Missouri voters are looking for any excuse under the sun to rid the Senate of Obama lackey Claire McCaskill. In one idiotic statement, Todd Akin blew his big lead, gave McCaskill new life and could even cost the Republicans a chance at taking control of the Senate.

Forgive him?

When you’re already doing a “please forgive me” ad during the campaign, you’re toast.

Yes, these were just words — it’s not as if Akin had a rest stop romp with a 17 year old boy or did his own rendition of Larry Craig’s hit song “Tap three times on the stall partition if you want me,” but what he said was irretrievably ludicrous. This election is huge, and in the big game, if one of your players makes a dumb mistake at a crucial time, you pull him. At the very least Akin would be nothing but an unnecessary distraction from this point on.

The NRSC has placed Akin on the red-headed stepchild list, and much of the GOP wants him to step aside. Will he? I don’t see how it can be avoided.

Update: Yet another apology ad from Akin:

(h/t Michelle M)


32 Responses to “Todd Akin Ad: Sorry About That Stupid Thing I Said About Rape… Forgive Me?”

  1. Marshall_Will on August 21st, 2012 12:13 pm

    Note to self:

    Score touchdown… THEN spike ball!

    I couldn't even COMMENT or read the posts when Michelle put this up. Had there been a thread on gardening or those gosh darn shopping cart wheels I'd prefer that 'topic'. I told Mrs. Will if a guy wants to humiliate -himself- I suppose that's his business.

    But when he humiliates males in GENERAL and conservative ones in particular, that's where he and I have to part company. There's ample time to find another candidate without unsolicited fetus in mouth disease.

  2. jeffythequick on August 21st, 2012 12:14 pm

    DUMP HIM. Hey Akin, or as we call you now, jack-wagon, GTFO of the race.

    Here is the game plan:

    Be nice to him, and "not understand what the Republicans are doing to him" (cue: Claire McCaskill, or however you spell her name… already done.)

    Wait until after the convention…

    Tar every Republican with his words. (See George Allen maccacca moment…)

    Todd "Jack-Wagon" Akin, stupid has a price, and don't make me pay for your idiocy. GTFO NOW. I heard you on Hannity yesterday, and I didn't think you could sound worse than you did over the weekend, yet you did. Amazing, simply amazing. If you stay in, your selfishness and arrogance make you even more unelectable than your words.

    You moron, you had this seat. You may have a good heart, which I believe you do, but it's your mouth that I worry about.

  3. Marshall_Will on August 21st, 2012 1:01 pm

    Maccacca moment? If there's one thing I can't stand it's a hot dog:

    Yeah, it's a lot like that. Likely this putz would still win, but this is no longer about him. It's about integrity. The GOP can score major points w/ women voters nationally by throwing him under the bus. We should bring in Donald Trump to do the honors. Make it entertaining!

  4. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 1:04 pm

    The Dems sure got their $1.5 million worth on this guy:


  5. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 1:06 pm

    Exactly what I was afraid of. What he said was dubm enough, what is worse is his attempt to appologize. He really needs to step down now.

  6. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 1:07 pm

    I wouldn't say there is ample time to find another candidate. From what I understand he has till 5PM today to step down from the race. After that he is in it unless he gets the courts to step in and remove him from the ballot.

  7. jeffythequick on August 21st, 2012 1:14 pm

    He said the word, "rape" about 65 times.

    It was like attaching 2 female cats in heat to a ceiling fan by their tails, turning it on high, then nails on a chalkboard while listening to Yoko Ono's best hits played at volume 11.

  8. Marshall_Will on August 21st, 2012 1:20 pm

    Read your link below and isn't it telling in that the only way Dims have a shot lately is to stack the deck, tinker with and manipulate the democratic process then decide which sperm cell they'd like to abort most?

    Pasadena Phil can explain more thoroughly than myself but this has been the weapon of choice in Cali for decades. The Extremist Card. Btw that 5PM deadline feels like a lifetime in this cycle. The phone's ringing off the wall and not of it begging him to stay.

