For the record I think Todd Akin is a good man who wants to protect life, but I am suspect of his true courage. Nevertheless, we have a country to save, and he has put our effort to save America in serious danger. And that is a very important consideration.
The clock is ticking for Todd Akin to do the right thing: step aside and drop out of the Missouri Senatorial race. His GOP primary victory was engineered by $2 million of Democrat Claire McCaskill’s money. She called him “Ultraconservative”, which was just enough to transfer voters’ dislike of her to a slim victory in a crowded field. McCaskill thought Akin would be the easiest to beat because he was “just” five points ahead of her in hypothetical match ups. That all changed with the first post-primary survey that saw Akin ahead 11 points. Now, a new poll using an over sample of 9 points of Republicans has him up just one point. He is on his way to a possible 70/30 loss. He is toast, and he should recognize it and act accordingly.
Then came his comments about “legitimate rape” on a local television show.
Akin was asked a question that given the persona HE HAS BUILT should have called for a one word answer. When the host asked if there should be an exception to his “no abortions ever” position, the man Akin would have us believe he is should have answered “No.” But, of course, he didn’t. Instead, Todd Akin acted like a typical politician. He dithered through sixty two words, and in an effort to run away from his real and honorable position, Akin said: “It seems to me, 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: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
In the final analysis, Akin’s inept comments have put the entire Republican campaign in Missouri in doubt. Why would this happen? Single females, that’s why.
Right now, single women have little enthusiasm to vote. They are disappointed with the government whom they see as their husband and don’t care about what happens in November. Akin has changed that. Akin has provided EVERY endangered Democrat across the country at every level with a beautiful video that will enable them to make this election about abortion and a war on women, not about Barack Obama’s failures.
I believe that the polls we have seen are basically false, and Mitt Romney is actually ahead and getting stronger. The addition of Paul Ryan to his ticket made possible victories in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. If Todd Akin stays on the ballot, he will provide Democrat rank-and-file voters with an enthusiasm boost and put all of these states, even Wisconsin, in the “iffy” column.
Is all of this potential damage worth supporting a man who was given a chance to answer truthfully and say “No I don’t believe there should be an exception for rape victims”, but weaseled out?
No, I think not.
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