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Akin Press Conf. Live (Update – Staying in race)

Akin Press Conf. Live (Update – Staying in race)

“We’re going to be here through the November Election and we’re going to be here to win.”

“This is an election not a selection.”

Press conf. over, will post video embed when available.

Todd Akin is holding a press conference at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.

Reports indicate he will announce he is staying in the race.


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Just wondering: did this huckabee-like nut-job declare that he feels he has “morally’ won the Senate election and the McCaskill must therefore concede to him immediately?

I HATE THIS MAN. He is the EPITOME of LIFER EGOTISTICAL VICTIM POLITICIAN. He is trying to run against the establishment, when EVERYONE is YELLING AT HIM TO GET THE F OUT(minus Huck and his BRAIN DEAD supporters and Clairebear).


    Doug Wright in reply to heimdall. | August 24, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Agreed, whole heartedly.

    One aspect of Akins campaign that’s particularly irking is his use of the word “We!”

    Akin uses the royal “We” all the time, as though he’s above the Hoi Polloi bowing before him.

    Akin is not a man of the people!

      parteagirl in reply to Doug Wright. | August 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      I think he’s using “we” to refer to his wife and himself. She, evidently, is the main voice whispering in his ear to stay in the race.

      “We”, as Akin uses it, might also mean his extended family, who is running his campaign. If he quits the race, they all loose their jobs. That’s a large part of the problem- he can’t see the forest for the trees because he’s surrounded by his family tree.

theduchessofkitty | August 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm

As I said before, either he has been bought or bribed by Democrats…

… Or he thinks he’s the modern version of John Brown the abolitionist.

Either way, he’s delusional.

    Dumb and deluded. Probably not as dangerous as smart and deluded, but capable of much damage. I just emailed him again, reminding him why he’s going to lose and why he needs to step down. I know it’s useless, but I have to do something to avoid feeling useless myself.

    He’s so stupid I’ll probably be getting requests for donations soon.

FYI: The famous Univ of Colorado analysis that recently showed Romney winning the election via the Electoral College vote total had Missouri a win for Romney. Imbecile Akin has certainly destroyed that, and he might even help dingy-harry retain d-cRAT control of the Senate.

(With one A-hole potentially causing so much electoral destruction, I’m beginning to believe that seemingly crazy notion that a butterfly flapping its wings could cause significant changes elsewhere in the world.)

With his funding reduced, press conferences are one of his few ways of getting attention. Maybe no more should be linked after this one.

Ring the bell. Close the book. Snuff the candle.

Let’s not give the Democrats more to work with. It is what it is. Any effort for Akin to do the right thing should be done in private not publicly by conservatives. Let’s just work for victory. Pete DaTechGuy offered pretty good advice for Akin to follow. I suggests he follows this.

    EBL I totally agree. This multi day indulgence in outrage is pointless and counterproductive.

      VetHusbandFather in reply to secondwind. | August 24, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Personally I disagree. Distancing themselves from Akin’s views is important for the success of the rest of the party. It’s already clear to me that Akin will not succeed if he stays in, so why bother trying to protect him? Denounce his comments so that Independents will see that the Republican party doesn’t think like Akin. Stay quiet and all they will hear is the Obama message that Ryan and Romney = Akin.

Do you really think the the people of Missouri are dumb enough to vote Obama back into the White House, just because they voted a stupid Republican into the senate race? Akin is stupid and stubborn, let’s get back to the subject. Obama is deadly to this country. Let’s hope the the voters in Missouri see the difference.

    theduchessofkitty in reply to kay. | August 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    “Do you really think the the people of Missouri are dumb enough to vote Obama back into the White House, just because they voted a stupid Republican into the senate race?”

    Short answer: Yes.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to kay. | August 24, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Kay, the decisions of Missouri voters are made individually, not en masse after consultations with one another. The fear is that Akin’s inevitable nosedive in the polls will so depress Missourians who wanted McCaskill out that they stay home and don’t vote, each one doing so not aware of the others doing so. This not only costs us a once sure Senate seat, it could cost Romney Missouri’s electoral votes.

