Rasmussen: McCaskill 49, Akin 43

posted at 4:01 pm on September 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

In one corner stands the Senate’s most endangered incumbent.  In the other stands the country’s most criticized Senate challenger.  This race may end up determining the outcome when an eminently stoppable force meets an eminently movable object — and according to Rasmussen, the two objects are closing in on one another:

The fallout appears to linger in the Missouri Senate race, with incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill still holding a six-point lead over Republican challenger Todd Akin. But the race is tightening.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds McCaskill will 49% support to Akin’s 43%. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate in the contest, and another four percent (4%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Akin has rebounded slightly from late August when he trailed McCaskill 48% to 38% just after he told a television interviewer that in cases of “legitimate rape,” women’s reproductive systems shut down to prevent pregnancy. The resulting uproar prompted Mitt Romney and other leading Republicans to call for Akin to step down as the party’s Senate candidate in Missouri, but he refused.

While 49% represents McCaskill’s best showing in the race to date, Missouri now moves from Safe Democrat to Leans Democrat in the Rasmussen Senate Balance of Power rankings.

Interestingly, Akin only has a 15-point deficit among women now, an improvement of five points from just three weeks ago.  Akin has lost significant ground in that time with younger voters, declining from 32/45 in the 18-39YO demo to 30/60 today as that vote solidifies. He’s also slid among independents, albeit less dramatically, from 39/39 to 36/47.  However, Akin has retaken the lead in the other two age demos, 51/43 among 40-64YOs and 49/45 among seniors.  In August, those numbers were 41/49 and 40/52.

Akin’s regained a little ground on favorability, but not much.  His net favorability in August was -28 at 35/63, with 47% rating him “very unfavorable” while only 11% rated him “very favorable.”  Today he’s at -17, a gain of 11 points, at 39/56 — but 42% still rate him “very unfavorable.” He’s still cratered among independents at 30/61.

With all that said, how can McCaskill not be breaking this race wide open?  She has a +1 at 49/48, about the same as last month’s 48/48, which means that Akin’s misfortune hasn’t really been a boon to her personal standing.  Her own standing among independents isn’t all that much better than Akin’s at 41/54.

So here’s the bottom line.  Any other Democrat would have put Akin away — and any other Republican would have done the same to McCaskill.  This race may come down to which candidate can go longest without stepping on his or her own tongue.  The internal momentum suggests that Akin might end up recapturing his lost ground with a near-perfect campaign from here on out.

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McCaskill Must Go – he must get out while he can.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Akin might end up recapturing his lost ground with a near-perfect campaign from here on out.

Debates ahead!

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

This is an instance where “None of the above” would be a helpful option.

aunursa on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

The internal momentum suggests that Akin might end up recapturing his lost ground with a near-perfect campaign from here on out.

Well if anyone can run a near-perfect campaign for 55 days, it’s…aw, who are we kidding?

Doughboy on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

But…God’s on HIS side!

ronsfi on September 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

If Romney can’t beat a man that is for killing live babies…

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The problem is that the Republicans cannot support him, even though they probably should since he wont drop out, because then you start up the ridiculous “war on women” angle that Democrats badly want to play.

However, this is still a very winnable seat, and if Akin does not drop out, maybe it is time for some conservative groups who are not aligned with Romney to start running ads against Claire MacCaskill.

I know that I would rather have Akin in the Senate, who will vote 100% of the time with Republicans, than MacCaskill, who if she survives will probably move further to the left and never vote with Republicans on anything of great importance.

milcus on September 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

The internal momentum suggests that Akin might end up recapturing his lost ground with a near-perfect campaign from here on out.

Love the odds!

kim roy on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Despicable man.

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Akin can still hold on to Romney’s tail wind and squeak it out. Obama clone aka McCaskill would love to hitch to any Obama coat tails but don’t say they are on the coat tail she has voted 98% with his plan but she is independent.

She is with Obama and will drag her down harder than any statement would to Akin If you believe the distancing she is trying I got some beach front property on the moon to sell you.

tjexcite on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Poor MO…what a choice you have.

changer1701 on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

So, Christians are the same as Al Qaeda to you?

faraway on September 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

But…God’s on HIS side!

ronsfi on September 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Exactly. He hasn’t learned the basic tenant that it should be the opposite.

Anyway, if Akin loses, it will be a real shame as there were other qualified candidates ready to knock this thing out. Shame on him.

LaughterJones on September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

If even Ras has at it Akin within 6, then Akin’s got this race won easily. More power to him to fight through that much establishment negativity.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Despicable man.

