In light of Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments, a few Republicans and/or conservatives are calling for Akin to step down with the hope that he can be replaced by another Republican candidate:

GOP strategist Patrick Ruffini mentioned a “Torricelli situation” — a reference to former New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Torricelli, who withdrew from his Senate re-election race after it was disclosed that he had received illegal contributions to his campaign.  Torricelli was replaced by former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who went on to win the election.

Conservative Dana Loesch, on the other hand, apparently isn’t ready to throw Akin under the  bus:

Update: More Republicans/conservatives voice their support for the “Torricelli solution”:

Talking Points Memo has the same story, five hours after Twitchy:

  • ZoriahShepard

    It’s not necessary for every politician to step down after making an ass out of him/herself. If so, Biden shoulda done it loooooooooong ago.
    An apology for his insensitivity is in order.

  • Judy McPherson

    It is well known that the Missouri Democrats were hoping to run against Akin. He was dead last in polling right up to primary day — then wins? He didn’t win Republicans. He won cross over Democrats.

    • Tony Flores

      Well said. Brunner was my guy…Steelman is a RINO.

    • Catherine Barrett

      He just said he isn’t going anywhere. What a jerk!

  • Tanker74

    What has caused more harm to the nation? Akin misspeaking on this issue or McCaskill helping Barack Hussein Obama get elected and supporting his policies? Democrats are going to hate Republicans no matter what they say or do. He needs to clarify what he meant, which I believe to be pregnancies resulting from forcible rapes, which have been studied and written about by medical professionals. And Republicans need to stop wetting their pants and joining Democrats in attacking other Republicans.

  • John Urban

    Dana Loesch has a good pt.
    Why do Republicans always surrender? Democrats NEVER surrender, yet here we ALL are giving up the damn seat and possibly and Senate and possibly a Supreme Court confirmation.
    Akin’s record in the House does not show any similar history of such gaffes, and he acquitted himself very well in the debates. He clearly misspoke, saying “legitimate” instead of “forcible”. Why is that a political death sentence? Joe biden has made racist comments against blacks, Indians and even candidate Obama. He’s still standing. Yet every f**king GOP’er from Levy to Ruffini to Malkin is throwing Akin under the bus.

    • JadedByPolitics

      because WE DO NOT CONTROL THE MESSAGE! We don’t get these passes, when something stupid/ignorant like this happens and it might cost us control of the Senate we must move as ONE and ensure a candidate who can win. When ABC, CBS, NBC, MNSBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The LA Times, The New York Times are no longer carrying the message, then Republicans can get away w/a “gaffe” that is NOT in 2012 as I am quite sure you already know.

  • TomParker13

    This isn’t the only controversial statement Akin has made. In fact, just about every time he opens his mouth he puts his foot in it. Claire ran ads that listed some of Akin’s milder conservative credentials, knowing that he would be the easiest Republican candidate to beat in the general election. When I saw Claire’s ads, I thought they were Akin’s ads at first. He attracted the really conservative vote, while the other three more rational candidates split the rest of the vote. I know the Democrats always defend their idiots — Biden, DWS, Nancy Pelosi — but with an extremely biased media we can’t afford to let Claire get re-elected by letting Akin continue to shoot off his mouth.

  • digitalPimple

    If there is a better alternative bring it. The scum bags on the left are out now hiring ‘Joe Soptic’ like women that were raped and got pregnant for their next commercial.

  • cscape

    hey folks…… this Akin “dust up” is a lot worse than you think….. here’s why – It is going to give the National Throne-sniffing Media an entire week of sticking microphones in the face of every conservative (pro-life) republican they can find (most notably, Congressman Ryan, who will be completely hounded, because of his pro-life record, even in cases of rape and incest, and the MEDIA will manipulate the message going into the GOP Convention… and they may even carry this whole “War on Women Thing” front and center with them into their convention coverage…, Thanks to the MONUMENTALLY STUPID candidate Akin

  • Burnis Bud Asbell

    Please allow Todd Akin to speak at the convention–prime time. An idiot addressing a crowd of morons. PLEEEEAAAAASSSSSEEEEE let him speak.

  • Chip

    Mr. Akin, please step down. You are costing us at least one Senate seat and possibly the electoral votes in MO. He blew it. Not saying he didn’t misspeak, but, he blew it. 80 days is not enough time for him to recover and he forces Gov. Romney to come off message and make a comment in reference to this gaffe. Not a good thing.

  • John Hanover

    He should in all good conscience step down. I do not in any way support what he said, accident or not just inappropriate and unnecessary. There is a huge double standard in letting similar if not worse rape comments from the Left pass, but the double standard is there for all to see. Be the bigger party and show the Liberals how you handle bad behavior not by making it the Speaker Of The House or the Senate Majority leader.

  • Burnis Bud Asbell

    Can the Republicans keep all the NUTS IN THE CAN at the convention. They have already made it clear that Perry, Bachmann, Gingrich, Palin and Trump are too crazy to speak. Will they have aides with rolls of duct tape trying to stop every Republican/Tea Party moron from saying something that will help the Democrats? I say LET THEM SPEAK–OBAMA 2012.

  • Rose A Buss

    Get him the HELL off the ballot; he destroys the GOP’s credibility. NO EXCUSE for such IGNORANCE in this day & age!

  • Brian Richardson

    Akin has to go. We must have the majority in the Senate to overturn Obamacare, and this seat may very well be the difference between having that majority and being stuck with Obamacare for good. There’s no way he can win after a statement like that, no matter how hard he tries to spin his way out of it. it’s as damaging as Obama’s “you didn’t build that” and Biden’s “chains” comment.