Clayton Williams stirred controversy during his 1990 campaign for governor of Texas with a botched attempt at humor in which he compared rape to weather. Within earshot of a reporter, Williams said: “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.”
This week I was amazed that David Letterman would attempt a rape joke with a political twist. Almost immediately I was reminded of Mr. Williams fateful attempt at a rape joke. I was living in Texas at the time and it convinced me that Mr. Williams did not have the right stuff to be governor. Evidently a lot of voters agreed and the political career of Mr. Williams was over. When I looked up the quote on the Internet I found that there are people who have not forgotten the incident. My search turned up this 2008 post, McCain Fundraiser: "Rape is like the weather" | Crooks and Liars. Its sad but both the NOW and I hope that people do not forget this botched attempt at humor for a very long time.