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Rep. Paul Broun thinking about things that make him angry, like abortion and the lie from the pit of hell that is evolution.
Get out the popcorn, because things have the potential to get deliciously dramatic in the Republican Senate primary in Georgia. A new anti-abortion group, Georgia Life Alliance, is trying to wrest the title of National Right to Life Committee official state affiliate from Georgia Right to Life. On the surface, the fight is over purity—Georgia Right to Life is hardcore about banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest, while Georgia Life Alliance isn't going to hold things up over that. That may not be the full story, though:
"You can't say what someone else's motives are," says Genevieve Wilson, a spokeswoman for Georgia Right to Life, the older group. "But it certainly looks like [the new group] has a political motivation behind it."

Leaders of each anti-abortion organization have a preferred candidate in the volatile, five-way contest to replace the retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Georgia Right to Life has endorsed GOP Rep. Paul Broun, a congressman since 2007. The new group, Georgia Life Alliance, which was formed two weeks ago, does not mention any candidates on its sparse website. But the group is supported by conservative RedState editor Erick Erickson, who has been outspoken in his support of Senate candidate Karen Handel in this race and during her 2010 campaign for governor.

That's Paul "lies from the pit of hell" Broun and Karen "defund mammograms" Handel; a poll earlier in the month put Broun ahead in the primary. Having dueling anti-abortion groups take up this argument is likely to be a distraction from issues that many Georgia voters want to hear about, and an opportunity for the candidates to go overboard in their abortion focus, even by Georgia standards.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia and Daily Kos.

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  •  Georgia seems like it will be this year's (9+ / 0-)

    Missouri/Indiana/Deleware.

    With the Decision Points Theater, the George W. Bush Presidential Library becomes the very first Presidential Library to feature a Fiction Section.

    by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 11:28:26 AM PDT

    •  There's always Kansas (2+ / 0-)
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      Aunt Pat, Aquarius40

      Where they're thinking hard about making miscarriages "an offense requiring investigation". Yup. The Panty Liner Patrol will be checking for dead "pre-pre-pre-human remains" and any woman who misses her period will be considered guilty of committing murder if she doesn't deliver in 8 months.

      Food processed to be nothing more than simple starches with two dozen flavorings and stabilizers added to make it appear to be food isn't "food". It's "feed" -- what you give to livestock to fatten them up for slaughter.

      by ontheleftcoast on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:24:53 PM PDT

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    •  not a done deal... (0+ / 0-)

      If Perdue or Kingston is the GOP nominee, they'll probably win in November.

      And ANY of the crazies in the field could still win in November.

      Things are bad here.

      "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 Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:43:37 AM PDT

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  •  Erick, sonofanErick (5+ / 0-)
    The new group, Georgia Life Alliance, which was formed two weeks ago, does not mention any candidates on its sparse website. But the group is supported by conservative RedState editor Erick Erickson, who has been outspoken in his support of Senate candidate Karen Handel in this race and during her 2010 campaign for governor.

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 11:37:26 AM PDT

  •  Sometimes Georgia Non-Republicans vote (5+ / 0-)

    in the Republican primary, which is legal here.  Presumably, they vote for the WORST (least electable) Republican.  Not that I or anyone I know would ever do that.  No, not us.

    " Armageddon could be knocking at my door. But I ain't gonna answer that's for sure." - Kristian Bush, Jennifer Nettles, Kristen Hall

    by rustypatina on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 12:35:42 PM PDT

  •  Follow The Money (where available). (4+ / 0-)

    Democrats are held to higher standards because they have them.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 02:46:28 PM PDT

  •  Let's hope they damage each other so badly that (8+ / 0-)

    Michelle Nunn can step right over their political corpses, the smoking wreckage as it were.
    We could actually see pickups in Georgia and Kentucky!

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 02:51:03 PM PDT

    •  And elect Jason Carter in her wake. (1+ / 0-)
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      The simple fact, here, is that most Republican voters in Georgia agree with this statement:

      "Legal Abortion Is A Personal Right."
      That has been the case with Democrats since the 1990s. Then date rape drugs went wide and abortion got to be the last line of defense from sex predators.

      Nunn and Carter are both quite likeable. They will soak up loose votes with personal appeal. See Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in 2012 for similar performance.

      This is going to be a very tough race for an anti-abortion, anti-health care Class Warrior GOPer.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 06:54:11 AM PDT

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  •  I don't know if forcing birth onto (2+ / 0-)
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    women is far enough for this race.

      Might I suggest to Erick, son of Erick, that his candidate needs to go one up and say they are for forced pregnancies.
      Then the other candidate can say he is for that but only on white women.
      And Erick, son of Erick, can say his candidate is for that but only if they have blue eyes.
      I give this one to Erick, son of Erick for free...

    Seriously, as a women, I just don't think it could get much worse as is and yet they vote for that insanity time after time.

    1. What does it mean? 2. And then what?

    by alwaysquestion on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:16:42 PM PDT

  •  Political Motivation? (2+ / 0-)
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    I'm shocked, simply shocked that anyone could think that.

    How could anyone think that this is not about unborn souls that will never get a chance to vote Republican? Or whatever they would have done.

    What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

    by TerryDarc on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:21:18 PM PDT

    •  Concern for "unborn children" is real. (1+ / 0-)
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      The foot soldiers of the anti-abortion movement are sincere. They have seen photos of fetuses in the womb and their sense of life is worthy of Buddhist ethics, fully.

      I would never want to belittle their sense of the value of life.

      "Unborn souls" is arguable. That's the "First Breath" problem in theology. Either way, life is life.

      Each abortion is terrible for the individual who is killed. But for Democrats keeping abortion legal remains a social necessity -- the alternative forces unwanted births and rewards rapists, especially grievously, the chemically assisted rapists.

      Always... these are difficult problems.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:10:31 AM PDT

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      •  I would respect the anti-abortion crowd if they (0+ / 0-)

        were not so palpably political, violent and looking down their noses at others.

        Then too, if they would provide say a) $'s for children who born to mothers who wanted to abort and the b) provided adoption and other support for the child afterwards.

        Otherwise, it is plain bullshit and just political cynicism, no Buddhism involved.

        What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

        by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:17:56 AM PDT

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        •  "The anti-abortion crowd" ??? (0+ / 0-)

          The other abusive language ?

          What you're writing is not worthy of the agonies reflected with this issue.

          "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul Koch

          by waterstreet2013 on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 07:54:29 AM PDT

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          •  Way to not address the issues I raise (0+ / 0-)

            If you want to make abortion less frequent, support the mothers who are making hard choices rather than jawboning them and their doctors.

            What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted! Thrice is he arm'd, that hath his quarrel just; And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. Henry VI Part II Act 3 Scene 2

            by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 29, 2014 at 10:06:46 AM PDT

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  •  The other right-to-life group lost me... (0+ / 0-)

    ...with their skeet-baby-shooting fundraiser.

    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Fri Mar 28, 2014 at 03:34:39 PM PDT

  •  Its been a steep fall for Atlanta and Georgia (1+ / 0-)
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    Not too long ago the state and the city hosted the Olympics welcoming people from all over the world.

     Atlanta was tagged as the city too busy to hate. But in the past 5 years the city and state have descended into lunacy with Tea Party madness and American Talibans are running amok here. Heck the news has gotten so embarrassing that even local news channel folks breathe a sigh when they have to relay news such as anything related to Phil Broun or Gingrey, the latest idiotic gun bills, or any unintentionally hilarious stunt by the Tea Party Patriots.

    I am a fan of Atlanta if not the state GA - I want the "New South" city back !

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