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Akinís Options
The National Review ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Fund

Posted on 08/29/2012 11:44:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

............[Mary Matalin]urged that Akin drop out, to be replaced by Ann Wagner, a former co-chair of the RepublicanNationalCommittee, who is the GOP nominee for Akin’s vacant House seat.

Akin “may be dug in, but he’s not going to have a shovel to continuing digging, because he’s not going to have any money,” Matalin told ABC. “We’re going to win Missouri. Ann Wagner is going to end up being our candidate. The party is going to get Ann Wagner in.”

Wagner aides hotly dispute that their candidate is involved in any negotiations about switching races. But sources close to Akin acknowledge that he is monitoring developments in the race, including campaign donations and his standing in the polls, and that it isn’t out of the question he will change his mind.

Should Akin decide that his sliding poll numbers — he now trails McCaskill by ten points and many of his own supporters want him to exit the race — dictate dropping out, he will certainly want a say in who replaces him. John Brunner, a wealthy businessman, and Sarah Steelman, a former state treasurer, both challenged him in the GOP primary and are viewed as unacceptable by Akin forces. On the other hand, Wagner is respected in the Akin camp and a sufficiently conservative presence to satisfy Tea Party members who are suspicious of anyone the Missouri GOP establishment might anoint.

Should Akin leave the race and be replaced by Wagner, both candidates would have to petition a court to get off the ballot before September 25. But state election laws would allow a swap in which Wagner took Akin’s place and he reclaimed the Republican nomination for his House seat. His current district leans strongly Republican; he would be likely to hold it against a Democratic opponent this fall...........

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TOPICS: Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: akin; akin4oabama; akins; dumpreid; senatecontrol; toddakin; ussenate
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1 posted on 08/29/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yes...Akin needs to man up and get out. And I am a pro life, conservative voter.

Take one for the team, Akin. This isn’t about you.


2 posted on 08/29/2012 11:49:46 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Tulane
And I am a pro life, conservative voter.

Where were you during the presidential primaries then?

3 posted on 08/29/2012 11:51:38 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: EGPWS

And I am a pro life, conservative voter.
Where were you during the presidential primaries then?
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Voting for Santorum. Where were you?


4 posted on 08/29/2012 11:53:25 AM PDT by Tulane
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To: Tulane; EGPWS

This sounds like a good solution.

Obama and Reid must exit in November. We need the Senate.


5 posted on 08/29/2012 11:53:56 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I guess elections don’t mean anything to Republicans, either, if they don’t turn out the way they want.


6 posted on 08/29/2012 11:54:06 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now this is looking less like the reaction to a clumsy answer a week ago and more like an opportunistic GOPe seeking to stick one of their own in Akin’s slot.


7 posted on 08/29/2012 11:54:36 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This election means a lot. That’s why this is such a problem.


8 posted on 08/29/2012 11:55:26 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: EGPWS

Most of us did not vote for Romney and in fact worked hard for some of the good pro-life candidates. As for Missouri, you can thank dem money and voter inertia (he is a six term congress critter) for getting him across the line in a three way race.

The point is that he is doing no good for the anti-abortion cause and no good for the GOP while he blows kisses to himself in the mirror. He needs to go. Fast.


9 posted on 08/29/2012 11:56:28 AM PDT by livius
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Akin “may be dug in, but he’s not going to have a shovel to continuing digging, because he’s not going to have any money,”

That is the handwriting on the wall, coming from a person with deep knowledge of how campaigns work and how critical money is to keep a campaign functioning.

I think you are seeing the first cracks in Akin’s defensive wall.
My opinion, he will be running for his old seat in Nov.


10 posted on 08/29/2012 11:57:00 AM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: Tulane; EGPWS

I would have voted for Santorum, but the presidential primary in Missouri was meaningless, so I didn’t bother to vote.


11 posted on 08/29/2012 11:57:12 AM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: Tulane

“Take one for the team, Akin. This isn’t about you.”

This is not the time to point a bayonet at him. Much more can br accomplished by letting Akin make his move without being cornered.


12 posted on 08/29/2012 12:00:10 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: Tulane

“Take one for the team, Akin. This isn’t about you.”

This is not the time to point a bayonet at him. Much more can br accomplished by letting Akin make his move without being cornered.


13 posted on 08/29/2012 12:00:16 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: Cincinatus' Wife

Sounds like it is the best deal Atkins has left. Going back to his lowly House seat is better than ending up with nothing.


14 posted on 08/29/2012 12:00:21 PM PDT by pallis
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Akin acknowledge that he is monitoring developments in the race, including campaign donations”

How many phone calls do you think McCaskill is making right now to her campaign contributors, telling them to quickly send checks to the Akin campaign to give him a false sense that he has support.


15 posted on 08/29/2012 12:00:21 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: skeeter

I disagree. This is a way to leave Todd Atkin in his house seat and get the Missouri Senate seat, and the Senate for the GOP. We need to work together on this.


16 posted on 08/29/2012 12:00:49 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Tulane

The NRC and Mary Matalin should shut up and stay out of it at this point they are only compounding the damage. I believe Missouri will look at ther choices, a Conservative who may mispeak but has a very good voting record on social and fiscal matters or a liberal socialist, an obama apoligist with one of the most liberal fiscal and social records in the Senate. He has some of my money, what I would have given the NRC. His website is easy to find and he does take donations.


17 posted on 08/29/2012 12:02:25 PM PDT by duffee (Romney 2012, NEWT 2016)
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To: Tulane

He better not. The jerks calling for him to drop out are the same Romney lovers who are ruining the Republican Party. Look the guy is beating McCaskle according to the latest poll. I know that disappoints you but too bad.


18 posted on 08/29/2012 12:02:47 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

National Review is only about nine days behind Free Republic.

They must have hired more people to monitor us LOL!


19 posted on 08/29/2012 12:02:54 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I was under the impression that the date was already past for Akin to drop out and be replaced anywise...?


20 posted on 08/29/2012 12:03:11 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Science puts you on the moon, atheism puts you in the gulag)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Then theres this: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/08/29/poll-claims-todd-akin-has-re-taken-lead-on-claire-mccaskill/


21 posted on 08/29/2012 12:03:29 PM PDT by pitviper68
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A John Fund (my favorite reporter) bunp!


22 posted on 08/29/2012 12:04:04 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I believe we would have the same result if we’d just stop hammering the guy.


23 posted on 08/29/2012 12:04:21 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
one Akin supporter who is a Missouri delegate told me. “Todd would be treated with dignity and could go back to the House

Now that's a good deal for Akin and the conservative movement! We need Akin's beliefs in the House.

24 posted on 08/29/2012 12:04:44 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Tulane

Akin, should have simply, recognized what he did was suicide this election cycle, stepped aside and could have returned in the future to fight again, instead he refused to recognize a serious temporary wound, and through another act of stupidity (the first being believing that rape victims are less likely to become pregnant due to magical uteruses) turned this temporary serious wound into a mortal one.

Had he stepped aside quickly, laid low, he could have returned in another cycle and kept on trucking politically. Instead he insisted on sticking around and basically become a millstone around the entire party and cause. He’s now without any chance of returning to politics after this election, unless he would miraculously win, which ain’t gonna happen.

I’m a conservative, I’m Pro Life, and if all he was being attacked for was using the term “legitimate rape” I’d defend the guy, but him truly believing rape has a lower incident of pregnancy than consentual sex is beyond ignorant.

And before you fools come out of the woodwork trying to argue stress affects pregnancy, here’s the FACTS.. 1 time sex act whether consentual or forced has the EXACT same statistical chance of leading to pregnancy!!! PERIOD.


25 posted on 08/29/2012 12:04:44 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“This is a way to leave Todd Atkin in his house seat and get the Missouri Senate seat, and the Senate for the GOP. We need to work together on this.”

It seems Akin is beginning o realize the reality of his position..
I don’t think he wants to go down as a pariah within his own party, and go through a political shunning that will isolate him for the rest of his life.
These facts will eventually win out, as will having him have to listen to the MSM/dems drag his name through the mud next week on national TV.


26 posted on 08/29/2012 12:05:11 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

A Missouri poll has Akin back on top today. He has good support from Independents. If the Republicans would stop repudiating him and support him, it appears he could have the best shot at winning this. It will be interesting to see if this shows in other polls next week.


27 posted on 08/29/2012 12:05:46 PM PDT by Ingtar (Everyone complains about the weather, but only Liberals try to legislate it.)
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To: mrsmith

I think Fund is reporting the news (A solution springing from FR?? Could be.). :)


28 posted on 08/29/2012 12:06:38 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: napscoordinator

He better not. The jerks calling for him to drop out are the same Romney lovers who are ruining the Republican Party. Look the guy is beating McCaskle according to the latest poll. I know that disappoints you but too bad.
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What poll are you looking at? Every poll i have seen, except PPP (a Dem outfit) has him down. You can call me a “jerk” or a “Romney lover,” but the fact is this: replace him with a conservative, pro life, woman, and McCaskill loses. Keep him and it is very much in doubt. Why take that chance?


