Erickson: Akin Out

Erick son of Erick speaks:

Todd Akin will withdraw from the MO Senate race.

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    Awwwwwww so soon (5.00 / 2) (#1)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:30:48 PM EST

    Erik son of Erik :) (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:31:10 PM EST
    Jon Stewart owns the TM on that one (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Buckeye on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:47:15 PM EST
    Erik son of Erik (none / 0) (#9)
    by sj on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:47:44 PM EST
    How very Viking of him.  Mayhap he really is a barbarian.

    Yes, gee, imagine (5.00 / 2) (#5)
    by Zorba on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:38:10 PM EST
    my surprise.  The "powers that be" in the Republican Party must have realized that Akin, while verbalizing what many of them feel, went too far by letting these feelings slip out.
    I wish he would have dug in his heels and hung on to the bitter end, just for the entertainment value, if nothing else.
    Claire McCaskill, BTW, is not my idea of a true "Democrat," but she hasn't gone around the bend nearly as much as Akin, at least.  But then, very few current "Democrats" are my idea of what Democrats should be.  {{Sigh}}  

    If Dems are smart - a big "if" I think - (5.00 / 6) (#10)
    by Anne on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:48:47 PM EST
    they will not allow the GOP to put the toothpaste back in the tube by swapping out Akin for someone else.

    In as loud and unified a voice as possible, Dems need to shout that what we heard from Todd Akin, what Paul Ryan believes, on this subject and others, IS the Republican Party.  

    Claire's probably wetting the pants her daughter told her to wear; she was well down in the polls against this Neanderthal - there's no way she beats a less reactionary Republican.


    They don't have a choice (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by jbindc on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:50:55 PM EST
    It's up to Aiken - if he files papers by a certain deadline this week.

    That's not what I'm saying... (5.00 / 3) (#16)
    by Anne on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:59:35 PM EST
    Not putting the toothpaste back in the tube means that even if there is someone else running in Akin's place, Dems should not pretend as if what Akin put out there doesn't matter anymore; they need to get as many Republicans as they can, all over the country, to take a stand on Akin's comments.

    People have a right to know how much crazy they're thinking about voting for - even if an Akin replacement has a better filter between his or her lizard brain and his or her mouth.


    And, if Todd Akin (5.00 / 4) (#20)
    by KeysDan on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:20:58 PM EST
    stays in the House of Representatives (he just won the Republican senate primary earlier in August) we still have him in the Congress with his continuing contributions to the Science Committee with all his grand expertise he brings to women's health, not to mention his other pets, such as efforts to end school lunches and the voting rights act of 1965.  And, we need to continue to look who else is in that toothpaste-- Todd's partner in legislation, Paul Ryan.

    Did Akin also run in the House primary? (none / 0) (#28)
    by caseyOR on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:37:24 PM EST
    I know that some politicians, Paul Ryan comes to mind, run for their Senate or House seats at the same time that they are running on a presidential ticket. I can't think of anyone running for president who did that, but Ryan, Biden and Bentsen come to mind as veep candidates who also were running to keep their Congressional seats.

    Still, I don't recall anyone running for both a Senate nomination and a House nomination simultaneously.


    He did not (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by CoralGables on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:31:19 PM EST
    The GOP candidate for Missouri District 2 is Ann Wagner. She is a former Chair of the Missouri Republican Party and was once appointed by George W Bush as the  U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

    I would be remiss if I failed to mention that the current U.S. Ambassador to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg appointed by Obama is a Gator.


    I expect Akin to really dig in his heels then. (5.00 / 1) (#31)
    by caseyOR on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:45:51 PM EST
    If he drops out of the Senate race, he is out of a job. He loses his health insurance and his pension contributions and all the other perks.

    And, since he voluntarily quit his job as a member of the House, he is not eligible for unemployment insurance. Wow, he'll be screwed.


    Claire M (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:41:50 PM EST
    was polling 11 points down from Aiken.  Can you imagine what it might be like with an estalbishment Republican like Kit Bond, John Ashcroft or Jim Talent?

    Seems like a lose/lose (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by KeysDan on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:34:02 PM EST
    for Romney.   And, Ryan should get tied to Akin on their mutual zealotry.

    I wonder (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:37:49 PM EST
    how this type of thing is going to play out. Wasn't Akin a tea party darling? Are they going to have another primary or are they going to replace Akin with the runner up?

    A helpful chart on (5.00 / 1) (#13)
    by Anne on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:52:54 PM EST
    our magical ladyparts...

    Don't know whether to laugh or cry...

    Well, all I can say is (5.00 / 5) (#23)
    by Zorba on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:43:02 PM EST
    that I'm crying, not laughing.  Why did we fight so hard for women's rights way back in the day?  It seems like this country is going backward, ever backward.

    Todd Akin stands firm against GOP pressure for him (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by Dan the Man on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:04:00 PM EST
    to quit

    "U.S. Rep. Todd Akin stood firm against mounting GOP pressure for him to quit Missouri's Senate race on Monday afternoon, tweeting: "I am in this race to win."

    As Republican groups pulled funding from his campaign, Akin went on to ask donors to give money, saying "we need a conservative.""

