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I hope Todd Akin stays in the race

US Representative Todd Akin (R-02, MO) is the Republican candidate for the US Senate currently held by liberal Democrat Claire McCaskill. Yesterday he aid something phenomenally stupid, in such a way that his saying provides fuel for media and Democrat ad campaigns against not only Akin but against all Republicans. The media uproar was expected and immediate. The cowardly Republican backlash against Akin was also expected and immediate. You see, not only are the Republicans terminally cowardly, Akin is a social conservative, which makes him the enemy to the standard-bearers of the Republican Party. They cut him loose before the iceberg even hit.

The race was considered close before yesterday, and one matter of timing makes this whole controversy especially salacious: if Akin were to drop from the race before 5 PM today, Republicans would be able to field another candidate without going to the Democrat-friendly courts to get it approved. So a decision awaits today as to whether Akin stays the distance or gets out.

Republican flacks, hacks, and mules from top to bottom have called for Akin to drop from the race – House Speaker John Boehner, Republican Party head Reince Priebus, former Missouri senator John Ashcroft, Republican Establishment motormouth Ann Coulter, and many others. The usual suspects, for the most part. Only Rush Limbaugh stands apart from the feeding frenzy, and his comments thus far are non-committal, but he was very resentful of the GOP firing squad forming up.

I want Akin to stay in. My reasons:

  • The media will have a field day with it throughout the rest of the campaign season, and Democrats will run many ads painting every Republican candidate as anti-woman, and anti-something or other. Well, guess what. I am tired of the media picking our candidates, and chasing our candidates out of races. No more. I will not bow, not ever.
  • How much is this party and this country paying for the Republican fear of the media over decades of bowing and surrendering, decades of choosing moderates when conservatives would have won, decades of media-fear-driven compromise? The cost has been incalculable. John Roberts was a compromise Supreme Court nominee, a “stealth nominee”. Thank you for giving me Obamacare. John McCain in 2008 was the media-approved candidate. John Boehner’s many, many panic-driven sellouts are responsible for trillions of dollars of new spending and new debt. From here on, I will take the losses in the arena before I will accept the left-power-media weasels choosing what gladiator I will be forced to back. This gotcha-question game the media love to play, I’m not willing to concede to them one more scalp. Not one more.
  • The gutless Republican Establishment will turn on him because that is the variety of jackal we have running the party. OK, so what? They did that against Sharon Angle. I’ll just put it this way. A bunch of us are keeping score. There will be a reckoning in the party someday.
  • Yes, the media will do some damage with this, but this incident will have to share time between demogogueries (is that even close to being spelled right?). The media hacks are overloaded already. Romney has so far committed felonies, killed sick women, cheated on taxes, and not paid taxes. Ryan has wheeled grandma over the cliff a hundred times, and I’m pretty sure he will have committed other atrocities before the race is over. Meanwhile, all Republicans are racists, warmongers, one-percenters, anti-woman, anti-poor people, and anti-immigrant. Seriously, how much play can the media get out of a bad, bad sound bite about rape victims?
  • Akin’s comments were wrong, but what he said, he said in defense of unborn children against the ghastly abortion industry. Did Boehner ever actually make a stand for anything? Don’t you dare question Akin’s heart. His brain, well that needs work, but let’s also don’t put him in the category of stupid maintained by Hank “Guam tip over and capsize” Johnson. So I am not going to have my hand on the hammer that nails him to a cross for that. Not me, pal.

No more surrender. No more letting the media (and Democrats, and GOP Establishment) picking our candidates. Even if we lose, by God, we will go down like men and not like Republicans.

E Pluribus Unum
The weapons had evolved, but our orders remained the same: Hunt them down and kill them off, one by one. A most successful campaign. Perhaps too successful. For those like me, a Death Dealer, this signaled the end of an era. Like the weapons of the previous century, we, too, would become obsolete. Pity, because I lived for it.

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  1. I may be spending too much time around folks who have a huge distrust about our own GOP, and conspiracy theories to boot…but I agree with your perspective. In the back of my mind has been a subtle questioning – how much does the GOP establishment see this as an opportunity to get one of their “chosen ones” in vs accepting Akin from the get go.

    Akin conflated several points which is why he ended up in quicksand, but I don’t doubt his heart, nor do I doubt that there are some who seek abortion and misrepresent their motives.

