Todd Akin: The Daily Kos pick
posted at 5:32 pm on August 22, 2012 by Libby Sternberg
Continuing on a theme I pursued earlier–that Todd Akin never did have strong Republican support from Missouri voters, despite winning a primary–here’s evidence that Democrats like him a lot more than his own party members:
Over at the Daily Kos website, Kos himself has weighed in today with a post titled: “Beating Todd Akin, but not beating him too hard.” The gist of the piece is that Democrats have to walk a fine line with Akin, allowing him to fail, but not too quickly:
Democrats are about to walk a tightrope in Missouri: They want to take advantage of Todd Akin’s pile of steaming fail to save the Senate’s most endangered incumbent in Sen. Claire McCaskill. On the other hand, if Akin’s numbers fall too far too quickly, the chances that he bails and allows Republicans to replace him with a Not-Akin increases.
Their strategy, says Kos, should be to hold off on the hard hits until after it’s clear Akin will not give up. Then:
So if Democrats soft-pedal it for the next month, they could continue to play rope-a-dope with Akin, and then hit him hard as soon as the hard deadline passes.
The “hard deadline” is September 25. Will Akin realize who the “dope” is in this “rope-a-dope” strategy?
Libby Sternberg is a novelist.