Conservatives everywhere are scrambling to join the left in the character assassination of Missouri Republican Senate Candidate Todd Akin. Many conservatives I know personally are jumping into the fray, calling Akin's comments "stupid," "crazy," and "insensitive." Some even suggest that the statements he made were lies.
But tread lightly, fellow conservatives, because herein lies the problem:
What Akin said was, by his own admission, at best poorly worded. But what cause is helped by conservatives beating him over the head with something he has already clarified? If this were still primary season, I would understand your zeal. But at this point in the game, the only person who stands to gain if he is torn down is Claire McCaskill. The same Claire McCaskill who voted for Obamacare without actually reading the entire bill. The same Claire McCaskill who not only votes to protect abortion rights, but actually votes against measures that would prevent foreign aid from funding forced abortions overseas. The same Claire McCaskill who continually chooses failed green initiatives over Missouri jobs.
I understand that some of you feel that he deserves all the backlash he gets from a comment that was "galactically stupid." But if you look at the response he is getting from liberals and the media, I think it's fair to say that he's getting plenty of backlash without your help. If you still think that your additional punishment is warranted, then chew on this: for those of you who have spent the last few months complaining about the Ron Paul zealots, don't look now - but you're doing the same thing.
The people who insist on voting for Ron Paul after he failed to secure the nomination say that the rest of America deserves to be punished for not being "smart enough" or for not understanding the Constitution well enough to vote for Ron Paul in the primary. They're so scorched earth about it that they don't care that the most likely result of executing said punishment is another four years of Obama and the possible destruction of America as we know it.
Likewise, the Conservatives who insist on continuing to punish Todd Akin for his verbal gaffe are willing to risk another six years of Claire McCaskill in order to make a point. They are so intent on making him pay for one verbal misstep that they are willing to possibly let McCaskill slide on six years of bad policy.
As I said before, conservatives, tread lightly.