A pro-family activist says it's scary that the Republican Party
is so willing to "throw one of their own under the bus."
Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) has defied high-profile
Missouri Republicans like John Ashcroft and the presumptive
presidential nominee Mitt Romney by refusing to abandon his
Senate bid that has been crippled by fallout over his stating
that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate
Democrats loyal, but Democarts head for the tall
cost of Akin's ambition
Akin has apologized for his words and now says GOP
leaders overreacted by insisting he abandon his quest to
unseat Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill. He predicted he
would bounce back from the political crisis threatening his
campaign, but his bid faces obstacles -- chief among them beinga
lack of money and party support.
LaBarbera, director of Republicans for Family
Values, indicates more than Akin's misstatement is at
"It's scary to see how quickly Republicans are willing to throw
one of their own under the bus," he observes. "And I don't think
it's a coincidence that the ones they really want to throw under
the bus are the most conservative Republicans. I don't excuse what
Todd Akin said. He made a mistake; he apologized for the mistake. I
think his heart was in the right place."
But LaBarbera is fearful that by yanking the funding from Akin
the GOP has ceded this seat to the Democrats, specifically to
liberal Senator Claire McCaskill.
"More and more you hear this Mitch Daniels (R-Indiana) line that
we don't want to talk about social issues; that's
divisive," LaBarbera notes. "Well listen -- the left
never stopped fighting for so-called 'homosexual marriage,' for
abortion, for all these issues. How can the Republican Party pull
back on those issues if the left is going strong, fighting for
their evil agendas?"
A recent poll shows that Akin's 11-point lead has dropped
to a one-point advantage since his gaff.