The Corner

Forgotten, but Not Gone

Honestly, what is Todd Akin thinking? He’s saying he’s staying, even though the overwhelming sentiment of the sentient wing of the GOP is screaming for him to get out. Maybe he really is a Democratic plant.

Still, he has a few diehard defenders, who are fighting the wrong battle on his behalf. This isn’t about abortion or rape or “women’s health.” Nor is it about “defending our own” and not capitulating to the Left. (Heck, in this case, the Left wants Akin to stay in the race.) It’s about winning control of the U.S. Senate and putting a crucial swing state into the GOP column in November. Nothing — nothing — else matters.

If the GOP could think tactically, it would be dangerous. If it could think strategically, it would be a majority party. But it has too many Akins in it for either of those things ever to happen.

UPDATE: Akin on Sean Hannity now, still digging…

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.