Todd Akin, who said Claire McCaskill was “like one of those dogs: Fetch”; who omitted information on financial disclosure forms; who said abortions were done “on women who weren’t pregnant;” and who infamously asserted that victims of ‘legitimate rape’ don’t get pregnant, had Republicans running from him faster than Paul Ryan in a marathon.
For awhile. Remember?
As it turns out, the GOP were for him before they were against him before they were for him.
In the last days of the 2012 campaign, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sent $760,000 to the Missouri Republican Party, which appears to have used the money to run TV ads for Rep. Todd Akin’s ill-fated Senate campaign.
They waited until the last minute to transfer the money, which they did on the first two days of November, so nobody could be sure where it came from until after the election.
Democrats would have had a field day with this, had they known it was from the NRSC. But they know now:
Democrats were quick to pounce on the news [...]
“It is not only wrong that the NRSC would provide funds to support a dangerous extremist like Todd Akin; it was underhanded and dishonest that they would purposely mislead the public about their actions,” said Matt Canter, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Another example of the unsurprising lack of judgment that the GOP so frequently demonstrates, especially considering the poll numbers, which showed McCaskill well ahead.
Another example of unsurprising GOP secrecy.
And it’s also another example of the unsurprising tone deafness that ultimately lost them the election.