After U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin suggested that victims of “legitimate rape” have natural defenses against impregnation by rape-sperm, the despicable Left couldn’t wait to use the remark to smear … Paul Ryan.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan quickly rebuked Akin for his statement. But that doesn’t matter to Team Obama. The campaign swiftly dispatched lying liar Stephanie Cutter to spread ThinkProgress talking points.

Forget that Ryan had nothing to do with Akin’s remark. He’s a monster who worked alongside Akin to redefine rape as “forcible rape.”

Only he didn’t.

Obama’s deputy campaign manager neglected to include a link, but she’s referring to the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill with bipartisan sponsorship that sought to permanently codify the Hyde Amendment. Like the Hyde Amendment, the federal legislation would ban taxpayer funding for abortion with exceptions for rape, incest and saving a woman’s life.

Initially, the Act used the term “forcible rape,” prompting many progressives to claim pro-rape Republicans would exclude incapacitated victims from their definition of rape. Joining the chorus of braying leftists intentionally misconstruing the bill, Debbie Wasserman Schultz reprehensibly proclaimed it “a violent act against women in and of itself.” But as John McCormack wrote in 2011:

[T]he legislation does not in any way “suggest that some kind of rape that would be okay.” There is absolutely no evidence that the legislation would “redefine” rape as to exclude a case in which an incapacitated woman is sexually assaulted.

McCormack reported that the Hyde Amendment has long been understood to exclude statutory rape. The “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” would have continued that practice. It’s fair to debate whether statutory rape should be singled out as an exception, but the legislation Ryan co-sponsored was not intended to change the status quo on taxpayer funding of abortion.

Over and over, the Left plays politics with rape, diminishing sexual assault or exploiting victims as political weapons. All while disregarding actual victims.

Vice President Joe Biden tried to sell the jobs bill by wishing rape on his opponents.

Sen. Al Franken and supporters pretended that Republicans wanted to deny rape victims the ability to bring criminal charges against their assailants.

Despicable femme-a-gogues minimized the horror of rape, claiming that mandatory pre-abortion ultrasounds were just as traumatizing and invasive.

Leftists like Keith Olbermann insist sexual assaults at Occupy camps never happened and that a 23-year-old Occupier had consensual sex with a 14-year-old runaway.

When countless leftists called for their ideological brother Roman Polanski to be let off the hook for drugging and violently raping a 13-year-old girl, Whoopi Goldberg explained that his crime wasn’t “rape-rape.”

New Black Panther Party leader Quanell X assailed the character of an 11-year-old gang rape victim while holding a rally in support of her alleged attackers.

But tell us again it’s the Right waging a War on Women. Tell us again, Stephanie Cutter, that it’s conservatives like Paul Ryan who don’t care about rape victims.