Richard Mourdock, the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Indiana, said in a debate on Tuesday that "even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." [...]Yes. That's right. It's time to add a new kind of rape to the list: Gift-from-God rape. Seems like only a week ago we were adding "emergency rape" to the list.
"The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother," Mourdock said. "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen."
Ah, the Republican Party. And, of course, the party's boldest would-be leader, Mitt Romney, who is willing to call China names and will therefore use the strongest language possible to condemn such insulting, inexcusable and wrong language. Or not:
"Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, and they do not reflect his views," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul.Wow. He disagrees. That's bold! And ... strangely familiar:
"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Andrea Saul, a Romney spokesperson, told The Huffington Post.That Mitt. He sure does find these things disagreeable, doesn't he? Although, if the public outcry of disgust at this latest in a long line of Republicans to say something despicable and yet perfectly representative of the Republican Party's beliefs about rape, Romney just might manage to muster even more disagreement.
A day after merely disagreeing with Akin, Romney realized he was even more offended than he'd thought he was the day before:
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney said. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.” [...]Don't be surprised if tomorrow, after he's had a chance to sleep on it, he decides Mourdock's comments were downright insulting, inexcusable and wrong too.
“I have an entirely different view,” Romney said. “What he said is entirely without merit and he should correct it.”
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