In this, the last post in this series, I had planned to take Mr. Mourdock’s position to its logical extreme (as distasteful as it is to me) as follows:
- If it was God’s will for a woman who was raped to become pregnant (this was the gist of Mr. Mourdock’s original statement) then
- It follows that it was God’s will for the woman to be raped then
- It follows that the rapist was doing God’s will so it does not seem fair that they should be punished (hey they were only doing God’s will)
I was planning to do this to show the ABSURDITY of the original statement but I have decided it is a waste my time because none of the people that are supporting Mr. Mourdock (the ones that I would be trying to influence) would be able to follow any logical train of thought.
So let’s end it this way. Mitt Romney selected Richard Mourdock as the only Senate Candidate that he made an ad for. When Mr. Mourdock made his outrageous statement, Mitt continued to back him and did not pull his ad. I think about this says more about Mitt Romney than Mr. Mourdock’s statement says about him. Think about this if you are even considering a vote for Mitt.
I am so glad this series of posts is over. Writing about people like Mr. Mourdock makes me so angry that I can barely contain myself. I look forward to celebrating his defeat on Tuesday (along with the defeat of his best buddy Mitt Romney).
As it turns out, Mitt Romney isn’t the only friend of Richard “Rape Is God’s Will”. Even though Mitt is his biggest supporter (having not pulled the ad that he made for Richard “Rape Is God’s Will” Mourdock) the whole Republican Party is lining up behind him to save him from himself. As I have pointed out before the “Rape Issue” is a systemic issue across the Republican Party and not isolated to a few isolated kooks like Todd Akins and Richard “Rape Is God’s Will” Mourdock.
To learn more about how the whole Republican Party is lining up to support Richard “Rape Is God’s Will” Mourdock, read the following article from Portico.com.
Stay tuned tomorrow for the final post in this series before the election. in that post we will explore what “Rape Is God’s Will” implies if you think about it a little deeper. Trust me, it is pretty troubling.
|GOP spends big to save Richard Mourdock
By: Manu Raju
November 1, 2012 06:25 PM EDT
|Republicans are spending big to salvage Richard Mourdock’s candidacy in the aftermath of his comments on rape and pregnancy that have imperiled GOP hopes of taking back the Senate majority.About $4 million is being spent across the airwaves in the final week of the campaign to bolster Mourdock, from the likes of well-known Republican groups like American Crossroads, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Club for Growth. And that comes as both sides acknowledge that Mourdock has taken a hit in the polls since his comments. Democrats are now more confident than ever that their candidate, Rep. Joe Donnelly, is poised to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the cycle.
Unlike the Todd Akin situation, the influx of outside money shows how quickly Republicans nationally have rallied behind Mourdock after he roiled the political world by saying God intended for pregnancies to occur from rape. Facing a steep climb to net the four seats needed to win the majority — or three if Mitt Romney wins the White House — Republicans must hold the Indiana seat, which had been occupied by veteran Sen. Richard Lugar since 1977 until Mourdock won the GOP primary earlier this year.
“It’s a coin flip,” one Republican involved in the race acknowledged.
Sensing fresh opportunity, Democrats have hardly been sitting on their wallets. Outside groups — including the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Majority PAC — are spending about $3 million in the campaign’s final week to boost Donnelly, a three-term congressman from South Bend. And with Republicans poised to make gains up-and-down the ticket in the state, Indiana Democratic candidates from governor down to the House are trying to tie Mourdock’s growing unpopularity to their opponents in the final push for voters.
“Richard Mourdock shocked and embarrassed Hoosiers,” said Dan Parker, the Indiana Democratic Party chairman. “It’s no wonder he’s become toxic on the campaign trail.”
Democrats circulated a poll Wednesday that showed a 9-point uptick in Mourdock’s unfavorability rating, with 49 percent of Hoosier voters holding a negative view of the state treasurer. It also found Donnelly up 7 points in a three-way race that also includes Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning, a stark reversal in a race long seen as a sure GOP win.
But Brose McVey, a senior official at the Mourdock campaign, dismissed the Donnelly poll, calling it “out of whack” with all the other polls that showed the race was “roughly tied.”
