The Missouri Congressman and Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin running against Claire McCaskill has made some controversial remarks regarding rape and abortion.
Akin is said by many House and Show Me State Republicans to be far to the right and, at times, erratic.
Republicans are darn lucky that Congress isn’t in session now, or this would be an even bigger problem.
For now, watch for these likely developments:
- The Obama campaign, the DSCC, the DCCC, and the DNC will all make a huge deal of this, stoking the gender gap, making the Romney-Ryan position on abortion a bigger deal than they already are, and looking to stir up division and trouble in almost every race in the nation.
- McCaskill has already started responding, and/but she won’t let up.
- There will be pressure on Akin to apologize and recant; I’m not sure how likely that is.
- The DSCC, the McCaskill campaign and the Missouri press will widely circulate other controversial statements Akin has made in the past.
- Pundits will wonder how Akin got the nomination and speculate that McCaskill’s chances of holding the seat just went way up.
- Akin will be compared to all sorts of past failed GOP nominees, including Sharron Angle.
- Mitt Romney will be asked to weigh in, and, if past is prologue, he won’t handle it all that well.
- Republican leaders and senior strategists will have a lot of private conversations about how to handle this.
- Some women Republicans will respond in force (paging the Gentleladies from Maine).
- The cast of “The Five” will be in stitches — IF they choose to take it up.
UPDATE: Akin now says he “misspoke.”
UPDATE: Romney spox Amanda Henneberg says in a statement:
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”