I’m not interested in talking about the Presidential race. I know many people thought their preferred candidate was important; I was/am of the opinion that the two major candidates were just about the same. So much for that.
The Republican Party screwed Todd Akin. Pardon my strong language. Let me put it this way:
The Republican Party legitimately raped Todd Akin.
Now, if you don’t know, Todd Akin was the Republican candidate for U.S. Senator in Missouri. He was up against the intolerable Claire “I Promise I’m A Moderate” McCaskill. She was the incumbent.
Akin misspoke regarding the abortion-in-cases-of-rape issue. We all saw it on national news; the media was overjoyed at the chance to ruin him, making his ill-conceived phrase, “legitimate rape,” part of the political vernacular.
Akin apologized and backed away from his comments, saying he had misspoken. But it was too late. Party bosses were ready to oust him.
The Republican Party leaders insisted he step down. Romney pushed for it. Karl Rove joked about murdering him (he later apologized). Despite the pressure, Akin refused to acquiesce. He cited his obligation to voters, who had chosen him in the primaries, as well as his conviction that he was on the right course.
So, the party yanked his funding.
Let me say that, as a Missouri resident, I heard plenty of McCaskill ads on the radio. I think I might have heard ONE Akin ad. The man struggled to raise funds throughout his campaign, after his party left him out in the cold.
The funding made all the difference.
McCaskill branded Akin as a fringe, anti-women, crazy person. Akin didn’t have the money to respond. Akin had been leading the race before his regrettable comments. But after them, he was never able to recover. He was unable to show voters that he was a strong, true conservative who at the very worst had “Joe Biden disease.” He didn’t have the funds to tell voters the truth.
But the real truth is: The Republican Party dug its own grave. The leadership was willing to jeopardize a possible Senate majority because they was furious when Akin didn’t bow to their wishes. Such strong-arming was seen in the Republican presidential primaries, the caucuses, and at the RNC.
Akin stood strong in his convictions, regardless of what the party elite wanted, and they ruined him for doing it.
It’s time for new leadership.