What Can the GOP Do About Akin? What Should They Do?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin, who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri, made controversial comments about abortion. Rep. Todd Akin is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri. (flickr)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee has repeatedly warned Rep. Todd Akin that the time has come to step aside — and that if he does not his campaign will be forced to continue without the financial backing of the committee. Around the same time, Karl Rove’s influential Super PAC American Crossroads also pulled their support from Akin. Even Mitt Romney has urged Akin to “accept the counsel” of his “fellow Missourians” and throw in the towel. 

Akin continues to insist that he will stay in the race. “The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter. And my belief is we’re going to take this thing forward. And by the grace of God we’re going to win this race,” Akin said on Mike Huckabee’s radio show yesterday. 

The National Republican Senatorial Committee — the same people who pulled Akin’s funding — issued a statement yesterday that said, in part, that by not stepping aside, Akin is doing a favor for his opponent Senator Claire McCaskill. The statement said, “Senator McCaskill knows that the only way she wins re-election is if Todd Akin is her opponent in November.” And in interviews, Senator McCaskill has expressed sympathy for her opponent. 

“I think what’s startling to me is that these party bigwigs are coming down on him and saying that he needs to kick sand in the face of the Republican primary voters,” she said yesterday in an interview with KTVI in St. Louis. 

But the Republican leadership has made their position clear. At this point, what else can Republicans do?

Sarah Lenti is a Republican Strategist.


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Comments [4]

Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Errr....What's wrong with this picture?

Akin's minor blunder -- saying 'legitimate rape' rather than 'forcible rape' and his major blunder (raped women can 'shut it down' i.e. spontaneously miscarriage(?) Who knows what the heck he meant or where he got it? - even though he has walked back on the notion that viable pregnancies cannot occur as a result of forcible rape are being used TO MASK GOP platform plank regarding a Constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion.

The VP candidate and Akin are very much on the same page regarding abortion - including abortions subsequent to rape or incest - they are both against it and have authored legislation to outlaw. Any person with a vagina that votes for the GOP is asking for someone else to take control of their body.

Aug. 22 2012 03:34 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

He reminds me of those guys who can't sing a lick but insist on becoming an American Idol. He ends up becoming super popular to watch on the bad auditions reel.

Aug. 22 2012 08:45 AM

Recent polls indicate that Akin is still neck and neck in his race with McCaskill. Apparently Missouri Republicans do not agree with national republican leadership.

Charles - so agree with you about Biden (and Obama's foolish decision to choose him). I wish Biden would step aside. I think "his family needs him" more than the president or our country does.

Aug. 22 2012 08:19 AM

One thing to be said about the goofy, unintended comic idiocy of Rep. Todd Akin; he does not reflect badly on Mitt Romney (who wants nothing to do with him) and Akin will never be a heartbeat away from the Presidency.

You can't say that about Vice President Joe Biden; whose presence on the Democratic ticket is the explicit choice of Barack Obama, and who is -- it is hard to actually imagine it -- that "heartbeat away" from being the leader of the free world.

Aug. 22 2012 07:59 AM

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