Todd Akin: Claire McCaskill Not ‘Ladylike’

Todd Akin had a pretty rough debate the other night with Senator Claire McCaskill and apparently he didn’t like it:

JEFFERSON CITY – More than a month after his comments about “legitimate rape” nearly derailed his campaign for U.S. Senate, Republican Todd Akin said Thursday that it has become clear to him that he will triumph over Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill this fall.

Part of his confidence, he said, comes from McCaskill’s demeanor during their debate last week, which he said was not as “ladylike” as it was when she faced off with Republican Jim Talent in 2006.

“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.”

Dear lord, Congressman. Just keep your mouth shut from now on.

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  1. Facebones says:

    He probably thinks it’s not very ladylike that those little misses get to vote.

    Keep on propping up this guy, Republicans! Crossroads, spend your money here! He is the gift that keeps on giving.

  2. JoshB says:

    Perhaps she forgot the aspirin between her knees this time around?

  3. OzarkHillbilly says:

    ”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.”

    In Akin’s world, any women who fights back is not a lady, she’s a b!tch.

  4. Tsar Nicholas says:

    Man, that “ladylike” quip does speak volumes, doesn’t it? It touches upon so many different but related elements of the Bible thumper demographic. Self-righteousness. Naivete. Piousness. Hell, the thick cocoon in which that demographic lives is amazing. Amazingly horrible, that is.

  5. Murray says:

    “Dear lord, Congressman. Just keep your mouth shut from now on.”

    On the contrary, keep it up!

    We are in dire need of levity.

  6. David says:

    I was listening to local talk radio and the host and guest host, both men didn’t understand what was wrong with the comment. Unfortunately, the normal cohost that happens to be a woman was not on. That would have made some good radio.

  7. grumpy realist says:

    Guys, if you ever want to know why those of us of the feminine persuasion get sent into screaming Kali-like rage, Akin’s remarks are Exhibit A.

  8. SKI says:

    It gets better worse: Todd Akin appeared to endorse allowing employers to pay women less than men at a town hall on Thursday.

  9. al-Ameda says:

    Wow, Akin is actually exactly the troglodyte we thought he was. Unfortunately he’s probably going to get elected and Missouri will be represented by a 19th century senator.