The backlash against Indiana senate candidate Richard Mourdock and his comments about God and rape continues. Some notable Republicans (John McCain and Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire) are distancing themselves while others (Mitch McConnell) are supporting him.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney, who cut a commercial endorsing Mr. Mourdock, is still with him. Via TPM:
[Wednesday] night the Romney campaign put out a statement disagreeing with Mourdock’s comment but not denouncing him. And the campaign did not respond to questions about whether he was withdrawing his endorsement.
The key though is the ad. Democrats are pushing hard for him to ask Mourdock to take it down. And if the Mourdock story grows, I suspect he’ll have to ask him to take it down, which would be devastating for Mourdock — not so much because of the ad not showing but because of the merciless press it could spawn so close to election day.
The fate of the ad is what I’d watch to see where this story is going over the course of the day.
Late Update: The Romney campaign has now said they have not asked Mourdock to take down the ad.
Later Update: Freshman GOP Sen. Kelly Ayotte cancels trip to campaign with Mourdock.
Even Later Update: Romney reaffirms support for Mourdock candidacy.
One reason might be is that Paul Ryan’s view on abortion is basically the same as Mr. Mourdock’s.
When Missouri senate candidate Todd Akin brought up the subject of “legitimate rape” back in August, the GOP couldn’t run away fast enough. Now Mr. Mourdock has said something equally outrageous, and yet he’s still got support from big names in the party. Why?
It may have something to do with the fact that Mr. Mourdock invoked God in his statement, whereas Mr. Akin only went with pseudo-science. It’s far easier to distance yourself from someone who only offers what he thinks are scientific facts as proof rather than incur the wrath of the Almighty by seeming to contradict His Will. Scientific facts are debatable; God is not.
PS: According to The Onion, God is not pleased with these recent developments.