Akin remorse, but only a little
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill ran through the usual litany of arguments against her opponent, Republican Congressman Todd Akin, during a visit with The Star’s editorial board today.
“He was one of a handful of votes that are inexplicable,” she said.
Voters who have followed this campaign know many of them. Akin opposes federal money for school lunches, he voted against fully funding veterans’ benefits, he voted against creating a national sex offender data base, he thinks employers should have the “freedom” to pay women less than men, and on and on.
“When I say that Todd Akin is extreme, that is not hyperbole,” McCaskill said. “If Todd Akin gets elected, it will be very hard for me to deal with the rest of my life.”
But, wait a minute. McCaskill wanted Akin for her opponent. She even gave him an assist with an ad reminding Missouri primary voters that Akin was the most conservative candidate in the field.
“I believed he had a path to victory whether I ran that ad or not,” McCaskill said. “I sensed his trajectory was strong.”
She acknowledged, however, that “I think about it.”
Probably not too much, I’m guessing. Politics is, after all, about seizing the opportunities. If that means giving your dream opponent a little push in the right direction, well, you do what you have to do.