This evening on CNN’s “Out Front,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called for Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) to step aside. Here’s what Priebus said:
But if it was me and I had an opportunity to let someone else run to actually give ourselves a better chance of winning, I would step aside. And so, listen, what he said, Erin, was biologically stupid. It’s something that nobody on either side of the aisle agrees with. It’s a bizarre statement and it’s something that I think he needs to seriously think about. And like I said, if it was me, I would step aside and let someone else run for that office.
Priebus actually went further than that – he said that Akin shouldn’t show up for the Republican National Convention:
I would prefer that Todd Akin do the right thing for our party and our candidates and I would prefer him not come.
The writing is on the wall for Akin. And it should be. His comments were inexcusable, and gave liberals an opportunity to pillory other Republicans with his foolishness, as unwarranted as such a tactic would be.