Unless you are living under a rock, you have heard about Rep. Todd Akin’s comments regarding rape and abortion. In the slim chance you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s the video:
The “legitimate rape” comment is being used against all GOP candidates and has breathed new life into the “War on Women” meme.
Romney told National Review,
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
Now the question is, will Akin survive the next 24 hours, or will he be replaced?
Can Republicans replace Akin, if they so choose? Apparently they can — but the deadline is tomorrow. Of course, deadlines didn’t matter when Robert Torricelli became a political pariah in New Jersey, but there are a couple of differences. First, it involved actual corruption, not a case of foot-in-mouth disease, and second, Torricelli was a Democrat. If Republicans want Akin off the ticket, they’d have to act quickly, which means it won’t happen at all.
That means that Missouri will probably see a lot of debate over “legitimate,” and Republicans had better hope that Akin can legitimately change the subject soon.
Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is calling for Akin to drop out of the race.
If he does, it shouldn’t be Sarah Palin endorsed Sarah Steelman that replaces him. John Brunner came in second in the race.
He was my choice.
I would not flinch if Akin were replaced, especially considering how the Democrats spent money to help Akin win.
It could be a deal is struck, Akin steps down and Brunner replaces him.
I’m thinking this comment is toxic enough it touches every candidate in the election and the party would just as soon get it behind them.
I’m thinking Akin is toast.
What are you thinking?
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Missouri Republican Todd Akin has begun moving toward ending his candidacy after his remarks on rape and abortion provoked a firestorm, a top Republican said.
“Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.,” a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind.
I’m guessing pressure is coming from on high. Expect John Brunner to defeat Claire McCaskill this November, not Akin.
Just quit now:
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), whose chief advisers also work for Mitt Romney, and Tea Party Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) have called on Akin to quit the race.
American Crossroads, Karl Rove’s group that had pledged millions of dollars on behalf of Akin’s campaign in Missouri, announced they would be pulling out of Missouri if Akin does not quit the race.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) said they would not be spendingthe $5 million they had intended to spend in Missouri if Akin did not quit the race.
And Sean Hannity urged Akin to consider quitting the race for “what is in the best interest” of the party.
Republicans are worried that Akin could lose what once seemed like a shoo-in victory like George Allen did in 2006 after he uttered “macaca.” Allen’s loss in 2006 — the year in which Claire McCaskill was ironically elected in Missouri — cost Republicans the Senate that year. Republicans fear if they do not win Missouri in 2012, they will not gain control of the Senate.