Maybe so. But what about beyond MO. Remember how Mark Foley impacted the entire national scene. Akin could as well. Foley may have been re-elected had he run again and won-who knows. But he would be sitting there in Congress with a bull's eye on his head. Same will happen with Akin if he wins. We don't need that.
Closest thing in recent years I can compare this to is George Allen's "macaca" remark. But that was in VA where the WaPo has its clout, and I think it was closer to the election in timing. It hurt Allen in a close race, but that was a 'Rat year nationally. Missouri has no equivalent to the WaPo. And most importantly, abortion is not on the radar screen nationally this year.
No, the drive-bys will have a field day with Akin for a couple of days, but the GOP National Convention will knock it out of the headlines next week.