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Todd Akin is latest GOP scarecrow, behind him, Doug TAR BABY Lamborn


When GOP posterchild Todd Akin says legitimate rape does not cause pregnancy, he not only dials up the sinister on his party’s bogeyman character, Akin also steers the national dialogue unto abortion, wedge issue territory. The public’s surprise with the GOP’s ever debased one-downsmanship masks the pattern with which media pundits skew the election themes. Yes, Akin’s comment exposes his anti-abortion partner, VP candidate Paul Ryan’s absurd obsession with redefining forcible rape, but that’s to get further mired. With Akin’s gaffe, and the memory of so many before his, Colorado local conservative baffoon Doug Lamborn’s “Tar-Baby” taunt comes to mind, let’s admit that American partisan politics is not Kabuki, it’s WWWF.

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