Let’s take a look!
Candidate: Roger Rivard
Rape Philosophy: “Some girls rape easy.”
Outcome: Lost to Steven Smith.
Candidate: Richard Mourdock
Rape Philosophy: “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Outcome: Lost to Joe Donnelly.
Candidate: Todd Akin
Rape Philosophy: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” (Bonus comment: Opponent Claire McCaskill was much more “ladylike” in 2008).
Outcome: Lost to Claire McCaskill.
Ouch. Apparently being The Party Of Rape isn’t quite as beneficial as Team GOP had hoped.
(And all of the credit for “republican rape philosophers” goes to James Wolcott).