Huckabee: Second look at Todd Akin

posted at 4:41 pm on August 23, 2012 by Allahpundit

Akin’s first defensive move after people tried to get him to quit was to frame this as a “conservatives vs. liberal elite media” fight. Since his main “liberal media” tormentor was Sean Hannity, that didn’t work. So then he tried to make it a “grassroots conservatives vs. party bosses” thing. That didn’t work either once the Tea Party Express called on him to quit. Now here comes the “social conservatives vs. RINO moderates” pitch. From the man who endorsed David Dewhurst in Texas…

The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left him behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound. In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was tragic to see the carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican. Not for a moral failure or corruption or a criminal act, but for a misstatement which he contritely and utterly repudiated. I was shocked by GOP leaders and elected officials who rushed so quickly to end the political life of a candidate over a mistaken comment in an interview. This was a serious mistake, but it was blown out of proportion not by the left, but by Akin’s own Republican Party. Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates? Do we forgive and forget the verbal gaffes of Republicans who are “conveniently pro-life” for political advantage, but crucify one who truly believes that every life is sacred?

Who ordered this “Code Red” on Akin? There were talking point memos sent from the National Republican Senatorial Committee suggesting language to urge Akin to drop out. Political consultants were ordered to stay away from Akin or lose future business with GOP committees. Operatives were recruited to set up a network of pastors to call Akin to urge him to get out. Money has changed hands to push him off the plank. It is disgraceful. From the spotlights of political offices and media perches, it may appear that the demand for Akin’s head is universal in the party. I assure you it is not. There is a vast, but mostly quiet army of people who have an innate sense of fairness and don’t like to see a fellow political pilgrim bullied. If Todd Akin loses the Senate seat, I will not blame Todd Akin. He made his mistake, but was man enough to admit it and apologize. I’m waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves. It wasn’t just Todd Akin that was treated with contempt by the thinly veiled attack on Todd Akin. It was all the people who have faithfully knocked doors, made calls, and made sacrificial contributions to elect Republicans because we thought we were welcome in the party. Todd Akin owned his mistake. Who will step up and admit the effort being made to discredit Akin and apologize for the sleazy way it’s been handled?

There’s more at the link. The timing is no coincidence, I take it: Akin met with a group of social conservative leaders and activists in Tampa last night, presumably to plan some sort of coordinated pushback against the calls for him to get out. According to Tony Perkins, the goal was “to talk to him and encourage him in the stand he’s been taking.” Makes sense that Huckabee, who has huge name recognition and a megaphone at Fox News, would take the lead on it. But he’s not alone:

“Following the pounding of Todd Akin by the GOP kings and lieutenants in the last 36 hours, I’ve come to the conclusion that the real issue is the soul of America,” wrote David Lane, an evangelical activist who’s influential in the Republican Party, in an e-mail to fellow activists Thursday morning.

“The swift knee-jerk reaction to throw Akin, a strong conservative pro-life, pro-family born again Christian under the bus by some in the Republican Party is shining the light on their actual agenda,” Lane continued.

“We haven’t seen anything this vicious since some of the same operatives did this to (Sarah) Palin.”

Perkins also sent out a blast e-mail last night noting that the GOP has stood by moderates in the past and therefore “Singling out Todd suggests a double standard, designed to drive out social conservatives.” Why are heavy hitters like him and Huckabee ready to fight and die on Magic Uterus Hill when there’s overwhelming bipartisan disgust at Akin for what he said? Because, I think, of the phenomenon that Phil Klein identified in his piece at the Examiner this morning. This is the first time since the rise of the tea party that virtually the entire right, including the Tea Party Express, has united against a Republican candidate for saying something fringe-y enough to imperil his chances of winning. An exasperated Jim Geraghty points to Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle, and Carl Paladino and writes, “These candidates and their teams always insist that they know better. They always insist that they have some sort of secret understanding of the race, some sort of secret game plan or strategy that will completely change the circumstances. And they always, always, always lose.” (Not surprisingly, Sharron Angle’s campaign manager is fully supportive of Akin staying in.) Klein’s point is that a lot of conservatives have come to feel the same exasperation about winnable seats, especially in an election cycle that represents the last chance to repeal ObamaCare before the program starts.

