Skip to comments.AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? (return of Sarah Steelman?)
Posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing
August 20, 2012
At some point before 5pm CDT tomorrow, Akin will file papers to formally withdraw his name from the ballot. I realize today Akin was defiant and said he wasn't a "quitter." His supporters claim he will stay in the race because he views his candidacy as "providential", but this is just the bluster before the end. Everyone is entitled to 24 hours to try to right their ship, but Akin did nothing today to cauterize the wound. When Reince Priebus, Ann Coulter, NRSC and Tea Party Express are all united in saying you should quit, you've pretty much run out of options.
After Akin withdraws the decision to name a replacement falls to the 15 members of the state GOP central committee. Speculation is currently focused on two candidates Akin defeated in the recent GOP primary; businessman Jim Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman.
Brunner had the backing of many GOP insiders because of his ability to partially self-fund his race. Steelman had the backing of Sarah Palin. They both lost to Akin in large part because Sen. McCaskill ran a lot of ads "attacking" him for being too conservative. (Think of it as a Republican dog-whistle.) Among the two, Steelman probably has the edge as the GOP may want to put the Akin debacle to rest by nominating a woman. It is also expected that Palin would campaign aggressively for Steelman, which would be helpful as 2012 is turning out to be a base election....
(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...
Is this definite? There seems to be conflicting reports.
They’s makin’ samiches!
At this point, if he doesn’t withdraw from the race, he’s an a####le straight up. His funding is gone, his lead in the polls is over, he’s guaranteed to lose should he decide to ride it out, there are no positives in that situation. Now if he stands down, he gets looked at like he did a good deed, gets to try and rehabilitate his image and maybe give politics another shot in 2 years.
But he has to stand down, if not, here comes Senator McCaskill for another 6 years.
“At some point before 5pm CDT tomorrow, Akin will file papers to formally withdraw his name from the ballot. I realize today Akin was defiant and said he wasn’t a “quitter.””
Don’t forget all the staff that worked on his campaign and will now be out on their own. He owed it to his staff at the very least to not say “Poof! Goodbye!” after all their hard work for him.
LOL! Don’t get him too excited.
GOP BS, this would stink to high heaven.
“Theys makin samiches!”
LOL, you’re cute, you sound so excited! Like my family! Sammys are good!
I am sure they polled replacements
AKIN WILL WITHDRAW...
I hope so, but how does Mike Flynn know this? Is this just a hunch?
Wouldn’t the person who got 2nd place be the person next considered as the ‘winner’? Or do the winners have to have a certain percentage to win, even in the event of a disqualification (or other reason such as this)?
I was WONDERing what they were doing.
Gosh darn, I hope the author is right. The guy needs to move on.
It’s a “smoke filled room” that decides these things.
How the other candidates did in the Primary has nothing to do with it. The 15 Members of the Missouri GOP Committee will choose a candidate to fill the slot. They can pick Joe Kowalski in Podunk, Missouri if they want to.
Sarah Steelman should be the candidate if for no other reason than Brunner is the pick of the GOPe.
Sarah has the backing of Sarah and that will beat McCaskill.
Figuratively speaking of course. It is a smoke filled area out some back door where the smoking gets done these days.
Man! I love sammitches!
It’s a hunch, but it’s obvious. If Akin doesn’t withdraw, he will be reviled for the remainder of his life. He’s a pol, he knows what he has to do.
I'm thinking now it won't be either Brunner or Steelman. I'm thinking either Ann Wagner, current candidate for Akin's House seat (my district), or Kit Bond, consistent statewide winner, two-time governor, four-time senator, recently retired (but 73 now).
BTW, it's JOHN Brunner not "Jim."
Among the two, Steelman probably has the edge as the GOP may want to put the Akin debacle to rest by nominating a woman.
The same could be accomplished by running Ann Wagner.
Steelman finished third in the primary, and she is not all that popular in state Republican circles. She hasn't always been a very good team player.
