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Why Aiken Should not Back Down
Townhall ^ | August 24, 2012 | Mike

Posted on 08/25/2012 6:52:05 PM PDT by kathsua

The only mainstreamers coming to Todd Aiken's defense so far have been Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and now Mike Huckabee. His detractors have been legion, from almost all major media figures to politicians at the top levels. Why the uproar over one ill-advised comment? Has the country lost its senses completely?

Any serious explanation of affording legal protection for unborn human persons engenders intensively vitriolic hate in America. We have become a nation of God haters, and Aiken's comment has exposed who they are, whether we are talking about media blabbermouths Coulter, Hannity, Limbaugh, Palin and others too numerous to mention, so-called religious leaders, RNC political bosses, or political figures from the top level down, Romney, Ryan and Obama, they have one thing in common. At some level they all hate God the Creator and Author of life.

Don't they know that life is so sacred that there can be no justification for deliberately murdering human persons at any stage of life, hence no abortion exceptions? Why are they so intent on making an abortion exception for pregnancies that rarely occur, as Aiken himself pointed out? And unless we distinguish between real and fake rape situations, i.e. women claiming to have been raped who actually have consented, this valid rationale for denying an exception is completely lost.

Rape and abortion are both bad for America. We need lawmakers and leaders willing to make the hard decisions, and pay the political price if necessary, to deal with these problems, not more wimps.


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The media have been misrepresenting Aiken's comments. He's not claiming the rape itself is "legitimate", only the complaint. One of the problems of allowing abortion in the case of rape is that some women will claim rape to get an abortion.
1 posted on 08/25/2012 6:52:14 PM PDT by kathsua
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To: kathsua

He shouldn’t back down until they get his last name right!


2 posted on 08/25/2012 6:55:04 PM PDT by Misterioso (The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it. -- Ayn Rand)
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To: kathsua

The bottom line is abortion in the case of rape and Willards and his lock step RINOs want to allow it, the slaughter of innocent babies...

Akin stands in their way...

He reminds them of what American Exceptionalosm really is...

He reminds them just what a man is...

a man will protect the least of those amongst us...


3 posted on 08/25/2012 6:57:18 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: kathsua
Akin has some faux friends who don't know what he said, but he backed off.

I'm in favor of dropping him for the same reason we ought to be dropping Romney ~ too much playing footsie with Democrats.

You'll notice Romney backed out of this one when he realized it was being turned on him.

All I can say is bring it back in spades, make Mitt start making some noises ~ 'cause this is what should happen to him.

We are already oversubscribed with RINOs ~

4 posted on 08/25/2012 6:59:23 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kathsua

Thesis: Palin (and every other Akin critic) is a God hater...

These people are smoking themselves out to be intellectual lightweights.


5 posted on 08/25/2012 6:59:36 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: kathsua

YESSS. What do these on our conservative site want to do? Kill the innocent child of” rape” ( what ever that means)? Akin is awesome . He has brought baby killing to the TABLE!!. 1.5 million AMERICAN babies are murdered by mommy and an abortionist EACH YEAR!!


6 posted on 08/25/2012 7:00:01 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: kathsua

“Aiken”?


7 posted on 08/25/2012 7:03:35 PM PDT by Clint N. Suhks (EAT MOR CHIKIN)
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To: nhwingut
Even Bob Torricelli fell on his sword.

I may not agree that he did not commit a crime but let face facts

Even Before he said what he said he was the Democrats pick for Senate

He was not the Right to life Choice

Some people in here are playing checkers while some are playing Chess

8 posted on 08/25/2012 7:04:20 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: kathsua
Perhaps "Aiken" shouldn't step down. But "Akin" most certainly should. I am troubled by the way so many in the Party have turned on him, but sometimes, even in a moment of "misspeaking" (and I think that is all it was) you give the competition enough fodder to bury you. It happened to George Allen in his "maccaca moment" and it has happened to Akin. Allen had the good sense and humility to step down.

For the good of the future of America it is appropriate that Akin step down and throw what support he has left to someone else whose beliefs won't be so different from his, but whose electability is light years ahead.

