"I believe that life begins at conception. The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. 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." - Richard Mourdock
When I heard this, I thought it was a rambling off the cuff comment by a guy searching for a way to invoke God when discussing why he didn't consider rape a reason to abort. Dumb in hindsight too since mother's health + rape make up 3-5% of all abortions. Didn't it seem like an off the cuff statement? It wasn't. This was called a debate gaffe, but it is a gaffe only in the meaning of it being a mistake. I recently learned this and felt that I had to post it. That statement was planned and canned for him to say in response to that question at the debate. They knew that specific trap question was coming and that was the scripted answer. His handlers were idiots. Had this been a rambling off the cuff response, people could simply call him an idiot, losing a US Senate seat in the process. This was not. His handlers knew the question was coming, had just seen what had happened to Rep. Akin, and they still drafted up his response in this manner. All they had to do was change the last part to "all life deserves a chance". His delivery was even wishy washy and had no authority or gravity to it, which softened the intended effect. To Mourdock, if you thought this was good enough for your debate, you're a fucking idiot.
The Tea Party crowd, while smart for realizing that runaway spending and $1 trillion dollar deficits will destroy the dollar, is another example of the folly of universal suffrage. The Tea Party crews latched onto any jackass willing to exploit their desire for fiscal sanity. This usually meant latching onto no-names who had short track records or limited experience snake oil salesmen. Mourdock had won statewide elections, but there are some people who are not ready for prime time. I am happy the Tea Party could help a guy like Rand Paul or Ted Cruz beat up on establishment picks in Kentucky and Texas. The Mourdock phenomenon happened in other states where idiots like Angle and O'Donnell (to name two) manipulated a slice of voters with a "new" message of fiscal conservatism only to fall on their face in the general election. The GOP has pissed away multiple Senate races, and yes, the American system of universal suffrage shares some of the blame. They are a symptom of the problem. Democracy sucks.