THE LIBERAL MEDIA STRIKES AGAIN  5:15 pm August 27, 2012

Yet Another GOP Senate Candidate Says Something About Rape

by Jesse Taylor

a generic man for specific rapeNew Rule of Politics: If you’re a Republican running for Senate, just never talk about sex or anything related to it. You will do better pretending storks bring babies to worthy parents and/or welfare applicants.

Tom Smith is running for Senate against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey. An intrepid Associated Press reporter decided to ask the candidate what he would tell a family member who was raped about his desire to see her keep the baby against her will. This is not a “tell me what happens during rape” question, nor is it a “tell me about Todd Akin without using the letter ‘e’” question. All Smith has to do is say something along the lines of “all life is precious” and he’s pretty much homefree.

MARK SCOLFORO, ASSOCIATED PRESS: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?

SMITH: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose the way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

SCOLFORO: Similar how?

Just you wait.

SMITH: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.

SCOLFORO: That’s similar to rape?

SMITH: No, no, no, but… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.

You put yourself in a father’s situation? Like the father of the child with the woman he raped situation, or the father of the raped woman? It would just be handy to know how to properly confront your raped child, because it’s a topic not often confronted in most parenting books.

“Dad…I was raped.”

How much is this gonna cost me?

“I…what?”

Do you love this guy? You gonna marry him? How much am I shelling out?

“Are you listening to me?”

Oh, I suppose you’re going to want a registry with your little rapey friend now.

Healthy, well-adjusted children come from healthy, well-adjusted families that equate rape to pretty much any inconvenience ever.

[ThinkProgress]

 
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bumfug August 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Giving it up to your boyfriend is almost exactly like rape. Except for the actual rape part.

Maman August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I think Mr. Smith considers his female relative a soiled dove in either case.

Maman August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Luckily, he didn't have to put his foot down and tell that slut what was gonna happen.

Are all of these guys douchbags?

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Yes?

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Indeed, Katie, every one of them, yes.

fuflans August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

apparently 'rape' is the new republican IT girl.

Warwhatgoodfor August 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Well, yeah.

Gleem McShineys August 27, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Are all of these guys douchbags?

No.

You've got your skeevy shitheels, scummy dickbuckets, tarded ass-dribblers (…continues this way much like Bubba Gump talks about shrimp)

ChernobylSoup August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

I know what I'd do during a nuclear attack. Something similar happened to me once: I got a hangnail and had to deal with it.

actor212 August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I once had cancer.

In my Lance Armstrong.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Bracelet?

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Oh fuck this shitprick with a rusty chainsaw.

finallyhappy August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

As I remember -from sending Casey money when he ran against and defeated Santorum- Casey is also anti-abortion but not a moron. Mainly I supported him because he was running against Ricky S- I did not care what his platform or beliefs were.

Callyson August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

https://secure.bobcasey.com/form.html?sc=2

Shit, between him, McCaskill, and Obama, I'm going to go broke…

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

You've got a lot of heart, giving even to crumby Dems like McCaskill and Casey. I know their opponents are ghastly, but… I hope you've given to Elizabeth Warren, Shelley Berkley, Debbie Stabenow and Tammy Baldwin, who are all better Democrats than either McCaskill or Casey, and are all also in tight races (in fact, Casey currently looks comfortably ahead). Some of their opponents are also terrible.

iamrrm August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Claire looks at me funny when we are both trying on Manolos at Plaza Frontenac so I feel that I have to donate to her campaign.

finallyhappy August 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Tammy Baldwin- my daughter worked on her campaign in college

Callyson August 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Yeah, my list keeps getting longer…Elizabeth Warren is actually at the top of my list, and thanks for the reminders on the others.I guess I can wait until I am 80 or so to retire…

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:20 am

No shit. Stacked up against someone like Santorum, Casey looks like a flaming liberal.

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Santorum: somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan.

HistoriCat August 28, 2012 at 10:09 am

RIght – Genghis Khan believed in religious tolerance and a functioning government administration.

Hammiepants August 27, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Honestly, these people have all the empathy and compassion of doorstop.

1stNewtontheMoon August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

but none of a doorstop's intelligence.

