The latest contender in the highly competitive race for "GOP candidate who provides the most horrifying, soul-crushingly ignorant insights about rape" is Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that when God hands you rape, you should make rape-ade:
"I've struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God," Mourdock said. "And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen."
Mourdock (Note: doesn't his name sound straight out of a Dickens novel? It's more evil than Ebenezer Scrooge! Genius.) is now frantically trying to convice voters that he didn't really mean that God wants tens of thousands of women to be raped per year. At the same time, Democrats are pressuring Romney to separate himself from Mourdock and his poignant thoughts on sexual assault and Divine Intervention. But Romney is apparently more concerned about weakening ties within the GOP camp than convincing women he doesn't have binders full of rape apologist cohorts. Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul told the Washington Post:
Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock's comments do not reflect Gov. Romney's views. We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.
The paper also reports that the Romney campaign will not ask Mourdock to pull an ad that features Romney, because that would imply that he wasn't still A-OK with him winning a spot in the Senate.
Just so we're clear: Romney won't distance himself from a Senate candidate who thinks rape is something God wants to happen to you, when the timing is right.