Skip to comments.GOP gives up on trying to push Akin out (Funding may be restored)
Posted on 09/21/2012 2:10:33 AM PDT by Evil Slayer
In about 28 hours, the Republican Party will be, for all intents and purposes, stuck with Todd Akin.
The Missouri Senate candidate has shown no signs of bowing to pressure from the national party to get out of the race after his controversial comment about legitimate rape turned the race on its head.
And though the party initially held out hope that Akin would change his mind at some point over the past month, it now appears that ship has sailed.
The technical deadline for being able to replace Akin on the ballot, if he dropped out, is Tuesday. But because military ballots must be sent by Saturday, the effective drop-dead date is close-of-business Friday. After that point, Akins name would still appear on military and overseas ballots and a replacement nominee would not.
In addition, Akin would need to get a judges permission to withdraw (which could pose problems on such short notice), and he would be responsible for the cost of re-printing any ballots that have already been printed a cost that might be significant.
So really at this point, theres no reason to believe anything will change, and Republicans, after using as much leverage as they could muster, have begun accepting their fate.
God has spoken: Todd is running, said one Missouri Republican strategist, granted anonymity to speak candidly. Our loins are girded.
Shortly after Akins comment blew up, calls for him to exit the race began to snowball. Republicans urged him both publicly and privately to step aside, they pledged to not spend any money on his behalf, and they declared the seat lost if he stayed in the race.
Five current and former former Missouri Republican senators even joined forces in asking Akin to back out.
But aside from some isolated initial
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
I have had a feeling all along that Missourians will remember how Claire sold us out to Obama and do the right thing come Nov. 6th. If Newt targets all his attention to helping Todd in these final days by helping Todd attack the Obama clone (McCaskill), he will win big and give us a true conservative Senator for Missouri.
Live Streaming of Akin/McCaskill debate today Friday at 10:45am CDT
Onward amd Upward! Some good news at last! Thank you, Newt!
Stupid, stupid GOPe!
Late or early, take your pick. LOL
Sarah Palin should retract her early statement for Akin to drop out as well. Sarah jumped the gun on this one. She needs to apologize and start backing Todd. Funding would also help.
...if he loses and it results in two more years of Boss Reid—he will be damned for all time.
Either result will be his personal responsibility alone.
Having said this, GO AKINS! STOMP THAT OBAMA TOOL!
These are not the moves of someone who is about to succumb to the pressure.
Agreed! In fact Sarah hasn’t been doing much of anything recently.
Meanwhile a Tea Party near Pittsburgh the other day had over 500 attendees. Some estimates put it at 800 and that in a heavily democrat/union area.
The article has the tone of a funeral dirge. I call agitprop. The thing that really horrifies the WaCompost is that he might well win the seat in spite of their sage words.
It is becoming easy to see how the “Akin effect” has faded; just look at warren now down 6 vs Brown in Mass. with a sample of 55% Democrats.
“Sarah Palin should retract her early statement for Akin to drop out as well.”
I agree. It’s rare that Sarah makes a political mistake, but I think she did here.
Godspeed, Todd Akin! Todd is on track to win the Missouri Senate seat!
That's not enough to win an election and it sounds like famous last words.
Amazing the things God gets blamed for.
“I agree. Its rare that Sarah makes a political mistake, but I think she did here”
Now she is making personal mistakes as well, saw her on Hannity last night. The dark hair and fake tan weren’t becoming IMO.
This entire episode is ridiculous. If the voters there are too stoopid to know what they want, they get what they deserve. Unfortunately, the rest of the Nation gets that consequence as well.
“Funding would also help.”
I whacked my plastic for Akin on Sunday. Todd Akin, aside from his unfortunate utterance about rape, which by the way, USED TO BE TAUGHT IN SOME NURSING SCHOOLS, is a good man and iron clad pro-life. I’m really pleased to see Newt step up and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with him.
I got a fundraising call yesterday from the NRSC. The guy started on his usual speal about how we need four seats, so I cut him off and asked if the NRSC had started funding Todd Akin’s campaign yet. He said no, and I started yelling at him, telling him how John Cornyn wouldn’t bat an eye to fund Arlen Specter, Charlie Crist, Olympia Snowe, Lisa Murkowski, etc. but Akin was cut off without a cent for saying something stupid. I told him in no uncertain terms to pass the message along that I wanted conservtives to be supported, not worthless moderates, then hung up. It felt really good!