Warwhatgoodfor August 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Or of a tree stump.

Arborista August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

At least doorstops don't try to interfere with anyone's reproductive choices.

Jus_Wonderin August 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

A doorstop once tripped me. I think it was trying to kill me.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

About the same amount of smarts, too.

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Didn't stop him from making $70 million with a high school diploma.

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

Well, except that a doorstop actually knows when to, you know, fucking stop. No means no, to a doorstop. It's sad that I can't say the same for a huge portion of the Republican Party.

Joshua Norton August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

All repug problems with women are counterbalanced by how warm and caring Ann Romney is. And how dreamy Paul Ryan is.

1stNewtontheMoon August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

i mean, if paul ryan got a little handsy (rape-y) who would even want to consider her options?

DemmeFatale August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Dreamboat Paul has the coldest blue eyes I've ever seen.

(And I thought my sadist uncle had some chillers!)

Warwhatgoodfor August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Suppose Ann Romney was raped. OMG. Excuse me, I have to go wash my frontal lobe with bleach. Shudder.

miss_grundy August 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm

I'm going to be a real bitch and say….you mean she found someone to have sex with her???????

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

Kitty Dukakis libel!

iamrrm August 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

So what's this guys real name? Tom has to be a pseudonym right?

actor212 August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Oh Lord…

How hard is this? "Rape" is when the penis penetrates the (usually) woman when it is not wanted.

"Out of wedlock" is when the cocksucking motherfucking idiot forgets to wear a condom.

Clear now?

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Not to be too pedantic, but typical in a procreative relationship the one who does the cocksucking isn't the one that wears the condom…

Edit: Messed that up at first… the one that does the (future)motherfucking, however, does wear the condom…

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm

However… I don't mean to suggest that the one that does the motherfucking might not do a little cocksucking on the side…

actor212 August 28, 2012 at 8:25 am

Clearly, you've never been to my house on a Friday night.

miss_grundy August 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

And I guess no one told his daughter she should see a gyn for birth control if she was going to give it up to the bf………..

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

That would be Mrs. Dipshit's job and obviously she's about as comfortable talking about sex as Senate Candidate Dipshit is.

Lazy Media August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

She chose life? I thought it was a baby, not a choice.

NorthStarSpanx August 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Yet, they can't seem to appreciate the irony of mucking up their "culture of life" stance with their "choices."
http://jezebel.com/5447191/sarah–bristol-palin-p

actor212 August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Oh, and Mike Dukakis is laughing somewhere, for he no longer holds the record for SINGLE STUPIDEST ANSWER to a softball question, ever.

(correct answer should have been, and it applies in this case, "Bernard! How awful that you'd wish murder on my family!")

emmelemm August 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

STOP TALKING
STOP TALKING

For the love of Dog, just stop talking.

mrpuma2u August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Na he needs to keep talking, one more idiot that that won't get in the senate that way.

emmelemm August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

That's the cock-eyed optimist view, I suppose.

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Trailing by 18 points (apparently). At this point, he can say whatever he wants…

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

And, you know, he's helping cement the Republicans as the party that not only think women should be inflicted with forced pregnancies, but also that thinks rape isn't really a big deal.

Arborista August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

KEEP DIGGING
KEEP DIGGING…

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:24 am

You keep Dog the Bounty Hunter out of this, ya' hear?

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

Sound advice for any situation.

OneDollarJuana August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Incest isn't always rapey. At least it might seem so.

Arborista August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

Nobody else is getting that incest vibe here?

An_Outhouse August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I got a bestiality vibe. (below. I commented before I read all the other comments.)

Callyson August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCK MY HOME STATE DESERVES BETTER!!!

/deep breath, sip of cool water

FUCK YOU YOU FUCKING FUCK MY HOME STATE DESERVES BETTER!!!

Schmannnity August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Could he be worse than Santorum?

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

No. He was a Democrat (who voted to raise property taxes) until about a week ago, so I'd guess early-onset Alzheimers.

CommieLibunatic August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

This went on for like four hours. Really, you should've seen it.

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

He's losing big time at last; sadly Pat Toomey last time was just as bad and still won.

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

Pat Toomey was more interested in equating taxation with rape.

