In an interview with Jay Leno last night (because why ever talk to any political reporters on the record when you can pal around with Leno?), President Obama made this comment about Richard Mourdock’s abortion remark the other day (emphasis mine):
LENO: The senate candidate Richard Mourdock. He made a statement today — or I — or at least I saw it today. I want quote what he said. He said — he was asked about rape and — “I struggled with it, myself, for a long time, but I came to realize life is a gift from God. And even if life begins in a horrible situation of rape, it is something God intended to happen ” which — I mean, this seems like we’re back to Todd Akin time again.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well — you know, I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas. Let me make a very simple proposition.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so, these various distinctions about rape and, you know — don’t make too much sense to me. Don’t make any sense to me. The second thing this underscores, though, this is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians — mostly male — making decisions about women’s health care decisions.
Todd Akin did say “legitimate rape.” Richard Mourdock, on the other hand, never made any distinctions between types or rape or implied in any way that rapes could be more or less legitimate. It’s grossly unfair for Obama to act like “rape is rape” is in any way a relevant response to Mourdock, who, to the best of my knowledge, has never said anything to suggest otherwise.