What makes Huck et al. nervous about that, I think, is that if Akin drops out and his replacement wins the seat, Republicans may conclude that good things can happen for the party if it’s unforgiving of controversial pronouncements by socially conservative candidates. Akin’s not the only man in America with funny ideas about women’s alleged biological rape defenses, after all. Which beliefs are too controversial for a candidate to hold, and will the standard for that shift over time? None of this is meant as a defense of Akin, mind you — I think he should go pronto for his crankery, the upshot of which was to suggest that it’s not really rape if a woman gets pregnant — but this is why I think you’re seeing a circling of the wagons from social conservatives. It’s not so much about Akin as the fact that they’d rather lose this seat and keep the Overton window where it is for future GOP candidates than win by letting it shift, because no one knows exactly where it might shift to.

You’ll be pleased to know, incidentally, that Claire McCaskill thinks that Rasmussen poll showing her up 10 points is awfully fishy and that Akin has a much better chance of beating her than anyone thinks. I guess he’d better stay in the race then, huh? Exit question: Huck et al. keep noting that Akin has apologized repeatedly and therefore should be forgiven. Has he apologized for the actual nuts and bolts of what he said, though? When he talked to Huckabeethe other day, he made it sound like his mistake was simply using the word “legitimate” in the context of rape. (“I said one word in one sentence on one day, and everything changed.”) But his more substantive mistake was passing along quack science about the likelihood of pregnancy during violent sexual assault. Has he apologized for that too? I’m asking earnestly; I might have missed it.

Update: A few people on Twitter have wondered whether the RNC should rescind Huckabee’s invitation to speak at the convention for this. You think? You think Mitt Romney, whose abortion flip-flopping has already made him untrustworthy to social cons, is going to restart a war with Huck 10 weeks out from election day — when all Huck’s really doing is defending the GOP nominee for Senate in Missouri? C’mon.


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GO. AWAY.

Take Akin with you.

Red Cloud on August 23, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Shut up and eat another Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

22044 on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Last look at Phuckabee?

Archivarix on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Agreed…GO AWAY.

neoavatara on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Dock him the speaking slot at the RNC. If he’s clearly going to defy and work against the wishes of our party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees, as well as our party’s chair, insulting them in the process, why are we keeping him around?

Seriously. Is Huckabee really so important to connect with voters that he deserves the slot after this?

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Who ordered this “Code Red” on Akin?

Gee, where was Huck when the same crowd ordered the hit job on Sarah Palin? Wasn’t much of her problem Trig? Can’t go around having babies like that in the GOP?

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

C’mon, Akin! Why didn’t you just say that Guam could tip over?

This coulda all been avoided.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Jeez Huck!

Bless your heart.

jaime on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

No second look. What he said is so breathtakingly stupid, I wonder how hes functioned for his 65 years.

And his mea culpa showed a level a delusion that should be a basis for institutionalization.

bloghooligan on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

You’re know you’re right when you’re on the opposite side from Huckleberry.

Pretty ironic for this clown to be calling anyone a RINO!

LevinFan on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Huckabee is a degenerate hypocrite.

So is Obama.

Do you look back fondly on Bill Clinton’s time in office as an era of prosperity? President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign hopes you do—because it will be unleashing the gifted politician, sometimes known as “the Big Dog,” in battleground states.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Bless his heart, poor huck is someone I do not take advice from!
L

letget on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Akin’s not the only man in America with funny ideas about women’s alleged biological rape defenses, after all.

Please do yourself a favor and don’t approvingly link George Soros’ personal propaganda outlet. Thanks bunches!

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The crazy is strong in huckabee.

RNC are so lucky that they shunned Palin but got Huck for the convention.

the_nile on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

It used to be nearly impossible to hate Huckabee more.

He is a socialist hypocritical swine, preaching to the worls, living better than kings, just like Obama.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

I wish they would cancel his Fox show.

stefanite on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Huckabee needs a dog shame sign around his neck:

I eat too much and back albatrosses around my party’s neck.
I also hide meat in the couch.

AllahsNippleHair on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Fluke the Huck, not in a good way.

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Dock him the speaking slot at the RNC. If he’s clearly going to defy and work against the wishes of our party’s presidential and vice presidential nominees, as well as our party’s chair, insulting them in the process, why are we keeping him around?

Seriously. Is Huckabee really so important to connect with voters that he deserves the slot after this?

