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Disrupting Obama’s Plan for Victory

Romney can deploy the social issues.

Sep 24, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 02 • By FRANK CANNON and JEFFREY BELL
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Rove apologized for the “mysteriously murdered” statement when it became public, but not for his wildly inaccurate analysis of Akin’s viability. No pollster shows Akin losing to Senator Claire McCaskill by the “biggest margin” in “modern history.” In fact, his 5-point deficit to McCaskill in the Real Clear Politics average is at this writing the third-best showing in the country by a GOP challenger to a Democratic senator. The biggest threat to Akin’s candidacy is not voter reaction to his gaffe but the cutoff of money to his campaign by the Republican establishment in response to it.

Not that the GOP establishment needs much persuading. Fear of being associated with the nonexistent “Republican war on women” is doing much more than endangering a Missouri Senate race. It is awarding Barack Obama an undeserved path to reelection by leaving largely unmentioned the socially extreme positions most likely to defeat him.

Frank Cannon and Jeffrey Bell are president and policy director of the American Principles Project, a Washington-based advocacy group.

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