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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“I don’t trust the system to find someone to replace him.”

Just pick some random person who has voted in the Republican Primary more than once.

ninjapirate on August 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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

bluegill on August 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

If only ALLAHPUNDIT was RNC Chief. *Sigh* You’d do better job than Priebus of late.

Varchild on August 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.

Sort of a pot kettle thing, some might argue.

Axe on August 28, 2012 at 7:05 PM

For one thing, the Democrats are already tying Akin to the ticket

Doesnt mean they can make it stick though. Right now they can’t. What are they gonna say, Romney thinks like Akin because Romney wont support Akin?

Zaggs on August 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

What’s Priebus’s explanation to grassroots conservatives going to be for not funding Akin if the race is 47/47 on October 1?

What’s your response going to be when Romney’s leading in New York by a twenty-point margin?

Because both situations are equally likely at this point.

KingGold on August 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

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.

Bingo!

Pythagoras on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Promises to be a hilarious thread.

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Note to Akin: Refusing to lend credence to a man who says women can’t get pregnant through rape is not a personal vendetta against that man. It is instead Akin who is putting his personal interests over the good of the country.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

So. We all want a mechanism to get rid of Akin from this race. But, the GOP just changed the rules to eliminate a mechanism to get rid of a Akin-type presidential candidate. Genius.

besser tot als rot on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

OT: MSNBC just opened their convention coverage for the evening with Maddow and Tingles doubling down on the race card

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Let Huckabee fund Akin.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

It won’t be tied. Claire Bear is going down.

SouthernGent on August 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Doesnt mean they can make it stick though. Right now they can’t. What are they gonna say, Romney thinks like Akin because Romney wont support Akin?

Zaggs on August 28, 2012 at 7:06 PM

The more anyone in the GOP talks about Akin the more the dems tie Akin to the GOP. So my advice to the GOP, shutup about Akin already.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Schadenfreude on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Yes.

thatsafactjack on August 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Akin stepped on his ding-a-ling with his comment. The RNC appears to be willing to stomp on their own ding-a-ling if he still has a chance of winning. What does this remind me of? Oh yeah, those three senate races in 2010 in which the GOP moderates voted for the dem candidate because the conservative was too flawed for their liking. Looks like the GOP is ready to do it again. It doesn’t look like the GOP really desires to take back the senate because then they could keep Otaxacare on the books and increase the size of government.

chemman on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Note to Akin: Refusing to lend credence to a man who says women can’t get pregnant through rape is not a personal vendetta against that man. It is instead Akin who is putting his personal interests over the good of the country.

talkingpoints on August 28, 2012 at 7:08 PM

So, by “good of the country” you mean letting the leftist pig of a Democrat win the race and possible allow the swine to keep hold of the Senate?

Because, my friend, that’s exactly what will happen. I’d rather overlook a few stains and warts here and there and gain control of BOTH houses and perhaps the White House too, than see a single seat go to the leftists.

TKindred on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Priebus is taking a real risk here.

If, during the convention, Priebus or Romney were to show even the slightest possibility of backing Akin in the future, even hypothetically… well, it would immediately be the lead story of the convention in a lot of media outlets. It would have been a bigger risk to budge at all on this.

acasilaco on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

OT: MSNBC just opened their convention coverage for the evening with Maddow and Tingles doubling down on the race card

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Aw maaaaaan. You just made my dinner rumble wrong.

Laura in Maryland on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Let Huckabee fund Akin.

changer1701 on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

+1

beatcanvas on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

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.

And Huckabee and those other fools can go stuff it. Akin dug his own grave and hopped into it happily.

mythicknight on August 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

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.

This. I know some people don’t get it, but his belief in women’s magic biological rape-sperm defense is just anathema to a large segment of the population regardless of party ID.

The Chewbacca Defense on August 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Does anyone think Akin, if elected, would vote the way republicans want him to after all this garbage over the past fortnight?

He’s already shown he puts himself above party, he’ll vote Dem just to give the finger to everybody who slammed him.

