One big thing you should know today, August 22, 2012: Todd Akin is still on the ballot

Make no mistake Todd Akin is going to ruin  Republicans down ballot in key states including Massachusetts despite the fact that Scott Brown got ahead of the issue early. Apparently Akin thinks he can still win; he cannot. This is a disaster and it is no way to promote the prolife cause. The social conservatives need a wake up call.

“I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, ‘Well, Akin can’t possibly win,'” he said on a national radio show hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. “Well, I don’t agree with that.”

Akin predicted he would bounce back from the political crisis threatening his campaign and capture a seat that is pivotal to Republican hopes of regaining control of the Senate.

“I’m in this race for the long haul, and we’re going to win it,” he told radio host Dana Loesch in St. Louis.

If he stays on the ballot, Akin will have to rebuild without any money from the national party and with new misgivings among rank-and-file Republican voters who just two weeks ago propelled him to a comfortable victory in a hotly contested three-way primary.

At several points during the interview with Huckabee, Akin focused on the idea he had misplaced a single word during a Sunday interview with St. Louis television station KTVI. But Akin has been roundly criticized both for using the phrase “legitimate rape” and saying a woman’s body has the ability to prevent conception after such an attack.

Candidates believe what they want about themselves. It is not that he misplaced one word but that Akin and his social conservatives project an anti-scientific mentality not only on contentious issues like climate change but the human anatomy. Campaign 2012 does not need a reprise of the Scopes trial.

He’s got to go.  

About Karl Marx

Left wing libertarian conservative.

  • It will blow over.  People will be talking about something completely new next week and forget all about Akin.

  • Or a rare man of conviction?


    Perhaps you didn’t get the memo. The idea is that you are always supposed to say you’re pro-life, but ensure there are never any actual pro-life legislation or judicial rulings.   That way, you and fellow pro-lifers  can be ginned up in a perpetual state of culture war anger, and the GOP can harvest your votes. But you’re not supposed to take the issue too emotionally. Not take it into realms where you might have elaborate on positions that might be genuinely unpopular – such as in the case of rape. That would require trying to persuade, and perhaps to think out loud, and you can see where that has led.

    But really, Bravo. Standing up against the united party establishment over a matter of conviction is a rare and precious thing in American politics. I probably don’t want you to win (unless of course you completely surprise me by expanding your inquiries to include questions of Just War and American foreign policy, and explore the question of drones). But there aren’t many men who would act as you did. Bravo.