thenationmagazine:

Todd Akin was Paul Ryan’s co-sponsor on a sinister House bill just last year that attempted to redefine rape as “forcible rape.” Only in today’s Republican party would sponsoring such a bill make someone a more attractive VP pick. While Ryan allows lesser candidates like Akin to carry the water on extreme views held by the right-wing patriarchy, his equally radical views become mainstreamed as his anti-woman credentials are embraced by the party leadership.