      Estragon in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 11:58 pm

      The idea that Romney might lose Missouri, despite the current poll, is laughable. Even McCain won the state by 5%.

      Akin is an idiot and he has done us damage. He should drop out, almost any other candidate would beat McCaskill handily – she is riding disapproval numbers over 50%, and has been.

      But only a panicky child overstates that damage. Akin has certainly put an easy win in severe danger, but it is not at all clear there will be any lasting effect on anyone besides himself. And if he rebounds a bit in the polls in a month, watch for the PACs to jump back in, and he might even win (a long shot, but not a prohibitive one).

      Outrage is one of those emotions that just can’t be sustained for very long, and there are still 11 weeks to go.

I am a lifelong Missourian. I was sad that Akin won the primary, everyone I knew was all for John Bruner. Claire spent 1 mil in pro Akin adds during primary. We soon found out why. Akin is definitely not ready for Prime Time. There are some very liberal areas in Missouri, I live in a Dem stronghold. I suspect that it really comes down to the Religious voters esp. Catholics in Missouri. If enough of us are unhappy with BO he loses, if not he wins… which sucks. BTW the Libertarian Senate candidate is also lame, busted for drugs did 4 mos in state pen.

    DemNoMore in reply to FloydAlsbach. | August 24, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I lived in Missouri for several years and cannot tell you how I longed for the defeat of Claire McCaskill. I contributed to Steelman, but really didn’t keep up with the race too much, thinking the defeat of McCaskill was pretty much a done deal no matter who won. Do you think a write-in candidacy by either of the top two runners-up to Akin would be feasible? And, considering that the Democrats apparently poured considerable financial resources into getting Akin elected, do you think perhaps they also made a concerted effort to cross over and vote for him? This might make a write-in effort more likely to succeed.

      Estragon in reply to DemNoMore. | August 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

      Even if the Party wanted to back one of them, Missouri’s “Sore Loser” law prohibits a primary loser from running in the general. Any write-in for either would not be counted. Another candidate could be named as a write-in, but in all of Senate popular election history, write-ins have only won twice, and only Strom Thurmond won as a non-incumbent.

      He can still get off the ballot by September 25th with a judge’s approval, which would be granted IF he joins the petition and feigns a plausible excuse. Against his will, it would be almost impossible without some disqualifying act beyond the expression of his stupidity.

        Ragspierre in reply to Estragon. | August 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Even if the Party wanted to back one of them, Missouri’s “Sore Loser” law prohibits a primary loser from running in the general.
        But that changes if he withdraws.

        Then, the field is wide open again, and both the runners-up are very good candidates.

Pompous ass just wants to be a Senator and doesn’t care how he harms other Republican candidates in tight races.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to janitor. | August 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    The United States Senate: the world’s most exclusive country club (see Graham, Lindsey).

    Estragon in reply to janitor. | August 25, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Well, since he gave up his safe House seat, if he drops out not only will he be suddenly unemployed, but so will all his congressional staff as well as the campaign staff. And, he won the freaking primary.

    I might not drop out either in his place – but of course I would never have said anything so stupid. Offensive, perhaps, but not stupid.

    Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull told a reporter some years ago that he feels obligated to keep his worldwide tours going even though he’s half a billionaire already and nearing retirement age. “There are 150 people whose entire livelihood is from Jethro Tull live tours. If I retire, they are all out of a job!”

    A few deep breaths would do all the panic attack crowd a bit of good.

      Ragspierre in reply to Estragon. | August 25, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      “…not only will he be suddenly unemployed, but so will all his congressional staff as well as the campaign staff.”

      I read his “campaign staff” consists of his wife, kid, and a media consultant.

      Some professional organization for a Senate race. Impressive.

      But you logic suggests we should never turn out an incumbent, because unemployment would ensue.

