Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock are political idiots.
There is no excuse for anyone running for office to be as appallingly ill-prepared as those two naive, well-meaning boneheads were.
They will go down in history as the two stooges of 2012.
These guys get the political Darwin award of 2012. They are now removed from the political “gene pool.”
Were they so utterly naive as to expect no one to raise the abortion issue? Yes. Were they so utterly blind as not to expect the question that has been raised for 40 years: “What about rape?” Yes.
Blind men bluffed. And lost.
They were both caught flat-footed on the #1 issue facing any pro-life candidate. “Gee, I never thought about that before.”
They did not prepare. They did not hire anyone with public relations experience.
Weeks ago, I wrote to an old friend, Marsha Friedman, an expert in training businessmen in the mine field of public relations with the media. I told her she should use Akin as an example of what not to do. Then came Mourdock. I told her she needs to do an advertising piece with these two front-and-center.
It’s hoof-in-mouth disease. It is treatable.
What should these naive, unprepared men have said. “I stand behind the right to life of the unborn.” That is their legal and moral position. But, no. They did not think of this.
What should Akin have said in response to the rape/pregnancy question? This: “The baby is not the aggressor. The rapist is.” Simple. Sound-bite usable. True. But, no.
As for Mourdock, in 1992 he went on record as saying abortion is legitimate in some cases. He was squishy from day one.
I have a question, which is not rhetorical: Why are God-fearing Christians so ill-equipped in public to deal with the real world? I have another: Why don’t they understand either logic or rhetoric? Because most of them don’t. And it shows.