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  1. Jordan
    Jordan November 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm |

    I think of them as “Armchair rape theorists.”

    1. Elizabeth
      Elizabeth November 8, 2012 at 12:30 pm |

      Rachel Maddow called them “the rape apologist caucus.”

      1. OutrageandSprinkles
        OutrageandSprinkles November 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm |

        That’s because Rachel Maddow is a perfect human being.

  2. SunlessNick
    SunlessNick November 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm |

    Tom Smith (the “father’s perspective” guy) and John Koster (the “the rape thing” and “incest is so rare” guy) also lost.

  3. Fat Steve
    Fat Steve November 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

    I just use the old fashioned ‘morons.’

    Based on the way their States went for President, I must admit it is at least a minutiae more comforting to know that people who broadly support a candidate who is broadly anti-women do in fact draw the line at someone who thinks a woman’s ovaries can recognize a ‘legitimate rape.’

    1. sidhe3141
      sidhe3141 November 8, 2012 at 11:19 am |

      I just use the old fashioned ‘morons.’

      Um… no. PWD definitely don’t deserve to be compared to Republicans.

      Throwback, yes. Neanderthal, yes. Rape-apologist ignorant f***er, very yes. Moron, no.

      1. AnthroBabe
        AnthroBabe November 8, 2012 at 4:33 pm |

        Hey, we have Neanderthal genes in us! I counsel my students to not disrespect Neanderthals…. (sort of joking!)

        1. rhian
          rhian November 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm |

          Only non-Africans have Neanderthal DNA.

        2. DAS
          DAS November 8, 2012 at 4:41 pm |

          My (non-scientist) wife (who happens to be primarily of African ancestry) does refer to my “Cro-Magnon” chest hair and slouch. I correct her — “don’t you mean Neanderthal?”

    2. Andie
      Andie November 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |

      I think fuckwit works nicely.

  4. Gerry Dorrian
    Gerry Dorrian November 7, 2012 at 2:22 pm |

    The comments on rape were unpardonable. I hope that one result of the US election’s result will be a tea-party takeover of the Republican Party so that it represents true blue-collar voters instead of the ivory-tower fantiasies of millionaires.

    1. Anon21
      Anon21 November 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm |

      I hope that one result of the US election’s result will be a tea-party takeover of the Republican Party

      Given the quality of candidates the Tea Partiers have been backing, I join you in devoutly wishing for this outcome. By 2017, the Democrats might have 65 Senators.

    2. EG
      EG November 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm |

      Trust me, very few of us in the ivory tower are millionaires.

      1. bleh
        bleh November 7, 2012 at 5:05 pm |

        except in economics ;)

        1. macavitykitsune
          macavitykitsune November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am |

          Woo for masters’ degrees in Widow Impoverishment and Orphan Food-Snatching!

          (joking. bitter liberal arts major here.)

    3. BabyRaptor
      BabyRaptor November 8, 2012 at 12:03 am |

      The Tea Party doesn’t represent anyone but white, old, fundie, low IQ racists. But, hey. Keep screaming. The more ya’ll talk, the more the sane majority of this country despises you.

    4. ellid
      ellid November 8, 2012 at 6:49 am |

      Hate to tell you this, but a lot of the rape philosophers *are* Tea Party favorites….

    5. Katniss
      Katniss November 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm |

      Luckily for us most “blue collar” people are not as nasty-minded, racist and sexist as Tea Partiers.

  5. catfood
    catfood November 7, 2012 at 2:43 pm |

    Kate Sheppard said it well:

    The lesson here seems to be that if you’re a Republican male politician from the Midwest, you should keep your insensitive rape comments to yourself.

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  8. Clytemnestra's Sister
    Clytemnestra's Sister November 7, 2012 at 4:04 pm |

    Don’t forget the race in CT, where the candidate who argued that catholic hospitals shouldn’t be required to give EC to women who’d been raped, went down in flames too. I refuse to even dignify her name.