“GOP officials are considering Jim Talent, State Auditor Tom Schweich and John Brunner, who came in second behind Akin in the Republican primary.”
Talent says “it ain’t me babe”, so could be one of the other two, or whoever else from the GOP-E is rattling around the back of the GOP of Missouri’s closet.
Akin is toast, no doubt about it. He’ll step down.
Sarah Steelman is the best choice, IMO. A strong conservative woman can pound McCaskill relentlessly and McCaskill can’t whine sexism or male chauvanist pigism or whatever she would yell at a male candidate.
(But what do I know, I vote in PA)
Phew! That’s one seat saved with some minor damage to the party’s image. Not so bad. Now back to your casket, McCatskull. You’re still a dead candidate.
Thank you Mr. Akin for doing the right thing.
I think Ann Wagner would have a better chance of beating McCaskill. If I were a betting man, I’d put my money on Wagner being the replacement.
Hopefully it's saved. I wouldn't think the party's image would be damaged at all, as the public sees them repudiating and replacing Akin.
CH, I’ll certainly defer to you, a native, over any out-of-state journalist or freeper. I like Steelman because Palin puts so much stock in her, but I suppose just about anyone is better than Akin at this point.
(Now watch, it will be Kit Bond or Tom Schweich.)
Steelman finished third in the primary, and she is not all that popular in state Republican circles. She hasn't always been a very good team player.I suspect that's one of the attributes that attracted Sarah Palin.
She's made a living swimming against the tide.
Would happily approve of Wagner. Plus that district is pretty GOP-favorable so an alternate candidate could be found, heck maybe Akin himself for his old seat although I’d prefer he stay off any ballot this year.
1. Ann Wagner 55%
2. Kit Bond 15%
3. Tom Schweich 10%
4. John Brunner 8%
5. Sarah Steelman 7%
6. Jim Talent 3%
7. John Ashcroft 1.5%
8. John Danforth 0.5%
9. Alan Keyes 0.0%
Former Sen. Jim Talent, who lost to McCaskill in 2006, has already announced he won't seek the nomination.
That's one "recommendation" down.
Other names being floated include former Sen. John Ashcroft and former Ambassador Ann Wagner. Wagner is the current GOP candidate to replace Akin in the House.
And if Wagner accepts who is going to volunteer to take her place?
What a year!
You forgot one.
10. Barack Obama, -100%
“Theys makin samiches!”
Looks on pulled pork on Wonder Bread
Democrats and Claire will cry foul that is one thing you can bet on
Yes. Steelman would be a fence mender.
Well, who came in second in the primaries? That should decide it, period. If that’s Brunner, fine. If Steelman fine. But it’ simply a travesty to put in anyone who didn’t win the most votes, regardless of who endorsed him or her.
Will that be in more or less than 24 "business hours"?
The FUnniest thing is that not only did McCaskill attempt to get Akin to win the primary but yesterday she sounded soooooo forgiving of Akin. Yeah, right. She just wants him to stay in. Of course, later she would be slamming him big time.
Huh? Does Akin believe God told him to run? If so, then he better notice that God is loudly YELLING at him to withdraw.
It should go by votes. If first place is disqualified, it should go to second place. If second place can’t or doesn’t want it, it should go to third and so on and so on.
YES! Did she place 2nd in that primary? If so, she would be the obvious choice. I can hope.
IF that doesn’t tell you right there, when your OPPONENT is defending you against your big ole mean PARTY, what the hell do you THINK is gonna happen??? Please GOD this is true and he has people on the phone/at his door demanding 24-7 that he GET OUT.
she was third in the primary, but it was close all the way around and it seems essential that they put a woman in to neutralize all the ugliness that Akin created with his comment.
Picking Brunner or Steelman will just piss off the supporters of the one not selected and fracture the party. I expect that the Missouri GOP will pick someone else.