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.