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  • Todd Akin Pays Claire McCaskill Highest Compliment

    Let's grant that the failure of Todd Akin's mouth to shut down all the legitimately offensive things his brain comes up with presents a serious problem. But consider the Republican Senate candidate's latest statement about his opponent Claire McCaskill

    "She goes to Washington, D.C., it's a little bit like one of those dogs, 'fetch,'" Akin 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."

    At first glance, comparing McCaskill to a dog appears just as bad as all the other remarks Akin has recently made. However, we shouldn't be making such a judgement without first consulting a nutjob-to-English dictionary. As a native speaker, Iowa's Rep. Steve King makes for the perfect translator…

    When WHO TV's John Bachman asked King about a time when he compared immigrants to dogs by saying the U.S. could have the "pick of the litter," King responded, "It was a compliment, John."

    Turns out that in his native tongue, calling Claire McCaskill a dog is actually the nicest thing Todd Akin has ever said about a woman.

    Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Steve King, Todd Akin
  • Claire McCaskill Is Not "Ladylike" Enough for Todd Akin

    Todd Akin opens his mouth, news story happens. You know how it goes

    When she defeated Republican Senator Jim Talent in 2006, [Democratic Sen. Claire] McCaskill "had a confidence and was very much more sort of ladylike," Akin told reporters today at a press conference in Jefferson City on the third day of a statewide bus tour.

    "In the debate we had Friday, she came out swinging, and I think that’s because she was threatened," Akin said.

    Yeah, you know how women are, when they're threatened. They turn into surly wharf tarts and brazen hussies, what with their strong personalities and willingness to engage in serious discussion. Sometimes they're even talk about their vaginas! Disgusting!

    Personally, I think this is a very strategically-sound move from Akin's perspective. I mean, I think it's gross, but that's kinda the point.

    Hear me out: A month ago, Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" pretty much drove away most voters who could be considered "discerning" or "rational." So, now, at this point, not only does he not have anything to lose by saying crazy ridiculous sexist nonsense, but it could actually behoove him! You know, energize the ol' crazy ridiculous sexist base and make sure they get out to the polls.

    Everything is going according to plan.

    Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Debates, Men and Women, Missouri, Senate, Todd Akin
  • Todd Akin Might Still Win This Thing

    It's been about a month since Rep. Todd Akin went on television and accidentally said in public stuff that Republicans usually only say in private. But Sen. Claire McCaskill still only remains a few points ahead of Akin in polls, and now Republican money seems to be flowing back into Akin's campaign coffers.

    So, what exactly does this mean?

    But a month after his comments set the political world on fire, there’s a different feeling on the ground here among operatives, voters, activists and officials in both parties: Akin can still win.

    Akin's strategy rests on a big push to turn out the base in areas like conservative southwestern Missouri while stemming losses in Democratic-friendly bastions, such as the St. Louis region — all the while waging a pressure campaign on Republicans in Washington to send national money into a tightly contested race.

    The exact details of Akin's plan are a little complicated, but it can be easily simplified down to this: An Akin loss, under the current circumstances, would not be considered "legitimate" in the eyes of Republicans. But the GOP has ways to shut all that Claire McCaskill-winning stuff down.

    It's scientific.

    Photo by Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Missouri, Senate, Todd Akin
  • Anonymous Women for Todd Akin

    With "Hens for the Fox" seemingly taken, the embattled Todd Akin Senate campaign is seeking to recapture some momentum by reaching out to female voters using a new website titled "Women for Akin."

    The kickoff video, "We Think for Ourselves," features a woman in silhouette, while the accompanying brochure includes pro-Akin testimony from women who give only their first names. Whatever his shortcomings as a human being, at least Akin has the decency to offer his female supporters the same protection offered to mob snitches.

    However, Akin's claim of support among women voters is belied by the website's optimistic grammar — "I am a women and I support Todd!" — as well as the actual membership of this secretive "Women for Akin" group…

    Leading the effort to bolster Akin's support among women appears to be his daughter, Hannah, whose name is featured prominently on the "We Think For Ourselves" brochure posted online.

    "He truly believes that 'all men (and women) are created equal,'" Hannah Akin says in the brochure. "That he, as an elected representative, is 'a servant of the people,' is not just an empty phrase, but a belief that guides his life."

    Hard to tell with all the typos, but maybe the campaign only meant to say that they have the support of the Akin women.

    Tags: Men and Women, Missouri, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
  • Karl Rove Jokes About Killing Todd Akin

    Like a gaseous, floating turd, Missouri's Todd Akin refuses to sink in the polls. The latest numbers, courtesy of Public Policy Polling, have incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill leading the legitimate rape theorist by just one point, 45-44%.

    Missouri Republicans are especially ready to forgive and forget…

    53% of voters say that they accept Akin's apology for his comments last week to 40% who do not. For most Missourians Akin's words weren't a permanent deal breaker. Although Democrats are not ready to forgive him, 77% of Republicans say they accept his apology to only 18% who do not…

    Akin's favorability numbers are still poor with 33% of voters rating him favorably to 56% with a negative opinion. But that's up a net 11 points from our survey last Monday when it came down at 24/58.

    There's a certainly disconnect between the state's electorate and national Republicans, who are concerned about Akin's impact on races in more moderate states and districts. Karl Rove, for one, would like to push Akin out of the race, and down a ravine…

    On the final morning of the Republican National Convention, Karl Rove took the stage at the Tampa Club to provide an exclusive breakfast briefing to about 70 of the Republican party's highest-earning and most powerful donors…He also detailed plans for Senate and House races, and joked, "We should sink Todd Akin. If he's found mysteriously murdered, don't look for my whereabouts!"

    It had better be an illegitimate murder attempt if there's any chance of it working.

    Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Claire McCaskill, Karl Rove, Missouri, Polls, Todd Akin