5 Reasons to Read Claire McCaskill's Book On Her Race Against Todd Akin


Claire McCaskill is writing a “tell-all” about her run for the Senate seat against U.S. Rep. Todd Akin. Here are the top five reasons we can’t wait to get our hands on this book.

1. To find out what first went though her mind after learning of Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment

Remember that time Todd Akin said women only get pregnant from “legitimate rape”?  What was the first thing McCaskill thought? And I don’t want the politically correct, “I was stunned!” What came first: the disgust or the optimism for the campaign?

2. To learn Akin’s other "potentially controversial statements"

McCaskill had stored these gems for ammunition when the time came, but the rape comment did all the work for her. But are these newly uncovered statements going to shock us? Probably not.

3. To figure out how and why McCaskill helped Akin win the primary 

She says that Akin had the most liabilities, and therefore was the weakest opponent. So, her campaign helped him win his primary election. McCaskill says she will go into further detail of how this operation happened in the book.

4. To know how many “I guess you shut that thing down” jokes were told to her after she won the seat

... Because a woman's body has a way of shutting that thing down! But more importantly, when did it really start to annoy her?

5. To see if McCaskill has any insight into how to fix the crippling political divide in the U.S.

In an interview about the book, McCaskill said, "People are telling me not to do it, but it was just so interesting, and I think people need to understand that some of the extreme elements in this country on both ends of the spectrum are not politically viable, if you do it right." How do we bring the country back to the center for a more productive and trustworthy system?

I am hoping for not only for some juicy Real Housewives-style details, but for some insightful commentary on polarized politics and campaigns run by bottomless bank accounts. A behind the scenes look at one of the most watched races of the 2012 election would most certainly be interesting.