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

You are despicable. Compare a stupid comment he made to murderers? You are a piece of work. I can’t use the language that befits you on here.

cartooner on September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Punishment for forgetting about Taqiyya is only temporary. They will come around and vote for Akin.

lester on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Why does someone need to remind him?

Akin’s religion wasn’t the one who had anything to do with 9/11 or the Embassy.. And there certainly isn’t a huge “violence” problem with Christians.

In fact, Akin’s problem is that he had too much FREE SPEECH causing him to be a bumbling idiot. The attackers on 9/11 and the Embassy don’t want free speech.

When I see someone on a conservative website equating a Christian with a radical Muslim- I want to scream.. THe ignorance is staggering.

melle1228 on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Well.. when the GOP pulls out all the money and you can’t run any more commercials…

The question isn’t who will lose the race but who really lost the seat. That would be the GOP establishment.

JellyToast on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Just love the GOP establishment and their bosom buddy Karl Rove. There is a effing SENATE SEAT sitting there for the taking! TAKE IT you morons!!

cartooner on September 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

They will come around and vote for Akin.

lester on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

He should get out. However, if he doesn’t and he wins, you will be sicker than a drunk the next morning.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

You are despicable. Compare a stupid comment he made to murderers? You are a piece of work. I can’t use the language that befits you on here.
cartooner on September 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

I can, Obamanized SEIU thug.

astonerii on September 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

When I see someone on a conservative website equating a Christian with a radical Muslim- I want to scream.. THe ignorance is staggering.

melle1228 on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

It’s prolly just a lib professor at Upenn trolling.

sauldalinsky on September 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

The Achin’ Toad could have actually been competitive if he had any money left. As things are now, he doesn’t and he likely won’t, whereas Air Claire will have access to DNC funds and her own kickbacks, eh I meant her war chest. So don’t kid yourselves, the race only stays relatively close until September 25. I hope Satan will cough up an extra gallon of boiling pitch into Phuckabee’s cauldron for that.

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Akin is a schmuck for his comment, but McCaskill is detestable on every level.

If Akin stays, I hope Missourians will vote for him. We need his dumb ass in the senate to repeal O-care.

Rixon on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

He said a stupid thing, but you are very stupid.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

“Don’t you trust me?!” Mommy or the “God’s little IUD” rape candidate.
I’d leave it blank.

Marcus on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Rixon, heh, we fight to get him out, then we aim low. If it were not so dire it w/b down right hilarious.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

He should have left weeks ago. The problem is he didn’t and he won’t. So what to do?

Rixon on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

HEY! MORRISSEY! How about some real damned journalism, instead of this incessant navel-gazing muckraking over grossly slanted polls?

rayra on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Good gravy – can we talk about serious issues here at HotGas?

gatorboy on September 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

That’s only because Dems and their MSM allies have backed off until after the Sept 25 deadline. From Sept 26-Nov 6 it will be wall to wall “LEGITIMATE RAPE” “SHUT THAT WHOLE THING DOWN”

DavidW on September 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Which one will lose this race?

The people of MO and America.

d1carter on September 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

The problem is he didn’t and he won’t. So what to do?

Rixon on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

If his numbers are low, he can leave up to Sept. 23, I think. After that we embrace the fool.

McCaskill must go!!!

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

He should get out. However, if he doesn’t and he wins, you will be sicker than a drunk the next morning.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Nope, in the increasingly likely case that he will win, I will be proven correct. It’s not a bad thing to have an honest GOP politician in the Senate talking about women’s issues.

lester on September 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

HEY! MORRISSEY! How about some real damned journalism, instead of this incessant navel-gazing muckraking over grossly slanted polls?

rayra on September 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

This is an open house. You’re absolutely free to come and go, as you please. Is this how you talk to your hosts?

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Ed, I love you, but I don’t want to see any posts other than what is going on 11 years after 9-11. We are grovelling to Islamist sensibilities, 4 Americans were killed in an act of war, and everyones head should be exploding over this.

CarolynM on September 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

lester, maybe it’ll all turn out ok for you, then.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Control of the Senate hangs in balance. The Republicans must take back their threat not to fund Akin. He is an important cog in winning the Senate and restoring America to a constitutional republic. Obama must be defeated.

TruthBeTold on September 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Despicable man.

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Yeah, let’s just lump all religious belief together.

