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Jan 06 2014

Barton: Cuccinelli Not Anti-Choice Enough

One of the ways you can tell that someone is an extremist is when virtually no one else is every pure enough for them. Ken Cuccinelli is one of the most anti-choice politicians imaginable, supporting mandatory invasive ultrasounds for women seeking abortions and advocating for the complete outlawing of abortion. But for David Barton, if he’d just been more anti-choice, he would have been elected governor of Virginia. What was left, killing abortion doctors and bombing clinics?

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  1. 1
    Modusoperandi

    What was left, killing abortion doctors and bombing clinics?

    Woah, woah, woah! That’s too far! That’s beyond the pale! None of us Conservatives would advocate for, nor even thing of such things, and shame on you for bringing it up.

    But since you brought it up…

  2. 2
    matty1

    I assume he means he should have used his position as AG to act as if abortion was already outlawed and have anyone involved arrested and prosecuted under Sharia Biblical law.

  3. 3
    d.c.wilson

    That’s the standard excuse wingnuts give every time a republican loses. They can never bring themselves to admit that the voters have rejected their extremist positions, so their only recourse is to insist that they weren’t being extreme enough.

  4. 4
    Larry

    Because when given a choice between a progressive, pro-choice Democrat and an extreme (but not extreme enough) Republican, wingnuts will always choose the Dem. Always.

  5. 5
    eric

    I’m torn. On one hand it would be nice to have two realistic parties in the US. On the other, I can’t really be upset when anti-abortion activists insist on shooting themselves in the political foot. Please, pro-lifers, keep digging. Just keep digging.

  6. 6
    MikeMa

    @Larry,
    Not sure if you are snarking or not but the idea of a right wingnut voting for a dem is pretty farfetched. That isn’t the point though is it? Wingnuts of any stripe do not (yet) make up a majority voting bloc so appealing to just their (in)sensibilities will not win any elections. You have to move toward the center not further out to the edge.

  7. 7
    matty1

    I thought the idea was that wingnuts are an overwhelming majority but loose elections because all their voters stay home in disgust at their candidate not being far enough right, and because all those other people are somehow committing fraud by voting the wrong way so don’t count.

  8. 8
    Modusoperandi

    matty1 “I thought the idea was that wingnuts are an overwhelming majority but loose elections because all their voters stay home in disgust at their candidate not being far enough right, and because all those other people are somehow committing fraud by voting the wrong way so don’t count.”
    You forgot all the White Voters that the New Black Panthers scared away from the polls.

  9. 9
    eric

    I thought the idea was that wingnuts are an overwhelming majority but loose elections because all their voters stay home in disgust at their candidate not being far enough right

    I think that’s the superficial answer the pundits give to their low-information voters. Though anyone who really wanted to could look up voter participation numbers and see that it’s a lie – the GOP’s key demographic groups do in fact show up in large numbers. There is not a lot of room for them to grow votes through getting the base to show up more. The under-participation occurs in groups most likely to vote more liberally – immigrants, minorities, and young people.

    The cynical part of me says that folk like Barton are intentionally playing the ‘bring me a rock’ game so they can complain no matter what the rock looks like. He doesn’t have some specific right-wing position in mind, he wants to stay vague enough that he can always say ‘not far right enough’ no matter what the candidate’s position is.

  10. 10
    Trebuchet

    @6:

    @Larry,
    Not sure if you are snarking or not but the idea of a right wingnut voting for a dem is pretty farfetched.

    Poe’s law strikes again!

  11. 11
    John Pieret

    From the Right Wing Watch article:

    “That’s fairly amazing,” Barton added, “to say, for Virginia which – northern Virginia is so blue – that if he had been more pro-life he would have won, which means we must be picking up public opinion across the board on this kind of issue”

    ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, DAVID!

    And all us “blue” voters should be encouraging the wingnuts Family Values voters to go out into the Republican primaries and make sure that all Republican candidates are more pro-life than those wimps, Cuccinelli and Todd Akin, because we’ll all vote such candidates.

    This is a way to make sure Republicans win all the elections they deserve to win!

  12. 12
    Larry

    Not sure if you are snarking…

    Oh, come now, MikeMa. Did my comment include random capitalizations, odd mis-spellings, or tortured grammar? Surely, that must have been a clue…

  13. 13
    Ichthyic

    The cynical part of me says that folk like Barton are intentionally playing the ‘bring me a rock’ game so they can complain no matter what the rock looks like. He doesn’t have some specific right-wing position in mind, he wants to stay vague enough that he can always say ‘not far right enough’ no matter what the candidate’s position is.

    Barton should be used as a proof in geometry for the existence of infinite lines, and in cosmology for the existence of an infinite universe.

    because if the universe were finite and curved in any way, he has pushed so far right he should have wrapped around back to left at least twice by now.

  14. 14
    Ichthyic

    …so far up his own ass, he should have turned himself inside out by now.

    twice.

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