Remember when Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin was viewed as the craziest person in the country on the issue of abortion after he said that women could not conceive during a rape, because nature “shut that whole thing down?”
Well, in tonight’s Indiana Senate debate, Republican Richard Mourdock proudly announced that Akin’s crown now belongs to him:
“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.”
Well… you don’t hear that one every day, do you?
It’s a good thing that there aren’t any prominent national Republican candidates out there actively courting undecided women voters who just cut an ad endorsing a guy as crazy of Mourdock.
Oh no, Mitt!!!
That’s certainly some unfortunate timing.
***** UPDATE *****
Via WFPL, check out Mourdock’s amazing response:
The Donnelly campaign has released the following statement from their candidate.
“I think rape is a heinous and violent crime in every instance,” says Donnelly. “The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen–ever. What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.”
In response to the ballooning controversy, Mourdock has responded as well.
“God creates life, and that was my point. God does not want rape, and by no means was I suggesting that He does. Rape is a horrible thing, and for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick,” he says.
So… God doesn’t actually make a man rape a woman, but He just makes sure that his sperm gets all up in her eggs to ensure that his sick violent genes are passed on, against a woman’s will? Oh… that clears up everything, I guess.
***** UPDATE #2 *****
Want some amazing post-debate video of Mourdock saying “God creates life” a few hundred times, and saying that humans can’t create life because we don’t have a “machine” to do so? (I think it’s quite possible that Mourdock never had a sex ed class.)
Here you go, via Think Progress:
***** UPDATE #3 *****
And look who was in Indiana sharing a couch with Mourodck last night, watching the presidential debate with the candidate he proudly endorsed:
Mitch McConnell completely disavowed Todd Akin after his stupid remarks. Will he do the same with Mourdock? Then again, McConnell might have to consider this:
“In a short and to the point interview tonight with Indy Politics, Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said there is no way his party can win the U.S. Senate without “Lugar Republicans” voting for Richard Mourdock.”
Oh, the confliction!