The long season that leads up to an election is more like a basketball game than any other sports analogy – you make your shots, stay with the plan, and stay focused in the last few seconds. That is why campaigns are often defined by gaffs and mis-statements.
The recent comments by Rep. Todd Akin won’t be repeated here, but there are plenty of places where they have been refuted completely. One of them comes from the Romney campaign, which even went as far as to call on Akin to quit his Senate race. They don’t want this anywhere near their candidate.
Polls show that, like a good hoop game, the Presidential election is close. But the gap among women is on the order of 15% and could become much worse. How? This takes us back to a number of mess-ups with women that defined the discussion last Spring and threatened to rub off on all Republicans – something they can’t afford.