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First, I want to nail down a simple format for newsposts that seem to be coming up every single week as the election draws to a close; I’ll let

[Sitting/Running Republican Congressperson] was recently quoted as saying [something offensive about rape/abortion/women’s rights].  When asked about it later, the politician was quoted as saying, “I don’t know how anyone could interpret what I said as meaning [exactly word for word what they said].  But if anyone did interpret my words using their literal meaning, I regret that.”

When asked for a comment, the [Republican Presidential/Vice-Presidential Nominee’s Campaign Manager in Order to Give the Nominees Distance In Case this Reaches the Mainstream Media Instead of Just Blogs, as the Saturation of These Quotes Means Despicably They Won’t All Reach the National Level] responded, “We still support [this ignorant mysogynist asshole], while not necessarily adhering to all of their views.”

I’m not going to make a list of these articles (because a better writer than I has already so) and I’m not going to tell you just how much Richard Mourdock deserves everything coming his way, because honestly, there’s remarkably little to debate.

Why does it seem like so many of our far-right congresspeople think women are responsible if they’re raped?  Even more importantly, these super-conservative Republicans over and over again are quoted as saying that it’s the raped woman’s fault if she gets pregnant after being attacked and abused.

I know you’re in a tight spot, conservative Christian Republicans; your beliefs (real or feigned for political power) essentially say you cannot take a life, and your Christian organizations have either convinced or peer-pressured you into believing that a fetus is a life.  Despite the fact that almost everyone out there agrees with you that murder is pretty much not great, a significant number of them just don’t agree that a fetus is a life.  So if elected, you either need to try to keep fetus’ from being destroyed, or act like you want to keep fetus’ from being destroyed so you can be re-elected.

And now you’re running for office.  People start to ask questions about abortion.  Your hands get sweaty.  In each of these cases, the politician never seems to just volunteer their real intent to govern if elected, without any qualification.  If, while in office, you don’t want to allow women to ever get abortions, say that.  If you only would allow abortions when it would save the woman’s life, and at no other times, say that.  If you believe in the woman’s right to choose up until a certain week or month, say that.  Just say it.

It’s especially bad news for Romney, since unlike the various other Republican gaffes when it comes to women’s issues, this one has reached the national level, and he’s now on the record as supporting Mourdock despite saying “raped women don’t deserve abortions, they just didn’t know they’re a part of my God’s great plan, and in His infinite love, He allowed her to be raped and now carry the child of that rapist to term, forever living with the consequences of actions no rational person would accuse her of being responsible for.”

Oh, and one last thing; apparently in Pennsylvania there’s now a proposed bill that will penalize low-income women’s welfare if they cannot “prove” they were raped.  Well, Pennsylvania lawmakers, that sounds fair enough to me; I think I can actually get on board with this, with one caveat… if you want women to have to prove they were raped to get benefits, you need to prove that Mourdock’s god exists first.

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