Todd Akin is not succumbing to calls from both detractors and friends to reconsider his candidacy. I myself recently wrote encouraging him to seriously consider his continued candidacy. http://pingroof.com/article/todd-akin-dead-candidate-walking
Apparently, he has. He’s going to ride his campaign train to the end, whether that means to the station or off the rails.
Given that reality, voters in Missouri are left to consider only the 2 choices they’ll be given. Todd Akin or Claire McCaskill. And given that choice, they need to consider much more than an ill-spoken gaffe on a topic that is truly irrelevant to a Senatorial campaign.
On the real issues, Akin should come out on top.
Current polling data suggests that he’s been seriously hurt by his mis-steps when asked about abortion and rape. Akin was unprepared. The ideal answer would have been something to the effect, “My views on abortion are well known. I oppose abortion in all circumstances, as I believe it to be the taking of an innocent life. But abortion is legal at present, and restrictions upon it are handled at the state level. Therefore, while my personal views on the subject are important, the issue is irrelevant to a Senate campaign.”
Hopefully Akin will become better at handling the media. Hiding from them won’t work. He needs to manage them. He needs to force them to address the issues of difference between himself and McCaskill. He needs to get media-savvy, quickly.
It is vital that Akin hammer away at the gap between McCaskill and himself when it comes to integrity. McCaskill failed to pay personal property taxes on that “damned plane” for 4 years, yet billed the government for her use of it. Don’t let the people forget.
Akin opposed ObamaCare, No Child Left Behind, TARP etc. He is a strong supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights. Akin has been a hero of the conservative movement, reliably voting a conservative conscience – often to the consternation of the Establishment GOP. He must delineate the policy differences between himself and Clair McCaskill. McCaskill has been a cheerleader for Obama and his socialist policies. This should be easy to campaign against.
Akin now has 2 opponents: McCaskill and the establishment. In reality, this should help him, as both are so unpopular in Missouri. Hopefully his communications people can capitalize on this and avoid further gaffes.
Akin’s supporters are loyal and determined. They are energized, contributing to Akin’s campaign enthusiastically, raising $150,000 in 2 days. The Establishment GOP has cut off his funding in the hopes of forcing him to step aside. Akin has thumbed his nose at the Establishment and then stuck that thumb squarely in their eye. Perhaps he should be applauded for that! Given the distaste for the Establishment that the grassroots has, a turnaround in the polls might be possible if Akin exploits it.
Again, it rests upon the candidate himself, and especially his communications people, to effectively articulate the issues and distance the campaign from the gaffe. If they can do this, they might stage a comeback. It will be a miracle of Lazarus resurrection proportions, but miracles do happen, even if, in politics, they are rarer than abortions due to rape!
It remains to be seen whether Akin and his supporters are able to pull off such a miracle, or whether they’re just playing Weekend at Bernie’s with a mortally wounded candidate. But with Akin determined to stay in the race; those who desire McCaskill’s defeat better get behind him.