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Attention MO GOP Central Committee: Please Consider Sarah Steelman

I believe it is very likely that Missouri Representative Todd Akin will do the right thing tomorrow and file papers to drop out of the race to challenge Claire McCaskill, and I am not alone in this sentiment.  If and when he does, I will join Ann Coulter in praising Rep. Akin for putting the country and the fate of Obamacare, and quite possibly the Presidential election, ahead of his personal ambitions.

At that point, the members of the GOP Central Committee will have to come up with a name to replace Akin on the ballot. It is this group of individuals to whom I am specifically addressing in this Op/Ed.

As you deliberate your choices, please consider Sarah Steelman to replace Todd Akin.

As you know, Governor Palin endorsed Sarah Steelman:

As we seek to fundamentally restore our great nation to strength and prosperity, we must send more commonsense conservatives to the U.S. Senate.  We need sincere public servants who will fight for us, not the special interests and the permanent political class in Washington. Sarah Steelman will fight for all of Missouri and all of us, and that is why we must send her to D.C. this fall.

Sarah has run a grassroots campaign the way it should be run – handshake by handshake, voter by voter, farm to farm, not TV ad after TV ad.  As a former State Treasurer and State Senator, Sarah has often had to stand up to the political establishment – even those in her own party – to stop out of control spending and the destructive debt it leaves in its wake. As a mother of three, Sarah knows that we must cut our unsustainable debt to preserve our children’s future. She’ll fight hard for Ag families against the crushing regulations that the Obama administration has put on them.

Please join me in supporting Sarah Steelman for U.S. Senate. Let’s send a commonsense conservative woman from the Show Me state to show Washington how to get things done.

–       Sarah Palin

She recorded a tv commercial for Steelman:

She went to the "Show Me" State to campaign on Steelman’s behalf:

We here at C4P even had a chance to interview Sarah Steelman.

So it should come as no surprise that we are impressed by her credentials and join Governor Palin in the belief that she’s the right person for the job.

But there’s more to politics than being the right person with the right message and sometimes characteristics that should not necessarily be a factor when making the determination of who to support need to come into play. This is one of those times and in this instance, the characteristic in question is that of gender.

I say this as one who detests identity politics and is generally repelled by the notion of pulling the "gender card;" but it is because of the nature of damage Rep. Akin did to himself and to the GOP both in Missouri and nationally that I believe the answer to end this kerfuffle as quickly and quietly as possible is to choose a woman for the position.

Claire McCaskill invested a lot of money to run against Representative Akin, and is now coming to his defense. Gee, I wonder why. (Could it be that she doesn’t want her investment to go to waste?)

Replacing Rep. Akin with another male will only force McCaskill to change the name on the attack ads but not the tenor nor tone because secretly ALL GOP men feel that way, don’t you know. The message will be that the GOP is filled with sexist dinasaurs and the the GOP is an insensitive entity who does not understand the plight of women; and McCaskill will ride to victory in a year where she should have been crispy fried with a side of bacon.

As this issue has already long since gone national (welcome to the Twitter era), all those seeking office will face the Akin question, especially if the replacement is a man. The "war on women" is back on the table and instead of talking about the destruction Claire McCaskill and Obama have wrought on our Republic, we’ll be talking about how out of touch the GOP is and how many Republicans fall into Rep. Akin’s "legitimate rape" trap.

Is this fair? No. But politics usually is not fair.

The quickest way to mitigate this problem and staunch the bleeding is to have a solid female Conservative take his place. Quoting Ann Coulter:

Republicans could still win this seat, especially by replacing Akin with Sarah Steelman, the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate who came in a very close third in the primary. Right now, any of the other primary candidates would be a better bet than Akin. But an attractive, pro-life, Palin-endorsed Republican woman is a shoe-in to beat McCaskill. Especially after this.

Of course, Rep. Akin has to make the first move. But after that, it’s all on you, Missouri GOP Central Committee.

I humbly request that you take the points and reasoning made in this article into serious consideration. We still have a chance to pick up this seat. Please choose wisely.




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  • palin45potus

    She’d have my vote

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    The Governor, of course, was right all along!!

    Come on, GOP of the SHOW ME State, SHOW US some common sense and some patriotic love of country.


    • BlueGood

      Leftoids are commenting with glee on our very few conservative news sites, Ottawa Sun & Toronto Sun…below is my Post this morning, 4 times as there were two articales in each site!

      Atkin was suckered by the most obvious ploy of the Leftoid/Feminist Industrial Complex. That said, he was absolutely stupid to reply as he did. 

      He will step aside. LOL…the McCaskill/DNC team spent $2 Million getting Atkin’s win in the Primary…. 

      Sarah Steelman with step up, take the Senate seat away from one who is viewed as the most corrupt senators in the U.S. 

      Mrs. Steelman scares the poop outa the DNC….and McCaskill’s $2 M is wasted

      …all in all a great day for Conservatives in Mo. 

      And Sarah Palin’s record of nominating excellent choices will shoot back above the 2010 success rate of over 70%. 

      Bring it on Leftoids of Canada!…attack!   LMAO

      oh, and Surprise…I caught the last few minutes of Stars Earn Stripes last nite, did not know until then it was being carried by Global TV network…will watch next weeks for sure!

      God Bless Folks!


      • BrianusBerkleianus

        Thanks, BlueGood, and God bless!!

  • MaMcGriz

    Well done, MB. I sincerely hope the predictions about Mr. Akin stepping down come true and this message about the wisdom and need of selecting Ms.Steelman to replace him is received and heeded by the Missouri GOP Central Committee.

    • BrianusBerkleianus

      Amen, Ma!!

  • HuntingMoose


    the question is not who they will choose but how stupid will they be in such a no-brainer choice


    gender should not be an issue except in exactly this case where you have this kind of stupidity and you are running against a woman and consequently, no male person except a more-left-than-PlannedAbortionHood male can diffuse this at cost of loosing many conservatives.

    so Sarah-who-almost-won or Ann-who?. Choose Ann and you give the perfect arrogant signal to your base that you don’t care about them like the GOP 2 years ago in that NY-17 debacle.

    • RodPatrick

      Well taken.  This could be the collateral damage of such action.  

      But at the end of the day,  we have to make decisions and make plans to mitigate the unintended effects … something that GOP-E has no capacity to think about.

      Be as it may, Steelman is still the best shot to solve the unimaginable and unproven Vagina-Rape-Theory of Akin.

  • Guest

    To change horses will unarm the disgruntle voters to apathy.
    Best not to cause confusion with a new face.
    Perhaps, it would be good for Akin , should he step down,
    to recommend his replacement to GOP decision makers.
    This would be healthy for voters evaluation since he did
    lead in the primary.
    Most unfortunate his situation; commend him for admitting his error which, IMHO, is an
    indicator of humble maturity to step aside.

  • MaMcGriz

    I think if he doesn’t step aside, this will prove to have been another Republican millstone moment.

    And no, I didn’t mean to type milestone. I meant millstone.

    • bucky321

      if he stays in  he will lose

  • RodPatrick


    This must be the headline of all Red-blooded community in the Internet in the next three days.  

    If Paul Ryan still remembers his roots, he must endorse Steelman to replace Akin!

  • VADMCollingwood

    No. Wrong.  Steelman is not the right candidate for this race.  

    Trust us.  Claire and I are experts.  We know these things.  

    s/ K. Rove
    Chevalier de Bush

    • Mary Beth House

      Ah Rove, I should trust your instincts, should I?  I mean when have you been wrong before?


  • Alaska Patriot

    Very well stated Mary Beth House!

  • SonOfOriginalTed

    It appears that Romney’s selection of Ryan more than assures GOP’s November defeat because Ryan quelled off any chance of a Tampa rebellion ultimately dumping Romney for Palin.  

    The irony is that the answer to the Akin problem is not just Steelman, but it’s really a Romney problem as well, and the answer is/was Palin.

  • smbren

    Like, Mary Beth. Like.Like.Like.

  • Jon Kelly

    A movement needs a leader. Sarah has assumed this role and made us more relevant. Back her in these decisions and I guarantee it will allow common sense conservatives to wield more power in Republican circles.

  • Vicki

    I’m curious as to why Sarah Steelman didn’t win. What is the theory? Not enough money? Because Missouri is not that different from Texas.

    • dave7777

       My opinion…Akin looked good on paper and had a lot of conservative endorsements…Huckabee, the tea  party from Texas, and other evangelicals. Steelman had Palin. It came down to money. McCaskill and the dems poured millions into Akin’s campaign. Had it not been a three man race, Steelman might have fared better.

      • n4cerinc

        Right, so the Conservative votes basically got split against the establishment Brunner. But given this development with Akin, it will take a Woman to fix this. 

      • friskyness

         Missouri is a stupid state for allowing Dems to vote in a Republican primary.  I don"t understand states that allow that.  Unless it’s to water down the candidates and only pick the rino’s. But you see what happens, the worse candidate wins. GOPe always shoots itself in the foot.

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    Naming Steelman could help the GOPe with the Tea Party and with grass roots conservatives. Of course, that would be the smart thing to do. With both the Tea Party and the GOPe behind Steelman, she would win and put a strong pro-life conservative in the Senate, and there would be some measure of reconciliation.

  • Timothy Jacques

    Jonah Goldberg

    If the GOP worked the way a lot of people think, Akin would have woken
    up with a horse head in his bed, or a huge check under his door. 

  • isabel matos

    Absolutely Mary Beth! 

    Great job on your commentary yesterday by the way.  You were 1000% right!

    Of course, Steelman would be the best pick.  Just make sure ReINce PRIEBUS doesn’t get his dirty little paws all over this outcome. (winking)

  • Ric

    MBH, you do realize this is the MO GOPe, that will be in charge?

    I agree with you and Gov. Palin with the Steelman choice to put this behind us.

    Do keep in mind that men are not the only Senate wannabees that mispeak – Think Angle and O’Donnell…

    Steelman would get my vote… barring a major screw up… as last cycle.

    • Mary Beth House

      Yep I know who’s involved.  ;)

  • DocBarry1

    Steelman all the way – Gov Palin was rt – rt from the start – when is the GOPe going to understand follow her lead

  • UnhyphenatedAmericanVet

    Mary, great combination of Pic to heading on the main page, it made me Laugh when I saw it last night, and then a great post to go with it! Go Sarah, Sarah, Go Sarah, Sarah…


  • n4cerinc

    About that PPP Poll:

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