RNC Back in for Akin

As I predicted, the Republican National Committee is back in the Missouri race supporting Todd Akin. When the whole “legitimate rape” controversy took place, RNC chair Reince Priebus said there was no way in hell they were going to support Akin even if the polls showed he was tied and could seriously win.

And here he is a month later, changing his tune dramatically.

Asked directly if he considered Akin to be a better option for Missouri voters than McCaskill, Priebus did not hesitate.

“Well, absolutely,” he said in the interview. “That’s a given, and as chairman of the party, I have an obligation to make sure we win as many seats in the Senate as possible.”

Gee, who could have seen that coming? I mean, other than anyone with a brain.


  1. John Hinkle says

    Hopefully many voters in Missouri will, if not remember his awful comments, at least have a residual distaste for Akin and not vote for that mouth breather.

  2. Randomfactor says

    So as the leader of the Republican Party, Mitt Romney has now signed onto supporting the “legitimate rape” expert Akin.

    Good to know.

  3. dingojack says

    ‘…Priebus went on to say “After all, it’s not like politics is about party principles or candidate character, it’s solely about our side winning more votes than them”‘.

  4. says

    Not at all surprised, here. Politicians think the urban legend about goldfish memory applies to voters. Sadly, they’re right about a lot of them, especially wingnuts.

  5. says

    This Priebus guy is probably just as much of a spineless tool as Michael Steele — and he probably got his change of heart from the same source: Rush Limbaugh.

  6. says

    Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from pundits, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate race, the Republican body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the media and not attacking Todd Aiken.

  7. jeremydiamond says

    I won’t believe it until they actually start buying ads for him again. Maybe they’ll be anti-McCaskill ads instead of pro-Akin ads.

    But still. He’s just so toxic.

  8. says

    But political support is kind of like the opposite of rape. It is only legitimate support if Akin wins. If he loses, then of course the RNC never had supported him.

  9. Chiroptera says

    You know, the Republicans giving money to the Akin campaign isn’t so bad. What’s bad is that they are giving him money because he has a shot at winning the election.

    That’s right, a majority of voters (or a near-majority) may very well choose Akin as their preferred candidate.

    That is what I find depressing.

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