We need both the House and the Senate to keep whoever occupies the White House in January from destroying this country.

Does Akin really want to go down in history as the guy who argued the case for "legitimate" rape of women while enabling the rape of a nation?

9 posted on 08/25/2012 7:05:18 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: kathsua

It’s Aiken or McCaskill.

My vote is for Aiken.

Even though his remark was really dumb.


10 posted on 08/25/2012 7:05:57 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: kathsua

I stand with Aiken. The goobers in the GOPe want him out because he is a conservative. If he was a RINO, like Mitt, they’d stand by him. Heck, Mittens has said and done a lot worse, but they still want us to vote for him. If Aiken doesn’t get the seat, the RINOs will get the divided congress they want so they can have an excuse for not doing anything and for pushing through their progressive platform. As for the rest, Palin, West, etc. I think they, like many conservatives, got caught up in the herd. Besides, it’s not like they are infallible. Palin endorsed Orrin Hatch, a RINO, and her biggest mistake was not bothering to run for the nomination despite the huge support she had.


11 posted on 08/25/2012 7:06:14 PM PDT by RaisingCain
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To: Tennessee Nana
I love the FREEPERS all upset with this guy. I relish the thought that they have to vote for someone they don't want to after giving us Romney. Payback is a serious bitch. I am giddy with happiness in watching them gnashing teeth. Akin is a good man. Too bad he wasn't our Presidential nominee.
12 posted on 08/25/2012 7:07:14 PM PDT by napscoordinator (Attention Republican National Convention voters....Santorum/Bachmann 2012! Dump liberal Romney NOW!)
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To: kathsua
Initially this guy got himself in trouble by trying to finely digress the subtle nuances of rape ~ which is never a winner except in the US Court of Appeals ~ they get paid to do that.

Now we have people defending him by using that old Leftwingtard feminazi standard phrase of "some women" ~

I remember this country getting so tired of that crazy woman repeating it ad nauseum "some women' this and "some women" that at the Thomas inquisition.

Really, you gotta' keep it in CONSERVATIVE LANGUAGE PARAMETERS ~ and "some women" ain't in there.

Actually, the phrase is simply a tool of class warfare and should never be used as a substitute for what a specific individual might have experienced, nor what statistics based on extensive studies might suggest.

So, no, I don't believe whatever it is "some women' say, feel, talk about, stand on, swim around, or experience ~ tell me what you think, or cite an authority.

We'll all get along better. But now, tell me, why should we buy into this guy's bonafides when he was taking substantial help from Democrats in a primary for Republicans?

13 posted on 08/25/2012 7:08:19 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: newheart

Allen didn’t step down. He lost a very close race in a very bad year for Republicans.

Not that I’m a fan of Allen. He has become a coward on racial matters.


14 posted on 08/25/2012 7:11:50 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: RaisingCain

Did you realize Orin Hatch has a 100% ACU rating? Ryan is down at 85% and has dropped nearly 15% in just one year. He’s getting close to Richard Lugar!


15 posted on 08/25/2012 7:12:47 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Aetius
Allen was running ~ the hindu guy with the camera got too close. Another hindu with the same hairdo (a very peculiar one rather like Pee-wee Herman) went wild with a low caliber pistol and shot 28 people on the streets of downtown Montreal soon after.

I still don't trust the Macaca kid

16 posted on 08/25/2012 7:17:18 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: kathsua

So there should be no exceptions for abortion? You do realize that is a position held by only about 20% of American’s don’t you?

The GOP should be calling out the Democrats (and the media for failing to do so) on their own abortion extremism. The Democrats favor abortion on demand. That is, they favor legal abortion (at taxpayers expense if necessary) for any reason at any time throughout the pregnancy. This is a view shared by only 20-25% of Americans. And the Democrats want this position imposed by judges, without the people of any state having a say in the matter.

The GOP should be hitting the Democrats on this, and it would be easier if they didn’t insist that a woman who gets pregnant as the result of a rape has to carry the rapist’s child to term.