      Not true (good staff people are often retained), and certainly not persuasive.

I think this can be turned around for good. He represents the stereotype many progressives have of the GOP. It’s a good time for the GOP to demonstrate that losers like Akin do NOT represent the mainstream of the GOP.

While they’re at it, they need to draw the obvious parallels with Tennessee Democrat nominee for the Senate, Mark Clayton. He certainly doesn’t represent the mainstream of Democratic thought, yet nobody is trying to pretend that he does, as the Democrats are doing with Akin.

Is it racist, stale, or over-the-top to bring in Alvin Greene from the South Carolina Senate race two years ago?

Akin is an idiot. Embrace the opportunity to reject the lunacy.

    VetHusbandFather in reply to windbag. | August 24, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I agree. I’ve seen so many attacks from liberals claiming that Romney and Ryan think exactly the same as Akin. But their argument holds no water when you have Romney and Ryan themselves are denouncing his comments. That kind of stuff makes independents rethink the garbage that liberals are force feeding them.

Here’s the thing, you bunch of craven wimps, I don’t know ANY OF YOU. I do know Diana West, her credible conservative credentials and years of journalism speak volumes about who she is. I VALUE her opinion GREATLY, and it just so happens that her opinion in this matter is the same as mine, as any of you who have read my comments this week can attest to.

And here is what she says:

“I can’t recall anything in public life more widely craven and uncalled for than the open panic and bullying set off across the Republican Party by the first replay of Akin’s perplexingly ignorant interview comments on rape and pregnancy. The veteran conservative lawmaker, former engineer, former businessman and grandfather of eight recanted these remarks. He apologized for them.”

I am sick as a dog over the lack of fight, the lack of perspective, the lack of common decency coming from the MOB which is determined to skin Akin alive. I’ve had it with your slurs, your impugning of Akin’s character, your utter rubbish trash talk.

LORD God, preserve us from those who claim to be our friends!

You make me want to VOMIT. And when I do, I hope it’s all over you — pathetic fools.

    Um…aren’t you kinda doing exactly what you’re complaining about others doing?

    terimwal in reply to HarrietHT. | August 24, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Well, Harriet, Akin makes me want to vomit so I guess we’re even.

    1. For those who want to save time online: ONLY read the posts that CAPITALIZE, because that’s how Real Conservatives™ EMPHASIZE their POINTS.

    2. You make me want to VOMIT.

    Wow, you have STRONG FEELINGS. But…isn’t it the Left that reduces everything to feelings? Just sayin’.

    3. Btw, Akin worked as a salesman for IBM. He is no more a former engineer than Jimmy Carter is a former nuclear physicist.

      Henry Hawkins in reply to gs. | August 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm

      You read Harriet’s increasingly obnoxious posts, consider Akin’s ignorance and the fact he was hand picked by McCaskill, and you think ‘yup, makes perfect sense to me.’

      I don’t care if Akin was walking on water and healing lepers on Saturday, by Sunday he had rendered himself unelectable.

        heimdall in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 7:33 pm

        This man had SIX people stand up for him when they asked his supporters to stand and move to the front. This is beyond pathetic. I was perfectly fine not commenting on this whole situation, but when he decided to take the selfish way out, him and his supporters (all six of them) attacking the rest of us for STUFF HE DID really pisses me off!

    No, here’s the thing:

    He said something wildly ignorant, which set back the pro-life movement: the most noble cause I can think of. He was stunned that it caused a controversy, as if he had never had a conversation with anyone about this before. Does he not talk to other people? Is there no one around him to say, “You know nothing of biology; don’t ever make that ‘legitimate rape’ claim in public.”

    The pro-life movement has an long list of brilliant arguments, but he knows none of them. Instead he proffers some nonsense that he heard at the barbershop fifty years ago (or God only knows where he got such bizarre information).

    And then he had to apologize – not back up his claim; not say something withering that shamed his opponents – no, apologize.

