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According to the Washington Post, Congressman Paul Broun who somehow got a medical degree, is already causing some Republicans to worry that Broun will say things that make him unelectable.   Since Broun has already said such statements as "evolution, embryology and the Big Bang Theory are lies from the pit of Hell" and "the only constitution that Obama upholds is the Soviet Constitution", that sounds like a valid concern.   However, GOP primary voters are very different from you and I, and they are certainly worlds apart from the Republican hacks that only believe in the Almighty Green.   As seen by the example of Claire McCaskill, calling someone "too conservative" for your state can ensure that they win the GOP primary, and I really doubt any ad campaign would have sunk Christine O'Donnell winning the GOP primary.   In fact, I wonder if some enterprising Democrats are already dreaming up a new front group to run ads like "The HMS Beagle Defenders", in which Broun is villified for being way too anti-science for Georgia, and that science clearly shows that climate change needs to be addressed.   Perhaps another ad where Broun condemns "Inherit the Wind" for making the pro-evolution side in the Scopes Trial as heroic or something.

The Washington Post article notes that Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund have not taken a side yet as far as the Republican field, and it implies(and there is also a Christian Science Monitor article that Karl Rove would have his first test case) that some Republican organizations may try to kneecap the Tea Party and submarine Broun's candidacy in the GOP primary.   I look forward to whatever the national GOP plans to do if they want to sell Karen Handel(someone so anti-choice that they trashed Komen for the Cure's reputation) or Phil Gringey(who said Akin was partially right about his rape comment) to Georgia voters.

I also look forward to Democrats being aggressive about fielding a strongly progressive candidate for Broun's House seat(GA-10).   The Georgia 10th is a R+14 district, but it contains Athens, which is the home of the University of Georgia and a very progressive city.   It would be interesting if the eventual Democratic nominee for the GA-10th could use the members of the B-52s or REM(both local to Athens) to help excite young voters.   I personally would like to see if Tim Riley, an openly gay mental health counselor from Athens who has run for State Senate a few times, wants to try for Congress.   I could see the netroots being excited about a candidate like Riley.    If Riley decides to run again for State Senate, I will also highlight that race sometime in the future(as state legislative races get little attention here on Daily Kos)

Originally posted to pistolSO on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:38 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

    by pistolSO on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:38:02 PM PST

  •  Broun's announcement is motivating me to get my (12+ / 0-)

    GA-Sen diary out soon.  Reason why it's taking a bit is because I want to analyze if Holcomb is ready and look at our other options.  My only quarrel is who needs Holcomb more, the GA State House or the U.S. Senate.

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 03:51:00 PM PST

    •  I'm in "Anyone but Barrow" mode (0+ / 0-)

      There's a strain of punditry here in GA which wrongly thinks that Barrow is the most electable candidate.  The problem with Barrow (other than his voting record) is that he wouldn't energize progressives at all, and this is critical in an election held midterm.

      I could probably support Holcomb.

      by larryfeltonj on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:15:28 PM PST

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  •  IMO, Paul Broun is the most wacky GA rep & that's (3+ / 0-)
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    saying something.  Oh, pleazze no!  

    On the other hand, maybe he's so bad he'll speed up the demise of the GOP--but at what cost?

    Fiscal conservative: a Republican ready to spend $5 to save a dime--especially if that dime is helping a non-donor.

    by Mayfly on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 04:38:02 PM PST

  •  looks like georgia WILL go blue, sooner rather (3+ / 0-)
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    than later.

    best news i've heard in a long time :)

    •  Fingers crossed you're right... (5+ / 0-)
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      ...but I do fear - it IS Georgia after all.  I truly want to believe that he's one of these House nuts - who can win in his little district till the cows come home, but will be TOO nuts statewide...  But then I think, it's Georgia.

      •  This Georgian thinks... (4+ / 0-)
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        If the GOP nominates somebody who's not flaming batshit crazy, he (or especially she, Karen Handel) will win easily.

        Even if the GOP nominates somebody who is flaming batshit crazy, he or she still has a better-than-even chance of winning.

        For the Dems to win, we need all three of the following:

        1. GOP nominates a flaming batshit crazy person.

        2. Dems nominate a great candidate.

        3. We get a little lucky.

        "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

        by HeyMikey on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:48:40 PM PST

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        •  Agreed ... (3+ / 0-)
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          And a fourth consideration is that Democrats actually campaign.  I'm optimistic about the long run in Georgia (2016 and afterward) but without a string of good things happening I think 2014 will continue to be a GOP year here.

          I hope I'm proven wrong, though.

          by larryfeltonj on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 08:19:45 PM PST

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  •  His MD really bugs me... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...Look - the guy got his MD, nice.  I don't have one.  But how can this clown believe what he does (or does he truly believe it?) AND be an MD?

    I'm gonna assume that at some point in med school he encountered an Xray.  My piddly little bachelors in physics reminds me that xrays are a form of radioactivity...  Which proves his "calculation" of a 9k year old earth is bunk.  Nevermind that Bill Nye brought up the whole smoke detector thing and destroyed him far more appropriately than I can...

    Look, you want to be a nut, AND in congress?  No problem.  You want to be a Paul Broun nut, be in congress AND be an MD?  No.  One of those things is not like the other, and in my asshole opinion, the Medical College of Georgia needs to consider if his MD is still valid.  And the state licensing board...

    He's one of these "I believe in science - the science I like" types, who doesn't question why the lights come on when he flips a switch but suddenly goes into "oh HELL no!" mode when he wants to talk about the age of the earth.  News flash - the age of the earth (you know, give or take a few million-ish years) IS NOT in question!

  •  A progressive candidate in GA-10 would be nice (5+ / 0-)

    But one who can win would be better. Someone like Alan Grayson simply isn't going to win with R+14.

    They tortured people to get false confessions to fraudulently justify our invading Iraq.

    by Ponder Stibbons on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:16:06 PM PST

    •  It would be very difficult for any Democrat to (4+ / 0-)
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      win an R+14 district, but since Athens is home to a major university, and likely has a lot of potential young voters.   A voter registration effort combined with a candidate that would excite young voters looks like the best shot at doing well in that district.

      I would be open to any Democrat running for the seat, and of course local Democrats might have a better feel for who has the best chance of a credible campaign.

      I agree with President Obama, our country's journey is not yet complete. We must continue the work that our forebearers at Seneca Falls started, and put the Equal Rights Amendment into our Constitution.

      by pistolSO on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:55:08 PM PST

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  •  Broun is my Congressman (0+ / 0-)

    and much as I'd love to see this I just don't.  The corporate overlord wing of the GTOP is very much in control here -- my guess is this is the race Rove wants and that Broun will be used in a primary as a foil to portray another RW nut job
    (Handel,Tom Price) as a "reasonable" Republican in order to hold the seat.  But it would be sweet.  

  •  I can sorta understand why a fundie (1+ / 0-)
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    would see evolution and the Big Bang as opening the Gates of Hell--but embryology????? A branch of science which studies the development of the human fetus from conception through birth?  I guess maybe he doesn't like the part where the zygote/embryo/fetus is really, eally tiny in the first trimester and doesn't even vaguely resemble anything human.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 07:32:35 PM PST

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