The wild-eyed creationism of Georgia Congressman Paul Broun, a Republican whose district includes Athens, where the University of Georgia is located, said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” He made that statement at a sportsman’s banquet, which explains the background you’ll see in that video, which we first posted back in 2012 — see Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang — but it’s worth putting it up here again.
According to Wikipedia, the man is a medical doctor, and in Congress he’s a member of the Committee on Science and Technology and also the Committee on Homeland Security. Isn’t that wonderful? But that’s not all. As we reported in February of last year, Paul Broun Running for a US Senate Seat. He hopes to take the place of retiring U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss.
Republican Rep. Paul Broun may be known as the conservative firebrand in a crowded race for Georgia’s open U.S. Senate seat, but he has yet to cement support among the state’s active tea party crowd. In an increasingly volatile Republican primary, tea partiers remain just as divided as the rest of the GOP electorate. And a big reason is the evolution of the tea party itself, with activists now weighing which conservative candidate stands the best chance of being elected in the fall.
A refreshing touch of sanity! We’re also told:
“Electability is now an important factor for us,” said Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express, one of the largest tea party groups in the country. “We’re not just here to wave the flag.”
As we mentioned earlier, that’s the Buckley rule — William Buckley always said he was in favor of the most conservative candidate who is electable. Here’s an article about it by Charles Krauthammer: The Buckley rule, which he wrote about the disastrous campaign of Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell. Let’s read on:
The race in Georgia is one of the most closely watched this year as Republicans make a push to seize control of the Senate. Republicans need to gain six seats to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats and can’t afford to lose Georgia’s seat. And party insiders have expressed concerns a weak Republican candidate could open the door for Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, a moderate who represented Georgia for years.
It was similar in 2014, when the Republicans lost a few Senate races they could have won, if they hadn’t run candidates who were obviously insane. We continue:
Broun and another Republican in the race, Rep. Phil Gingrey, have stoked fears of a repeat of Todd Akin, a 2012 Senate candidate in Missouri who won the primary with conservative support but lost the general election after his comments on abortion and rape.
Aikin was only one of the GOP’s crazy candidates that year. Although there are degrees of lunacy in both parties, Aikin and O’Donnell were too far over the top by any standard. There was also Sharron Angle in 2010 — see United States Senate election in Nevada, 2010. Will Broun be another one this year? Here’s more:
But Broun, who has lagged in fundraising, could have a tough time rallying establishment support and emerging from a likely runoff. The state primary is May 20 with seven Republicans and four Democrats on the ballot for the Senate seat.
The primary election is 20 May — only three weeks away. We’ll try to keep an eye on it. Stay tuned to this blog!
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