    This afternoon (5.00 / 2) (#21)
    by CoralGables on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:25:04 PM EST
    "My belief is we're going to take this thing forward and, by the grace of God, win this race."

    I hope he stays in. It adds excitement and Missouri can "show me" whether they are nuts in November.


    I agree (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by womanwarrior on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:38:35 PM EST
    I hope he stays in.  Claire McCaskill as Democratic senator from MO would be better than any R.  

    This does (none / 0) (#19)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:12:25 PM EST
    not surprise me because there are lot of people especially tea partiers apparently that agree with Akin.

    Yes. And so does Akin's neighbor to the West (none / 0) (#25)
    by easilydistracted on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:08:00 PM EST
    Brownback further incited protestors when he spoke on the issue of abortion after rape or incest. According to Brownback, "The perpetrator's crime was his action and he should pay for that. The woman's action is to have the abortion. That was her decision, and she should pay for that."



    Was he removed... (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by unitron on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 05:28:03 PM EST

    : - )

    But seriously, shouldn't parties be told if your candidate drops out, tough, it's the person running, not the party, you don't own that slot?

    akin isn't going to bow out, gracefully (5.00 / 1) (#36)
    by cpinva on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:04:42 AM EST
    or otherwise. the comments won't hurt him among his base, they all agree with him. it might have some negative affect on republican women, but probably not much. if you're a woman, and a republican, you've already established your self-loathing bona fides, akin is simply the cherry on top of your whipped cream.

    there might be some fallout among MO's "independents", especially women, but i doubt it. since there's no such thing as a true political "independent" (check their voting record), any references to them should be ignored.

    akin knows his audience. he knows that they hate that kenyan, muslim, Black man! usurper in the white house so much, they'd vote for satan, if he ran as a republican. most especially, if he ran as a tea party republican.

    Independents did make a difference (none / 0) (#37)
    by Towanda on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 02:15:52 PM EST
    in McCaskill's election (she did not win with a majority), so there may be more to their vote in Missouri than in general.

    According to the WaPo (none / 0) (#6)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:40:09 PM EST
    the RNC had pulled his funding three hours ago.

    And Karl Rove's group, Crossroads GPS, (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by caseyOR on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:49:35 PM EST
    has pulled its ads that supported Akin.

    Looks like it is over for Akin.

    If Akin quits on or before Tuesday, the Republican Party name his replacement. If Akin waits, he would need a court order to drop off the ballot.

    McCaskill spent $2 million during the GOP primary touting Akin's conservative bona fides in an apparent effort to get him more conservative votes. Her campaign felt Akin would be the weakest GOP candidate, thus giving Claire a better shot at winning in November.


    Well (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:57:02 PM EST
    she was definitely right and he's definitely a weak candidate but that has not exactly worked out in her favor has it?

    I'm still not sure the tea party isn't going to be enraged by removing Akin and replacing him with someone else as in all honesty they are likely to agree with what Akin has been saying. They already feel that Romney was "forced" on them and now they are going to have the GOP hand pick a senate candidate in MO for them. The ultimate problem really is that the tea party is so out of the mainstream that anyone they pick would be likely to lose.


    Couldn't find that article (5.00 / 1) (#14)
    by sj on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:55:38 PM EST
    but all the news sites say that so far he's digging in his heels.

    a fun (none / 0) (#17)
    by sj on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 02:59:52 PM EST
    If son of Erick says it's so, then it must be true (none / 0) (#24)
    by magster on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 03:58:42 PM EST
    Colorado had a very similar situation occur when Dan Maes ran for governor in 2010, and he said he worked as an undercover agent for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation and then he resisted calls for him to withdraw. So Tom Tancredo came in to save the day and Maes and Tancredo were both crushed, and now we have a moderate Republican who ran as a Democrat for governor. Woo-hoo!!

    You or I could have beat Maes. (none / 0) (#34)
    by MileHi Hawkeye on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 11:17:06 PM EST
    The KBI fiasco was only one of his many, many problems as a candidate.

    The Bachelor Hickenlooper will probably be running for POTUS in 2016.  We could well end up with someone even worse than Maes for Governor then.  

    On the plus side, Hick '16 will give TL'ers something to complain about in the future.  


    Don't need anything special (none / 0) (#35)
    by CoralGables on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 12:03:18 AM EST
    to complain about. TL will complain regardless. It's the Boone's Farm effect.

    When Sean Hannity tells you its time to leave (none / 0) (#26)
    by Slado on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:08:47 PM EST
    Why should anyone (5.00 / 3) (#27)
    by CoralGables on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 04:36:56 PM EST
    give a damn about what Sean Hannity thinks.

    Well he ain't out yet (none / 0) (#32)
    by DFLer on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:11:57 PM EST
    at 7:11 central time

    Yep, Akin just sent out a fundraiser (5.00 / 4) (#33)
    by Towanda on Mon Aug 20, 2012 at 07:26:51 PM EST
    email, per MSNBC.

    Claire McCaskill (or her daughter) may be his first contributor.


    Since it's (none / 0) (#38)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 08:13:58 PM EST
    now 9:15 p.m. EST and Akin is still running for the senate Erick son of Erick is wrong again. BTW, who the heck gives their child such a horrible redundant name?