Update: We’re reminded that Obama made a big mistake by attacking Akin today. He should have waited until Wednesday when the replacement deadline had passed.
He was not alone in his premature attack. Today his #1 enabler made the same mistake. Claire McCaskill: These national Republicans trying to push Akin out of the race certainly are meddlesome. McCaskill should have waited to attack Akin until after tomorrow after 5:00 p.m.
Barack Obama and his enablers must go. Our #1 target in the senate races this cycle is Obama enabler #1 – Claire McCaskill.
But these are slippery worms who use every slimy deception to escape from justice. Today at his latest publicity stunt Barack Obama came to the rescue of supporter McCaskill. The topic was rape.
Let’s give fulsome praise to the Republican establishment today. The Republican establishment is doing everything in its power to get rid of the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate against Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS has pulled all its ads from the Missouri senate race. Crossroads won’t help Akin.
Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts:
“As a husband and father of two young women, I found Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape outrageous, inappropriate and wrong. There is no place in our public discourse for this type of offensive thinking. Not only should he apologize, but I believe Rep. Akin’s statement was so far out of bounds that he should resign the nomination for U.S. Senate in Missouri.”
Ron Johnson, senator from Wisconsin:
“Todd Akin’s statements are reprehensible and inexcusable. He should step aside today for the good of the nation.”
Mitt Romney could have been a lot stronger by demanding a resignation but something is something:
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.” …
“I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”
Romney followed that mushy statement later in the day with “He should spend 24 hours considering what will best help the country at this critical time.”
Senator John Cornyn of Texas who is also the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee is softly putting the pressure on as well:
“Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible. I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next 24 hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service.”
To Cornyn’s credit he spoke softly but the big stick is also out:
“National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) has informed Rep. Todd Akin that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate in the aftermath of Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.
Cornyn also told Akin that, by staying in the race, he is endangering Republicans’ hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate, the aide said. [snip]
The NRSC and Crossroads were primed to spend more money on Akin’s race than the candidate himself was likely to spend.”
Republican Senate Majority Leader McConnell:
“Congressman Akin’s comments were totally inexcusable. What he said is just flat wrong in addition to being wildly offensive to any victim of sexual abuse. Although Representative Akin has apologized, I believe he should take time with his family to consider whether this statement will prevent him from effectively representing our party in this critical election.”
The pressure on Akin to get out must be ramped up quickly. The deadline (not final but a court order would be required for a later withdrawal) is tomorrow at 5:
“Missouri state law allows a nominated candidate to withdraw his or her bid for office by 5 p.m. on the 11th Tuesday before the election which, as it turns out, is tomorrow. If Akin does drop his bid before tomorrow’s deadline, the state’s GOP central committee would pick his replacement.
This statutory fact alone is why Republicans — from National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) to presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) — are coalescing around a 24-hour ultimatum.”
It’s no longer a question of “Is Todd Akin going to drop out?” Simply put Todd Akin has to go – NOW.
Even those who foolishly requested Akin be given a chance to explain now know Akin must go. In an election if you are explaining, you’re losing. And today we have another day in which jobs, jobs, jobs are not being discussed as the singular focus. And no economy/jobs as the central focus helps Barack Obama.
Should Akin be given a chance to prove himself, to explain? No. Is this fair? No. But this is about winning elections not whining about elections. The consequences of stupidty cannot be blinked away, they have to be dealt with realistically and swiftly. In this case Akin must be removed ASAP. ASAP is tomorrow at 5.
Akin’s stupidity or ideological craziness is hardly a novel event. Rape? Anyone remember the brilliant comments from Whoopi Goldberg about rape?
Whoopi: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape. He went to jail and and when they let him out he was like “You know what this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail I’m not staying, so that’s why he left.”
We don’t recall Barack Obama calling out Whoopi on rape-rape – not even on his appearances on the TV gabfest entertainment show. But slimy Obama knows an opportunity when he sees one and today Obama greased himself and Claire McCaskill up:
“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing, qualifying and slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people,” Obama said.
The Obama campaign has accused Romney and his fellow Republicans of waging a “war on women.” On Monday, Obama described a “significant difference of approach between me and the other party” on the issue of women’s reproductive health.
