Yes, Todd Akin Should Go

by Matt Vespa | August 21, 2012 12:03 pm

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The Franklin Center’s Erik Telford and His Tweet About This Whole Debacle

 

Todd Akin, it’s almost unbelievable how fast your campaign went off the tracks. : To say that there are legitimate forms of assault is beyond ludicrous. : Then, to say if a pregnancy occurs, due to a legitimate rape, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” : What does that mean? :  And this wasn’t a gaffe. : As Michelle Malkin aptly said[2] “there’s no sugar-coating or whitewashing this…it was ignorant, garbled nonsense.”

Here’s what: he said[3]: again on the Jaco Report:

Charles Jaco: “Okay, so if an abortion can be considered in the case of, say, tubal pregnancy or something like that, what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.):“Well, you know, uh, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, ‘Well, how do you — how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question.’

“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

“But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

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It’s rational for any conservative to abandon Todd Akin. : He has greatly damaged our chances of having a Republican Congress this year and while I know the war on women is a farce; the left-wingers are going to have a field day with this. : With the Democrat-Media Complex, they’ll flood this story for weeks, distract the Romney/Ryan campaign, and give Obama a comfortable buffer from his dismal economic record.

This whole situation was avoidable. : Akin should have pivoted saying that the people of this state already know my position on abortion, but here’s the real focus of my campaign. : I want to get out $16 trillion dollar national debt under control, reform our entitlement programs, restructure the tax system, and cut regulations to help small businesses thrive. : Something on that front. : Social issues aren’t at the heart of this campaign cycle. : Yes, people are passionate about these issues and because of that—folks can go off half-cocked.

Yesterday, I had a little hope that Akin would do the responsible thing. : Perusing through Ace of Spades—I saw that Richard Grennell and Erick Erickson indicated that Akin would drop out. Mark Levin also called for Akin’s exit from the race.

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However, Mr. Akin defied us all, stayed in the race, and released a new fragrance:  ad today called forgiveness.

Could this be Akin’s Chuck Percy moment? : Although Percy wasn’t slammed for making absurd comments about rape, he was in serious trouble in 1978 and released this ad pleading with the voters of Illinois to give him another term.

In all, this ad would have been more taken more seriously if it were released last Sunday and not today. :  Akin should reconsider his decision not to step aside. : There’s still time! : The RNC has cut funding to the Akin campaign and Crossroads GPS has also run for the hills in the wake of this disaster.[7]:  Mary Katherine Ham of HotAir cited Phil Klein’s piece in her August 20th post[8]: about Akin’s future where he wrote:

Politically, a lot of the analysis as to whether Akin should drop out of the race has focused on whether he could still recover from this horrendous statement and win. A more important question is what kind of senator Republicans would be getting if he could hang on and they could gain a majority in the Senate. Anybody capable of making a statement as simultaneously offensive and moronic as Akin’s is likely to make more such statements. That means, even if Akin wins, he’s likely to embarrass his party for six years and undermine the pro-life cause.

Missouri Republicans have other choices. Both: Sarah Steelman[9]: andJohn Brunner[10]: led troubled Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill in polls taken during the GOP primary, and both were closer to the Tea Party than Akin (Steelman was endorsed by Sarah Palin). If Akin drops out of the race by tomorrow, the Missouri GOP could still pick another candidate. Akin has caused enough damage already. He should do the right thing and step aside and make room for somebody else while there’s still time.

Lastly, the: NRSC released this email, which was posted this morning courtesy of The Gateway Pundit[11]:

Just a quick background update on the situation in the Missouri Senate race. While much of the press coverage has understandably focused on the statements by Republican leaders yesterday regarding Congressman Akin, I wanted to point out for your background that they have been joined by leading conservatives across the country who have called on Congressman Akin to step aside for the good of the party and the pro-life movement he cares so deeply about.

Below are just a few examples for your consideration:

I agree with Gateway Pundit that this is brutal, but it’s necessary. : We on the right police our own ranks and purge the un-serious, the insane, and the misbehaved, while the left fails miserably to keep their folks in line. : It’s a sign of accountability. : It’s the right thing that we blame Akin. : It would be even better if he steps down. : Todd, do the right thing.

Endnotes:
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  2. aptly said: http://michellemalkin.com/2012/08/20/the-todd-akin-mess/
  3. he said: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7b0ngYQGvcE
  4. [Image]: https://rightwingnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Screen-Shot-2012-08-21-at-12.01.38-PM.png
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  7. Crossroads GPS has also run for the hills in the wake of this disaster.: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/ticket/report-crossroads-pulls-missouri-race-180021358.html
  8. cited Phil Klein’s piece in her August 20th post: http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/20/is-todd-akin-going-to-drop-out/
  9. Sarah Steelman: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/mo/missouri_senate_steelman_vs_mccaskill-1789.html
  10. John Brunner: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/mo/missouri_senate_brunner_vs_mccaskill-2214.html
  11. posted this morning courtesy of The Gateway Pundit: http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/08/the-end-is-near-nrsc-sends-out-scathing-akin-email-they-want-him-gone/
  12. urged Akin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0VlIphy_ds&feature=youtu.be
  13. urged Akin: http://www.therightscoop.com/mark-levin-calls-on-akin-to-step-aside-slams-democrats-for-devastating-hypocrisy/
  14. Who Isn’t Calling for Akin’s Withdrawal? Claire McCaskill & Planned Parenthood.: http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/314562/who-isnt-calling-akins-withdrawal-claire-mccaskill-planned-parenthood
  15. a column: http://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2012/08/21/the_prolife_movement_must_disavow_akin_comment
  16. called Akin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=694wZlqZ9Kc&feature=youtu.be
  17. tweeted: https://twitter.com/hughhewitt/status/237652468648005633
  18. penned a column: http://www.humanevents.com/2012/08/20/ann-coulter-if-akin-loves-his-country-he-will-step-aside/
  19. called on Akin: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/314502/step-aside-todd-akin-editors
  20. called on Akin: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443989204577601781595726706.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
  21. called on Akin: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/akins-rape-remark-draws-tea-party-pressure-quit/story?id=17041857#.UDOPh6M0WSr

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