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Todd Akin doesn’t think he’s offending women.  Limiting women to subservient roles is what he believes.  St. Louis friends tell me “his wife is even worse.”  My friends who have been around the Akins zero in on two crucial facts that reveal everything behind his anti-women remarks: His wife home schooled all of his six children, and he is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America that refuses to ordain women – or let them become elders or deacons.  

In Todd and Lulli Akin’s world, women stay home and teach their children during the week and on Sunday the church allows them to make coffee in the church basement.  Women must be seen and not heard, the PCA believes, regardless of their talents.

They’re not mean people, my St. Louis friends say.  They simply cut themselves off from mainstream America many years ago.  

Why? Are they paranoid?  

Methinks maybe so.  

In a story in The Post Dispatch by Nick Pistor, Akin’s wife displayed her full-blown paranoia:

Lulli Akin, the wife of U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, told the National Journal that Republican Party attempts to force her husband to exit Missouri's U.S. Senate race threaten to replace elections with "tyranny."

The magazine reported: "She cited colonists who "rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my…wife. But that is where we are again. There has been a freedom of elections, not tyranny of selections since way back. Why are we going to roll over and let them steamroll us, be it Democrats or Republicans or whomever?” Obama and Mitt Romney “both seem to be embodying” a British monarch, “with all the tactics that they’ve been revealing” toward her husband, Lulli Akin said. “Are they that dissimilar?” she asked. “Are they really dissimilar? They say with their mouths ‘free enterprise’—but, really, how free?”
She added: "Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions—it’s just like 1776 in that way."

And then there's Todd quoted in MinistryofTruth's Diary of August 21, 2012:
Todd Akin:  "If you go back to the days of the pilgrims and puritans, they had an awful big mouthful of tyrants and kings and they had a very very skeptical view of entrusting very much power to human beings, and so, almost in a paranoid fashion, they made what a lot of us have learned about the horizontal and vertical checks and balances…”
Are Todd and Lulli Akin too paranoid for most Missouri Republicans? Maybe not. The Missouri polls have Akin closing the gap on McCaskill whom Akin described as "not very ladylike."    

Go Out and Vote, Missouri.

Originally posted to Dexter Louis on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 12:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Sluts and Show Me Kos.

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