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:51 PM

I agree. THen again Huckleberry never deserved that slot in the first place.

It’s bad enough we have to listen to the terrorist loving phony in Krispy Kreme Kristy!

LevinFan on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Huck has always been a joke. Not sure why he is considered important to the GOP.

I’m still put off by the fact that evangelicals listen to him simply b/c he is an evangelical.

Tribalism belongs on the left. If Huckabee weren’t an evangelical, nobody would pay attention to him. He isn’t conservative and isn’t that bright.

Monkeytoe on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

worls = world

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

but this is why I think you’re seeing a circling of the wagons from social conservative. They’d rather lose this seat and keep the Overton window where it is for Republican candidates than win by letting it shift, because no one knows exactly where it might shift to.

I suspect that it’s more like the don’t trust the GOP to have their best interests at heart?

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

That picture could pass for Gomer Pyle…

d1carter on August 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Selfish Swine

Schadenfreude on August 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

When your main defender is the Huckster, then you need to go. Pro-life, even in cases of rape or incest, is fine. But to have an ignorant, anti-science view of conception is toxic. We need less idiots in Congress, not more.

rbj on August 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Get him out and blame it on his horrible comb-over if that’ll make the socialcons feel better.

blue13326 on August 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Great, does the whole social conservative movement want to go down with this ship?

ninjapirate on August 23, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Mother of god.

nicktjacob on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Both of you — piss off.

Now.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

It’s bad enough we have to listen to the terrorist loving phony in Krispy Kreme Kristy!

LevinFan on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Chris Christie’s going to bring that house down. And it’s going to tick you off so very much.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Huck you are in no man’s land. Ciao.

DrStock on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Akin, Bro! To get into the good graces of the Commie Party, yer just gonna hafta go to YouTube.

Cut yourself a video of you, birthing a baby up to it’s skull. Pierce the skull with anything handy. Maybe a letter opener. Get yer vacuum cleaner and suck it’s brain out. That nozzle extension is perfecto. Then chuck the stupid “parasite” out into the front yard.

The Commie Party, especially the she-males, will love ya, Man!

Listen to me!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Huck comes on after rush where I am, I catch a couple minutes of his show sometimes. I am always surprised at just how much of a moron (at least with moronic ideas) he is, today I see no reason to change my opinion.

traye on August 23, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Please do yourself a favor and don’t approvingly link George Soros’ personal propaganda outlet. Thanks bunches!

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Can I link them if they publish a post insisting that the sky is blue? The post I linked simply compiled old reports of other people saying stuff similar to Akin. If you think they’ve got their facts wrong, say so.

Allahpundit on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Yet another reason Huckabee needs to go the F away.

I’ve hated Huckabee since 2008; it’s largely a result of his jackassery that McCain won the nomination. He is as much a RINO as Romney is, but because he loves Jesus, I’m supposed to give him a pass on his BS?

Go the hell away, and take Akin with you.

John_Locke on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

OK, it’s obvious now:

Huckabee = Democrat plant

stefanite on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Now we just need Rick Santorum to come to Akin’s defense…

oh yes

Jeddite on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

..over and under on Huck-a-buck going Mr Creosote on us: October 23rd — four days after Dick Morris Super Novas.

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

And now for special guest appearances by Aikin on Huck’s show from now until the election.

JPeterman on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

[My rcp comment:] Now we have some people maintaining that Akin is an anti-establishment hero. No, the Tea Party, and virtually every Republican, whether of “the establishment” or not, has denounced Akin and his comment that the female body rejects pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” Akin has now tried to walk that back, but his initial statement was full and detailed — and it will be used against us like a wrecking ball. I have personally always been pro-evangelical, but if the evangelicals want to be the only source of sustenance for Akin; if the evangelicals are going to go out of their way to keep this destructive train wreck of a candidate in the MO race, I and many other Republicans may in the future start to distance ourselves from evangelicals. No, that’s not I want. I want to stick with evangelicals, I want all types of conservatives to be together in an unstoppable juggernaut. I implore the evangelicals and Huckabee to do the right thing here, to think about the wider issue of party unity. And I have stood with the evangelicals on Chick Fil A, and on so many issues, and on a general feeling of shared empathy against the war on Christianity that has occurred. Time for us to come together, but drop Akin please.

