New York's own Frank Rich sat down with Rachel Maddow Monday night to put Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" assertion in broader context, explaining that flare-ups of this kind are cyclical. Regarding the nationwide contraception debate triggered by Rush Limbaugh's attack on Sandra Fluke in February, Rich said, "It told America what this party is about in terms of women's issues, and in my view, human issues." And now there's the Akin controversy. "It keeps popping up because this actually is the policy of the party. Now they're hoping Akin will go away, just as they hoped Limbaugh would lower his 'slut language.'"