As noted in the post below, the Republican establishment desperately wants Rep. Todd Akin to withdraw from the Missouri Senate race before today’s 5:00 p.m. deadline. They are joined in this sentiment by what might be called the insurgent wing of the Party including, for example, The Tea Party Express.
The problem is that Akin doesn’t owe his status as the nominee to either the Party establishment or the Tea Party. Akin won his primary on the strength of the evangelical vote. And his key endorsement came from Mike Huckabee.
Thus, the most influential voice on the question of whether Akin should go or stay probably belongs to Mike Huckabee. Indeed, Huckabee’s voice may be the only one capable of physically reaching Akin. According to Mark Helperin of Time, national Republicans are “having trouble finding [Akin] or reaching him.”
Huckabee should at least be able to reach Akin, if he chooses to do so. Akin presumably isn’t dense enough to not take a call from the man most responsible for helping him secure the Senate nomination.