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

This is the man who pardons murderers under the pretense of forgiveness. I see he hasn’t learned his lesson.

I have forgiven people for a lot of things, and I’ve never seen them get a senate seat along with that forgiveness. I don’t know why Todd Akin should be any different.

stldave on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

“Socail” conservatives are no better than their lib counterparts. They want guvmint to push their brand of morality.

Animal60 on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

BTW, I’ve been saying for more than a couple years now that the 2008 abortion platform changes to no rape exception would come back to haunt the GOP. I never imagined it would blow up like this though.

Seriously, this is an existential threat to social conservatives. We’re talking about no recovery ever. These people have gotten greedy with their “purity” and will pay everything for it.

ninjapirate on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

“..and don’t skimp on the Pâté!”

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

“We haven’t seen anything this vicious since some of the same operatives did this to (Sarah) Palin.”

You name dropper, you.

Palin wasn’t viciously attacked by a wide spectrum of Republicans during the 2008 election for some gaffe, she was never asked to step down for them, nor was there any promise to pull support from the ticket.

Quit dragging other people into the mess Akin made.

Dusty on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

ahhh, the lynch mob thread.

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Update: A few people on Twitter have wondered whether the RNC should rescind Huckabee’s invitation to speak at the convention for this. You think? You think Mitt Romney, whose abortion flip-flopping has already made him untrustworthy to social cons, is going to restart a war with Huck 10 weeks out from election day — when all Huck’s really doing is defending the GOP nominee for Senate in Missouri? C’mon.

Palin would be a great change.

the_nile on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

And now for special guest appearances by Aikin on Huck’s show from now until the election.

Will anyone be listening? I didn’t know he was still on the air?
L

letget on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

You think Mitt Romney, whose abortion flip-flopping has already made him untrustworthy to social cons, is going to restart a war with Huck 10 weeks out from election day — when all Huck’s really doing is defending the GOP nominee for Senate in Missouri?

The conservatives – even social conservatives – are siding with Romney, not Huckabee or Akin here, Washington-based think tanks notwithstanding. There’s absolutely no reason why threatening Huckabee with the speaking slot is out of order.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

lmao so how soon before Paul Ryan talks about how rape is really a blessing if a woman gets pregnant?

Zekecorlain on August 23, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Internecine warfare on the horizon.

Team Obama is laughing their heads off at our stupidity.

technopeasant on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“Socail” conservatives are no better than their lib counterparts. They want guvmint to push their brand of morality.

Animal60 on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM

That’s not true whatsoever… I hate how stupid professional social conservatives have gotten by digging themselves into a whole on this abortion and rape issue but our Constitution is only adequate for a socially conservative republic. We will find that out soon enough.

ninjapirate on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama has already demonstrated that he’ll use ObamaCare to not only force taxpayers to fund abortions, but to force religious organizations to provide them. If Huckabee and Perkins would rather lose the war than give up their precious power base by admitting a minor defeat with Akin, then they have absolutely no right to call themselves pro-life. They care about keeping their seat at the table more than they do about putting this country on the right track.

I’ve never been a big fan of social conservatives, but I’ve defended them, especially when it comes to pro-life policies. I’m done doing that now. These men are psychopaths. They’re the real RINOs and establishmentarians.

Caiwyn on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Huckabee needs a dog shame sign around his neck:

AllahsNippleHair on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The Cone of Shame

aunursa on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

whole

Um… typing fast… “hole”.

ninjapirate on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Ah, Huck himself. The greatest Huckatroll of all.

Where are apocalyps and the rest of the Huckatrolls to tell other socons what a genius Huck is?

fiatboomer on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Looks like it might be time for us SoCons to back the Constitution Party’s bid for POTUS.

Party platform
Party candidate Virgil Goode

Stoic Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

There’s absolutely no reason why threatening Huckabee with the speaking slot is out of order.

Obviously not all social conservatives are siding with Romney. Huck and Perkins have some influence. And Romney can’t afford to alienate anyone in a close race. He needs high turnout from Republicans.

Allahpundit on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Fvck Huck!

Resist We Much on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I’m sick of being told I need to vote for a low functioning retard (Huckabee, Santorum, now Akin) just because they’re Christians and I’m a Christian. Surely there are other Christians that don’t have garbage political views and can form coherent sentences.

