This piece in Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) by Sen. Claire McCaskill (the Blue Dog Dim I love to hate) is absolutely priceless: she describes in great detail how she rat-f***ed Todd Akin.
Essentially, McCaskill and her team knew that Akin was the weakest potential candidate in the pack running against her, so they wanted him to be the one she would face. Pretty standard stuff to hope and wish for.
But what sort of sets this ahead of the game is that she also knows how much she is hated in her state and uses that to her advantage:
“…So how could we maneuver Akin into the GOP driver’s seat?
“Using the guidance of my campaign staff and consultants, we came up with the idea for a “dog whistle” ad, a message that was pitched in such a way that it would be heard only by a certain group of people. I told my team we needed to put Akin’s uber-conservative bona fides in an ad—and then, using reverse psychology, tell voters not to vote for him. And we needed to run the hell out of that ad.”
“As it turned out, we spent more money for Todd Akin in the last two weeks of the primary than he spent on his whole primary campaign… This presentation made it look as though I was trying to disqualify him, though, as we know, when you call someone “too conservative” in a Republican primary, that’s giving him or her a badge of honor. At the end of the ad, my voice was heard saying, “I’m Claire McCaskill, and I approve this message.”
So essentially she paid to have the uber-conservative message of Akin broadcast all over her state so the Xristian Xrazies would come out in droves to make him the GOP nominee, and then in the general election she squashed him like a bug.
It’s a fun read. She shotguns a beer in victory (maybe I’m too harsh on her?) and laughs at the nutty religious things her very conservative constituents think/believe.