Dana Milbank’s Aug. 25 column carried the headline, “Ryan has long shared Akin’s views against abortion.” Is Milbank also implying that Ryan also shares Todd Akin’s ignorant view of “legitimate rape,” and the ability of women’s bodies to resist impregnation? Milbank quotes Ryan, who stated, “Rape is rape, period. End of story.” Ryan also stated that Mitt Romney’s position is exemption for rape, incest and the life of the mother, and that Ryan is comfortable with that because it’s a “step in the right direction.”
How do those statements imply a shared view of Akin’s position against abortion? Is the headline an attempt to imply that Ryan agrees with a man who made an ignorant and offensive statement? One does have to wonder if this is a case of character assassination by association, just because Ryan praised the man for his work in the past on a budget committee. Voters on either side of the aisle should not accept this sleazy type of journalism.