Last night, Stephen Colbert really took it to Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R) for his rape comment, and expanded it to all the other Republicans who've recently made disgusting rape comments as well.
Nation, the presidential debates may be over, but I still needs my fix. So I was glued to last night's Indiana Senate debate between pro-life Democrat Joe Donnelly, and even proer-lifer Republican Richard Mourdock. (thunder and lightning)Video below the fold.
I'm sorry. I'm sorry, I'm not sure why, but that happens every time I say Mourdock.
(more thunder and lightning)
Now, in the debate last night, one moment kinda stuck out. Here's Mourdock when questioned on abortion.SENATE CANDIDATE RICHARD MOURDOCK, R-IN (10/23/2012): I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.(audience boos)
OK, OK, hold on, let me just update my Days Without a GOP Rape Mention board.
Now, Mourdock's comments upset many Hoosiers, and also possibly God. It really makes Him look like a terrible gift-giver. I will say, God, next time you're stumped with picking out a good gift for the ladies, just go with an edible arrangement. (audience applause)
And folks, Mourdock is not the first member of the GOP to drop the R-word this campaign season. First we had Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said "legitimate rape" victims couldn't get pregnant because "the female body has ways" of shutting "that whole thing down". Then there was Iowa Representative and angry dinner roll Steve King, who said he'd never heard of a girl getting pregnant from statutory rape. Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith equated rape with out-of-wedlock pregnancy. And Wisconsin state representative Roger Rivard offered the sage advice that "some girls, they rape so easy".
(shocked audience response)
What can you say? Some political careers, they end so quickly. (wild audience applause and cheering)
And now, there's Mourdock. Together, I like to call these guys, Team Rape. Which they probably wouldn't appreciate, but c'mon, they're kinda asking for it. (wild audience applause and cheering)
Now, we've got an important election coming up, so I just want to address my fellow conservatives who are running for office this year. OK, come here, come here. Fellas, you may not be aware of this, but in 1920, women got the right to vote. And since then, among likely voters, rape's approval rating has plummeted.
I just want to give you a little advice on how to handle yourself, if in the middle of a debate or while casually talking to reporters, you feel yourself about to share your views on rape, OK? I want you — and this is important, so go grab a pencil, OK? If you're about to talk about rape, I want you to stab yourself in the eye with your pencil! OK? (audience cheering) Just jam it in there! Really work it around, just back and forth, up in your skull cavity, OK? See if you can get it in there and sever the portion of your brain that stores the word "rape". OK? And don't stop until your urge to appeal to voters by talking about rape has passed.
Now sadly, it's too late for Richard Mourdock. These comments have left his campaign in shambles. But you know what? Don't shed a tear, folks. Because I've come to realize that this is just something that God intended to happen. We'll be right back.