Akin stays in #MOSen race – but all hope is not lost for a GOP takeover of the Senate

In spite of rumors to the contrary reported last night, embattled US House Rep. Todd Akin announced on Mike Huckabee’s radio show earlier today that he was going to stay in the  Senate race after all:

“I believe that we can win this,” Akin said, citing a “tremendous outpouring of support” from individual donors even as party heavyweights freeze him out.

The Republican congressman is facing a 5 p.m. deadline to withdraw — after that, he would need a court order to have his name removed from the ballot.

But Akin rebuffed calls late Monday to step aside and let another Republican candidate take his place. Instead, his campaign released a new ad in which Akin looks into the camera and addresses the controversy surrounding his remarks.

“Rape is an evil act. I used the wrong words in the wrong way and for that I apologize,” he said in the ad. “As the father of two daughters, I want tough justice for predators. I have a compassionate heart for the victims of sexual assault. And I pray for them. The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims.

“The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness,” he said. The video was released after Akin canceled a scheduled television interview Monday night.

Akin’s ad, and claims Monday that he’s “going to stay in,” defied Republican Party leaders who are nervous the controversy could imperil their chances of taking control of the Senate after the November elections. Akin is challenging Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill in a race considered key to a GOP Senate majority come 2013.

A source within the National Republican Senatorial Committee told Fox News that Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Senate GOP campaign arm, already has told Akin that if he stays in the race, the $5 million set aside for the Missouri race will be withdrawn. Cornyn, according to the source, told him the party is concerned his presence in the race could hurt Republicans’ chances of winning the Senate majority.

It definitely makes winning the Senate more difficult, but not impossible – as the Washington Examiner’s Conn Carroll notes:

Democrats currently have just a three seat 53-47 majority in the Senate. If Romney wins, thus making Paul Ryan the 51st vote in the event of a 50-50 tie for Senate control, then Republicans only need to win a net of three seats. That’s doable. Here are there best pick up targets:

Nebraska – State Senator Deb Fischer is beating former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey by double-digits.
Missouri
North Dakota – Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., leads former state attorney general Heidi Heitkamp by 5.
Montana – Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., leads Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., by 4.
Wisconsin – Former Gov. Tommy Thompson, R, leads Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., by 4.
Virginia – Former-Gov. Tim Kaine, D, narrowly leads former-Gov. George Allen by half a point.
Florida – Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Fla., is narrowly beating Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., by two-and-a-half points.

And here are the Republicans most vulnerable holds:
Maine – Former Gov. Angus King is crushing Secretary of State Charles Summers by 27.
Massachusetts – Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is narrowly beating Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren by under one point.

So if Republicans lose Maine and Massachusetts, but pick up Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, Wisconsin, and Virginia or Florida, they will still control the Senate. And if Brown holds on in Massachusetts, then Republicans can lose in Virginia and Florida and still win control of the Senate.

I think Akin staying in was a bad move – not just for any shred of credibility he had hoped to hold on to (his and his campaign’s attempts to minimize the damage have been pitiful) but also for the GOP on the whole, as him staying in after his epically stupid comments on rape and pregnancy will escalate even more the left’s attempts (in concert with the MSM) to make this election about the phony “war on women” nonsense rather than the key issue of the economy and this President’s lousy record on that – and other – fronts.  But knowing that a GOP majority in the Senate is still within reach lessens the pain of him staying in.

That said, it surrrrrrre would have bee nice for the GOP to be able to defeat McCaskill.  Not saying it won’t happen, but the chances now are slim and none.  Ah well.

One big, happy North Korean family? Updated: Not Kim’s family, just lucky

**Posted by Phineas

The photo below is of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and his family — say cheese!

(Click for a larger version)

Notice anything… odd? Outside of Kim and maybe the uniformed guy, everyone else looks like they’re about as cheery as someone facing an IRS audit.

If this is the ruling elite being “happy,” imagine how the average “North Korean on the street” must feel.

via Breitbart.com

UPDATE: Okay, this explains the “God help us” looks. An article at HuffPo suggests this isn’t Kim’s family, just a random one he dropped in on for a photo op. Yeah, when the God-King dictator of the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation, who could destroy you and yours on a whim, shows up unannounced…

You might be a little upset, too.

via Shabbosguy

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Transparency Fail: #DNC2012 won’t release donor list until AFTER the convention

Tack on yet another nail in the “transparency” coffin for Team Obama. Via the Washington Post:

Democratic Party officials say they will not release the names of donors to next month’s political convention before the event, despite an earlier pledge that they would regularly disclose the contributors.

In its marketing materials, the party promises that the “people’s convention,” set to begin Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C., will be the “most open and accessible ever.” But the names of donors, some of whom are giving up to $100,000, will remain secret until federal disclosure documents are filed Oct. 15, six weeks after the parties have ended and public attention has shifted to Election Day.

[…]

Four years ago, both parties voluntarily listed convention donors online and made regular updates to the information.

Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsible Politics, said the decision not to disclose donors until October “just seems to run counter to the message that this is the people’s convention. You’d think transparency would be something celebrated, not reduced.”

[…]

The host committee for the convention, known as Charlotte in 2012, had published on its Web site its policy that donors would be disclosed online “on an ongoing basis.” And the contract city officials signed with Democratic Party officials specified that “all contributions, monetary or in-kind, shall be disclosed publicly .?.?. within an agreed upon regular timeframe on the host committee’s website.”

The committee removed that language from its Web site last week following an inquiry from The Washington Post.

Gives new meaning to the term “change you can believe in”, hmm?

The even funnier part about this is the DNC’s still-laughable claim that they aren’t accepting corporate money. Trust me when I say that, on the issue of campaign donations, Democrats ALWAYS figure out a way to skirt the very rules they demand both parties observe. I wrote about this a few months ago, but the WaPo has a little bit about it in their article as well:

The Charlotte host committee, in an agreement with the Democratic Party, banned direct corporate donations but accepts corporate donations of goods and services. City officials also have created a separate entity that accepts corporate money to fund events around the convention, including a welcoming party for journalists paid for by Time Warner Cable.

Charlotte’s Democrat Mayor Anthony Foxx, a pal of Obama and a key player in getting the DNC to Charlotte, is listed as the president of this “separate entity.”

In more disturbing developments related to the DNC, Red State’s Breeanne Howe writes today about how DNC 2012 is welcoming radical Islam to the convention with open arms … and eyes wide shut. And guess what? Just a few weeks after that, the Nation of Islam will be holding a convention of their own here in Charlotte.

The next month and a half here is going to be a case study into the abject moral bankruptcy of modern day liberalism. Please pray for my city.