"As I said yesterday, Todd Akin’s comments were offensive and wrong and he should very seriously consider what course would be in the best interest of our country. Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race."Fellow Missourians? More like a bunch of party establishment hacks—like septuagenarian former Sens. John Ashcroft and John Danforth. Of course, to Romney, people like that are salt of the earth. But real Missouri Republicans don't want Akin to go anywhere: SurveyUSA's snap poll showed, by a 52-33 margin, that they still want him to run, and that question was only asked after a battery of damaging information was read to respondents.
But you know, if Mitt really wanted to demonstrate his bona fides on this notion—that the will of the people as expressed through primaries should be overturned when some potentate suggests a candidate ought to drop out—then perhaps he should have listened to Newt Gingrich:
"I think he should bow out of the race so that conservatives can have a debate" about how to take on Obama, Haley said. "It's Mitt Romney who's screwing up this race and it's his establishment support" that's sustaining him over the hesitations of the GOP electorate.Tell you what, I'll still take that deal: I'd much rather Claire McCaskill run against Todd Akin than anyone else, but if Romney wants to lead by example, I'd be glad to see them both quit. How about it?
1:42 PM PT: Oh, comedy: