Akin’s gaffe gives way to bigger question Marcus Clem | Collegio Reporter Can the words “legitimate” and “rape” be used in any serious, let alone argumentative, manner while conveying a message that is not repulsive? Forget for a moment that the man who used this phrase is Todd Akin, a long-serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If we take that fact into account then the firestorm it triggered may well mark a new low bar for elected leaders. Or, in a Congress that has broken records for disruption and public disapproval, it only represents business as usual. We might view Akin as a public official and trusted representative, completely exclusive from his current…
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