about this whole rape thing
Like, for example, attendees at the Vanderburgh County GOP Lincoln Day dinner last Friday, who still can't quite believe that Richard Mourdock lost the Indiana Senate seat he was practically guaranteed to win after he made one teeny, tiny, totally innocuous comment about how rape babies are God's way of saying, "Hey, girl, I like you."
Via the Evansville Courier & Press, some of the mournful comments of local Republicans:
“It’s a heartbreaking thing. A five-second thing [...] A five-second comment changed history. There is no doubt in my mind (Mourdock) would have been our senator.” [...]Yes, it really breaks your heart the way Mourdock's five-second faux passes [sic] was distorted by Democrats. It also breaks your heart that Republicans keep saying stupid things about rape. Like Rep. Phil Gingrey, who said in January that Todd Akin was "partly right" about that whole legitimate rape thing. Even though some Republican strategists who would prefer actually winning elections have advised that maybe Republicans could try not saying stupid things about rape. Heck, the Susan B. Anthony List, a faux feminist group devoted to stripping women of their rights because they think that's what feminism means, is organizing training sessions to teach Republicans how to not say stupid things about rape. You know, to avoid any more Mourdocktastrophes.
“Everybody makes faux passes [...] I think he was somewhat baited, and I think he just got kind of caught up and didn’t answer it the way I would have.” [...]
“Democrats absolutely distorted it[.]"
But obviously, the GOP is split on whether to continue to saying stupid things about rape because the rank and file just love themselves some hi-larious rape jokes. That's why, for example, they took to Twitter with the uber-comedic #LiberalTips2AvoidRape, apparently intended to mock anyone who doesn't believe a gun in every pot is the best way to combat rape. (And yes, this is the exact same party who has obstructed the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which would, among other things, fund programs to combat rape. But that's totally different because, um, stuff.)
So you Republicans knock yourselves out as you try to determine whether saying stupid things about rape is (a) a tragedy; (b) an accident; (c) comedy; (d) a brilliant electoral strategy that will totally work next time; or (e) screw that, who cares, letters have a liberal bias.