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Richard Mourdock, the state treasurer of Indiana, the one who stood up to the intimidation that was the Chrysler bankruptcy, yes that one, who is being condemned for these words in a debate:

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God,” Mourdock said. “And I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Consider that this was being said in the context of abortion of a baby conceived by rape.  Now I personally believe that rape is a situation where abortion should be legal because it is a hard choice BUT I do not think it is RIGHT or MORAL.  Consider this was an emotional moment for Mourdock in this debate.

This is what Mourdock’s Democratic opponent said:

“The God I believe in and the God I know most Hoosiers believe in, does not intend for rape to happen — ever,” Donnelly said. “What Mr. Mourdock said is shocking, and it is stunning that he would be so disrespectful to survivors of rape.”

What planet does this guy come from?  This is a deliberate or a reckless twisting of words.  It makes Donnelly unfit to be elected.  He owes Mourdock an apology.  What the people of Indiana should do is make sure Donnelly does not win on November 6.

Take about a classy contrast- here’s from the press release of the Libertarian candidate for Senate in Indiana:

“I should probably just shut up about Mourdock’s Moment and let votes come my way without standing in the way. I have nothing to gain and at least a little to lose by speaking my mind.

But I’d be a lousy man and I wouldn’t sleep tonight if I were to withhold my thoughts on this. So, I must defend Mr. Mourdock, at least in this one little way.


I personally know women who’d been raped, and had abortions. While I don’t personally know any women who’d been raped and bore the child, I’ve certainly heard plenty of stories of such women. And the only regrets I’ve heard are from the former group. I know many women who didn’t have abortions were blessed beyond their hopes by their beautiful child – a child who was, after all, innocent of the brutality of her or his conception.

Everybody who knows me knows that my core philosophy of anti-aggression flows into a pro-life stance as well. While I insist upon constitutionality in my politics, and understand that most of the abortion debate should properly be argued at the state level, my personal feelings are far more like…  Mr. Mourdock’s.

While I would not unconstitutionally craft federal policy in this matter, I do agree with Mr. Mourdock that, if you have any notion of a deity at all, then God’s Mercy could be seen in the birth of a child. No matter what else may have happened up to that point.

I say RAH for Andrew Horning!

I hope Hoosiers will consider this fact:  When the secured creditors in Chrysler were refused the favored status in the law, it was Richard Mourdock, defending the pensions of state police and teachers (some who might not even support him thanks to their union) who said NO!  It’s a shame the courts refused to take more action.  I want a person of Richard Mourdock’s courage in the US Senate.  Here’s a press report from Indiana in re the intimidation allegedly applied to bondholders who refused to take a bad deal:

Since 92 percent of that secured debt was held by major banks that had received federal bailout money, they agreed to it. Others were being pushed to do so, as well.

Rattner called Mitch Daniels on the Indiana governor’s cellphone one day as Daniels walked into the Statehouse.

On the call, Daniels later wrote in a book, Rattner was “diplomatically suggesting that the politically smart course for a governor with Chrysler facilities in his state was to go along with the deal.”


Those funds remained under enormous pressure to drop their opposition. Some reported physical threats. The pressure increased on May 6, when Gonzalez authorized the public disclosure of the names of those five funds. Two days later, they dropped their bid to stop Chrysler’s restructuring. The judge left two more weeks for anyone to file a motion to fight the deal.

I wonder what was threatened?  SEC investigation?  IRS?  Money laundering?  You can get 20 years for money laundering and it is easy to prove.  Could have been all of the above.  But Mourdock refused to give in.  The Supreme Court vacated the would-be precedent so it could never be used again.  To paraphrase Niemoller:  First the came for the Chrysler bondholders and I said nothing.  Then they came for me.  The rule of law is sacred.  Richard Mourdock is not for sale and he cannot be intimidated.  Please vote for him in Indiana November 6!

BTW:  Here’s what Tom White wrote, and he authorized me to cite it, on the Akin quote.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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