From “Why Todd Akin hurts Mitt Romney,” Bill Schneider, Politico:
“It’s bad enough for Republicans that Akin has put the Missouri Senate seat at risk. And threatened the Republican campaign to win a Senate majority. And introduced a highly divisive social issue into the GOP campaign. And shifted the debate away from jobs and the economy, where President Barack Obama is vulnerable. And highlighted the inconvenient fact that the Republican platform calls for a total ban on abortions with no exception for rape. And opened up a split in the party between mainstream conservatives and the religious right.
“Akin is also making Romney look weak and ineffectual. If Romney doesn’t have clout with members of his own party, voters may ask, how can he be an effective president?
“Conservatives like Akin are not afraid of Romney. It’s not even clear that they respect him.
“Conservatives tolerate Romney for one reason: He stands a chance of beating Obama. Once he’s elected and a Republican House and Senate are in place, conservatives believe Romney’s job will be to sit down, shut up and sign whatever legislation the GOP Congress passes.
“And stack the administration with staunch conservatives. ‘Personnel is policy,’ they used to say in the Reagan administration. House Republicans, who consider themselves the vanguard of the tea party revolution, have already made it clear: They will set the Republican Party’s agenda, whoever the president is.
“You can’t tell a president to go to hell. But that is effectively what Akin is saying to a would-be president.” Emphasis added.
Mitt himself is bad enough. What inevitably comes with him is far worse. He would do anything to hold off a primary challenge in 2016.