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Todd Akin Compares His Female Opponent to a Dog Not Once But Twice

Todd Akin Compares His Female Opponent to a Dog Not Once But Twice

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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10:46AM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

What happened with all the reasonable republicans? It seems all I hear about are representatives of that party, that are way out in space with their opinions of women, LGBT and other things that concerns everyday people. I have a theory of what happened. Do any of you remember an old movie, think it's from the 60s or 70s, but can't remember the title. It was about a small town that came under attack in the form of pumpkins (I think) and when those veggies opened up, a double of a citizen came out. It was an alien from outer space that replaced a person living in the town. I think something similar happened to the republican party. All the sensible and normal people in that party have been replaced by space aliens or by those abducted by the same and then returned a little more stupid. I have no other explanation than this because I try to avoid believeing there are so many stupid humans available for a political party!

6:28AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

If this ignorant person who appears to have escaped from "A FUNNY FARM" compares his
female opponent to a dog - THEN IMAGINE WHAT HE MUST CALL HIS WIFE !!!!
John C./Houston, Tx.

5:22AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

So much BS...........

1:10AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

This is a turbulent time in America and if it doesn't stop then the country will be more drastically divided. I fear this reportage of political wrangling will only lead to more problems.

4:35PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge," Charles Darwin

3:46PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

He can't fight her using facts so he does it using ignorance. Do we really want such people in positions of power? Eventually his statements will bite him in the butt.

3:41PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Just goes to show you what Mr.Romney is made of.......A man (especially a man of God as he so frequently boasts).....would shut down all this trash talk from HIS party......I guess there's not much hiding in his special shorts.

3:40PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, are these mentally deficient troglodytes trying to lose?

2:41PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Let alone Gene to be on the House Science Committee?

1:32PM PDT on Oct 24, 2012

Verbal assault, what a role model

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