17 posted on 08/25/2012 7:18:26 PM PDT by Aetius
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To: kathsua

The Townhall blogger, Mike, would have more credibility if he demonstrated that he at least knew enough about this political debacle to spell Todd Akin’s name correctly. It’s not “Aiken”, it’s “Akin”.


18 posted on 08/25/2012 7:18:43 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: Tennessee Nana

OMG! I guess I’m gonna have to start reading the names of the posters before I read the comments to spare myself being embarrassed for you. I thought to myself: “What ignorant comments”. Then I saw it was you and I thought: “It figures.” You and DannyTN must be a real embarrassment to the good people of Tennessee.


19 posted on 08/25/2012 7:22:08 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: newheart
"Allen had the good sense and humility to step down. "

No, he just proved he's like the rest of the GOPe crowd; NO BALLS & NO BACKBONE.

The Kenyan must go.

20 posted on 08/25/2012 7:22:22 PM PDT by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; ONE BOX LEFT!)
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To: Venturer

I understand your sentiments, but, at least know how to spell the dude’s name if you’re gonna vote for him. It’s Akin.


21 posted on 08/25/2012 7:24:25 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: kathsua

Hey, I’m all for supporting our candidates when they make a mistake, but I have limits.

If Elizabeth Warren were to say that she supports infanticide during the first 3 months of life, because the baby is basically no more aware of itself than before it’s born, I suspect the Democrats would want to dump her also.

I put the Akin statement at that level of stupidity for a candidate to say.


22 posted on 08/25/2012 7:24:43 PM PDT by BobL (You can live each day only once. You can waste a few, but don't waste too many.)
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To: kathsua

I think it is pretty much given now that the attacks on Akin were in regard to his stand on abortion...they have nothing to do with his comments.

None of GOP talk radio media are truly conservative, or they would have stood by Akin after he made his apology. Yes they are Pro-Abortion.


23 posted on 08/25/2012 7:25:16 PM PDT by SeminoleCounty (Attacking "Birthers", Attacking Akin....what Conservatives will GOP Media attack next?)
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To: Aetius
Allen didn’t step down. He lost a very close race in a very bad year for Republicans.

You are correct. I made a mistake in recollection. Ironically, it strengthens my case because that campaign showed how the Democrats will hammer Republicans who make serious gaffes. And defeat them.

24 posted on 08/25/2012 7:26:38 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: Aetius

So let me see if I get this correct:
abortion for convenience - no
abortion for incest - no
abortion for health of the mother - no
abortion because of rape - sure why not
How is the baby conceived from rape less innocent than the others?
Or what is it you are saying?


25 posted on 08/25/2012 7:27:18 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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26 posted on 08/25/2012 7:28:18 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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To: nhwingut

Thesis: Palin (and every other Akin critic) is a God hater...
______________________________________________________________

You are such a dumb ass. Did you finish High School? You must be a total embarrassment to your family. Are you competing with Tennessee Nana for the “Most Stupid Post of the Day”? You make a statement like that and then your tagline says: “Sarah Palin 12...no one else.” Why would you want a “God hater” for President? HUH????


27 posted on 08/25/2012 7:31:16 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

What is it post #3 that you find ignorant?
Or did it surprise you that someone pointed out that Romney is a supporter of abortion?


28 posted on 08/25/2012 7:31:16 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: newheart
Allen had the good sense and humility to step down.

Allen didn't step down. He ran the race to the end, and lost by 1/3 of 1% in an awful year for Republicans (2006).

Of all people, he had no business telling Akin to step down.
29 posted on 08/25/2012 7:32:56 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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To: ex91B10
No, he just proved he's like the rest of the GOPe crowd; NO BALLS & NO BACKBONE.

Actually I was wrong. Allen didn't withdraw. Instead he soldiered on against an unscrupulous Democratic opposition that mercilessly and relentlessly hammered away at his comment. And HE LOST THE ELECTION. So is it better to give the Dems that kind of ammunition and the opportunity to continually use it to defeat Akin, or is the wise choice to withdraw to avoid ceding control of the Senate? In some sense it might be noble to fight on. But when the control of the Senate is at stake it is not noble at all. It is ego and foolhardy.

