Mourdock Blames Loss on ‘Liberal Media’


If you’re trying to raise money from wingnuts, one good strategy is always to attack the “liberal media” and blame them for everything. Richard Mourdock, the losing Senate candidate who made some monumentally stupid statements about rape and cost himself the race, is sending out fundraising emails doing exactly that:

“After a bitter, hard-fought campaign, many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory. 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,” Mourdock Finance Director Ashlee Walls writes in a fundraising plea to supporters.

“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.”

Yes, it’s all the media’s fault. If they hadn’t reported that he said something incredibly stupid and offensive, he would have won. It has nothing to do with the fact that he said those things, only that reporters — get this — reported that he did. A classic five year old’s response to getting caught.

Comments

  1. dingojack says

    And he who have got away with it too – if it weren’t for that pesky skeptical media! (and their dog)
    DIngo

  2. eric says

    I’d believe that the media focuses inordinately on candidates’ goofs and idiocies over their more mundane statements. But the media does that for both sides. Sensationalism is the name of the game. Any politician who doesn’t know that doesn’t deserve to be in office.

    If Democrats are lucky, this guy actually believes what he’s spouting. If he does, he’ll lose the next election too. If they are unlucky, he’s just using ‘damn the librul media’ as a fundraising meme, because its a popular conservative scapegoat.

  3. says

    Unrelated comment first, your new formatting is excellent for mobile phones, so I can now click through all your articles extremely quickly.

    Related comment second, personal responsibility is apparently only something that all those brown skinned welfare recipients need more of. It’s never the incredibly stupid, bigoted, right wing theocrat’s fault.

  4. frog says

    steve84: You are entirely correct. They pretend to be all about personal responsibility.

    I will note, though, that this is not just a Republican failing (though the Repubs make more noise about it). I am always startled when I meet well-educated, fully grown adults who are clinically unable to accept blame for their own failings. Anytime something goes wrong, they have to find a way to focus on what other people did, and how it made the situation bad.

    I know a guy who will clamp down like a pitbull and go on and on and on about how wronged he was when anyone else makes a mistake. But if you point out something where he created a problem, suddenly he’s all in a hurry to move past that point and get on with talking about something “more productive.”

  5. davidct says

    Of course the definition of Liberal now includes conservatives who are not reactionaries. We can always look to Mourdock to provide us with an unbiased reference.

  6. Doug Little says

    After a bitter, hard-fought campaign, many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory.

    If they mean that they needed to be dragged kicking and screaming out of the Fox News alternative reality bubble then I don’t think we have got that far yet.

  7. rabbitscribe says

    The liberal media kept twisting Mourdock’s words by quoting them verbatim and in their entirety.

  8. Amphiox says

    Media management is a basic political skill.

    Complaining about “biased” media is nothing more than admission of one’s own political incompetence.

  9. jamessweet says

    This is just a fundraising e-mail and so should probably not be taken too seriously, but nevertheless I think it is indicative of why the Republican party is in trouble. (Note that there is a difference between “Why the GOP is wrong” and “Why the GOP is losing winnable elections” — the two sometimes overlap, and sometimes do not) Mourdock lost because he said something monumentally stupid. People who otherwise support Mourdock’s politics should be furious with him for screwing the pooch. The more they blame the “liberal media” for it, the less opportunity they have to actually address the problem, and the more they will begin to lose elections they might otherwise have won (even with their shitty policies).

  10. Ichthyic says

    many Republicans all over the country were forced to accept defeat rather than celebrate victory.

    I’m surprised he didn’t say something like: “Defeat was crammed down our throats!”

  11. Ichthyic says

    People who otherwise support Mourdock’s politics should be furious with him for screwing the pooch.

    butbutbut… then who would the stupid people have to act as their representative?

    catch 22!

  12. martinc says

    “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.”

    “Unfortunately our investment was a poor one, because it was the slew of TRUE accusations Democrats and the liberal media churned up that was actually killing us – starting with ‘the candidate is a moron’.”

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