The Hillreports today that Senator Jim DeMint may yet rally the troops to Congressman Todd Akin’s side. A few key passages:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) will attend a $500-per-plate fundraiser for Akin on Monday. He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Republicans need Missouri to win the Senate.
“I don’t see how the Republicans are going to win the Senate if they throw away a seat like Missouri,” he said.
Missouri Republicans have a bold streak of social conservatism — Rick Santorum handily defeated Romney in the Missouri primary — and they have shown far more willingness to stick with Akin than GOP leaders in Washington.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has a strong following among social conservatives, slammed party leaders in August for abandoning Akin.
Polls show Akin has kept pace with McCaskill despite the decision by the NRSC and the pro-GOP super-PAC Crossroads GPS to pull television ads in the state.
A survey by Rasmussen Reports last week showed McCaskill with a 6-point lead, 49 percent to 43.
But DeMint said polls show Missouri is a more likely Republican pick-up than Maine.
“The polls would suggest it is,” he said.
DeMint and Cornyn clashed during the 2010 election cycle, when DeMint supported conservative insurgents such as Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Cornyn backed more centrist candidates.
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It would appear the initial knee-jerk reaction to Todd Akin’s abortion mistake a few weeks back in finally over. It appears, since Akin stopped his apology tour, and instead started talking to the voters of Missouri about issues important to them and their families, that the voters are responding favorably to what they’re hearing. The voters are being reminded of Claire McCaskill’s lock-step voting record with President Obama, and that’s not the way to longevity in politics, at least in Missouri.
A recent poll conducted has brought encouraging news to the Akin camp, and they utilized the results with this image:
TheSt. Louis Post-Dispatchhad this story about former Speaker Newt Gingrich offering his support for Congressman Akin. Gingrich offered his support made his proclamation on Meet The Press; a sizable national audience.
TheWashington Postsimply cannot fathom that people would still be supporting Akin. Fortunately, the writers for the Post don’t vote in Missouri, their scorn and ridicule matters not.
Finally, fromYahoo Newscomes several tidbits from around Missouri as to Todd Akin’s status.Congressman Akin is going to be fine. He’s going to be in the US Senate race until the end. As a sign of this, the Akin campaign recently hired Rick Tyler, a former aide to Speaker Gingrich, to head up its communications efforts. Tyler is a very sharp guy and this was a great addition for the Akin team.
It’s time to do what’s right and take on Obama and McCaskill. Consider adonation to Todd Akin’s campaign.
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Missouri congressman and US Senate candidate Todd Akin, has ended his apology tour. Good.
In a press conference late Friday, Akin confirmed that he is in the race to stay. At this point, we all know what Akin said, no need to rehash that. His apology tour was a waste of time, he lost a week of campaigning, but he appears to be ready to stop apologizing and start talking substance and policy with Claire McCaskill, who is unqualified to discuss either of those.
Congressman Akin didn’t speak for very long, and this was one of the better points he made:
“I may not be the favorite candidate of some people within the Republican establishment, but the voters made their decision,” said Akin. “I think America has gotten into trouble because we’ve paid too much attention to politics and not enough attention to principle.” (via Mediaite)
Now, it’s time to move forward toward November. We need to get Todd Akin elected to the United States Senate. Senator Claire McCaskill has been too problematic for way too long. Sending Air Claire into retirement is a major objective we need to rally around and accept.
As an aside, (and maybe the bigger point) those of us on the conservative side of the spectrum must stop caving to the media. Just because the media has a question, doesn’t mean that question needs to be answered. I have questions for Rachel Maddow, the first question will likely answer the rest of the questions, but those questions don’t deserve to be answered with any greater authority than any member of the parasitic left-wing media.
The apology tour for a dumb comment created zero jobs. The apology tour did not increase the GDP. The apology tour did not bring down the cost of gasoline. The apology tour did not remove any of the over-burdensome regulations that are strangling small businesses in America. Get off of this nonsense, the statement was made, apologized for, and we could continue debating it for the next 70+ days, or we can take the fight to the Left and let the voters decide in November.