It may turn out to not be so hypothetical after all …

Amid growing pressure from the Missouri GOP for Todd Akin to drop out of the U.S. Senate race, conservatives have found themselves increasingly in favor of a candidate swap but haven’t quite reached a consensus as to who Akin’s replacement should be. That may be about to change. There’s a groundswell underway to draft former U.S. ambassador Ann Wagner for a senate run. Wagner is currently running for Akin’s congressional seat, and conservatives are thinking that if Akin bows out and switches places with Wagner, he can go back to representing his congressional district relatively easily.’s Ben Shapiro notes that the switch is definitely doable:

Monday night, a new Twitter account,@AnnWagnerSenate, quietly sprang up. Over the past few days, and particularly since yesterday, excitement about a possible Wagner senatorial campaign has been building, both state- and nationwide:

Morale on the Right has taken a considerable hit in the wake of the Akin debacle, but the buzz about Wagner could be just what conservatives need to reenergize.

  • WJGBalderama

    So what about Sarah Steelman, folks?

    • Alderman Farms

      From what I understand, she is disallowed because of MO law, but there is a loophole that will allow Wagner, who is running for Akin’s Congressional seat, to switch places with him.

    • Shawn Gillogly

      Sore Loser Laws apply to both her and Brunner. Brunner would be the proper replacement by that standard anyway, since he finished 2nd, Steelman 3rd.

  • Couranto

    Good idea.

  • brewers_rule

    So, we’re pretending that Akin can just slide back over and keep in old House seat after this mess? This guy is complete and total dead political weight at this point. If any woman should replace him, it should be Sarah Steelman.

    • Shawn Gillogly

      Clint, his House seat would be eminently safe. He’s been throwing bombs from it for 12 years and not lost it.

      And Sarah Steelman legally CANNOT replace Akin, neither can Brunner. Sore Loser Laws apply to both. They can neither be elevated to replace a candidate they lost to, nor run as a 3rd party or “independent.”

      • Wyman Cooke

        Also the Republican Party, who have a strong and potentially gaining lead in the House, would be willing to risk a House seat in order to try and save a Senate seat.

  • BeeKaaay

    So the RINOpublican party will actually nominate a conservative to replace Akin?


    That was funny! For a moment I thought they were serious there. They would have to go against their recent history to do something like that.

    • Maria

      Erm…so? lol You make no sense.

      • BeeKaaay

        So you seriously think the RINOpublican party will nominate a conservative? Really?

        • Maria

          Nah, but the Republican one will. :)

          • BeeKaaay

            I wish we had a Republican party, a two party system is a good idea.

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Jeebus Effin Xmas, can we lose this RINO sh1t already? It’s become as meaningless as leftards screeching “RACISM!”.

      RINO =/= “having a college education.”

      • BeeKaaay

        RINO does not mean “having a college education” –

        I don’t call them RINOs, it is the republican party that is RINO, since it got taken over by Marxists. Just look at the leadership. “Just vote for this leftwingwacko with the (R) next to their name” is their meme.

  • Joe Eschman

    Just my opinion, but whether or not Akin should drop out should be left entirely up to the people of Missouri. He still seems to have a lot of support there amoung people who really know him. Rush is right … Conservatives want to dump him because they want to show the Democrats “we aren’t like you say we are” … even though we aren’t and don’t need to prove it.

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      No, we don’t want to “dump him,” we would like him to withdraw gracefully with apologies for making a thundering boob of himself on the national stage and allow someone else to take up the standard who will not be spinning off collateral damage to Republicans in the rest of the country, in particular 2 Republicans whose last names also begin with the letter “R.” And it is not a question of “We aren’t like you say we are,” but rather “We aren’t like that goober.”

      Remember, the full fury of the Collaborationist Media is turned against us. We can’t afford cockups like this, and neither can the nation.

  • akilah

    i never knew “conservatives” would act like cannibals

    • Penny Robinson Fan Club

      It isn’t cannibalism, it’s amputation of an infected limb.

  • Elaine

    They better make sure the other guy is GONE and don’t try some “write in” crap. NO ONE wants McCaskill again, but that is what will happen if they SPLIT the vote. Dems did the SAME THING IN MA and the people got STUCK with Deval Patrick again with 38% of the vote. UGH!