No question that yesterday was not a good day for the Republican brand with revelations about skinny dipping Congressman Kevin Yoder of Kansas and the stupid 'macaca' statement by Congressman and would-be candidate for the U.S. Senate from Missouri Todd Akin.
We hate to get on the band wagon, but Akin should step aside for both the good of the Romney-Ryan ticket and for preserving the hope of G.O.P. control (takeover if you're a liberal) of the U.S. Senate this fall. His comments were stupid and inappropriate. It was another macaca statement that will guarantee his loss if he stays in for the election. And, with the possibility of Obama winning this fall it becomes even more important that the Republicans, not Harry Reid, control the U.S. Senate as well as the House of Representatives.
The worst thing any politician can do is go off script. That's what Akin did and it's fatal in this case. The next worst thing a politician should do is not forget that when he puts on a silly costume or does something stupid with others around, that it will not come back to haunt him....
With that said, we thought we'd share with you a column written by Rich Galen, a frequent guest on Fox and other cable networks which pretty well assesses what the 'revelations' of yesterday cost the Republican Party.
We'll come back to that later.
Instead it was all about Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) who was asked during a TV interview whether he thought abortion was justified in cases of rape.
Akin responded thus:
That statement is so wrong on so many levels that you have to wonder whether (a) Akin slept through junior high health class, and (b) what the hell's an illegitimate rape?"
Akin is running for U.S. Senate against the weakest Democrat incumbent in the land, Missouri's U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill.
In just 18 words, Todd "The Geneticist" Akin took a race in which he was favored and, maybe, handed control of the Senate back to the Democrats next January.
It didn't take long for everyone from Mitt Romney, who said Akin's comments were "insulting, inexcusable and, frankly, wrong;" to the Chairman of the GOP Senate campaign Committee, John Cornyn (R-Tx) who said Akin's words were "wrong, offensive, and indefensible;" and called on Akin to "rethink his candidacy."
That would have been more than enough to wreck the day, but noooooo.
Politico.com had reported Sunday night that Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) had gone skinny dipping in the Sea of Galilee last summer while he and as many as 29 of his colleagues were on a fact-finding tour of Israel.
According to the report the CODEL (Congressional Delegation) was on a trip sponsored by a group affiliated with the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC) to visit holy sites in Israel "while their Israeli government hosts drive home the huge importance of U.S. support of Israel
I am a fan of Israel and of AIPAC. I am not a fan of a bunch of Members of Congress, their spouses, their children, and senior staffers acting like a bunch of fraternity boys and sorority girls having a kegger during rush week while on a trip overseas.
In one of the least surprising sentences of this, or any other election year, Politico reporters Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan wrote that "several" of those presen"privately admitted that alcohol may have played a role in why some of those present decided to jump in."
What was that line by Claude Raines in "Casablanca" again?
And they wonder why Americans have such an abysmally low opinion of Congress.
What yesterday's Twitter-fest should have been about was a new e-book by Politico's Glenn Thrush named "Obama's Last Stand.
In a summary of his book, Thrush writes:
That prompted me to Tweet (@richgalen)
Rather than beating up Obama quoting Thrush's book yesterday, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan had to spend their day condemning Todd Akin and tsk-tsking over the actions of the Republican CODEL in Israel.
Not the best day of the campaign and none of it was Romney's fault."