For a while, Missouri Rep. Todd Akin must have thought he was going be upgrading to a Senate office at the U.S. Capitol. He was leading the Democratic incumbent, Claire McCaskill, but then two words derailed his campaign in stunning fashion: legitimate rape. Akin was asked whether he believed abortion should be legal in cases of rape. “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare,” he responded. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” Almost immediately the GOP establishment asked Akin to step aside and let someone else try to unseat McCaskill. He refused and got pummeled at the polls, losing by about 15 points.