The Cynthia McKinneys of the right

(Some) Republicans recognize the callowness of Bachmann Palin Overdrive but are scared to say so publicly, lest they attract the wrath of their groupies.

When Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann was named to the House Intelligence Committee earlier this year, one of her Republican colleagues responded this way: “Is that a punchline?” Another simply said, “Jumbo shrimp. Oxymoron.”

Neither dared to attach his name to his comment. …

In just her third term, she has developed a fan base like 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s: Energized, fiercely loyal and capable of making a critic’s life miserable with threats of political retribution.

GOP candidates demonstrate reckless approach to foreign policy

Gary E. Johnson

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GOP foreign policy stalwarts George H.W. Bush, Henry Kissinger, Condi Rice, James Baker and Robert Gates all support passage of President Obama’s START treaty. But only one Republican candidate for president in 2012, Gary Johnson, says he would vote to ratify it.

Johnson, despite impeccable conservative (true conservative, not the Palin variety) credentials, doesn’t have a shot in hell of winning the nomination because he supports marijuana decriminalization. The fact that he cut 10% annual growth in New Mexico’s budget while governor — and his focus on school voucher reforms — will be overlooked because the Christian fundamentalist base does not tolerate social libertarianism.

Those same voters don’t want Republicans to help Obama get any victories, even if the country benefits. Instead of leading on foreign policy, potential 2012 candidates are playing to the Palinites.

This won’t help him with Palinites

From a 1995 New Yorker article:

“I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.”

–Newt Gingrich

Actually, Newt’s biggest handicap in pursuing the presidency is his tendency to be a dick.


Does criticizing a racist count as racism?

Newly elected wingnut Allen West (R-Fla) plays the race card after reports highlight some controversial remarks made by Joyce Kaufman, his first pick to be his chief of staff.

In August 2007, when discussing illegal immigrants, she said on her show, “If you commit a crime while you’re here, we should hang you and send your body back to where you came from, and your family should pay for it.”

But West says those who reported the story are the real racists — misogynists, too.

“I think the American people are sick of, and that despicable, disgusting action and the way that they went after Joyce Kaufman shows that not only this liberal left has some issues with racism,” West told CNN. “I guarantee you, if I was a black Democratic Congressman-elect, they would not be doing these type of actions, and the fact that they’re attacking a woman like this, that shows me something about sexism and misogynist behavior.”

Willie Horton on steroids

The brown people are coming to rape your women and kill your children, warns wingnut Sharron Angle.
The Willie Horton ad is tame in comparison.
I’m surprised Angle didn’t advocate a “Second Amendment remedy” to combat those menacing Mexicans.

“What is a little bit disconcerting and concerning is the inability for sporting goods stores to keep ammunition in stock,” she told the newspaper. “That tells me the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn’t that they are so distrustful of their government? They’re afraid they’ll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways?” she said.

Note that her concern lies not with alarmists stockpiling weapons; rather, she’s worried about a lack of ammo. I’m sure it’s Obama’s fault.

The race remains a toss-up, and although Harry Reid is a turd, I could never vote for someone who pimps for the Cult of Scientology.

[Angle] defends her advocacy for a Church of Scientology-developed quack drug therapy program by claiming Scientologists are the victims of religious persecution.

These people are fucking idiots

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

“Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked while Democrat Chris Coons, an attorney, sat a few feet away.

Coons responded that O’Donnell’s question “reveals her fundamental misunderstanding of what our Constitution is. … The First Amendment establishes a separation.”

She interrupted to say, “The First Amendment does? … So you’re telling me that the separation of church and state, the phrase ‘separation of church and state,’ is in the First Amendment?”

One more reason not to live in Nevada

I don’t enjoy gambling, and I’d hate to have to choose between a corrupt, entitled hack (Harry Reid) and DeMint-ed loon Sharron Angle, who believes reporters should “ask the questions we want to answer, so that they report the news the way we want it reported.” She’s more of a Second Amendment gal.

More proof that a serious third party is needed. Forget ideology; the Dems and GOP have been overtaken by pompous windbags and dim fanatics. And if they’re not corrupted yet, they will be.