Discussion: Should Todd Akin withdraw tomorrow?

Posted by: ST on August 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm

This whole story is just depressing as heck.    There is no question what Akin said was stupid and inexcusable, but as I said on Twitter earlier today, watching Dems fundraise, demagogue, & smear others off of it is far worse – IMO.

On both my Twitter and Facebook accounts, the “he must go” votes have the edge, but some are  holding strong and saying he should stay – that he could still beat McCaskill.  I’ve read that the national GOP has pulled funding from the race and he is losing support from PACs, etc, so if he stays in he will have an uphill climb both from a fundraising standpoint as well as a PR standpoint. The MSM, Democrats, and the like will use his remarks to reignite the bogus “war on women” argument, taking the focus off of the economy – which is the central issue in this year’s election.

I don’t have a definitive opinion on this just yet. I’m torn.   I see both sides. We need control of the Senate, yes, but would him dropping out make it more likely we could snag McCaskill’s seat? I don’t know enough about that race to say.  OTOH, is he really “worse” than McCaskill? I don’t think so.

Sources say that Akin advisers are making preparations for him to withdraw tomorrow. What do you think he should do?

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15 Responses to “Discussion: Should Todd Akin withdraw tomorrow?”


  1. Phineas says:

    I agree with Ace. He should withdraw for the good of country and party.

  2. Max Twelvetrees says:

    He needs to go.

  3. Kurt says:

    He should withdraw. Mark Levin had a great statement about the whole matter here. Republicans don’t need to give the left any ammunition for their “war on women” nonsense. The party leadership has made it clear they don’t support him; now he needs to fall in line for the good of the country and get out. Then they can run Sarah Steelman in his place.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Kurt makes a good point. If Akin stays in, it feeds the Dems’ “War on Women” distraction, and this year’s election must be about the important issues like the economy. Kurt’s also right that replacing Akin with Sarah Steelman would defuse that distraction immediately.


    is he really “worse” than McCaskill? I don’t think so.

    Wrong question. The answer is ‘no’ of course, but the right question in this case is “Is he more likely to lose to McCaskill than another candidate, like Steelman or the runner-up in the primary a few weeks ago?” The answer to that one is YES.

  5. Should he withdraw tomorrow? No. Yesterday would not have been soon enough.

  6. gadem says:

    What he said was stupid. This election is going to be close under the best of circumstances so he needs to get out asap before he damages every other November race. And if I were a conspiracy theorist I would wonder if he got some “Chicago” help to win because his opponents KNEW he was a moron. He’s a plant (in more ways than one).

  7. aunt susie says:

    He should withdraw as quickly as possible. What a liability!!! It does not matter that Democrats would be forgiven-the only thing that matters is that Akin will not be forgiven. What he said was outrageous and ridiculous-who would vote for a person who is so stupid or politically dense?

  8. Carlos says:

    What he said was stupid and uninformed. McCaskill is just stupid.

    That being said, the press is much more forgiving about stupid. If it wasn’t, a vast majority of the ignoramouses that inhabit D.C. would have never made it there in the first place.

    And the LSM will never let up on a misstep by a conservative. So go, Mr. Akin, have a long and prosperous life, but leave the politicking to those who 1) understand that conservatives will be portrayed as neanderthals, and 2) paid attention in their sex ed classes, or were curious enough to get the facts on their own from multiple intelligent sources.

  9. arcman46 says:

    We absolutely have to win the Senate and retain the House. Akin needs to fall on his sword, and Steelman needs to replace him.

  10. Tom TB says:

    He should quit immediately. Whoever the runner-up is would have a better chance of making it to the Senate. All he had to say was “It’s a private matter involving the woman and her Physician” and leave it at that.

  11. Bob says:

    Out. Now.

  12. Mr Kimber says:

    Akin is a typical politian. He is interested in the next election…his… not in what is good for the country. What he said is stupid and I wonder how he got to be so old. McCaskill wants to run against him she is rumored to spend over 2mil to help get him the nomination. Believe me there are better trhen Akin to get the Republican nomination.

  13. mudguy says:

    The sooner the better

  14. Akin should stay in the race, and the GOP and its hangers-on should “grow a pair.”