The National Review’s Deroy Murdock has written an interesting piece in which he suggests one step the Republican Party can take to distance itself from the one-man wrecking crew known as Todd Akin. Murdock first details just how invaluable Akin has become to the Democrat Party in their quest to change the subject from Obama’s disastrous record:
Left to his own devices, Congressman Todd Akin (R., Mo.) will become the Typhoid Mary of modern American politics.
After shocking the nation with his bizarre and appalling theory that each female victim of “legitimate rape” magically turns this horrifying experience into an opportunity for self-contraception, Akin should have done the right thing and excused himself from the campaign to replace U.S. senator Claire McCaskill, the Show-Me State’s Democratic incumbent.
But — lacking both the self-awareness to see himself as a massive liability in his Missouri race and the party loyalty to understand the threat he poses to the entire Republican party — Akin insists on staying on the ballot until November.
This will be an utter catastrophe for the GOP — from St. Louis to San Diego to Seattle to Sarasota to Seabrook.
Any American who does not know Akin’s name already is about to hear it non-stop, thanks to Democrats who cannot believe the beautifully wrapped gift that Akin just handed them. Rather than engage the buoyant Paul Ryan and the re-energized Mitt Romney or explain to seniors why President Obama swiped $716 billion from Medicare to finance Obamacare, Democrats will have a much more startling theme to pound home until November: Republicans are soft on rape.
Around the clock, Democratic candidates, spokesmen, commercials, and the party’s foot soldiers in the news media will labor sedulously to transform the party of Lincoln and Reagan into the party of Akin. By Election Day, Akin will be more famous, ubiquitous, and inescapable than Kim Kardashian. His twisted comments on rape will be played again and again, with spooky music, scary edits, and every instrument in the campaign consultant’s tool box applied to amplify this message.
By November 6, the only woman who will vote for Mitt Romney will be Ann Romney — maybe.
I can’t disagree with any of that. Indeed the Democrats are already planning on making their entire convention about Akin and the GOP’s “war on women”. Don’t believe me? Check out this graphic the DNC has produced and is aggressively circulating in the media:
This is no longer just about Missouri. Given Akin’s pig-headed refusal to face reality and get out, that’s gone. The Democrat Party has been the recipient of an enormous gift and they plan to use it across the country. Thanks, Todd. It’ll no longer be the Romney-Ryan ticket Obama’s running against, but the Romney-Ryan-Akin ticket. You can’t really blame them since they certainly can’t run on their record. Sadly, the reality is that this could work if Republicans don’t take immediate and well-publicized steps to distance themselves from this idiot. What can they do? Murdock has a suggestion (emphasis added):
Ever-increasing pressure should fall on Akin’s shoulders over the next few days.
Does Akin want to be the man whom history will recall as guaranteeing McCaskill’s reelection, possibly keeping the U.S. Senate in the hands of hardened liberal Democrat, Harry Reid?
Does Akin hope to be known in perpetuity as the cause of Barack Obama’s reelection, notwithstanding the multifarious merits of the Romney-Ryan ticket?
Does Akin want to lie on his deathbed and exhale his last breath while trying vainly to forget that he made it impossible to repeal Obamacare, reverse the rampant damage of the Obama years, and turn America from the path to decline?
If such thoughts do not penetrate Akin’s thick skull by next Monday evening, the Grand Old Party should take dramatic, collective action against him.
On its opening evening in Tampa, the Republican National Convention should vote on prime-time television to denounce Akin, reject his wretched comments, disassociate the party from him, and pledge that no GOP resources will be deployed to support his campaign. Each delegation should express itself on this matter through a roll call of the states. The decision should be overwhelming, if not unanimous, against Akin.
There’s no guarantee that will be enough in and of itself, but it’s certainly a good start. If the entire GOP convention votes on national television to denounce Akin, it will be much more difficult for the Democrats to pull this off. They’ll still try, of course, but the strategy’s effectiveness will be greatly diminished. And who knows, maybe such concerted action by the GOP will force Akin to confront reality, withdraw from the race, and crawl back into the cave from whence he emerged.