After the electoral wreckage generated in 2012 by Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" and Richard Mourdock's "God-willed" pregnancy-via-rape comments, Republican leaders got the message that they need to change their message if they have any hope of narrowing the gender gap at the polls. Voilà! For the midterm races, they're focusing on the money. Show More Summary
A new political consulting firm with deep ties to the Koch brothers has quietly set up shop in Arlington, Virginia. Its mission: to prevent future Todd Akins and Richard Mourdocks from tanking the Republican Party's electoral prospects. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Misogyny; rape apologia; war on agency.]Santorum. Akin. Walsh. Mourdock. Koster. Greig. These are just a few of the names of Republican politicians who have said colossally stupid things about women, abortion, and sexual...Show More Summary
Former Bush staffer Michael Gerson lays out reality his party in The Washington Post. Tea party candidates — recall Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin — often lose winnable races. Tea party primary challenges, and the fear of them, encourage a harsher ideological tone among sitting Republican legislators, undermining their general-election appeal [...]
We may have our own Richard Mourdock in Oregon. Jason Conger, the presumptive front runner for the GOP nod to take on Jeff Merkley, came on “Kremer and Abrams” this Sunday. I asked him why he had, in 2011, sponsored HB 3512, a “fetal pain” abortion limitation with no exception for rape or incest victims. Show More Summary
by Monica Kelsey Everyone who knows anything about politics knows that Richard Mourdock misspoke during a debate against Joe Donnelly in the 2012 United States Senate election. These words may have cost Mourdock the election and the comment and subsequent firestorm have been debated for months. During the debate, Mourdock…
Remember back in December when Dick Armey blamed the GOP's 2012 losses on a few candidates saying "stupid things"? ARMEY: We had a least two candidates that should've won, that frankly lost because they said some stupid things on a subject that their party's leaders should've schooled them to stay away from in the first place. Uh-huh. Show More Summary
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, try as he might, just can't get crazy enough for the teabaggers. Heh. Kibbe says FreedomWorks is also looking to make gains for Tea Party candidates in Arkansas and Alaska come 2014 and says he’s not...Show More Summary
Eric Mourdock's wrongful termination suit against Rutgers, filed yesterday, alleges his firing came as a "direct result of Mr. Mourdock's complaints and report of Defendant Rice's unlawful conduct." Mourdock's lawyers aren't the first...Show More Summary
Full bracket and results Here are the matchups in today's second round action, with the winners moving on to the Insane 16: #2 Mike Huckabee vs. #10 Pat Robertson: Vote here! #3 Bobby Jindal vs. #6 Richard Mourdock: Vote here! You can...Show More Summary
The 2012 election did produce a lot of Republican candidates who were frightening to women, from Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin (R-MO), to Richard "God-Intended Rape Babies" Mourdock (R-IN), and even to Rep. Paul "Forcible Rape, Not The Other Kind" Ryan. Show More Summary
Did you think that after the 2012 elections and the defeat of guys like Todd Aiken and Richard Mourdock that we would be done with politicians making ignorant comments about rape and pregnancy? Me too. And apparently, we were oh so wrong. Show More Summary
Following in the footsteps of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, a new Republican leader made controversial rape comments this week, this time coming from Celeste Greig, who is President of the California Republican Assembly. Greig told the Daily Democrat that pregnancies from rape are "rare" since it's an act of violence and the "body is traumatized."
Republicans still very confused about this whole rape thing Despite the resounding rejection of the Men Who Think Rape Is No Big Thang And/Or Awesome TM in the 2012 election, some Republicans are still licking their wounds that voters...Show More Summary
The Republican's remark about pregnancy from rape cost him a Senate seat.
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock says he hasn't ruled out another run for political office — something he said he considered after his loss for a U.S. Senate seat.
Former Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R) said he "is ready to move past his crushing eleventh-hour defeat from a self-inflicted wound in last year's U.S. Senate race," the Evansville Courier & Press reports.He would not rule out...Show More Summary
Bill Maher tonight looked at the recent attempts to moderate the GOP and draw the party away from strongly conservative candidates like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. However, Maher couldn't help but point out that in spite of conventional...Show More Summary
Writing in from Iowa, TPM Reader BF says don't expect a Senate candidate Steve King would flame out like Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock... Just a few thoughts on Steve King from someone who is now represented by him...
I feel like I shouldn’t laugh, because this remains a good idea, despite being extremely belated; but a New York Times report has found that following Sharon Angle, Christine O’Donnell, Richard Mourdock, and Todd Akin, some GOP heavies (including Karl Rove) are assembling a super PAC with one simple goal: to save the Republican Party from itself. Show More Summary