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:26 am

It deserves better, and it'll get better because this guy is going to be absolutely trounced, just like Pete Hoekstra in Michigan; just like Todd Akin in Missouri.

punkneverdies August 27, 2012 at 5:24 pm

The underlying message here is that women should stop complaining, shut their mouths, and take it

Guppy August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I believe you mean "lie back and enjoy it." Or possibly "think of England?"

punkneverdies August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

No sir, enjoyment is a feeling that is privilege of the white man and only the white man.

Warwhatgoodfor August 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Uh, if they shut their mouth, how can they take it in their mouth? Just asking.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:23 pm

How is babby formed?

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:27 am

I'm not sure this is even underlying, anymore. It's laying right on the top of all of this.

Mittens Howell, III August 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

So he knocked the bottle of aspirin from between her knees, that counts as rape?

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm

In all honesty, Father of Jukesgrrl would have thought an out-of-wedlock pregnancy was worse than rape. Because the O-O-W pregnancy meant I said YES to the sex.

RadioBowels August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Another wingclown with a rapier wit.

Arborista August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Don't get much rapier than that…

actor212 August 28, 2012 at 8:26 am

What you did, I saw.

Mittens Howell, III August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

More splitting hairs.

First 'legitimate and 'forced' rape. Now comes 'DeFacto Rape'.

Here's one: 'Eye Rape' from when you watch Fox news and Ann Coulter comes on.

actor212 August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Is that anything like skullfucking?

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

It's exactly the same in that it's very different.

bikerlaureate August 28, 2012 at 1:51 am

Living in the same space-time contiuum is 'Grrr Rape'.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Well, then, it would be a legitimate rape.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

This must be that illegitimate rape everyone keeps talking about.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

You, uh, nailed it.

VaWyo August 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

non-forcible rape

sbj1964 August 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm

These Red state assholes should put the Bible down when it comes to rape.That book treats rape as a crime against the father of the woman;instead of a crime against her.And the Bible tells us that a woman should marry her rapist,or be stoned as a whore.There you have it.

ChernobylSoup August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

They have to stop viewing women as property before they can even think about updating their thoughts on rape.

And I wouldn't expect that to happen this century.

miss_grundy August 27, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Unfortunately, the authors of the Old Testament lived during the time when women were considered property, so you could do with her anything you wanted. You could sell her as a slave or marry her off to a chief of an opposing tribe. You could also have as many wives as you wanted. But the asshats who want to be all Old Testament are not able to make the connection that that was a different time, a different place and a very different culture.

ChernobylSoup August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Knocked up daughter – check
Opposes sex ed in schools – check
No irony meter – check

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Ah, someone put the "illegitimate" into "illegitimate rape."

ThankYouJeebus August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

It's kind of cool that she had a, you know, choice.

VaWyo August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Palin said the same thing about Bristol. Funny how they all say that.

Biel_ze_Bubba August 27, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Of course they had a choice … and the Repukes believe that every other woman has the right to make the same choice. And they do mean the same choice.

marconidarwin August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

More importantly, why didn't Scolforo ask Smith whether he did the Biblical thing? Have that young rapist pay 50 shekels (inflation adjusted) and take the whore off his hands.


Deuteronomy 22:28-29
King James Version (KJV)
28 If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;

29 Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

An_Outhouse August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I see the sheep laying next to him got cropped out of the picture.

NellCote71 August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Stepped out on the balcony to smoke a cigarette.

Mahousu August 27, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I got a parking ticket once. It was pretty much almost sort of kind of close to rape.

Anyway, I wasn't too happy, but I chose to pay it.

Tequila Mockingbird August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

"I did some volunteer work once…I'm not saying it was slavery, but it was similar. To be clear, I am anti-slavery, but volunteering is similar."

fawkedifiknow August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

You know what other society equates any sex outside marriage as a stone-able event?

mmeetoilenoir August 27, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Oklahoma?

Geminisunmars August 27, 2012 at 6:09 pm

A Deadhead concert?

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Christianity?

Tequila Mockingbird August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

What in fresh hell is this?

"No, no, no. Put yourself in a father's position, yes, I mean it is similar"

Is this like when people use the "if by no, you mean yes" joke format? Couldn't he have just stopped at "no, no, no"?

