The Todd Akin controversy over “legitimate rape” and faux biology has done more than just give the Republican Party an acute case of campaign collywobbles. It has also pulled back a flap to provide a revealing peek into the party’s “big tent.” Surely you remember that time-honored rhetorical tarp; it was supposed to be roomy enough for a variety of different viewpoints on abortion. More and more, the GOP has adopted a no-exceptions view — and little room for dissent.
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