Forget all the conspiracy theories about Ron Paul supporters, it appears we have an official group of folks who are stepping in to make trouble for Mitt Romney’s nomination: Todd Akin supporters!
Not only did Todd Akin’s comments on rape embarrass the GOP, risk our chances for a good Senate seat crucial for future votes, or extend burdensome consequences to the remainder of the party, it appears his supporters are falling in line with him who are taking it even further. Now that Akin is feeling the financial consequences; despite holding countless news conferences to announce he’s staying in multiple times, his supporters are trying to make trouble in Tampa.
PR Newswire via YAHOO! has the following (emphasis added):
TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Supporters of embattled U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican U.S. Senate candidate , today called on pro-life delegates to the Republican National Convention to delay any Presidential nomination for Mitt Romney until GOP financial support for Akin’s candidacy is restored and Romney answers questions about his income from an abortion-related Bain Capital deal.
Troy Newman, president of the anti-abortion group Operation Rescue, said, “Heaven sent a hurricane to hold off Gov. Romney’s coronation, so today we’re urging pro-life GOP delegates to abstain from any voting on Romney’s nomination until all GOP financial support for Todd Akin is reinstated and details of Romney’s income tax returns in connection with Bain’s Stericycle investment have been made public.”
You can read the whole piece here.
It’s really a shame that “pro-life” activists cannot separate the idea of a primary versus a general election. Didn’t they vet Mitt Romney during the primary? It is preposterous to now come out with questions and further demand others you align yourself with to put the rest of the country at risk by delaying a nomination of a presidential candidate for a general election.
We don’t have the luxury of time. Every single time a group like this chooses to squander precious time and energy on things which only help the Obama campaign, it becomes apparent just how selfish they are. It is important that Romney beat Obama for the whole country’s sake rather than risk his nomination all for one candidate who is probably going to lose anyway — either to McCaskill or a good write-in candidate.
Further, while Todd Akin is not mentioned here being directly linked to this demand or tactic, he needs to respond immediately by denouncing it. If he does not, it only confirms he has no interest in his party or the country and once again is being led by his own ego.