The Todd Akin Traps for the right…

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The Todd Akin Traps for the right...

Yes­ter­day (although I did my best) you couldn’t miss the Todd Akin story, high low and in between. It dom­i­nated twit­ter, it was highly played on talk radio it was every­where as peo­ple spec­u­lated what Rep Akin would do.

While Claire McCaskill is cel­e­brat­ing (I think slightly pre­ma­turely) I think there were sev­eral traps that the Akin case cre­ates and both left and right may be primed to fall into them.

For the right: We have already seen a cou­ple of these trap evi­dent, and they have actu­ally fallen for some of them.

1. Speak softly and carry a big stick…:

If you want this guy out of the race you don’t plan so many cards pub­licly, you play them pri­vately. The worst thing you can do is scream and shout out loud and fail.

1a…Particularly if you’re the boss:

Mitt Romney’s state­ments in the morn­ing was a good idea they were strong but not a demand. It was the right pub­lic tone. I’m not so sure about sec­ond state­ment near the dead­line. Like a pres­i­dent who doesn’t go to a con­fer­ence until the deal is already made I think urg­ing Akin to leave at the last minute when you didn’t know he was going looked weak.

Per­haps they con­sid­ered this a “Sis­ter Soul­jah” moment for him if so they might have fallen into trap #2.

2. You can’t appease the MSM:

Both Dana Loesch & I talked about being uncom­fort­able with revers­ing a pri­mary over a gaffe but as a whole the GOP has con­demned Todd Akin’s remarks and asked him to leave, from Mitt Rom­ney and Scott Brown Reince Priebus and the entire Mis­souri del­e­ga­tion urged him to go. Com­men­ta­tors from Ann Coul­ter to Charles Krautham­mer asked him to leave. Sean Han­nity prac­ti­cally begged him to go…

… yet today on Morn­ing Joe and the MSM it’s as if none of this hap­pened. As far as they are con­cerned the GOP is labeled by Todd Akin. All GOP mem­bers are stuck to him like Brer rab­bit to the tar baby and the media is say­ing that everywhere.

Now one would not be sur­prised by the Demo­c­rat party pounc­ing on this. That’s their job and it beats talk­ing Obama’s record, but the MSM’s deci­sion to grab this and hold on like a dog to a bone should make it clear to the GOP a point they should already know. No mat­ter what you say, no mat­ter what you do, it will never be enough for the MSM or the left. Try­ing to appease the MSM is a fool’s errand and attempt to do so are use­less and counter productive.

3. Don’t Panic in large friendly letters:

Of all the things I saw yes­ter­day the thing that annoyed me most was the sheer unadul­ter­ated panic by some on the right over this whole business.

All of the weak­nesses that existed for the Democ­rats three days ago still exist, all the weak­nesses for Claire McCaskill still exist. All of the advan­tages that we hold we still hold and if you look at vot­ers like Cheryl you will see this race spells dis­as­ter all over for the left.

The left has two huge prob­lems their record and their morale. Noth­ing at all can be done about the record but panic on the right can only embolden the left’s vol­un­teers and more impor­tantly their money people.

Cam­paigns are long things and day to day and week to week you are going to have these things hap­pen (Remem­ber when etch-​a-​sketch was going to sink Mitt Romney?).

If the GOP faith­ful let them­selves get played over this they only have them­selves to blame.

The GOP can’t undo Trap #1. Mis­take #1 has already been made, Mis­take #2 is a con­tin­u­ing prob­lems for the right but mis­take #3 can be avoided and the GOP faith­ful would be well advised to take it.

As for the left well that’s my next post…

Yesterday (although I did my best) you couldn’t miss the Todd Akin story, high low and in between. It dominated twitter, it was highly played on talk radio it was everywhere as people speculated what Rep Akin would do.

While Claire McCaskill is celebrating (I think slightly prematurely) I think there were several traps that the Akin case creates and both left and right may be primed to fall into them.

For the right: We have already seen a couple of these trap evident, and they have actually fallen for some of them.

1. Speak softly and carry a big stick…:

If you want this guy out of the race you don’t plan so many cards publicly, you play them privately. The worst thing you can do is scream and shout out loud and fail.

1a…Particularly if you’re the boss:

Mitt Romney’s statements in the morning was a good idea they were strong but not a demand.  It was the right public tone.  I’m not so sure about second statement near the deadline.  Like a president who doesn’t go to a conference until the deal is already made I think urging Akin to leave at the last minute when you didn’t know he was going looked weak.

Perhaps they considered this a “Sister Souljah” moment for him if so they might have fallen into trap #2.

2.  You can’t appease the MSM:

Both Dana Loesch & I talked about being uncomfortable with reversing a primary over a gaffe but as a whole the GOP has condemned Todd Akin’s remarks and asked him to leave, from Mitt Romney and Scott Brown Reince Priebus and the entire Missouri delegation urged him to go.  Commentators from Ann Coulter to Charles Krauthammer asked him to leave.  Sean Hannity practically begged him to go…

… yet today on Morning Joe and the MSM it’s as if none of this happened.  As far as they are concerned the GOP is labeled by Todd Akin.  All GOP members are stuck to him like Brer rabbit to the  tar baby and the media is saying that everywhere.

Now one would not be surprised by the Democrat party pouncing on this.  That’s their job and it beats talking Obama’s record, but the MSM’s decision to grab this and hold on like a dog to a bone should make it clear to the GOP a point they should already know.  No matter what you say, no matter what you do, it will never be enough for the MSM or the left.  Trying to appease the MSM is a fool’s errand and attempt to do so are useless and counter productive.

 

3.  Don’t Panic in large friendly letters:

Of all the things I saw yesterday the thing that annoyed me most was the sheer unadulterated panic by some on the right over this whole business.

All of the weaknesses that existed for the Democrats three days ago still exist, all the weaknesses for Claire McCaskill still exist.  All of the advantages that we hold we still hold and if you look at voters like Cheryl you will see this race spells disaster all over for the left.  

The left has two huge problems their record and their morale.  Nothing at all can be done about the record but panic on the right can only embolden the left’s volunteers and more importantly their money people.

Campaigns are long things and day to day and week to week you are going to have these things happen (Remember when etch-a-sketch was going to sink Mitt Romney?). 

If the GOP faithful let themselves get played over this they only have themselves to blame.

The GOP can’t undo Trap #1.  Mistake #1 has already been made,  Mistake #2 is a continuing problems for the right but mistake #3 can be avoided and the GOP faithful would be well advised to take it.

As for the left well that’s my next post…