“Yes we’ve got an increase in unfavorable, but we’ve seen improvement in that in recent days,” McVey said. “We’re very, very pleased with the numbers we’re getting lately. We sense a little bit of a nice trend line forming since about Sunday. To be honest with you, we know we’re going to have a favorable turnout.”
Republicans believe Mourdock will ride the coattails of Mitt Romney and GOP Rep. Mike Pence, who is running for governor. And they note that there’s been a sharp decrease in the early vote in the Democratic stronghold of Indianapolis, which may bode well for the embattled GOP candidate.
Still, there’s no dispute that Mourdock’s rocky 10 days has made the race much tighter than Republicans had anticipated in a state President Barack Obama has effectively conceded. Both sides are now eagerly awaiting a non-partisan Howey-DePauw Battleground Poll to be released Friday.
In the interim, Democrats believe Mourdock remains a major drag to Republicans throughout Indiana. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate, John Gregg, and an outside group have released campaign ads likening Mourdock’s hard-edged politics to Pence, the favorite in the governor’s race. And Gregg’s campaign claims it has cut into Pence’s double-digit lead and narrowed it to within 3 points in the aftermath of the Mourdock fallout.
“Now Richard Mourdock says pregnancy from rape is ‘something God intended,” said an ad from a Democratic-allied outside group called Believe in Indiana. “He’s just like Mike Pence.”
It’s little surprise that Democrats are training their fire on Mourdock. Internal Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee polls conducted in late September in Donnelly’s House district found just 32 percent of voters viewed the Republican favorably. Fresher polling even before the rape comments found Mourdock’s unfavorability numbers growing to 40 percent, according to a Democratic campaign operative.
The GOP candidate in that district, Jackie Walorski, has faced an attack ad from the Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC, calling her a “tea party extremist just like Richard Mourdock.”
Republicans dismissed the attacks.
“Jackie Walorski is an independent voice for Hoosiers and anybody that wants to paint a different picture is wasting their time,” said Katie Prill, spokeswoman for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
In a recent interview, Mourdock cited the negative attacks as a prime reason for the Senate race being so tight, calling himself a “punching bag” for Democrats.
But Republicans have punched back at Donnelly, trying to undercut his efforts to sell himself as a bipartisan moderate. Including $500,000 spent by Mourdock, about $4.1 million in ads are reserved from Oct. 30-Nov. 6 to bolster the GOP candidate. Of that total, about $1.5 million is from Crossroads and $1.4 million from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Groups tied to Sen. Rand Paul and the billionaire Joe Ricketts are also engaged in the race.
“What would a vote for Joe Donnelly really mean?” said a 30-second ad by the Club for Growth. “It would mean a U.S. Senate controlled by liberals.”
Do you believe in Karma? I do……and now even more so.
Richard “Rape is God’s will” Mourdock, and his biggest supporter Mitt Romney appear to have jointly eliminated any hope the Republicans have of capturing a majority in the Senate.
- Mitt could have done the right thing.
- Mitt could have rejected the religious extremist view of Richard “Rape is God’s will” Mourdock and withdrawn his support.
- Mitt could have cut his losses and admitted that he made made a mistake but Mitt has proven that he is not that kind of guy which is quite troubling.
Ask yourself…..is this the kind of man I want running the United States.
Think about Mitt and his best buddy Bibi and ask yourself when (notice I didn’t say if) they get us involved in a major war in the Middle East will Mitt do the right thing once it is clear it is a mistake. Will he admit it and get us out or will he follow the same strategy he followed with his support for Richard “Rape is God’s will” Mourdock and double down no matter what the cost in American lives. Are you willing to take that chance? I can tell you that I’m not…….
IF there is a God I am pretty sure that he does not cause women to be be raped no matter what Richard “Rape is God’s will” Mourdock says. IF there is a God I imagine that he is somewhere laughing his/her ass off as he manipulates the electorate to make sure that Mitt and his best buddy Richard “Rape is God’s will” Mourdock go down in flames with the rest of the Republican Party.
If you are interested in the polling numbers that caused me to write this post, take a look at the following article from Huffington Post.