So are Christians basically the same as pagans that practiced human sacrifice? Since, after all, religious beliefs are all the same….

tom on September 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

CarolynM on September 12, 2012 at 4:27 PM

11 years, minus 4, we have one Barack Hussein Obama as president. The American populace committed suicide, so soon. The muzzies won, all the way.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

In the headlines, the NRSC is instead deciding to fund the Republican candidate in Maine — a guy by the name of Charlie Summers. Let’s do a little bit of analysis.

Akin is down by 6.
Summers is down by 28 as of 2-3 months ago.

…Hate to tell you this NRSC, but you have a heck of a lot better chance in Missouri.

Stoic Patriot on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Akin might end up recapturing his lost ground with a near-perfect campaign from here on out.

And I might end up winning the Mega-Millions, the PowerBall and hitting 18 straight red playing roulette all in the same week.

bayview on September 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

McCaskill Must Go – he must get out while he can.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM

This isn’t going to happen … Akin has said he is in it to the end ….
wish it wasn’t that way …. but it is ….

This is an instance where “None of the above” would be a helpful option.

aunursa on September 12, 2012 at 4:04 PM

DING DING DING
we have a winner ….

conservative tarheel on September 12, 2012 at 4:36 PM

About time Ras got in on this. A whole lotta Dem-run media polls are blowing smoke up Akins’s wazoo to keep him in, and it’s about time we saw the truth here.

Again, the MO GOP better get a write-in ready. A “If-you-won’t-drop-we’re-backing-Fred-instead-of-polishing-your-turds” statement may be more forceful in getting him to drop.

Sekhmet on September 12, 2012 at 4:37 PM

Despicable man.

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Right. And that horrible crash that occurred a few miles from my house by a speeding motorcyclist that killed an entire family was based on a love for the open highway.
Makes as much sense as your statement does.

JellyToast on September 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Hmmm… Maybe the NRSC should reconsider. Give the man some commercials to counter the leftist hate of all things religious.

Fallon on September 12, 2012 at 4:40 PM

In the headlines, the NRSC is instead deciding to fund the Republican candidate in Maine — a guy by the name of Charlie Summers. Let’s do a little bit of analysis.

Akin is down by 6.
Summers is down by 28 as of 2-3 months ago.

…Hate to tell you this NRSC, but you have a heck of a lot better chance in Missouri.

Stoic Patriot on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Phuck the stupid NRSC azzholes if you’re right! If they need a money sink, why don’t they help New Jersey candidate instead? Bob Menendez here is about as popular with suburban voters as genital herpes, and Obama won’t have the 2008 coattails to drag him across the line on the strength of Newark voting fraud alone.

Archivarix on September 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Akin needs to run the “Claire was the deciding vote for ObamaCare” spot on TV…

Over and over and over…

That’ll do it!!

Khun Joe on September 12, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I’m going to LMAO when Akin wins.

Dominion on September 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Akin is counting on the MO GOP to polish his poops after the 23, and it’s, like gonna be alright because Jesus said so, and so did PPP. If the Missouri GOP gets a write-in ready to rock and roll for 8AM September 23, who will be willing to back out if Akin drops, they can thwap Akin with this fact, giving them the best chance Akin will back down.

Sekhmet on September 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Eh, I hate to be the wet blanket, but Akin is obviously behind, his favorables suck, and he’s out of money, with no help coming from the outside. His only chance is a Romney blowout in the state and riding the coattails from that.

I think we’re better served just chalking this one up as a loss and look at other plausible routes to 50/51. There are plenty out there.

LukeinNE on September 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Keep in mind that so far Claire McCaskill is sensibly running ads focusing only on her – trying to present herself as a moderate. She’s waiting until he’s locked in on the ballot (deadline 9/25 but absentee ballots go out about 9/22). No point in spending money destroying him until she knows he’s the final opponent. Once that happens, she can open up the spigot and dump a whole lot of negative ads on him. He won’t have the cash to respond. Nobody wants to get tainted by association with him so no big donors. End of story. Dems got lucky on this one.

Jill1066 on September 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Control of the Senate hangs in balance. The Republicans must take back their threat not to fund Akin. He is an important cog in winning the Senate and restoring America to a constitutional republic. Obama must be defeated.

TruthBeTold on September 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Obviously you are right.

But it seems the Establishment Republicans in the party would rather lose the Senate than support the only man that can bring it to them. They seem to see Conservatives as a bigger threat than Obama.

Todd Akin was the most conservative Candidate that ran. He won by 6 points the Establishment Candidates that ran were all in single digits though the main ones did not bother as they knew they would lose.

