…and the Todd Akin Traps for the left as well

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...and the Todd Akin Traps for the left as well

This morn­ing I warned the right about the Traps the Todd Akin sit­u­a­tion poses for them.

What might not be so appar­ent today is that there are sev­eral traps for the left that might be even more pro­found and dan­ger­ous than any for the right.

1. It’s the Todd Akin stupid:

Right now the left is sali­vat­ing at the prospect of Todd Akin as part of the con­ver­sa­tion. Akin might allow them an advan­tage for the next few days but when the cam­paign sea­son begins in earnest after Labor Day it will be an old topic. If the left decides to play all Akin all the time the reac­tion of the vot­ers who are not yet pay­ing atten­tion will be: “Who is Todd Akin and what does that have to do with me get­ting a job?“

2…The “You didn’t build it” syndrome:

One of the rea­sons why Barack Obama fell into the “You didn’t build it” trap was the reac­tion of his base to Eliz­a­beth Warren’s remarks. The Todd Akin nar­ra­tive plays very will with their base & the media. This will cre­ate a large temp­ta­tion for them to go to this card with a sym­pa­thetic press when they have no good answer on top­ics more rel­e­vant to the vot­ers

3. I’ll see your Akin and raise you a Joe Biden:

Todd Akin has apol­o­gized pro­fusely for his gaffes and the GOP has loudly con­demned him for it urg­ing him to leave the race. If they choose to try to tie the entire GOP to a sin­gle con­gress­man run­ning for sen­ate the GOP has a ready counter. Joe Biden’s gaffes have become so leg­endary that we are see­ing tweets like this:

Every sin­gle time the left says the words “Todd Akin” you have an open­ing to come back with Joe Biden and Biden is at the top of a national ticket.

4. Duel­ing con­ven­tions Todd Akin vs Bill Clinton:

Of all the things that are risky for the left push­ing the Todd Akin story at the GOP con­ven­tion is the most dangerous.

The entire “War on Women” already has risks for the left, but if they choose to use Akin as a club to beat the right with dur­ing the GOP con­ven­tion the party has a ready answer. Bill Clinton.

For all the nos­tal­gia of the Clin­ton years. Pres­i­dent Clin­ton is firmly estab­lished in the mind of the coun­try as a wom­an­izer, a boss who used his power to get sex from a sub­or­di­nate. And he is the Keynote Speaker for the Demo­c­rat Convention!

The late night jokes sim­ply write them­selves and that’s was with­out the Akin mess. Can you imag­ine the look on the face of the first Demo­c­rat oper­a­tive who sug­gests the GOP is soft on rape and is answered with a sen­tence con­tain­ing the words “Juanita Broaddrick”?

The left is in a posi­tion to avoid these traps if they are clever. Unfor­tu­nately for them, it’s in their nature to over­play this hand. They just have to hope the right doesn’t counter them properly.

Update: Democ­rats step in it, Hotair links to CNN report Dems add 9 women speak­ers to the pro­gram over Akin, each should be asked what they think about Bill Clin­ton giv­ing the Keynote

This morning I warned the right about the Traps the Todd Akin situation poses for them.

What might not be so apparent today is that there are several traps for the left that might be even more profound and dangerous than any for the right.

1.  It’s the  Todd Akin stupid:

Right now the left is salivating at the prospect of Todd Akin as part of the conversation.  Akin might allow them an advantage for the next few days but when the campaign season begins in earnest after Labor Day it will be an old topic.  If the left decides to play all Akin all the time the reaction of the voters who are not yet paying attention will be:  “Who is Todd Akin and what does that have to do with me getting a job?”

2…The “You didn’t build it” syndrome:

One of the reasons why Barack Obama fell into the “You didn’t build it” trap was the reaction of his base to Elizabeth Warren’s remarks.  The Todd Akin narrative plays very will with their base & the media.  This will create a large temptation for them to go to this card with a sympathetic press when they have no good answer on topics more relevant to the voters

3.  I’ll see your Akin and raise you a Joe Biden:

Todd Akin has apologized profusely for his gaffes and the GOP has loudly condemned him for it urging him to leave the race.  If they choose to try to tie the entire GOP to a single congressman running for senate the GOP has a ready counter.  Joe Biden’s gaffes have become so legendary that we are seeing tweets like this:

Every single time the left says the words “Todd Akin” you have an opening to come back with Joe Biden and Biden is at the top of a national ticket.

4.  Dueling conventions Todd Akin vs Bill Clinton:

Of all the things that are risky for the left pushing the Todd Akin story at the GOP convention is the most dangerous.

The entire “War on Women” already has risks for the left, but if they choose to use Akin as a club to beat the right with during the GOP convention the party has a ready answer.  Bill Clinton.

For all the nostalgia of the Clinton years.  President Clinton is firmly established in the mind of the country as a womanizer, a boss who used his power to get sex from a subordinate.  And he is the Keynote Speaker for the Democrat Convention!

The late night jokes simply write themselves and that’s was without the Akin mess.  Can you imagine the look on the face of the first Democrat operative who suggests the GOP is soft on rape and is answered with a sentence containing the words “Juanita Broaddrick”?

The left is in a position to avoid these traps if they are clever. Unfortunately for them, it’s in their nature to overplay this hand. They just have to hope the right doesn’t counter them properly.

Update: Democrats step in it, Hotair links to CNN report Dems add 9 women speakers to the program over Akin, each should be asked what they think about Bill Clinton giving the Keynote