One of the more positive signs to come out of the election last night was that playing the role of rape apologist doesn’t play well in America even in some of the most conservative areas of the country. Which is, needless to say, a pretty low bar, but still reassuring nonetheless.
Todd Akin, who claimed the female body has ways to “shut that whole thing down” in the case of “legitimate rape,” was defeated by Claire McCaskill by 15 percent in Missouri.
Richard Mourdock, who claimed pregnancy from rape was “something that god intended,” was defeated by Joe Donnelly by 5 percent in Indiana.
And John Koster, who was quoted in the final days of the election for referring to “that rape thing,” was defeated by Suzan DelBene by 7 percent in Washington.
Perhaps the GOP should outlaw talking about rape in front of TV cameras from this point forward unless it’s to condemn it in the strongest terms possible. Or they could continue referring to it in a dismissive manner and continue losing seats they may otherwise win.