Sarah Palin has not been invited to speak at the RNC, so the Republican Party no longer views her as a leader of the party. She endorsed Sarah Steelman in the Missouri Republican primary for Senate. Palin’s lack of influence was demonstrated when Steelman lost handily to both Akin and Brunner.
Now the world knows that Todd Akin views rape a “legitimate” problem only if it is “forcible.” We know he thinks that any woman who gets pregnant did not get raped. We know that Akin and Paul Ryan share this view as Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Akin presented in Congress which would have only allowed an abortion in cases of “forcible rape.” The GOP, and Mitt Romney recognized that men and women around the country might take offense at the comments of Akin, even if they were consistent with the views of the Republican Party. The GOP and Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan, have begged Akin to withdraw. The deadline to withdraw passed last night and Akin refused to withdraw.
Palin weighed in on the controversy in an interview with Greta Van Sustern. The quitter recommended that Akin quit. Quitting worked for Sarah, and she made a lot of money. Maybe Akin is afraid that he isn’t as pretty as Palin, or that his wife Lulli wouldn’t be hot enough to be recruited by a reality television show.
Maybe Akin was afraid to withdraw from the Senate Race, because those liberals who hate God, according to Akin, might be mad at him because his presence in the race would virtually guarantee re-election of McCaskill. Attempting to politely tell Palin that the deadline had passed for Todd Akin to withdraw without a Court Order, Greta asked Palin if she would support a third-party candidate. The entertaining thing is that Palin then suggested that her candidate, Sarah Steelman, should run as a “Third-Party Candidate.” The problem is that once again, Palin didn’t do her homework. If Palin had spent 5 minutes on the computer she would have known that the deadline had passed in Missouri for a Third-Party Candidate to declare their intention to run for the Senate seat. The deadline for submitting petitions for an independent candidate was July 30, 2012. July 30, 2012. (Section 115.329.1, RSMo) Sarah may have lost track of the day, but today is August 22, 2012, so the deadline has long passed. August comes after July, at least in Texas. There will be NO third party candidate in the Missouri race for Senate.
“What about a “write-in” candidate in Missouri?” you might ask. The answer is that the deadline for declaring your intention to be a write in candidate has not passed, but Missouri expressly prohibits losers in a primary from attempting to run in the general election as a “write in candidate”. Section 115.453 (5) RSMo contemplates this situation and says “NO”.
If a candidate runs in a primary election and loses, can the person run in the general election for the same office? If a candidate files for nomination to an office and is not nominated at a primary election, that candidate cannot file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for the same office in the general election. (Section 115.453 (4) RSMo).
Somebody shut up Sarah Palin! Her candidate lost! Akin is a fool but he is the fool the Republicans in Missouri selected as their candidate. The reason primaries are held in advance of the election is so that voters can learn about the candidates. Voters learned about Palin in the 2008 election. Voters have now learned everything about Todd Akin that they need to know to elect the best candidate in the 2012 election. God bless Sarah Palin, she just can’t help herself. She just keeps stepping in it.