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2013 Daily Kos Republican March to Madness Tournament Teabaggers Region: Round 1, day 2
Full tournament bracket here.
Welcome to Day 2 of first-round action in the Teabaggers region. Today, we're completing the first round ahead of this weekend's second-round matchups. You can cast your votes for today's matchups from this page or follow the direct links in the game summaries below.

You're voting for whoever you think is the best poster child for Republican craziness, however you define it. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to pick the person who's crazier. For example, you might think Herman Cain is more off his rocker than Jim DeMint, but that Jim DeMint is a better poster child because he's got more clout in the GOP and conservative movement than Cain. It's entirely up to you.

With that out of the way, here are the matchups:

  • #6 Louis Gohmert vs. #11 Joe Barton: Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) might be a sleeper pick to win this region: The guy who invented the "concept" of terror babies (al Qaeda sleeper cells who give birth to future terrorists on American soil) is going to be an absolute force in the tournament. That shouldn't take anything away from Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), another nutjob from Texas. Barton is most famous for apologizing to BP during a hearing on the Gulf oil spill. Yeah, he apologized. He might not be a favorite to win this matchup, but he should never live that moment down. Vote here!
  • #3 Steve King vs. #14 Matt Kibbe: This is an unfair matchup for Matt Kibbee, the president of FreedomWorks. You'd think that the guy who had armed security oust political rivals within his own organization would stand a chance in a contest like this, but there may be nobody who is a match for Rep. Steve King's (R-IA) insanity. According to King, many people never use the health care system at any point in their lives, Democrats support abortion because it allows sexual predators to force child rape victims to erase evidence of the crime (which also means that King thinks if a child rape victim doesn't get pregnant then there's no proof she was raped), and that people who say diversity has strengthened America don't know what they're talking about. And that's just from three of the dozens of posts written by Hunter documenting King's nuttiness. The best thing about King: He's all but certain to be Iowa's GOP nominee for U.S. Senate in 2014, which is great news for our side. Vote here!
  • #7 Sarah Palin vs. #10 Paul Broun: Not to pick sides here, but I think you could argue that Paul Broun is crazier than Sarah Palin. You probably couldn't argue that he's lazier or stupider, but while Palin seems unable to get outraged about anything other than attacks on herself, Big Gulp and cookies in school lunchrooms, Broun loves to drape himself in Confederate rhetoric, criticize Paul Ryan as a liberal and generally embrace every mooonbatty idea to come his way. Palin is better-known, so I have to figure she's a favorite here, but I might pick Broun plus the points. Vote here!
  • #2 Rand Paul vs. #15 Donald Trump: Once again, the selection committee has picked a strong #15 seed. This is either proof that the selection committee is made up of nothing but idiots ... or that the GOP has incredibly deep bench of nutjobs. Both Paul and Trump have terrible hair, but while Trump spends more of his time spouting racist attacks on President Obama, Paul spends most of time advocating for policies that actually would turn back the clock 60 years. Paul has none of Trump's histrionics, but unlike Trump, he's used his calm voice to propose things like getting rid of the Civil Rights Act. But while Paul is certainly more dangerous to progressive ideas than Trump, he doesn't come off as crazier, so he might be in for a rough first round. Vote here!

That's it for the action in the Teabaggers region. Remember, you can vote from a single page or follow the individual links above. As with yesterday, you've got until about 8:30 AM ET on Saturday to cast your ballot.

You can see the full tournament bracket as well as yesterday's results here.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Going with all the favorites on this one (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    That's a first for me


    I'm really looking forward to the Palin/Paul matchup. It'll be Who™ v. What© for the seat in the Insane 16

    You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:36:30 PM PDT

  •  Looming showdown (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    ontheleftcoast, msmacgyver

    that second-round Bachmann vs Arpaio matchup looms large in lunacy.

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

    by ActivistGuy on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:46:23 PM PDT

  •  This dratted poll! (0+ / 0-)

    Choosing between insanity and insanity is no choice at all. The lot of them are Just.Plain.Nuts!

    And, heavens forfend, they run things and influence things including the very air we breathe and the airwaves we listen to. We have to be inculcated with their insanity day after day.


    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 03:48:26 PM PDT

  •  DR. Paul Broun (R-Nutjob) (0+ / 0-)

    Anti-evolution MD.

    Bizarro World.

    The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

    by xxdr zombiexx on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:06:48 PM PDT

  •  Meh 'bagger pix (0+ / 0-)

    #1 - Barton
    Spill apologist beats 'terror babies' for harm.
    #2 - King
    Crazy sitting House Rep. beats kooky guy with funny sideburns.
    #3 - Palin
    She's a has been (or a half was) but I've never heard of Broun.
    #4 - Paul
    The Donald is just the guy who fills in when pizza main Herman Cain doesn't show up. Paul is crazy royalty.

    You show a little grit and you lands in jail.

    by cal2010 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 04:51:17 PM PDT

  •  John Cleese (Monty Python Gang) said it best ... (0+ / 0-)

    "Is there anyone else up there we can talk to?"

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House : 17 seats. Plus!

    by TRPChicago on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:07:30 PM PDT

  •  "Carnival" Cruz-the once & future Leon Klinghoffer (0+ / 0-)
    The Death of Klinghoffer is an American opera, with music by John Adams to an English-language libretto by Alice Goodman

    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:23:15 PM PDT

  •  some really big names here (0+ / 0-)

    but louie is like the ultimate t-hole catnip for me - i can't get enough of that empty bald head, vacant, dull-eyed stare and east texas hounddog still my heart!

    Howard Fineman needs to have a chat with Chris Cilizza about Grecian Formula and its effects on punditry

    by memofromturner on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:26:53 PM PDT

  •  say what you like about Rand Paul (0+ / 0-)

    but his hair is his best feature.

    tRump's hair, OTOH, the less said the better

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