But let's go back to Wednesday, when Mandel wasn't commenting on Mourdock. Look at what he said:
REPORTER: It’s true that you do not have an exception when it comes to abortion. You’re pro-life in all cases, even –
MANDEL: I think it’s important to protect the life of the mother, and I’m proud to be pro-life.
That's news. Because of this, in his questionnaire submitted to the Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati Inc.—where it asks, “Do you support federal and state legislation to ban abortion-on-demand from fertilization to birth?” and gives three options for answers—Mandel checked the "yes" option. Not the "yes with exceptions" option, just yes. Oh, never mind that, says his spokesperson: “Josh’s public comments have also always reflected his pro-life stance with that exception."
He's telling Right to Life in private that he will support the kind of no-exceptions abortion ban that is in the official platform of the Republican Party. But he's not going to say that in public. Weasel.