Sunday, October 14, 2012

"Some Girls"...What Is With Republicans And Rape?

"What the whole genesis of it was, it was advice to me, telling me, 'If you're going to go down that road, you may have consensual sex that night and then the next morning it may be rape.' So the way he said it was, 'Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy. It may be rape the next morning.'
~Rep. Roger Rivard (R -Rice Lake)
Are there ANY Republicans who can talk about rape anymore and convincingly convey to the public that it is actually a crime? 

Apparently not many among the ranks of Republicans personally endorsed by Paul Ryan. He's had quite a record lately of needing to withdraw support form GOP candidates who casually refer to the crime of rape as somehow not quite "legitimate."

Ryan himself has referred to pregnancies resulting from rape as a "method of conception."

Now comes Roger Rivard of Rice Lake duking it out against Democrat, Stephen Smith. Rivard finds himself just this week having lost the endorsement of not just Paul Ryan, but also Scott Walker for his heartwarming father/son story in which he uttered his father's advice to him:

"Just remember, Roger, some girls, they rape so easy."
As horrified as you may be, let's remember two things: Rivard said this to a news reporter - it wasn't an overheard weird remark - he was on the record AND he said it 10 months ago.


Why? Because the comments which everyone hoped had been forgotten came back this week to bite them in the ass. Had Rivard's opponent not reminded the people around Rice Lake of his personal family thoughts on rape - their endorsements would likely still stand. GOP integrity - priceless.

This brings us to Little Lord Pops-the-Corn, the guy who as the head of the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee is in charge of electing a Republican majority to the Wisconsin legislature.

When confronted with Rivard's nearly year old utterings, Robin Vos said this:

"Roger's comments, I think, when I read his statement as to where his feelings truly are, I know that's where his heart is," Vos said, according to WisPolitics. "He has daughters and granddaughters. He is a man who has tried very hard to explain what his position is. ... I didn't think he did as good a job as he could have."He went on to say if voters looked at Rivard's "entire record, not a single sentence," they would "return him to Madison." 
Okay, so let's start with Rivard's "entire record" - because there could be a case to be made for a lifetime of public service that really does balance out his remarks. Rivard could have been a strong crusader in Madison for victim rights. 

Could have. 

Rivard is a freshman representative, so basically THIS is about everything we do actually know about Roger Rivard as a legislator.

Then there is the "I know that's where his heart is" thing. What's up with that? Apparently, the Siren wasn't the only one who wondered because three hours later Vossy amended his statement to a much more stern condemnation...after he learned that Ryan, Walker & Ron Johnson had pulled the plug on Rivard's campaign.

10 months and three hours later called Rivard's comments "unacceptable and embarrassing". Pssssst Robin: Rivard's comments were unacceptable nearly a year ago fucktard - and if he hadn't gotten caught - you'd still be supporting him and funding his campaign.

So here is your GOP on rape: A method of conception that is sometimes illegitimate and easy.

Jesus, save us all.