A lost cause in every way.

Ozwitch on August 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

the GOP is doing an excellent job keeping the Akin issue afloat. good job! /
and since we are at it, I think it good GOP completely cuts relations with the troglocon wing of the party. people that shoot bazookas into their own feet blowing up themselfs and the whole platoon are not welcome.

nathor on August 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

So what your telling me Priebus is that you want McCaskill to win then?

sadsushi on August 28, 2012 at 7:16 PM

And Huckabee and those other fools can go stuff it. Akin dug his own grave and hopped into it happily.

mythicknight on August 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Yup, and he’s trying to drag the party down there with him (and our last slim hope of stopping America’s cliff dive).

Laura in Maryland on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Don’t blame Priebus one bit. Akin/Huckabee are a cancer to the cause.

EddieC on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

The more anyone in the GOP talks about Akin the more the dems tie Akin to the GOP. So my advice to the GOP, shutup about Akin already.bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:11 PM

You do know that he was asked a direct question, don’t you?

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Aw maaaaaan. You just made my dinner rumble wrong.

Laura in Maryland on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Take heart. If all they’re talking about is race and abortion, they already know their guy is toast.

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Get Boehner off the podium already, he sucks as a speaker, (pun fully intended and true).

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Look, this isn’t about “not supporting” Akin. This is about making sure that Akin knows for certain that he had better get out before September 25. If he thinks there’s a chance of getting support, he’ll talk himself into staying in the race.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

You do know that he was asked a direct question, don’t you?

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Ever heard of just not answering at all, changing the subject, or no comment. Let the press ask all they want. The GOP doesn’t have to answer.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Part of me wants to back Akin in order to shove the Dems’ political correctness down their throats. Akin had a really bad choice of words, and was wrong biologically. Apparently he meant rape in which there was a tremendous fear factor, which is not always the case. IOW, “rape rape”, as Whoopi Goldberg would call it. Should we really hang someone for that? I know there’s a lot of pressure to do so, but at some point we have to face down the PC beast. At the least, if Akin proves he is viable, I think the Pubs should get behind him.

paul1149 on August 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

I do not like this Priebus fellow. He got steamrolled in a debate with Chris Matthews that he should have been able to handily win (as Newt demonstrated today). Plus, he’s already horse, and he’s got 2 days to go.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Yeah, Boehner was pretty weak. Of course, MSNBC is claiming that the GOP wants to physically toss Barky into the gutter….how much more racist can you get than that?

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Priebus is just saying the same thing over and over again. Get him off the stage. Plus, is it just me, or is he 3 sheets to the wind?

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:25 PM

So does this mean Akin’s not the Mystery Speaker on Thursday night?

Bruno Strozek on August 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Akin can’t possibly win, conservatives need to drop that hope right now.

Missouri is not Utah, they elect Democrats all the time, their current Governor is a Democrat and Obama came within .1% of the vote from winning the state in 2008.

McCaskill is biding her time until it’s too late to field a viable alternative, then she’s going to nuke him. She can even trot out that every Republican on Earth (including Romney) has called for him to leave.

A different candidate needs to be fielded, it’s the only way we have a chance to salvage the seat. Plus, Romney and Republicans will see a sh!tstorm if the national Party starts giving Akin millions of dollars.

Akin hurts the GOP nationwide, we have to kamikaze that Senate seat and hope Akin jumps out first.

BradTank on August 28, 2012 at 7:26 PM

I don’t see how the RNC would be able to support Akin at this point, even if they wanted to. They throw him a lifeline now and they are irrevocably tied to his toxic statements.

He seems to be under the impression that there was another course they could’ve taken, that they just tossed him under the bus for no good reason. But that’s not the case. The RNC, “establishment” or no, isn’t going to just toss a Senate seat, one that we need desperately, to a friggin’ Democrat. He was running ahead by 3 points, for pete’s sake. Akin’s stupidity left them no choice, and there’s nothing different between when they asked him to step down and now. He needs to think about that. They asked him to step down WHEN HE WAS ALREADY AHEAD. Getting ahead again isn’t going to alter the terrain.

