Republican U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock was trying to make a simple pro-life point during his debate with Democratic challenger Joe Donnelly: All life comes from God and is therefore precious. But he expressed it poorly, saying: “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 is something God intended to happen.”
Those are such easy words to twist, and Mourdock’s foes were quick to do it. Why, that monster says rape is something God intends! Even Republicans Mitt Romney and Mike Pence were quick to distance themselves. Do they really believe Mourdock believes rape is God’s will?
Mourdock didn’t back down but apologized to those who might have misunderstood him because of the misinterpretation. But the more he talked, the deeper he seemed to dig the hole he was in.
In a race that was already too close to call, some think this remark might cost Mourdock the election. And imagine the consequences of that. It could mean the difference between a Democratic-controlled Senate and a Republican-controlled one. And that can affect whether a President Romney or a President Obama can get his agenda achieved. How long has it been since a single comment had such a potential to change the future?
And the great irony that’s being overlooked: Donnelly is a pro-life candidate, too. If you want to see a pro-choice agenda advanced, this isn’t the race for you.