When you consider the Democrats' disunity, ineptitude, and near-complete inability to present voters with a coherent program, it would seem that the pundits who have been predicting a Republican tsunami have a strong argument. But wait! Just in time, the GOP comes to the rescue by putting up a whole slew of Christian fundamentalist candidates (Christian Jihadists, if you will) so extreme that it is hard to imagine any sane person voting for them. Roll over Kara Russo and tell Chris Young the news!
The best part about this wingnut collective is that they are unapologetic about their desire to turn the US of A into an intolerant theocratic republic, kind of like Iran. The main ringleader isn't Sarah Palin or Newt Gingrich — Palin doesn't have the intellectual fire power and Gingrich (who does) is such a whore and a panderer that no one really believes him — but the genius from South Carolina, Senator Jim DeMint.
DeMint recently reiterated in an interview that anyone who is openly gay — or, for that matter, any unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend — should be legally banned from teaching in a school.
But New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino is not going to be out-homophobed by DeMint. The thuggish Carl, commenting on Democratic opponent Andrew Cuomo's decision to bring his kids to a Pride March: "I don't want (children) brainwashed into thinking homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn't."
Career homophobe Christine O'Donnell, running for the Senate in Delaware, got a chance to change the subject for awhile when Bill Maher released an old tape from his Politically Incorrect show that had O'Donnell discussing her flirtation with witchcraft. She is the only US Senate candidate to ever produce a TV spot starting with the words, "I'm not a witch."
The list goes on and on: Rand Paul of Kentucky thinks that the Civil Rights of 1964 was wrong-headed. Art Robinson, Republican candidate for Oregon's 4th Congressional district, is a home schooling advocate who's produced education materials heavy on racist messages. He's also a global warming denier who believes that we could dilute nuclear waste enough to sprinkle it into the ocean. There's Sharron Angle in Nevada who has opined that people who are collecting unemployment because they've lost their jobs are just being lazy.
Last week Republican Rich Iott, a Congressional candidate from Ohio, made a run at immortality when photographs appeared of him posing in Waffen SS military attire. Seems that Richie boy is part of a group that regularly dresses up in Nazi uniforms for "re-enactment weekends." Predictably, he's unapologetic and suggests that Nazi re-enactments are no different from Civil War or WWI or WWII re-enactments.
P+J can only speculate that, if the Democrats' losses in the midterm elections are minimal, they'll have the GOP theocrats to thank — the folks who think that God is both on their side and completely insane.
SAFE POLITICAL SEX
Time for the Biggest Little to once again draw national attention for the simultaneously farcical, astonishing, embarrassing, and appalling behavior of its politicians.
As pointed out in "Political Scene," one of Phillipe and Jorge's favorite columns in the Urinal, the speculation on who will ascend to the post of Senate Majority Leader centers on Casa Diablo Hall of Shame member Dominick "Rubbers" Ruggerio.