Reince Priebus: Todd Akin’s not getting a penny from the RNC, even if the race is tied

posted at 7:01 pm on August 28, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Ben Howe and Chris Loesch of Revealing Politics. Two possibilities. One: Priebus is bluffing in order to keep up the pressure on Akin to drop out. If he betrays any willingness to change his mind and start pouring millions into Akin’s campaign, it’s a cinch that the candidate will try to hang on until October. Two: Priebus and Romney are so worried about Republican candidates being damaged by the Democrats’ “war on women” messaging vis-a-vis Akin that they’d rather turn off the tap and see him lose a winnable race than rubber-stamp his candidacy by sending him a few million. They’re going to quarantine him financially, in other words, even if that quarantine removes any chance of taking the seat. That’s how toxic Akin is and how desperate the GOP is not to see the gender gap get worse.

The reply from Team Akin:

“Reince Priebus’ comments are extremely disappointing. He claims the mantle of freedom, liberty and the good of America, but this betrays his apparent personal vendetta against Todd Akin. He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.”

What’s Priebus’s explanation to grassroots conservatives going to be for not funding Akin if the race is 47/47 on October 1? I understand his desire to inoculate Romney and other Republican candidates, but is he actually prepared to make that argument in his defense? I.e. “If we give him any funds, the Democrats will tie us to him and that’ll hurt the ticket”? For one thing, the Democrats are already tying Akin to the ticket; I saw a photoshopped bumper sticker online the other day that read “Romney/Ryan/Akin.” For another thing, it’s never a good idea for a GOP establishment figure, whose conservative bona fides is suspect among the base almost by definition, to argue that he can’t do X because the left might say mean thing Y. The RNC and NRSC are already sure to be blamed by Huckabee and other prominent social cons for Akin’s loss because they pushed so hard for him to get out. If they withhold money too, that’ll further encourage Huck’s scapegoating and make it more likely that he’ll find a receptive grassroots audience. Priebus is taking a real risk here.

Exit quotation from a Missouri delegate: “I don’t trust the system to find someone to replace him.”


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Akin is damaging the entire Republican Party at a time when it’s essential that moderates and independents turn out to defeat Obama. If he wasn’t willing to leave for the good of the party and the country, he should have been pushed out.

Jay Mac on August 28, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Sometimes I think that losing the Senate and the White House in 2012 would be worthwhile just to get rid of the troglocon wing. They are essentially big-government liberals with the Bible, and they cost the national party heavily in sane independent and libertarian votes.

Archivarix on August 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

A rare misstep from Reince Priebus. The correct answer is, “The polling shows that Mr. Akin has been seriously damaged by his terribly insensitive, ill-informed statement and we would prefer he withdraw in favor of a more competitive candidate for this very important seat. We have to place the limited funds where they can do the best good. It’s up to Mr. Akin to raise funds for his candidacy or decide to withdraw. ”

Don’t get drawn into hypothetical scenarios. See how the race goes.

Jill1066 on August 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

And by reading about Akin it really seems like he is a high class guy, good family, very charitable. Few missionary missions to Africa to help, doctors with out borders. No scandals.

What he did was unacceptable. But I really think that he can recover.

Air Claire and her having taxpayers pay for her private jet, and hiding taxes, and her husband not paying taxes.

I still hope he drops out, but we can do far worse then Akin.

On Huckster, the guy is a loser, one day he will start his own christian democrat party like in Europe FAR left on economic issues, conservatives on social issues.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM

That’s how toxic Akin is and how desperate the GOP is not to see the gender gap get worse.

Ground control to social conservatives: If you follow Huck’s lead and rally behind Akin, you will forfeit a seat that could easily be won by any other Missouri social conservative who doesn’t expound novel theories of women’s natural biological defenses against “legitimate rape.” If that happens, not only will McCaskill be in the Senate for six more years, but even if the GOP still takes back Senate, that majority will need the support of a pro-choice Connecticut Republican and the ever-moderate Scott Brown. Both are outpolling their Democratic rivals, unlike Akin who is losing to McCaskill by ten points:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ct/connecticut_senate_mcmahon_vs_murphy-2111.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ma/massachusetts_senate_brown_vs_warren-2093.html

Do social conservatives really want a majority that relies on Brown and McMahon? How does that advance the Cause?

