MONDAY UPDATE: The conservative publication The National Review says Akin must step down from his Senate campaign…not because of his harmful statements, per se, but to make sure he doesn’t cost Republicans a Senate seat:
We suspect that this same lack of judgment will cause Akin to blow past tomorrow evening’s deadline for him to leave the race and allow the Republicans to select a better nominee. We hope the congressman, who surely wants to see a Senate with as much conservative strength as possible next year, will prove us wrong.
In addition, the Washington Post reports that the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) and major GOP Super PAC American Crossroads have both announced they are pulling their support from the Missouri Senate race. Says NRSC chief John Cornyn, “Akin should carefully consider what is best for him.”
Do the “right thing,” Akin! Just do it before Tuesday night’s deadline.
UPDATE: Backpedal, backpedal! CNN:
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” Akin wrote…
The legitimate ones, anyway.
Remember Ken “Buyer’s Remorse” Buck in 2010, who dashed his U.S. Senate election hopes after hopelessly alienating women voters with his unsightly-but-proud views on the intertwined matters of the crime of rape and access to reproductive choice?
Fast-forward to 2012, Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin–via American Bridge:
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, [Pols emphasis] the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist not attacking the child.”
A pity too, Republicans were really hoping to win this one.