  9. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 1:30 pm

    It is very telling. The only chance they have to get their candidate over the finish line is by funding the candidate on the other side whom is most likely to turn off the voters.

    The fact that they spent so much money on getting this guy in makes you wonder if he wasn't a plant from the get go.

  10. archer on August 21st, 2012 1:33 pm


    OK, you got it.

    But, I get the feeling you’re not just asking for forgiveness, you’re asking for something else, something more and that kind of Biden flummery is just NOT U.S. Congress-worthy.

  11. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 1:38 pm

    And of course the taring has already begun. If you were to watch the Obama campaign you would think that it was Paul Ryan who had said this (see Stephanie Cutters remarks on it).

    No different than Obama's campaign trying to dismiss the Spec Ops/CIA group that has come out against Obama over the leaks. He told the media they should dismiss them, because another organization with a similiar name is a "birther" group and the media should ignore all "birther" groups.

  12. Marshall_Will on August 21st, 2012 1:39 pm

    Interesting wrinkle. And it's possible someone got to him and made him an offer he couldn't refuse?

    Dims know this is their last best chance to roll out these playground antics. In the past painting ANY GOP candidate as extreme/hard right has been an absolute lay-up! Whereas telling the simple truth about a Dim being a rubber stamp for the PEU/Prog agenda 'has' been like pulling teeth.

    That's changing but we need to get thru this first.

  13. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 2:45 pm

    O/T This is interesting. Drudge is saying there is a developing story that Biden will be at the GOP convention on Monday or Tuesday. Makes you wonder what that is all about.

  14. backwoodsconsr on August 21st, 2012 2:50 pm

    Are the parties going to swap idiots?

  15. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 2:53 pm

    You mean Biden for Akin? We might be getting a good deal then. At least ole' Joe is entertaining.

  16. backwoodsconsr on August 21st, 2012 2:58 pm

    Yes. He makes a good "Stand up" comedian.

  17. SignPainterGuy on August 21st, 2012 3:20 pm

    Rush repeated an oft said expression of his, "when their pol makes a mistake, the dems circle the wagons, republicans circle the firing squad".

    I really don`t understand the repubs quite often; when victory is SO important, why don`t they fight like they really want to win ? Apparently the primary was close between 3 guys; throw Akin out and put in the #2 candidate ! It`s simple !

    Republicans / Men – Easier fed than understood !

  18. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 3:34 pm

    From my understanding that is exactly what the state party wants to do, but Akin is stuck on stupid and is fighting the calls for him to step aside. Becaue he won the primary they cannot make him step aside, he has to go willingly.

  19. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 3:43 pm

    Speaking of the convention. It looks like a hurricane/tropical storm may hit around the same time. It doesnt appear to be a strong one, but it sure will annoy the protestors …lol

  20. SignPainterGuy on August 21st, 2012 3:49 pm

    Apparently this isn`t his first bone-headed statement.

  21. SignPainterGuy on August 21st, 2012 4:02 pm

    Is it true that the MO dems / McCaskill ran ads in support of Akin, thinking he would be the easiest to beat of the 3 primary candidates ? It has also been suggested that he may be a dem plant. Sounds a bit far-fetched, but who knows ?

    Akin`s comment rides on a paper done by a Dr. back in `72 (?), and a caller in to Glenn Beck this morning mentioned another paper / study done in `99 saying basically the same thing.

    The R party has removed support and the calls for him to step down are deafening; what is it he thinks he`s got going for him that makes it so important for him to stay in the race ?

  22. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 4:03 pm

    Why does that not surprise me.

  23. archer on August 21st, 2012 4:09 pm

    "when their pol makes a mistake, the dems circle the wagons, republicans circle the firing squad".

    Only guessing here but, that leads to a question:


    …and… also I think that conservatives want to do things right the first time and in order and in the spirit of the way the founders wanted things done.