    Why didn’t he have some stunning rejoinder? He’s a moron. Probably still believes in phrenology or “the balancing of humors.”

    When democrats say stupid stuff I demand that other dems distance themselves and decry the idiocy. But you want me to stand with a man who speaks such utter nonsense?

    Forget it.

    Estragon in reply to HarrietHT. | August 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

    No, the guy didn’t misspeak or commit a single gaffe. The rape thing was about the fourth stupid thing he’s said since he won the primary August 8th. He deserves to be condemned for being a lying idiot.

    He lied because no “doctors tell” him any such thing, because it is flatly untrue. There is no scientific basis for it at all. Akin got this crap from some lunatic fringe nut who probably quoted a “study” that is actually just a rehash of German “research” from the Nazi period. And he swallowed it whole.

    Screw Akin. He deserves all he got. But if he shows any chance at all of coming back, our people should get back in with funding. He’s a lying idiot, but McCaskill is evil and corrupt.

    Casey in reply to HarrietHT. | August 26, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Harriet, I don’t give a fat rat’s rear end about Akin’s character, but I am concerned about his competence. And that, frankly, is non-existent.

    Anyone stone dumb enough to blow what has become a boiler-plate question on abortion for any candidate to the right of Hillary Clinton, in the way Akin did, deserves to be pilloried not for his position, but for his idiocy.

    And even now -after seeing how the progs have jumped all over this and are trying to tar the entire opposition with the same brush- he’s doubling down on stupid, instead of taking one for the team. It would have been far wiser for him to step down and allow a more suitable candidate (i.e. one with a functioning brain) to step forward.

    Or have you forgotten the long game? The goal is to win back the Senate so that we may restore some sanity in DC. We can’t do that if the Dems hold the Senate.

    Yet Another Reminder: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

Akin, like all congress critters, sure does like to get before a camera. Look out Shumer…you have a rival. Don’t worry, Todd, we won’t forget you or forgive you either. All you had to do was say “no comment” to that media shill but, no, you had to open your mouth and utter stupidity. I wonder if this was planned? I’m beginning to wonder about the smarts of politicians. They do and say the dumbest things.

HarrietHT: I agree completely, and just posted this over on Gateway Pundit:

It’s really embarrassing to see a demonstration of how republicans (lower case intentional) fail to stand up for one of their own who made a stupid statement but is a good candidate otherwise. When discussing “respect for women”, did we hear a single republican bring up Bill Clinton and Juanita Broaddrick? Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne? Jesse Jackson and Karin Stanford? John Edwards and Rielle Hunter? Of course not. They ran away in panic and abandoned their candidate at the first sign of trouble. Would anybody want any of these guys covering your rear in combat? I certainly wouldn’t.

One can only conclude that the GOP is insanely afraid that people will discover that their position on abortion is substantially the same as Akin’s. I’m sorry, but if McCaskill is elected, the cowardly GOP (with the lone exception of Mike Huckabee) will be primarily to blame.

…standing by for the incoming down-dings but that’s the way I see it.

    BuckIV in reply to snopercod. | August 24, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Does the name Christine O’Donnell ring a bell? The statements he made were utterly stupid and will now absolutely define his race and will impact others as well. When we should be talking about the economy and employment his race will be exclusively run on social issues and will be used as a bludgeon by his opponents and the press (BIRM).
    Instead of recognizing this and withdrawing he is digging in. He encapsulates and epitomized everything that’s wrong with modern politicians.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to snopercod. | August 24, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    First, how could Akin not have a better answer to that question?

    So he comes out with his stupid excuse for why raped women would not get pregnant, hinting that if they DO get pregnant, perhaps it was not a legitimate rape.

    In a biased media, the only proper response for the rest of Republicans is to denounce this position. Even mild support for his idiocy would be costly. Should the whole party die, fighting for Huckabee Hill, demanding all women carry the rapist seed to full term?

