On Tuesday’s edition of “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough vented his frustration with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s refusal to drop out of the race for U.S. Senate and said that he’s tired of his party being the “Stupid Party.” Akin is the Republican congressman who said in an interview earlier this week that a woman’s body can stop conception in the instance of a “legitimate rape,” thus obviating a need for exemptions from abortion restrictions for the victims of rape and incest.
On Monday, Scarborough said that Akin was evidence of a Republican party that had placed ideology ahead of actual electability and fitness to govern. On Tuesday, with Akin (thus far) refusing to get out of the race, Scarborough made it clear that, to his thinking, the mortally wounded Akin campaign could be spoiling the chances for Republicans to take the majority of seats in the Senate.
“Congressman Akin, you’re in denial,” said Scarborough as if he were addressing Akin, “You’re gonna lose if you stay in the race. And, by the way, your loss could make the difference between a Supreme Court justice that could make all the difference in the issues you claim you care about and having a Barack Obama fifth appointee for majority. So you think about that today when you do your little commercial. And think about destroying the Republican majority. Good on ya.”
Akin’s campaign released a commercial this morning apologizing for the remarks, but vowing to stay in the race against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D), who has been down in the polls against Akin in recent weeks.
Scarborough had praise for his party, however for uniting in condemning Akin’s remarks, which have touched off a firestorm on both sides of the party aisle. “Even Hannity” has spoken out against the controversial statements, which apparently is the panel’s Maginot Line that defines the edge of acceptable Republican discourse. If even Hannity turns up his nose at what you’ve said, then you’ve truly jumped the tracks of credulity and should probably rethink how your remarks and your refusal to leave the race are affecting your party.
Scarborough said that he’s less interested in the question of whether or not the Republican Party should be a moderate or a conservative party, “I’m just tired of the Republican Party being the ‘Stupid Party!’” he said, “Stupid people saying stupid things and scaring off independent voters and swing voters!”
We wish former Rep. Scarborough (R-FL) luck with that. It may be asking rather a lot from today’s GOP.