    • My thoughts exactly, LadyP. We must run with the same type of folks. What disgusts me even further is that they used abortion for political gain. I wonder what might have been had GOP leaders, pundits, etc. stood vocally for the pro life position and the platform and quietly implored Akin to step down.

  2. In truth, Akin should go, but only for the most noble of reasons, insuring the GOP takeover of the Senate. That, and not his his career ambitions, should have been the primary mission. But that’s a decision he should have been able to make in the privacy of his own counsel.

    Instead that path has been denied to him by the Establishment and their media surrogates, who, instead of quietly cajoling him, launched a public broadside that, well, only reminded us all that craven and cowardice aren’t just “D” words.

    The GOP wants to be able to crow about a Nov victory with their “man” but forgets that what they have risked is doing the exact same thing as they’re telling Akin he shouldn’t do…allow Missouri, and possibly the Senate, to stay in the hands of the Democrats….for based on what they have trumpeted it, there’s no way they can even vote for the guy if he decides to stay on.

    If Akin stays on and loses, some will say it was his fault. But I’ll be inclined to blame the Party. And if Akin stays on and wins, the Party can kiss its royal arse goodbye in the state of Missouri, for it will mark the beginning of the end for the old GOP establishment. That should be enough reasons to cause every conservative in Missouri to vote three times.

    Besides, in the way the GOP has handled this, it proves just how much the media can still wrap them around its finger.

    • The problem is that even us lowly grunts in MO don’t want to make phone calls for him. His position exactly mirrors my position, but I’m not going to have to defend his position, I’m going to have to say that it’s OK to vote for him even though he based his decision on bad information.
      He apparently believes (or believed – I’m sure he’s been enlightened now) that it’s OK to oppose abortion in cases of rape because if it was a legitimate rape (or as Whoopie would say: rape – rape) the female body rejects either the sperm or the baby (his quote was a little unclear there), plus the fact that it’s really “rare.” As I have read since then, actual cases of rape pregnancy is about 31,000/year, which is a drop in the bucket when you consider the 2 million abortions a year, but is not exactly “rare.”
      I can defend my own position. I can defend the position that it should be up to the people and not the SC. I just don’t have any answer for the people who say he has exhibited too much foolishness to represent us in the Senate. I can no longer mock the people who are represented by Hank “Guam Might Tip Over” Johnson, if I elect Todd “Raped Women Don’t Get Pregnant” Akin.

      • As far as I’m concerned, the issue is now sitting in Missouri voters’ hand, Queenie. I held my nose voting for McCain, so wouldn’t have any problem for Akin. But if the issue keeps movign forward, and the GOP tries to unseat him in the courts, they may as well as open up phone banks and start walking neighborhoods for McCaskill. I think he can win anyway. We’ll see how much the high and mighty really want to see the Republic saved.

    • This is a toughie for me VB. I can see both points of view. If this were a Dem we would be calling for him to go and I think we have to have the same standards for both sides. Ultimately it will be up to the MO voters.

  3. I agree with your perspective of going down fighting. I just thought your video might be a scene from the Alamo. Establishing Republicans could learn a lesson of fighting instead of withdrawing from Texans.

  4. There are people, most publicly the commanding general in Afghanistan, who many on our side of the aisle wanted to be the VP choice, who tried to blame the deteriorating military situation in Afghan, i.e. more of our soldiers getting killed, on the comments made by a pastor in Florida. There are now many beginning to lay the blame for the eventual non-repeal of Obamacare on an off-the-cuff remark by a Senatorial candidate in Missouri. It could be blamed on the ‘blue dog Democrats’, or the Supreme Court, but it’s always easier to point to a one-off stupid remark or act by a non-elite.

  5. There are people, most publicly the commanding general in Afghanistan, who many on our side of the aisle wanted to be the VP choice, who tried to blame the deteriorating military situation in Afghan, i.e. more of our soldiers getting killed, on the comments made by a pastor in Florida. There are now many beginning to lay the blame for the eventual non-repeal of Obamacare on an off-the-cuff remark by a Senatorial candidate in Missouri. It could be blamed on the ‘blue dog Democrats’, or the Supreme Court, but it’s always easier to point to a one-off stupid remark or act by a non-elite.

  1. I may be spending too much time around folks who have a huge distrust about our own GOP, and conspiracy theories to boot…but I agree with your perspective. In the back of my mind has been a subtle questioning – how much does the GOP establishment see this as an opportunity to get one of their “chosen ones” in vs accepting Akin from the get go.

