Will Todd Akin Hurt Romney’s Election Chances?

On Sean Hannity’s radio program on Thursday, Senate hopeful Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin responded to Mitt Romney’s suggestion that he drop out of the Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill.

“Let me just ask you this: If you were in Romney’s position, don’t you think that he may have…made a bigger deal about it than he needed to? Why couldn’t he run his race and I run mine?”

He seems to suggest that Romney wants him out of the race for his own political gain. But of course Romney and all his supporters want Akin out of the race for political gain, just as Akin wants to stay in the race for political gain. The difference is that Romney’s political gain means the rescuing of the country, whereas Akin’s political gain (staying in the race) means we lose an extra Senate seat.

That Akin arrived at this political-gain theory shows that he does understand the potential ramifications on the presidential race if he does not drop out.

So why wouldn’t someone drop out of a political race when he fully understands the detriment his staying in could very easily have towards the cause of removing Barack Obama from office?

Democratic organizations contributed upwards of $2 million dollars to Akin’s primary campaign against the other Republican nominees because the Democrats saw him as the easiest candidate for McCaskill to beat. And the idea that Akin may now be getting paid by Democrats to stay in the race has been lightly flirted with before, but that possibility seems to be more and more of a likelihood as this controversy continues.

At this point, he needs to drop out not only because he makes stupid comments that play right into the Democratic narrative, but because he has put his political desires above the needs of the country.