Rasmussen’s MO poll: McCaskill 48, Akin … 38

posted at 11:21 am on August 23, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

You knew this was coming, right? Oh, our Akin electoral hopes for Republican control of the Senate:

What a difference one TV interview can make. Embattled Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill has now jumped to a 10-point lead over her Republican challenger, Congressman Todd Akin, in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race. Most Missouri Republicans want Akin to quit the race while most Missouri Democrats want him to stay.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Show Me State finds McCaskill earning 48% support to Akin’s 38%. Nine percent (9%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Don’t forget that Rasmussen had Akin edging McCaskill by three before the primary — the weakest of the three Republican candidates, but still a formidable challenger to the Democratic incumbent.  Another pollster had Akin up by ten before the Republican nominee offered up his disastrous analysis of rape-repelling uteri and questioning whether a pregnant woman could legitimately claim she’d been raped.  Not surprisingly, more than a few Missouri voters found this nonsense to be disqualifying.

However, let’s not be too rash.  A number of Missouri voters want Akin to stay in the race.  Hey, they’re mostly Democrats, but at this point, Akin can’t afford to be choosy:

Forty-one percent (41%) say Akin should withdraw from the campaign and have Republicans select another candidate to run against McCaskill. But just as many (42%) disagree and say Akin should not quit the race. The partisan divide reveals voter understanding of the underlying dynamics. Most Republicans (53%) think he should quit; most Democrats (56%) do not, and unaffiliated voters are evenly divided.

Amazingly, the internals actually look a little better for Akin than one might expect.  Independents split between Akin and McCaskill, 39/39, despite Akin’s faux pas.  Akin has a one-point lead among men (45/44), but unsurprisingly gets buried among women, 32/52.  There is some support for the argument that this is as bad as it gets, with 93% having followed the Akin controversy either very or somewhat closely.  On the other hand, Akin’s favorability has cratered to 35/63, which makes it difficult to argue that he’s going to pick up much more than 38% of the vote, at least where the race stands now.

Claire McCaskill is undoubtedly doing a happy dance with this poll, but this isn’t good news for her, either.  Despite being the other binary choice in a race against someone who questioned the legitimacy of rape victims, McCaskill only gets 48% — not even a majority.  Her favorability rating is a zero, 48/48, with almost twice as many people rating her very unfavorable as very favorable (19/36).  While she has solidified Democratic support (96%) against Akin, drawing only 39% of independents in a two-way race with Akin on the ticket is a stunningly bad performance.  This shows just how much Republicans might gain if Akin can get out of the way and allow a better candidate to square off against a clearly unimpressive incumbent.


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I hope this clown puts himself into bankruptcy.

NJ Red on August 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

How do you fix forgive stupid?

oldroy on August 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Akin can still win this race IMO but I think he should bow out and give the GOP of MO better odds of taking the seat.

gatorboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Has anyone heard anything about him reconsidering? Has he raised any real money? He only has 6500 signatures on his stupid petition.

djl130 on August 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

It reminds me of when Louisiana voters had the choice of Edwin Edwards and David Duke, the KKK leader.

Edwards’ mantra was “hold your nose and vote for me.”

Bumper stickers around the state read:

“Vote for the crook: it’s important”

itsspideyman on August 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The holy warrior’s not going to let something silly like a ten-point deficit in the poll with the most Republican house-effect deter him from his sainted vocation.

Expect Akin to stay in even after this.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Ruh roh

cmsinaz on August 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Oh, our Akin electoral hopes for Republican control of the Senate

Your very clever pun does little to relieve the mind-boggling sense of frustration over the candidate’s intractability.

Spannerhead on August 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

This shows just how much Republicans might gain if Akin can get out of the way and allow a better candidate to square off against a clearly unimpressive incumbent.

Yeah, good luck explaining that to the guy. He’s living in fantasy land with his wife and son acting like a couple of Iagos.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

After being up more than 10 less than a week ago. And this number is only going to get worse. Believe it or not, there are a lot of non-political junkies that have not fully absorbed the news, so these things usually take at least a few weeks to fully play out. Add the easy McCasket attacks…. McCaskill is ahead by 30 or more I predict. Get a 3rd candidate, Akin is toast, and kryptonite for everyone else. And never again include in the Repub plank that we are against abortion even in cases of rape and incest. That’s barbaric. How could the establishment Repub plank writers (walkers) speak for such a small extreme minority of the party?

