Claire McCaskill should be playing the lottery this week. No politician should be as lucky as she has been. Not only did she get the weak candidate that she wanted to run again, now he has managed to self destruct.
Todd Akin is being told by everyone from Sean Hannity to Reince Prebius to step down. He won’t.
From the Washington Times:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared on CNN's Out Front on Monday evening and spoke to Erin Burnett about the controversial statements made by Rep. Todd Akins, Missouri Republican, regarding rape. He called for Mr. Akin, who is running for Senate against Democrat Claire McCaskill, to "step aside and let someone else run for that office." Chairman Priebus also said that he "prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates" and "not come" to the upcoming RNC Convention in Tampa.
Not only are Party leaders telling Akin he needs to drop out, the money people are now pulling their support.
From the LA Times:
Republican officials and activists pressured Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to quit Monday and cut off millions of dollars slated for his campaign, worried that his comments about abortion and “legitimate rape” could ruin the GOP’s chances of controlling the Senate. The top tier of the party’s establishment — presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Senate Republican leaders and wealthy GOP campaign groups — all sought to sway Akin. The party’s campaign arm in the Senate and Karl Rove’s prominent “super PAC” pulled their money from the race, which had been widely considered the GOP’s best chance to defeat an incumbent Democrat, Sen. Claire McCaskill, this fall.
The Republican National Senatorial Committee announced that if Akin stays in, they will not contribute $5 million to the Missouri campaign.
How the hell does Akin expect to win?
He has no support from the Party. His idiotic remark is going to be repeatedly blasted all over the Missouri airwaves by the left and he is going to have exactly no money to counter it.
This is simply a case of a politician’s ego.
Akin needs to do what is right for the Party and for America. He isn’t going to like it but this is one time where he has committed political suicide. He can ride this thing all the way out and be a pariah to the party and possibly cost Republicans control of the Senate or he can step out.
If he steps out, he can do political rehab and come back at a later date.
When all of your allies are telling you the same thing, the odds are pretty good they are giving you excellent advice. All of the Republicans are telling Akin the same thing.
Drop out now.
On TV he said he would not step down.
The phrase, "Take one for the team" comes to mind. But if you've sunk a lot of your own money into a campaign...it would be hard to just turn tail and run for one bad gaff... I mean look at Biden...he's a laugh a day. Are we too weak to forgive and forget this one really huge mistake? Is there more that we need to know? Is there a truly better candidate in the wings? If so, why were we with this "loser" in the first place?
I listened to Akin - it was absolutely terrible and I wondered if he was paid to make such stupid remarks. It's hard for me to believe that even a weak Republican candidate would do what Akin has done...
I hope he will put America ahead of his own aspirations. He is not convincing and even if he is truly sincere, he is not articulate and this thing will continue to beat him up while whacking every other GOP candidate.
Give it up Akin. Please.
(I read on Twitchy that his staff has threatened to quit if he doesn't resign.)
Sounds like he'll have to drop out
Keep the pressure up
Sarah Steel will do better
I'm sooo tired of establishment candidates
Let's stand against Akin
He has until 5:00 pm tomorrow. He'll step down.
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When did Karl Rove and the Republican establishment become the "allies"
of the Conservative Movement??
Just wondering ____?
There are "gaffes" and then there are unforgiveable and unrecoverable "gaffes"!
The establishment should have backed Sarah Steelman.
Can't they just write Sarah Steelman in?
Maybe the voters will think they actually found an honest Politician and vote him in. With all the lying and deception in the campaigns and the media, a little honesty is actually refreshing. A politican who says what he actually believes, instead of what's politically correct, has it's appeal. What's important is keeping what he said in context and not letting the media distort it. Taking things out of context is something the media on both sides are doing. Abortion won't be made illegal, so his position won't change anything. Meanwhile, important issues, like reducing Government deficits, while growing the economy, go undiscussed in the campaigns and the media. There's a serious loss of confidence in the ruling elite and the folks in Washington, and the more they try to hide things up, the worse it looks. The leadership on both sides needs to be explaining how they are going to reduce the trade deficit, so they can reduce the budget deficit. Making issues out of poorly worded statements or political incorrectness instead of dealing with the real issues is doing a great disservice to the country.