You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.
Posting a Diary Entry
Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as
is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.
When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.
If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.
ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.
One diary daily maximum.
Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries
that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
And Romney and Ryan support Mourdock,
even if they have to pretend to disagree
on God-supported rape.
The basic conventional wisdom about Mitt Romney's refusal to answer questions about Richard Mourdock's view that pregnancies resulting from rape are "something that God intended" is that this whole thing represents a dilemma for Romney:
If Mr. Romney, the Republican presidential candidate, does not distance himself enough from Mr. Mourdock, he could find it harder to narrow his deficit with women — but if he distances himself too much, he could turn off some of the evangelical voters whose turnout will be crucial if he is to carry swing states like Iowa and Ohio.
Welcome to Mitt Romney's campaign! That's the entire game plan, isn't it? Try not to piss off the far-right base while not publicly embracing far-right positions that would alienate just about everyone else? Romney's got a lot of experience at this by now.
It's not just Romney, either. The entire Republican Party has relied on this balance for years. The Republican platform may contain a slightly more politic version of what Mourdock said, and the sentiment may have been expressed by dozens of other Republican elected officials and candidates, but outside the reddest of the red areas, they try to hide that fact from voters.
Yeah, it's a dilemma for Romney. But only because people are noticing the unpopular ideas his party embraces, not because the ideas or his refusal to distance himself too far from them are anything new.