Don't underestimate Todd Akin
The Kansas City Star
All of the Republicans, Democrats and other Americans calling on Todd Akin to quit his race to become the next U.S. Senator from Missouri could be dangerously underestimating him.
He hasn’t resigned, yet, because he’s a true believer in his cause. In fact, he’s fighting on, asking all day Wednesday on Twitter for donations to keep his battle alive.
And he thinks enough true believers will go to the polls in November and help him unseat Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Don’t underestimate Akin. He could be absolutely right.
Akin is the opposite of a media darling today as he has become the subject of national derision in the press.
Yet that’s exactly the kind of negative attention that feeds the supporters of Akin as he battles to defeat McCaskill.
Akin’s boosters among hard-core, ultraconservative Republican voters don’t care that the mainline GOP leaders are calling for him to quit the race, claiming he can’t win because of his comments about rape. Kit Bond and Jack Danforth are not their guiding lights for what they believe.
And Akin’s backers certainly do not care that media outlets - yes, even including conservative ones such as the Wall Street Journal - are calling on him to leave the race or strongly questioning whether he can beat McCaskill.
As polls have shown before the rape comments - and at least one showed after the comment - Akin remains surprisingly popular with voters who believe what he does.
The sanctity of life is at the top of that list. And Akin knows it.
That’s exactly why, in his interviews with conservative TV and radio hosts, he talks about the importance of soldiering on to stop abortion, to make Americans once again take pride in protecting the lives of every unborn child.
Yes, even in the cases of rape.
Akin - more so than some of the Republicans hypocritically calling on him to resign - seems to realize Missourians are still ready to elect someone who talks the “straight” talk he does.
UPDATE: As news broke Thursday of a Rasmussen poll showing McCaskill suddenly up by 10 points on Akin, Akin released this statement:
“The fact that Claire McCaskill is only polling at 48% after 72 hours of constant negative attacks on Todd Akin shows just how weak she is. If she can’t break fifty percent after a week like this, Democrats should ask Claire to step down. Todd is in this race to win; we will close this gap and win in November with the support of the grassroots in Missouri and across America.”
Yes, more evidence that he’s fighting on.