Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory: GOP style

People in Missouri and Indiana came to their senses:

Democrats scored decisive Senate wins in Missouri and Indiana after candidates supported by the tea party and evangelical Christians made controversial remarks on rape, pregnancy and abortion that appeared to cost them the support of more-moderate voters in their party.

Rep. Todd Akin, who had been favored to win the Senate seat in this Republican-leaning state before his statements on “legitimate rape” triggered widespread national scorn, conceded victory to Sen. Claire McCaskill. In his concession speech, Akin thanked God, who, he said, “makes no mistakes.” …

The Missouri race was echoed in Indiana, where Democrats picked up a Senate seat with the victory of Rep. Joe Donnelly over Republican Richard Mourdock. Mourdock’s campaign stumbled badly after he said in October that pregnancy resulting from rape was “something God intended.”

I’ll state the obvious. The Republicans would have control of the Senate if their tea party base hadn’t picked a bunch of lunatics in the past two contests. Remember Sharon Angle in Nevada and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware in 2010. That’s four easy seats right there.

Time to get a new base. Keep up the bad choices guys.


Endorsements for Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock

This isn’t funny, but when you carry out the logic of Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Mourdock in Indiana to its logical conclusion, this is what you get.

Think that’s an exaggeration? (From Salon)

Akin, who is now trailing his opponent Claire McCaskill – though not by as much as one might expect for a hulking ignoramus – has now unleashed a new ad featuring voters like Kelly, a single mother who says she’s both had an abortion and “been raped in my past.” Kelly goes on to say she’s voting for Akin because he “defends the unborn.”I’ve got to say, I wouldn’t have imagined the Rape Survivors for Akin constituency would exist at all, so the ad is illuminating, to say the least.

Still not convinced?

And as for Mourdock:

Now, the One Nation Under God Foundation has released a nearly six-minute video of women conceived in rape who support the candidate. …

And in perhaps the segment’s most harrowing tale, a woman whose mother was abducted and raped at knife-point — and tried twice to obtain a then-illegal abortion — says, “I was legally protected. I owe my life to the law being there for me because of pro-life legislators who recognized that mine was a life worth saving even in the cases of rape.” Every single woman interviewed speaks of God, and God’s plan, which is just fine if you subscribe to the logic that your idea of God should control the bodies and choices of every woman who gets raped.

How far is Mourdock willing to go on this?

These are sad stories. But the bottom line is that Akin and Mourdock now are using raped women to justify their quests for power. These are dangerous men and should be nowhere near influencing the lives of the people of this country.

That’s why they have to lose on Tuesday.

Since the GOP has lost its mind on rape

Here’s a color-coded guide on what Republicans think about sexual assault.


‘Lord of the Rings’ villain discusses rape

Another Republican candidate for the Senate — this one being “The Lord of the Rings” villain in his spare time — is focusing on rape:

Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock became the latest Republican to wander into eyebrow-raising territory when it came to the discussion of rape and abortion during a Senate debate Tuesday night.

Defending his stance that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape, Mourdock explained that pregnancy resulting from nonconsensual sex is the will of God.

Of course, he says he was quoted out of context. Here’s the context, direct from his mouth in New Albany, Ind., just across the border from Louisville:

Unlike the Todd Akin bit of medical mystery, the GOP is rallying around Mourdock:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), who stumped for Mourdock on Monday, also said politics were behind the outrage.

“We’re at the end of an election season here and I understand each side is looking to make hay out of every comment,” McConnell said, “but sharing the view of millions of Americans that life begins at conception is Richard’s deeply held personal belief that shouldn’t be misconstrued by partisans to imply something it does not.”

Perhaps bolstered by the strong support from Republicans, Mourdock was defiant in a press conference Wednesday, attacking his opponents for “twisting” his words.

How directly quoting a person is the same as “twisting” his words is beyond me. But apparently there is a different language for the extreme right. Newt, do you want to take it from here?

Dick Lugar loses to Lord of the Rings villain

Dick Lugar, U.S. Senator from Indiana.

Richard Lugar, soon-to-be former U.S. senator from Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Richard Lugar, the five term Republican senator from Indiana, just lost his primary race against Tea Party favorite Richard Mourdock.

Lugar is and was and always has been a conservative. He’s also one of the most knowledgeable people in the country on foreign affairs. Years ago, when George Bush the Smarter was running for president after serving under Saint Ronnie of the Morning in America, I was absolutely shocked when Papa Bush announced he had chosen as his running mate the senator from Indiana and it wasn’t Lugar. That was the stupidest move of the elder’s presidency, but years later, I realized that he was setting the stage for George the Dumber. After all, if the GOP was willing to place Dan “Deer in the Headlights” Quayle a heartbeat away from the presidency, what was to stop them from giving W the heartbeat? Lugar would have been a far better, more respected vice presidential selection. I will always believe that if George the Smarter had selected the senior senator from Indiana in the first place, he would have been a two-term president.

Hoosier Republicans are going to say they ousted Lugar because he really hasn’t lived in Indiana since he first went to the Senate 35 years ago. Somehow, that hadn’t bothered them for the past 34 years.

In reality, they ousted him because he wasn’t conservative enough. (You have to be kidding me.) But I think I figured out that when they voted for Mourdock, they actually thought they were voting for their idea of the perfect Tea Party conservative:

Mourdock … Mordor. It’s easy to be confused by the two names when you’re in the Tea Party.