Congressman Todd Akin does a fine job in an interview Wednesday with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. Watch it here.
You knew it was coming. The Dems have no one to blame but themselves. Here it is.
World Net Daily is reporting that the number of Republican and conservative leaders wanting Karl Rove to step aside from running campaigns is growing.
This is a story that is still unfolding and reflects a growing intensity among conservatives fed up with establishment, moderate leaders in the GOP.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Star reports that Akin campaign staff are concerned about threats made against them and their families.
The iconic leader of Eagle Forum has issued the following:
From: Eagle Forum <email@example.com> Subject: Phyllis Schlafly Calls on Karl Rove to Resign <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Saturday, September 1, 2012, 8:37 AM
September 1, 2012
Karl Rove has made himself toxic to Republicans by his incredibly offensive and dangerous statement suggesting the murder of Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri. Any candidate or network who hires Rove will now be tarnished with this most malicious remark ever made in Republican politics.
Just imagine if someone had made that statement about Barack Obama. The Secret Service would go on Red Alert and you can bet that the author of that remark would be in jail by now.
As quoted by a Businessweek reporter and now on the internet, Rove in Tampa told some 70 big donors to his Super PAC, American Crossroads, that every attendee should apply pressure to “sink Todd Akin” and force him out of the Senate race for which Missourians had nominated him. Then Rove said that if Akin were “found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts.”
This stunning attack on Akin is now reported as a joke. Sorry, Karl, it isn’t funny to joke about murdering a Congressman.
Rove has disliked Akin ever since Akin was one of the principled members of the U.S. House who voted against George W. Bush’s extravagant expansion of Medicare when the vote was called at 5:53 am in November 2003. Akin is a man of principle who doesn’t cave in to political pressure, so he’s not Rove’s kind of politician.
Rove tried to excuse his obscene joke by saying he would not have said it if he had known a reporter was in the room. That makes his statement worse! Is murder the kind of secret political advice Rove gives to Republican donors and candidates who hire him?
A private phone call by Rove to Akin to sort of apologize does not erase the public offense. At the very least Rove should make a public apology. But even that can’t wipe out his gross political mistake.
Karl Rove is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. We don’t want any more of his advice in secret briefings or publicly on Fox News. Missourians don’t want politicians from other states telling us who to run for the Senate.
Rove has been calling on Todd Akin to resign, but the one who should resign because he made an embarrassing, malicious, and downright stupid remark is Karl Rove.
After calling for Todd Akin to withdraw from his bid to unseat incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill because Akin misspoke, Republican icon strategist Karl Rove apologized Friday to Akin after making comments about Akin and murder.
His comments came amid reports that Akin, his family and campaign staff have received death threats. The threats are considered so serious that the FBI is looking into the matter. Threatening a congressman with death is a felony.
Rove called Akin Saturday and offered an apology. Akin accepted it.
The irony here is Rove, who misspoke about murder, Akin, his family and campaign workers, has been among the most vocal Republicans calling for Akin to step aside and let someone else run against the highly vunerable McCaskill.
Akin’s remarks about women and rape, Akin explained, was an error where the words he spoke did not match the belief in his heart. He apologized on statewide television and went even a step further, asking Missourians to forgive him.
Reaction begins to Rove’s “Akin mysteriously murdered” comment.
|PAC Chairman Calls on Mitt Romney to Dump Karl Rove
WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — Karl Rove’s “joke” about murdering Congressman Todd Akin was so distasteful as to shame the entire Republican Party, says William J. Murray, Chairman of Government Is Not God — PAC.
According to trusted media sources during a closed meeting Karl Rove stated, “We should sink Todd Akin. If he’s found mysteriously murdered, don’t look for my whereabouts!” Rove spent millions of dollars supporting Akin’s opponent in the Missouri primary and is now trying to discredit Akin over a misstatement he made shortly after winning.
Murray said, “Congressman Akin made a misstatement on the subject of rape and conception for which he apologized. Apparently Karl Rove believes the apology is not enough and that Akin should pay with his life. Jokes about murder are not jokes when it comes to politicians where the risks of assassination are real.”
“If Karl Rove does not immediately apologize to Congressman Akin then Presidential candidate Mitt Romney should publicly demand that he apologize. If Karl Rove refuses to apologize to Congressman Akin then Governor Romney should publically disassociate himself from the consultant and his super-PAC,” said Murray.
Government Is Not God — PAC of which William J. Murray is chairman supported the pro-life Todd Akin during the primary. After Akin’s misstatement Murray, along with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stood with Todd Akin despite Rove’s ravings that he step down.
In recent weeks reports have surfaced that death threats have been made against Congressman Todd Akin, his family and now, just this week, his campaign staff. Threatening a congressman is a felony and the FBI is taking the threats seriously. Now comes this incredibly reckless statement by Karl Rove.