During this year’s silly season aka the stretch drive to the November elections, I have been watching the self immolation of various Republican campaigns around the country with a bit of fascination. The topic of rape and incest as exceptions allowing a woman to have an abortion has caused great consternation amongst the chattering classes. From Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s “pregnancy from rape something God intended” (a variant on Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s rape is just another “method of conception“) to Washington US House candidate John Koster’s “the rape thing” to Wisconsin State Rep. Roger Rivard’s “some girls rape easy,” the topic of rape and abortion has been making headlines across the nation.
|By: dakine01 Friday November 2, 2012 2:06 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 2, 2012 7:35 am|
For a long time the Indiana senate race looked as if it was going to be very competitive, but that all changed after Republican Candidate Richard Mourdock said after the debate early this month that he oppose abortion in the case of rape and that “even when life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”
Since that rape comment, Democratic candidate Joe Donnelly has seen his standing in the polls shoot up dramatically.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday November 1, 2012 8:00 pm|
Never do I feel so powerless and deflated in my role as a citizen as I do toward the end of an election season, but 2012 is quickly reaching a new level of awfulness. I just can’t wait for this to be over. From the top of the ticket on down (except for a few bright spots I’ll get to later), the dispiriting sense that “winning” can only be called such because losing is flat-out unthinkable, given that almost half of the electorate is evidently willing and eager to elect into office a party that holds them in utter contempt.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 24, 2012 8:33 am|
In last nights Indiana Senate debate, Republican candidate Richard Mourdock was asked about his stance on abortion. Mourdock responded that he opposes abortion even in case of rape because that can be something “God intended to happen.”
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday May 9, 2012 1:15 pm|
Lugar’s loss has basically guaranteed that the Republican senate caucus will be more unified, partisan and less compromising. At a minimum the Republicans lost the moderate Lugar, who was willing to reach deals. But bipartisanship can also undermine democratic accountability.
|By: Jon Walker Monday May 7, 2012 11:30 am|
Tomorrow is primary day in Indiana, and things are looking very bad for long time incumbent Republican Senator Dick Lugar. Lugar is trailing in the polls and is facing a serious primary challenge from State Treasurer Richard Mourdock who has the backing of the Tea Party and some of biggest spending conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and the National Rifle Association.
|By: Jon Walker Friday April 20, 2012 11:45 am|
Only a few Republican senators have to worry about Democrats forcing them to make tough votes before the election