6. I don't think the gaffe was part of the "set up" but the
murder-comment-by-Rove followed by outrage-by-Akin followed by apology-by-Rove followed by apology-accepted-by-Akin smells a little too convenient to me. I think Rove was looking for a way to "honorably" get back to funding Akin. Hell, maybe he never stopped. We have only his word for it, after all.
Maybe this election year is making me a hopeless cynic.