Tuesday night as the primary results came in, there was a lot of coverage of the various Tea Party candidates who had upset “establishment” Republicans. Which would be interesting, as a phenomenon, except that when you look at the candidates who won, you realized very quickly that they weren’t just far right, they were so far off to the right that they’d gone into insanity.
You have Christine O’Donnell – a woman who, over the years, has provided a wealth of quotes that demonstrate a lack of touch with reality, including the gem that scientists have created mice with human brains. No, they haven’t, as a quick scan of any literature would show. She joins Sharon Angle in Nevada as new favorite of humorists around the country.
It’s in New York that things really show how bad things are. The Republican nominee for Governor? Carl Paladino. He has (so far): Fathered a love child with an employee. Sent racist and porn e-mails. Made more than a few enemies with his off-color statements. Decided that poor people need to be housed in prisons and made to work. He also just sent out 200,000 garbage scented mailers. His plans for governing involve taking a baseball bat to various people. Considering that this is the state that originated the “Rockefeller Republican” – fiscally conservative, socially moderate – and generallyRepublican office-holders in this state have been in that mold, it’s a rude shock to find someone like him actually winning.
Looking at this, there’s only one conclusion I can draw. The Republicans have lost their minds. I don’t know if was the shock of losing the White House, but the descent into sheer insanity that they seem to be taking is breathtaking. There’s conservative and then there’s nutjob – and they’ve taken that leap.