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Iceberg Dead Ahead for the Republican Party
Fear, Loathing and Republican Morality
It is now 'Sunday Come to Meeting' time for the Republican Party. Todd Akin's decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race against Sen. Claire McCaskill will soon present a dilemma for the Republican Party. When Akin uttered his now infamous definition of 'Legitimate Rape', Republicans ran quickly away from his candidacy. What could they do? They had already misjudged and underestimated the women's vote - so by saying nothing or continuing to support Akin, would show their insensitivity to women's issues. Even Mitt Romney's suggestion that he fall on his sword and abandon the race went unheeded The Republican Senatorial committee withdrew funds followed quickly by condemnation of the leadership and other party faithful. The 'fail-safe' point of Akin's candidacy was reached and his decision remained the same. If one were to believe the Republican hierarchy was made up of clear thinking individuals their decision would be an easy one.. 'stay the course' and lick your wounds after the election. McCaskill's numbers continue to rise, but Akin continues to receive support from his base. Now comes the dilemma. Republicans believe McCaskill is still a 'weak' candidate and the posibility remains the seat could still be taken. The political landscape has changed and there is a real possibility the Republicans can lose seats thus making Akin's chair even more critical. Gingrich was the first to come home to Akin and then Santorum. The NRSC has now taken a second look at Akin. All that is left is for Romney and Ryan to re-endorse him. Do the Republicans take the high road and continue to keep their distance from Akin or do they prove that they are still the emotionally bankrupt and morally defunct party they have shown themselves to be this election cycle.