2012 Senate Race Polls:
Richard Mourdock’s Plunge
Dampens GOP’s Majority Hopes
Two new independent polls of the Indiana Senate race show Richard Mourdock (R) losing significant ground to his opponent, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), in the wake of his statement claiming that pregnancies from rape are “something God intended to happen.”
A Howey/DePauw University Battleground poll released Friday morning found Donnelly leading Mourdock 47 percent to 36 percent, up from a 2 point lead in September. Meanwhile, a new automated Rasmussen poll found Donnelly leading Mourdock by 3 points, up from a 5 point deficit just three weeks earlier.
Donnelly now leads Mourdock by 3.5 points in the HuffPost Pollster estimate, which is based on all available public polling, including internal polls from Mourdock’s campaign that continue to show him with a narrow lead.
With all partisan polls filtered out of that estimate, Donnelly’s lead expands to 5 points. HuffPost Pollster has officially shifted the rating of this race from “tossup” to “leaning Democratic.”
If Donnelly goes on to win in Indiana, the Republicans’ chances of winning a majority in the Senate are very low, as indicated by HuffPost Pollster Senate Outlook. Assuming that independent former Gov. Angus King of Maine — who continues to lead in the polls — caucuses with Democrats as expected, Republicans would need to win eight more competitive races to get to 50 seats, which would amount to a majority if Mitt Romney wins the presidency, with Paul Ryan casting the tie-breaking vote as vice president.
The Senate races in Nebraska, Nevada, Arizona, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Virginia, Montana and Massachusetts present them with their best opportunity to reach that number. However, Democratic candidates currently lead in five of those eight races, according to the most recent HuffPost Pollster estimates.
The GOP’s more unlikely prospects lie in Senate races such as those in Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Florida, all of which feature Democratic candidates leading by at least 5 points.
However, if the Democrats manage to win all six races currently rated as “tossups” and all of the seats “leaning” their way, they could actually expand their majority by as many as four seats.
Here are the significant developments in other Senate races since Monday.
Elizabeth Warren (D) got a strong result from a new Suffolk University poll in Massachusetts, which shows her leading Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) by 7 points, with only 1 percent of voters still undecided. Meanwhile, Republican-leaning Kimball Political Consulting found Brown ahead by 2 points. The two candidates agreed to cancel their final debate, scheduled for Oct. 30, due to damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, and Brown refused to reschedule the debate for Thursday. With no other major public events scheduled between now and Election Day, the focus turns to the two campaigns’ highly touted turnout operations, especially in the aftermath of the storm. Warren currently leads Brown by 4.2 points in the HuffPost Pollster estimate and this race is still rated as “leaning Democratic.”
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) has pulled nearly even with Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) in the open Wisconsin Senate race, according to recent polls. Baldwin’s lead has shrunk to just 1 point in the current HuffPost Pollster estimate, and this race rating has shifted from “leaning Democratic” to “tossup.” Of the five polls taken of both the state’s presidential and Senate races over the last week, Thompson has outperformed Mitt Romney by an average of exactly 5 points. If Romney even comes within a few points of winning Wisconsin, it significantly boosts Thompson’s chances. If Romney wins the state, it’s hard to see how Thompson loses.
Polls also show the open Virginia Senate race as having tightened over the past few weeks. Former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) now leads former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) by1.4 points in the HuffPost Pollster estimate, but his fate now appears to be tied to President Barack Obama’s performance, who currently leads Romney by a similarly slim margin in the state.
The Senate race in Montana continues to be one of the closest races in the country. Since September, neither Sen. Jon Tester (D) nor Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) has led by more than a 3 point margin in any publicly released poll. This past week, two independent polls, from Pharos Research Group and Rasmussen, both found Tester leading Rehberg by just 1 point. Tester holds a statistically insignificant 1.9 point lead in the current HuffPost Pollster estimate of the race.
While former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D) saw some encouraging polling numbers last week in Nebraska, a new automated We Ask America poll found him trailing state Sen. Deb Fischer (R) by 13 points — similar to the margins she enjoyed over the summer. Since this race has been so sparsely polled, this result was enough to shift Fischer’s advantage up to 10 points in the HuffPost Pollster estimate and keep this race rated as “strong Republican.”
