The response from many Republicans around the country to Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) appalling and now-infamous comments on "legitimate rape" not producing pregnancies has been swift, unequivocal and appropriate. When was the last time the National Review asked someone to step down from a ticket just 24 hours after an offending remark? But the sting of Akin's comments, even if he does step down, promises to follow Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJohn Kelly’s exit raises concerns about White House future Election hacking will come to a ‘breaking point,’ says Dem strategist Webb: GOP must play prevent defense MORE (R-Wis.) around in the days and weeks to come — even if he doesn't agree with them.

The campaign of Mitt Romney denounced Akin's comments rapidly, and Romney called them "insulting, inexcusable, and frankly wrong." The campaign also released a statement that said that neither Romney nor Ryan agrees with Akin and that "a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape."


But Ryan did co-sponsor legislation with Akin to ban abortions in all cases, without an exception for rape — a position contrary to Romney. And the Obama campaign pounced today. Not only did a spokeswoman accuse both Romney and Ryan of having supported pro-life legislation that had no exclusions or exceptions, but Obama took the opportunity to criticize Akin from the White House briefing room today.

Get ready for The War on Women: Chapter 29.

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