Everyone knows about the maniacal cretin from Georgia, Congressman Paul Broun, about whom we recently wrote Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. At that post you can see the video in which he said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Broun is not only a world-class ignoramus, he’s also a medical doctor, and in Congress he’s a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and the Committee on Homeland Security. Although Broun is running unopposed and the time for an opponent to qualify for the ballot has passed, the national ridicule that resulted from Broun’s idiocy has encouraged a write-in campaign for Charles Darwin.
In the Athens Banner-Herald of Athens, Georgia, located in Broun’s district, there’s an editorial titled Write-in vote for Darwin is natural selection. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
As hardly bears repeating here, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., northeast Georgia’s man in Congress, has faced some withering criticism — and, OK, to be fair, a not inconsiderable amount of support — for a recent speech at a Baptist church banquet in which he called evolution, embryology and other aspects of science “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
True, it hardly bears repeating, but we love to do it because it can’t be emphasized enough how incredibly ignorant the man is. It’s been widely reported that conservative radio host Neal Boortz said that Broun’s commentary “makes Republicans look like knee-dragging, still-tending, tobacco-spitting Neanderthals.” The editorial continues:
Among the negative reactions to Broun’s statement has been an effort, supported by a Facebook page, to have people write in the name “Charles Darwin” in the 10th District congressional race, where Broun is running unopposed in Nov. 6 balloting.
Technically, of course, casting a write-in vote for Charles Darwin in the 10th District race is a pointless exercise. For one thing, he died in 1882, and for another, he’s not properly qualified as a write-in candidate under Georgia election law.
Yes, but who cares about technicalities in a situation like this? Let’s read on:
While votes for Darwin won’t be included in any official tally of actual election results, they will be counted by elections officials in the counties comprising the 10th Congressional District. Given the media interest in the Darwin write-in campaign, it’s a virtual certainty that those votes, while they won’t be officially counted, will be reported. I know that I’m planning to get the number of votes for Darwin counted across the district, and will publish them in this space.
That should be interesting. We continue:
A considerable number of votes for Darwin — and I’m talking in the thousands, if not the tens of thousands (there are more than 390,000 registered voters in the 10th District) — could do a couple of things.
What would they be? The editorial tell us:
First, and perhaps most importantly, a noteworthy tally for Darwin could help counteract any impression left by the wide reporting of Broun’s remarks that his entire district subscribes to his views.
That’s trivial. The flaming fool will still be in Congress. Here’s the other reason for a Darwin vote:
And second, a significant number of votes for Darwin could signal to a more mainstream Republican somewhere in the district that a successful run against Broun two years from now might be plausible.
That’s a good reason. Here’s how the editorial ends:
I can’t help but believe, though, that there are a lot of Republicans in the 10th District who aren’t necessarily happy that Broun is their congressman. An impressive write-in effort for Darwin — given the fact that Broun will be going back to Washington anyway — would be a way for those Republicans to express dissatisfaction with Broun’s tenure that might, at the very least, prompt Broun to dial back some of his more problematic rhetoric.
All in all, it’s a rather feeble editorial. But in Broun’s district, perhaps it’s all that can be expected. Anyway, for what it’s worth, the Curmudgeon heartily endorses Darwin’s candidacy. Yes, Darwin is dead, but Broun is brain-dead, so the two are evenly matched in brain power. Also, Darwin’s residence is now in Westminster Abbey, so he’s disqualified for that reason too — but who cares? Taking all things into consideration, the people of that district would be better off being represented by a genuine dead man than a living imbecile.
Copyright © 2012. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.