And LOOK how little he’s learned…

“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.”

He thinks this is some sort of game. He thinks that Reice Priebus is out to get him personally. He’s still not taking responsibility for what is unarguably a self-inflicted wound. Instead, he’s childishly looking around for other people to blame as if he were Barack Obama himself. The guy just isn’t fit for primetime.

Murf76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Look, this isn’t about “not supporting” Akin. This is about making sure that Akin knows for certain that he had better get out before September 25. If he thinks there’s a chance of getting support, he’ll talk himself into staying in the race.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

+1

Pythagoras on August 28, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Ever heard of just not answering at all, changing the subject, or no comment. Let the press ask all they want. The GOP doesn’t have to answer.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

And then the press will just meekly go away. Richard Nixon had tried that very successful approach.

bayview on August 28, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Better get that message to Jay Leno. He told Dennis Miller that GOP’s platform mirror’s Akin’s. View on MM’s page

kurtzz3 on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

To not vote for Romney = voting for Obama.
I’ve heard this over and over from Romney supporters.
So, to not vote for Akin = voting for McCaskill.
By not supporting Akin, the RNC is voting for McCaskill.
Looks like ole Rance plans on making sure we get Obamacare loving McCaskill back as a senator.

Did Akin say something stupid, yes!
Has etch-a-sketch Romney ever said something stupid?
If so, I guess he best step down and let someone else run for President. It sure will be hard to find someone who hasn’t said something stupid in their lifetime though.

The Republicans are doing all in their power to keep the Akin story going. If the democrats retain the senate, then Romney has an excuse for not getting rid of Obamacare and I’m not too sure that he really wants to get rid of Obamacare. After the shenanigans at the convention by team Romney, I trust him even less than I did before. He is making it very hard for me to vote for him.

Ibanez Lotus on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Yeah, Boehner was pretty weak. Of course, MSNBC is claiming that the GOP wants to physically toss Barky into the gutter….how much more racist can you get than that?

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Well as far as tossing the marxist into the gutter I’ll settle for what Reagan said about marxism and toss the sorry ass marxist onto the “ash heap of history” along with the rest of his comrades.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Thanks, friend. I’m allowing myself a little bit of hope. I’m not seeing a whole lot of Obooboo stickers this go ’round, despite the fact that Baltimorons normally rally around anything with a D, but there’s not the same enthusiasm out here in the ‘burbs.

Laura in Maryland on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

So let’s just concede the seat to the far left democrat???

I am a woman and while what Akin said offended me, I would still vote for him in a heartbeat if i lived in MO.It’s really not even a tough choice for me.

You have far left Obama drone Air Claire vs Gaffe Akin.

Akin has a 97 lifetime ACU rating
Air Claire has a 13 lifetime ACU rating

Preibus seems to have a surgically removed spine, he just stood there all meekly with Chrissy yesterday too.

Grow a pair GOP. Either way they’ll label us extremists, racists, etc.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Look, this isn’t about “not supporting” Akin. This is about making sure that Akin knows for certain that he had better get out before September 25. If he thinks there’s a chance of getting support, he’ll talk himself into staying in the race.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

+1000

I swear to cheese, half the people who post have no frigging clue what the word “politics” even means, much less how it works.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

sarah steelman was already endorsed by palin, correct?… if she takes the spot on the ballot she wins in a landslide. yes, akin makes valid points against mccaskill and how important it is she be replaced, but the same argument can be made by several other republicans just as effectively. for akin to pretend not to realize these others are free from the albatross he has placed on his neck is absurd and completely self-serving. when at least 5 other candidates in your state can campaign on the exact same message you plan to lay out and have a exponentially greater chance of winning… it’s time to go.

dbilly76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I think it is safe to say that those who advocate for the unrestrained gendercide of unborn baby girls and the cruel tolerance of the infanticide of newborn baby girls are really the ones waging a war on women.

