Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock made a controversial comment about rape in his last debate against Democrat Joe Donnelly. In the debate, Mourdock said, ”I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that 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.” Mourdock is the Tea Party candidate that defeated long time Senator Richard Lugar in the republican primary. This is another example of how the Tea Party has been taken over by the social conservative zealots of the republican party.
There have been many examples of how the Tea Party has been circumvented by the social conservative wing of the republican party. Todd Akin made similar comments about rape when he said that the female body had ways to shut down during a ‘legitimate rape’. Todd Akin, like Richard Mourdock, had Tea Party support in his bid to become senator. In both cases, the Tea Party has not come out to condemn these comments and how they run counter to the Tea Party beliefs, which states our government should be smaller and less controlling. Why?
The reason is simple. I have long believed the Tea Party is a backdoor movement for social conservatives. Social conservatives took the Tea Party by storm when they saw the power it had to move elections in 2010. Knowing their beliefs were not being taken seriously in public discussion or legislation, they sought to take over the Tea Party in a covert manner. The strategy was simple. Elect true social conservatives under the auspices of the Tea Party into office and then once they were in power they could push their social agenda on the masses.
Mitt Romney needs to take notice. Romney needs to issue more than a lame statement that he disagrees with the comments Mourdock made. Romney needs to come out as he did with Akin and distance himself substantially. This is even more true since Romney has been seen in a commercial fulling supporting Mourdock for Senate in Indiana. With the election less than two weeks away, Romney cannot risk this incident cratering him campaign. He needs to get in front of this today!
Democrats are already trying to tie Romney to Mourdock because they know Mourdock’s statement will not go over well with the women vote. Romney cannot afford to lose more support with the race being as tight as it is! I urge him to get in front of this, otherwise it give Obama another opening to attack him which he will surely take.