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

And what kind of father would have a similar reaction to "my daughter's knocked up" and "my daughter was raped"? Besides a psychopath I mean.

Buzz Feedback August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

When the Rape Babies form an alliance with the Snowflake Babies shit is going to go down.

FlownOver August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Brownback Libel!

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Throw in some Anchor Babies (terrorist or otherwise) and we've got a party!

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:29 am

That's what she said.

I feel so bad.

Schmannnity August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

He looks like a bastard's bastard grandpa.

smitallica August 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Why is it that so many people who proudly call themselves "pro-life" have absolutely no fucking clue how life actually happens?

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Jesus. (actually, Aristotle, but they don't know that)

ChillBill August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Shorter Smith: "What part of 'I'm Pro-Life' don't you Libtards understand?!"

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

According to TPM, he also pulled the whole "I don't condone rape" line, as though anyone thought any rational person condones rape…

The fuck is wrong with these people? Seriously…

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:16 pm

While they're rational, there are sadly plenty of people who condone rape; just look for any MRA group.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm

I don't even want to know what that shit is.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Not quite sure about the A, but the "MR" part must be "Men's Rights", presumably the A is Association or something.

Basically, a hotbed of seething rapey deadbeat misogyny.

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:51 pm

The A is activists, I believe. And they are truly awful; they're huge on trying to claim that most incidents of rape and domestic violence are made up, while also pretty much trying to justify both. They are truly awful horrible excuse for human beings who probably deserve to be castrated.

BoroPrimorac August 27, 2012 at 9:03 pm

MRAs are grown ass dudes who think women have cooties.

NYNYNYjr August 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Seriously, the most rape-y dictators and african jungle warlords say they don't condone rape. But a lot of Republican dudes actually probably run the numbers on the effect of admitting that the heartily condone it.

Mittens Howell, III August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

I hope this goes down in history as the Republican Rape convention.

LibertyLover August 27, 2012 at 5:57 pm

You get a rape! And you get a rape! And you get a rape! Everybody get's a rape!

Geminisunmars August 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

I'm gonna leave my rape underneath my seat.

emmelemm August 27, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I would like to accept this gift of rape, but I'm concerned about the tax implications.

LibertyLover August 27, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I'm sure the Republicans have created a tax deduction for it.

NellCote71 August 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Rafalca libel.

miss_grundy August 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I hope it goes down as "The Death of the Republican Party" convention.

coolhandnuke August 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm

This aborts any chance "Mr Smith Goes to Washington Part II" will be greenlighted.

SavageDrummer August 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

ISWYDT…

FlownOver August 27, 2012 at 5:50 pm

ISWYDT

Callyson August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

OK, ragefest is over…and in a related story:

RCP Polling Average: Casey +14.5

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/sena

Well done, Keystone State…

fuflans August 27, 2012 at 5:52 pm

well done republicans.

elviouslyqueer August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Do these motherfuckers ever engage their brains before they open their mouths? Like, at all?

Arborista August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Their brains?

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

It does assume facts not in evidence, doesn't it?

Mumbletypeg August 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Really, the only thing more astounding is that the auto-derp "You n' yer 'Gotcha' questions!" evasive parrying seems conspicuously absent.

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

Wouldn't want their base to start doubting that they really meant it.

actor212 August 28, 2012 at 8:28 am

Engage?

Man, they aren't even on friendly terms and you want them married off???

Ayn Rand Paul Tard August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

The only rape worth joking about is Brian of Nazareth: 'You mean you were raped?' 'Well…at first, yes.'

mrpuma2u August 27, 2012 at 5:32 pm

All sex out of wedlock is rape, or uh, just as evil as rape, but still part of jeebus's plan to force babies on those whom gawd has chosen, or somethin'.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Did you see the way Mary was dressed?!

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm

You mean Snooki of Nazareth?

weejee August 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

The Repugs get so confused with all their misogyny miscegenation planks in their platform. Seems they never get to the cogito, but they got the ergo sum down pat.

MinAgain August 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield sponsors "Don't Say Rape" legislation in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…

Guppy August 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Don't mention the war (on women)!