Blue Collar Todd on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

What’s Priebus’s explanation to grassroots conservatives going to be for not funding Akin if the race is 47/47 on October 1?

Nothing. Grassroots Conservatives think Akin is a jerk and a loser. I know you poste this for the hits but trust me, no one cares. We are going to focus on Ohio and other states to unseat Dems instead.
And what is your rationale for assuming Akin will affect the Presidential election…other than Dem talking pointa and loser Huckabee(who ian’t really Conservative)?
I am involved with your so-called Grassroots and the Tea Party and no one cares about Akin other than as an annoyance. He will only make a differenc if we let him by paying attention to him.

Deanna on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

So let’s just concede the seat to the far left democrat???

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Akin already coincided the seat to the far left democrat — and no, it wasn’t what he said if you want to parse the sentence (which was bad enough by itself) but by proving he’s an idiot. I’m a rube from LA & I can articulate better support for the 100% pro-life with no exception position, even though that isn’t my personal position (I’m pro-life with limited exceptions) than Akin can. For that reason alone, he should have stepped down & he will have no one but HIMSELF to blame when he loses.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I swear to cheese, half the people who post have no frigging clue what the word “politics” even means, much less how it works.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Yep. And that includes that loser Huckabee. He’s using Akin to get a podium for himself and be in the spotlight. He doesn’t care about anything else. Where was he when other Conservatives were running?

Deanna on August 28, 2012 at 7:34 PM

+1000

I swear to cheese, half the people who post have no frigging clue what the word “politics” even means, much less how it works.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

When I think you have a clue I’ll tell you.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

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

Ibanez Lotus on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Supporting Akin at a time when we should be encouraging him to get out will be counterproductive. We should be spending every minute of the next 28 days begging, berating, and cajoling Todd Akin into dropping out of the race. If he doesn’t hear that message, we have to go back to the drawing board.

But it’s important to note that the Missouri Senate race is not happening in a vacuum. Any politician or group that supports Akin will be indirectly tying themselves to his absurd and offensive statements. In short, SUPPORTING AKIN may do much more harm than good.

Furthermore, comparisons to the Obama/Romney race are inappropriate. Romney has made no comments that are so utterly insane as to turn off every independent in the country. Supporting Romney does not a misogynist make. The same cannot be said of Todd Akin.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Sorry for my typos but I broke a finger and it is kind of fun to try and type with any speed. LOL

Deanna on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

So let’s just concede the seat to the far left democrat???
I am a woman and while what Akin said offended me, I would still vote for him in a heartbeat if i lived in MO.It’s really not even a tough choice for me.
Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

No one is saying don’t vote for Akin from the GOP. They are saying he doesn’t get support which is different. They CAN’T support him without doing damage NATIONALLY so he was told if he stays in he is on his own and he said I am staying in. His choice. He gets to play by the rules of being a radioactive candidate.

Conan on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

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

DPierre on August 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

+1000

I swear to cheese, half the people who post have no frigging clue what the word “politics” even means, much less how it works.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

When I think you have a clue I’ll tell you.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Me too..Dark Star-you have a clue even two. :)

bazil9 on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

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

would you rather she ran for president?

dbilly76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Laura in Maryland on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Here on the Eastern Shore things are a whole lot better and the Barky stickers get laughed at, but we’re not going to sway the Baltimorons. Bongino doesn’t have a chance, but we’ll return Andy Harris to the House, so there’s that.

Trafalgar on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

akin and the extremists (huck, op rescue, etc.) who support him are biting off their nose to spite their face.

In the face of one of the strongest pro-abortion presidents who will have 4 more years to tweak the SCOTUS, these people are counting angels on the heads of pins.

akin is not qualified simply because he does not have the requisite communication skills for the job…nor does he actually represent more that a few percent of voters

r keller on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

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

DPierre on August 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

He is forgiven as far as I am concerned. But to forgive is not to endorse or support.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

So let’s just concede the seat to the far left democrat???