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Quit now, Akin, you nut!

pilamaye on August 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

All Akin had to do was keep his mouth shut for 10 weeks. He couldn’t even manage that.

The longer he waits, the less likely the courts will let him off the ballot. If he moves quickly, there will be sufficient public pressure to demand the change.

And, of course, Dem-affiliated groups will keep Akin alive with just enough money to pay the bills until September 25.

I have NEVER seen such a selfish, pig-headed politician given the stakes to our nation.

matthew8787 on August 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

It reminds me of when Louisiana voters had the choice of Edwin Edwards and David Duke, the KKK leader.

Edwards’ mantra was “hold your nose and vote for me.”

Bumper stickers around the state read:

“Vote for the crook: it’s important”

itsspideyman on August 23, 2012 at 11:24 AM

And Bush 41 famously said “I would vote for the democrat”.

Alberta_Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Akin is making us all ache.

docflash on August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

There will be a Bradley effect. Maybe nto a big enough one to give us a win but trust me, there will be one. Remember the South Park episode “S3xual Healing”? Remember how all the men, when next to a woman, would go on about how they can’t understand how a married man could be attracted to other women? Same thing here. No man wants to admit that they’d still vote for the man, especially if there is one single woman present. But inside the voting booth….

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

C’mon, Akin, just say that you embrace partial-birth abortion, Communism, homosexuals and atheism – and the Democrats will flock to vote for you.

Short term memories, Baby!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

and questioning whether a pregnant woman could legitimately claim she’d been raped

Funny, I don’t remember that.

SirGawain on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Please get out of the race you whackjob nut. And does anyone think this clown could hurt Mitts chances in MO?

Jack_Burton on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I hope this clown puts himself into bankruptcy.

NJ Red on August 23, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Regrettably, no. Dem groups will keep his bills paid until September 25, when the hard hammer comes down.

matthew8787 on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Didn’t PPP have him leading this thing?

CycloneCDB on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I think the poll should have included the option “Not Voting in the MO Senate race”.

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Open primaries do not have a defense mechanism for candidates like Akin.

mwbri on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Where’s the bit about Obama’s numbers in Missouri rising right along with McCaskill’s? That’s what ABC news radio just reported. No wonder the NYT is excited.

Marcus on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Please get out of the race you whackjob nut. And does anyone think this clown could hurt Mitts chances in MO?

Jack_Burton on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

No, Mitt will win Missouri by a comfortable margin. The risk is other Republican races being a lot closer than necessary. And obviously giving up an easy Senate pickup thanks to this tool’s massive ego.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

This scumbag should remove his worthless self from the Senate Race and the GOP can rally for a write in candidate period.

Brushjumper on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

My big thing, and I emailed Geraghty about it, is how do you know what constitutes a likely voter anymore? How do you poll these people that rarely vote, but see those comments on a ad during their reality tv show, and decide this is something they’ll show up for?

That’s my big concern. People ask whether the base will vote for him or not. Good question, but that answer has little bearing on the Presidential race or downticket ones. The broadening of the independent pool will have an impact on every race on the Missouri ballot. That’s the real danger here, as I see it at least.

stldave on August 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

People get tired of stupid, deluded politicians, they’re a lot more tired of Akin than they are McCaskill at this point.

Todd needs to put his ego back in his pocket do what’s right for the country, don’t compound wrong.

Speakup on August 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Don’t worry, he’s in Tampa right now trying to cut himself a deal with the elites. He’s gotta get something for his effort, like maybe support for another run in the house. This is how the game is played.

Kissmygrits on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Huckabee’s gift to the Mormon/Catholic ticket.

a capella on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

But inside the voting booth….

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

They’ll still vote against him.

