Get Ready for Todd Akin 2: Electric Boogaloo

Remember Todd Akin, the Missouri wingnut who spectacularly flamed out in a 2012 Senate race he almost certainly would have run after he said that women’s bodies can magically shut down and prevent pregnancy during a “legitimate rape”? Well he just might be making another Senate run next year.

Todd Akin is considering a primary challenge to Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) in 2016.

“I have not ruled anything out,” the former congressman and 2012 GOP Senate nominee told The Hill in a phone interview on Wednesday.

“I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he continued. “The sentiment is there. The Tea Party is skeptical and wants some fresh blood, not just the same establishment guys.”

Akin’s reemergence is sure to be an unwelcome development for national Republicans.

During his 2012 race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), the Republican triggered a firestorm of criticism from both Democrats and fellow Republicans for saying that women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” during a discussion about why abortion should be illegal in all cases, even rape and incest.

When Akin refused to back down, the GOP essentially abandoned him in the once-winnable race, and his gaffes hurt the party across the board.

Now, the GOP pariah says if he did run, it’d be to try to move his party away from a singular focus on economic issues, which he says has come at the expense of social issues, like abortion.

If he does run, the body politic has the ability to spontaneously abort his candidacy by not supporting him. I mean, if it’s a legitimate campaign.

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  • John Pieret

    it’d be to try to move his party away from a singular focus on economic issues, which he says has come at the expense of social issues, like abortion.

    He wants to personally to shoot the Republican party in the foot this time around.

  • kantalope

    He thinks Repubs have a laser focus on the economy..hahahahhahahaha oh make it stop my tummy is starting to hurt.

  • Chiroptera

    “I think there is a high level of dissatisfaction among conservatives, that they have to some degree been pushed out of the Republican Party,” he continued.

    lol

    On the other hand, I think this is actually true. If there used to be a more or less coherent ideology based on more or less coherent value assumptions and goals that was called “conservativism,” then it has been pushed out of the Party of Perpetual Outrage and Resentment Over Losing Special Entitlements and Privileges.

  • jufulu

    What kantalope said. I’m surprised that you didn’t feel the aftershock of my irony meter blowing up.

  • Trebuchet

    @2: And that conservatives are being pushed out! He’s hilarious!

  • caseloweraz

    Now, the GOP pariah says if he did run, it’d be to try to move his party away from a singular focus on economic issues, which he says has come at the expense of social issues, like abortion.

    In other words, if he runs he’ll double down on his previous stupidity.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, everybody knows that the Establishment Republicans have taken the party back from the Tea Party Republicans. That you can’t tell them apart in a line-up is your issue, not theirs.

  • raven

    it’d be to try to move his party away from a singular focus on economic issues, which he says has come at the expense of social issues, like abortion.

    He wants to personally to shoot the Republican party in the foot this time around.

    LOL. Todd Akin will have a lot of help on that one.

    1. That the GOP are fiscally conservative is a Big Lie. Clinton was the last great fiscal conservative, leaving a budget surplus. Bush was a fiscal idiot who left us record deficits.

    2. That the GOP is pro family is another Big LIe.

    A few months ago, they attacked the disabled by refusing to fund Social Security Disability Insurance. They hate public education for kids. They hate food stamps, half of those who get them are children. The middle class is shrinking rapidly and they are aiding that process.

    Add those to the To Hate list of the christofascists. Children and the disabled.

  • zbeeblebrox

    Oh please please please please PLEASE run. Please?