GOP abortion politics have certainly given the Democrats a seat in the Senate, and they've possibly handed Obama the swing state of Missouri. In case you've been living under a rock, Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri claimed that pregnancy from rape was rare, especially in cases of "legitimate rape". Furthermore, he stated that Romney and Ryan wouldn't take steps to block abortions in cases of rape. Akin is clearly nuts, so it wouldn't be fair to say his thoughts on abortion are representative of the party's platform on the issue. However, this, in the context of all of the talk during the primaries about the importance of so-called "evangelicals", makes it clear that the GOP is living in some kind of alternate universe in which there's no economic depression, there aren't 28 million displaced workers, and gay marriage is one of the nation's top concerns.
Let me spell it out for the Republicans: THE ECONOMY IS WHAT MATTERS IN 2012. Someone who has lost his livelihood or his home or both doesn't give a shit about your anachronistic social politics. Neither does AN INDEPENDENT VOTER, who is going to make or break the presidential election. In the worst economy since the Great Depression, how stupid do you have to be to have to be reminded that "it's the economy, stupid"?
Wouldn't it be ironic if the Democrats held the Senate by one seat? It's now a more of a possibility than ever.