The guy’s clearly a moron, and anyone with a seventh-grade education knows that what he said about rape is wrong. And his behavior since then has only reinforced everyone’s perceptions about him.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

The female breakdown shouldn’t surprise anyone, except perhaps someone as in the dark as Akin. I’m a female conservative and I’m usually pretty forgiving of “thoughtless” or ‘tasteless” comments by the guys, but his comments were so freakishly ignorant they revealed to me a man who should be nowhere near the office he seeks… I wouldn’t be able to hold my nose and pull the lever for him- I’d probably write somebody in or just skip that ballot. Keep in mind that I understand the stakes- in a lot of ways this guy might actually be worse than McCaskill.

All that said, I have never seen the GOP so united on one issue- get Akin out of the race!

mxt on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Enough Akin, drop out. I get that McCaskill is not “winning” so much as you are losing, and that at teh ened of the day Republians and independents wont vote for her, but they wont for him either.

Let someone else win the seat and help Romney repeal Obamacare.

milcus on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

I don’t care if he was 10 point ahead, we must not get behind this guy. He’s toxic to the GOP and conservatism. As in Level 9 Radioactive.

Disown him at all levels.

Bat Chain Puller on August 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

NYT is still giving him false hope and comfort. Moron Akin will be citing that article and counting on the Santorum wing of the GOP to further screw the Missourians and the GOP by spilling his stink to the rest of the races nationally.

bayview on August 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“But…but…PPP said I was up one whole point!” –Todd Akin (as he sheds a single tear)

tims472 on August 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM

The guy’s clearly a moron, and anyone with a seventh-grade education knows that what he said about rape is wrong

And yet we have a guy who said abortion was “above my paygrade” in the office.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Shhh…Perkins and Huckabee holding his hand and praying. He is the only one who can overturn roe v wade.
We cant give up on him…say them.

Robb on August 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Don’t worry, he’s in Tampa right now trying to cut himself a deal with the elites. He’s gotta get something for his effort, like maybe support for another run in the house. This is how the game is played.

Kissmygrits on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

He was in Tampa last night. Do we know for sure if he is still there?

Bluray on August 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

When your side wants you out and the opposition wants you in; and you stay in. Why…bless your heart…

Jabberwock on August 23, 2012 at 11:35 AM

All of this and McCaskill still can’t find 50%.

There is no excuse for losing this race.

Gingotts on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The guy’s clearly a moron, and anyone with a seventh-grade education knows that what he said about rape is wrong. And his behavior since then has only reinforced everyone’s perceptions about him.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Anyone with a seventh-grad education knows that sayign “legitimate rape” is not the only issue in this country.

“Dang it! The guy is good on fiscal policy and small government but, dang it, he said ‘legitimate rape’ so screw the country, I’m voting for the other guy.”

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This guy is stuck on stupid and we’re paying for it.

Iblis on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This will be his low point.

I’ve said before, we have 2 choices…
1. Moan and groan, and lose
2. Hold our nose, get behind him, and win

Are there other choices that I’m missing?

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

No Akin stay in…the NYT says you can STILL win, they have an article an’ everything…..

JFKY on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

There will be a Bradley effect. Maybe nto a big enough one to give us a win but trust me, there will be one. Remember the South Park episode “S3xual Healing”? Remember how all the men, when next to a woman, would go on about how they can’t understand how a married man could be attracted to other women? Same thing here. No man wants to admit that they’d still vote for the man, especially if there is one single woman present. But inside the voting booth….

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM

I’m, like, so sure that men are secretly wanting to vote for someone who believes in magic rape repelling woman parts.

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

If Akin does manage to win, I wouldn’t put it past him to do an Arlen Specter or Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords for spite or a payback for all the Dem money he received.

Liam on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

You mean that +9 Democrat PPP poll giving Akin a one point wasn’t really indicative of his actual position? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

ConservativeLA on August 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

This will be his low point.

I’ve said before, we have 2 choices…
1. Moan and groan, and lose
2. Hold our nose, get behind him, and win

Are there other choices that I’m missing?

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

3. Convince him to leave and win with another candidate?

Bluray on August 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

We eat our own.party of the Praying Mantis.

Depressing.

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

If Akin does manage to win, I wouldn’t put it past him to do an Arlen Specter or Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords for spite or a payback for all the Dem money he received.

