The earth is crumbling away from Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's feet, yet as of this writing he vows to hold on despite having revealed to the world his unfitness for the job.
The death blow may come at 12:06 p.m. EDT today when Rush Limbaugh returns to the airwaves after a week away. Sean Hannity, National Review, and other influential voices on the right have urged Akin to step aside, but in this matter Rush's voice will be the loudest.
In any question of conservative politics Rush's opinions are undeniably consequential, but given his Missouri roots they'll be doubly so in this one. Whatever slight chance Akin may have of prevailing through this will either be reinforced or squashed like an insect before 12:30 today.
I'm betting on squashed.