Thou shalt not speak ill of any Republican. -President Ronald Reagan
A psychological phenomenon occurs almost every election cycle. The Democrats begin to pick at Republican candidates, then Republicans begin the circular fire and faction against one another.
Some Republicans are saying that Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) should step aside for comments he made regarding rape. The comments were bad, really bad, by all accounts, including that of Congressman Akin. He admits he used a poor choice of words, and apologized for them:
“Rape is equally tragic and I made that statement in error. Let me be clear: rape is never legitimate. It’s an evil act and it’s committed by violent predators. I used the wrong words in the wrong way. What I said was ill-conceived and it was wrong and for that I apologize. I’m a dad of two daughters and I want tough justice for sexual predators…”
Some say if Akin does not step aside, Missouri Republicans could lose their chance to unseat Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill, who was one of the first to endorse Obama, endorses his economic policy, and remains one of his closest allies in the Senate. That would be tragic for Republicans.
There may be a greater tragedy looming for Republicans.
Reagan didn’t make his 11th Comandment because he is an apologist; he made it because he saw Republicans faction and lose, after primaries. Dr. Dathan Paterno and I explain this phenomenon in our latest book, Ladies and Gentlemen, wherein we discuss the psychology of politics in depth.
Psychologically speaking, Democrats tend to rally after their primaries and become a team. Republicans, in their principle, will tend to “re-try” their primary victors, and faction up based on principle. Some conservatives will go so far as to vote third party, acknowledging they will lose. This costs the Republicans elections over and over, and the Akin issue may be the whetting of the political whistle for Democrats this political season.
At a time when the Obama economy is killing jobs and handing the Republicans a winning issue, Republicans are debating themselves over the Akin issue. Polls are suggesting that Obama is losing suburban Chicago, and the cover of Newsweek says that perhaps it was time for Obama to move on.