After Rep. Todd Akin Ill Advised Comments on Rape, Mitt Romney, the GOP and Sean Hannity Ask Him to Step Down as Republican Senate Candidate in Missouri
What a difference a couple of days makes. Todd Akin as gone from almost a sure thing in Missouri to unseat the incumbent and one of the most vulnerable Democrat Senators Claire McCaskill to making one of he most ill-advised comments and then following it up with an even weaker response to his disastrous rape comment … Akin now being asked by pretty much the entire GOP to step down.
Representative Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for senator from Missouri, became nationally notorious yesterday for saying something stupid. In the course of explaining why he believes abortion should be illegal even when pregnancies result from rape, he said that in cases of “legitimate rape” the victim’s body has defense mechanisms that usually prevent pregnancy.
Give the man points for concision, at least: His remarks combined several mistakes with brutal efficiency. There is no evidence for Akin’s biological claim. The frequency with which rape results in pregnancy has no bearing on whether abortion should be allowed when it does. And while it is not completely clear what point Akin was trying to make with the phrase, “legitimate rape” should not appear in any good one.
Sorry, although I think some of his comments were taken a bit out of context, I to believe that Akin must step down and make way for some one else who can actually win the Senate seat for the GOP. Personally, I cannot believe that a conservative with this view was not able to properly and effectively communicate their views. What, did Akin think the MSM was going to give him a pass? At this point Akin is damaged goods and must step down for as Fox News Sean Hannity stated to Akin,You know you could cost us the Senate, right? This is not about one person, their ego and their inability to not communicate their position.This election and the potential Republicans taking back the US Senate is too important.
Via BuzzFeed, it’s important that people like Hannity, Coulter, and the boss emeritus are leaning on this guy too, not just Romney and Reince Priebus. Without pressure from all-stars on the right, he can dig in and turn it into a “weak-ass establishment RINOs are selling me out to the Democrats” populist attack on D.C. Republicans.
According to TPM, Todd Akin’s advisers make preparations to withdrawal tomorrow