6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

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Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter.

Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith.

Akin stopped into various local media outlets this week to bare his not-so-contrite soul in extensive interviews with KWMU's Don Marsh and KMOX's conservative radio host Mark Reardon, among others.

The tour showed Akin in vintage form: He blamed the media and Republican leadership for his campaign loss, compared himself to Joseph McCarthy and reneged on his apologies for the "legitimate rape" comments that got him in trouble in the first place. Also, he believes that abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history." Yup, that sounds like the Akin we know.

See also: Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" on Law & Order: SVU (Recap)

But can Akin still surprise us? Does he have more magic left in the tank? In the spirit of scientific inquiry, we listened to his roughly two-hour interview with KMOX's Reardon on Tuesday, which we assumed would present the friendliest arena for Akin to open up his feelings and let loose.

After a thorough analysis, it's pretty clear he's still got what it take to compete in the foot-in-mouth big leagues. Here are six insights we gained into the mind of the Firing Back-author:

(In case anyone has spent the last two years under a rock, here's the original 2012 interview that started the "legitimate rape" craze.)

1. Todd Akin Keeps Using Words

To his credit, Reardon repeatedly held Akin to task for the "legitimate rape" comments, which makes sense because the resulting backlash impacted the rest of the Republican party. This line of questioning seemed for force Akin into all sorts of uncomfortable linguistic contortions.

For instance, when Reardon asks if Akin can understand why people got so angry, Akin responds that yes, his "shutting the whole thing down" line was "very unprofessional." Yet, seconds later, Akin tries to write off the entire gaffe as a "complicated parenthesis" to his larger point about abortions, and that he was the victim of the liberal, abortion-loving media.

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Akin is right: Those "media elites" really went off the deep end.
2. Todd Akin Doesn't Stop To Think About His Anecdotes

Akin wasted little time in dropping one his favorite new soundbites on KMOX listeners:

"The main thing [my critics] said is, 'Akin thinks that nobody can get pregnant through rape.' But we had people working on our campaign that were the children of rape!"

Reardon, however, detects a slight logical flaw: If Akin had been aware that rape could produce children, why then did he tell FOX 2's Charlie Jaco that a woman's body could "shut that whole thing down"? But Akin is too slippery for logic:

"Well no, because after I made that comment I said, 'Well, what if that doesn't happen?'"

Indeed, Akin did hedge his infamous declaration during the 2012 interview.

"What I believe happens," continues Akin, responding to Reardon's point, "is that stress plays a part, but people can still get pregnant from rape, and those were the ones working on the campaign with me."

3. Todd Akin Believes Abortion Is Stopping America from Being a Cool Country

When asked if focusing on faith-based issues distracts Republicans from confronting tangible challenges, like the economy, Akin doesn't flinch: He whips out his history knowledge to prove why George Washington, if he were around today, would value faith and family above solving unemployment.

I spent two or three years reading the source documents of our Founders..their understanding was that in order to have a really cool country like ours, that has a lot of freedom, high standard of living, a large level of respect of one citizen to another... in order to create something like that, it really sits at the most fundamental level on the individual citizen...and that's where I bring the faith in because they brought it in. They believed your mindset, how you approach life, is so important to the quality of life.

More pearls of wisdom from Todd Akin await, on the next page


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25 comments
Kj Rink
Kj Rink

That's giving "douche" a bad rap ....

Megg Ray
Megg Ray

Ah, hes still alive? Could have sworn people were going to make his life crap after he knew he sucked.

Kathleen Wilson Griswold
Kathleen Wilson Griswold

When even his own party shuns him and wants him to keep quiet, he seems to turn it up a notch. I'll repeat what I said the last time an article about him popped up: go away and take Sarah Palin with you.

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Must be slow news month with the RFT since no one cares about this POS nor Sarah Palin, Larry Conners, etc etc. Find some new material.

Brenda McBride Watson
Brenda McBride Watson

It's difficult to believe someone this stupid was ever elected in the first place.

Nick Berblinger
Nick Berblinger

Todd Akin is an absolute dickhead, no doubt about it. So is whoever proofread this article.

Reinventing Carrie
Reinventing Carrie

First uneducated two no back bone three no ethics or morals. All in all definitely a douche

Ellie Pomeroy
Ellie Pomeroy

Does he ever listen to himself. He is so stupid sounding and yes a douche bag.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Akin seems to be another narcissist that doesn’t care about anyone other than himself, however, if Todd Akin has any desire for his own party to win a national election he needs to resist his compulsion to be back in the news. He is a symbol of what so many voters today, even many Republicans, regard as being out of touch with views that are quite bizarre. Its voices like Todd Akin’s that will keep getting Democrats elected. Mainstream America, and particularly most women, has very little appetite for extreme religious right wing ideology in this day and age. The GOP won't win national elections with voices sounding like the American Taliban.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

any f-wod could have beat Claire and this bonehead ws the opponent

Sharon Walker
Sharon Walker

He is done....a non-issue....only good for a laugh.

David Biernbaum
David Biernbaum

Akin seems to be another narcissist that doesn’t care about anyone other than himself, however, if Todd Akin has any desire for his own party to win a national election he needs to resist his compulsion to be back in the news. He is a symbol of what so many voters today, even many Republicans, regard as being out of touch with views that are quite bizarre. Its voices like Todd Akin’s that will keep getting Democrats elected. Mainstream America, and particularly most women, has very little appetite for extreme religious right wing ideology in this day and age. The GOP won't win national elections with voices sounding like the American Taliban.

preppy
preppy

I LIKE HIS HAIR HE GETS MY VOTE

Mark Swain
Mark Swain

OMG someone had the nerve to speak to this idiot for 2 hours

Greg Kluempers
Greg Kluempers

What I don't understand is WHY the press keeps talking to this dickhead. Must be a slow news day.

Brandi Hobson
Brandi Hobson

If only I could roll my eyes more dramatically. ...

Laura Dee
Laura Dee

He's an asshole of epic proportions. First, say an ignorant comment. Then apologize for it. Then say you were /lying/ when you apologized and expect us to be dandy with that? He just proves how untrustworthy he is.

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