It was Akin, the Missouri senator’s Republican challenger in 2012, whose campaign imploded after he suggested that pregnancy rarely results from a “legitimate rape.” It was Akin who later apologized, calling rape “an evil act.”
And it was McCaskill who won re-election by 5.5 percentage points, denying Republicans a state they might have claimed in their ongoing bid for control of the Senate.
Now it is Akin who’s out with a book — “Firing Back” — and calling himself “a target basically of a media assassination.” This isn’t the first time he has blamed the “liberal media elite” for his problems. “I went from being a respectable congressman to being the biggest bum in the whole world in about two weeks,” the former congressman told Politico this week.
And it is McCaskill — who says she’s read the book (”I sat down and read the whole thing in an hour and 45 minutes”) — who is raising money off Akin’s 2014 book, just as she raised money off his remarks in 2012.
“In his book, he doubles down on many of the extreme positions that put him out of touch with Missouri voters,” the senator says in a fundraising email. “He takes back his apology for his extreme remarks, and instead reaffirms his belief that women have magic uteruses in cases of `legitimate rape.’”
For $5, she says, supporters can “stand up to outrageous right-wing politicians.” She says she wishes “we’d heard the last from Todd Akin and his right-wing fans.” Yet the fundraising potential makes us wonder if she does.
Akin, who filmed a campaign-ad apology for his remarks in 2012 — he “used the wrong words in the wrong way,” he said — apparently states in his book that he shouldn’t have apologized.
Music to McCaskill’s fundraisers.