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November 8, 2012 4:00 PM

Saying crazy things can cost you an election. Just ask Todd Akin

The only depressing part about Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s loss to Claire McCaskill Tuesday night were the tepid emotions expressed in the exit polls. When asked about Akin’s infamous pontification about “legitimate rape” and the female body’s magical ability to shut down pregnancies, Missouri voters reported that “at the very least, they gave the comment some consideration in the voting booth.” Some consideration. It’s hard to imagine what would have merited serious, weighty consideration for those voters. A scientific theory about legitimate murder? A UFO sighting? (Actually there was a second depressing thing. Akin seems to have either tied or won the white-woman vote, according to CNN. That is not a misprint, and we can’t really explain how or why that happened. Chalk it up to the meth labs.)

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