Liam on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I doubt that, but Akin will continue to be stupid and at some point it will hurt us. Still, the greatest damage from Akin will be the PR problem.

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

If Akin does manage to win, I wouldn’t put it past him to do an Arlen Specter or Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords for spite or a payback for all the Dem money he received.

Liam on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Doubtful. You think the Dems want any piece of this guy? If he does win(he won’t, but let’s just play along for fun), he’ll be a man without a party. The GOP won’t want him. Neither will the Dems.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

C’mon, Akin, Democrat women will vote for a President who sprays his intern with sperm, in the Oval Office!

Anything is possible!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

We eat our own.party of the Praying Mantis.

Depressing.

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:38 AM

No. Akin will have a fine outside of politics. I don’t feel sorry for him. He has had six terms in the House. Isn’t that enough?

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

But, Blightbringer legitimizing Infanticide in IL., no problem…

What a fudged-up country we live in.

*Flips through atlas*

hillsoftx on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Maybe Sarah Palin has this one right–get another Republican to run as a third-party candidate, and hope enough Republicans bail on Akin to beat McCaskill. If another candidate got in the race, and polls showed Akin losing to the “other” Republican, Akin might be persuaded to drop out and endorse the other Republican.

Palin’s endorsee, Sarah Steelman, placed third in the GOP primary, but polls showed her leading McCaskill before the primary, and as a woman, Steelman could easily distance herself from Akin’s stupid remarks about rape. But it seems like Missouri has “sore loser” laws that prohibit primary losers (like Steelman and Brunner) from running as third-party candidates, so that Republicans may need to find another candidate who did not participate in the primary.

When a Republican candidate is 10 points down in a Rasmussen poll, he’s in BIG trouble !!! Time for Akin to “take one for the team” and pass the torch to a Republican who can win!

Steve Z on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If Akin does manage to win, I wouldn’t put it past him to do an Arlen Specter or Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords for spite or a payback for all the Dem money he received.

Liam on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Could you blame the guy for all the pounding people are putting on him. Guy makes a mistake and everyone but Santa Claus comes down on him.

I’m still trying to figure out why what he said was as big a deal as the pounding equivalent he’s taken.

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Regrettably, no. Dem groups will keep his bills paid until September 25, when the hard hammer comes down.

matthew8787 on August 23, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The Dems do not have that kind of money to keep him out of debts. They, along with the like of Tony Perkins, will however, gave the moron enough to run an ineffective and nearly broke campaign that will lose BIG TIME in November.

bayview on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

mxt on August 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Exactly how I feel. The guy is toxic. I have a feeling his toxicity was always there but now impossible to ignore.
I hope McCaskill loses decisively but I can not say that I hope Akin wins.

ORconservative on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

One would have to assume that Akin is in negotiations with both parties as to who will pay him the most, the Dems wanting him to stay in the race or the Repubs wanting him out.

If this is the case, he’ll stay in it, since the Dems take no prisoners when it comes to manipulating election outcomes.

TXUS on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I heard talk of him being swapped with Ann Wagner, him retaining his House Seat. He should not even be allowed to do that after his profound idiocy, bordering on fanaticism. Let a third party republican backed candidate emerge to challenge, and lump McC and Akin as two bad apples wrong for Missouri. Would not be hard since he is getting so much Dem support.

runner on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Akin gives us as close a glimpse as we can have what a Mike Huckabee presidency would look like.

I agree with Akin that it isn’t fair and he did nothing morally wrong but that doesn’t mean he should continue as the Dems favorite Republican candidate.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

m, like, so sure that men are secretly wanting to vote for someone who believes in magic rape repelling woman parts.

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Strange. He never said anything about woman’s “parts” repelling rape.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

It would take us and independents to vote him in. Independents would never go for it. And I do not blame them. Write in now. RNC where are you? Get a write in now before next week. Oh thats right, the storm. One damn problem after another. Odumbo is a lucky sob.

Robb on August 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

What i fear most is akin affecting races OUTSIDE of missouri. Even if its just a few thousands votes here and there with women, it could mean not only control of the senate, but the presidential election too. If akin drops out, at least it might mute some of this war on women crap.

