After Todd Akin made his idiotic remarks about "legitimate rape" rarely leading to pregnancy, the Republican establishment hastened to distance itself from him and for one brief, shining moment, I dared hope that was the moment the Republicans would snap out of it and realize "Whoa. We've really hit rock bottom, here. We're supposed to be the party of small government, personal liberty and fiscal responsibility, remember? Not the haven for theocrats, science deniers and fury at the thought of consenting adults having babyless sex."
Alas, as I explain in the Guardian today
, that hope evaporated when the GOP convention down in Tampa unveiled the anti-abortion plank in its campaign platform: a "Human Life Amendment" that would ban abortion in all instances, even to save the mother's life.