Lawdawg86 on August 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Exit quotation from a Missouri delegate: “I don’t trust the system to find someone to replace him.”

…me either…their track record could be a little bit of an indication?

KOOLAID2 on August 28, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Lawdawg86 on August 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I hope he drops out, but if he doesn’t and the race is close we have to at least help a little.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Akin is dead man walking. He will not win. All the money and all the support in the world will not get Akin up. It’s not about ‘being close’ and ‘let’s help get him over the line.’ The seat as it stands is lost to McCaskill. The only way for the GOP to eke out a win is for him to stand down and let someone else try.

Ozwitch on August 28, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Priebus is bluffing

Makes perfect sense. If Akins stays down by double-digits, that money will be much better spent elsewhere on a candidate who doesn’t draw bullseye’s on his own loafers.

But if Akins claws his way out of this hole entirely on his own to get within a couple of points and Priebus REALLY gives the Democrats their 51st Senator solely out of spite, we’ll have to get a new RNC Chairman.

logis on August 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

That’s how toxic Akin is and how desperate the GOP is not to see the gender gap get worse.
Ground control to social conservatives: If you follow Huck’s lead and rally behind Akin, you will forfeit a seat that could easily be won by any other Missouri social conservative who doesn’t expound novel theories of women’s natural biological defenses against “legitimate rape.” If that happens, not only will McCaskill be in the Senate for six more years, but even if the GOP still takes back Senate, that majority will need the support of a pro-choice Connecticut Republican and the ever-moderate Scott Brown. Both are outpolling their Democratic rivals, unlike Akin who is losing to McCaskill by ten points:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ct/connecticut_senate_mcmahon_vs_murphy-2111.html

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/ma/massachusetts_senate_brown_vs_warren-2093.html

Do social conservatives really want a majority that relies on Brown and McMahon? How does that advance the Cause?

Lawdawg86 on August 28, 2012 at 8:08 PM

IF Akin were to withdraw you can bet your bottom dollar the RNC would see to it that an establishment approved republican would get the nomination.

If Akin doesn’t get out…….there is no way he would be worse than the likes of AL FRANKEN, Lautenburg, Schumer, Byrd, Sanders, Boxer, Feinstein, Murray, and on and on and on.

PappyD61 on August 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Reince is a badass who sticks to his guns.

Easily the best RNC chair since Barbour.

(Akin, GTFO.)

Red Cloud on August 28, 2012 at 8:19 PM

The RNC needs to make a smoke-filled-room deal with Akin.

“If you get out, we’ll give you this.”

It’s time to play polotics with this guy.

davidk on August 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

More like establishment cowardice. The very bunch that decries principle over ‘just win, baby’, screeching about a Senate win at risk, now strikes a pose about principle and declares they’ll throw away control of the senate to side with abortionists. THAT’s the GOP leadership for you, folks. Cowards afraid of what liberal scum will say about them.

rayra on August 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Okay, now I’m officially on the side of TODD AKIN.

He made a stupid comment, he apologized. Are we going to require nominees step aside if they say something inflammatory or stupid?

If so…………….ROMNEY STEP ASIDE.

Didn’t YOU make a stupid joke about the Birth certificate? Didn’t YOU make an inflammatory statement?

How about it Mitt?

PappyD61 on August 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I know it may be a difficult concept for you to grasp, but it depends on the extension of the stupidity and self-damage inflicted.

If Romney does something so stupid that he has the Democrats giving him money and begging for him to stay and the Republicans asking him to leave the ticked, he should step aside.

joana on August 28, 2012 at 8:36 PM

More like establishment cowardice. The very bunch that decries principle over ‘just win, baby’, screeching about a Senate win at risk, now strikes a pose about principle and declares they’ll throw away control of the senate to side with abortionists. THAT’s the GOP leadership for you, folks. Cowards afraid of what liberal scum will say about them.

rayra on August 28, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Nope. I know this is surprising to you, but there are lots of other races going on all over the country, including at least a dozen of competitive Senatorial contests.

joana on August 28, 2012 at 8:37 PM

IF Akin were to withdraw you can bet your bottom dollar the RNC would see to it that an establishment approved republican would get the nomination.

If Akin doesn’t get out…….there is no way he would be worse than the likes of AL FRANKEN, Lautenburg, Schumer, Byrd, Sanders, Boxer, Feinstein, Murray, and on and on and on.

