Cross posted from Blue Virginia
So sayeth former Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL):
[Virginia AG and presumptive 2013 GOP gubernatorial nominee Ken] Cuccinelli, right, so here's a guy - Tea Party favorite in Virginia - the guy is certifiable when it comes to mainstream political thought. This is a guy who attacks Medicare, he attacks Medicaid, he attacks Social Security, this is a guy who said he was thinking about not having his children get Social Security numbers because, quote, "that's how they track you." This is a guy that has said more things that will offend the voters that swing elections than is humanly possible.Thank you, Republican Joe Scarborough, for echoing what Democrats, progressives, liberals, environmentalists, etc. have been saying for years: Ken Kookinelli is straightjacket/men-in-white-coats-level loony tunes.
The scary thing is, Scarborough's list was a short one for the I call Kookinelli (Virginia's answer to Rick Santorum): add to it his climate science denial, which in and of itself puts you into the tinfoil hat camp of flat earthers and "the moonshot was faked" folks; his witchhunt against Prof. Michael Mann because Kookinelli hates climate science and is a shill for fossil fuel interests; dabbling in "birtherism;" proposing nasty anti-LGBT policies; defending anti-"sodomy" laws; supporting a "personhood" amendment, which would make abortion providers murderers and also make several popular forms of contraception (as well as embryonic stem cell research) akin to murder as well. There's a lot more than that, too (see here for a bunch from 2012 alone!), but we'll just leave it there for now. The fact that the Republican Party could nominate a total nutjob like this, and that it's not an isolated incident - see Todd Akin, Christine O'Donnell, Richard Mourdoch, and many others the past few years - really says it all about that party. Why would anyone in their right mind vote Republican at this point is truly beyond me.
P.S. And who can forget Kookinelli talking to an "elephant" named "Ron?" LOL