Ryan seems to fit that mold. Surely he’s not the only one.

John_Locke on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

LOL

Good Lt on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Gee, where was Huck when the same crowd ordered the hit job on Sarah Palin? Wasn’t much of her problem Trig? Can’t go around having babies like that in the GOP?

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Exactly.

cat_owner on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Maybe the Southern Poverty Law Center was right to call Tony Perkins’ organization a hate group because apparently he hates winning.

Mark1971 on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Oh no, do you think Huckabee will mention Akin during the GOP convention then?? Just what the Dems would want…ugh Im done for the day.

Jack_Burton on August 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Spider senses tingling… sensing a one hour weekly slot on Fox News opening up in the near future…

Alberta_Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

don’t equate Santorum to Akin or Huckabee.

that’s a lazy but not accurate comparison.

Dr. Tesla on August 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Can I link them if they publish a post insisting that the sky is blue? The post I linked simply compiled old reports of other people saying stuff similar to Akin. If you think they’ve got their facts wrong, say so.

Allahpundit on August 23, 2012 at 4:57 PM

It’s not a matter of facts, it’s a matter of relevance. The most recent example they cite, if my math is correct, is from 1999, which would be thirteen years ago. The subject in question? Mike Huckabee.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I haven’t cared for the Huckster since he was Gov in Arkansas.
I don’t care for Hannity either….too “nice” to idiots. Also, too nice to idiots like McCain.
The establishment Republicans do not want someone like Akin to be in the senate, as it would upset their applecart. The establishment Republicans, like being in a minority, so they can keep their cozy little jobs for life.
Unless the establishment Republicans (RINOS) are thrown out, it won’t matter who the president is, because they will just pretty much go along with the liberal Democrats anyway.

p51d007 on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

When this seat is lost, can we see the end of Mike Huckabee in political discussions/power? He needs to go more than Akin does. He seems to have an axe to grind and the future of the country is less impt. than himself.

earlgrey133 on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Ick.

Fallon on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Gee, where was Huck when the same crowd ordered the hit job on Sarah Palin? Wasn’t much of her problem Trig? Can’t go around having babies like that in the GOP?

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

He was off eating nothing but Chick-Fil-A brownies from the looks of it.

Huck’s a tool, it’s all about him.

John_Locke on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I was shocked by GOP leaders and elected officials who rushed so quickly to end the political life of a candidate over a mistaken comment in an interview… Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates?

No. It’s what the party really thinks of idiots. That they should not represent us.

SailorMark on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

The crazy is strong in huckabee.

RNC are so lucky that they shunned Palin but got Huck for the convention.

the_nile on August 23, 2012 at 4:53 PM

LOL, exactly, and..

Gee, where was Huck when the same crowd ordered the hit job on Sarah Palin? Wasn’t much of her problem Trig? Can’t go around having babies like that in the GOP?

Don L on August 23, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Exactly.

cat_owner on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Dittos.

ddrintn on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Bless His Heart.

maineconservative on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

What would Reagan do?

nazo311 on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I’m hoping these are the first shots in a battle that ends with social con power in the GOP greatly diminished.

Mark1971 on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Maybe the Southern Poverty Law Center was right to call Tony Perkins’ organization a hate group because apparently he hates winning.

Mark1971 on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

thread winner

22044 on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Who ordered this “Code Red” on Akin?

“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

tims472 on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

don’t equate Santorum to Akin or Huckabee.

that’s a lazy but not accurate comparison.

Dr. Tesla on August 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

True… even Huck and Akin managed to avoid endorsing Obama when their campaigns went south.

Alberta_Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Internecine warfare on the horizon.

Team Obama is laughing their heads off at our stupidity.

technopeasant on August 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Not really… I’ve never seen the so-cons and the other branches of conservationism come together so quickly. Consider this a unilateral action.

stefanite on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

don’t equate Santorum to Akin or Huckabee.

that’s a lazy but not accurate comparison.

Dr. Tesla on August 23, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I think it is accurate… he’s much more intelligent but he wades into issues like amniocentesis where he’s just fighting a lost cause for the sake of fighting a lost cause.

ninjapirate on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

“We ordered it and your next you dumb ass mirror lover.”

Get you honkey ass back to Are/kin/saw and whip out your pop-corn popper and cook up some squirl.

