By now everyone knows how Missouri Congressman Todd Akin put his foot in his mouth -- AND how in a fit of pique and political correctness the Republican establishment abandoned his competitive Senate race.
The question for us conservatives is now whether or not we should follow suit and throwaway our opportunity to elect a principled small government constitutional conservative and committed protector of the right-to-life to the United States Senate?
I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’ve come down strongly on giving Todd Akin my full support – here’s why.
First, Todd Akin is in the race, and he is going to stay in the race. So unless we want to write-off that seat -- and perhaps our prospects for winning control of the Senate -- we need to back our candidate. And that’s Todd Akin.
Secondly, Todd Akin is right on the issues and Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill is wrong on the issues. In fact, she’s about as bad as they get in the Democratic ranks in the Senate – an abrasive, pro-abortion liberal and pro-Obama on practically every issue.
Third, and perhaps most importantly, Todd Akin IS a conservative. He has walked with us time and again throughout his public life.
Todd Akin has been arrested and spent time in jail for participating in an anti-abortion demonstration. He’s carried our message, and our pro-life legislation, in the House for a generation. We don’t have to guess how Todd Akin is going to vote on the right-to-life, taxes and spending, the debt and deficit -- we know.
Conservatives are now starting to come together to help fill the gap left when the Republican establishment abandoned Akin.
Senator Jim DeMint and his Senate Conservatives Fund have endorsed Todd Akin, as has Rick Santorum, whose Patriot Voices political action committee is contributing money to Akin and hiring staff to work in Missouri. The Freedom's Defense Fund, which backs conservative candidates, also said earlier this week that it planned a $250,000 advertising campaign benefiting Akin.
These are important commitments, but they are only the start of what needs to be done to elect Todd Akin to the Senate, because the Democrats and their radical liberal allies are going to pull out all the stops.
The Associated Press reports that Emily's List and the Service Employees International Union issued a joint statement Thursday saying they had bought $1 million in ads in support of McCaskill to run in the state's largest TV markets.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which already has spent about $1 million on TV ads in Missouri, has reserved $4.3 million of additional advertising to begin running Oct. 9.
According to polls, without running much of an advertising campaign, Todd Akin has remained competitive with McCaskill, despite the fact that the Republican establishment walked away from him. However, it is going to take an all-out effort by the conservative grassroots to overcome those millions of dollars liberals are about to dump into Missouri.
Dr. James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Phyllis Schlafly, Rick Santorum, Senator Jim DeMint and other principled conservative leaders have all stepped forward to say they are supporting Todd Akin, and to decry the disgraceful treatment he has received at the hands of the GOP political bosses.
I’m proud to stand with them, and I urge you to do the same by going to https://www.akin.org/contribute/ to learn how you can help send Todd Akin, a principled small government constitutional conservative, and committed defender of life, to represent Missouri in the United States Senate.