Just weeks after a massive bloc of the GOP publicly abandoned Missouri GOP Senate challenger Todd Akin, there are signs that the party is willing to work with him on his campaign to defeat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat.

“Friends, I just released this joint statement with Rick Santorum on our support for Todd Akin in Missouri. Please share! This seat is critical to winning control of the Senate,” wrote Sen. Jim DeMint on Facebook.

“If Republicans are to win back the Senate and stop President Obama’s liberal agenda, we must defeat Senator Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Her support of President Obama’s job-killing, big-spending policies are sending our country into an economic abyss. And her passionate support of Obamacare is ensuring healthcare costs go up while quality of care goes down.

“Simply put, we cannot afford six more years of Senator McCaskill.”

DeMint called Akin “a principled conservative who is committed to winning and fighting for freedom in the U.S. Senate.”

Akin ran headlong into a media firestorm when he used the phrase “legitimate rape” (i.e., actual rape) as an awkward synonym for forcible rape.

He apologized repeatedly for the error, as well as for mentioning a controversial medical theory regarding rape and conception. He also made it clear he is remaining in the race against McCaskill and says he intends to win.

One of the first leaders to speak out on Akin’s behalf was Dr. James Dobson, whose advice about parenting, child-rearing, marriage and faith has guided millions of Americans and whose counsel on family matters has been sought by presidents.

Dobson, the founder and president of Family Talk, which produces his regular radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk,” told WND it is “disgraceful” that the “GOP political bosses” have told Akin to drop out of his race, have withdrawn financial support and publicly maligned the congressman.

“I regret to say that Congressman Akin has been subjected to disgraceful treatment at the hands of the GOP political bosses,” Dobson said. “They have withheld funds for his campaign, even though he won the GOP primary for the Senate seat. Karl Rove and Haley Barbour have said things about his character that are untrue. Their vicious opposition could get his Democratic opponent elected in his stead. That is curious since an Akin win could give the Senate majority to the Republicans.”

Dobson told WND he doesn’t minimize the unfortunate impact of Akin’s misstatement about rape and noted Akin has apologized profusely for his careless words.

“However, every one of us has experienced such a moment when thoughtless comments came out wrong. I certainly have,” he said. “When conservatives make such a mistake they are rarely forgiven. The difference is that liberals typically do not apologize and are given a pass by the mainstream press.”

He continued: “Consider for example, Joe Biden’s recent gaffe about putting minorities back in chains. It is almost forgotten today, and he has not apologized. Furthermore, the vice president has not been asked to resign. Bill Clinton’s egregious sexual behavior in the Oval Office, and his committing perjury before a committee of Congress, did not prevent him from giving the keynote address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Who remembers the shocking disclosure of Monica Lewinsky’s stained blue dress today? Todd Akin, by contrast, will forever be plagued by having made a single verbal error, despite 16 years of honorable service in the U.S. House of Representatives. I think he deserves a little grace.”

Dobson is an author of dozens of books, including “The New Dare to Discipline,” “Love for a Lifetime,” “Life on the Edge,” “Love Must Be Tough,” “The New Strong-Willed Child,” “When God Doesn’t Make Sense,” “Bringing Up Boys,” “Marriage Under Fire,” “Bringing Up Girls” and, most recently, “Head Over Heels.”

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich also recently endorsed Akin’s Senate run.

And now a new report in Politico said the the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which earlier said it wouldn’t spend another dime on Akin’s campaign, is changing its tone.

Executive director Rob Jesmer said yesterday the committee will monitor the race, and he confirmed Akin is the “far more preferable candidate.”

“There is no question that for Missourians who believe we need to stop the reckless Washington spending, rein in the role of government in people’s lives, and finally focus on growing jobs that Todd Akin is a far more preferable candidate than liberal Senator Claire McCaskill,” Jesmer told Politico.

“As with every Republican Senate candidate, we hope Todd Akin wins in November and we will continue to monitor this race closely in the days ahead.”

Other Republicans also have said they support Akin, including Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who had been given orders to try to get Akin out of the race, according to reports.

Ambassador Alan Keyes also threw his lot in with Dobson’s recommendation.

“This week Dr. James Dobson deplored the way the leadership of the GOP wing of the elitist faction is seeking to torpedo the campaign of Missouri’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Todd Akin,” he wrote.

“Akin’s support among voters appeared to waver in the first flush of the public’s reaction to the elitist-faction media’s anti-Akin propaganda blitz. The GOP’s elitist-faction leadership could pretend that they sought to destroy his candidacy to preserve the GOP’s chance to replace Democrat Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate. But Missouri’s sincerely pro-life, conservative electorate has realized what is actually fueling the drive against Akin. Conservative grass-roots voters are rallying around Akin. Even so, the GOP’s elitist Politburo persists in the Stalinesque determination to starve and slander his campaign to death, even if that means surrendering the GOP’s chances to win a majority in the U.S. Senate.

“Do you believe that maintaining a strong, principled American conservative movement is vital to the survival of liberty? If so, you need to think through the implications of what the Romney/Ryan/Rove wing of the elitist faction want to do to Todd Akin. They are sending a simple message to everyone running for office, or who may think about doing so during the Romney era: No one who actually follows through on the GOP platform’s lip-service to the principles of American liberty will be tolerated in the party’s leadership ranks. Anyone who dares actually to represent grass-roots voters committed to preserving God-endowed right will be hounded to political death, no matter what it costs in terms of the party’s short-term political fortunes.”

A report from Accuracy in Media documented that while a George Soros-funded political operation released the ammunition against Akin, it was the GOP that blasted him with it because he was turning out to have tea-party inclinations.

The report comes from AIM’s Cliff Kincaid, who talked with John Putnam, the state coordinator in Missouri for the national Tea Party Patriots organization, about the surge of vitriol against Akin.

“The first few days after the Democrats put out this distorted [abortion] comment, it was the Republican hierarchy that really acted like sharks in the water, striking this fresh meat,” Putnam told Kincaid.

Putnam said in the report that Akin had voted against several Bush administration plans and has a record of opposing “the party establishment.” He said Akin probably would be a tea-party senator in Washington if he defeats McCaskill.

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“I look at the role of the tea-party senators who have come along the last couple years,” Putnam told Kincaid. “They have shifted the balance away from the more moderate Republican establishment. I have to wonder how afraid they are to elect more of these tea-party types.”

The tea party developed essentially in advance of the 2010 congressional elections that gave control of the U.S. House to Republicans. Its loosely aligned members generally stand for constitutional principles, limited government, freedom and liberty.

While Akin’s poll numbers plunged with his mistake, several indicators show he now is back in the race, trailing by as little as a single point on one poll.

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