Leadership: Mitt Romney style.

Parting of being a leader means repudiating evil, whether it’s in your enemies or your friends.

Last week, senate candidate Richard Mourdock argued against exemptions in anti-abortion legislature for rape victims because god ordained the pregnancy.  It was a moment of the purest inhumanity in which Mourdock decided to listen to the primitives who wrote a book rather than to his empathy.

Earlier this year, Mitt Romney endorsed Mourdock’s campaign.  To be fair to Mitt, he probably had no idea what a reprehensible person Mourdock was.  Now that the proof is all over the airwaves, Romney had the opportunity to retract his support given this new information.

He didn’t do it.

Mitt Romney’s campaign confirmed that he still supports Richard Mourdock and has not asked Mourdock’s campaign to pull the ad Romney made in support of his Senate candidacy.

“Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in an email. “We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.”

It seems that both of them have had their humanity amputated, so this doesn’t really shock me.  But hey, they both really believe in Jesus.  Isn’t that supposed to make them better people or something?

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • invivoMark

    Nothing Romney has done in the last several years has had anything to do with personal ethics or opinion, but rather a strategic decision in his quest for presidency. Given that, it makes some sense for him not to pull his opposition in these final few days before election day. Romney has all but completely abandoned the moderate vote, and is banking on getting as many of his own people out to the polls as possible. For that to happen, he can’t waffle in the least on any issue conservatives care about.

    However, I suspect Mr. Mourdock is getting a stern talking-to by his own party. The last thing Romney needs is a last-minute outburst of outrage against the Republicans on an issue where the public is largely against them.

    • http://iamdanmarshall.com Dan Marshall

      Yep. Mitt Romney’s political aspirations and decisions can both be described with one simple statement: Power, at any cost.

  • RuQu

    I was going to try and make a Poe post pretending to be a Christian Republican defending this, but I couldn’t think of anything terrible enough to say, and what I did come up with disgusted me too much to say out loud, even as a joke.

    I don’t know how these people do it, let alone believe it.

    • UsingReason

      When I first read this, I laughed. Then I tried to put myself in the same place as you did to be that poe. Now I’m not laughing anymore. There are no words.

      • RuQu

        I think this is one of those cases where its better to fail than succeed.

  • http://everydayatheist.wordpress.com Everyday Atheist

    If Mourdock is getting a talking to, it’s because he disclosed conservative Christians’ real beliefs, not because he said something they disagree with. If you believe that a god controls EVERYTHING, then everything is part of that god’s plan. That includes any horrible thing that happens to you, no matter how horrible, like being raped, contracting a fatal disease, being maimed in a car crash, etc. Mourdock’s comments are entirely consistent with the contents of Christianity, which tells you all you need to know about the moral foundations of the religion.

  • John Horstman

    It’s actually hard to tell at this point whether it’s a bubble of reality-distorting privilege or outright sociopathy that makes Romney the way he is. Possibly both. Or maybe he really is an android.

    • invivoMark

      I was under the impression that outright sociopathy was a requirement to run for office as a Republican. Am I mistaken?