October 24th, 2012

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The Difference Between Mr. Mourdock and Mr. Akin, and Why It Matters.

In the close of a debate, Mr. Richard Mourdock (who defeated Richard Lugar in the R primary in Indiana) was asked whether he believed that laws against abortion should have an exemption for rape or incest. You can see Mr. Mourdock's reply on video here. For those not clicking through, Mr. Mourdock replied that he believed only in an exception for the life of the mother. To quote: "I just struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize: Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." Story at Politico here.

Not surprisingly, Mr. Mourdock's comments are being compared to comments Senate Candidate Robet Akin of MO, who opined that when a woman is "forcibly raped" her body can "shut down" the process of conception. But Mr. Mourdock's comments are very different, and the difference between the two comments illustrates a profound division within the anti-abortion movement, and why Mr. Mourdock is much less likely to face serious voter backlash from his base than Mr. Akin. It also highlights why so many women in the country do not think they have a particular interest in the issue.

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Democrats Need To Stop Being Pathetic Pussies

If I understand the Patrick Moran story correctly:

1. Undercover Veritas dude approaches Patrick Moran and says he has a friend who plans to go around in a van "voting for a hundred people."

2. Moran says this is dumb, but continues to have conversation in which Moran says "you could do it, with something with your address, like a fake utility bill." But then says that the real way to help get Democrats elected is through traditional get out the vote efforts.

3. Veritas releases a press release that this constitutes "the most damning evidence to date of the extent of voter fraud in this country."

This would be merely silly, like the people who insist that there are satanic messages dubbed backward in rock music, were it not for the next step.

4. Patrick Moran resigns from his job.

Democrats, please stop being pathetic pussies. If you cannot manage that, then please assume that when some random stranger comes up to you and proclaims his intent to commit a crime in some fashion so blatant as to be comic, then do not even bother to engage. If you must engage, please tape it and publish first, so you can frame the story. Because the notion that someone making a theoretical observation of the "yeah, you could do that, but it would be stupid" variety constitutes "evidence" is moronic. But that fact that you all scurry before the barking of the conservative noise machine rather than flipping them off for being obvious doofi is not moronic, it is craven. That y'all keep falling for this trick is moronic.