    1. zuzu
      zuzu November 7, 2012 at 6:20 pm | *

      Joe Lieberman?

    2. Henry
      Henry November 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm |

      no the WWF, I was hoping for a Hulk Hogan judicial appointment if she won.

  9. The Real Pope 420
    The Real Pope 420 November 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

    I just like to imagine it in the voice of the Crusader form indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. “They did….poorly.”

  10. Carl
    Carl November 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm |

    What impresses me most is that Mourdock and Akin didn’t even make it that close. Akin in particular lost in a humiliating manner, considering the big money had started flowing back in and Romney won by ten points.

    While I’m not happy with the knowledge that people like these two and Koster and all the rest will likely just go back to being a little more quiet about their dangerous views, and go back to winning, I am happy that the voters were disgusted enough by this bile to send clear, devastating messages.

    1. Jordan
      Jordan November 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm |

      While I’m not happy with the knowledge that people like these two and Koster and all the rest will likely just go back to being a little more quiet about their dangerous views

      They can’t do this if journalists / debate moderators / the public ask repeatedly them what their views are, and hold them to their records.

      1. Carl
        Carl November 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm |

        I sometimes think unless these people just say the most grotesque things with a bullhorn, too many will not get the message. I was reading a Washington Post column where various women who voted for Romney said they didn’t believe he actually meant any promises to go against Roe v Wade, that he probably felt that was just what he had to say to win.

  11. Faradn
    Faradn November 7, 2012 at 6:09 pm |

    I still prefer “Team Rape.” Not that it matters that much any more, fortunately.

    1. Bruce From Missouri
      Bruce From Missouri November 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm |

      I don’t know…. “Team Rape” may not get across the meaning you intend. It sounds too much like a more genteel way of saying “Gang Rape”.

      1. Mandela Nelson
        Mandela Nelson November 8, 2012 at 4:54 am |

        From Saint Louis, I call ‘em “rapist sympathizers” because I seriously wonder who else talks like that but rapists? Sad that the whole Rape Gang thing has totally passed up the subject of rape as a huge problem in our society. This should be an opportunity to address the disturbing prevalence of this horrible crime and also to point out how ignorant people are. Start talking about how to combat the EPIDEMIC of rape. I feel great now that The President’s got four more years in which we might make great strides. Also, do not f*** with the women of MO.

        1. Radfem
          Radfem November 8, 2012 at 10:05 am |

          Rape apologists is what some of us called them out west. It’s the only printable name anyway.

        2. ASH
          ASH November 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm |

          I am also from St. Louis. What was truly a thing of nonsense was his concession speech.

          He was flabbergasted that he did not win.

          Just.
          Flabbergasted.

          That is the thing about this assholes. They really don’t get why you wouldn’t buy into their theories. Fucking clueless.

  12. Angie unduplicated
    Angie unduplicated November 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm |

    If the stats are correct in that one in four of us has been raped, the GOPissants offended a huge voting bloc, including many of their own. Not all voters are dogma-blinded or self-destructive.
    Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, though: anti-choice Scott Desjarlies (deliberate misspelling), he who tried to force abortion on his extramarital playmate, got enough crank-cooker and pillhead votes to win a second term. Ain’t easy being Southern and lib’rul.

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  14. anna
    anna November 9, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  15. anna
    anna November 9, 2012 at 9:26 am |

    Oops sorry Angie unduplicated, didn’t see your post.

    1. matlun
      matlun November 9, 2012 at 11:16 am |

      So from now on, she will have to go by Angie duplicated?

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  19. Laura
    Laura November 14, 2012 at 1:44 am |

    Joe Walsh also lost to Tammy Duckworth. He’s the one who said that women never die in childbirth anymore due to medical advances, so there’s no reason for a “life of the mother” exception in abortion. Honestly, these guys make my blood run cold. . .

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