We All Know What He Meant

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Memo to Richard Mourdock: YOU EARNED YOUR FULL DAY FAST.

Man, it seems like just yesterday that I decided to devote a third of the column to the latest pro-life wingnut whose "inartful phrasing" revealed yet another callous, sociopathic male who thinks Jesus wants you to have that rape baby. Mainly because it was yesterday.

On Wednesday, Mourdock's comments have become a bit of an issue, as evidenced by the fact that nobody on Fox News mentioned it all day. Mainly because, the day before Mourdock told an audience that getting pregnant from a rape was "something that God intended to happen", Mitt Romney released an ad where he personally endorsed and supported the wanna-be senator. The only such ad for any candidate Romney has released. So there was a to-do.

Romney released the obligatory statement that he didn't agree with Mourdock, which is mostly true, since only five percent of Mitt Romney's positions on abortion over the years line up with Mourdock's statement. But Paul Ryan agrees with him. And so does Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin. They all think you should not only accept God's gift, but spend eighteen plus years of your life and most of your income raising it to adulthood.

Mourdock, meanwhile, decided to be defiant, which is always fun. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

“I spoke from my heart…when speaking from the deepest level of my faith, I cannot apologize... I said life is precious. I believe life is precious. I believe rape is a brutal act. It is something that I abhor and that anyone can come away with any meaning with what I just said is regrettable and for that I apologize. I know the reverence I have for life.”

I agree with him on one thing. It's regrettable that anyone can come away with any meaning with what he just said.

There are two things at play here. First, is the phrasing that rape pregnancies are "something that God intended", which is an ugly, ugly turn of phrase that shines a light on an ugly, ugly belief. Mourdock is just barely backtracking on the phrasing, but not backtracking in the slightest on the reality. That rape is brutal, and abhorrent, but sometimes, God takes rape lemons and makes baby lemonade in your uterus.

Later, he said something I think we can all agree with, even if Mourdock himself wouldn't technically agree with what we're all agreeing on about it.

"Anyone who goes to the video tape and views that, understands fully what I meant. I really believe that."

Yes, we know what you meant. And yes, we know you truly believe that. It's just that you, as a faith-based sociopath, think it's a perfectly reasonable viewpoint, and most of us understand that you basically represent The Handmaid's Tale without its renowned compassion.