me.

Short version is that independent filing deadline has come and gone, and Steelman and Brunner are disqualified from even running as write-ins.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Yup. Just updated the post.

Ed Morrissey on August 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Clarification needed, Mr Morrissey. Has the deadline passed for an Independent Conservative, or not? Is the only option a write-in candidate.

Basilsbest on August 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

So you’re personally attacking the woman for simply having an opinion?

GOPRanknFile on August 22, 2012 at 9:42 AM

No. That’s a straw man.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:43 AM

You keep using that word…

/Hello! My name is…

Irritable Pundit on August 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Just out of curiosity… if by some small miracle Akin dropped out using the court order option, how would the replacement candidate be chosen? Would the “party bosses” choose the candidate or is there some other mechanism to pick the candidate? Does the “sore loser” law still apply?

texgal on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I believe the party leaders would have to pick a new candidate. I was under the impression they could go with Brunner or Steelman under those circumstances since they’d be tapped as the Republican nominee, thus the sore loser law would be irrelevant.

Doughboy on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Palin actually says in the interview that the GOP needs to run someone like Steelman as an independent, not Steelman herself, which commenters have pointed out to me.

Oh, please. You think she meant like as in similar?

This is spin and rationalization at its worst.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Update: Allahpundit shot me a link to Jim Geraghty last night, who did do the research on third-party bids. The good news? Republicans can get another name on the ballot. The bad news? Missouri has a sore-loser law that disqualifies Steelman and John Brunner.

The only play is to keep up pressure on Akin to drop out of the race. Running a third candidate is idiotic for the GOP. It will cost millions of dollars, suck up a ton of time, and will almost assuredly result in a McCaskill victory by splitting the GOP & indie vote.

If Akin stays in, the Missouri GOP has to suck it up, spend its advertising dollars on other races, and hope for the best. Unfortunate.

Outlander on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

I saw her last night, but sheesh, Steelman CANNOT run as an indy per Missouri law — they have a sore losers statute. Palin should know these things before she goes on TV and urges someone to run — who can’t — unless Akin steps down.

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Try exercising some of your nom de plume, She said someone like Steelman should run 3rd party.

Always so many to rush judgment on her only to continually be embarrassed.

Skwor on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Akin has been bought and paid for by Axelrod and Organizing for America. He’s working for the other side.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

is it that easy to plant unelectable dolts in the GOP?

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Oh my: Palin endorses O’Donnell over Castle

Stop trying to revise history. She endorsed the Wicked Witch of Wilmington when there was still a chance to stop her.

KingGold on August 22, 2012 at 9:38 AM

And we’d have been better off with Castle? Yeah right. A guy whose lifetime ACU rating was 52%. 28% in ’05 and ’08. 20% in ’07.

F from NRA and GOA.

43% from Club for Growth.

0 from National Right to life. 100 from Planned Parenthood.

Voted for Cap and Trade.

Voted for Auto bailouts.

Voted for TARP.

topdawg on August 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Oh, please. You think she meant like as in similar?

This is spin and rationalization at its worst.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Your behaving like a hack

Oh sorry by your logic you MUST actually be a hack.

Skwor on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Oh, please. You think she meant like as in similar?

This is spin and rationalization at its worst.

Dante on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

If she’s as stupid and inconsequential as you seem to think she is-then what does it matter to you what she says?

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Just out of curiosity… if by some small miracle Akin dropped out using the court order option, how would the replacement candidate be chosen? Would the “party bosses” choose the candidate or is there some other mechanism to pick the candidate? Does the “sore loser” law still apply?

texgal on August 22, 2012 at 9:40 AM

I’ve been hearing that the state GOP committee would make the new appointment to the ticket. The sore loser law would still apply. But don’t quote me on that.

WisRich on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

is it that easy to plant unelectable dolts in the GOP?

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Dante, this nathor. Nathor, this is Dante. Now, go form your own Dr. Paul Fan Club…somewhere else.

Dante, that’s an opinion.

Not a Straw Man.

kingsjester on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Run another candidate as a third party, and keep pressuring Akin to drop out. Eventually he’ll realize what little chance he did have falls to zero in a three person race, and he’ll drop out to endorse the other guy.

Just, gotta make certain to grab somebody popular. Are you sure there’s nothing we can bribe John Ashcroft with?

WolvenOne on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I usually give Palin no credit, but she was right here. And she is right now. If Akin does not do the honorable thing and drop out, the RNC needs to field a 3rd party challenger.

Does anyone read? We are past the Missouri deadline for a third party independent run (July 30 was deadline). So, no, Palin was factually incorrect and was unprepared for the interview. She could have led and been a hero. Instead she made matters worse by confusing the situation.

Write-in is the only option unless Akin withdraws and can get his name legally removed from the ballot.

There is total confusion because no one will lay out the alternatives that are legally available.

matthew8787 on August 22, 2012 at 9:51 AM

+1 million

I say yank his fat ass and cancel his hotel room, as well — unless and until he convinces Akin to quit with an unappealable court order.

matthew8787 on August 22, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I’d like nothing better than to see this lump of vain puss pulled from the RNC — but the GOP does not need to add THAT drama to this. He would cry like a little girl about mean old Mitt until the end of time. Nope. Have him speak — and stand there in his spectacular stupidity, enjoying his “golf applause.”

Rational Thought on August 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Clarification needed, Mr Morrissey. Has the deadline passed for an Independent Conservative, or not? Is the only option a write-in candidate.

Basilsbest on August 22, 2012 at 9:48 AM

I’m not Ed, but the filing deadline has passed for anything but a write-in candidate. Akin’s meltdown could not have come at a better time for Democrats.

Doomberg on August 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

And we’d have been better off with Castle? Yeah right. A guy whose lifetime ACU rating was 52%. 28% in ’05 and ’08. 20% in ’07.

F from NRA and GOA.

43% from Club for Growth.

0 from National Right to life. 100 from Planned Parenthood.

Voted for Cap and Trade.

Voted for Auto bailouts.

Voted for TARP.

topdawg on August 22, 2012 at 9:50 AM

better castle than coons. its Delaware! what do you expect?

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Akin has been bought and paid for by Axelrod and Organizing for America. He’s working for the other side.

Right Mover on August 22, 2012 at 9:47 AM

is it that easy to plant unelectable dolts in the GOP?

nathor on August 22, 2012 at 9:49 AM

WRONG. Huckabee did his TV commercials. Huckabee did his fluff interviews after Sunday. And Huckabee does not want him gone. Huckabee doesn’t like Romney, never has.

Marcus on August 22, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Well the guy didn’t drop out. So does that mean you all are going to make sure we don’t keep the seat by not voting for the guy? Really? Because of one remark?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 22, 2012 at 9:33 AM

It isn’t just one word, and it isn’t just one remark.

B]arely two weeks into the general-election campaign, Akin committed a series of gaffes. He called a McCaskill campaign website attacking his record accurate, admitted not knowing what was in a farm bill important to his state, suggested reconsideration of civil-rights laws, and called a federal school-lunch program unconstitutional. Akin’s recent statement that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy, while uniquely offensive, was just the worst in a series of statements advertising his unsuitability and the final straw that caused GOP leaders to conclude that he is unelectable against even the extremely vulnerable McCaskill.

aunursa on August 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

If this race is lost, the only reason will be the GOP. By acting like a pack of braying donkeys and jumping on Akin like a pack of mad dogs, the GOP biggies clearly signified their AGREEMENT to make a big deal out of this and to keep it in the media spotlight.

Pulling money and support from him AND making a public display of doing it is a major betrayal. Make no mistake about it – that massive betrayal will not go unnoticed by future candidates and/or people who might think about running. The highly qualified will think long and hard about what the risk is to run as a GOPer.

The GOP hierarchy thinks that using a machine gun in the dugout is entertainment. Yet it’s us peons that pay the price with lousy representatives no matter what label they wear.

platypus on August 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Akin has to go by 9/25…which means he won’t

sentinelrules on August 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Your = should have been You are

Skwor on August 22, 2012 at 9:53 AM

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