McCaskill Says Akin Makes Bachmann Look Like a Hippie After He Calls Her Unladylike
Republican Todd Akin, seen here addressing the media on September 24 in Kirkwood, Missouri, said he would not drop out of his US Senate race, despite sparking outrage last month when he declared a woman's body can prevent conception in cases of "legitimat
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Todd Akin's virulent sexism is not, apparently, limited to his now-notorious misunderstanding of female biology. And his latest sexist statements have got his opponent pushing back hard, saying he makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.
The latest back and forth comes just weeks after his deeply inaccurate and offensive comments about "legitimate rape" somehow triggering a biological mechanism for "shutting down" pregnancy (implication: women who get pregnant from rape are lying), words that brought universal condemnation on the candidate and almost got him pushed out of the race by the Republican Party.
This time Akin went on the record bemoaning the fact that his opponent, Claire McCaskill, who is, indeed a lady, is too agressive in her politicking.
From CNN's Political Ticker, here are Akin's words about McCaskill at a post-debate press conference.
"I think we have a very clear path to victory, and apparently Claire McCaskill thinks we do, too, because she was very aggressive at the debate, which was quite different than it was when she ran against Jim Talent," Akin said. "She had a confidence and was much more ladylike [in 2006], but in the debate on Friday she came out swinging, and I think that's because she feels threatened."
Or maybe, you know, she "came out swinging" because she's a good politician who wants to win. He also likened her a "wildcat"when addressing a group of his own supporters.
One thing's for certain: Todd Akin's comments have never been particularly gentleman-like.
This new statement brought down the wrath of DSCC Chair Patty Murray, who is calling on his fellow Republicans to chastise him as they've already done not too long ago:
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, who is also a U.S. Senator from Washington, referred to the Thursday remark as "another comment that's demeaning to women and offensive to all."
"What's truly astonishing is that the national party embraced Todd Akin yesterday and now refuses to repudiate his statement," Murray wrote in a statement. "Unless the national party condemns Todd Akin and his latest comments, every Republican candidate in the country will be held accountable for their support of Akin's beliefs and sentiments."
Meanwhile, McCaskill--who has avoided calling too much attention to the legitimate rape hullabaloo--struck back in an appearance on Morning Joe this morning, saying "I’m a former courtroom prosecutor and I try to be strong and informed, and I think the debate was tough for Todd because I went through the list of his very, very extreme positions."
She then proceeded to go on the offensive, painting him as an extremist and herself as a moderate.
“He has said things like 'at the heart of liberalism is a hatred of God'... he has been a handful of votes against things like the sex offender registry, the center for missing and exploited children. He is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie.”
McCaskill has also asked supporters to weigh in on her website about whether she's ladylike--with donations, of course--and released a new ad that hits her opponent for his words on rape.
And as McCaskill hammers home her advantage in her continually "unladylike" fashion, race watchers who believed she was in big trouble now think she has a good chance of winning--and helping her party maintain its majority.
In a political analysis at Washington Posts' "The Fix," Chris Cilizza and Aaron Blake say that the repurcussions for Akin's "devastatingly bad" candidacy will be felt widely:
But Akin’s implosion — not to mention the massive amount of national media his collapse has engendered — is, without question, a blow that is felt far beyond the borders of Missouri.
If Republicans come up short on Nov. 6, Akin’s name will be added to an ignominious list that includes the likes of Christine O’Donnell and Sharron Angle — candidates who cost the GOP not just Senate seats, but a chance at the majority.