Todd Akin sure has a way with words.
Back in August, it was his “legitimate rape” comment that caught everyone’s attention, and now PolitiMo has this report on Akin’s remarks last Saturday evening:
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin said Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill has fetched expansive government policies “like a dog” during her tenure in Washington.
Akin made the comparison during a fundraising event in Springfield, where he featured support from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, one of the few national Republicans still backing Akin after much of the party establishment distanced themselves from his candidacy following the controversy earlier in the race surrounding his comments about “legitimate rape.”
“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’” he said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”
For a guy who was upset that Claire McCaskill was “unladylike” at their first debate, this strikes me as a rather impolite thing to say.
When Akin made his “legitimate rape” comments back in August, he tried to apologize and walk it back as the controversy grew. Will he do the same here, after the audio of his comments gets around?
Well . . . let’s see what Rick Tyler, Akin’s campaign spokesman, had to say this morning:
If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a “Bullshitsu”,
— Rick Tyler (@rickwtyler) October 22, 2012
I’m guessing that’s a “no”.
Before McCaskill and her supporters start rubbing their hands together in glee at this story (“He put his foot in his mouth again!”), let me point out one troubling detail from the audio. As Akin finished laying out his metaphor, and before he could continue with his “that’s one of the reasons why . . .” pitch for their votes and their contributions, the crowd of supporters interrupted him with applause.
That is why Tyler not only didn’t walk back the “dog” metaphor, but cranked it up even higher. As I wrote back in August, “Akin is not an aberration in the Missouri GOP. This is the state that gave the nation Rush “She’s a slut” Limbaugh, after all, as well as John “cover up the lady parts on that statue in the lobby” Ashcroft.” Comparing McCaskill to a dog is how the GOP in Missouri thinks, and it is how Akin as their standardbearer gets their attention and their support.
Now it’s up to McCaskill to see whether this will motivate her own supporters even harder to convince those in the middle that Akin is bad news for Missouri.
But at least Representative Todd Akin, the son of his mother, father of his daughters, husband of his wife, and pious Christian that he is, didn’t call Senator Claire McCaskill a bitch.
‘Cause that would be downright ungentlemanly.
Photo h/t to Andrew Graham. I do not believe Mr. Graham is connected with the Akin campaign, and my use of his photo here should not be taken to imply his agreement with my comments either. I do believe, however, that Mr. Graham is a nice photographer.