MIA: Akin Bails On Piers Morgan

Morgan Akin

I predict Rep. Todd Akin will resign by the end of the week.

The RNC has pulled their funding, Karl Rove has pulled his funding and big money donors are leaving in droves.  Time to say “goodbye” Rep. Akin…

The Huffington Post

Todd Akin’s bad week keeps getting worse.

The six-term Missouri GOP congressman, a candidate for U.S. Senate, apparently bailed on a planned interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, leaving the host to berate him as a “gutless little twerp” Monday evening.

Akin’s troubles began Sunday when he suggested during a television interview that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” are biologically unlikely to become pregnant — attributing the dubious science to “doctors.” Numerous Republicans have called on the congressman to withdraw from his challenge against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

Akin has apologized for his remarks, and insisted he’ll stay in the race. However, the media firestorm shows little sign of abating after two days.

Staring at the empty chair, a nonplussed Morgan issued this challenge to Akin: “Congressman, you have an open invitation to join me in that chair whenever you feel up to it, because if you don’t keep your promise to be on the show, then you are what we would call in Britain a gutless little twerp.”

MSNBC’s “Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell faced similar circumstances earlier this year, when Craig Sonner, then-lawyer for Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman, fled the scene of a planned interview moments before it was set to begin. O’Donnell proceeded to lambaste Sonner while sharing the screen with a live feed of the attorney’s conspicuously empty chair.

3 comments

  1. But the American Family Association and Family Research Council are still backing him.

    As a Christian, I always like to know that whenever a powerful wealthy white guy needs to be protected from rape victims that the activist arm of Evangelicalism is right there to take up the cause.

    ‘Cause we all know that Jesus would be all about protecting the powerful from the vulnerable, of course.

    (/contemtuous disdain)

    These people make me sick.

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  2. Sean Hannity has called upon Akin to step aside, so his days and hours may indeed be numbered, no matter how I’d like him to stay in the race, given that he’s the true face of the Republican anti-choice agenda. They just don’t like how he revealed himself.

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    1. Hannity obviously thinks that that’s where Republican conventional wisdom is. He’s a pretty-reliable dipstick for what his audience wants to hear.

      I don’t understand how someone so uncreative and clearly unimaginative and unprincipled is taken as a serious commentator in a supposedly-educated society. The guy might as well sit in his studio saying, “Whatever you already think, that’s what I’m saying.”

      Except more repetitive. I used to listen to his show just so no one could accuse me of criticizing him without listening, but I quit when I felt my IQ dropping.

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