    He won (probably) because Democrats crossed over and Claire helped him. He won the election for the weakest candidate, and has shown why. If he stays in, I hope he wins. If he finds himself down 20 in two weeks, I hope he reconsiders. But Huckabee likes playing power broker in his little world, so will fight to the death, and bring others down with him.

    “…the cowardly GOP (with the lone exception of Mike Huckabee) will be primarily to blame.”

    How about placing blame where it’s due? Akin is to blame. The “cowardly” voter reaction is only a consequence of his actions.

    Is it cowardly to reject a candidate for one statement? What if that statement were “Let’s kill the Jews”? What if that statement were “We need to bring back slavery”? Those are indefensible positions to most people. Would the GOP be cowardly to reject such a candidate? Certainly not. Putting forth Huckabee as the voice of reason isn’t the best step; the man is unelectable himself.

    Estragon in reply to snopercod. | August 25, 2012 at 12:21 am

    Akin is clearly NOT “a good candidate otherwise” – the man has made a career of being a complete idiot and sounding it. That he votes right on most issues is nice, but it does NOT make him a “good” candidate.

    But all the whining and crying is over the top. Yeah, he deserves to be pressured for being SUCH an idiot and dishonest about it. He SHOULD get out for the good of the party and the country. But acting like he has handed Obama the election or affected any other race – or even guaranteed McCaskill another term – is just sissyfied panicking by wimpy children.

    janitor in reply to snopercod. | August 25, 2012 at 12:49 am

    There’s a difference between making a stupid statement, and expressing stupid beliefs as the ostensible basis for one’s “principles”. Then when he “apologized”, did he admit that he had held a stupid belief? No. He did the Warren-Wasserman style blinders-on railroading talking points thing while pretending the brouhaha was about uttering “one wrong word”.

Oh, goody. Let’s all get behind Todd Akin for Senate! So instead of the libs just accusing us of being the party of stupid, we can prove that we are.

Akin, like O;Donnel, will be shot down by the GOP.
The issue is
1) McCaskil
2) Akin
pick one.

Are you people so righeous to let McCaskill win?
Akin is a lot better the Brown McRino, Hatch, Boehner…but what the hell its so much better to lose MO to the Kommiecrats and feel good about it isn’t it????

    theduchessofkitty in reply to serfer1962. | August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t want her to win.

    But as a Texan voter, I’m amazed at how stupid people have to be in order to vote for a man who received so much ad and money support from Democrats in his primary. About $2 million. All that coming from people who saw him clearly as the weakest, easiest-to-defeat candidate. And the voters took the bait – hook, line and sinker. Now, they’re going to be fried for their utter stupidity.

    Do you honestly think that here in TX, if we had found out that Ted Cruz had received any kind of help from Democrats during the primary and the runoff, he’d be the U.S. Senate nominee for this state right now. Do you think Sarah Palin would have campaigned with him had he received any kind of support from Democrats – the same Democrats who didn’t hesitate to destroy this woman’s reputation unjustly, unfairly and in such an evil manner?

    Not just no – Hell NO!

    That’s why I’m saying – he was bought or bribed by Democrats.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to serfer1962. | August 24, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Those who read your post are not as dumb as the guy in your mirror. You offer a false dichotomy: McCaskill or Akin. There’s a third, far superior choice: neither. If Akin would get out of the way, a real candidate could step in. Any warm GOP body in Missouri will do. The Moberly Dog Catcher could beat McCaskill. The Perryville Asst. Town Manager could beat McCaskill. The Mayor of McGee’s plumber’s brother’s dog could beat McCaskill. The only breathing Republican in Missouri who can’t beat McCaskill is Akin. That is why all us infidels are against him and want him out of the way on behalf of any of the fine candidates I’ve listed.

      heimdall in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      You know, the establishment showed us two years ago what to do in this situation, run a write in campaign! That’s how princess Lisa this-is-my-seat-how-dare-republicans-vote-for-joe-miller Murkowski won in Alaska.

