By now you've heard the quote, probably many, many times, from Richard Mourdock last night about pregnancies from rape. A gaffe? Perhaps. A career killer? Maybe. A campaign ender? Almost definitely.
This comment might have not had an incredible impact on the outcome of the election if it had happened a couple months ago. Even horrible statements have a tendency to be mostly forgotten by the voting masses if there's enough time for them to fade.
For Mourdock's statement, though, that's simply not the case. There's now just 13 days before the election. There's no way the voters are going to be forgetting about this one. Even IF they could, there's even less of a chance that Donnelly and the Democrats would let them.
Not that I think the voters should forget it. Just that with more time between the statement and election, they inevitably would.
For all intents and purposes, Richard Mourdock, 14 days before an election, ended his last debate by saying, "Please vote for Joe Donnelly or Andrew Horning." And I think the voters are going to listen.