You want balls and backbone? The let Akin do the courageous thing, get his ego out of the way and step down to allow the party to pick a replacement who will give McCaskill a real race.

30 posted on 08/25/2012 7:33:51 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: Dr. Sivana
Allen didn't step down.

You are right, and I posted my correction in #24. But Allen lost because he gave the Dems the ammunition they needed to defeat him. Akin should definitely take a lesson from that. Unless he thinks that his running is somehow a noble cause (despite the fact that the other Republicans are strong pro-life candidates) even though it may very well result in the illegitimate rape of the Republic.

31 posted on 08/25/2012 7:38:02 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: kathsua
We all agree!

Go Clay!


32 posted on 08/25/2012 7:40:42 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: pistolpackinpapa
You are such a dumb ass. Did you finish High School? You must be a total embarrassment to your family.

You need to read the story again. And read my post fully before calling me a dumbass.

The thesis of the story claims any Akin critic is a God-hater including Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, etc. Which is clearly childish and intellectually bankrupt.

I'd hope for an apology.
33 posted on 08/25/2012 7:41:07 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: kathsua

Why should Clay Aiken back down?


34 posted on 08/25/2012 7:41:10 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: kathsua
He's not claiming the rape itself is "legitimate", only the complaint. One of the problems of allowing abortion in the case of rape is that some women will claim rape to get an abortion.

Oh for chrissakes who the hell cares!!!! This election is about the economy and jobs! Democrats don't want to talk about the economy and jobs. They'd rather talk about "legitimate" rape and abortion and thanks to freakin' IDIOTS like Akin, that's exactly what we're talking about!

We shouldn't even be having this discussion right now.

35 posted on 08/25/2012 7:41:38 PM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: kathsua
But Aiken is gay, did you know?


36 posted on 08/25/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: kathsua
The only thing Akin is guilty of is being inarticulate and for apologizing when he shouldn't have.

It is shameful that the GOP did their best to destroy "one of their own", (Christian conservative).

What is even more shameful is that FReepers joined so readily and gleefully in the MSM driven feeding frenzy.

Can you say Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a?

BA-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-A! BA-A-A-a-a-AAAA-aaaaaaaa. Ba-a-a-a-A-aaaaa. BAAAAA-aaaaaaaa. b-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-a-aaaaa.

Now go vote for the flaming liberal with the R next to his name like good little GOP sheep.

37 posted on 08/25/2012 7:43:16 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some days...it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps....)
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To: kathsua
Pretty boy.


38 posted on 08/25/2012 7:44:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Revolting cat!

LOL... the one that suggested Aiken to back down must be Ruben’s fans!


39 posted on 08/25/2012 7:46:04 PM PDT by paudio (Post-racial society: When we can legitimately hire and fire a Black man without feeling guilty.)
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To: kathsua
The media have been misrepresenting Aiken's comments.

Worse yet, looks like the idiot blogger whose vomit you posted for reasons known only to yourself is misrepresenting Todd Akin.

40 posted on 08/25/2012 7:48:26 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Manic_Episode
Now go vote for the flaming liberal with the R next to his name like good little GOP sheep.

As far as I know, the certifiably pro-life Sarah Steelman ( the likely replacement for Akin in the race) is not a flaming liberal. However, as long as Akin refuses to admit that he stepped in it and gave the Democrats all they need to defeat him, then the Senate may very well remain in Democrat control.

So, the net is that a vote for Akin is a vote for McCaskill, Harry Reid, and Barack Obama's agenda to destroy the Republic. Let me know how that works out for you.

41 posted on 08/25/2012 7:50:48 PM PDT by newheart (At what point does policy become treason?)
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To: kathsua
The media have been misrepresenting Aiken's comments.

47% of Missouri voters now have a "very unfavorable impression" of Akin.

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_senate_elections/missouri/questions_2012_missouri_senate_august_22_2012

Voters knew that he was pro-life when they elected him. They did not know that he was an idiot. Now they know. He can apologize until he is blue in the face, it won't help. They won't vote for an idiot.

