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."