ATTENTION TODD AKIN

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 | Uncategorized

(1) Congressman, you’re a conservative Christian as am I.  And without any doubt whatsoever, I know that you’re a fine and decent man who’s distraught by all this controversy.  You’re quite correct that everyone makes mistakes and you were quite right to apologize for the one you made. 

But you also know, or should, that politics is a contact sport.  And you also should know that there are some situations where ”Sorry” can’t be said.  If you “jokingly” drop an N-bomb in front of your African-American friend, it’s a pretty good bet that your friendship is well and truly dead no matter how abject an apology you make.

Is this situation one of those?  That remains to be seen.  But you know that Missouri Democrats are not going to let go of this any time soon.   Why should they?  You’ve got a huge obstacle to overcome that’s entirely of your own making.

(2) When you make a major public screw-up like this, the best possible thing to do, as Jim Rome always says, is to own it.  Admit your mistake and admit it publicly.  E-mails alone won’t work.  So agreeing to go on Piers Morgan was a good concept.  Going on the show, apologizing on television for your screw-up and taking your lumps would have done a lot to make all this go away and would have given your campaign a real boost.

(3) Except that you never showed.  You stood Morgan up.  I have to know something, Congressman.  Who constitutes your senatorial campaign staff?  Trained monkeys?  Because the ONLY thing dumber than your original remarks was that.  You were drawn and quartered on Twitter and deservedly so.  Because now you not only look like a fool, you look like a coward.  And once you get that reputation…

(4) Don’t get the idea that only you can beat Claire McCaskill.  You only got 36% of the vote, there were two other strong conservatives in the race who together got more votes than you did and if one of those conservatives had not been in the race, there’s a pretty good chance that you would have lost the nomination.  This is the major leagues, Congressman, and you’re neither essential nor irreplaceable.  So if you truly want the GOP to take this seat, withdrawal from the race had better still be on the table.

(5) Can you still pull this out?  Yes.  The prospect of six more years of Claire McCaskill will get you a lot of votes all by itself.  Provided, of course, that your campaign is pitch perfect from now until November.  One more screw-up and lots of people who would otherwise have held their nose and voted for you will vote for the incumbent, vote for a third party candidate or won’t vote for Senator at all, all of which will probably guarantee Claire McCaskill another term.

And if that happens, if the Republicans throw away a seat that was theirs for the taking and that they absolutely had to have, I hope your regular business is a lucrative one.  Because your political career in this state will be over.  Forever.

27 Comments to ATTENTION TODD AKIN

unreconstructed rebel
August 21, 2012

Let’s all pray that Clown has not yet decided that he is now a martyr. From his photos, he has that look. If he does, then in his mind he is Heaven bound & we are all toast.

Timothy Fountain
August 21, 2012

“Johnson for Senate. Because it’s not about you.”

Pure political zen.

Katherine
August 21, 2012

Yep, if you’re going to tough it out, you need to get out there and appear deeply repentant in every possible venue. Booking and then backing out won’t do it. Not that anyone much watches Piers Morgan, of course.

unreconstructed rebel
August 21, 2012

This business of letting single-issue primary voters select who our candidates for national office are has got to stop. Both parties suffer from this. Look at the hash the Tea Party & Grover Norquist are making. Near as I can tell, Clown’s qualifications for the Senate is a master’s in divinity. Really?

Time to go back to the smoke-filled room IMHO.

Tregonsee
August 21, 2012

He definitely needs to depart. Of course, were he a Democrat who killed a young woman, he would get a pass.

harry in St Charles
August 21, 2012

Chris

Last week wife and I saw the Jaco
ad on fox 2 news.I told her quote”why is he going on that show”.Jaco is a way far left liberal with a obama for president bumber sticker on his face.He wanted to go to Seattle because St Louis was too conservitive for him.

Alexander Scott
August 21, 2012

I thought the Tea Party was for Sarah Steelman (i.e., Sarah Palin endorsed)?

unreconstructed rebel
August 21, 2012

CJ, Anybody in Missouri got the stuff to pull a Joe Lieberman? Could help enormously. Near as I can tell the only person on this planet who isn’t hearing the uproar is Todd Akin.

Upstate
August 21, 2012

Given certain media trends, that guy makes it difficult for us Missouri ex-pats to explain that we’re not all like him.

Yeesh. :(

Katherine
August 21, 2012

Terrific. I understand Mike Huckabee was an akin booster in the primary. Now Akin says, on Huckabee’s radio show, that he’s staying in. Thanks, Huck. Senate majority be damned, apparently.

Catherine
August 21, 2012

Is there even a viable 3p candidate? I looked for the libertarian candidate today, and his fb page still says he’s running for the senate in 2010, his webpage is for sale, and I can’t find any evidence of him campaigning. Maybe the Constitution guy would work, if he’d promise to vote to repeal ACA. Any idea who won that one? If a 3p candidate promised today or tomorrow to caucus with the reps and started a real campaign, this whole thing could still backfire for Claire… hoping, hoping.

sybil marshall
August 21, 2012

Effabee has rubbed me the wrong way from the start, and indeed he seems like little but a pro-life Jimmy Carter as time has passed. Now I’m really steamed at him. Wish I could just get my mind around the fact that he, like the Clintons, is never. going. to. go. away…..and then maybe I could stop turning my keyboard top and monitor surface blue with my language every time he does us over again! And if he tried to convince Akin to leave, well, good, but not enabling him to start with would have been much better…Maybe the GOP should split after this election and get it over with. Difficult to think, after all the work we have done here in IN to call it home, but moments like this force one to consider. And now I’m making a rare
evening run into town to get some dark chocolate!

sybil marshall
August 21, 2012

Regret writing *Effabee*. Will make it Snopesabee in the future (after some original Snopes; which one, I’d have to re-read & think… not Eck, certainly).

Marie Blocher
August 21, 2012

That guy didn’t just shoot himself in the foot. He swallowed a grenade and its going to blow up all over the GOP!

unreconstructed rebel
August 21, 2012

And he is too bloody stupid to see that.

Ed the Roman
August 21, 2012

Three things come not back: the blow struck, the arrow sped, the word spoken.

I don’t care how sorry he is. I don’t care what is in his heart. If he has that little mastery of his tongue, he does not belong on the ballot.

unreconstructed rebel
August 21, 2012

To the point, Ed, to the point.

Allen Lewis
August 21, 2012

Problem is the smoke-filled room was not doing much better. Can one of the other primary candidates get on as a petition candidate? That might give people a viable option.

What a complete, selfish pig this man is. It is all about him.

Allen Lewis
August 21, 2012

What should have happened was a runnoff because he did not get a majority of the vote.

This just sucks!

Steve L.
August 21, 2012

I guess your GOP doesn’t have the authority (or balls) to remove him as a candidate.

Katherine
August 21, 2012

Steve L., it may not be that easy. He won a primary according to state rules.

Christopher Johnson
August 21, 2012

Yeah, they don’t have the power. And if anyone’s thinking of writing in Sarah Steelman or John Brunner, forget it. They’re ineligible since both lost in the primary and Missouri has a “sore loser” law. Kit Bond’s name’s been floated although I’m not sure he’d want the job again.

Steve L.
August 21, 2012

Kate. Up here in Canukistan the provinces have no say in federal elections. The party holds a nomination and if Party HQ approves, the candidate runs. If not the Party designates the candidate. Personally I see the primary system as a big waste. The other advantage (?) we have is the party leader becomes PM ONLY if he wins a majority. It has always astounded me how the electorate will chose a President from one party and then allow the other to controle the houses. Our Senate is appointed, so the government of the day stacks the deck for the next 10-15 years. It ain’t perfect

Want to see a train wreck, the Quebec election is in thye works.

Katherine
August 21, 2012

Yeah, Steve L., you have a parliamentary system, which works differently.

Akin actually has until Sept. 25 to petition a court to withdraw, today’s deadline having passed. There will be continuing pressure and a drying up of funds and support statements. He’ll claim mental stress (which will be an honest excuse) and bail out. One hopes it’s not too late when he does.

Once he withdraws, the party can nominate someone. Brunner, the next largest vote-getter, would be a good choice if you ask me. People suggesting former Sen. Danforth aren’t conservatives, are they?

FW Ken
August 21, 2012

A parliamentary system, which I don’t claim to fully understand, always seemed like an interesting alternative. The two-party system is particularly limiting. On the other hand, having a president, who is neither monarch nor prime minister, at odds with Congress has much to recommend it.

Steve L.
August 21, 2012

FW our multi party free-for-all has netted as Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition:

The Block Quebecois, a party bent on removing Quebec from Canada and therefor didn’t gave a damn about the rest. Fortunatly they could stall but not block legislation.

Now we have the New Democratic Party, rampant socialists and bent on making all business government owned (Obummer could use his Built It quote here)

The Liberals fell on their face last election, but so did the Conservatives in the 90′s and they bounced back.

And if the PM is unpopular with the party or country a vote of non-confidence is a great way to house clean, although sometimes too often.

We can prorogue parliament and send them home for a while.

Elaine S.
August 22, 2012

“that guy makes it difficult for us Missouri ex-pats to explain that we’re not all like him.”

I kinda sympathize. We Illinois residents went through this about 3-4 years ago when Governor Hairdo was making an ass of himself all over the talk show/reality show circuit. And he kept it up through an impeachment, a book tour and TWO federal corruption trials. Hopefully, Akin isn’t THAT stupid and the Senate can still be brought back to GOP control without him.

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