Stay Classy, Todd Akin

On Saturday, Todd Akin compared Senator Claire McCaskill to a dog:.

With a little more than two weeks until Election Day, GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s Saturday fundraiser was highlighted by a questionable analogy.

Two months after his “legitimate rape” comments sparked a firestorm of criticism, PoliticMo captured audio of Akin in Springfield, Mo., comparing Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill’s work in office to that of a dog.

“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know ‘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 she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”

Today, his campaign doubled down on the comment:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A top campaign adviser to Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, compared Akin’s opponent to a dog via Twitter on Monday, apparently running with a remark made by the candidate over the weekend.

“If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a ‘Bullshitsu,'” Rick Tyler tweeted Monday.

When BuzzFeed asked Tyler, via email, whether the tweet was a joke, he responded, “Yes. It was a joke. Get it?”

Are these people running for Senate, or President of the He-Man Woman Haters Club?

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Comments

  1. CSK says:

    In a previous life, he was a kamikaze pilot.

  2. ernieyeball says:

    Akin, Walsh and others of their ilk are vying for the “I have my head up my azz and I’m proud of it” awards!

  3. Geek, Esq. says:

    And 90% of the Republican base will wind up voting for this guy.

    Just in case people wonder why there’s a gender gap in Presidential races. It’s not the head of the ticket–it’s his political base.

  4. cd6 says:

    Ok I’m going to ignore the ridiculous dog thing and focus on what was, I imagine, supposed to be the real criticism here:

    “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.”

    How stupid do you need to be where this is an effective line of attack.
    Like McCaskill shows up at DC and shouts out “Who’s got some bureaucracy and red tape I can bring back and saddel Missouri with? Bring me all your agencies, I’m gonna teach my state a thing or two about red tape” blah blah

    I mean, this is just cartoonishly moronic. We, as a country, are totally boned.

  5. Jr says:

    Sad thing is Akin could still win this thing

    Really says a lot about MO……….

  6. gVOR08 says:

    The last time I asked, “Where does the Republican Party finds these people? And why?”, I got a mini lecture from James on the entrepreneurial nature of the nominating and primary process, excusing the party from responsibility. So let’s try a little different phrasing. Why are these people drawn to the Republican Party? And why does the party, both at the leadership and voter level, provide them such a welcoming home?

  7. swbarnes2 says:

    @gVOR08:

    Why are these people drawn to the Republican Party? And why does the party, both at the leadership and voter level, provide them such a welcoming home?

    Yup. Isn’t the point of a party to be able to say to people “You don’t believe what we believe, we won’t let you call yourself one of us, and we certainly won’t support your campaign with money”?

    Akin is a Republican.

    So again, what are the policies that Republicans advocating that are so vital, and so wonderful, that James and Doug will support this filth with their votes?

  8. Mikey says:

    @swbarnes2:

    Yup. Isn’t the point of a party to be able to say to people “You don’t believe what we believe, we won’t let you call yourself one of us, and we certainly won’t support your campaign with money”?

    Akin is a Republican.

    So again, what are the policies that Republicans advocating that are so vital, and so wonderful, that James and Doug will support this filth with their votes?

    It’s pretty obvious that Senate seats are the primary concern, and the fact Akin is still competitive in Missouri means he’s not going to be thrown under the bus. So he’s still in the race, and some people will vote for him happily, some while holding their noses, and if he wins it’ll be a pick-up for the GOP. Which is obviously more important to them than whether someone called McCaskill a “Bullshitzu.”

    Akin’s a grade-A nimrod, but if he gets to D. C. I bet the party leadership keeps a firm hold on his, er, leash

  9. ernieyeball says:

    @Mikey: Akin’s a grade-A nimrod,

    Before we attribute Biblical names to Akin and his ilk maybe we should be sure of the reference.
    Do we really want Aikin to think he is mentioned in a Holy Book? It might go to his head. (And we all know where that is.)

    Nimrod Who was he? Was he Godly or was he evil?
    http://christiananswers.net/dictionary/nimrod.html

  10. Anderson says:

    I suppose “bitch” is the as-yet-unspoken text here. All this is pretty much why the GOP didn’t want Akin to win the primary.

  11. Franklin says:

    Bullshitsu, by Todd Akin

    Bringing bureacracy, going whole hog
    Fetchin’ taxes like an unladylike dog
    She be creating agencies and red tape
    I have no use for your legimitate rape

    … that’s all I got so far …

  12. Mikey says:

    @ernieyeball: Interesting. A little ‘net research reveals the word “nimrod” actually means “mighty hunter” but it was turned to “geek, klutz” because Bugs Bunny used it sarcastically to refer to Elmer Fudd.

    However, to avoid confusion, please replace “nimrod” with “assclown.” The sentence should therefore read “Akin’s a grade-A assclown.”

  13. @ernieyeball:

    The current use of the nimrod actually comes from a Bugs Bunny cartoon where Bugs sarcastically refers to Elmer Fudd as Nimrod, referencing the description of Genesis of Nimrod being a mighty hunter. Most of the audience didn’t get the reference and the word started being used as a general insult.

  14. Tillman says:

    Can we at least agree that, whatever you think of Todd Akin or Claire McCaskill notwithstanding, “bullshitsu” is rather clever on its own?

  15. swbarnes2 says:

    @Mikey:

    Akin’s a grade-A nimrod, but if he gets to D. C. I bet the party leadership keeps a firm hold on his, er, leash…

    What would this mean? That they would prevent him from voting for the same disgusting policies that the Republican party platform calls for? They obviosuly won’t do that.

    I understand perfectly why Republicans want vile politicians to pass vile policies in line with their vile platform. I’m just wondering how James and Doug justify supporting all the vileness.

  16. Davebo says:

    @Tillman:

    Can we at least agree that, whatever you think of Todd Akin or Claire McCaskill notwithstanding, “bullshitsu” is rather clever on its own?

    No. Unless you really aren’t smarter than a fifth grader. Akin hired this idiot. Yet another sterling example of his judgement.

    But who can blame him? Look at the mouth diarrhea he’s gotten away with so far and his base is happily lapping it up!

  17. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Anderson:

    I suppose “bitch” is the as-yet-unspoken text here.

    Yeah, they don’t have the balls to say that. As my oldest sis (god rest her soul) always said, “I take pride in being called a ‘Bitch’. It means I didn’t just roll over for them. It means I stood up to them.”

    I have met Clair. Back in the day, they called women like her, “feisty.” Now they call them bitches.

    Clair McCaskill is a bitch, in the best sense of the word. You go, Clair.

  18. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Stay Classy, Todd Akin

    Oh. And just to point out the obvious? In order to “Stay Classy” he would have to get classy first.

  19. ernieyeball says:

    Do we really want Aiken to think he is being compared to Elmer Fudd in a cartoon, which is funny? When he is merely an uncouth lout.

  20. @ernieyeball:

    So you’re saying he’s more Yosemite Sam then?

  21. ernieyeball says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Sam has more class!

  22. ernieyeball says:
  23. al-Ameda says:

    Even brain dead people deserve to have a representation in the Senate.

  24. Scott O says:

    @Tillman: Appropriately enough, it was borrowed from the movie Dumb and Dumber.

    http://influencealley.nationaljournal.com/2012/10/tweet-of-the-moment-akin-spox.php

  25. Franklin says:

    @Scott O: That’s what I came here to say. I recognized it right away and assumed everybody would.

  26. Franklin says:

    By the way, you guys are gonna love Wednesday’s story about Richard Mourdock.