Monday, November 5, 2012

Just DON'T do it!

Sorry I haven't posted in a week. I've been busy checking the polls every 36 minutes. Come on, Tuesday!

Two things I have learned from obsessively hitting the refresh button this month:
  1. Republicans should never, ever talk about rape.
  2. Republicans cannot stop talking about rape.
And it might cost them control of the Senate.

First there was Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, telling us that, "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

Led Claire McCaskill by 11 points in August.

Ahead by 8 points today.

Then Indiana Senate hopful Richard Mourdock let us know that the Lord wants women to carry their rapists' babies, "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen." He hastened to add that God wasn't causing the rape, just the pregnancy. Seems like Mourdock will have to content himself with being a theological savant, not a U.S. Senator.

Leading by 5 points in early October.
Now Donnelly is ahead by 3 points.
And I have high hopes that North Dakota senate candidate Rick Berg will be defeated, even in this deep red state. As a state Representative, Berg voted for a bill that would make abortion a felony punishable by life imprisonment. There was no exception in the law for cases where a woman became pregnant by rape or incest, or even if her life was jeopardized by the pregnancy. His opponent Heidi Heitkamp is hardly pro-choice, but at least she's not voting to send women to jail for exercising their legal right to abortion care.
Led by 9 points in July.
Running even today.
I am reminded of one of my lawschool professors who advised us to spill a glass of water if a judge asked a question we couldn't answer. Perhaps the leaky water bottle will become the hot new conservative accessory? Eighty-three percent of Americans favor legal abortions for women who have become pregnant as a result of rape. The Republican platform approved at their August convention opposes abortion without exception. Get ready to mop up a lot of spills.

Today's $15 (I haven't posted in a few days) goes to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, RAINN, which works to combat sexual violence. I've already indulged in my profanity-laced tirade against people who use women's bodies to score political points today - but you go right ahead. And then get ready to vote!

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