PappyD61 on August 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I will happily take an “establishment approved [R]epublican” over this jackass.

And Franken, etal are no reason to put up with somebody who is capable of this level of stupidity.

Should he stay in, I hope Priebus makes the point of pulling every dollar they were going to spend in MO and publicly giving it to Scott Brown in MA.

mbecker908 on August 28, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Akin & Huckabee claim to be good Christians.

Well, as good Christians – they need to understand the principle of sowing & reaping and the law of consequences.

Their arrogance still has a hold of them.

22044 on August 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

This Akin is such an idiot, that who knows what he’s going to say or do next?

Why waste money on this clown? They should have found a way to force him out of the race. Failing that, not a dime to him.

NoDonkey on August 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Still stuck on Stupid with the Akin stories…

mnjg on August 28, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Sometimes I think that losing the Senate and the White House in 2012 would be worthwhile just to get rid of the troglocon wing. They are essentially big-government liberals with the Bible, and they cost the national party heavily in sane independent and libertarian votes.

Archivarix on August 28, 2012 at 8:04 PM

This is what about the whole Akin ordeal still fires me up. Progressives within the party looking for any reason to get rid of Social Conservatives and people of faith. Who the he11 do you people think you are or would be without that particular block of voters?

Sick th death of this sentiment.

I am supporting Romney with you. I know for a fact my donations to the ticket would rival what most average Americans are able to give. But the very evening I’m on the phone with a Romney rep pledging money every month till it’s over, I have to read this crap from people like you?

Again, who do you think you are? You’re worse than the DEmocrats with your generalizations and demonizations.

hawkdriver on August 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Reince Priebus: Todd Akin’s not getting a penny from the RNC, even if the race is tied

So then he flat=out lied on the Mark Levin Show. Not a good idea, Rinse.

minnesoter on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I’m not happy about having to vote for Mitt Romney, but what choice do I have? So what choice do you have? You goin’a vote for Clair McCaskill? Waaaaah

Pole-Cat on August 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

This will turn a lot of people off from the GOP, not because of Akin’s scientifically inaccurate statements, but rather the easy way the GOP so happily tosses a decent, conservative, family man into the street so the bus can run him over and over again.

Shameful overreaction in the name of politics. I mean, heck, we all know politics trumps a man’s reputation, his career, his good name. To heck with Akin, right? Win at all costs!

Sickening.

TheBlueSite on August 28, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I do not agree with Allah about Priebus and his speeches. He may be a good RNC chairman but his speaking ability is right up there with most of the inexperienced speakers that have appeared tonight. He has no sense of cadence nor inflection. He says things that may work in a room with 50 people in it but not with 50K, He should refrain from giving any more long speeches because he is not one of the elected class nor is he recognized as a speaker for the party but the business manager.

inspectorudy on August 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Priebus is playing a dangerous game. If Akin loses he looks like a turd for not helping defeat McCaskill. If Akin wins he looks like a turd for being not helping defeat McCaskill. Either way Priebus comes off as a partisan hack for the most part, so what does he have to gain? He’d rather come off looking like a partisan hack then have to face any difficult questions or uncomfortable challenges regarding the pro-life aspects of the GOP platform. What a panzy.

Lawrence on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

So, the RNC won’t support a candidate whose position on abortion is in line with the platform because that candidate’s position might damage a candidate whose position on abortion is not in line with the platform?

And that is supposed to make sense to me?

gocatholic on August 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM

This Akin is such an idiot, that who knows what he’s going to say or do next.

NoDonkey on August 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I know. I have yet to hear Akin renounce his statement regarding this mystical rape shield he seems to believe women possess. Won’t he just spew this garbage again if he’s asked? He could continue to be a problem for the GOP and the party needs to keep as much distance from him as possible. He is now an unpredictable rogue.

lynncgb on August 28, 2012 at 9:56 PM

if Akins claws his way out of this hole entirely on his own to get within a couple of points and Priebus REALLY gives the Democrats their 51st Senator solely out of spite, we’ll have to get a new RNC Chairman.

logis on August 28, 2012 at 8:12 PM

This ^

But I’d rather see him get out.

Buttercup on August 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I am a social conservative, and I want to see him gone. He compounded his asinine comments by trying to claim that he “misspoke one word”. Bull. And then he added to that the pathetic lie that a PPP poll that oversampled Republicans by 10 that showed him barely alive was proof that he should stay.

He realizes that if he loses this, he’s probably done, just like Murkowski and Crist. He needs to go, and go now.

Blue Hen on August 28, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Good grief. Don’t people accept sincere apologies anymore?

DPierre on August 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

He’s sorry for being so incredibly stupid.

Buttercup on August 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

The more people exaggerate what Akin said, the less I trust their assessment of the situation and how it should be handled. (No, he didn’t say no one ever became pregnant from being raped. No, he didn’t say anything about a “magical uterus.” No, he didn’t say that if a woman becomes pregnant from being raped it’s because she wanted to. But the more people–Republicans!!–make those ridiculous claims, the more I am reminded of long-ago lectures in jr. high and high school by nurses and doctors telling new young women how fragile the female reproductive system is and how anything from the stress of a big test to a car accident to the death of a loved one could prevent ovulation and throw off a menstrual cycle or two. And then I am reminded of conversations with friends having fertility struggles and what their doctors suggested could cause miscarriages or difficulty getting pregnant. But I digress…)

If the RNC had taken the smart route, we would have seen a revival of Juanita Broaddrick references in connection with Clinton’s prominent role in the Democratic Party and a thorough listing of all of Claire McCaskill’s many flaws instead of over-the-top condemnations of Akin that fed the Dem narrative–and if that didn’t work, a quiet, behind-the-scenes call for Akin to drop out (which might have given the RNC time to learn of the sore-loser law and better consider the risks of a write-in situation). Now, thanks to the RNC, however, we have made a multitude of soundbites available to the Dems where Republicans are trashing a man who, if refuses to quit, is the only shot Missouri has to ditch McCaskill. Not a good strategy.

And how people who are accusing Akin of being egotistical can fail to see the shocking arrogance behind Priebus’s declaration is beyond me. What Priebus has here declared is that he’s willing to punish not just Akin but the entire state of Missouri (who will be stuck with McCaskill for another entire term if Akin loses) and potentially the entire population of the U.S. (if MO ends up being a seat that denies us a majority or at least a tie in the Senate). Yeah–that’s not taking things too far./

butterflies and puppies on August 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

I agree with you, Proboscus….that being said, the RNC won’t get a penny out of me going forward for the Rules Change BS that went on today. You just converted a lifelong Republican who knew Barry Goldwater personally into an Independant. Happy now?

subsonic on August 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM

That’s fine Reince. And I’ll still be voting for Mr. Akin regardless. If he drops out, I’ll vote Constitution Party. I might just do the same in the Presidential race too, but I was planning to do that long ago anyhow.

Mr. Akin may have shot himself in the foot; the RNC chopped off both of his legs.

And all the troo conservatives say they’d rather sit out that race now.

So much for voting out Claire and Dems in general.

Akin’s foot-in-mouth moment suddenly enabled so many of you to find your principles, that you could stomach not voting in the Senatorial race.

I find this backlash by so many troo Republicans/conservatives on this site and others so heavily ironic considering the level of abuse so many of y’all have heaped on social conservatives who preach principle over pragmatism no matter the cost.

If Claire keeps her seat, all of y’all who’ve run away from Akin are just as much – if not more so – to blame for her win.

And what if? What if Akin manages to squeak a win? It’ll be interesting to see the contortions y’all do.

Logus on August 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

He’d rather come off looking like a partisan hack then have to face any difficult questions or uncomfortable challenges regarding the pro-life aspects of the GOP platform. What a panzy.

Lawrence on August 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

That’s because he’s a troo Republican/conservative.

When you believe that politics and power trump principles and ideology…

So many people wonder why the Republican party is often viewed as just the flip side of a coin with the Democratic party on the reverse. The whole fallout from Akin shines a very bright light on this.

Oh the irony.

Logus on August 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM

it’s never a good idea for a GOP establishment figure, whose conservative bona fides is suspect among the base almost by definition

Romney didn’t help himself in his kneejerk response that he felt abortion for rape and incest was okay. I’m now more inclined to believe that his statement about ‘converting’ to a pro-life stance are/were pure political maneuvering then I had previously believed.

As heinous as rape and incest is, two wrongs do not make a right. If you believe that abortion is wrong because it’s killing a human being, granting it in cases of rape and incest is illogical.

