|John Cornyn, Todd Akin and Mitch McConnell.|
Moron Alert - The GOP nominee is pressured to drop out over "legitimate rape" comment
- Wow. The GOP really knows how to pick 'em.
- The GOP is pulling money out of Missouri.
- Democrats are no better when they advocate as official government policy the murder of unborn helpless babies as a woman's "rights" issue.
Republicans are increasing pressure on Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) to drop out of the Missouri Senate race as concerns mount that his determination to continue could cost the GOP a seat and, ultimately, control of the upper chamber.
Party leaders, from National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRCC) Chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with prominent conservative bloggers, urged Akin to consider what was best for himself and the party reports The Hill.
In possibly the most damning development, sources say that Cornyn contacted Akin and indicated that, were he to remain in the race, the NRSC would not invest a planned $5 million in the contest.
Publicly, Cornyn released a carefully worded statement that urged Akin to "consider what is best."
"I recognize that this is a difficult time for him, but over the next twenty-four hours, Congressman Akin should carefully consider what is best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about and has fought for throughout his career in public service," Cornyn said.
Shortly after, Crossroads GPS, the super-PAC co-founded by strategist Karl Rove that had already invested more than $5 million in the race, confirmed it would be pulling an undisclosed amount that they still had invested in Missouri, including an ad they had planned to run Wednesday.
Akin's trouble began with widely-publicized comments he made during an interview with a local Fox affiliate that pregnancies from rape are rare because "the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down" in the case of a "legitimate rape." The comments quickly sparked backlash on Twitter and went national as Democrats worked to tie Akin to other members of the GOP.