Fine word, "legitimate"!
The Democrats gave Akin $1.5 million to ensure he'd win Missouri's Republican primary. Obviously a smooth move, and money very well spent.
In the context of messaging, though, and thinking about how manipulative the multiple layers of recursive bullshit artistry can be, I'm not sure the outcome of the well-deserved stomping that Akin is about to receive will be what any of us would wish.
UPDATE I mean, here's the reaction from the FT:
The uproar over Mr Akin’s comments was a distraction from the election debate over Medicare, underlining how the healthcare insurance programme for the elderly has become a prime issue in the US presidential campaign.
It's not a distraction at all. It's part of the "War on Women" trope (something the Democrats discovered only as 2012 approached and IMNHSO will forget about immediately after Obama is elected, or even if there's a need to "tack to the center" before he's elected.) "He has to say that."
UPDATE Another trope from the "pro life" fever swamp; nice roundup.