WASHINGTON — In crafting a response to Republican congressman Todd Akin’s comments on rape, President Barack Obama and his aides are following Napoleon Bonaparte’s age-old advice: Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
The White House and its Democratic allies have spotlighted Akin’s remarks in their “war on women” drive against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney but have stopped short of joining a chorus of Republican leaders calling for the Missouri lawmaker to drop out of the race for the U.S. Senate.
The Obama camp has good reason to want Akin to stay on the ballot. Its strategy is to allow the firestorm to sow division in the Republican ranks and create problems for Romney just before his party’s national convention in Tampa next week, when he will be formally named its nominee.
The longer the drama rages – and keeps the focus away from the economy, Obama’s…
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