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Secret stalkers

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Republican politicians deny that they make war on women. Their actions reveal otherwise.

When Todd Akin, a delusional U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, said publicly that women's bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy from what he called "legitimate rape," comparatively temperate Republicans, including Mitt Romney, said Akin should withdraw from the race. Akin declined. The National Republican Senatorial Committee then said it would no longer support Akin, who was challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. She won, and we learned last week, in a post-election campaign-finance report, that even after the Republican Senatorial Committee had promised no more support for Akin, the committee quietly sent $760,000 for his campaign, in a last-ditch effort to defeat McCaskill. Women will remember these false friends. They're smarter than Republicans believe.


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