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
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I didn't derail Akins' campaign, he managed to do that himself. That's not being anti-anyone. That is stating simple fact. And if that annoys you then deal with it.
Translation - internal polls are starting to show that Akin is not getting blown out like the GOP-e feared and has a very good chance of still winning so they will now throw some money his way so they can claim to have helped secure the victory.
I am from Missouri and I don’t think he can win. The level of enthusiasm for him is pretty much nil.
Good news for Akin!
I am sure the PhonyCons who want him out will have some spin on this news....oh well, Claire still loves ya
The GOP was stupid trying to force Akin out...he won the primary, and the GOPe candidate finished THIRD. Who was the GOP going to replace Akin with?
Good that Newt Gingrich is going up to MO to help fundraise.
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.
As good as she is on the issues, Palin makes some bad political support choices
Of course, she supported Hanoi John McCain in 2010..when we had a good chance to unseat him in the primary
She supported another Pro-Amnesty Liberal Arizonan, Jeff Flake, for GOP Senate run for Jon Kyl’s seat ....Flake is so bad on Border/National Security he worked w Democrat Luis Gonzalez (one of the most Hispano Racist House members) to pass an Illegal Alien Amnesty bill
And, in Missouri, she supported Sarah Steelman, who actually had most of the GOPe insider support...more than both Brunner and Akin had COMBINED. The only GOP Insider support she did not have was the Chamber of Commerce (which supported Brunner)
Look Newbie..this is not the only fundraiser Akin will have and hopefully the gop will get on board after today’s debate. Akin apologized for his comment and it was not as bad as introducing socialized medicine into the USA or supporting homosexuals serving openly in the military as another prominent republican has done and if you want to eliminate candidates due to gaffes...I can give you a list that should be gone. Thank God you don’t live in this state.
He knew who Todd Akin was. And I don’t care that he’s not involved in funding decisions. Maybe at their next meeting, when they’re asked why money’s not coming in, he’ll pass along the message that repuplicans are not happy with the worthless candidates that the RNC and the RNSC chooses to fund. It’s the only voice I have and since I own the phone they choose to call, they’re going to hear what I have to say.
You don’t think democrats are 55% in Mass.?
Maybe this skewed polls stuff has gone a bridge too far.
Want a list?
Santorum said Akin is a good man that made a dumb comment but he thinks Akin should stay in. http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/08/28/santorum-defends-good-man-todd-akin/
About time these pussies grew a spine. Nothing is more stupid than GOP on hot button topics. They need to ignore them and continue to talk about what they stand for.
She already backs a Todd, her husband. She got this right.
Akin deserves no apology. He's an arrogant nutcase obsessed with becoming senator without regard to cause or country.
Should Akin fail and the senate is lost, will his fanatical Freepers admit they were wrong? Nope. It'll be blamed on the "GOPe" or some Rovian conspiracy because Akin's so clearly blameless... just like Obama.
“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.”
The fading “Akin effect” is the result of other Republican candidates being able to politically disassociate themselves from the fallout, as a result of the party’s refusal to openly finance his campaign.
Liz Warren (from last night’s debate): “This really may be the race for control of the United States Senate, not just about Senator Brown’s vote — it’s about all the Republicans.”
If the GOP openly funds Akin, candidates such as Liawatha will produce more ads linking him to their Republican opponents, thus undermining female and independent support for Republicans in other close races.
Bravo FR_addict;) one of the greatest causes ever. Not only would it be a sweet victory to beat McCaskill but to show the gop e that we want to be heard and we want conservatives not rino’s to win.
I agree. She also supported Carly Fiorina over Chuck Devore, and she will not shut up about what a great leader John McCain is. Her endorsements have no credibility with me anymore, if she keeps screwing up she is going to lose her ability to help the good guys as much as she has in the past.
...this is not the only fundraiser Akin will have and hopefully the gop will get on board after todays debate.
Fair enough. When is his next announced fundraiser? This week? Next week?
Thank God you dont live in this state.
I thank God I don't live in Missouri too.
While that's clear to Akin, unfortunately, it is not always clear to Christian conservatives. Over the years, this website has seen lots of attacks on Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and other prominent Christian conservatives as so-called “Christian socialists.” Unfortunately, some of those attacks on SoCons by economic conservatives and national defense conservatives have been legitimate, and as a strong social conservative, I need to admit that. We need to get our own house in order.
Over on a different website, I've been having an argument with some fellow Calvinists who appear to have been seduced by political liberalism in graduate school. One of them is the son of a well-known Reformed minister who helped lead the secession from the Christian Reformed Church. He's actually writing a doctoral dissertation claiming that John Calvin held views on politics and on economics which fly in the face of the last two hundred years of secular evaluations of the role of the “Protestant Work Ethic” and the rise of capitalism.
That website’s most recent thread is focusing on Christian views of private property, and he's advocating a position which would be unrecognizable to most Protestant evangelicals, though it definitely does have roots in the church of the Middle Ages. Who would have thought that I would have to be defending basic Christian principles of private property rights to a man who is otherwise a solid conservative on principles of Reformed theology?
Unfortunately, as evangelical Christians, we have not always done a good job of teaching Christian principles to our next generation of young evangelicals, and we are reaping the bad fruit of the seeds we have sown.