HuffPost Pollster rates a race as a “tossup” if the polling margin separating two candidates is less than 3 percentage points in the Pollster estimate and there have been at least five polls in that state in the last three weeks. A race is designated as “leaning” toward one party if a candidate is leading by 3 to 6 percentage points in that estimate. If a candidate is leading by more than 6 percentage points, it is rated as “strong” Democrat or Republican.
If there have been fewer than five polls in the last three weeks in any given race, composite ratings are used from three respected election handicappers: the Cook Political Report, the Rothenberg Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball.
Here is a greatest hits from Richard Mourdock, and by association, from his biggest supporter Mitt Romney. Mitt still stands behind this man’s campaign for the US Senate…..Is this really what you want as your next President?
Mitt is still supporting his buddy Richard “rape is God’s will” Mourdock.
Have you decided how you feel about this?
Have you decided whether when a woman gets raped she should be forced to have the baby?
Here is a great article from Huffington Post about how the majority of the Americans feel about that topic. See which side you are on?
Vast Majority Support Legal Abortion
For Rape Victims
According to the survey, at least 70 percent of respondents support keeping abortion legal for all of the three scenarios. In the individual cases, 74 percent said abortion should be legal in cases where the mother’s life is endangered by pregnancy, 70 percent said it should be legal when the mother’s health is endangered, and 74 percent said it should be legal when a woman becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest. No more than 14 percent of respondents said that abortion should be illegal in all cases.
Those findings are similar to those of a CNN survey conducted in August, which found even higher percentages saying abortion should be legal in cases when a woman’s life was in danger (88 percent), when her health was in danger (83 percent) or when she was a victim of rape or incest (83 percent). A higher percentage of respondents to the HuffPost/YouGov poll said they were not sure, and similarly small percentage of respondents to the CNN polls said abortion should be illegal in all cases.
In the HuffPost/YouGov poll, a separate sampling found 27 percent of respondents said they believe abortion should be legal in all circumstances, 22 percent said that it should generally be legal but with some restrictions, and 30 percent said it should be illegal except in special circumstances. Fifteen percent said it should always be illegal — similar to the percentage who said abortion should be illegal even when a woman’s life or health was in danger or when she was the victim of rape or incest.
Women in the sample which asked the more general question were more likely than men to say that abortion should be legal in most or all cases — 52 percent for women versus 44 percent for men. But women asked the three questions about abortion in certain cases were less likely than men to say that abortion should be legal in those cases.
Because these questions were asked of different sets of respondents, this discrepancy could be a result of variation between the two samples, or it could be that women who oppose abortion are less likely than men to support exceptions. Women in the sample asked the more general question were more likely than men to believe abortion should be legal in all cases, but only by a one percentage point margin, which is not a large enough margin to say with certainty that this would be true of the general population, because of sampling error.
Respondents to the poll were also more likely to oppose another key aspect of social conservatives’ agenda: defunding Planned Parenthood. A 48 percent to 32 percent plurality of respondents opposed cutting federal government funding for Planned Parenthood clinics. Female respondents were more likely to oppose cutting off Planned Parenthood funding by a 27 percentage point margin, whereas for men the margin was only 5 percentage points. The survey found that more than a quarter of women (28 percent) and 10 percent of men say they’ve visited a Planned Parenthood clinic personally for health care services.
The HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted from Oct. 26-28 among 2,000 U.S. adults using a sample drawn from YouGov’s opt-in online panel that was selected to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population. Factors considered include age, race, gender, education, employment, income, marital status, number of children, voter registration, time and location of Internet access, interest in politics, religion, and church attendance. The margin of error for the complete sample was 2.8 percentage points.
The questions about legality of abortion were each asked of half the sample: 999 respondents in sample A saw the question about whether abortion should generally be legal, and 1,001 respondents in sample B saw the three questions about whether abortion should be legal under specific circumstances.