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

So that's two prawn uterus, a Jamie Leigh Jones and four rape salads.

mgardener August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

You know why it was almost the same?
Because this idiot did not have any control over i.

It was the shame of it, doesn't matter how his daughter got pregnant, she wasn't married.
And did you catch the end? He's pro life.

BigSkullF*ckingDog August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

"But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose the way I thought."

You didn't have to WHAT? I would really like to know what this guy would have "had to do" if she had made a different choice.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Lock her in the attic tied to a post like one of Michael Vick's pregnant pit bulls until the blessed event?

luckismine August 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm

"Fortunately for me, I didn't have to…"rape her, perhaps?

Just guessin'…

Pithaughn August 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Honor kill her, you know to protect the honor of the family that murders her for having the sexy time urges

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Ironically, he'd probably honor-kill a Muslim, too.

mgardener August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Control over it, not i
Sorry

Guppy August 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm

You can edit existing posts, provided they haven't been replied to yet.

DemmeFatale August 27, 2012 at 7:19 pm

Phew!!
I know i'm not the hippest gal out there, but I thought the kids must be saying something like "i" in an ironic way.

Tequila Mockingbird August 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

"But do I condone rape? Absolutely not."

This– this is a profile in courage. Why will no other politicians make this brave stand?

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:34 am

See how far we've been pulled to the right?

smokefilledroommate August 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Can we get a mandatory GOP Sex Ed class STAT? Even for candidates?

Toomush_Infer August 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

Um, they're against Sex Ed…..

smokefilledroommate August 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

Well, you know, they're supposed to be "adults" and shit. GOP Adult Sex Ed 101: How Babby is Formed

SayItWithWookies August 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Tom Smith still had an important and emotional decision to make, folks — yes his pregnant female family member chose to keep the baby, but they had to decide after its birth whether to stone the mom to death or just exile her for the rest of her life.

Mumbletypeg August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Ok, that does it, I'm in. Bible Challenge Game Show Atheist All-Stars,here we come.
It'll be like the Laff-o-lympics.. but the laughs will be all ours.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Wait, is that real? I was looking for obvious signs of snark but didn't see any, and the site seems earnest.

Mumbletypeg August 27, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I agree, initially sharing your recoil that the concept has taken root and flowered to the extent of its current, tacky, self-congratulating form.
But no I'm not at all kidding about pooling a team of Atheists in disguise for going on the show. In fact I'm having a hard time imagining what better relishment of beating-conservatards-at-their-own-game can be had.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Well, Conservatards are good at rote learning dictates from their chosen authority figures, so there's that.

But then, they clearly lack reading comprehension since we atheists typically do by far better jobs of living the principles of the New Testament than those who most vociferously claim to be doing so.

What would be really fun would be if the teams got to set questions for each other. There's plenty of parts of the Bible they don't really like to talk about outside of quiet rooms.

Oh looky, their casting form has entries in the religious affiliation drop down for "nondenominational", "other" and "not disclosed", but faking a "great personal testimony" might not be too easy for anyone not fluent in Vangy

PubOption August 27, 2012 at 8:03 pm

Comment from the site attached to that sneaky comma link. …score 1 for the Christians… There was no comment on the score for the lions.

Come here a minute August 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Mr. Smith, leave the rape jokes to the professionals.

Tequila Mockingbird August 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

I gotta admit, the GOP is doubling down on the crazy this year. I am impressed.

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Yeah, you didn't think it could get any worse, did ya?

1stNewtontheMoon August 27, 2012 at 5:43 pm

is this where Tom Smith might appropriately (if antequatedly and offensively) use the word "legitimate" or its antonym.

As in "Tom, how many legitimate grandchildren do you have?"

Jukesgrrl August 27, 2012 at 11:59 pm

He has seven children, so odds are at least one of them was destined to go bad.

bikerlaureate August 28, 2012 at 1:56 am

The heathen ally of my heathen ally is my righteous brother.

Jus_Wonderin August 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Wait. So when my Dad/Mom said "why would a guy buy the cow when the guy was getting the milk for free"…………they were literally talking about cows?????? I am fuckin' confused.