But Priebus tried to install one any way. Saying Screw the voters I know better.

Screw the Establishment the voters know best.

Steveangell on September 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Why does someone need to remind him?

Akin’s religion wasn’t the one who had anything to do with 9/11 or the Embassy.. And there certainly isn’t a huge “violence” problem with Christians.

In fact, Akin’s problem is that he had too much FREE SPEECH causing him to be a bumbling idiot. The attackers on 9/11 and the Embassy don’t want free speech.

When I see someone on a conservative website equating a Christian with a radical Muslim- I want to scream.. THe ignorance is staggering.

melle1228 on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

What has free speech to do with it? I’m talking about Akin’s apparent belief that he has some God-given right to this Senate seat and to heck with the rest of the country. I certainly did NOT equate Christians to Muslims. What I equated was the arrogance of thinking that he, personally, is annointed by God–and he does not give a rat’s patootee about this country. Narcisistic, stupid, selfish little man.

BTW, you are aware that the Dems spent around $2 million dollars and had their people cross over to vote for this numbskull? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because they thought he was the strongest candidate.

I repeat. Anyone who thinks he has to take the country down because he’s got a God connection is despicable.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Those numbers are about what the race was predicted by the polls without Akin’s gaffe. Interesting, no?

Akin’s gaffe isn’t really hurting him that much, and McCaskill knows it.

Lawrence on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

i really don’t see any hope for akin. no one wants a babbling idiot as a Senator….and he has no money.

so all claire has to do it make some ad buys late oct/early nov to replay akin’s interview about the spastic fallopian tubes…or whatever and he’s cooked

the left is playing this shrewdly, and why not. remake claire…nice positive ads, then at the end boom.

there’s no hope for akin

r keller on September 12, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

No one in the current/future administration will say it, never mind act on it: “Islam is at war with us.” So on the 11th year anniversary of 9-11, we lost. Game over.

“Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder.” – Toynbee

CarolynM on September 12, 2012 at 4:56 PM

The RNC used the stupid Akin gaffe to bail on Akin, regardless of who win’s, it will be the American people who loose.

SWalker on September 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I repeat. Anyone who thinks he has to take the country down because he’s got a God connection is despicable.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Having a “God connection” is no worse in my book than having an “Anti-God non-connection”.

And I don’t see how a Republican controlled Senate with Akin in it (Given his consistent stellar conservative record to date) is somehow going to do any worse damage that the current non-functional Democrat controlled Senate.

And if your claim against Akin is true, how is that any different that the Messiah complex of our current President?

Lawrence on September 12, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I’m going to LMAO when Akin wins.

Dominion on September 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Me too. Anyway, I figure Akin’s going to outperform his poll numbers since I doubt people will be willing to tell a pollster they’re going to vote for him.

eyedoc on September 12, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Which one will lose this race?

AMERICA, if McCatskill wins.

chickasaw42 on September 12, 2012 at 5:16 PM

What has free speech to do with it? I’m talking about Akin’s apparent belief that he has some God-given right to this Senate seat and to heck with the rest of the country. I certainly did NOT equate Christians to Muslims. What I equated was the arrogance of thinking that he, personally, is annointed by God–and he does not give a rat’s patootee about this country. Narcisistic, stupid, selfish little man.

BTW, you are aware that the Dems spent around $2 million dollars and had their people cross over to vote for this numbskull? I’m pretty sure it wasn’t because they thought he was the strongest candidate.

I repeat. Anyone who thinks he has to take the country down because he’s got a God connection is despicable.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

SO the frick what if he thinks he has a “GOD connection.” He is an idiot, but he isn’t killing anyone.

And yes you did equate Akin who is a Christian with those that committed violence on 9/11 and the embassy. If you didn’t you wouldn’t have brought it up. Your line of thinking is as ignorant to me as Akin’s. And I am not religious at all.

melle1228 on September 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I’m talking about Akin’s apparent belief that he has some God-given right to this Senate seat and to heck with the rest of the country.
Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Not GOD given. Rule of Law.

You seem to ignore Akin won the Primary where several tried to beat him but he was the one that won by 6%.

Rule of Law made Akin the nominee.

Political Malfeasance was what tried to steal his win away from him. Entitled Creeps in DC though they knew better than the voters. They tried to replace him with their own Woman that had their beliefs but had no chance of wining that Primary.

Now these Entitled Establishment Republicans will still not support Akin even though it is quite possible their support would put Akin over the top. Thus they are actually supporting Obama keeping control of the Senate.