To continue our discussion of the extreme views of Richard Mourdock and what they tell us about his number one supporter Mitt Romney, I have a great article from Salon.com that highlight what we have been saying on this blog for the last week. Mr. Mourdock’s views on Rape, just scratch the surface of his radical, right-wing, tea party, out of touch, views. Read the article and you will hopefully agree that neither Mr. Mourdock, nor his number one supporter Mitt Romney, deserve any votes from the American public.
Why Mourdock’s rape talk is no surprise
Indiana Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock’s comments about God-approved rape are not out of character
BY ALEX SEITZ-WALD
Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock shocked the political world last night with his comments suggesting that women being raped is all part of God’s plan. But should we really be surprised? As Irin Carmon has already noted, this notion is actually pretty common in today’s GOP. Moreover, even a cursory glance at Mourdock’s past shows he’s an extreme right-winger in the Todd Akin mold.
Few people were paying attention to Mourdock’s Senate run until 8 o’clock last night. Indiana’s Senate race has always been close, and thus critical to control of the Senate, but it’s never attracted anywhere the attention of other races like Missouri’s or Massachusetts’. True, he attracted some attention earlier this year by defeating longtime moderate Republican Sen. Dick Lugar in a bitter GOP primary where lots of conservative groups like the NRA, the Club for Growth and Sen. Jim DeMint poured money into Mourdock’s campaign. Lugar was known as one of the few remaining senators willing to work across party lines to get things done, but Mourdock proudly declared that he has no such designs. “I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view,” he told MSNBC shortly after winning the primary in May. In fact, that was sort of his whole shtick in the primary. The Republican National Senatorial Committee supposedly took over his campaign at that point and kept him pretty well muzzled for most of the summer, when he was notably absent from cable news and out of most national media.
But before that happened, he had enough time to say lots of things that should raise anyone’s eyebrows. Once, he compared poor people not paying federal income tax to the Civil War. After mentioning Abraham Lincoln’s “House Divided speech,” Mourdock said, “I am here to suggest to you that we are in a house divided. You know this past April, when our federal taxes were paid, 47 percent — 47 percent — of all American households paid no income tax.” He later defended the comments. His website states: “He believes that Roe v. Wade represents a serious misreading of the original intent of those who established our Constitution.”
He’s suggested that he would filibuster Supreme Court nominees who aren’t like Robert Bork, the failed arch-conservative Supreme Court nominee. This is the same Bork who called the 1964 Civil Rights Act “unsurpassed ugliness”; who said it was “utterly specious” to suggest that women have a right to contraception; who said just last year that it’s “silly” to think women are discriminated against.
Mourdock recently visited a controversial Baptist church that, as a powerful CNN feature last year revealed, subjects its students to such sadistic corporal punishment that it’s hard to call it anything but child abuse. Even more troubling, one former student recounted how he was raped over a period of years at the church and the pastor did nothing when the boy brought it to his attention. Mourdock spoke at the church one day and accepted the pastor’s enthusiastic endorsement.
He’s even suggested that the entire social safety net is unconstitutional. “I challenge you in Article I, Section 8 of the United States Constitution. where those so-called enumerated powers are listed, I challenge you to find words that talk about ‘Medicare’ or ‘Medicaid’ or, yes, even ‘Social Security,’” he said at a Tea Party rally. (His campaign website promises he’ll “preserve Social Security and Medicare” by adopting Paul Ryan’s plan.)
This is a guy whom Lugar has refused to campaign for in the general because he’s too extreme. In a concession statement Lugar said of Mourdock, “In effect, what he has promised in this campaign is reflexive votes for a rejectionist orthodoxy and rigid opposition to the actions and proposals of the other party.” John Danforth, a longtime former GOP senator from Missouri who also served as George W. Bush’s ambassador to the U.N., told the New York Times in 2010: “If Dick Lugar, having served five terms in the U.S. Senate and being the most respected person in the Senate and the leading authority on foreign policy, is seriously challenged by anybody in the Republican Party, we have gone so far overboard that we are beyond redemption.”
But here’s the really crazy thing about Mourdock: Most of his views are not outside the mainstream of the GOP. Mitt Romney made Robert Bork a legal adviser to his campaign, Mitt Romney has had his own run-in with the 47 percent, and plenty of Republicans think abortions should be outlawed, even in cases of rape.