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Akin just can't help himself

<p>Just over the past few months, Republican Todd Akin, the U.S.</p>

Just over the past few months, Republican Todd Akin, the U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, has said victims of "legitimate rape" have magical abilities to prevent pregnancies, defended employers who choose to pay women less than men for equal work, and critiqued Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D) ability to be "ladylike."

Any chance the right-wing congressman can make matters a little worse? As a matter of fact, yes.

At a fundraiser on Saturday night, Akin decided he should compare Claire McCaskill to a dog. "She goes to Washington, D.C., and it's a little bit like one of those dogs, you know 'fetch,'" Akin said. "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."

Rick Tyler, a former aide to Newt Gingrich who's now working to get Akin elected, said his candidate "made an analogy -- probably could have made a better one."

Yes, Rick, given his track record, Akin probably could have avoided comparing the woman he's running against to a dog.