Only thing worse than looking at your corney ass is listening to you crap or your even worse band.

bye bye

APACHEWHOKNOWS on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I have felt from the beginning that Akin should step down for the good of the party, but there is a piece today from George Neumayr in Amspec (h/t Rush) that deserves a look. If for no other reason than it’s a good illustration of the pathetic double standard that exists on the left.

let’s not forget that Barack Obama hired as one of his top Department of Education officials a gay-rights activist named Kevin Jennings, who once glibly counseled a “15-year-old” student thought to have been statutorily raped by an older man: “I hope you knew to use a condom.” Jennings is also known for having been “inspired” by Harry Hay, a supporter of the North American Man Boy Love Association.

Don’t expect Obama to receive any questions from the press about these views of his first “Safe Schools Czar.” No, outrage in this culture is restricted to those deemed unenlightened in the nuances of avant-garde morality. According to its porous scorecard, Christianity is bad for women while Islam is good for them. Pro-life countries receive scoldings from Hillary Clinton, while the one-child policy of China, which kills female infants, isn’t “second-guessed” by this administration, as Joe Biden put it on a visit.

In a culture that panders to pro-abortion feminists like Sandra Fluke, thought crimes always rank higher than real ones. Words, not deeds, drive pols from public life. So Akin has to go.

I still think Akin should go. But let’s not forget the far larger gaffes, far more dangerous ideas, and far greater misdeeds that many on the other side of the aisle routinely get away with.

Kataklysmic on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

“Socail” conservatives are no better than their lib counterparts. They want guvmint to push their brand of morality.

[Animal60 on August 23, 2012 at 4:58 PM]

Thanks for the buck up. I’m really sick of people pushing their brand of morality with laws against highway robbery, pillaging and the like. A good god-fearing bandit can’t hardly make an decent living these days.

Dusty on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

What makes Huck et al. nervous about that, I think, is that if Akin drops out and his replacement wins the seat, Republicans may conclude that good things can happen for the party if it’s unforgiving of controversial pronouncements by socially conservative candidates.

No…good things happen for a party that drops a guy who decides to opine about legitimate rape and believes that a woman can fend off rapist sperm. Those remarks are indefensible. He may have meant no malice, and he may have misspoke, but the fact he’d even go there makes him unfit for the Senate. Period. You have to be smarter than that.

I think this is more about Romney than anything else. Huck doesn’t like him…that was clear in 2008. And he’s willing, I think, to go to bat for this guy just to thumb his nose one more time at Mitt, no matter the electoral consequences. I have no idea why he’s speaking at the convention at this point, and we will come to regret that if he decides to use his speech to defend Akin (which I think he will).

Just a huge clusterfark all around.

changer1701 on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Akin showed serious lack of judgement and knowledge of the pro-life arguments. But, he’s not the rapist. Everyone is treating him like a criminal while the democrats trumpet as their keynote speaker and a man actually accused of rape. This is all mind blowingly stupid.

Hendo on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

huckabee just defending him for his radio ratings, social conservations are his main base, fiscal conservatives don’t like him at all.

Dr. Tesla on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Can’t some of us just not want him around because he’s so stupid to blather on regarding an inflammatory topic without having his talking points in order??

This flailing around is embarrassing. If Akin is going to stay regardless of support or lack thereof, then STFU about it and repair the damage.

Isn’t it a liberal tactic to blame everyone but themselves for their idiotic missteps?

kim roy on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Obviously not all social conservatives are siding with Romney. Huck and Perkins have some influence. And Romney can’t afford to alienate anyone in a close race. He needs high turnout from Republicans.

Allahpundit on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Who’s alienating whom, here? I’m just talking about brinksmanship. There’s nothing Huckabee loves more than attention, so threaten to dump him and replace him with someone he hates if he doesn’t get Akin’s mind right. Someone like Sarah Palin.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I’m hoping these are the first shots in a battle that ends with social con power in the GOP greatly diminished.

Mark1971 on August 23, 2012 at 5:04 PM

I know it doesn’t seem like it, but there are some social cons that aren’t defeat loving asshats.

