08/29/2012 02:49 pm ET

Akins In Our Midst?

No sooner had Missouri congressman Todd Akin revealed his curious theories on rape and reproduction than I started getting calls, texts, and e-mails from readers offering insights along the lines of: what a fucking dumbass!

Not that I necessarily disagree, but it got me wondering—just how different are our esteemed legislators? After all, we live in a blue city in one of the bluest states in the union—a place where voters in 2010 decided they'd rather their governor be a weak pro-choice Democrat who served under Rod Blagojevich than a Republican with a record of opposing reproductive rights and abortion.

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