Logus on August 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Im fine with Akin not getting a dime from the RNC. He was too selfish and ego driven to do what was best for not only the party, but for what he claims to believe in. Akin has put himself above everyone and everything and is going to lose as much for that reason as what he stupidly said. He is a weasel and not worthy of representing anyone. If he and Huckabee try to blame his inevitable loss on others, it will be doing exactly what we expect from low class losers……just what they have shown they are….

Im disgusted by Akins handling of this whole situation, its made him as ugly as his opponent.

alecj on August 29, 2012 at 12:04 AM

This will turn a lot of people off from the GOP, not because of Akin’s scientifically inaccurate statements, but rather the easy way the GOP so happily tosses a decent, conservative, family man into the street so the bus can run him over and over again.

A ‘decent man’ doesn’t say, essentially, that if a woman gets pregnant from a rape that she was never really raped to begin with. A ‘decent’ man doesn’t say jaw droppingly ignorant things that anyone with a 5th grade education knows is false. And, a ‘decent’ man doesn’t insist on staying in a race when doing so would hurt the very conservative causes he pretends to support.

Further, I could give a rat’s that he’s a ‘family man’. He’s a moron. An embarrassment. And, a selfish, self absorbed pig and the less the Republican party has to do with him, the better. As for that bus, I’d happily take the wheel and flatten him to oblivion.

kit9 on August 29, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Screw Akin. As I wrote on my blog, Akin is a moral coward, an ignoramus, ill-spoken, and incompetent. He had to know he was going to be asked that question, his failure to have a good answer was a willful screw-up on his part.

Not one dime. Want to get a different social conservative to run? Fine! Just get rid of him. Now.

Greg Q on August 29, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Priebus is taking a real risk here.

You have it backwards. It’s Akin and his supporters who are taking the real risk here.

Akin proved he was unworthy of our support with his comment. He proved he is selfish by staying in the race when the reasonable, patriotic thing to do was step aside. He is out of step with how most of the party feels on this issue. He was contra-intellectual in his opine.

I am the last one to defend our party leaders. But on this, they stood on principle. You want principle to be adhered to? Tired of “weak” leadership? This is what principled temerity looks like…and sometimes it ain’t pretty.

Does this make our job in November harder? Heck yes. But we will make it up other ways in spite on Mr. Akin’s selfish decision.

Good for Mr. Preibus.

Marcus Traianus on August 29, 2012 at 6:45 AM

The RNC needs to mount a write in campaign for another candidate.
When Akin sees that the RNC endorses another candidate and finances that candidate he will finally understand that he cannot win with a well financed Republican candidate splitting the ballot.

Akin is a guaranteed loser with no point of going on.

Problem solved.

The Rock on August 29, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Todd Akin is a selfish swine who puts his personal ambitions ahead of the country.

bluegill on August 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Sounds like your description of Sarah Palin.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Or anyone who doesn’t worship at the feet of Mitt Romney.

There Goes The Neighborhood on August 29, 2012 at 9:57 AM

This is probably likely the reason Sarah Palin decided not to get into the race. Without the support of the national party and the dough that brings, no one stands a chance of winning a nomination and now in MO, the election. Who is it that’s putting party ahead of winning back the senate, the RNC or Akin? I heard his interview on Hannity’s radio show and other than the one issue he messed up on, he sounds conservative. The other choice in MO is a known liar and crook.

Kissmygrits on August 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

This is what about the whole Akin ordeal still fires me up. Progressives within the party looking for any reason to get rid of Social Conservatives and people of faith. Who the he11 do you people think you are or would be without that particular block of voters?

Sick th death of this sentiment.

I am supporting Romney with you. I know for a fact my donations to the ticket would rival what most average Americans are able to give. But the very evening I’m on the phone with a Romney rep pledging money every month till it’s over, I have to read this crap from people like you?

Again, who do you think you are? You’re worse than the DEmocrats with your generalizations and demonizations.

hawkdriver on August 28, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Exactly.. I am a social conservative but I am a huge fiscal conservative. Good luck finding wishy washy independents to be as loyal to that principle as I have been.

melle1228 on August 29, 2012 at 1:15 PM

The newest poll out today has Akin ahead 45 to 42.

Pole-Cat on August 30, 2012 at 11:18 PM

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