        9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to heimdall. | August 24, 2012 at 9:53 pm

        Population Alaska 2011 (est.)=722,718
        Alaska media markets=Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau

        Population Missouri 2011 (est.)=6,011,000
        Missouri media markets= Cape Girardeau (Paducah, KY), Columbia, Hannibal (Quincy, IL), Joplin, Kansas City, Memphis (TN), Omaha (NE), St. Louis, Springfield, Jonesboro (AR), Kirksville (Ottumwa, IA), St. Joseph.

        Yup, write-in will work. Sure.

      serfer1962 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      Yeah Henry, I’m so dumb to think a third partys gonna win.
      How about the chances of a write in. Man the idiots in your mirror

        Henry Hawkins in reply to serfer1962. | August 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm

        “Akin is a lot better the Brown McRino, Hatch, Boehner…but what the hell its so much better to lose MO to the Kommiecrats and feel good about it isn’t it????”

        It is completely irrelevant how Akin compares to RINOs, or even to communists, because he is unelectable. He cannot beat McCaskill. His political career is over. When you understand this, we’ll have your mommy take the dummy tag off your short pants.

    News Flash: Akin is going down in flames. Deal with it.

theduchessofkitty | August 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Notice that the people advising him (for things like being incommunicado from the outside world for days) are not some seasoned political operatives or campaign experts.

Oh no. His advisers are actually… members of his family.

Now the question: is that Westboro “Baptist” Church behind all that?

Remember, they’re a family-run scam, too.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to theduchessofkitty. | August 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    His obstinance and refusal to accept reality and step aside suggests his motivation is his repeatedly stated belief that his ascension to the US Senate is providential, God’s decision, not his. Not to make light, but Akin may genuinely believe he’s been chosen by God. If that’s true, the good news is that God’s a Republican.

      theduchessofkitty in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      “Not to make light, but Akin may genuinely believe he’s been chosen by God. ”

      That’s why I’m saying: he thinks he’s John Brown the abolitionist who went after Harper’s Ferry.

      Only, that Akin has taken a U.S. Senate candidacy hostage!

      And we all know what happened to John Brown…

      Besides, this brings the question: if God chooses you directly for a political position, then why the heck do you need to campaign for votes? If God chose you for that Senate seat, no votes are needed. God’s word alone makes a majority, so why bother, Claire McCaskill? Why bother, MO GOP? Why bother?

      I thought we elected our leaders.

Todd Akin – Please take Oliver Cromwell’s advice to the Parliament.

“Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation;…”

“In the name of God, go!”

NC Mountain Girl | August 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Ignore him completely and just wait. He’ll soon be put of money and the fact that it’s the same six people at every one of his events should sink in. Full martyr mode isn’t very attractive to this type when there isn’t an audience. Then make a generous offer to find positions for his staff somewhere.

Romney’s lead in Missouri has vanished. Thanks, Akin, you self-centered POS.

He won because the Dems invested $1.5 million toward his campaign and Dem cross-over votes did the rest. Surely, he knows this.

From 10 ahead to 10 points behind in less than a week! This ad that he ran last week is a perfect illustration of how badly his mind works:

America was founded on the unique vision that our creator gave us life, the foundation of freedom, liberty, to speak as you choose and own what you earn, and the pursuit of happiness, the call to fully and courageously live the dream God puts in our hearts. Times of crisis, when the dream seemed lost, great patriots turned to God, gave their all and rekindled freedom’s flame. This now is our duty and our time.

First ever “Stream of Consciousness” political ad!

myohmymanatee | August 24, 2012 at 9:38 pm

Remember, Mccaskill spent 2mil so she can have an easy win against Akin. Let Missourians decide their fate. If they let the witch of Missouri wins, then they truly deserve her.

What a POS! I am so pissed. A winnable seat gone down the toilet.

Huckabee is a PO$ too for supporting this delusional man.

    DemNoMore in reply to alex. | August 24, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    If there is one subject Huckabee should not be commenting on, it is rape; and if there is one state he should not be doing it in, it is Missouri. He’s as big an idiot at Akin.

