Today is the deadline for Todd Akin to exit the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. Obviously, he isn’t going to do so. If he doesn’t, and he then loses, he should never be allowed in polite company again. The country is more important than one man’s attempt at vindication for his own sheer stupidity, ignorance, and insensitivity. The question should not have been: Does he still have a chance to win and is it fair to ask him to leave the race because of one really really really really really really stupid remark? Instead, the question should have been, simply: Does he put at serious risk the chance for conservatives to pick up a crucial seat in the Senate? The obvious answer was and is “yes.” With that being the answer, the only honorable thing to do would have been for Akin to fall on his sword and worry about political vindication either later or in pursuit of another seat.
But most politicians these days aren’treally concerned about causes; they are concerned about themselves. Akin clearly falls into that category: It’s all about him.
Even if he somehow wins (which he won’t), he has proved himself to be a self-centered jackanapes.