Jack_Burton on August 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Oh, my Akin balls.

SurferDoc on August 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I heard talk of him being swapped with Ann Wagner, him retaining his House Seat. He should not even be allowed to do that after his profound idiocy, bordering on fanaticism.

runner on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

That’s really the call of MO’s 2nd district but if I were them I would not want this man representing me in Congress.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

No. Akin will have a fine outside of politics. I don’t feel sorry for him. He has had six terms in the House. Isn’t that enough?

thuja on August 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I don’t know. If someone is good at it and makes one mistake, does this mean he gets thrown outta the boat?

I don’t live in Missouri, but it seems as though he had some pretty good poll numbers up against McCaskill until this verbal faux paw.

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Few times have I ever been more disgusted with a politician that I am with Akin..

He is a self centered, egomanical idiot who could literally FORCE everyone in the country to live with Obamacare.

A–wipe Akin

theblacksheepwasright on August 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

And yet we have a guy who said abortion was “above my paygrade” supports infanticide after a birth in office.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Right Mover on August 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Doubtful. You think the Dems want any piece of this guy? If he does win(he won’t, but let’s just play along for fun), he’ll be a man without a party. The GOP won’t want him. Neither will the Dems.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I sure hope so. Then again, if he re-labels himself an Independent, he still harms a GOP majority. Or, he stays a Pub but votes with the Dems most of the time.

I want this guy to drop out as bad any other Conservative, but my concern is that with an ego like his, he might spite the GOP. Assuming he wins, that is.

I’m in favor of Coulter’s idea for the Republicans to back a strong candidate whose name can be written in by most Republican voters to pull up a win for our side. Too much hangs in the balance with either McCaskill or Akin in the Senate.

Liam on August 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I never met a religious person who wasn’t as greedy as anyone else.

Robb on August 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

No doubt gaining control of the Senate got a lot harder. But the one silver lining is that this douche bag will be retired from his expectation that a Congressional seat of any kind is his entitlement.

Bitter Clinger on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

C’mon, Akin, in Mizzou, dead Democrats just might vote for you!

Hang in there, Baby!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

“Dang it! The guy is good on fiscal policy and small government but, dang it, he said ‘legitimate rape’ so screw the country, I’m voting for the other guy.”

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Actually, what he said is disqualifying. And no, it doesn’t matter if he were sterling on everything else, that disqualifies him.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

It doesn’t help Mr. Akin that he bears a resemblance to Fred Phelps.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I don’t know. If someone is good at it and makes one mistake, does this mean he gets thrown outta the boat?

I don’t live in Missouri, but it seems as though he had some pretty good poll numbers up against McCaskill until this verbal faux paw.

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

It depends on the “mistake”. Akin created a disaster.

the_nile on August 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

They won’t vote for him but they will definitely contribute to his campaign.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Even if its just a few thousands votes here and there with women, it could mean not only control of the senate, but the presidential election too. If akin drops out, at least it might mute some of this war on women crap.

Jack_Burton on August 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Thanks to clueless Todd, every single Republican candidate is being grilled on their views about abortion. And, guaranteed that Mitt Romney will have to include some comment about abortion in his acceptance speech next week. This is an issue that the GOP did not have to confront until this one clueless idiot decided to open his yap and make some really offensive comments. And then doubled down on selfish by deciding that he would stay in the race for Senate. Whatever the outcome, the GOP should never forgive this traitor.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

At least McCaskill still can’t get over 50%.

Maybe if the voices inside his head are paying attention to this poll Akin may conclude that providence has changed its mind about his candidacy.

farsighted on August 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I heard talk of him being swapped with Ann Wagner, him retaining his House Seat. He should not even be allowed to do that after his profound idiocy, bordering on fanaticism. Let a third party republican backed candidate emerge to challenge, and lump McC and Akin as two bad apples wrong for Missouri. Would not be hard since he is getting so much Dem support.

runner on August 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

At this point, I’d gladly settle for that scenario. Even if he loses his House race, what’s one House seat vs a Senate seat? We have a huge margin in the House that mitigates that loss and we can always take another crack at it in 2 years.