I scanned through many of the comments and got the impression that many, if not most, are pissed off that Akin is not quitting and want to shout it out in all their politically correct glory.

Sounds a lot like the Democrat Underground website I would occasionally check several years ago to see what the Libs were gnashing their teeth about. I had to quit as the venom was too much for me.

Akin is turning many to the equivalent Republican Underground.

Get over it. Of course he’ll lose if the pack attacks. That’s a self fulfilling prophesy.

What if he does eventually decide to leave the race? The Republican Underground has already done the damage to any future candidate.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to currently. | August 24, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    If Akin had behaved as the professional politician he purports to be, he would have been able to handle the Abortion 101 question without a hitch, just like pro-life Republicans and conservatives have been doing successfully for over 40 years since Roe v Wade. He totally muffed it, in such a way as to sink his winning campaign before he got up and rolling.

    He compounded this idiocy by refusing to see the handwriting on the wall, though it was written in 12 foot tall letters any fool can see. Public outcry came before the punditry outcries and before the GOP outcries. Akin refused to listen.

    It was then explained to him that not only had he submarined his own campaign, he was setting the pro-life movement back and also threatening the Romney campaign’s efforts in Missouri. Akin didn’t care.

    There was ample time for him to get out and for the Missouri GOP to find a replacement. So badly do Missourians want McCaskill out that any warm body would have done. Akin wouldn’t have it. He’s bigger than everything and everybody.

    Just to be clear, here’s what this moron said and still thinks he can be elected, which is crazy enough, but worse yet, he thinks he *should* be elected, which is to-the-bone delusional and evidence of a narcissism that dwarfs even that of Obama: Akin said that since women who are raped cannot get pregnant because of some magical medical process to which only he is privvy, any woman presenting for an abortion after being raped wasn’t ‘legitimately’ raped. After that bit of ignorance that flirts with evil in its implications, he then shared that his campaign is providential, determined by God as something God wants.

    Akin actually made McCaskill – and by unintended consequence, Obama – look better in comparison. That is quite a feat. By all means, let’s get this boy into the US Senate.

    The idea that it’s the Republican Party who is the bad guy here is as ludricrous as they come. The GOP took the only path Akin’s idiocy left them – immediate renunciation. Akin forced the reaction, and the GOP would be in far worse shape had it not immediately renounced this assclown of a candidate.

      currently in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 24, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      I agree that he failed Abortion 101 (even though it’s not a class offered to those other than politicians and pundits).

      I’m saying do you want McCaskill instead?

      He’s apologized for his idiotic comment.

      Choose your poison.

        Casey in reply to currently. | August 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm

        And you just failed Logic 101. Your argument is a False Dilemma.

        The reason so many folks are ticked off at Akin (if you would listen) is that he torpedoed the chance to gain a Senate seat while simultaneously damaging Romney’s standing in the state. You have been paying attention to the Dems going librarian-poo about this, right? With the complicit cooperation of the media?

        Akin can’t win, and by staying in the game he’s hurting his own party. It’s not a case of “wanting” Mccaskill to win; it’s the expectation that she shall win because of Akin’s stupidity and stubbornness.

Its disturbing to read the few conservatives here (e.g. HarrietHT) that write more like hardline Stalinist than thinking conservatives who one would hope is committed to the salvation of the Republic. The arguments for blind loyalty are very familiar to those of us who study the hard left – suppress reason and moral judgment so the reactionaries (or in this case the left radicals) can’t use it against us. Pretend, distract and spin, and never let principle and truth get in the way.

I will always be the first to defend anyone smeared by a bad faith reading, or ridiculed by an intentional mischaracterization. I have relentlessly defended Palin and others, even when they make me wince with their poor syntax and half right and well mangled comments. But Akins was not half right, nor did he mangle his syntax. He was dead wrong, insulting, and sounded like he got his sex education and archaic male views from 1920s Dayton Tenn. or off the walls of an interstatete truck stop bathroom wall.

