In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, James Taranto tries and fails to compare what he calls a gaffe by the “World’s Greatest Orator,” to the “legitimate rape” comment by former Missouri Representative Todd Akin.
Alright, maybe it’s not the last bastion of white male authority, as there is still a lot of ground to cover in that area. But make no mistake, people like Todd Akin, who try to define what is “legitimate rape” or what is “forcible rape,” are doing so because they are part of an antiquated authority structure.
What does a political party do when they become increasing ideologically pure and cater to a smaller portion of the electorate? They do whatever they can to suppress the vote. Polls and studies show that on average, the more people who vote in an election, the more likely it is to benefit the Democratic Party. So the Republican Party is going to do whatever it can to suppress the vote and limit voting rights. They will also do whatever is necessary to make Americans lose faith in the system altogether. If you think your vote won’t make a difference you might not vote at all, and Republicans have no problem with this.