Originally Posted by Radar Chief
Well said, agreed.
The thing that just amazes me here isn’t that the Dems tried it, nor that the MSM pushed the rhetoric, its I thought there was enough alternative media out there and people paying attention to it that these tactics wouldn’t work. I was wrong.
Keep saying rape and you'll always lose. I don't expect the electorate to look past it - why should they?
Mourdock shouldn't have lost and wouldn't
have lost but for the blood that Akin put in the water (his comments were actually quite fair, even if you don't agree with them). But again, perfect storm stuff, you just can't say what he said.
I pointed it out to a friend of mine - if the word 'rape' is involved in a question or answer - run. It's not designed to engender a response, but fuel emotion.
It's not new and it's not specific to either side of the spectrum. Bernard Shaw fully and finally ended Michael Dukakis's political career with his 'rape' question during the '88 election. Dukakis gave a reasonable answer when looked at in context...but it just doesn't matter.
The Democrats telegraphed the hell out of their haymaker and the idiot Republicans just stuck their faces right in there to get smoked.
It was just a horrendously bad job by the RNC. It cost some bad candidates their careers (Aiken) and it probably finished off a handful of good ones as well (Mourdock, Romney).
I'd say live and learn...but somehow I fear they won't.