Todd Akin: I’m staying in because we’ve paid too much attention to politics and not enough to principle

posted at 6:57 pm on August 24, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, the money line comes at 3:55. I’m not sure which principle he means. Presumably he’s referring to respecting the will of primary voters, but in this case those voters went to the polls without knowing yet that he’d quickly become unelectably toxic. Maybe he means the principle of putting your own electoral ambitions above the conservative movement’s desperate, years-long drive to roll back ObamaCare? Or is it the principle of being able to say anything, no matter how hugely damaging it is to your own candidacy and potentially even the GOP ticket, and have your ideological allies circle the wagons on your behalf? If you can figure out the principle at stake, apart from ensuring the viability of left-wing health-care “reforms” for years to come, let me know.

One thing I’ll say for Akin: His decision here is entirely rational in the truest sense of that word. He’s acting logically according to his own self-interest. If he wins, he’s the comeback kid and a U.S. Senator. If he loses, he’s a martyr to social conservative leaders like Huckabee who are now backing him and who seem convinced that the truly troubling element in all this is that the GOP “establishment” (which in this case includes most of the grassroots, including the Tea Party Express) would abandon a guy who’s about to fumble away an easily winnable seat. Here’s a safe bet: If, as expected, Akin ends up losing badly to McCaskill, not one of his current allies will offer a “gee, I guess that rape comment hurt him more than we thought” mea culpa. Instead his loss will be blamed on the RINOs who snatched defeat from the jaws of glorious victory by moving to politically quarantine this guy before he could drag Romney and Ryan down with him. Ace is already hearing from this crowd, in fact, enough so that he’s gone ahead and posted a public apology for sinking poor Todd Akin’s chances by professing public skepticism about him. At least one person’s willing to acknowledge his mistakes.

Speaking of which, Nate Silver notes that the two splashy polls of Missouri taken this week had very different results but one important thing in common: The number of Republicans who intend to vote for Akin right now is dramatically lower than the number of Democrats who intend to vote for McCaskill. Some of that is surely a byproduct of hard feelings among Brunner and Steelman supporters after a tough three-way primary, but no one knows how much. If there’s some chunk of Republicans in Missouri who plan on sitting this race out in disgust, then it’s not just Akin who’s in trouble there. Potentially, it’s Romney too.


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You cannot win an election after telling thirty thousand rape victims that “they must have liked it” or “really wanted it”.

Alberta_Patriot on August 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM

You are right you can’t win by saying those things.

bgibbs1000 on August 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I’m glad we agree.

Alberta_Patriot on August 25, 2012 at 12:34 AM

WTH? I must have missed something? Who the heck would have said anything close to that?

I don’t care what side they are on.

ccrosby on August 25, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Still a really stupid comment that will probably cost the GOP the MO Senate seat. Akin staying in is more about his ego than principle, in my view. The old saying “…if you polish a turd, it is still a turd…” definitely applies to his full comments.

conservativemusician on August 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM

What would cost Mo a GOP Senate seat is more people voting for McCaskill than Akin.

I’m voting for Akin…..and Romney/Ryan.

Vince on August 25, 2012 at 1:09 AM


Hypocrite Romney Proof Positive Akin belief is Romney belief

Bullhead on August 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM I linked and clarified.

Thanks for this link.

Now we have positive proof this was all a Witch Hunt and a Political Assassination.

What a bunch of hacks everyone is on this site almost. For days I defended this man and now I have the proof that this was no stupid statement he got it from a man that Romney considered the gold standard. The statement is supported by medical evidence though he did exaggerate it a bit perhaps.

This was a nothing statement used for political Assassination. Shame on all here that jumped on it.

Steveangell on August 25, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I do want to here that this is no longer Romneys belief same can be said for Akin.

Steveangell on August 25, 2012 at 1:22 AM

Ive come to terms with the fact that the senate seat is lost. But what if this fool drags Romney down too?

Jack_Burton on August 25, 2012 at 1:40 AM

Something needs to HAPPEN to Todd Aiken to Reconnect him with his own Hubris

williamg on August 25, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Thanks for this link.

Now we have positive proof this was all a Witch Hunt and a Political Assassination.

What a bunch of hacks everyone is on this site almost. For days I defended this man and now I have the proof that this was no stupid statement he got it from a man that Romney considered the gold standard. The statement is supported by medical evidence though he did exaggerate it a bit perhaps.

This was a nothing statement used for political Assassination. Shame on all here that jumped on it.

Stephaniecutter on August 25, 2012 at 1:21 AM

I’ll never understand why you have such a difficult time with basic reading comprehension. I swear you must be like 12 or something.

Nowhere in the link provided does it say that Romney ever held a belief similar to what Todd Akin expressed.

If it did, you would provide the relevant quote.

Go ahead, try it. You’re not going to find what’s not there though.

Alberta_Patriot on August 25, 2012 at 1:44 AM

@gryphon Really? How would we be better off if the state legislatures chose U.S. Senators? That process had become pretty darn corrupt in the late 19th century, if not earlier.

DavidW on August 24, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Hold a seance and ask George Washington and Benjamin Franklin that. They were both present at the very moment that idea was originally written into the constitution. Or are you going to try and tell me with a straight face you think the system is LESS corrupt now than it was back then?

Excuse me while I go find someplace to die laughing.

gryphon202 on August 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

And BTW,

REPEAL THE 17TH!

gryphon202 on August 25, 2012 at 2:17 AM

translation= it’s all about Me, Me, Me.
Campaign in the Key of Me.

the best people for office will always be those who are reluctant to run for office because they will be less likely to make everything all about themselves. when they feel they are obstructing the common good or the core objectives, they step aside. one is elected to REPRESENT the people not champion your own sweet self and every rank turd that falls out of your pie hole.

dude should read up on humility instead of stridently trying to make himself a Very Important Martyr to the cause of Himself. just because the left tolerates this sort of over weaning malignant narcissism ( see: teddykins k., bubba clinton, and barry o.) in its elected officials there’s no reason for the right on principle to do likewise.

some of us with principles, sir, are refusing to stand by you because of the cruelty, ignorance, and morally objectionable things you still profess about rape victims- and your selfish inability to see how much damage you are causing the entire party in this most important election of all out lifetimes. you are not acting on principle in this case but out of your own selfish lust for power.

mittens on August 25, 2012 at 4:10 AM

Right Akin, now take you “principle” and a dollar and you can probably buy a cup of coffee.

rplat on August 25, 2012 at 6:47 AM

A basic principle should be that Republicans select their candidates for public office. Open primaries such as that in MO where the other party can select the weakest candidate make a mockery of our two party system. We would not be here except for that.

Nomas on August 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM

This is why certified blowhards like Mike Huckabee should keep their traps shut and their noses out of things!

Thanks to Huckaschmuck, this tool Akin has now bought the insane notion that his loopy campaign stands for something and that he is destined to be some kind of crazy martyr for social conservatism, whatever the heck that is!

The problem is that it is too late for this guy to open his eyes and see the incredible damage he is doing. Thanks to Huckaschmuck, he is now wearing blinders!

McCaskill might as well start selecting draperies for her new office!

pilamaye on August 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

McCaskill might as well start selecting draperies for her new office!

pilamaye on August 25, 2012 at 8:35 AM

She’s running to keep her current office…
Other than that, spot on.

Dunedainn on August 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

I’m voting for Akin…..and Romney/Ryan.

Vince on August 25, 2012 at 1:09 AM

If I lived in Missouri I’m sure I would still vote for him too if there wasn’t an active and viable write-in campaign by election day. I would hate doing it… but I would for the sake of getting McCaskill out.

And….to all those ABR voters who say they just can’t bring themselves to vote for Romney because they can’t compromise their values and principles…to them I say …what a bunch of hooey. This schmuck Akin has shown me how much I would detest voting for him if I had to. But I would. There is a greater good at stake and that is the priority. Just like getting Obama out…

lynncgb on August 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Open primaries such as that in MO where the other party can select the weakest candidate make a mockery of our two party system.

Nomas on August 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Yep…open primaries are being abused and are not functioning in the manner that was intended. They need to be done away with.

lynncgb on August 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

A basic principle should be that Republicans select their candidates for public office. Open primaries such as that in MO where the other party can select the weakest candidate make a mockery of our two party system. We would not be here except for that.

Nomas on August 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Wrong wrong wrong. A basic principle should be that we follow the intent of the framers of our constitution and allow state legislators to pick their states’ senators. I can just about guarantee you under that system, this would not have happened.

gryphon202 on August 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Open primaries such as that in MO where the other party can select the weakest candidate make a mockery of our two party system.

Nomas on August 25, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Yep…open primaries are being abused and are not functioning in the manner that was intended. They need to be done away with.

lynncgb on August 25, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Totally agree…

jimver on August 25, 2012 at 9:40 AM

If he loses, he’s a martyr to social conservative leaders like Huckabee who are now backing him and who seem convinced that the truly troubling element in all this is that the GOP “establishment” (which in this case includes most of the grassroots, including the Tea Party Express) would abandon a guy who’s about to fumble away an easily winnable seat.

Hmmm. Is that a tacit admission that the Tea Party Express is part of the “GOP establishment”? I agree.

iwasbornwithit on August 25, 2012 at 11:15 AM

lynncgb on August 25, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Akin has performed FAR more admirably as an elected official than Romney did as governor of Massachusetts.

iwasbornwithit on August 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM

What would cost Mo a GOP Senate seat is more people voting for McCaskill than Akin.

Vince on August 25, 2012 at 1:09 AM

Which is now guaranteed to happen. There are not enough Republicans in this state for him to win even if every single one votes for Akin. People who don’t have an opinion one way or another on Democrats or Republicans now hate Todd Akin. This is why he will lose, and he’s a d@mn fool for staying in as is everybody who doesn’t think he ought to quit.

alwaysfiredup on August 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

This was a nothing statement used for political Assassination.

Steveangell on August 25, 2012 at 1:21 AM

Delusional.

alwaysfiredup on August 25, 2012 at 2:21 PM

This turd is too full of himself to understand the consequences his actions have on others and the goal of the party. He has rendered himself useless because he is unelectable and energized the women’s rights abortionists liberals.

His refusal to step down is nothing more than what occupies ‘The Peoples House” a egotistical naturalistic crap-weasel.

Wade on August 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

His refusal to step down is nothing more than what occupies ‘The Peoples House” a egotistical naturalistic narcissistic crap-weasel.

Damned spell checker

Wade on August 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

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