If a player repeatedly scores points for the opposing team, the coach takes him out of the game. If the player wants for his team to win, he swallows his pride, leaves quietly and gracefully, and cheers his replacement on to victory.

Another pro-life Republican without Akin's baggage might still be able to win. Akin should leave the race immediately and support his successor.

Winning the election is critically important. Assigning blame for Akin's problems is not important. Stickin' it to the GOPe is not important.

FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT.

Please!

42 posted on 08/25/2012 7:54:28 PM PDT by TChad
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To: kathsua

Sorry, this is foolish. His comment makes him the weakest candidate, and there is no recovery from the media spin. Theswine McCaskill will retain her seat against Akin, and lose it to any of the others. Shame on him for not doing the right thing and bowing out. Bob


43 posted on 08/25/2012 7:54:53 PM PDT by alstewartfan ("You're a worn-out face in all the hang-out places where the lost souls congregate." Al Stewart)
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To: kathsua; All
The problem here is that, unlike the misrepresentations the media usually assaults Conservatives with (”Macaca,” “I can see Russia from my house”), this one isn't a false creation of the media.

Sarah never said the comments Tina Fey tattooed her with, and George Allen never uttered the Indian slur, “Macaqua.” George said “Mo-caca,” as in “Mohawk” (which the stalker often wore) and “being a turd.” Palin pointed out that Russia is close enough to be visible from Alaska, and that international relations are front-and-center in the Kodiak because of the proximity of such a major player.

Akin actually said the words that buried his candidacy. It wasn’t a misspeak, either. He GENUINELY meant what he said and GENUINELY believes it. He truly believes a woman's body can simply tell she is being raped and thus prevent pregnancy. He is DISTURBINGLY misinformed.

Let's not pretend this is Conservatives ending Akin’s career. His career is not over. He can continue to serve until retirement as a U.S. Congressman, and have as much impact for the causes he believes in as he wants. But we are under no obligation to sacrifice what could be the deciding vote in the LAST CHANCE to repeal Obamacare, or possibly the deciding vote on a Supreme Court Justice who could overturn Roe v. Wade, at the altar of Akin’s blind ambition.

The stakes (Obamacare, Roe) are far too high and the battle far more important than Akin’s dream of changing offices from one House of Congress to the other.

Akin blew his chance at a promotion. He needs to come to terms with this, like anyone else who blew their shot at a promotion, and be content serving the public and the Pro-Life cause as a Congressman. He cannot win, he simply cannot. Conservatives don't get “do overs” on campaigns, and issues like this never “blow over” when it is folks on our side. That's the agonizing truth. Just as we as Christians must accept that the world hates us unfairly and will always work against our good causes, we must also accept as Conservatives that the deck is stacked against us, and we cannot recover from these kinds of gaffes.

Akin will lose, terribly. The loss may very well ensure the permanency of Obama’s Incremental Socialized Medicine program, either through Obama’s reelection or not having enough votes to overturn it in the Senate if Romney wins. It may also blow our chance to have 50+ votes to confirm the next Alito or Scalia, a critical need if we are to ever finally overturn Roe and Affirmative Action, et al.

It is time for Akin to step down and be content serving as a Congressman, and let Conservatives and the Pro-Life cause in MO take the necessary moves to ensure Claire does not get another SIX YEARS to damage the nation as a Liberal serving a red state.

Akin ended his Senate chances, but nobody is ending his career. We can still support him, he can still vote for us; but we must have at least a glimmer of self-awareness and pragmatism at critical junctures like 2012.

Congressman Akin: Continue to fight the good fight. But please exercise honor and wisdom at this critical time, and be content where you are. Do not live in denial when you will not suffer the loss all by yourself. Do not, in blind ambition, anger, or indignancy, risk crippling the very causes you support. Do not deny what is obviously true simply because it hurts to face withdrawal. You are bigger than this Senate race, and your causes even bigger still. Please allow us to win this Senate seat in your stead.

May wisdom overtake ambition, and good sense overtake wounded emotions. We will still root for you as you legislate from the House.

