Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Akin misunderstands liberals

Embattled GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin tweeted this evening "I apologized but the liberal media is trying to make me drop out. Please stand w/ me tonight by signing my petition at..."  As a liberal, I'd like nothing more than a continued Akin candidacy.  From a practical standpoint, it makes a Democrat-controlled Senate much more likely.  More generally, Akin's continued presence lends more support to Democrats' warnings of extremist Republicans running amok should they gain control.  That Akin and Paul Ryan have a similar voting record on social issues doesn't hurt, either.

1 comment:

Val said...

He's not misunderstanding anything. He needs to shore up and excite his base (the TeaParty Republicans who nominated him over the objections of the establishment) without further alienating the rest of the Republicans in the state (because he still needs their votes to beat McCaskill). Invoking a common enemy does that, while admitting that it's the Republican establishment that wants him out would further split his support.