As TPM noted, it seems John McCain decided to do his part to keep the Richard Mourdock debacle in the news cycle. After the Romney campaign said they still support Mourdock, McCain threw him under the bus on CNN this Wednesday.
If Mitt Romney was hoping the Richard Mourdock story he’s deeply entwined in would go away fast, he apparently didn’t get the memo to one of his top surrogates.
Just as Democrats and the Obama campaign began amping up their effort to highlight Romney’s ties to Mourdock after the Indiana Senate candidate uttered his claim that pregnancies caused by rape are “something that God intended to happen” — and Romney and the Republicans worked to put the moment behind them — John McCain sat down with CNN to throw a wrench in the Republican effort.
Last week, McCain was in Indiana campaigning for Mourdock, who won the Republican nomination by beating the man McCain backed, veteran Sen. Richard Lugar.
Asked if he’s still backing Mourdock following his rape comments Wednesday, McCain instead backed far away from him.
“It depends on what he does. I think it depends on what he does,” McCain said. McCain said that “if he apologizes and says he misspoke and he was wrong and he asks the people to forgive him,” the Arizona Senator would get behind him again. Read on...
What's so disingenuous about this is, as Blue Texan noted here, Mourdock and his ilk were just saying what they -- and the clear majority of Republicans -- believe. This was more than just some "stupid" remark. It's their policy and part of their party's platform.