Akin’s Campaign, Koresh’s Compound — Following the Story Line?

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A military helicopter buzzes past the Branch Davidian compound where David Koresh and others were holed up in Waco, Texas in 1993.

Sen. Claire McCaskill can’t count the ways Rep. Todd Akin has helped her.

First the Republican congressman seeking to unseat the one-term senator from Missouri said in a televised interview that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy. Akin apologized for words poorly chosen, “a six-second mistake,” but before the news cycle moved on, most of the Republican establishment, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, were calling on him to quit his campaign. The Republican Party shut off his funding.

Then this week, following debates with McCaskill, Akin complained that the senator hadn’t been very “ladylike” in the way she went after him like a rhetorical “wildcat.”

Today, camp McCaskill is circulating more words from camp Akin:

Conservative consultant Kellyane Conway, CEO of The Polling Company, compared the embattled candidate to David Koresh, who barricaded himself and dozens of his Branch Davidian followers inside a hilltop compound outside of Waco, Texas, in 1993 after federal agents were killed during a raid there.

“I’ve expressed this to Todd as my client for a while now, I’ve expressed it to him directly,” Conway said today on a radio show with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. “The first day or two where it was like the Waco with the David Koresh situation where they’re trying to smoke him out with the SWAT teams and the helicopters and the bad Nancy Sinatra records. Then here comes day two and you realize the guy’s not coming out of the bunker. Listen, Todd has shown his principle to the voters.”

The McCaskill campaign may be enjoying the comparison.

But the Akin campaign probably doesn’t want to follow the metaphor all the way through.


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