I am a woman and while what Akin said offended me, I would still vote for him in a heartbeat if i lived in MO.It’s really not even a tough choice for me.

You have far left Obama drone Air Claire vs Gaffe Akin.

Akin has a 97 lifetime ACU rating
Air Claire has a 13 lifetime ACU rating

Preibus seems to have a surgically removed spine, he just stood there all meekly with Chrissy yesterday too.

Grow a pair GOP. Either way they’ll label us extremists, racists, etc.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:30 PM

And that would all be fine and dandy if we didn’t need Independents in November for every other election in the country.

Hey, anybody who isn’t a socialist Democrat in MO might have to hold their nose and vote for this guy, that’s not the point. The point is that he’s going to have to get there on his own speed if he chooses to stay in. There’s not going to be any cavalry riding to the rescue at the last minute. THAT’s what Priebus is telling him, and from all indications it looks like he means it too.

Murf76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Someone should remind Priebus that WE NEED THE SENATE!

GarandFan on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Looks like a circular firing squad…. on a burning bridge…..over a burning river.

thmsmgnm on August 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Sorry for my typos but I broke a finger and it is kind of fun to try and type with any speed. LOL

Deanna on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I have a neropathy condition in my right hand- and last night I filleted my left thumb with a knife. Join me in the typo wounded HA wounded ward. :)
I know some here get all excited about typo’s and play the sp nazi. Not to worry.

bazil9 on August 28, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Someone should remind Priebus Akin that WE NEED THE SENATE!

GarandFan on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

FIFY!

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

would you rather she ran for president?

dbilly76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:38 PM

I would love for her to run for President.

Bluegill can’t stand her. That’s what I’m referring to.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

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

DPierre on August 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

That only works for children. And not even then if an available action which would rectify the mistake is rejected.

Murf76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Romney and Ryan have already distanced themselves from Akin, and the latest poll in Missouri (over a week after Akin’s rape gaffe) showed Romney leading Obama 50-43.

Priebus, as RNC chair, has the responsibility of getting ALL Republicans elected. If one candidate has become toxic to the party, there is no point in Priebus spending money on him which would be more useful in the Presidential race or other competitive Senate races.

If Akin continues to trail in the polls while Romney leads, and can’t count on the RNC to fund his campaign, he might be persuaded to abandon the race for another candidate who can beat McCaskill.

Steve Z on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

And if Akin doesn’t drop out? What then?

You show’em Reince. Claire McCasKILL is a far greater choice and is a stalwart when it comes to protecting the unborn. Shoot, why not abandon a few other Republican candidates for the Senate just to see how close we can get the Senate. Maybe 50 to 49? That’s close enough to override Obamacare isn’t it and it makes the race so much more interesting.

Too bad, as one doctor said, political demagogueing has replaced cooler heads and science.

iamsaved on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

O/T: Mia Love is killing it right now.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Someone should remind Priebus that WE NEED THE SENATE!

GarandFan on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

And there’s plenty of other seats to dump money into to try and take. Don’t kill the GOP brand for this d@mn fool.

Bitter Clinger on August 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Don’t blame Priebus one bit. Akin/Huckabee are a cancer to the cause.

EddieC on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

+1000

Have no idea why Akin thinks there is a legal obligation on someone to support his campaign. “I won” does not work this time…
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And not sure why people think Akin “misspoke”, that was not a bad choice of words, but a bad case of no brain matter. No one today can even fathom thinking that getting pregnant while being raped is all in one’s mind, I am sure all the victims keep thinking “I want this man’s child, BADLY!” during the ordeal. Huckabee is just as much an idiot for supporting this view. What GOP should have done was to insist that no conservatives nor GOP ever book any spots on Huck’s radio and TV shows, we simply can’t have idiots “speak” for us.

