BOSTON—As most of you know by now, I'm a Midwestern boy still adjusting to life out West in Colorado. My hometown, Kansas City, remains in my thoughts—especially when I travel. No matter where I find myself, my heart returns home.

So finding myself in the Bay State for the first time, where political ghosts creep around every corner, I couldn't help but think of Kansas City's own specters—and skeletons. So leave it to a Congressman from my home state to stumble into the news—and right out of a critical Senate race—while I'm in Mitt Romney's backyard.

I'll just say this about this about (the not-so-legitimate) Rep. Akin: He had this one in the bag— but the media had its way of "shutting that whole thing down." It's unfortunate because, despite voters electing the rightest-wing candidate in the primary, Claire McCaskill was beatable. From what I hear back home, voters are tired of her irresponsible representation. While we're on the topic, did anyone else wonder whether that interviewer was awake? How do you keep plodding along after something like that? That's what you get for sticking too close to your script. You see it a lot in rookies, but that guy looked like he'd been around the newsroom a few times.

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