See, Akin thinks that women have the magical ability to stop conception while being raped! Long as the rape is “legitimate,” whatever the hell that means.
I had a conversation this morning with a good friend of mine in the ‘Crisis PR” industry and here’s why he thinks Akin needs to leave the race:
“Prior to Akin’s remarks, the Real Clear Politics polling average had him leading Democrat Claire McCaskill by about 5 points. So it will be interesting to see what impact Akin’s comments on rape will have on his campaign- especially since Romney has been leading in Missouri by a comparable margin and the state has been trending more Republican in recent national elections.
However rape quotes have been a “kiss of death” in the past for other Republican candidates. Clayton Williams lost the 1990 gubernatorial race to Ann Richards, in part, because he likened rape to bad weather and stated, “if it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”
The most damage to Akin may come from leading Republicans disavowing him in the national media- such as the Romney/Ryan campaign and other GOP Senators or Senate candidates in tight races. I doubt that rank and file conservative Republican voters will abandon Akin as a result of his comments, but he will likely take a hit among independent voters who are trending towards Romney, as well as Republican campaign donors who tend to be more “middle of the road.”
The last thing Akin needed in his campaign was a “macaca” moment, which caused George Allen to lose his Senate race in Virginia to Jim Webb in 2006 by only 0.4% of the vote.
Akin has completely opened the door to a whole new line of attacks from the McCaskill campaign, taking him “off message” and moving attention away from her record on the economy and Obamacare.
It goes without saying that McCaskill will hold nothing back in seeking to maximize the damage to Akin’s campaign and reputation.”
That analysis is right on point!
Karl Rove’s SuperPac has pulled $5 million as has the Republican Party Senatorial Committee. That’s $10 million lost in one day, thus far. The Tea Party has abandoned Akin, Ann Coulter has thrown him under the bus and Romney has come right out and
said, “I can’t defend him.”
Mr. Akin has until 5pm tomorrow to get off the ballot so the Republican Party can nominate someone else and have their name placed on the ballot without a court order.
If he sticks around- he may cost Republicans control of the Senate and Mitt Romney the
State of Missouri- and maybe even tilt the election to Barack Obama.
Is his ego worth that kind of “blood on his hands?”