Antispandex August 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

There seems to be an epidemic of horsesassitis in the Grumpy Old People's Party this time of year…decade, century, whatever.

Jukesgrrl August 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

But … but … the CAT trucker hat Smith wears all the time is so cool!!11! Ask Ashton Kutcher.

pinkocommi August 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm

I think what he was trying to say is, a daughter getting pregnant from rape is easier for the dad because when it is from consensual sex then the dad has to get used to the idea his daughter is a sexual human being…. I mean, a slut.

Rape is so much easier on the dad.

mavenmaven August 27, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Who knew that the Republicans were reading Andrea Dworkin and Catherine McKinnon?

mmeetoilenoir August 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Well, duh, guys. Everyone knows there's no "I" in rape, so bitches need to keep that aspirin locked between those kneecaps and stay sweet. Anyway, this just goes to show you that there's no unwelcome sex. Even if a chick is saying no, she's still saying yes…somehow…so, therefore, she welcomes the chance to have a forced birth, because it's the right thing to do…also, too…

(I think my brain is bleeding. I can't even keep up with this convoluted thinking, not even for the sake of a comment. How vile these people are!)

Magic Sam August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

People are going to vote for these people. It really is beyond my level of comprehension.

fuflans August 27, 2012 at 5:55 pm

this is what happens when we don't cut taxes.

johnnyzhivago August 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm

Poets priests and politicians
Have words to thank for their positions
Words that scream for your submission
And no-one's jamming their transmission

'Cause when their eloquence escapes you
Their logic ties you up and rapes you

labman57 August 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Yep, having a baby out of wedlock is exactly the same as getting pregnant as the result of a rape … except for the whole “being raped” aspect.

Advice to tea party candidates: Do yourselves a favor — STOP TALKING!
On second thought — KEEP TALKING!

Crank_Tango August 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Why does it appear to me like this guy's head is being squeezed out of a toothpaste tube?

That, or he is using his "oops I crapped my pants" again…

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Let me get this straight: If it's not a "legitimate rape", the baby is "illegitimate", right? So if it's a "legitimate rape", what's the baby?

Illegitimate rape = Illegitimate baby
Legitimate rape = legitimate baby?!

LibertyLover August 27, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I know that the Republicans want to be all up in women's uteri, but I wasn't aware that Jeebus was already in there eHarmony-ing a good egg with a good sperm.

Why wasn't I taught this in Biology class?

VaWyo August 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Probably because you didn't got to school in Louisiana. I'm sure it is taught there.

Jukesgrrl August 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

With all the stuff that's going on in there, it's a wonder women can walk, let alone date.

StealthMuslin August 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

So apparently if you say "sex" to a Republican he will explode like a vampire on "True Blood."

Jukesgrrl August 28, 2012 at 12:05 am

When does the bus for Tampa leave?

hagajim August 27, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Are your sure its Tom Smith and not Dumb Smith?

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

"Rape" is Time's Man Of The Year!

BZ1 August 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Out of wedlock, how quaint!

LibertyLover August 27, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Paul Ryan thinks that rape is just another form of conception…..except without the happy ending.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm

I'm sure his daughter, sister or niece is grateful that reporters and bloggers have photos of all his female family members pinned up on the wall for a game of "Which One's The Slut?", also.

Jukesgrrl August 28, 2012 at 12:09 am

Since he's from a town of about 50 people, and seven of them are the spawn of Tom and Mrs. Moran, oops, I mean Smith, it shouldn't be hard to figure it out. Just ask down at the gas station.

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

VA-08 libel!

docterry6973 August 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

"I'm pro-life, period"

"So you would force a woman to bear a child conceived by rape or incest? Even if she might die? "

Why can no reporter ever ask the obvious folllow-up question? Gutless.

Jukesgrrl August 28, 2012 at 12:11 am

At least he could have said, "So you're in favor of making lemonade from lemons, like that lady in Nevada who lost her election?"

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Really, it comes down to the fact that these misogynistic motherfucking vile excuses for human beings don't understand the concept of consent. They think some sex is good and some is bad solely based on whether it fits their religious rules or not; therefore, any sex outside of their rules is equivalently bad, whether there is nothing wrong with it, like sex between two men or two women, or between an unmarried man woman, or whether it's completely fucking wrong, like rape.

