Cornered, doubling down and newly friendless, Todd Akin is going into attack mode to save his U.S. Senate campaign. Tuesday afternoon, he launched a page on his website declaring that he was "still standing" and asking supporters to stand with him and kick in $3 donations.
The nutty part of Akin's attempt to reconnect with his supporters is his claim that the so-called "liberal media" and an apparently separate "liberal elite" had led the drive to push him out of the race. Yesterday, Akin tweeted, "I apologized but the liberal media is trying to make me drop out. Please stand w/ me tonight by signing my petition." He added later, "We can't be intimidated by the liberal elite. I will continue standing for life. Will you?"
Either Akin is intentionally misleading his supporters about who wants him to give up, or he is woefully ignorant about who wanted him out of the hunt. Anybody following the "legitimate rape" saga knows it's been almost exclusively Republicans calling for him to give up.
Like who? Akin might ask. Well, for example, the numerous name-brand GOP figures listed after the jump.
Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: "Today, his fellow Missourians urged him to step aside, and I think he should accept their counsel and exit the Senate race," Romney said about Akin.
Sen. Roy Blunt, John Ashcroft, Kit Bond, Jim Talent and John Danforth: The five Missouri Republican bigwigs said in a statement that they "do not believe it serves the national interest for Congressman Todd Akin to stay in this race."
The National Republican Senatorial Committee: The committee announced it was bailing on Akin even though it had already pledged $5 million in ad spending.
Super PAC American Crossroads: The PAC had been a big Akin booster but said it would cease running ads in Missouri. It had already injected $5 million into commercials. Steven Law, American Crossroads President and CEO, released this statement: “Rep. Akin faces a simple choice: Will he help Democrats hold the McCaskill seat and potentially the Senate majority by staying in the race, or will he help Republicans defeat Barack Obama's most reliable ally in the Senate by getting out?”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: “I’m offended by what he thinks,” the polarizing governor said. He also called Akin's comments "asinine."
Contrary to what Akin has moaned about, the usual dastardly liberal elites have actually been calling on him to please, please, please stay in the race. Notable airplane-owning elite Sen. Claire McCaskill is among those clamoring for Akin to fight on.
Is the Republicans next move to dig up a more palatable write-in candidate?