With Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri refusing to leave the race for the U.S. Senate seat, the distractions are guaranteed to keep coming ("Akin fights on, says he's 'standing on principle,'" Aug. 23). Despite his apologies and retraction, and despite Governor Mitt Romney's condemnation of the remarks, the focus for the next week will be on abortion. It doesn't matter that the Romney ticket has stated that they support abortion for victims of rape and incest, they will be lumped together with the more rabid anti-abortion faction of the Republican Party. Never mind that the fate of the abortion question is in the hands of the Supreme Court, not the executive branch, defining the stance of the candidates on the matter is sure to dominate the news cycle, even though the latest update from the Congressional Budget Office shows that the federal government will run a deficit in excess of a trillion dollars for the fourth year in a row in 2012. The budget is something the executive branch can actually influence heavily. And before anyone screams that the president nominates judges, let's keep in mind the recent upholding of the Affordable Care Act by Chief Justice John Roberts. Judges are individuals with their own worldview, and there are no guarantees. Is anyone really convinced that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Christian, would vote to allow abortion? Besides, Mr. Romney doesn't strike anyone as a wide-eyed, fanatical anti-abortionist.