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:
— Jonah Goldberg (@JonahNRO) August 22, 2012
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.