In case you missed it, during last night's debate, Sarah Palin mentioned that Joe Biden had talked about drilling as "raping our intercontinental shelf." While I thought it was just poorly timed, given all the flak she's taken about forcing rape victims and their insurance companies to pay for forensic rape examinations, Ben Smith at Politico and Michael Crowley at The New Republic point out that it was actually a subtle attempt to associate Joe Biden in voters' minds with the word "rape." Ew. Also, why is it that of all the questions Gwen Ifill asked last night, the rape kit controversy wasn't one of them? [Politico, The New Republic]