Steveangell on September 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I will not donate money to the RNC or such groups. If he loses the election it will be their fault not Akin’s. Their quick condemnation and vile aggressive attacks on him were so wrong. guess the saying “we eat our own” is true.

Bullhead on September 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

They will come around and vote for Akin.

lester on September 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

…was your brain surgery successful?

KOOLAID2 on September 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Akin, my breakin heart aches for your success.

And in the reality of now, that success will only come with your withdrawal from the race.

technopeasant on September 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Is a tie for second possible?

Wade on September 12, 2012 at 6:04 PM

The Republican Party was fully prepared to support Akin after he squeaked by in the primary (35% of the vote is hardly a landslide), and had in fact slated more than $7 million in advertising expenditures in that race.

The only Republican from outside the state that endorsed a candidate in the primary, as far as I know, was Sarah Palin. Scarcely “the establishment”.

Akin’s comments, however, were so toxic that they threatened to take down dozens of Republican candidates in close races in MO and elsewhere if not thoroughly repudiated by the Party. That is why Akin will get no support from this point on; he’s on the wrong side of the damage control firewall, because he’s the disaster everyone else needs to be protected from. Not only has he already said something incredibly stupid, but the possibility of further blunders looms quite large. The RNC, quite logically, decided to cut its losses in MO and limit the damage this debacle does in MA, VA, FL, IN, NV, ND, MT and WI.

And again, in this decision they are joined by Sarah Palin, so it’s scarcely an insider’s conspiracy.

As for why McCaskill hasn’t “put Akin away” yet, the answer is obvious. She is waiting until he can no longer petition to withdraw, because she still really, really wants him to be her opponent.

It is true that Akin managed to lose a Senate seat that was a virtual lock for the Republicans, but the fault is his and his alone. Stop trying to blame Karl Rove, the Illuminati, the Freemasons and the Campfire Girls for this debacle.

HTL on September 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

HTL on September 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

So, you are FOR mccaskill I take it?

astonerii on September 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Poor MO…what a choice you have.

changer1701 on September 12, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I know. Thanks.

It is true that Akin managed to lose a Senate seat that was a virtual lock for the Republicans, but the fault is his and his alone. Stop trying to blame Karl Rove, the Illuminati, the Freemasons and the Campfire Girls for this debacle.

HTL on September 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Yup. Also, please stop assuming that those of us who want Akin to withdraw (there’s still time!) are establishment shills. Many, many grassroots cons really hate how this race turned out.

http://www.facebook.com/stepdowntodd

alwaysfiredup on September 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

So, you are FOR mccaskill I take it?

astonerii on September 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

No, but I am very much opposed to losing three or four other close Senate races as the result of trying to drag Akin’s sorry butt across the finish line in spite of his own stupidity and inability to keep his big mouth shut.

It is Akin’s own doing that he threw away an almost certain victory. Perhaps you should be asking him if he secretly supports McCaskill.

HTL on September 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Akin stepped in it bad.I don’t think a democrat would ever pull out over an issue like this.A sex scandal maybe but not a verbal mistake.They would run and get backing from the party.I want the seat and they should do all they can to get it.

docflash on September 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

It is true that Akin managed to lose a Senate seat that was a virtual lock for the Republicans, but the fault is his and his alone. Stop trying to blame Karl Rove, the Illuminati, the Freemasons and the Campfire Girls for this debacle.

HTL on September 12, 2012 at 6:22 PM

You are exactly right. I am a Tea-Party, social conservative Christian. This guy richly deserves to be COMPLETELY SHUNNED after he loses this Senate contest and what that will then mean in the balance of the Senate. A Christian is supposed to be humble and not only admit their mistakes, but then repent and make restitution. In this case, the closest thing that he could do to restitution is to pull out. But his pride or delusions are keeping him from doing the right thing. If he truly cared about the country and God’s priorities being implemented, he would withdraw.

mydh12 on September 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

The question isn’t who will lose the race but who really lost the seat. That would be the GOP establishment.

JellyToast on September 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

In the headlines, the NRSC is instead deciding to fund the Republican candidate in Maine — a guy by the name of Charlie Summers. Let’s do a little bit of analysis.

Akin is down by 6.
Summers is down by 28 as of 2-3 months ago.

…Hate to tell you this NRSC, but you have a heck of a lot better chance in Missouri.

Stoic Patriot on September 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Rule of Law made Akin the nominee.