44 posted on 08/25/2012 7:55:04 PM PDT by TitansAFC (Nice job, Rick Santorum. Mission Accomplished! Grrrrrrrrrr.......................)
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To: kathsua
Todd Aiken? Perhaps you are referring to Senator George Aiken (R-Vt.), but he declined to run for re-election in 1974.
45 posted on 08/25/2012 7:56:29 PM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: svcw
What is it post #3 that you find ignorant? Or did it surprise you that someone pointed out that Romney is a supporter of abortion? ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ No, but, because she said all RINO's support abortion. That may or may not be so. Romney changed his mind on that and does not support abortion. Also, what is her (and your) definition of a RINO? I know what the letters stand for but what is her and your definition of a RINO?

Also she said: Akin stands in their way...
Oh really? Well, since he's such a powerful force to deal with, and he's been in Congress 12 years. How come we still have abortion? Pray tell; how is he standing in their way. Abortion is still legal?

He reminds them of what American Exceptionalosm really is...
Exceptional at what? Making a dumb ass out of yourself before the entire world is American Exceptionalism?

He reminds them just what a man is...
Bulls**t. His wife wears the pants in his house. He and his aides were planning last Monday to withdraw on Tuesday and his wife stepped in and stopped it. Guess she slapped his skinny ass.
46 posted on 08/25/2012 7:56:54 PM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: kathsua
Why Aiken Should not Back Down

So that Claire McCaskill can be Senator for another six years?

47 posted on 08/25/2012 7:59:00 PM PDT by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: scooby321
Even Bob Torricelli fell on his sword.

Unfortunately Akin appears to be going nowhere. What I can't understand is those who want him to stay in. They claim he's such a strong conservative. Yeah, we know. But he's so toxic. And last time I checked we can't control the narrative of the liberal media. They will run with this 24/7 and attempt to tie every Republican to Akin.

With the way the media is set up, we need articulate persuasive conservatives (i.e. Palin, Rubio, Ryan, Ted Cruz, etc) to talk above the media. Not a 65 yo back bencher who thought (up until 5 days ago) a raped woman "had a way to shut that whole thing down."
48 posted on 08/25/2012 8:00:53 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: newheart
Akin should definitely take a lesson from that.

I knew that Akin's wording would blow up in a big way, and because there were two reasonable conservatives to take his spot on the ticket, I thought he should have stepped aside.

Two things happened. The deadline for an uncomplicated withdrawal was very close. Even in far worse cases (Weiner, Jack Ryan, Spitzer, Craig, Foley, Sanford, Edwards), none of these guys EVER steps down immediately (Livingston might be an exception). Guys who "misspoke" also take a awhile (Trent Lott). They have some ego, because they are in the business; for a candidate, it may be the culmination of decades of work. You cannot take the race car and throw in reverse immediately.

And only a few days later, RINO names get floated as a replacement! That can be taken as partial vindication of Akin's position.

So, all the King's horses and men decided to pound Akin to get the quick withdrawal. What they didn't have was a PLAN B for if he said "No." At this point, more of this kind of pressure is ineffective and even may be counterproductive, except for those candidates who feel it necessary to put some distance between themselves and Akin.

Saying Akin should withdraw at this point is no more useful than saying Romney should withdraw, even though finding Republicans with greater likeability and qualifications would not be hard (we could start with Paul Ryan, for instance).

Akin's big hope is that he is running against Claire McCaskill. If an outside PAC put the pressure on her, and if Romney could win MO by 6+, Akin could get in on coattails, even allowing for those who decided he is too stupid/incompetent/insensitive to be Senator.

It is not the ideal situation, but it is the best one available if Akin won't step down.
49 posted on 08/25/2012 8:01:46 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I love to watch you talk talk talk, but I hate what I hear you say."-Del Shannon)
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And last time I checked we can’t control the narrative of the liberal media. They will run with this 24/7 and attempt to tie every Republican to Akin.
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We can certainly control the leftist narrative by laughing at it, ignoring it, and changing the subject. Stop being Alinskyed.


50 posted on 08/25/2012 8:03:46 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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