Talking Points Memo, which seems totally captivated by Todd Akin – Brother Todd’s potential for generating a laugh is no longer a local secret – today reports that he thinks that not only has he not harmed the Republican party, but that:
… the race in Missouri has changed and that, at least according to his view, his bid for the Senate now has more appeal from independent voters who look down upon establishment figures such as “party bosses.”
In other words, Akin thinks that among the so-called independents there are voters so disgusted with the top-down structure of political parties – a structure, incidentally, that caused him little or no problem for over ten years – that they’re willing to vote for any batcrap crazy wingnut who’s got nothing to lose by defying party leadership.
On the surface this seems absurd. However, I actually heard someone interviewed on the radio yesterday who claimed that he voted for Obama in 2008, but was disappointed by the lack of “hope and change” and was considering Romney this time around. This indicates to me that there are at least some people out there who aren’t capable of actually understanding the overwhelming philosophical and policy differences between the two parties right now.
Because Obama didn’t kiss the boo-boo and make it go away right away, they’ll take whatever else is on offer, even the guy who wants to take us right back to the bad old Bush days. They seem to have forgotten just what change it was we were hoping for. Nor do they understand that change takes work and persistence over time, especially when you’re dealing with a world-class mess while fighting the obstructionism of the dead-enders who created the mess in the first place.
Would these same folks not really worry about what Akin stands for as long as he rails against the establishment? And does this mean that there really are people who vote for slogans, not substance? If so, who’s to say that Brother Todd’s strategy, railing against “party bosses,” might not lend itself to some telling one liners.