Yes, it has been clearly shown during the Senatorial campaign battle between Claire McCaskill and Todd Akin that Akin spends most of his time trying to remove his foot from his mouth over a string of outrageous remarks.
The national and local news media jumped all over him for his silly “legitimate rape” comment. That occurred in August.
Despite numerous apologies (a good PR tactic) the media has since just waited for any more Akin “gotcha!” comments. At times it seems a bit silly.
And now his latest remarks have created another firestorm:
“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, you know ‘fetch,’” Akin was quoted in the Huffington Post. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and she brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”
Of course, the new media breathlessly reported that Akin “called McCaskill a dog.” How insensitive!!
Of course, if he had said that about a male opponent no one would have raised an eyebrow.
Poor, poor Claire!! But, with the news media all but acting like paid PR staffers for McCaskill these days it was no surprise Akin would have been promptly tarred and feathered over his remarks. (KC Star reporter Steve Kraske broke the “news” today that Akin was arrested 27 years ago for protesting at an abortion clinic.)
So armed with that knowledge it is simply mind-blowing that Akin’s campaign advisor Rick Tyler then Tweeted: “If Claire McCaskill were a dog, she’d be a “Bullshitsu.”
Was he being cute? Who knows.
One can only think that Tyler was waving a white flag of surrender for the campaign and he feels that it is all over for his candidate. Maybe he was just taking one final shot at McCaskill on his way out the door to work on another campaign.
In reality, if the race was even close it is doubtful McCaskill would have decided to stop campaigning to take care of her ailing mother. Her people likely figure it is a lock at this point.
However, in the scheme of things, Tyler’s stupid PR gaffe might go down as the dumbest Tweet in political history.
And that is saying a lot in today’s online environment.