There are a lot of reasons for last week's Republican defeat. A big one, not the only one, but a big one, is loss of the women's vote. Exit polling shows women voted Obama by 55% to 45%. That's a 10% hit. And half the voters are women. If the Republican party ever wants to thrive again, it's gotta make itself acceptable to women.
Far be it from me to claim to understand women. The nature of the fair sex has been a matter of debate going back to Genesis, and I certainly ain't smart enough to improve upon four of five thousand years of learned writing. But I do know this, women are against getting raped.
But this election saw two, not one but two, Republican senate candidates make totally repugnant public statements about rape. Their remarks indicated a light hearted attitude toward this crime. "Boys will be boys" and " They were just fooling around" and "It isn't all that serious, you won't get pregnant". And somehow Republicans nominated these two chuckleheads for high office.
Republicans need to agree that rape is a horrible crime. Perpetrators shall be prosecuted, convicted and punished. Victims will receive all possible aid and succor, including abortion services, as some small mitigation of their plight.
If the party continues to harbor and nominate chuckleheads who think rape is sort of OK, and not too bad, it will disappear from the face of America.