At least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party's alleged "war on women" was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin didn't get the memo.
Akin, campaigning to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in November, was trying to explain his stance against abortion Sunday when he committed what cannot be dismissed as a mere gaffe. It was an abomination that could only stem from benighted ignorance -- and it brings the whole "war on women" thing back into scary focus.
If you think I'm exaggerating, let me quote Akin in full. He was explaining why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape -- and how pregnancy as a result of rape, in any event, isn't something that should overly concern us: