Congressman Todd Akin’s decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race will have a big impact on the November elections outside that state. And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
Todd Akin has made it official: He’s sorry for his ill-advised remark about “legitimate rape,” but he’s not getting out of the Senate race in Missouri.
Akin now becomes the GOP’s elephant in the room, if you’ll pardon the political pun.
Just about everybody else in the GOP — from Mitt Romney to the head of the Republican National Committee — want Akin to just go away. He is at best a painful, and potentially costly, distraction; at worst, a reminder to millions of women voters of why the Republican Party historically has a “gender gap.”
Romney was right to ask Akin to get lost. Akin hurts his party, and Romney, by staying in the race. But, he has the right to run, even if his candidacy sends all the wrong messages.
Going forward, Romney and other Republicans will have to continue to distance themselves from Akin. That’s not fair to them, but that’s politics.
Closer to home, isn’t it odd that Louisiana’s Republican leaders — especially Governor Bobby Jindal and Senator David Vitter — have been so silent about Akin’s comment even after Mitt Romney condemned it?
Sometimes, silence speaks volumes.
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