Yes it is an unfair double standard that a putz like Joe Biden, or the host of a male prostitute ring like Barney Frank can be excused by media and popular culture. But the social reality is that if a Republican expects to carry the conservative cause they cannot sound like a poorly educated rube or yahoo. And if their run amok hubris blinds them to their own lack of education or lack of knowledge of commonly accepted social truths then we should not be the ones to pay for it.

Akins and his supporters need only ask one question – are you loyal to your conservative beliefs and cause, or loyal to a person who badly fricked up and is now determined to carry the party and elections to ruin?

A conservative take responsibility, and a man of honor would resign knowing he made the mistake, while a man of boundlass narcissism and selfishness would not resign, his pride raging against a political reality, and blaming others for his own manifest failure as a candidate and representtive of our cause.

Please Congressman Akins, there are bigger causes than you and your personal ambition. If you have a shred of decency you will leave us and humiliate our cause no more.

    currently in reply to maxparrish. | August 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

    You’re so noble to defend Palin.

    Bless your heart.

    FX Phillips in reply to maxparrish. | August 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    You mean like the thou shalt speak no evil of Mitt Romney diktat the Professor invoked a couple weeks ago? His site so he can do as he pleases so just sayin’.

    Since perfection is now the standard for political candidates(at least for the non-establishment supported candidates) then Romney better be letter f’in letter perfect or I’m sure all you who are complaining about Mr Akin’s faux pas will be calling for Mittster to get out.

    And before you start your juvenile claptrap I have no other choice than to vote for the Moderate Messiah as at least being the sugar in the gas tank of the progressive juggernaut. The establishment character assassinated any and all who would have been preferable.

    So stop your sniping and carping about Akin. He stepped on a land mine and instead of being brought back to the aid station you all and the RINO establishment emptied your side arms into him to the point that he is at best hopelessly crippled. Yeah he made a mistake but the RINO party made it far worse. Does anyone here think that if the RINO pick had made an egregious gaffe they wouldn’t have run to help him? And please spare me the “No one else would make such a stupid mistake” meme.

    Again Clare McCaskill with her votes has helped cripple this country. Her position supporting teh won on basically unlimited abortion is far more extreme than even the most uninformed thing Akin said but the somehow the unlimited killing of babies is fit for polite conversation while protecting them is not. But one verbal miscue erases all the damage Clare McCaskill and the NDSWP have wrought. How asiinie.

    The fact that he has to keep the position of no abortion for any reason under wraps says we may already be to far down the road of progressivism. Since when do conservatives have to hide their positions and if we do haven’t we
    already lost? And if this misstep somehow gets McCaskill reelected then it will show that the people of Missouri and any who are effected by this misstep are not serious people and that we have a much deeper problem than just winning elections.

    And one question to all you who have thrown Akin off the bridge. Do you really mean to tell me if faced with a choice between a marble mouthed solid conservative candidate and an incumbent with a proven record of supporting the economic and social destruction of the country you could not make the proper choice.

    This is not hypothetical(at least in Missouri). Quite often the choice is not between good and bad but bad and worse(see Brown(bad) v Warren(much worse).

    Just like with Romney if you can’t say something nice stop giving ammunition to the enemy. He will rise and fall on his own abilities as limited as they may be. But it doesn’t help when you are being fired upon from both in front and from behind.

Akin is staying in race = Francisco Franco is still dead

Well, he’s right. Incidents of rape (i.e. involuntary exploitation) cannot be treated lightly, nor can contrived rapes be employed to justify elective abortion of developing human life or denigration of individual dignity. We must tread lightly, but with conviction, to punish perpetrators of rape, and to prevent justification of elective abortions through contrived claims of rape. Women who claim rape after a voluntary or invented relationship should not be permitted to diminish the suffering of women who are actually raped. It is a heinous crime against the individual and society, and it should not be exploited by individuals with ulterior motives for their profit.