John_Locke on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

When this seat is lost, can we see the end of Mike Huckabee in political discussions/power? .

earlgrey133 on August 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

No, he’s probably thinking about running in 2016, along with dynast Rand Paul, who’ll inherit his old man’s fan base. It remains an open question what the GOP will be in 2016, if anything.

ddrintn on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Gov. Huckabee,

I guess you are suggesting that as soon as I saw the interview of Akin, I received a super secret ESP message from senior party leaders telling me to be offended and to call for him to drop out of the race.

Has it escaped anyone’s notice that Akin was pushed by the DEMOCRATS?
Has it escaped anyone’s notice that Akin barely won a three way race?
Has it escaped anyone’s notice that Akin’s family is running his campaign?
Has it escaped anyone’s notice that Akin believes that the “Burning Bush” told him to run for Senate?

Sorry folks, I never want to insult anyone’s religious beliefs, but when I hear people talk about “Its God’s will” I just go crazy. Akin believes that God wants him to run. I am always wary of anyone believing that “its what God wants”. I am personally of the “free will” society that believes we are free to make our choices.

Jesus and I were talking last night and Jesus told me that Akin is going to hell for not dropping out by the Tuesday, 5pm deadline.

So which of us is right?

smorrow66 on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

A few people on Twitter have wondered whether the RNC should rescind Huckabee’s invitation to speak at the convention for this. You think? You think Mitt Romney, whose abortion flip-flopping has already made him untrustworthy to social cons, is going to restart a war with Huck 10 weeks out from election day — when all Huck’s really doing is defending the GOP nominee for Senate in Missouri?

If Huck is willing to lose us the Senate over his own arrogant grasp at influence, then he’s willing to torpedo the convention by talking about this. He’s already attacking the RNC over this; the RNC should absolutely rescind his invitation. Tony Perkins should be blackballed as well.

Caiwyn on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Why the Code Red On Akin?

Look at the Rasmussen poll where he has lost 20 points.

It’s a nod of the head to the public that will vote in this election that is what it is.

Conan on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Looks like it might be time for us SoCons to back the Constitution Party’s bid for POTUS.

Party platform
Party candidate Virgil Goode

Stoic Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Presidency – Obama + Congress – Dem Control = less public funding of abortions and more laws encouraging greater social responsibility.

I think you’ve been here long enough not to be a concern troll, but give it up with the third party stuff. You’re doing Axelrod’s work without the paycheck.

fiatboomer on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

What makes Huck et al. nervous about that, I think, is that if Akin drops out and his replacement wins the seat, Republicans may conclude that good things can happen for the party if it’s unforgiving of controversial pronouncements by socially conservative candidates.

Bull and crap! The party is pro-life and will remain so. And BTW, this is coming from someone who thinks abortion should remain legal(albeit at the state level after Roe vs. Wade is overturned). Achin’ is not being thrown under the bus because he’s a social conservative. It’s because he made a stupid remark that rendered him a weak candidate and in the aftermath of that PR disaster has acted and spoken in a manner so outside the realm of reality that he’s become toxic. Seriously, the guy sounds like a nutcase. And a selfish, egotistical one at that. The truly scary revelation in all of this is not that a candidate this insane emerged through the primary process, but rather that a Congressmen this insane has been serving in the House for over a decade.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

He said it, he knew what he was saying and he meant it. What makes these idiot politicians believe that if they are contrite all their sins will simply evaporate. Akin is a class A loser and needs to just go away.

rplat on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I read an article today that puts a whole new light on Akin’s stupidity and points out how it yet may serve the GOP.

The title of the article is: “Are the Democrats Delusional on Abortion?”

HERE

If this turns out to be the case, I’m not going to get in a lather about Akin. He’s losing in Missouri, he’s said he may ‘bow out’, and if that were the case perhaps we won’t lose that Senate seat, either.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Santorum was prety solid on fiscal issues…Huckbee was terrible. Santorum good on foreign policy too, not huckabee.

the comparions is only made b/c they are social conservatives but it’s lazy. it doesn’t matter now but i heard it during the primary.

Dr. Tesla on August 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I still think Akin should go. But let’s not forget the far larger gaffes, far more dangerous ideas, and far greater misdeeds that many on the other side of the aisle routinely get away with.

Kataklysmic on August 23, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Until we control the narrative that’s the way it is. We are getting there, but it’s going to take a little while. Cleaning up 40 years of acquiescence doesn’t happen overnight.

kim roy on August 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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