I guess you could say that Missouri’s Representative Todd Akin of women-don’t-become-pregnant-from-”legitimate-rape” fame has a way with words. Akin is in a Senate race against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. This past weekend, at a fundraiser in Springfield featuring his supporter, Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Akin compared McCaskill to a dog:
She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know ‘fetch.’ She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.
It seems to me that she’s got it just backwards. What we should be doing is taking the common sense that we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., blessing them with some solutions instead of more problems.
It seems to me that Akin, whose thinking about woman and about rape is backward to say the least, has lost the common sense his state likes to claim as a characteristic. He has also let go of a basic, human sense of civility and courtesy that we who live in the 21st century generally operate by, or at least strive to.
But it gets worse. Akin’s campaign, rather than doing the right (i.e., common sensical) thing and apologizing, is running with his “dog” remark. On Monday morning, Rick Tyler, a top campaign manager for Akin, overtly compared McCaskill to a dog on Twitter:
“If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a “Bullshitsu.”
Asked if his comment was a joke, Tyler played coy, saying “Yes. It was a joke. Get it?”
We used to live in St. Louis, Missouri, because of my husband’s job. In fact, we used to live in the district Akin represents. Since 2001, we’ve been back in my husband’s native New Jersey, where our current governor, Chris Christie, wins unnecessary accolades for his bullying and bombastic rhetoric and persona. But Christie knows there are protocols that may (so to speak) play in Peoria but most definitely not in New Jersey.
To say that Akin and Tyler referring to McCaskill as they have is tasteless, jejune, silly, etc. would be to dignify the politician’s remark. Akin’s comment has simply given us another ugly view of what he and others think about women.
Not that anyone should want to hear Akin say such reprehensible babble, but here is a video of his comments from the weekend.
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