The Aftermath of Storms for Akin and the GOP (updated)
The Show Me State’s GOP Senatorial candidate’s abortion words held up a mirror to he and to members of the National Grand Old Party. Many cringed. Even after Rep. Todd Akin’s video mea culpa and whatever actions may follow, what should Republican Party members say and do in future political revelations?
We in the Red State of mind would like to think that we actually think before we comment or pontificate, especially in public or before a camera. Still our mouths fall short of the glory of “Perfect Good” or what many evangelicals name “God” especially in the Show Me State. That is where from a field of seven candidates Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., became more than the presumptive GOP candidate. No matter the ads and gleeful donkey machinations, enough primary voters of Missouri anointed Todd Akin to go forward for the Senate seat. Primary voters in Utah did the same, but in greater margin they voted for GOP old guard Senator Orrin Hatch over former UT State Senator Dan Liljenquist.
Many Red State minded GOP volunteers sweated for and funded other candidates in these crucial elections to upend Reid’s control the Senate. They did not want their primary results. Principled as they are, surely they would not undermine the candidate each state has determined to represent them-especially when these candidates’ voting records are in more in line with the GOP 2012 platform draft than their presumptive presidential nominee is.
Just before the Tampa Convention Akin’s incredulous out-of-context comment on abortion and rape stirred up a political storm that, by coincidence, got the President to speak at a White House press conference. The glitterati of National Republicans spoke up too, demanding Akin to step away from the ballot.
As of this writing only evangelicals like the Family Research Council, support Rep. Todd Akin’s decision to stay on the Missouri ballot. Evangelicals, the candidate claims, are the ones who voted him onto that ballot. Congressman Akin represents the St. Louis County, a county in which resides two seminaries, one of the PCA, the Presbyterian Church of America and the other, LCMS, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod—both profoundly conservative, and pro-life. So they stand.
By the evangelical sola gratia creed how could FRC not support an apologetic human who is profoundly conservative and pro-life with no exemptions? Even after a man against their social stands tried to gun them down?
Or is this extrapolating beyond the faux constitutional barrier of state and church matters? Perhaps the impending Isaac will wash away the angry maelstrom Akin stirred around The Scarlet Letter of the GOP: Abortion. This issue, however, must be addressed as the opposing party has brazenly done so on a host of social issues. Did the conservative leaning draft of the Republican Platform stand or tilt left with moderate erasures? Did the platform get read and heeded by their candidates?
Update:Sadly, House Speaker John Boener’s reply made full spectrum conservatives cringe:
“Well, I have not seen the platform, but from every indication that I’ve heard I don’t see any major changes in this platform from what we have had in the past. And if it were up to me I would have the platform on one sheet of paper. Have you ever met anybody who read the party platform? I’ve not met ever anybody.”