This is merely based on an email from a Missouri GOP consultant to NRO’s Katrina Trinko:
“The buzz today is there is a last-ditch effort underway involving a swap with Ann Wagner,” the consultant writes. “Wagner is the nominee for Akin’s old congressional district and has long standing connections with many on the state committee given her deep involvement in the Party on the state and national levels. This allows a woman to replace Akin, which almost all agree is the wisest choice and gives Akin an opportunity to stay in public office by running for re-election.”
It would be a minor shake-up that would allow Todd Akin to save face and possibly keep his seat, but more importantly, put a popular Republican woman in the race against McCaskill for a seat Republicans have to win.
Senate Republicans, tea party republicans, conservative bloggers, conservative radio talk-show hosts, conservative pundits — EVERYONE but his seriously deluded sycophants know that Todd Akin is putting the future of the country in peril by staying in this race. He needs to bow out, or trade places with Ann Wagner before 5:00 pm today.
Via Jim Geraghty, take a look of the list of conservatives calling on Akin to withdraw.
Among the comments the NRSC is spotlighting this morning:
- Radio/TV Host Sean Hannityurged Akin yesterday to reconsider running and reminded him that “elections are bigger than one person”
- Radio Host Mark Levin similarly urged Akin to step aside saying this race is far too important to risk losing to the Democrats.
- National Review’s Jim Geraghty observes, Who Isn’t Calling for Akin’s Withdrawal? Claire McCaskill & Planned Parenthood.
- Columnist/Radio Host Dennis Prager penned a column for Townhall.com calling on his fellow pro-life leaders to join him in disavowing Akin’s remarks.
- Columnist Charles Krauthammer on Fox News last night called Akin “toxic” and said “he’s got to go”
- Radio Host Hugh Hewitt tweeted – “If Akin drops out and GOP wins Senate, he has career. If he stays in and GOP doesn’t win Senate, infamy and injury to prolife cause”
- Author Ann Coulterpenned a column in Human Events calling on Akin to do the right thing and step aside for the good of the pro-life movement
- National Review editorial boardcalled on Akin to step aside, writing in part, “Akin is a stalwart conservative and an honorable man, we regret to say that he inspires no such confidence”
- Wall Street Journal editorial board also called on Akin to step aside, writing in part, “Having uttered one of the more offensive and ill-informed comments in recent years, Mr. Akin could cost his party a seat it is favored to win this November and thus possible control of the Senate.”
- The Tea Party Expresscalled on Akin to step aside saying “It is critical that we defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in November, but it will be too difficult to achieve that with Todd Akin as the conservative alternative.”
His comments on Sunday were bad, but the fact that he’s bitterly clinging to his candidacy in the face of such overwhelming opposition, while citing the obviouslyfraudulent PPP poll as a reason to stay in the race convinces me that he is not up for this race.
El Rushbo echoed yours truly on his show, today, when he said, “I Don’t Want A Joe Biden On Our Side”.
Same thing I said in my conversation with a diehard Akin supporter on Twitter, last night:
@Rmueting It's not fair, but we don't get to have Joe Bidens in the Republican party. And we shouldn't want them, either.—
Nice Deb (@NiceDeb) August 21, 2012
Akin is scheduled to be on the Sean Hannity Show in the next hour.
American Crossroads President and CEO Steven Law released the following statement:
“Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama’s most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?”
Mitt Romney: Todd Akin should drop out of Senate race