Political Malfeasance was what tried to steal his win away from him. Entitled Creeps in DC though they knew better than the voters. They tried to replace him with their own Woman that had their beliefs but had no chance of wining that Primary.

Now these Entitled Establishment Republicans will still not support Akin even though it is quite possible their support would put Akin over the top. Thus they are actually supporting Obama keeping control of the Senate.

Steveangell on September 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

The really sad thing about this situation is that if the comment had been ignored by outsiders, it would have looked as stupid as the MSM hacks pushing attention on it.

GOP = fail to win.

The spirit of ’08 McCain is still strong in the lofty perches of GOP pigeons, birds too stupid to fly without banging their wings together.

platypus on September 12, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Akin spoke poorly and ignorantly, first by choosing to answer a favorite gotcha question, second by answering it from poor information, topped with bad phrasing.

Stack that against a guaranteed socialist-leaning fellow-traveller in McCaskill, and I’d vote for Akin every single time. He isn’t and couldn’t be a great candidate, but it’s a no-brainer that he’s a better choice than she is.

It’s just too bad that the MO Republicans didn’t listen to Palin’s endorsement and choose Steelman in the primary. They did the same thing in their state that we’ve done as a nation; went with the establishment guy instead of a strong conservative.

Freelancer on September 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM

SO the frick what if he thinks he has a “GOD connection.” He is an idiot, but he isn’t killing anyone.

And yes you did equate Akin who is a Christian with those that committed violence on 9/11 and the embassy. If you didn’t you wouldn’t have brought it up. Your line of thinking is as ignorant to me as Akin’s. And I am not religious at all.

melle1228 on September 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM

I tried to explain the analogy (which is a literary device, not a LITERAL device). I told you that I was in no way comparing Christians to Muslims. You choose to not believe me and attribute what I said to a lack of knowledge. I could explain again in a different way, but I’m fairly certain you’d just call me a name again. There’s not a thing I can do about it.

I still maintain that Akin is inexcusably arrogant with absolutely no careing for how many people he hurts with his headlong defense of his own stupidity. HE and not one other person is responsible for claiming that a raped woman has a “natural” defense against pregnancy. He then screeched that he said “one word” and repeated that defense. That was a lie. There were a lot of words. And I’m hardly Republican Establishment and this is the first time I’ve heard that Sarah Palin ws Republican Establishment.

As regards how many people Akin will hurt? He’s putting his own personal conceit and mission before 350 million people who will be forced into a health care system that will pay for infanticide (late term abortions are exactly that) and death panels which will decide who gets medical treatment and who does not. He will be responsible for the decimation of the numbers of doctors which will ensure that the sick do not get treated unless they have the means for a private physician. He will be responsible for older citizens being stuck in wheel chairs because they are too old for knee or hip replacements. Obama has said publically that old people who need a pacemaker should just “take the pill”. So, you tell me how many people Akin will be responsible for because he insures Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama stay in power.

Finally, unlike you, I AM religious and nothing in the New Testament tells me that I should ever assume my primacy over God or decree that my role has His servant take precedent over the good of my fellow men.

Todd Akin is despicable.

Portia46 on September 13, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM
He said a stupid thing, but you are very stupid.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Let me get this straight. Akin said a stupid thing, one that pretty much is on the same scale as that Congressman who said we couldn’t send troops to a Pacific Island because it would tip over, but he continues as legitimately cognazant. But you don’t like my analogy about religious zealotry which amounts to cognizant disconnect and it’s not what I said but my low IQ which is at fault?

Portia46 on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.

Portia46 on September 12, 2012 at 4:07 PM

He said a stupid thing, but you are very stupid.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Let me get this straight. Akin said a stupid thing, one that pretty much is on the same scale as that Congressman who said we couldn’t send troops to a Pacific Island because it would tip over, but he continues as legitimately cognazant. But you don’t like my analogy about religious zealotry which amounts to cognizant disconnect and it’s not what I said but my low IQ which is at fault?

Portia46 on September 13, 2012 at 11:20 AM

If we want to talk about stupid, I would nominate a statement like, “Someone needs to remind him that 9-11 and the Embassy attacks were also based on religious belief.” Lumping all religious beliefs together as if they are all the same is the epitome of a stupid statement. What does jihad and terrorism have to do with a statement on abortion?

Now, if Akin said, “kill all products of rape even though they are human beings,” then you would have a common bond between all three: the murder of innocents.

Seriously, your statements are less intellectually coherent than the man you scorn as stupid. I would think that would bother you.

tom on September 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM