The GOP’s Crackpot Caucus

The mind-blowing idiocy of Todd Akin’s statements on rape and pregnancy — no, he didn’t “misspeak,” he repeated a routine wingnut talking point — was compounded by the fact that he has a seat on a House science committee. But he’s hardly alone. Timothy Egan looks at a number of other ignorant crackpots who sit on powerful committees.
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CBN: Isaac Prayed Away from RNC

This is the kind of vile idiocy that just enrages me. CBN did a report on the Republican National Convention and quotes Christians from Florida saying that God responded to their prayers and moved Hurricane Isaac so it wouldn’t hit them. Really? So the people in Alabama and Louisiana weren’t praying? Or not enough of them were praying? Or God just likes you better than them? Or they deserve the destruction more than you do?
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Romney Admits to Owning Sweatshop

This is really an incredible video of Mitt Romney, apparently speaking at a private fundraising dinner, talking about buying a factory in China. After finding out that the workers at the factory lived in terrible conditions, he casually accepted the seller’s claim that people actually liked that and wanted it in China.
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Warren Cancels Non-Existent Event

Rick Warren announced the other day that he was canceling a planned forum with President Obama and Mitt Romney, similar to the one he hosted with Obama and McCain in 2008. His reason: The campaign was too mean and divisive and he didn’t want to be a part of it. But Amy Sullivan points out that the event was never actually scheduled and neither candidate had agreed to show up:
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The Message of Hurricane Isaac, Decoded

For the second straight election, a hurricane has disrupted the start of the Republican National Convention. Given that a sizable percentage of the GOP’s base believes that weather disasters are sent by God as punishment, I was greatly anticipating the wingnut pronouncements of what this event means. Question answered.
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Please Don’t Ask Mitt About Abortion

Not only does Mitt Romney not want you to know what’s on his tax returns, he doesn’t want you to ask him about abortion or Todd Akin either. In fact, he is apparently making that a condition of interviews now — you can interview him only if you agree not to ask about abortion, about which he has had so many contradictory positions.
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