“What I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making decisions on behalf of women,” Obama said.
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll out Monday shows Obama leading Romney among women 54 percent to 39 percent, and that’s a gap the Obama campaign hopes to widen. Minutes after Obama left the podium, the first lady’s Twitter account posted a quote from the president saying, “I want women to control their own health choices just like I want my daughters to have the same opportunities as your sons.”
What a slimy trio McCaskill, Barack are Michelle are. But, as real estate scam artist and state senator
Barack Obama George Plunkitt said “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.”
And what an opportunity Akin provides to advance the Obama campaign strategy:
“While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are working overtime to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape, they are contradicting their own records. Mr. Romney supports the Human Life Amendment, which would ban abortion in all instances, even in the case of rape and incest. In fact, that amendment is a central part of the Republican Party’s platform that is being voted on tomorrow. And, as a Republican leader in the House, Mr. Ryan worked with Mr. Akin to try to pass laws that would ban abortion in all cases, and even narrow the definition of ‘rape.’ Every day, women across America grapple with difficult and intensely personal health decisions — decisions that should ultimately be between a woman and her doctor. These decisions are not made any easier when Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan treat women’s health as a matter of partisan politics.”
Strategy might not be all there is to a campaign, but it is close. Remember this is not an accident or happenstance. This has been Claire McCaskill’s strategy all along:
“Akin was viewed as the weakest candidate in a three-way primary race against McCaskill, who is widely considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent running in the Senate. Believing she had the best chance of beating Akin, McCaskill promoted the Republican before the Missouri primary earlier this month in an ad that called him the “true conservative” in the race.
McCaskill, in an interview on MSNBC on Monday, called the comments a “window into Todd Akin’s mind.”
“I hope this is one of those gut check moments [for Missourians] when they say this is not somebody we want speaking for us on the floor of the United States Senate,” she said on “Morning Joe.”
McCaskill was clearly benefiting from the flap over Akin’s comments — a spokeswoman for the campaign said it has seen an “uptick” in donations, though she didn’t have specifics beyond that.”
McCaskill picked her weakest opponent then helped him get the nomination. Results: catastrophe. Strategy matters a great deal.
Scott Brown knows this as does Elizabeth Warren. It’s why Scott Brown spoke up strongly and early. Why, aside from the fact that he has a genuine aversion to what Akin said, should a Missouri race require comments from candidates in Massachusetts? Strategy!
Akin opens an ugly door that the Republican establishment knows must be shut real quick.
It’s ugly and the strategy is ugly too:
“Though claiming to be outraged by his remark, McCaskill declined, during an interview on MSNBC to call for Akin’s withdrawal. Making her true preference clear, she added that for Akin to withdraw would be “radical” after a hotly contested three-way Republican primary which Akin won “by a comfortable margin.” Translation: please, please, please, don’t withdraw.
Akin actually received only 36 percent of the vote in the Republican Senate primary. But McCaskill has her politics, if not her facts, absolutely right. She was basically political toast — trailing Akin by 11 points in the most recent poll — until Akin made his comment. Now, suddenly, she has probably has a decent shot at retaining her seat.
Moreover, McCaskill and the Democrats are financially invested in Akin. They reportedly poured more than $1 million into the Republican Missouri Senate primary by way of advertising designed to boost Akin among Republicans.
You have to hand it to the Dems; they continue to demonstrate considerably more savvy in the Senate candidate selection process than the Republicans do.”
The Obama/McCaskill outrage is not about rape. It’s about winning. Winning ugly. Keep idiot Akin in the race is what Obama/McCaskill want. Some Republicans see beyond this race a bit:
“A more important question is what kind of senator Republicans would be getting if he could hang on and they could gain a majority in the Senate. Anybody capable of making a statement as simultaneously offensive and moronic as Akin’s is likely to make more such statements.”
Greased pigs are difficult to catch. You can’t chase them and play in their pigpen – they enjoy it and you get dirty. You need to trap greased pigs with a strategy that works.
Barack Obama and Claire McCaskill are pigs fully greased.