So, please, let’s stop with “bad choice of words” nonsense, you just show how stupid you are in trying to explain the unexplainable.

riddick on August 28, 2012 at 7:44 PM

iamsaved on August 28, 2012 at 7:42 PM

You’re missing the point entirely. Akin is to blame for this. It is HE who swept the rug out from under his own feet.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:45 PM

sarah steelman was already endorsed by palin, correct?… if she takes the spot on the ballot she wins in a landslide. yes, akin makes valid points against mccaskill and how important it is she be replaced, but the same argument can be made by several other republicans just as effectively. for akin to pretend not to realize these others are free from the albatross he has placed on his neck is absurd and completely self-serving. when at least 5 other candidates in your state can campaign on the exact same message you plan to lay out and have a exponentially greater chance of winning… it’s time to go.

dbilly76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

For the NTH time…MO has a sore loser Law. Steelman and Brunner cant run again this year.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

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

DPierre on August 28, 2012 at 7:37 PM

No such thing as “sincere apology”. EVER.

Plenty of bridges for sale, though…

riddick on August 28, 2012 at 7:47 PM

This vapid blonde is hardly doing anything for me.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

We turned on C-Span for Mia Love and instead get a bottled-blonde Janine Turner.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, you are..and do!

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

For the NTH time…MO has a sore loser Law. Steelman and Brunner cant run again this year.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

And the only way for GOP to show they are serious is to start a write-in campaign with some easy and recognizable name. Once the idiot understands that money he was counting on is being spent on someone else he will drop out or face a dire financial sink hole (unless Soros decides to spend more on a questionable cause). He is stupid, but not that much. At least I hope so…

riddick on August 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Sorry Akin, Your application for funding/support has been rejected.
We, the Perfect Republican Party only accept perfect Candidates.
You misspoke and we can’t have that; besides you caused the Media to make fun of us and that is a no-no. We can’t have the wimmens angry at us or the Dems AND the Media. We’re all about making friends with our enemies, doncha know?

bluefox on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Look, this isn’t about “not supporting” Akin. This is about making sure that Akin knows for certain that he had better get out before September 25. If he thinks there’s a chance of getting support, he’ll talk himself into staying in the race.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Absolutely. This guy is delusional to begin with.

Robb on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Don’t blame Priebus one bit. Akin/Huckabee are a cancer to the cause.

EddieC on August 28, 2012 at 7:17 PM

That!!!

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Akin already coincided the seat to the far left democrat — and no, it wasn’t what he said if you want to parse the sentence (which was bad enough by itself) but by proving he’s an idiot. I’m a rube from LA & I can articulate better support for the 100% pro-life with no exception position, even though that isn’t my personal position (I’m pro-life with limited exceptions) than Akin can. For that reason alone, he should have stepped down & he will have no one but HIMSELF to blame when he loses.

Dark Star on August 28, 2012 at 7:33 PM

I know what he said was idiotic, moronic, offensive, etc. That wasn’t what I was getting at. In the hypothetical if the “race is tied” or Akin is close we can’t just let him drown. Doesn’t mean we fully embrace him, but if we can still win the race, we can sure run some ads saying “yeah what he said was idiotic, but look at what Air Claire did”

With that said I would prefer he dropped out before 9/25 and we got someone else.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:52 PM

O/T: Mia Love is killing it right now.

Longing4Lincoln on August 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

No doubt! They should have given her a few more minutes.

JohnGalt23 on August 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yes, you are..and do!

jimver on August 28, 2012 at 7:50 PM

LOL, I was wondering how long it would take for that kind of response. Congrats.

bgibbs1000 on August 28, 2012 at 7:53 PM

this betrays his apparent personal vendetta against Todd Akin. He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.

How can it be both a personal vendetta AND an advancement of GOP power? And isn’t protecting the GOP party’s power Priebus’s job?

Does Akin really think he knows better about what’s good for the country than the rest of the country?

Egotist AND idiot. Thinks of nobody but himself and wraps himself in delusions of self-importance and virtue to justify it.

