ELECTION day is 02 November, seven weeks away. The purpose of this post is to collect in one place some links to our past articles about political campaigns which have a flaming creationist on the ballot. This time around we’ll only mention races for Congress or state Governor. We’re ignoring elections for minor positions like school board, mayor, and state legislature because there are literally thousands of those races — far too many to keep track of.
You will notice that most (perhaps all) of the creationists mentioned here are Republicans. There are creationist Democrats too, loads of them (e.g. the Louisiana legislature), but we rarely pay attention to creationist Democrats. Their creationism is the least of our objections to such people.
Creationists’ presence in the GOP indicates the growing schism in that party between fiscal and social conservatives. We’ve sometimes referred to those factions as the traditional “I like Ike” Republicans and the relatively new “theocratic, creationist, missionary position” wing of the party that joined up because of Nixon’s Southern strategy.
Dems being what they are these days, when the Republican opponent is a creationist, the voters face an unhappy choice between a de facto socialist, who promises to thrust his hands into the citizens’ pockets, or a creationist theocrat, who jams his hands into the citizens’ pants. It’s increasingly rare to find a candidate who promises to keep his hands to himself.
Anyway, here’s what we’ve got for you, state by state, in alphabetical order:
Scott Tipton, Republican creationist and social conservative, is running for Congress against incumbent John Salazar. See Colorado Creationist Congressional Candidate.
Marco Rubio, creationist, is the GOP candidate for the US Senate. See Marco Rubio: Creationist Theocrat for Senator?
Bill Brady is the creationist in this one. See Illinois Governor’s Race: A Nightmare Choice.
Watch out for the GOP candidate for Governor. See Paul LePage’s Creationist Train Wreck in Maine.
The Republicans have a primary election tomorrow (14 September) to see who will run for US Senate against Kirsten E. Gillibrand, a Democrat. One of the GOP hopefuls is Bruce Blakeman, a creationist. See: Creationist US Senate Candidate from New York?
The Governor, seeking re-election, is a flaming creationist. See Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?
We wrote about several other races last month (Creationists on the Ballot: August 2010). The Kansas primary went as well as it could (the worse creationist lost), the creationist running for Governor in Oklahoma lost, and the same thing happened in Wyoming. So the news from the primary races isn’t all that bad.
We don’t imagine that we’ve found all the creationists (and we haven’t mentioned Tennessee which doesn’t matter because all the candidates for Governor are crazy), but what we’ve listed here is what we’ve come across in our usual news sweeps. If you’re aware of others running for Governor or Congress, let us know.
Update: See Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell: Creationist (US Senate candidate).
Update: See Good Lord! Alaska’s Joe Miller Is a Creationist.
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