Her name was Margaret Chase Smith, a Mainer from small Skowhegan. Senator Smith to you and me, she was the first woman to run for president from a major political party. In 1964, the Maine senator lost the Republican Party nomination to right-wing Barry Goldwater, but not the respect she carried in Congress: eight years in the House and 24 years in the Senate.
Todd Akin’s comeback tour got even weirder on Monday, when the disgraced former congressman compared himself to disgraced former senator Joe McCarthy. In Akin’s mind, that’s apparently a good thing. Akin made the surprising parallel during an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I use McCarthy as an example of someone who was assassinated by the […]