GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney should not be poking his political nose into the Missouri senate race, yet he has suggested that Congressman Todd Akin quit the race over his mark abortion. (Mitt in Missouri)
Congressman Todd Akin of Missouri did say something foolish about abortion, but he has since apologized. Meanwhile, incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill has not shifted one inch toward limited government or constitutional rule. She is still losing to Akin in spite of his gaffe.
There is no value in Romney attacking the misguided commentary of one Congressman running for Senate. Instead, Congressman Akin can be the first in a growing line of politicians who acknowledges a gaffe but refuses to give in to the howling of the political correctness police.
Forget about “Show Me” Missouri, Mitt. Focus on Illinois: Mitt in Illinois
A recent poll by Michael McKeon indicates that Romney is polling way ahead
of Obama in the suburbs of Chicago, a troubling sign for the incumbent Obama,
that he is even losing support in his native state.
Obama has never polled as well in the suburbs or in Southern Illinois. Because of the divergent political views between the Windy City and the rest of Illinois, the state legislature discussed at one point letting Chicago split away and become its own state, while the rest of Illinois would establish a separate central government which honored the values of the more rural and suburban communities. (Separate
The 2010 gubernatorial race was a close one, too, where the Republican
insurgent Bill Brady nearly took down the Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, the
former second in command who had taken over for disgraced Rod Blagojevich, who is now sentenced to serve time in prison for attempting to sell Obama’s former Senate seat.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel is also showing signs of moving to the right. He has come forward supporting pension cuts and privatizing parking structures. This limited government strain, in the face of the bankrupting welfare state that is Chicago, has also led Windy City aldermen to discuss the decriminalization of
low-grade drug use, too.
From the near-success of Bill Brady for the Springfield statehouse and moderate Republican Mark Kirk’s insurgence of 2010 from House Rep to Senator, a conservative backlash is welling up in the Prairie State. A diminished, discouraged liberal vote in Chicago, rising voter discontent throughout the Cook County suburbs, with the outrage over fraud and corruption, and the deep-red roots of Southern Illinois, these cresting conservative trends could very well push the Illinois into the Republican column in 2012, a first for a Presidential contest in over two decades.
By capitalizing on this new development, GOP Presidential candidate Romney could deflect attention away from the Akin-abortion controversy in Missouri and expose the deep and abiding unpopularity plaguing embattled presidential incumbent President Obama.