Socratease on August 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

What’s Priebus’s explanation to grassroots conservatives going to be for not funding Akin if the race is 47/47 on October 1?

If it is 47/47 in October without RNC funding then Akin doesn’t need the help.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Akin stepped on his ding-a-ling with his comment. The RNC appears to be willing to stomp on their own ding-a-ling if he still has a chance of winning. What does this remind me of? Oh yeah, those three senate races in 2010 in which the GOP moderates voted for the dem candidate because the conservative was too flawed for their liking. Looks like the GOP is ready to do it again. It doesn’t look like the GOP really desires to take back the senate because then they could keep Otaxacare on the books and increase the size of government.

chemman on August 28, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Face it, Republicans are not going to win the MO Senate seat if Akin is in the race, so the RNC is better off funding Senate candidates in other states, some of whom have become surprisingly competitive, such as Hoekstra in Michigan, Mandel in Ohio, and McMahon in Connecticut. Also, Connie Mack in FL and George Allen in VA have difficult races in expensive swing states, and a combined effort by the RNC could help both Romney and the Senate candidates in those states.

If Akin finds himself desperately behind in the polls with no money, he MIGHT decide to “take one for the team” and let an untainted Republican run in his place, with a good chance of beating McCaskill, and most likely the RNC and NRSC will fund the new candidate.

Steve Z on August 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

No one is saying don’t vote for Akin from the GOP. They are saying he doesn’t get support which is different. They CAN’T support him without doing damage NATIONALLY so he was told if he stays in he is on his own and he said I am staying in. His choice. He gets to play by the rules of being a radioactive candidate.

Conan on August 28, 2012 at 7:36 PM

I do hope he drops out before September 25, so this point will be rendered moot. But if we are close we can’t just let him drown.

Think about it Akin has a lifetime 97 ACU rating vs a 12 from Air Claire.

Vote to overturn Obamacare vs vote with Obama.

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Egotist AND idiot. Thinks of nobody but himself and wraps himself in delusions of self-importance and virtue to justify it.

Socratease on August 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I was actually more sympathetic to Akin until he did all those interviews in the wake of his stupid comments and got Huckabee to support him in the name of some principle which I have yet to understand. He came off as a very odd duck. Sean Hannity would ask him a direct question and he responded with long rambling comments about American exceptionalism or something.

Happy Nomad on August 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

And that would all be fine and dandy if we didn’t need Independents in November for every other election in the country.

Hey, anybody who isn’t a socialist Democrat in MO might have to hold their nose and vote for this guy, that’s not the point. The point is that he’s going to have to get there on his own speed if he chooses to stay in. There’s not going to be any cavalry riding to the rescue at the last minute. THAT’s what Priebus is telling him, and from all indications it looks like he means it too.

Murf76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:39 PM

I suggest you read about how stupid and easily swayed MOST these “independents are.” Link here

They are so dumb most of them can’t tell their butt from last Tuesday.

I’m NOT saying go all in for Akin, but if the race is close in say October, why not help push him over the top???

Raquel Pinkbullet on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

If it is winnable (highly unlikely), a Super Pac will jump in to help. It won’t be Rove’s because he can’t back down on his threat, but there are others out there. Finally, money is fungible. Rove can discretely suggest that his donors give to a superpac that will help Akin. (or maybe Foster Friess will pump a few million into the old Santorum Super Pac)

BuzzCrutcher on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

For the NTH time…MO has a sore loser Law. Steelman and Brunner cant run again this year.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 28, 2012 at 7:46 PM

fine, i’ll take any of the others who weren’t on the primary, thank you.

dbilly76 on August 28, 2012 at 7:59 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 have a neropathy condition in my right hand- and last night I filleted my left thumb with a knife. Join me in the typo wounded HA wounded ward. :)
I know some here get all excited about typo’s and play the sp nazi. Not to worry.

fibromyalgia (like me) perhaps?

dmacleo on August 28, 2012 at 8:02 PM

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