Todd Akin, GOP Senate candidate from Missouri who made the “legitimate rape” gaffe, has put his foot in his mouth — again — by comparing his female opponent to a dog.
“She goes to Washington, D.C., and it’s a little bit like, you know, one of those dogs, you know, ‘fetch’,” Akin said of Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill during a fundraising event in Springfield on Saturday. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and gets 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.”
Akin, a congressman from Missouri’s 2nd district, went on to clarify his point, by saying McCaskill had it backwards. “What we should be doing is taking the common sense that we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., and blessing them with some solutions instead of more problems,” he added.
And while Akin’s point is a good one, voters — women especially — will only see yet another one of his incredibly insensitive remarks.
In August, Akin made headlines and caught heat from liberals and conservatives alike for a comment he made during an interview with the St. Louis’s Fox News station, saying that when a woman is a victim of “legitimate rape” her body has ways of preventing her from getting pregnant. Following this remark, many Republicans, including GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, called for Akin to drop out of the Missouri Senate race, but Akin refused.
In September, Akin said McCaskill was less “ladylike” in this campaign than during her 2006 run against Jim Talent (R-MO), saying she “feels threatened.”
Wisely, many Republicans have been distancing themselves from Akin and his gaffes. Real Clear Politics shows Romney leading Obama 53.7 percent to 43.3 percent in Missouri. Near the end of August, Akin plummeted in the Real Clear Politics polls, losing a 5-point lead and ending up 4.5-points behind McCaskill. As of Sunday, McCaskill was leading by 5 points.
If Akin is trying to completely alienate the female vote, he’s doing a great job. But if he wants to get elected to the Senate, he should probably take his foot out of his mouth and bite his tongue.
Listen to Akin’s remarks here: