by Aimee Levitt
Forget Mitt Romney's "binders full of women." The joke will be totally passe by next week. But Todd Akin -- now that is a gift to Democrats that keeps on giving. From his explanation of "legitimate rape" to his complaint that his opponent Claire McCaskill was not sufficiently "ladylike" during their debate to his admission last week that he doesn't see the theory of evolution "as even a matter of science," the Todd-ster has provided an endless stream of ridiculous soundbites. (Well, they won't be as funny if he actually does manage to win the election.)
Now American Bridge 21st Century, a progressive PAC, has decided to commemorate some of Akin's finest moments this election season in the form of a direct mailer to some lucky Missouri voters.
Well, OK, some voters got Lacy Clay talking cards from the Russ Carnahan campaign back in July -- and the tactic wasn't even that novel then -- but how can Clay possibly compare to Akin?
The card contains the now-classic "legitimate rape" soundbite, plus a couple of lesser-known ones: the one where Akin says of Social Security "I don't like it" and the one where he compares student loans to "stage three cancer" (and not in the sense of "oh, shit, I'll be paying off these things for the rest of my mortal existence and maybe even after that, too" but in the sense of, "why should we even be giving them in the first place?"). It's capped off by a female narrator announcing, "Todd Akin, we've heard enough."
Given the wealth of material, the choice of the last two soundbites seems a bit odd. They're not nearly as preposterous as some of the other things Akin has said. But they have brevity in their favor and since these talking cards are kind of pricey (a similar mailer cost a campaign in Las Vegas as much as $2.49 apiece, plus postage), the quotes probably had to stay short.
Fortunately, American Bridge has posted a short video of "Todd Akin's Top Ten Crazy Moments" on its website for us all to marvel over.