Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "There is a way to have a more 'forcible rape'" [VIDEO]
|Kleefisch: Some rapes are rapier than others.|
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In a clip that is the epitome of Orwellian doublespeak, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch tells a reporter that efforts to categorize rape are "disgusting," then seconds later reverses course and says, "I think there is a way to have a more 'forcible rape.'"
Scott Walker's right-hand woman made that non-distinction last week at a pro-life rally in Madison after being asked for her reaction to U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks. She blasted Akin, but immediately tried to cover her ass when the reporter pointed out that fellow Wisconsinite Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill distinguishing rape from "forcible rape."
Here's the clip (hat-tip: Gawker):
Ryan, meanwhile, has taken to saying "rape is rape." The "forcible rape" concept he once championed is simply "stock language used for lots of different bills," he says.
But after-the-fact rationalizations aside, Ryan's "forcible rape" history, especially in light of Akin's gaffe, is not a good look for the aspiring VP, as Mother Jones points out:
[The "stock language" explanation] indicates a few things. For one, Paul Ryan either didn't really bother to find out what the specific language regarding rape really meant before he agreed to cosponsor the measure, or he didn't care and in fact does think that some rapes are rapier than others. And his plea that the bill merely used "stock language" suggests that he and other lawmakers were just borrowing the legislative language happily provided by anti-abortion groups such as the National Right to Life Committee who believe that the government should be in the business of deciding which rape victims are worthy of abortion funding.