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For years Rep. Todd Akin said one outrageous thing after another and it was largely ignored. There’d maybe be a little blog chatter and a small newspaper article or two; it’s unlikely that many of his constituents even knew about his latest dumb pronouncement. Running for statewide office, however, is a different kettle of fish altogether and the fact that Akin may not only be a tad too far out there, as well as lacking in the skills to disguise that fact, has become apparent even to some of his fellow travelers. Following is a sample of some of the fallout from today’s Akinism:

“Akin On ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment: ‘I Misspoke'”. Offers the Akin team’s efforts at damage control. TPM notes, though, that Akin fails to address the “legitimate” rape comment.

“Conservative Activists Call On Akin To Quit Race After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment” and “Growing Number Of Conservatives Call On Akin To Withdraw After ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments”Sample twitter comments: “Todd Akin ought to step the heck down,” “I know I’m about to piss someone off, but Akin’s team isn’t up for this kind of fight,” and “I think we may have a Torricelli situation here.”

Akin “Outburst Will Put Pressure On Romney-Ryan”. This article notes that Akin’s comments are already being tied to Ryan’s support for restrictive abortion legislation:

The Obama campaign was already mobilizing an effort to highlight Ryan’s abortion views before Akin’s explosive comments. That effort will likely get an early kick-start Monday morning, as Sen. Claire McCaskill, Akin’s opponent, sits down with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“McCaskill Calls Akin’s Rape Comments ‘Beyond Comprehension'”:

It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” said McCaskill. “The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive.

And there were those who wondered why McCaskill’s people were so jubilant when Brother Todd won his primary.

UPDATE:  The Huffington Post gives us the Romney camp’s response to the publicity Akin has directed their way – which is that, of course, they support abortion in cases of rape.  Sadly, though, in the case of Ryan at least, that just isn’t true. As HuffPo points out, Ryan was a big advocate of the “it-isn’t-rape-unless-it-hurts” HR3 last year, not to mention a co-sponsor of a “personhood” bill that would have endowed human zygotes with full legal rights. Of course, obfuscating Ryan’s position with regard to abortion should be a cinch for a duo so determined to sow confusion about their controversial policy proposals.