Broun vs. Darwin: The Final Tally

The last time we reported about election results in that fascinating Georgia congressional race between a dead genius and a living moron was ten days ago when we wrote Election Returns in Broun vs. Darwin.

At that time we only had figures from Athens-Clarke County, which is where Paul (“Pit of Hell”) Broun lives, and it’s also the location of the University of Georgia. In that county, Darwin got more than 4,000 write-in votes and Broun’s total was 16,980 — so Darwin got roughly 20% of approximately 21,000 votes cast. That’s a respectable showing for any write-in candidate. It’s especially impressive for a post-mortem effort by an Englishman who couldn’t have been a qualified candidate even if he were alive.

That one county was reported to be only one-tenth of the votes that had been cast in Broun’s Congressional district, so we’ve been waiting for more news. Now we have it. In the Athens Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia, located in Broun’s district, we read Darwin gets votes against Broun beyond Athens, Oconee County. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

[I]n Athens-Clarke County, home of UGA, nearly 4,000 write-in votes were cast for Darwin. Next door, in Oconee County, where a large number of UGA faculty and staff reside, Darwin polled 908 votes.

That doesn’t seem like much, until we stop to realize that Darwin died back in 1882. It’s a lot of votes for a guy who’s been dead for 130 years. The story continues:

A series of telephone calls last week to elections offices in the 25 counties comprising the 10th Congressional District left it unclear whether all of the counties had tallied write-in votes for Darwin, since he was obviously not a certified write-in candidate. But in the counties that did tally the votes, and that made those records available to the Athens Banner-Herald, Darwin did claim double-digit support in two counties.

Double digits — is that all? That means more than 9 but less than 100. Hey, we’re not complaining — a dead man has to accept whatever he can get. Let’s read on:

In nearby Morgan County, there were 43 votes for Darwin, and in Putnam County, he earned 24 votes — or 25, if “Charles Dawn” is counted as a misspelling of Darwin.

We’ll take it. The count continues:

There were eight votes cast for Darwin in Columbia County, where Broun maintains a congressional office, six in Newton County, and one vote each in Warren and McDuffie counties. In the remaining counties, elections officials either did not tally votes for Darwin, could not provide records of their write-in tallies, could not be reached, or did not return telephone calls.

Compared to election officials in some of those Georgia counties, Darwin seems quite lively — a veritable dynamo. Anyway, it looks like we’re not going to get any additional vote totals, so this will probably be our last post on the subject. Perhaps the sane people of that district will be motivated to offer Broun some opposition from a living opponent next time around.

Meanwhile, we’ll keep watching Congressman Broun. In the House of Representatives he’s a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security. It’s almost inevitable that he’ll be in the news again. He’s far too insane to stay out of trouble, and he’s too entertaining for the press to ignore.

We know there’s a great deal of interest as to whether he’ll receive the Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award. All we can say at this point is that he’s on the right track, but he needs to do more than just be an imbecile. Beyond his mere existence, he actually needs to do something, because the award is only given in recognition of extra-ordinary Buffoonery in the service of creationism. We have to keep our standards high.

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7 responses to “Broun vs. Darwin: The Final Tally

  1. Charley Horse

    Broun is consistent…as far as being antiscience and Republican….

    “Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human-induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus.”

    – Rep. Paul Broun (R-Georgia), 2009, at a debate over the Clean Energy and Security Act.

    “Mars is essentially in the same orbit [as Earth]….Mars is somewhat the same distance from the sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe.”

    – Dan Quayle, former vice president, commenting on President George H.W. Bush’s Space Exploration Initiative as quoted in This New Ocean by William E. Burrows.

    “I have flown twice over Mount St. Helens out on our West Coast. I’m not a scientist and I don’t know the figures, but I have a suspicion that that one little mountain has probably released more sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere of the world than has been released in the last ten years of automobile driving or things of that kind that people are so concerned about.”

    – President Ronald Reagan, 1980

    Not quite. Cars emit about 81,000 tons of sulfur dioxide per day, while Mount St. Helens emitted only about 2,000 tons.

    “The internet is not something you just dump something on. It’s not a truck. It’s a series of tubes.”

    -Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), 2006

  2. Silly Republican! The internet is made of cats!

  3. SC said:

    Beyond his mere existence, he actually needs to do something,

    Or not do something, such as not do anything to improve our science and technology sectors, or to make it difficult for the private sector to not improve STEM, such as by pushing for non-science in the science class.

  4. SC: “Double digits — is that all?”

    Could that be percent? We know he got greater than double-digit support in at least two counties (>4,000 in Athens-Clarke; 908 in Oconee).

    Minor typo in the third paragraph: “That one country was reported to be only one-tenth of the votes…”

    @Charley: It’s not just Republicans who make dumb statements. Cough! Cough! (Biden) Cough! His statement that tickles me the most was during his interview with Katie Couric in 2008 when he said that FDR went on television to explain to the American people what had just happened in the market crash of 1929. (In case any reader doesn’t see the problem with that statement, FDR wasn’t elected president until 1932; but more importantly, there was no broadcast television in 1929 or 1932 or at any time during FDR’s life! It wasn’t until the late ’40s that TVs began appearing in just a few American homes.)

  5. retiredsciguy says: “Minor typo in the third paragraph”

    Got it. Thanks.

  6. Our Curmudgeon sets the bar high:

    the award is only given in recognition of extra-ordinary Buffoonery in the service of creationism

    I am in raging agreement with you on this, SC. Let’s leave it to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee to indulge in premature adulation — and the consequent disappointment.

    That said, I have extremely high confidence that, in the case of Rep. Broun, the potential is enormous and his worst is yet to come!

    And that thought leaves me tingling in anticipation! C’mon, Paul, time to strut your stuff!

  7. So, there’s still no report from Baldwin county. My family cast three votes for ‘Charles Darwin.’ If Putnam county came up with 25 votes for him, then I suspect Baldwin cast at least twice that amount, due to the university and other colleges being there.