Friday, December 14, 2012

Another Republican Sore Loser: Richard Mourdock

Republicans seem to be developing a real taste for sour grapes. Now Richard Mourdock's campaign crew is publicly complaining of his treatment at the hands of "the liberal media." Here's what Mourdock Finance Director Ashlee Walls wrote in an email soliciting funds to cover campaign costs:
"In our case, we found our campaign caught in the liberal media crosshairs. Never has Indiana seen a more obvious example of media bias by reporters more interested in defeating conservatives than reporting the news. We fought back and invested heavily in a last-minute push to combat the slew of false accusations Democrats and the liberal media churned up to distract voters."
Stating the obvious, Jason Linkins observes in the Huffington Post that "Mourdock wasn't undone by a 'false accusation,' he was undone by words that he said out loud at a public, televised debate, that reporters were watching."

Tim Swarens in the Indy Star is even harsher on Mourdock: "Let's be blunt: That is such complete nonsense that only someone as out-of-touch with reality as Mourdock could believe it." Swarens points out that Mourdock other conservatives fared well in Indiana:
"Mourdock didn't lose because the news media selectively targeted him for persecution out of all of the conservatives on the ballot in Indiana this year. On the same day that they chose Donnelly over Mourdock, Hoosier voters also elected conservative Mike Pence as governor, chose conservatives to represent seven of Indiana's nine districts in the U.S. House, and handed conservative Republicans supermajorities in the Indiana House and Senate. Mitt Romney won Indiana in what amounted to an uncontested walk."
Swarens concludes "Richard Mourdock was a weak candidate. And Indiana voters were smart enough to figure that out on their own, 'liberal media' notwithstanding."