Women are going to be key players in the US election. Their vote could make the difference especially in some States. Notice how many time President Obama is backed by rows of women when he is making speeches. Campaign managers are utilising women and recognising their election value.
The GOP however are no strangers to alienating women. A while ago there was Rick Santorum with his views on abortion, then a couple of months ago there was Todd Akin commenting on rape and now there is Richard Mourdock.
As Mitt Romney and leading lights of the Republican Party try to distance themselves from Mourdock it is already too late. The damage has been done. So what did this supposedly intelligent man say. Well unlike Akin who does not believe that "legitimate rape" can result in a pregnancy Mourdock believes that it can and does. The problem is that if it does he believes that it is a "gift from God".
Mourdock joined a long line of GOP politicians who have put their foot in their mouth. A US Senate candidate his words could end his career hopes. At the end of a debate late yesterday he was asked if abortion should be allowed in the case of incest or rape. His answer? "I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realise life is that gift from God. "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that's something God intended to happen."
We can never understand why it would be viewed as from God and not the Devil. Of course that would perhaps in a religious person's mind justify an abortion which goes against their grain.
Today Mourdock was on a damage limitation exercise claiming his words were twisted for political gain. What did he expect? He was out of order like so many other male politicians.
As each side tries to gain some political leverage words can be misconstrued. If you talk such blatant nonsense you make it easy for the opposition. You also alienate many would be voters. Today evil, God, abortion and pregnancy have been chewed over in Indiana where Mourdock had political ambitions. I say had because surely he has shot himself in the foot?