Maureen Dowd has an op-ed article in the New York Times titled "Just Think No. She makes her usual loony claims in it, this time about Paul Ryan. She states in it that “Paul Ryan, who teamed up with Akin in the House to sponsor harsh anti-abortion bills, may look young and hip and new generation, with his iPod full of heavy metal jams and his cute kids. But he’s just a fresh face on a Taliban creed — the evermore antediluvian, anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs.”
She makes one legitimate claim, that Paul Ryan teamed with another member of the house to introduce new legislation to help regulate abortion. The Ryan-Akin bill did not propose to ban the procedure, but did require the parents of minors seeking abortions to be informed, and made some form of counseling mandatory, making it less likely for a doctor to sign off on an abortion that was not medically necessary. Her and others on the left have even taken Akin's recent gaffe (which was decried by essentially every conservative politician in the country, including Paul Ryan) and tried to make it in to some indication that the candidate for VP wants to ban abortion in cases of rape, something that is in fact direct opposition to Ryan's stated position.
What it all amounts to, in the end game, is Maureen Dowd is either intellectually dishonest or shilling for her candidate. Considering some of her other claim... or even that "Taliban creed" line, I'm going with shill, she is scared her boys Obama and Biden are going to lose and trying to marginalize their opponents. Of course she made a small miscalculation, who actually reads the New York Times anymore? Their circulation is so low their distribution has been cut to ten paper boys and an old guy who used to work at AT&T running their online presence.