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August 23, 2012 5:57 PM How Many Pieces of Silver To Buy Off Akin’s Base?

By Ed Kilgore

I’m not sure of the exact timing on this—i.e., don’t know if it was sent out before or after the new Rasumussen poll showing Todd Akin looking like roadkill in Missouri—but for what it’s worth, Mike Huckabee, a man with the power to disrupt ordained GOP messaging, has sent out an email (per Time’s Halperin) sticking by Akin come hell or high water:

The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left him behind on the political battlefield, wounded and bleeding, a casualty of his self-inflicted, but not intentional wound. In a Party that supposedly stands for life, it was tragic to see the carefully orchestrated and systematic attack on a fellow Republican. Not for a moral failure or corruption or a criminal act, but for a misstatement which he contritely and utterly repudiated. I was shocked by GOP leaders and elected officials who rushed so quickly to end the political life of a candidate over a mistaken comment in an interview. This was a serious mistake, but it was blown out of proportion not by the left, but by Akin’s own Republican Party. Is this what the party really thinks of principled pro-life advocates? Do we forgive and forget the verbal gaffes of Republicans who are “conveniently pro-life” for political advantage, but crucify one who truly believes that every life is sacred?

The references to Akin being “left behind” and “crucified” obviously have some resonance with Huck’s large tribe of fans. But it gets more direct:

Who ordered this “Code Red” on Akin? There were talking point memos sent from the National Republican Senatorial Committee suggesting language to urge Akin to drop out. Political consultants were ordered to stay away from Akin or lose future business with GOP committees. Operatives were recruited to set up a network of pastors to call Akin to urge him to get out. Money has changed hands to push him off the plank. It is disgraceful. From the spotlights of political offices and media perches, it may appear that the demand for Akin’s head is universal in the party. I assure you it is not. There is a vast, but mostly quiet army of people who have an innate sense of fairness and don’t like to see a fellow political pilgrim bullied. If Todd Akin loses the Senate seat, I will not blame Todd Akin. He made his mistake, but was man enough to admit it and apologize. I’m waiting for the apology from whoever the genius was on the high pedestals of our party who thought it wise to not only shoot our wounded, but run over him with tanks and trucks and then feed his body to the liberal wolves. It wasn’t just Todd Akin that was treated with contempt by the thinly veiled attack on Todd Akin. It was all the people who have faithfully knocked doors, made calls, and made sacrificial contributions to elect Republicans because we thought we were welcome in the party. Todd Akin owned his mistake. Who will step up and admit the effort being made to discredit Akin and apologize for the sleazy way it’s been handled?

Are your ears burning, Karl Rove?

In any event, if the powers-that-be in the GOP succeed in coming up with the proper Severance Package to separate Todd Akin from his spot on the November 6 ballot, they may need to cut a separate deal with Huck and his Christian Right friends. You don’t agree to crucify your comrade-in-faith without at least thirty pieces of silver.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Peter C on August 23, 2012 6:08 PM:

    Whoa! Tanks and trucks and a body thrown to the 'liberal wolves', eh? Has the invasion of Lubbock started early? I'd have thought that the UN would have landed their tanks in 'liberal' Houston and moved north to Lubbock and not snuck into Missouri in order to head south.

    /snark off

  • Col Bat Guano on August 23, 2012 6:24 PM:

    Hey, Huckabee, any chance you are going to figure out that the money guys have been using rubes like you for 30 years to get them into office and then ignoring you? I didn't think so.

  • hells littlest angel on August 23, 2012 6:49 PM:

    Who ordered the Code Red on Jesus? Was it Judas, or was he just a patsy?

  • Kathryn on August 23, 2012 7:03 PM:

    My, my, my, the Republican Convention should be quite entertaining. Smoothing ruffled feathers doesn't appear to be something Romney does well (exactly what he does well is anybody's guess). The Huckabee evangelical wing must be smarting too from Ryan, their former fellow traveler, joining the chorus trying to dump Akin for saying out loud what he believed up to a few days ago, possibly minus the magical thinking on the female body natural rape shield, but only possibly. Just who is driving this car?

