I guess we can kiss all that talk about Mike Huckabee intervening and talking some sense to Todd Akin good-bye. In a long and rambling condemnation of the GOP’s common sense desire to replace Akin with a candidate who can win, Huckabee basically spouts the same irrelevancies as Akin:
The Party’s leaders have for reasons that aren’t rational, left [Akin] 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?
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?
I’ve always believed and still do, that if you don’t honor your friendships, you don’t honor yourself. And I consider Todd a friend. So I will join Todd as often as I can, in his fight for our Party’s pro-life policies, traditional marriage and our efforts to rein in the massive expansion of government under President Obama. Todd is being systematically scourged for one thing he said. Is that more important than what Claire McCaskill has DONE over her 6 years in the Senate? If you’d like to join the fight, and help defeat a Democrat Senator standing in the way of a conservative majority, I encourage you to join me. The party has decided it won’t help. In fact, it has decided that it will try to cut off the supply lines to Akin to pressure him to exit and let the party bosses overturn the voters of Missouri and pick their own candidate. If this can happen to Todd Akin, who is next?
I’ve heard the talk of new deadlines and the nonsense about the Republican Party running a 3rd party candidate, but I am no longer listening to that noise. The idea that our Party would continue to play games behind the scenes and feed the Democrats make-believe narrative of the GOP’s fictional war on women is equally ridiculous. Now is the time to focus on electing a conservative Senate Majority. And if the NRSC and RNC and the money-rich PACS won’t help Todd Akin get us to the majority, then we’ll do it without them. And his seat will not have been sold to the highest bidder, but obtained by the highest principles.
None of this is remotely relevant. It wasn’t when Akin said it to Hannity. Twice. And it isn’t when Huckabee repeated it today. Who cares if Akin has a conservative record and is sorry he “misspoke” or was “misinformed by doctors”? He can’t win. He’s toxic. There’s a reason Democrats spent $2 million to boost Akin in the primary: they knew sooner or later he’d do or say something spectacularly stupid. They were right. Lucky for us Akin imploded before it was too late for Republicans to fix the problem.
But Huckabee isn’t bright enough to see the problem. Either that or he simply prefers that Republicans throw precious resources down the drain by diverting money to a candidate who has zero chance of winning. Why does Huckabee believe that guaranteeing a McCaskill victory in Missouri and placing an anchor around the necks of Republicans across the country will advance the causes he claims to care about? How, precisely, does that work? Dan Riehl suggests Huckabee’s motives are based more on his desire to raise the dismal ratings for his radio show than anything else:
The forever self-promoting Huckster Mike Huckabee isn’t speaking to voters as a politician. His political career is effectively over and he’s trying – and flailing – at becoming the new king of conservative talk radio. His ratings there suggest, he’s not only flailing, but failing, miserably at it.
All he is actually looking to do here is carve out a position for himself opposed to the GOP political establishment. Heck, his well known liberal tendencies beyond certain social issues suggest he has more in common with them, than the fiscally conservative grassroots. Huckabee is all show and no dough at this point, without improved radio ratings that are never going to materialize. And this latest trick should be viewed as what it is, a play for attention, not the actions of a serious political thinker dedicated to taking back control of the Senate, or the American government as a whole for a conservative agenda.
No argument here. This latest pious buffoonery from the Huckster raises a number of questions. Given that practically the entire Republican Party, from the Establishment to the base, wants Akin to go away, why will Huckabee be speaking at the RNC? Reince Priebus doesn’t want Akin within 1000 miles of Tampa and yet Akin’s only prominent supporter has a prime time speaking slot. Why? How will the Huckster’s full-throated support of Akin help Republicans distance themselves from him? I won’t, of course, and I can only conclude that Riehl is on to something. As is usually the case, Huckabee’s rant is all about Huckabee.
Oh, before I forget, one more question: When Huckabee dismisses the idea that Republicans run a third party candidate as “nonsense”, to whom is he directing his criticism?