29 posted on 08/29/2012 12:07:50 PM PDT by Tulane
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To: pitviper68

“A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council, a pro-life group”

No bias here. Probably paid for by McCaskill.


30 posted on 08/29/2012 12:07:57 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: Tulane

Why take that chance?

Because he won the primary. We are not a dictatorship where we force people out of running for office. The pressure put on him is unsat. Today the poll shows him 3 points ahead and counting. We have been talking about it all day.


31 posted on 08/29/2012 12:11:02 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: Tulane

There is a poll out there that shows Akin ahead. It’s a group who endorsed the man and were strongly behind them.


32 posted on 08/29/2012 12:12:23 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You know what, Todd, in the real world, if you get fired, you don’t get to pick your replacement.


33 posted on 08/29/2012 12:13:27 PM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: napscoordinator
he won the primary

So did John McCain

34 posted on 08/29/2012 12:13:30 PM PDT by tsowellfan (Voting for Obama/Biden is like purposely swallowing two tapeworms)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Based on other articles I've been reading all I can say about this article is...the spin is in.
35 posted on 08/29/2012 12:16:18 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
Here we go yet again having the Missouri GOP OR the RNC or the MSM telling us who our a candidate will be. There are committee men and women who are supposed to "pick" a candiate but I am glad they have done our homework for us! FURNC.
36 posted on 08/29/2012 12:17:53 PM PDT by elephant
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To: WILLIALAL

You again. Get you get you Dimwit talking points from McCasket today?


37 posted on 08/29/2012 12:21:57 PM PDT by elephant
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To: WILLIALAL
A new poll paid for by the Family Research Council, a pro-life group...

No bias here. Probably paid for by McCaskill.

What? Doesn't it say right there...oh, never mind!

38 posted on 08/29/2012 12:23:22 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ann Wagner recently lost her father. Her daughter was/is hospitalized for a serious illness. Just not sure now if she would go for this position...


39 posted on 08/29/2012 12:23:28 PM PDT by donozark (AKIN AIN'T FAKIN')
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To: Yashcheritsiy

The date for him to have dropped out without a petition has passed.


40 posted on 08/29/2012 12:25:36 PM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: RichInOC

Todd isn’t in the real world. He’s a six term congress critter and hasn’t worked in the real world for many a long year. He’s a professional politician, which should have made him unelectable anyway.


41 posted on 08/29/2012 12:27:18 PM PDT by livius
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To: elephant

“You again. Get you get you Dimwit talking points from McCasket today?”

Elephant, good to see you’re back. Always good to talk to someone who has help make Todd Akin the poster boy for the Pro-Life movement.

The MSM/Dems can’t thank you enough.


42 posted on 08/29/2012 12:29:09 PM PDT by WILLIALAL
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To: tsowellfan

So did John McCain

In 2008...so what.


43 posted on 08/29/2012 12:31:59 PM PDT by napscoordinator (2016 U.S. President Rick Santorum gave the best speech at the Convention! Congratulations)
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To: WILLIALAL

Willie, you post with Dim talking points. Were you sent to freerepublic to be a distruptor?


44 posted on 08/29/2012 12:32:53 PM PDT by elephant
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To: elephant

See reply 38. I need say no more.


45 posted on 08/29/2012 12:35:25 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: donozark

From yesterday’s Post-Disgrace:

A spokesman for Wagner strongly denied there was any chance she would replace Akin in the Senate race, calling Matalin’s comments a distraction.


46 posted on 08/29/2012 12:35:44 PM PDT by rwa265 ("This is My Beloved Son, Listen to Him.")
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To: skeeter
Now this is looking less like the reaction to a clumsy answer a week ago and more like an opportunistic GOPe seeking to stick one of their own in Akin’s slot.

Bingo.

47 posted on 08/29/2012 12:35:52 PM PDT by MEGoody (You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And what if Ann Wagner says “No Thank You”.


48 posted on 08/29/2012 12:37:20 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: MEGoody

Ditto.


49 posted on 08/29/2012 12:37:48 PM PDT by elephant
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To: Uncle Chip

I guess we’ll find out soon enough.


50 posted on 08/29/2012 12:38:26 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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