The Democrats carefully nurtured Akin with millions of dollars in campaign money because he was the candidate they most wanted to run against. (Akin thinks all those Democrats voting for him in the primary merely shows that he's got tremendous crossover appeal!)
There's no rehabilitating this guy. It's a waste of money. His comments are going to cost Republicans an easy Senate seat in a moment of crisis for the nation. This one man's stubborn refusal to bow out could cost us control of the U.S. Senate, House seats in Missouri, Senate seats elsewhere and maybe even the White House itself.
Other than that, there's not all that much riding on this.
Our miracle senator, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, wasted no time in repudiating Akin and calling on him to withdraw. I promise you, the Democrats' campaign against Brown will be: "Do you want to vote for the Brown-Akin ticket?"
The media finally got their evidence for the "Republican War on Women" from a Democrat-supported congressman no one had ever heard of until Monday. All their other evidence was so laughable, it was hardly worth responding to.
By contrast, Akin's pointless disquisition on rape could stick.
But this selfish man has decided to play a game of chicken with the Republican Party. He thinks that by stubbornly refusing to step aside, Republicans will be forced to give him money simply because they need that Senate seat.
Republicans should call his bluff. This is no time to be counting on people to check the FEC reports to see that the GOP has cut off his money.
It's time for a nuclear bomb. Republicans should stage a write-in campaign for a popular Republican, such as Kit Bond, former governor and senator from Missouri.
If Akin had done the decent thing and dropped out, he could have been replaced with one of the stellar pro-life primary candidates. But for a write-in campaign to work, it has to be a well-known and loved Missourian -- someone whose name people know how to spell.
It will be much better for Republicans to be seen as having a zero-tolerance policy on stupid rape comments than counting on people to notice that Republicans universally repudiated this narcissist.
We need Republicans out there saying, "Akin's not our candidate; our candidate is Kit Bond."
Republicans are going to lose with Akin anyway; mounting a write-in campaign at least gives them a shot. Don't forget: It worked just two years ago for Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. By contrast, mortally wounded politicians never win. And we really need that Senate seat.
Short of an untimely hunting accident, a write-in campaign is the only way out of this mess. (And if he's too selfish to quit, let me tell you, Akin is not going to voluntarily die in an untimely hunting accident.)
Yes, there's a double standard. Yes, the non-Fox media are Democratic flacks. Yes, if Joe Biden had said it, it would be a harmless "gaffe." That's the world we live in. Now let's concentrate on taking back the Senate so we can repeal Obamacare and get some decent justices appointed to the Supreme Court.