GOP leaders have "urged Akin to consider what was best for himself and the party." That's not fair. And besides, if the party starts weighing the pros and cons of lunacy now, where will it all stop?
Akin's knell, however, has rung.
Crossroads GPS, the super-PAC co-founded by strategist Karl Rove that had already invested more than $5 million in the race, confirmed it would be pulling an undisclosed amount that they still had invested in Missouri.
It was Crossroads' pre-strangulation that had doomed Claire McCaskill. Last I was in Missouri, Rove's organization was running full television steam: the Democratic senator, according to Crossroads, had her sights--through "Obamacare"--set on Medicare. The ads were devastating in the setting of an ill-informed electorate, and recent polling consistently showed just how devastating.
Now, McCaskill will likely survive. But Akin's and Crossroad's gathering success in Missouri demonstrated how easily purchased the next Congress will likely be. And that--not Obama's reelection, which appears rather safe--is the truly horrifying, developing reality of Romney-Ryan's Big Lies.