Achin’ For Akin: Democrats Praying For GOP Gaffes In Midterms

Desperately looking to fire up their base, Democrats are on the hunt for the next Todd Akin — a loose-talking Republican candidate who can be cast as being so far outside of the mainstream that they tarnish the GOP’s image and dampen its chances of taking over the Senate.

The strategy worked wonders two years ago when the remarks of Mr. Akin and Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock not only squashed their dreams of being elected to the Senate, but also cast a pall over the party and made it harder for the Romney camp to stay on message.

The outlook, though, for Democrats heading into the November election is grimmer than it was in 2012.

For starters, midterm elections are different animals than presidential elections — they generally have lower turnout and the electorate tends to be older, whiter and more conservative.

Some Republicans breathed a sigh of relief this primary season after Georgia Rep. Paul C. Broun, who said evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of Hell,” and Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican, lost their bids for the U.S. Senate.

“Much to the glee of the GOP, that quest took an initial hit when the science-deficient Rep. Paul Broun failed to advance to the Georgia Senate primary runoff,” said Ford O’Connell, a GOP strategist. “Democrats were also banking heavily on [Mr. McDaniel], because in their view he was the perfect candidate for their propaganda play. He had more backlogged baggage than a Louis Vuitton factory.”

With Sen. Thad Cochran’s win over Mr. McDaniel, Mr. O’Connell added, “Democrats are running out of options.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times 

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