    Akin conflated several points which is why he ended up in quicksand, but I don’t doubt his heart, nor do I doubt that there are some who seek abortion and misrepresent their motives.

    • My thoughts exactly, LadyP. We must run with the same type of folks. What disgusts me even further is that they used abortion for political gain. I wonder what might have been had GOP leaders, pundits, etc. stood vocally for the pro life position and the platform and quietly implored Akin to step down.

  2. In truth, Akin should go, but only for the most noble of reasons, insuring the GOP takeover of the Senate. That, and not his his career ambitions, should have been the primary mission. But that’s a decision he should have been able to make in the privacy of his own counsel.

    Instead that path has been denied to him by the Establishment and their media surrogates, who, instead of quietly cajoling him, launched a public broadside that, well, only reminded us all that craven and cowardice aren’t just “D” words.

    The GOP wants to be able to crow about a Nov victory with their “man” but forgets that what they have risked is doing the exact same thing as they’re telling Akin he shouldn’t do…allow Missouri, and possibly the Senate, to stay in the hands of the Democrats….for based on what they have trumpeted it, there’s no way they can even vote for the guy if he decides to stay on.

    If Akin stays on and loses, some will say it was his fault. But I’ll be inclined to blame the Party. And if Akin stays on and wins, the Party can kiss its royal arse goodbye in the state of Missouri, for it will mark the beginning of the end for the old GOP establishment. That should be enough reasons to cause every conservative in Missouri to vote three times.

    Besides, in the way the GOP has handled this, it proves just how much the media can still wrap them around its finger.

    • The problem is that even us lowly grunts in MO don’t want to make phone calls for him. His position exactly mirrors my position, but I’m not going to have to defend his position, I’m going to have to say that it’s OK to vote for him even though he based his decision on bad information.
      He apparently believes (or believed – I’m sure he’s been enlightened now) that it’s OK to oppose abortion in cases of rape because if it was a legitimate rape (or as Whoopie would say: rape – rape) the female body rejects either the sperm or the baby (his quote was a little unclear there), plus the fact that it’s really “rare.” As I have read since then, actual cases of rape pregnancy is about 31,000/year, which is a drop in the bucket when you consider the 2 million abortions a year, but is not exactly “rare.”
      I can defend my own position. I can defend the position that it should be up to the people and not the SC. I just don’t have any answer for the people who say he has exhibited too much foolishness to represent us in the Senate. I can no longer mock the people who are represented by Hank “Guam Might Tip Over” Johnson, if I elect Todd “Raped Women Don’t Get Pregnant” Akin.

      • As far as I’m concerned, the issue is now sitting in Missouri voters’ hand, Queenie. I held my nose voting for McCain, so wouldn’t have any problem for Akin. But if the issue keeps movign forward, and the GOP tries to unseat him in the courts, they may as well as open up phone banks and start walking neighborhoods for McCaskill. I think he can win anyway. We’ll see how much the high and mighty really want to see the Republic saved.

    • This is a toughie for me VB. I can see both points of view. If this were a Dem we would be calling for him to go and I think we have to have the same standards for both sides. Ultimately it will be up to the MO voters.

  3. I agree with your perspective of going down fighting. I just thought your video might be a scene from the Alamo. Establishing Republicans could learn a lesson of fighting instead of withdrawing from Texans.

  4. There are people, most publicly the commanding general in Afghanistan, who many on our side of the aisle wanted to be the VP choice, who tried to blame the deteriorating military situation in Afghan, i.e. more of our soldiers getting killed, on the comments made by a pastor in Florida. There are now many beginning to lay the blame for the eventual non-repeal of Obamacare on an off-the-cuff remark by a Senatorial candidate in Missouri. It could be blamed on the ‘blue dog Democrats’, or the Supreme Court, but it’s always easier to point to a one-off stupid remark or act by a non-elite.

  5. There are people, most publicly the commanding general in Afghanistan, who many on our side of the aisle wanted to be the VP choice, who tried to blame the deteriorating military situation in Afghan, i.e. more of our soldiers getting killed, on the comments made by a pastor in Florida. There are now many beginning to lay the blame for the eventual non-repeal of Obamacare on an off-the-cuff remark by a Senatorial candidate in Missouri. It could be blamed on the ‘blue dog Democrats’, or the Supreme Court, but it’s always easier to point to a one-off stupid remark or act by a non-elite.

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