    Let the liberals do what they do the way they want to do them. Look at the societal messes they create. Then the conservatives have to come along and try to clean things up. Why not do it right the first time and not have to waste the time cleaning up a mess.

  24. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 4:23 pm

    According to the latest…..he thinks it is his 1% point lead over McCaskill……

  25. jeffythequick on August 21st, 2012 6:12 pm

    …plus that forgiveness video. Don't forget the video.

    People think forgiveness is a blank check, and once forgiven, you're free to go. However, there is still a payment for your sin.

    Ever notice how court proceeds even if a person wronged forgives their offender? It's almost like there are two sides to the coin, and both sides have to be satisfied for the person offending to be whole.

    Speaking of holes, is Jack-Wagon Akin still in?

  26. Truesoldier__ on August 21st, 2012 7:58 pm

    Yeah Jack-Wagon is still in…..

    No kidding. I always find it amazing at how people seem to believe that just saying sorry and asking for forgiveness is the same as actual repentance.

    You not only need to truly be asking for forgiveness, but you must also atone for the wrongdoing and ensure you do not repeat it.

  27. SignPainterGuy on August 21st, 2012 8:41 pm

    Akin has said emphatically that he is in it for the long haul and will not quit. He has NOT said what it is that makes him especially equipped for the job.

    I DID hear that McCaskill has written the election off as a loss for her. I wonder if she and the dnc think NOW they have a chance at victory ? Polls are showing Akin still winning.

  28. SignPainterGuy on August 21st, 2012 8:55 pm

    My local talk guy had the NC R party head on the phone this afternoon from Tampa. He was waiting on a delayed flight back to Charlotte because of a storm that is hammering them right now. He also said that the local weather prognosticators there are saying that any storms during the convention shouldn`t be strong enough to cause any real problems for convention goers OR protesters….. Hmmm.

    I also heard that Tampa cops found bricks and pipes on a rooftop along the convention route. Good of the ACLU to advertise the route well in advance !

  29. SignPainterGuy on August 22nd, 2012 12:00 am

    First, I feel as if I`ve walked in on the middle of a conversation and missed the first, most important part. I`ve heard recordings of Akin making his factually incorrect statement, "Women`s bodies have a way of shutting that down …" (para.). The word "legitimate" has been taken as an insult, PC run amok, when there are in fact rapes that ARE rapes (when pro-lifers may agree to abortions) and there are consensual sexual encounters that were caught in the act or that resulted in pregnancy that can`t be explained away and the woman cries RAPE to save her own butt. I see why he used that word.

    His statement about the woman`s bodies having the ability to shut that down is the part I have a problem with. It was a poor choice of words, perhaps better phrased in the context of the "trauma of the event can cause the body to malfunction" rather than imply that there is an involuntary bodily function that kicks in in the event of certain traumas, like a dormant program. That`s more like he wasn`t really listening closely to the Drs he claimed to have heard explain it.

    A cousin by marriage couldn`t get pregnant, gave up trying and she and her hubby adopted a little girl and happily went on with their lives, stress-free. A few months later, SURPRISE, guess who`s preggers ? Stress and / or trauma, emotional, physical, CAN cause numerous physical malfunctions. It does happen.

    So, I`m stepping out alone here and NOT calling for Akin to step down, that he just be very careful in the future about how he phrases things.

    Having said that though, I realize it`s gonna be tough to campaign without RNC money ! He should consider that !

  30. ChapBix on August 22nd, 2012 11:45 pm

    He'll be there to see if Todd Akin came.

  31. ChapBix on August 22nd, 2012 11:47 pm

    Does the guide those good Tampa folks are handing out have any tips on where to go when the hurricane hits?

  32. ChapBix on August 22nd, 2012 11:52 pm

    This also poses a dilemma for the RNC and others. They painted themselves into a corner on this by vigorously calling for his withdrawal from the campaign. He's chosen to stay in. This is a seat that is really needed to establish a solid majority in the Senate. They can claim some moral victory but at what cost?

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