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AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW? (return of Sarah Steelman?)
Breitbart/Big Government ^ | 8-20-2012 | Mike Flynn

Posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:24 PM PDT by smoothsailing

August 20, 2012

AKIN WILL WITHDRAW: WHAT HAPPENS NOW?

Mike Flynn

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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.

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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....

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; mccaskill; missouri; mo2012; palin; rape; sarahsteelman; steelman; toddakin
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1 posted on 08/20/2012 8:56:30 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
No .
2 posted on 08/20/2012 8:58:43 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: smoothsailing

Is this definite? There seems to be conflicting reports.


3 posted on 08/20/2012 8:58:54 PM PDT by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Bratch

YES!


4 posted on 08/20/2012 9:00:50 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: humblegunner

They’s makin’ samiches!


5 posted on 08/20/2012 9:01:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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To: Repeal 16-17

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.


6 posted on 08/20/2012 9:02:09 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: smoothsailing

“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.


7 posted on 08/20/2012 9:02:21 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! Don’t get him too excited.


8 posted on 08/20/2012 9:07:31 PM PDT by Moorings
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To: Bratch
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. One can readily imagine a deal where Wagner gets the nod to run for Senate and Akin gets to nod to reclaim his old House seat. A grand bargain for the Grand Old Party.

GOP BS, this would stink to high heaven.

9 posted on 08/20/2012 9:08:58 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“They’s makin’ samiches!”

LOL, you’re cute, you sound so excited! Like my family! Sammys are good!


10 posted on 08/20/2012 9:09:20 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Moorings
If they poll hom tonight

I am sure they polled replacements

11 posted on 08/20/2012 9:10:05 PM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: smoothsailing

AKIN WILL WITHDRAW...
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I hope so, but how does Mike Flynn know this? Is this just a hunch?


12 posted on 08/20/2012 9:10:39 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: smoothsailing

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)?


13 posted on 08/20/2012 9:10:43 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I was WONDERing what they were doing.


14 posted on 08/20/2012 9:11:04 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: smoothsailing

Gosh darn, I hope the author is right. The guy needs to move on.


15 posted on 08/20/2012 9:11:59 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: nicmarlo

It’s a “smoke filled room” that decides these things.


16 posted on 08/20/2012 9:12:33 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Election night is 76 days away.)
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To: nicmarlo

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.


17 posted on 08/20/2012 9:13:36 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: smoothsailing
JMO, I believe Akin should step down because this doesn't look like it's going away. The RATS are all over it and they'll stay on it to the election and McCaskill probably will be reelected, that's not an option at all.

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.

18 posted on 08/20/2012 9:14:02 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: nicmarlo
After Akin withdraws the decision to name a replacement falls to the 15 members of the state GOP central committee.
19 posted on 08/20/2012 9:18:12 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: newzjunkey
It’s a “smoke filled room” that decides these things.

Figuratively speaking of course. It is a smoke filled area out some back door where the smoking gets done these days.

20 posted on 08/20/2012 9:18:40 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Man! I love sammitches!


21 posted on 08/20/2012 9:19:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

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.


22 posted on 08/20/2012 9:21:49 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
Speculation is currently focused on two candidates Akin defeated in the recent GOP primary; businessman Jim Brunner and former State Treasurer Sarah Steelman. . . .

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.

23 posted on 08/20/2012 9:26:33 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: smoothsailing

“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.


24 posted on 08/20/2012 9:26:59 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: jazusamo

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.

GO SARAH!

(But what do I know, I vote in PA)


25 posted on 08/20/2012 9:31:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

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.


26 posted on 08/20/2012 9:32:30 PM PDT by Radiarm
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To: smoothsailing

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.


27 posted on 08/20/2012 9:35:06 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: Radiarm
That’s one seat saved with some minor damage to the party’s image.

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.

28 posted on 08/20/2012 9:35:28 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

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.


29 posted on 08/20/2012 9:43:11 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Bratch
Here's my prediction: Ann Wagner will be the replacement for Todd Akin. Mark it down and congratulate me when I'm proven right. ;^)

(Now watch, it will be Kit Bond or Tom Schweich.)

30 posted on 08/20/2012 9:43:25 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: Charles Henrickson
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.

31 posted on 08/20/2012 10:04:30 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Charles Henrickson

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.


32 posted on 08/20/2012 10:12:26 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: PhxTM06
Here's how I would rate the chances of these persons being chosen as the replacement for Akin:

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%

33 posted on 08/20/2012 10:36:28 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (St. Louis County, Missouri)
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To: smoothsailing
After Akin withdraws the decision to name a replacement falls to the 15 members of the state GOP central committee.
They can't make someone run, they can only ask someone to run. This could come down to her having no opponent at all and then what? The seat is lost without a fight at all.

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!

34 posted on 08/21/2012 12:12:13 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Charles Henrickson

You forgot one.

10. Barack Obama, -100%


35 posted on 08/21/2012 12:23:15 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“They’s makin’ samiches!”

Looks on pulled pork on Wonder Bread


37 posted on 08/21/2012 2:41:30 AM PDT by dennisw (Government be yo mamma - Re-elect Barack Obama)
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To: dennisw

Democrats and Claire will cry foul that is one thing you can bet on


38 posted on 08/21/2012 2:51:28 AM PDT by scooby321 (AMS)
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To: Bratch

Yes. Steelman would be a fence mender.


39 posted on 08/21/2012 4:11:05 AM PDT by soycd
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To: jazusamo

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.


40 posted on 08/21/2012 4:17:38 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: Charles Henrickson
9. Alan Keyes 0.0%

Well played.

41 posted on 08/21/2012 4:21:50 AM PDT by Skulllspitter
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To: Charles Henrickson
Here's my prediction: Ann Wagner will be the replacement for Todd Akin. Mark it down and congratulate me when I'm proven right. ;^)

Will that be in more or less than 24 "business hours"?

42 posted on 08/21/2012 4:30:21 AM PDT by kevkrom (Those in a rush to trample the Constitution seem to forget that it is the source of their authority.)
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To: smoothsailing

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.


43 posted on 08/21/2012 4:55:55 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: smoothsailing
His supporters claim he will stay in the race because he views his candidacy as "providential"...

Huh? Does Akin believe God told him to run? If so, then he better notice that God is loudly YELLING at him to withdraw.

44 posted on 08/21/2012 4:59:40 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: LS; jazusamo

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.


45 posted on 08/21/2012 5:00:06 AM PDT by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: smoothsailing

YES! Did she place 2nd in that primary? If so, she would be the obvious choice. I can hope.


46 posted on 08/21/2012 5:00:17 AM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: PJ-Comix

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.


47 posted on 08/21/2012 5:01:42 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SueRae

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.


48 posted on 08/21/2012 5:02:48 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: smoothsailing

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.


49 posted on 08/21/2012 5:04:54 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Charles Henrickson
Perhaps it's my fervid imagination but doesn't Akin look like he could be the brother of Exeter from "This Island Earth?"


50 posted on 08/21/2012 5:10:54 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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