Gee, it’s a shame we never get to hear about candidates’ stances on rape.

On Tuesday, CBS affiliate KDKA asked Paul Ryan to define “forcible rape,” a phrase that appeared in the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Note the past tense.

The language was removed from the bill due to willful misinterpretation (and copious screeching) by the Left. It was never intended to redefine rape, as progressives like to claim. The goal was simply to codify the Hyde Amendment.

Ryan refused to play the lapdog media’s little game.

Partial transcript via The Right Scoop:

Delano: “You sponsored legislation that has the language ‘forcible rape.’ What is forcible rape as opposed…”

Ryan: “Rape is rape. Rape is rape, period. End of story.”

Delano: “So that forcible rape language meant nothing to you at the time?”

Ryan: “Rape is rape and there’s no splitting hairs over rape.”

Video here.

Predictably, progressives lashed out with the usual talking points about mythical Republican efforts to redefine rape and oppress the wimmenz. You know, because it was Republicans who coined the term “rape-rape.”

https://twitter.com/lockhrt/status/238318978840268800

But some decided to go after Ryan by accusing him of plagiarizing President Obama.

https://twitter.com/TrinaCuppett/status/238279366105239553

Yes, Obama used the phrase “rape is rape” during a rare press briefing on Monday. Like each time Obama graces his lapdogs with his presence, it was truly a Historic™ moment. Why, no human being has ever crafted such an insightful, pithy phrase, right?

Spare us. Obama didn’t build that. Here are just a few examples of the phrase from a quick Google News search.

Dear Abby, 1986: “Rape is rape

Joyce Brothers, 2003: “Rape is rape — even in marriage”

Ezra Levant, 2010: “Bottom line: Rape is rape”

Joe Biden, 2011: “Rape is rape”

The slogan has been in use for decades and there are several thousand additional results in Google News.

So who did Obama “steal” it from: Dear Abby or Joyce Brothers?