  • schtick on August 23, 2012 8:28 PM:

    Huckabee, anything you say doesn't mean squat. You are a tealiban christian which means you pray to and for the money and ram your religion up...er...down everyone's throat. "cough"cough"

    crapcha....Practicable raryis....exactly that

  • bluestatedon on August 23, 2012 10:58 PM:

    I love the smell of Republican fratricide in the evening.

  • LosGatosCA on August 24, 2012 7:56 AM:

    Rasmussen is a Republican masquerading as a polling operation. He simply uses his poll to distort the reporting on the races in a way to support establishment Republican goals.

    There is no 10 point lead for McCaskill, this is simply a club to use against Akin to force him out.

  • Northeast Elizabeth on August 24, 2012 8:19 AM:

    That's right, Ed -- make sure your ignorant echo chamber contains nothing but boring, repetitive unoriginal references to rethuglicans and tealibans and other liberal tripe. And delete all the comments that point out the obvious truth - that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick, had his lawyer call her a lying slut, and is now the titular head of the Democratic party. That's right -- a RAPIST!!!

    Ed, you of course have the right to delete any comment you like (as you simultaneously campaign to insure that only liberal media corporations have free speech rights). But I also have the right to point out that Bill Clinton is a rapist every time you make one of your boring posts about Akin. So, better ban my IP -- not going away until you do, jackass!!

  • James M on August 24, 2012 8:37 AM:

    First. Wow! Who is this Northeast Elizabeth? Al was always more polite!

    Also, I have just been watching MSNBC regarding the Mike Huckabee revolt. As Col Bat Guano pointed out above, it does seem strange that Mr. Huckabee is just figuring out that the GOP has no more interest in the evangelical right than a frat boy has in the object of a drunken one night stand. However, if Mr. Huckabee does decide to go off the reservation in his convention speech things could be get really interesting.

    Who knows, Mitt might be privately praying for the hurricane to hit(What was he going to say anyway??)!

  • Marnie on August 24, 2012 8:49 AM:

    Perhaps the Repos are dumping on Akin because they know very personally how deep rooted in sexism and wilfull stupidity, and abuse of women, from Akins lips back at least to the beginings of Christianity, Jewism and other major faiths, lies.

    Who better to understand that than those who share the same beliefs, and willfull abuse.

    Akin didn't use the right words because he didn't read the Republican coded phrased, he translated them for all to see.

    What he said wasn't the sin it was how he phrased it becasue what he said can't be parsed by the Rovians.

  • MuddyLee on August 24, 2012 8:50 AM:

    Dear Mike Huckabee: remember when the faith based adviser quit during the Bush-Cheney administration? And how he said he was tired of hearing Rove yelling curses out of his office? GOP faithful: Karl Rove is an agnostic - he only cares about the big money republicans. He only cares about winning - You cannot serve God AND Mammon. Paul Ryan gives out copies of Ayn Rand novels, not the Bible. You guys have sold your souls to the Karl-Rove-Koch-Brothers-Ayn-Rand devils. May you be "left behind" in November.

  • bluestatedon on August 24, 2012 9:22 AM:

    "(as you simultaneously campaign to insure that only liberal media corporations have free speech rights)"

    Please identify the liberal media organizations you're referring to. Please also describe precisely how Ed Kilgore is attempting to deprive conservative media corporations of their First Amendment rights.
    Please also describe how you came to the conclusion that Bill Clinton is the head of the Democratic Party, instead of the incumbent Democratic President.

  • ottercliff on August 24, 2012 1:37 PM:

    So the requirements of declaring oneself pro-life have been extended to include not verbally attacking any Republican politicians? What next, owning a semi-automatic is a prerequisite of calling yourself pro-life?

  • Lance on August 24, 2012 2:55 PM:

    When Republicans were asking Akin to leave the race, it was with the assurance that if he did he'd get EVERYTHING HE WANTS on abortion.

    A total ban with no exceptions.

    So what's the difference?

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