Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Todd Akin is not dropping out: Who is to blame for this mess and what do conservatives do now?

Jeff Goldstein has been defending conservatives under fire and criticizing conservatives for buying into leftist and Democrat false outrage for a long time.  And he is disgusted with the Republican establishment for not backing Akin in this latest outrage fest.  Jeff is even disappointed with Levin and Rush on this.

Jeff Goldstein makes some very serious points.  So does Bob Belvedere.  So does McGehee.  I respect them all.

Robert Stacy McCain has a point too:

robertstacymccain MOD  an hour ago  parent
Eh. I'm done with it now.
Akin picked a helluva time to do this. It's just wretched stupidity, the exact kind of stupidity we can ill afford at this particular juncture -- like the left tackle who misses his block and permits a sack on 3rd-and-long that kills a comeback drive with time running out in the fourth quarter.
There are gaffes that can be shrugged off as inconsequential. This wasn't one of those. Akin has inflicted serious harm on the Republican Party, and his shameful selfishness -- putting his vanity and ambition ahead of the common good -- should make him a pariah. He will lose, and deservedly so, and taint with his disgrace all those who have supported him.

Personally, I think Akin should have graciously bowed out and avoided this fight at this time.  Because there are other issues more important to be discussing:

Tabula Rasa 
We should have been talking about Democrat politicians having sex in the bushes at public rest stops with 17 year olds they met on Craigslist, Mayor Bloomberg's Brave New urban planning and immigration reform plan, and Newsweek's cover and Niall Ferguson's article.  Or Code Pink's Pussy Parade at the Capital.  Or Obama's weak support in Cook County, Illinois.  Or Romney ahead in Michigan? Or how about Debbie Wasserman Shultz's $30,000 cruise that may have been an undisclosed (and presumably untaxed) comp or may have been her own money (because the 99% can afford $30,000 family cruises).  Or Dinesh D'Souza paying Barack Obama's brother's medical bills for him.    Or infighting in the DNC (again involving Twisted Debbie).  Or Elizabeth Warren getting her Sons of Anarchy groove on or falling behind in the Massachusetts polls.

There are bigger issues at stake (I absolutely agree with Levin and Rush on this).  Akin is very much pro life and I do not have an issue with him standing on that principle.  His interview a few days ago was poorly executed and unfortunately he was in the wrong place, at the wrong time and it blew up.  I defended him at the time.  The circular firing squad now is not helping:  and Jeff, Bob and McGehee are right about that.

So what are we going to do now?

Levin is disgusted with Akin, but he is still supporting him winning.  I assume Akin is going to stay in (I suppose if that PPP poll turns out to be bogus he might reconsider his decision but it is risky after today).  I do not want to see him further damaged from our side.  We have to hope that Akin wins.   Because Claire McCaskill is far worse.   There are arguments to make in Akin's defense and those arguments should be made.  I hope that Missouri Republicans support him and elect Akin.  I hope Akin can get independent support.

But this has been a disappointing couple of days.  And despite what Jeff, Bob and McGehee think (and they are absolutely correct in pointing out the craven hypocrisy of the left and how Republicans play into it), we have some fights to win and better go win them.

Update:
Rasmussen has Akin down 10 points.
Michelle Malkin blames leftist media/Akin
Jeff Goldstein blames right for panicking and making things worse
Ace of Spades notes MSNBC's Chuck Todd is blaming Romney 
Legal Insurrection notes 10 point drop
Akin suggests McCaskill should drop out (hmmm)

4 comments:

  1. Just as if one were to claim that racial epithets had no negative impact on minority races would that individual be justifying racism, so too when one makes the claim that conception and, hence, a woman's health is unaffected by rape and battery is one justifying rape and battery.

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    1. I did not think his statement was so outrageous (or misogynistic) as politically careless (and stupid). He was making the point that pregnancy in connection with rape is rare--but in dancing around banning abortions in the case of rape he gave the left an issue to hammer (by suggesting not all "rapes" are "legitimate"). He would have been better off just stating his position that he is opposed to abortion in the case of rape. But we are beyond that now. I thought he should have dropped out, not because I buy the left's argument, but for the greater cause at stake. Again, I do not think Akin was a bad guy for what he said. Anymore than a pitcher who loads the bases and starts to fall apart in a play off game is a bad person. It just is what it is.

      It is an unfortunate situation. We have to move on and attack the left on its specious arguments they will raise in response to this.

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    2. Agreed on all. That is why I said what I said.

      Another:

      It is not only illogical, but immoral to claim that those who recognize that assault, battery and rape potentially hinder conception due to the violent nature of the acts are somehow waging a war on women while claiming that those who argue that all manner of violence committed against woman will not materially harm them or their chances to conceive are chivalrous.

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  2. I think it was crucially important for the GOP as a whole to totally disown this fool. His spitting in the face of the nominee is cause for "excommunication". I think the living hell he and his family are about to undergo (and deservedly so) will bring about his dropping out of the race, and sooner than we think. Politics is a blood sport, and this twit isn't even little league level. I don't even care about what he said.

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