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.

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