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Missouri Senate Race Update: Akin Compares McCaskill to Dog
We all know Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin has a woman problem. Now he has a dog problem, too. A few months ago Akin made his famous rape gaffe, and while there's no way to top that, he gave it his best at a fundraising event in Springfield by comparing his opponent, incumbent Claire McCaskill, to a dog.
Churchill he is not.
“She goes to Washington, D.C., it’s a little bit like one of those dogs, ‘fetch,’” he said. “She goes to Washington, D.C., and get all of these taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies and brings all of this stuff and dumps it on us in Missouri.”
Akin continued, “It seems to me that she’s got it just backwards. What we should be doing is taking the common sense we see in Missouri and taking that to Washington, D.C., and blessing them with more solutions instead of more problems.”
While it's completely objectionable to compare women to dogs (it's 2012, man - who the hell does that?) the real objection here is to Akin's use of analogy. When a dog fetches something, he brings the fetched item back to its owner. Dogs do not, as a matter of course, fetch things that their owners do not throw.
For this analogy to make sense, the voters of Missouri would have to throw "taxes and red tape and bureaucracy and executive orders and agencies" to Washington and have McCaskill to go to Washington to bring them back. That's how fetch works. In this analogy a dog McCaskill runs out and fetches something her owner (the voters) never tossed. The voters didn't put all those liberal policies in Washington for McCaskill to bring back.