Sunday, January 20, 2013

Republican Candidates for House Seat in Missouri Illustrate The Problems of the Republican Party Moving Towards Sane Positions

To Win the Nomination One Needs to be the Most Extreme Candidate

And Insulting Women Probably Really Helps

In Missouri a member of Congress, Republican Jo Emerson has quit in order to take a high paying job (ok a higher paying job).  A special election will be held to fill her seat, and the Republican nominee is picked by the Republican Party.  So all the potential candidates have to state their positions, and the winner will be the one with the most extreme position.

The selection process is unlike a conventional primary: Instead of the typical campaign where candidates seek support from primary voters, the candidates are instead seeking support from the majority of 85 members of the Eighth District committee.

Here, for example is the rhetoric from the individual considered to be the favorite.

Kinder, who began his campaign by sending a letter to committee members a few days before Christmas, said he is running a positive campaign and touted his success in elections, his support of expanding gun rights, and his opposition to the federal health care law. 
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He also voiced his opposition to new proposals to limit gun rights like a ban on so-called “assault weapons” and high capacity magazines. . .

“Assault weapons is a misused term,” Kinder said, “used by suburban soccer moms who do not understand what is being discussed here.” He reiterated his support of concealed weapons and the “Castle Doctrine.”

Wow, ‘assault weapons’ is a misused term.  In his world maybe ‘assault weapons’ is just another name for water pistols.  And of course women are just too dumb, too stupid, or too whatever to understand the issue so those nice, sweet, na├»ve women should just let a man like Mr. Kinder take care of the issue for them.

The Republican nominee, whether it is Mr. Kinder or some other cretin will almost certainly win in this Republican District.  The loser, the Republican Party nationally and the nation.

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