It was just a few sh0rt hours ago when this comic/writer was covering Akin’s feigned apology and his commitment to ‘remain in the race’ despite all the massive flak he was getting from within his own party to drop out following some less-than-brilliant remarks about rape. But multiple GOP big wigs (and smaller wigs, including CNN’s Erick Erickson and Richard Grenell and Mitt Romney’s former foreign policy spokesperson, are stating that Akin is departing the race.
Breaking: Senior GOP official: Akin advisors making preparations for a withdrawal tomorrow.
According to Buzzfeed:
Akin is taking concrete steps to withdraw by tomorrow at 5:00 p.m.,” a senior Republican told BuzzFeed, adding that Akin could still change his mind.
Tomorrow afternoon is an important deadline: If he files papers to end his candidacy in Jefferson City tomorrow he can end his candidacy unilaterally; after that, he would have to file an application in court.
Possible Republican replacements, the source said, include three former senators: John Ashcroft, Jim Talent, and Kit Bond. Other names being mentioned include former Ambassador Ann Wagner, who is running for Akin’s now-vacant seat; and Auditor Tom Schweich.
Obviously this is a developing story and there has been no official word yet from Rep. Akin, but as mentioned in my previous article: Republicans may want to be careful what they wish for since Akin’s replacement may hate lady parts even more and say even more ignorant crap. Either way, the Republican War on Women, much like Iraq, is not winnable.
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