Maddow on the GOP’s Crazy Caucus

Rachel Maddow had an excellent segment on Thursday about some of the latest stories that show just how thoroughly the GOP has mainstreamed the crazy. This is especially true in Virginia at the moment, where they keep putting the looniest imaginable people in positions of authority. Seriously, they have a candidate who thinks yoga leads to Satanic possession and they just hired a guy who thinks voodoo causes earthquakes.

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16 comments on this post.
  1. Modusoperandi:

    From what I’ve been told, they’ve got a Big Tent. A big, crazy tent.

  2. dingojack:

    Why is GOP bothering with a big tent, when all the clowns running the party can fit in one teeny-tiny car?
    Dingo

  3. Bronze Dog:

    There was a time when I partially enjoyed seeing Republicans spouting truly absurd nonsense. I had been hoping it would lead to a mass exodus from the party or a schism, triggering their fall from power and replacement with a saner party. Now I’m worried it won’t.

  4. d.c.wilson:

    For years now, the crazy caucus has been chomping at the bit for new civil war. I used to think it was a joke. Now I worry that they won’t be satisfied until there is one.

  5. Joey Maloney:

    It’s actually a giant straitjacket, we just tell them it’s a tent.

  6. Michael Heath:

    The crazy caucus wing of the GOP appears to equal the number of Republicans. What’s nuttier than denying a grave threat to humanity, like AGW?

  7. Synfandel:

    What’s nuttier than denying a grave threat to humanity, like AGW?

    Knowingly encouraging a grave threat to humanity, as do the ‘bring on the Apocalypse’ fundies. That’s some serious toys-in-the-attic crazy.

  8. slc1:

    Don’t bet against these assholes taking over the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016. Think it can’t happen here. A lot of Germans didn’t think it could happen there in 1932. How did that work out? I have to reluctantly agree with a comment by Don Williams yesterday, that basically the intelligence level of the American populace ain’t too good and it seems to be getting worse.

  9. Modusoperandi:

    slc1 “Don’t bet against these assholes taking over the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016. Think it can’t happen here. A lot of Germans didn’t think it could happen there in 1932. How did that work out?”
    Now you’re just being ridiculous. When did the GOP even run in Germany?

  10. raven:

    Don’t bet against these assholes taking over the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016.

    Romney a nonxian Reptilian, with all the warmth and appeal of a lizard got 47% of the vote. Obama won by 5 million votes, less than the 9 million he got the first time.

    It’s certainly not impossible.

    As much as we laugh at the clowns, they already had a clown president in Bush and it was a Catastrophe. The body count was huge, Two of my friends dead in Iraq, a dead economy, tens of millions of dead 401(k) plans, the dead from two wars, soaring deficits, and so on.

    Obama with some success has spent his entire terms fixing what the GOP broke.

  11. baal:

    Even with all the deep pockets on the right, I keep wondering if it’s in fact all that hard to run against crazy or if the (D) don’t try.

    Also, I eat yogurt to keep me filled up when doing yoga. If Satan hates anything, it’s filling something up that’s got yogurt in there.

  12. Michael Heath:

    slc1 writes:

    Don’t bet against these assholes taking over the Senate in 2014 and the presidency in 2016. Think it can’t happen here. A lot of Germans didn’t think it could happen there in 1932.

    In 1932 Germans were predominately in favor of the Nazis. One of the most effective ‘no true Scotsmen’ fallacious arguments ever is Germans successfully disassociating themselves from Naziism. The facts argue otherwise, like 96.5% turnout that same year where 95% voted in favor of the Nazis. (Pg. 177 of Erik Larson’s, “In the Garden of the Beasts”, First Paperback Edition).

    Yes there were no other candidates allowed to run and pressure to vote, “or else”. But, “or else” wasn’t nearly as threatening in 1932 as it came to be soon after. The Nazis, and these conservative Christians, are acting out for all the same authoritarian submissive and loving reasons. Future generations of their ilk will also disassociate themselves from the forebears of their way of thinking, just like Glenn Beck falsely claims to be the true ideological descendant of the civil rights pioneers.

  13. dingojack:

    SLC – who is gonna play Hindenburg in your little scenario?*
    @@
    Dingo
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    * Nazi Tourette’s strikes again!

  14. slc1:

    Re Michael Heath

    I believe that ole Heath is referring to an election that took place late in 1932. It is my information that, in a previous election, the Nazi party gained considerably less then 50% of the seats in the Reichstag, although they were the largest party. After Hindenburg appointed Frankenberger chancellor, German democracy, such as it was, was extinguished. The election in 1932 that ole Heath refers to was about as democratic as elections in the former Soviet Union.

  15. Paul Neubauer:

    Ouch, Dingo. I have visions of Rush Limbaugh in Lakehurst, NJ. (Yes, I know, not that Hindenburg, but I can’t help myself.)
    Paul

  16. dingojack:

    Paul – nobody wishes Rush on anyone, ‘oh the humanity!’
    ;) Dingo
    ———-
    PS: NSDAP in German Elections
    20 May 1928: 75.6% turn out. 2.8% (down 0.4%) 12 seats (down 2)
    14 Sept 1930: 82% turn out. 18.25 (up 17.65%) 107 seats (up 95)
    31 July 1932: 70.84% turn out. 37.27% (up 19.02%) 230 seats (up 123)
    6 Nov 1932: 71.1% turn out. 33.09% (down 4.18%) 196 (down 34)
    [30 Jan 1933. Hitler appointed Chancellor by Hindenburg. Hitler de facto dictator]
    [Feb 1933. Unprecedented violence against left-wingers from SA]
    [28 Feb 1933. Reichstag Fire. Reichstag Fire Act decreed. Civil liberties suspended]
    5 March 1933: 71.06% turn out. 43.91% (up 10.82%) 288 seats (up 92)
    [23 Mar 1933. Hitler manages to pass the Enabling Act. Becomes Dictator de jure]
    12 Nov 1933: 95.3% turn out. 92.11% (up 48.2%) 661 seats (up 373). Only legal party

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