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Todd Akin [2012 file photo].

Todd Akin (r), a former member of Congress, the Missouri General Assembly, and 2012 candidate for the U.S. Senate, has died at the age of 74.

We was before his time. That is, after the teabaggers and before the MAGA hats.

It’s interesting to note the mentions of Todd Akin’s passing from his former political opponents. Sure, he seemed like a nice guy. To paraphrase one prominent member of Congress speaking about no one republican in particular, “I’m certain he walked his dog and regularly mowed his lawn.”

It was his consituents and anyone else subject to his fringe ideology who suffered.


Todd Akin (r): Well, that didn’t last very long, did it? (August 15, 2012)

Todd Akin (r): the republican cult of the victim (August 22, 2012)

Vicky Hartzler (r): Todd Akin (r) – “…baffling, disturbing and misinformed.” (August 23, 2012)

Todd Akin (r) in Clinton, Missouri – Q and A (September 28, 2012)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D): it’s what Todd Akin (r) believes (October 7, 2012)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) and Todd Akin (r) Debate: Tweets from the edge (October 19, 2012)

Todd Akin (r): you had a (very wealthy) friend (December 9, 2012)