Perhaps Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was living under a rock and didn’t see what happened to Todd Akin’s electoral hopes in Missouri with the idiotic Mr. Akin talked about “legitimate rape” only to see all his funding and his poll lead instantly disappear. And perhaps Mourdock doesn’t remember how Colorado Senate candidate Ken Buck lost an easily winnable race in 2010 by making nearly as stupid comments on social issues and appearing “extreme” on abortion, i.e. opposing any exceptions for rape or incest.
But I doubt it. I think he’s just proven himself to be another person whose pro-life gut reactions trump what any intelligent person knows he should be saying in an election campaign — by which I do not mean to imply that he should say anything he doesn’t believe. He simply doesn’t need to say everything he does believe, especially when those things have essentially nothing to do with what the election — or the job he wants — is really about.
Proving to many of the Republican Party’s members who do not focus on social issues that those issues can be as much a liability as a benefit to the Party’s electoral hopes, Mourdock may have doomed the Republicans to remain the Senate minority with a comment on Tuesday night that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something that God intended to happen.”
While his explanations make sense in the context of a religious belief, his comment was political suicide. He might still win his election, and I have to hope he does, but he’s just the latest example of why so many call the GOP the “stupid party.”
(Sorry, but I’m really angry about this…)
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