Doughboy on August 23, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Man the lifeboats!

gerrym51 on August 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

They won’t vote for him but they will definitely contribute to his campaign.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Cindy, ya just gotta beleive that even dead Democrats can change!

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Could be the supreme moron and loser of our time.

Think what a double-down loser he is. He could have cleverly parlayed his gaffe into an opportunity to run a renegade campaign against the media and establishment. He could have made the round of MSM interviews and castigated them to their faces for their hypocrisy and support for rapist Bill Clinton and misogynist womanslaughterer Ted Kennedy, etc. Instead he mooches around the media with his hat in his hand, makes oblique, mealy-mouthed critiques of republicans and cites some half-ass poll.

rrpjr on August 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Sidebar: If I was anal, I’d change that to “believe.”

But, I’m not.

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Claire McCaskill is undoubtedly doing a happy dance with this poll,

Claire McCaskill is undoubtedly doing a happy poll dance…

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Where’s the bit about Obama’s numbers in Missouri rising right along with McCaskill’s? That’s what ABC news radio just reported. No wonder the NYT is excited.

Marcus on August 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Probably not. Romney and Ryan both denounced Akin’s remarks quickly, and urged him to quit the race–why would Missouri voters blame them for Akin’s remarks, when neither Romney nor Ryan said anything about rape in their campaign?

Steve Z on August 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Scoreboard44 on August 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

When the Democrats scrap their planned convention agenda to key on abortion and the war on women, I think that would indicate a point of no return.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Actually, what he said is disqualifying. And no, it doesn’t matter if he were sterling on everything else, that disqualifies him.

KingGold on August 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Too bad you already gave yourself away.

The holy warrior’s not going to let something silly like a ten-point deficit in the poll with the most Republican house-effect deter him from his sainted vocation.

We knwo what REALLY disqualifies him in your eyes.

Seriously, he says that one thing and it disqaulifies him. Ooookaaaaay….

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Even lorien1973 isn’t going to thank you for that visual.

Cindy Munford on August 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Akin gives us as close a glimpse as we can have what a Mike Huckabee presidency would look like.

I agree with Akin that it isn’t fair and he did nothing morally wrong but that doesn’t mean he should continue as the Dems favorite Republican candidate.

Happy Nomad on August 23, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Indeed. Huckabee is part of the reason while Akin is still here right now.

Corporal Tunnel on August 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Over on NRO’s Three Martini Lunch yesterday Jim Ger­aghty pondered what the rules are if a candidate simply disappeared. A not so subtle hint that perhaps someone ought to lock Mr Akin up in some undisclosed location. Surely there’s an HA reader Missouri with some spare barn space somwhere, hint, hint.

Archimedes on August 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Why isn’t being pro-abortion a “War on Babies”?

OhEssYouCowboys on August 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Thanks to clueless Todd, every single Republican candidate is being grilled on their views about abortion.

I take it this is your first time paying attention to national elections.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

It’s turned into a crusade of sorts for him, so I doubt he’s going anywhere. I guess it’s possible MO voters dislike McCaskill enough, coupled with an extraordinary ground game, that he squeaks by, but I also told myself Sharron Angle was beating Harry Reid. Alas…

changer1701 on August 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

This morning, one of my friends, who doesn’t pay much attention to politics but tends to vote straight ticket republican, said Romney needs to get rid of his running mate. She was talking about Akin.

joana on August 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I never met a religious person who wasn’t as greedy as anyone else.

Robb on August 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

We’re all sinners, Robb.

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Well, it looks like democrat sleeper-agent Todd Akin’s plan is coming to fruition.

Pork-Chop on August 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

If he’s raising money & hitting his targets – it’s time to move on. As for MO, hopefully people will work it out – McCaskill’s still much worse than him.

I posted this on the Headlines thread, but I just had another thought – maybe the Democrats are sending him money. Argh.

22044 on August 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

We knwo what REALLY disqualifies him in your eyes.

Seriously, he says that one thing and it disqaulifies him. Ooookaaaaay….

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Why not , he does a really stupid thing and then tries to hide behind his faith.

the_nile on August 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

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