Another Akin, Another Rape Comment

by Betsy Woodruff

Just in case the name “Akin” wasn’t forever associated with a surprising incapability to use the word “rape” without upsetting basically everyone, the beleaguered GOP Senate candidate’s wife made an out-of-the-blue sexual-violence metaphor. In an interview with National Journal, she compared GOP leaders’ treatment of her husband to rape, saying, “Party bosses dictating who is allowed to advance through the party and make all the decisions — it’s just like 1776 in that way.” She added that because of this kind of behavior, colonists “rose up and said, ‘Not in my home, you don’t come and rape my daughters and my . . . wife.’ But that is where we are again.”

Actually, no, having party leadership encourage you to give up the ill-fated cause of your candidacy isn’t, in fact, like getting raped.

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