Sledge of the Day

Todd Akin is behind in polls in the race against Claire McCaskill for the senate seat of Missouri. It isn’t surprising that he is behind with his recent comments about “legitimate rape” in a gaffe-fest that was memorable for his ill informed and misogynist attitude.

For her part McCaskill has been aggressive in attacking Akin, and Akin isn’t pleased. He resorted to form with a patronising and condescending comment about her acting in manner that was less lady-like than her last election contest.

McCaskill has fired up and back:

“I don’t know exactly what his accusation that I’m not ladylike means,” McCaskill said. “I’m a former courtroom prosecutor and I try to be strong and informed. And I think the debate was tough for Todd, because I went through the list of his very, very extreme positions and I think that maybe he wasn’t prepared to answer to some of that, and so they went back to, I think, that old, ‘Gosh she was mean and unladylike.’”

Expressing the hope that his remarks would motivate her supporters, McCaskill targeted Akin as a “fringe” candidate who would never works to solve problems through compromise.

“If you look at some of the things that Todd Akin has said over the years… this is somebody who kind of makes Michele Bachmann look like a hippie,” she said.

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