Never Too Extreme to Win a Republican Primary


Remember Suzanne Atanus, the far right candidate who was running in the Republican primary for the right to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowski? She’s the one who said God sends tornadoes, autism and various other bad things as punishment for gay people. She just won the primary.

A Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God’s punishments for marriage equality and abortion access won the GOP nomination to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in the Chicago-area 9th Congressional District.

Susanne Atanus, of Niles, Ill., garnered 54 percent of the vote in her Tuesday win over David Earl Williams III…

She blamed natural disasters and mental disorders on recent advances in LGBT equality and legal abortions.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military, it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”

The lesson, as usual: You’re never too extreme to win a Republican primary these days. This is what the Tea Party hath wrought.

Comments

  1. Alverant says

    Here in Illinois you don’t have to be a member of the same party you vote for. There are rumors that Democrats were voting for her in the primary to put her on the ballot.

  2. scienceavenger says

    As far as I’ve seen, the evidence for Gods is at least as good as the evidence that Democrats have ever voted in GOP primaries in large enough numbers to sway the results. More than likely those rumors were spread by responsibility-avoidant GOPers..

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    Let me ftfy:

    This is what the amoral “operatives” and fat-cat funders pushing hateful goobers for the Republican Party have wrought.

  4. John Hinkle says

    Susanne Atanus, of Niles, Ill., garnered 54 percent of the vote in her Tuesday win over David Earl Williams III…

    This means she got 27 of the 50 republican votes in that primary.

  5. raven says

    Republican candidate who believes that God dictates weather patterns and that tornadoes, autism and dementia are God’s punishments for marriage equality and abortion access …

    LOL.

    1. This really insults people with autism and dementia, who do have real devastating medical problems.

    2. And oddly enough, many of those with autism and dementia will be Republicans, some of whom voted for Susan Atanus. It’s typical of their god, who has a notorious aiming problem.

    3. Tornadoes usually hit fundieland, which means either god has a really bad aim or he hates fundies.

    4. And BTW, her god is a moral monster. Punishing the innocent for the crimes of the guilty.

    5. It also insults the reality based community. We know what causes tornadoes, autism, and dementia. Weather patterns, genetics mostly, and causes associated with old age.

  6. eliassaltz says

    There was a concerted effort in that primary to get Democrats to vote in the GOP election because the Republicans had a competitive gubernatorial primary, while the Dems did not. The Democrats would have liked to have defeated Bruce Rauner, a self-funded scrillionaire guy in the anti-union mold of Scott Walker or Mitch Daniels.

    Since they were pulling GOP ballots anyway, it’s not unreasonable to conclude that a number of Dems voted for the fundie in the 9th knowing that Rep Schakowski would win no matter who she faced.

  7. Pierce R. Butler says

    Has any True Christian Patriot™ taken a good hard look at the name of S. Atanus?

  8. says

    richardelguru “Actually the primary evidence for god being really pissed off with us must surely be the existence of Suzanne Atanus…”
    To be fair, He started with a plague of Democrats, but an amorphous blob of fecklessness didn’t have the Old Testament vibe He was looking for.

  9. Synfandel says

    Well, she has a point. Before there was any marriage equality or abortion access in the US, there were no tornadoes, autism, or dementia. Today, in Saudi Arabia and Uganda, the weather is idyllic and everyone’s a member of Mensa. Canadians, meanwhile, can’t tie their shoes or read past a second grade level in their storm-flattened schools.

  10. says

    Synfandel “Canadians, meanwhile, can’t tie their shoes or read past a second grade level in their storm-flattened schools.”
    So, aside from the flattened schools, no change, then?

  11. freehand says

    So, when the chaotic havoc wrought by global warming is bringing down the modern Roman Empire of the West, these loons will be blaming abortion rights, gay marriage, and evolutionary biology?
    .
    The scientists are wrong when they say that our collective poisoning of the commons will destroy the ecosystem, because only God can destroy what God has made, yet when God has had his fill of us, he will act in exactly the same way as the natural processes described and predicted by climatologists.

  12. freehand says

    One cannot be too extreme for the modern Republican Party, but one can be too reasoned, moderate, or compassionate.

  13. Synfandel says

    @11 Modusoperandi wrote:

    So, aside from the flattened schools, no change, then?

    All right, true, but we blame the stronger beer.

  14. mikeyb says

    Just think these extremists are going to control the house and senate by the end of the year. Just goes to show you how utterly fucking braindead and oblivious Americans have become.But after all, we can’t have the anti-colonial Marxist running the country. Have you noticed he’s black.

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