GOP May Lose Missouri Senate Seat Over Akin Rape Remark

It has been bouncing around all of the media outlets for the past 48 hours, so you’ve probably heard the gist of it by now. But in summation: Rep. Todd Akin is a pro-life Republican now running for the Senate in hopes of unseating Democrat Claire McCaskill. Akin made a comment about pregnancies rarely ever occurring from, as he put it, “legitimate rape.” Shortly thereafter the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse swept down from the sky amidst continent-swallowing earthquakes and a barrage of flaming meteors, bringing with them the end of the world.

What Akin was trying to articulate was that less than one percent of abortions take place because of rape. Whether this belief of his is true (some sources agree with him while others go as high as 5 percent), that is all he was trying to say. It was not his intention to imply that some rapes are not “rape-rape,” as Whoopi Goldberg would call it, but, unfortunately, that is what he implied. While what he said may have been true, it was about as stupid a thing a Senate hopeful could have said in a race against a woman during a political season in which the Democrats have managed to convince some voters that the Republicans have been waging a “war on women.”

This is why Akin needs to drop out of the race. At the time of this writing, although some high-profile Republicans have called for his exiting the race, including Sean Hannity, Akin says he intends to stick it out. “I’m not a quitter,” he says, “and my belief is we’re going to take this thing forward.”

There are four potential scenarios that could play out now:

  1. Akin drops out, a replacement is found, and the replacement loses
  2. Akin drops out, a replacement is found, and the replacement wins
  3. Akin stays and loses the election
  4. Akin stays and wins the election

In scenario 1, we lose a senate seat after we did all that we could. This is better than losing with the knowledge that we could have done more to ensure victory.

Scenario 2 is obviously the best outcome. The GOP can’t be smeared that we allowed a “woman-hater” to represent us, and we gain a Senate seat. And for a trifecta, no more Claire McCaskill.

Scenario 3 is probably seen by most as the worst of the outcomes, but such a scenario — Akin’s losing — means that Republican voters did not vote for the “pro-rape” guy and therefore they can’t be smeared. The downside, of course, is that McCaskill remains in office. A price to pay, to be sure.

Scenario 4 — Akin staying and winning — is, I believe, the worst possible outcome. If Akin stays, his persistence will continue to give ammunition to the Democrats. And when he wins, his mere existence in the Senate will be the “proof” the Democrats have long been seeking in order to continue their perpetuation of the myth that Republicans are bad for women. “The GOP didn’t make Akin drop out! The GOP agrees with Akin! Hide your daughters, hide your mothers, vote Democrat!” Not to mention the potentially disastrous effect his continued campaigning could have on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, an election in which we need as many women voters as we can get.

So, Rep. Akin, for the sake of the country, stop. Drop out. In fact, don’t just drop out, but leave the House of Representatives too. As long as you’re around, you’re giving at least some credence to the Democrats’ slander, and that is a liability we as a country just can’t afford.








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  • Bob in Florida

    So now all the Democrats have to do, in any race they choose, is to make thinly supported allegations and the Republicans are just supposed to fold their campaigns and slink off into obscurity.
    The fact that so many Republican leaders are calling for Rep Akin to capitulate is showing exactly what the conservative voters are worried about. Republican leadership without enough spine to stand by their principles!
    The Republican leadership still hasn’t gotten the message – the conservative ‘previously-silent majority’ have to make their demands known. We need to make sure to get more principled candidates into office to push the leadership in the direction we want them to move.

  • GilbertDavis

    Aiken stays in , wins the election and rinos eat it . I am sick of fake chrstians like Obama, Biden Romney and Ryan. Use convention rule #38 and draft Mike Huckabee for the republican nomination . Huck for President !!!!!

  • JoDunn

    All the so called hot shots of the Republician party are calling for this guy’s scalp for the “good of the party” ! I purpose to you that it’s this sort of attitude that has put us where we are today ! You see the “good of the party” is certainly not necessarily for the good of We the people or We the people, the general public wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in ! Do the House Rep’s and/or the Senators have much to worry about in their financial futures ? NO ! They write their own checks …. we can’t. They write their own laws … we can’t ! And it’s all for We the people’s good, don’t you know ! Mr. Akin is just a symptom of the real problem.
    I believe many of the newly elected people get elected to the House and/or the Senate and actually go there with the intent of doing some good for We the people who sent them in the first place. After the first three months of so and the excitement wares of and they see that if they don’t play ball with the powers that be “we’ll make sure your funds get cut off and you don’t get re-elected” get as they did in this case. Do it our way or else ! The Democrats just roll with stuff like this because they are ruthless and play to win ! They put their finger up in the Republicians’ face everyday and dare them to whine ! The most refreshing group of new members are the Tea Party folks who got voted in in 2010 … to my knowledge they have done next to nothing to shy away from the principles that got them elected ! Mr. Akins has a tough fight ahead …God speed !

  • blinkin357

    Akin has so much to offer our country right now. His statement was blown out-of-proportion as a diversion by Democrats to keep control of the Senate. If that happens, the country will surely sink into bankruptcy with continued massive spending. Recovery is what we need right now and a Democratic Senate will not allow reduced spending.

  • 44rd11

    Then Missourian’s are blind and like Obama and the socialist democrats that control the senate. Such outrage – no wonder the Republicans are third party losers.

  • G W

    We the people don’t need Akin in order to win the Missouri Senate Seat. The man “mis-spoke” one time and the liberals are attempting to make a national issue of it, whereas their illegal POTUS Obama lies to the American People every time his lips are moving. I believe that today anybody including Akin can run against the Demo-Socialist Party and kick their butts because this election will prove the liberal / communist press has been greatly surpressing the news regarding a seething American publics anger against the Democratic Party in general. IF Obama and the Democrats manage to cheat their way back into power? I am thinking the class warfare Obama has started may turn revolutionary?

  • dagoof

    Stop running scared of the Democrats and the Media.

    We all know what this man meant.

  • Barney

    Rapist are no doubt weak and immoral. How many girls prey upon that by their immoral dress and acts and then put all the blame on the rapist? I would call that illigitamate rape. All rapes are the result of the depraved spiritual condition of our nation