To them though, rape and non-marital sex are just both bad because they violate the rules they think an invisible man gave them. So they think both are morally the same. This is what the so-called "pro-life" movement really believes, and yet the media continues to treat them as if they have the moral high ground, even though not only do they not, they are one of the most immoral, vile, evil, anti-human movements around.

sullivanst August 27, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Although if you read your compendium of many different authors' writings in many different languages over the course of centuries but all claiming to have received dictation from some invisible dude in the sky carefully, you come to realize that apparently rape is sometimes OK.

Chet Kincaid_ August 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm

I don't think they believe rape and non-marital sex are "the same." Once they have exhausted their skepticism over a woman wanting to abort a rape-baby, and their assigning of blame for alleged slut-dressing, they would admit that the woman is blameless in an act of sexual violence against her. Their point is that all fetuses are the same, whether they come from rape, marriage, or wine coolers.

Pithaughn August 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

True, true. But try telling them that.

barto August 27, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Healthy, well-adjusted government comes from healthy, well-adjusted representatives. This does not describe the GOP at all. These people are out of their goddam minds.

Fox n Fiends August 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Keep wheeling out these psychopaths before the election. More more more

comrad_darkness August 27, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Shorter Tom Smith: That abstinence only policy in our household worked about as well as the one in the Palin household.

MissTaken August 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

I know whenever I leave my home I try my best to avoid getting raped because I worry how my father's reputation will be affected. Obviously I'm not the important person in the rape scenario.

Really, when you consider the rapist, the victim's father, wannabe US Senators, and the clump of cells if the victim gets pregnant, the woman raped is somewhere around #543 on the List of Importance In Case Of Rape.

SorosBot August 27, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Now that's just awesome and deserves more upfisting.

Toomush_Infer August 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm

It's just astounding that women ever got the right to vote…..and to think you did it by withholding sex….

DemmeFatale August 27, 2012 at 7:28 pm

These asshats have more in common with the Muslim Brotherhood than they think they do.

afakhir August 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

"Fortunately for me, I didn't have to…." tie her up in the basement and make her carry that baby to term…"she chose the way I thought."

NYNYNYjr August 27, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Put yourself in the father's situation, whether you're a rapist or just having sex outside of marriage, once you hear that you're going to be a father, you have to think, am I going to man up and marry this woman now? It's all about doing the right thing by Biblical law. Horrible horrible Old Testament biblical sand people law.

Pithaughn August 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Clearly this is the lame stream medias fault. We all know how R's feel about the happy valley, NERVOUS and AWKWARD. After all their mom has one and their dad did you know, kind of sort of did that and and uh hmmeew just stop asking me all these va jay jay related questions , damn, …. LOWER TAXES, INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING, PRAYER IN SCHOOLS.

PubOption August 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Another politician trying to fool us with a combover. Will he be one to introduce the Donald?

TribecaMike August 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I lost track of how many times I've been raped by unmarried pregger chicks. Stop it, please!

randcoolcatdaddy August 27, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Why do Republicans have Rapenuts for breakfast?

Negropolis August 28, 2012 at 1:11 am

No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

They really can't help themselves, can they? Had he stopped a single sentence before uttering that, he'd have gotten away scott-free with this lie.

NVPurple August 28, 2012 at 2:22 am

Daniel Tosh must be the happiest guy in America. After his turd in the punchbowl joke; a major party has made rape a plank in their platform. No one is paying attention to his sorry humor….

ttommyunger August 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

Why is this guy smiling? Oh, right: ignorance is bliss.

Mumbletypeg August 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm

"Vangy" :)

Forgot to share linky from yesterday's discussion of the subject..

miss_grundy August 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I think they are all divorced men who were, rightly, taken to the cleaners by their ex-wives. These jerks are angry all the time and hate women who stand up for themselves.

sullivanst August 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

"I can't understand why the court gave her full custody and makes me pay so much child support. I mean, I only got drunk and beat her and the kids every night and she only found me banging that floozy from work in our bed twice, and the kids weren't even home the first time. The system is stacked against men, we gotta take the power back!"

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