The election has not gone well for the Republican rape gaffe candidates. They've lost. Mark this down, guys: In 2012, there are severe costs for sounding like you're a little bit of a rape apologist. The casualties:
Candidate: Richard Mourdock, running for Senate in Indiana.
Rape gaffe: "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but 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."
Result: Lost to Democrat Joe Donnelly.
Candidate: Todd Akin, running against Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Rape gaffe: On rape pregnancy: "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Result: Akin lost to McCaskill.
Candidate: Tom Smith, running against Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania.
Rape gaffe: Said rape pregnancies were similar to getting knocked up. When asked about rape pregnancies, Smith said, "I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that." A reporter asked, "Similar how?" Smith responded, "Uh, having a baby out of wedlock." When asked if that was really like rape, Smith said, "No, no, no, but… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period."
Result: Lost to Casey. Granted, this was a likely outcome even without a rape gaffe.
Candidate: Roger Rivard, Wisconsin state senator.
Rape gaffe: On rapes not always being real. Rivard said his dad always told him to be careful with women, because "Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning." Poor Rivard. A national media frenzy is one of the worst possible ways to find out your dad was a jerk.
Result: Lost to Democrat Stephen Smith.
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