When a politician no longer has the support of party and constituency, it's time to step down from office.
Rep. Todd Akin defied the nation's top Republicans and refused to abandon a Senate bid that has been hobbled by fallout over his comments that women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in cases of "legitimate rape."
Akin took his message to network TV morning shows and conservative talk radio shows, declaring GOP leaders were overreacting by insisting he give up his quest to unseat Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and to social media with appeals for donations on his Twitter feed claiming "liberal elites" are trying to push him out of the race.
"I misspoke one word in one sentence on one day, and all of a sudden, overnight, everybody decides, 'Well, Akin can't possibly win,"' he said on a national radio show Tuesday hosted by former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. "Well, I don't agree with that."
The reality is that he did more than misspeak. He doesn't understand the facts about this sensitive issue of rape and abortion.
The party leaders are right to want someone who is more informed to discuss national issues.