This has little to do with the theme of this blog, but since the Missouri senate race has been in the news and I live in Missouri, I thought people from other places need to have some understanding of the bizarre thing that has happened here.
First, 64% of Republicans voted against Akin in the primary.
Second, Senator Claire McCaskill, the Democrat, spent something like a million and a half dollars in the Republican primary. Brilliantly and cynically, she manipulated a close three-way primary to pick Todd Akin, who had been in third place in the polls, as her opponent. For reasons that are obvious now, she wanted to run against him. In fact, since she is unpopular, it was her only chance.
Third, Republican voters allowed this to happen—not their finest hour.
Fourth, Todd Akin still doesn’t get it. He is asking for forgiveness as though he committed a sin, rather than that he displayed disqualifying ignorance.
Fifth, we need a run-off law in Missouri. In several states a candidate who gets less than 50% of the primary votes has to face the second-place candidate in a run-off election.
If Akin is still in the race on election day, I intend to vote in such a way as to help prevent either candidate from getting 50%. After the election I hope to irrationally and humorously say that at least the majority of Missourians didn’t vote for him/her.