The Watering Hole, Saturday, October 25, 2014: Five Republicans I Fear Might Win

Courtesy of the good people at Right Wing Watch (a project of People For the American Way dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities of the right-wing movement), here are five Republicans I fear might win on Election Day (which is just one week from this coming Tuesday.) What’s even more frightening than the mere fact that they won their party’s nomination is that they may end up being members of a Republican-controlled House and Senate. And that would be horrific for anybody in this country who isn’t a white, male billionaire which, last time I checked, was just about all of us.

The five names you don’t want to hear announced as winners on Election Night (or however many days it takes to count up every vote against them) are Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Jody Hice, Glenn Grothman, and Zach Dasher. The first two wish to become US Senators (in our government!) and the other three wish to become US Representatives (representing the interests of the very, very rich in the People’s House.) Ernst wants to replace retiring Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and Tillis wants to unseat first term North Carolina Senator Kay Hagen. Over in the House, Hice wants to replace the out-going non-believer in Science (and member of the House Science Committee) Dr. Paul Broun (who once called Evolution and the Big Bang Theory “lies straight from the pit of Hell“); Grothman wants to replace retiring Wisconsin Rep Tom Petri (who won’t endorse Grothman because, as he told a reporter, “Why would I endorse a person who has said that if in two years people said he was ‘just like Petri’ he would be insulted?”); and Dasher wants to bank on his family name (which isn’t his; he’s related to the Robertsons of Duck Dynasty fame) to replace the freshman Republican Vince McAllister.

I encourage you to read about each of these five candidates at the link above. Believe me, if you have any sense of decency as a human being, if you have any concern whatsoever about the extremist Tea Party people taking over our government so they can do the bidding of their wealthy benefactors, or if you have an IQ in the three-digit range, you will not want any of these five people to win a week from Tuesday. If they have the right view on anything, I can promise you it’s probably for the wrong reasons. And talk about extremism. Among them, in various combinations, they support: nullification of federal laws they don’t like, personhood amendments, Christian nationalism, anti-abortion laws, and the arming of school teachers. And I just picked one thing out of each of their platforms. They support many, many more extremist positions. I will be very unhappy if any one of them wins, and I will be downright depressed if any of them win and the Republicans take control of all of Congress because any of them might become the head of a Congressional committee. You should be, too.

This is our daily open thread. feel free to discuss Republican extremism or anything else you wish to discuss.

30 thoughts on “The Watering Hole, Saturday, October 25, 2014: Five Republicans I Fear Might Win

    • E.G.:

      I believe that the Earth is no older than 10,000 years old. Plenty of creationists who are true Christians will say 6,000 but I prefer to say it is slightly older by 4,000 years. After all, we don’t know how long Adam and Eve were in Eden before they sinned. Of course I could be wrong on its age, but there is no way it can be older than 10,000. BTW, where are all those so-called “transitional forms” between man and ape? Billions of years means trillions of those around, but we have never found a single one.

      Answer: “Transitional forms” twixt man and ape are plainly obvious and live all over the place:


      • I know what some of you are thinking: “Farah, what about the dinosaurs that were tens of millions of years old? How do you explain that?” Quite simply, I don’t believe it.

        That does it for me – because he said so///

  1. BTW, the sixth name you don’t want to hear announced as a winner is Cory Gardner. He’s essentially a teabagging idiot currently running neck and neck with incumbent Mark Udall, himself a liberal progressive cast in his father/s (Mo Udall) footsteps. Gardner is one of those anti-contraception pro-fossil fuel Koch-financed one-eyed Jacks.

  2. Arkansas offensive lineman Sebastian Tretola threw a six-yard touchdown to long snapper Alan D’Appollonio in the second quarter of Arkansas’ game against UAB. Tretola, a junior, is listed at 6-foot-5, 350 pounds on the Razorbacks’ official roster.

  3. Senate Candidate Claims Harry Reid Is Conspiring To Let Obama Run The Country Unilaterally

    MCDONOUGH, GEORGIA—David Perdue, the Republican candidate for Georgia’s open Senate seat in one of the tightest races in the nation, told a crowd of supporters this weekend that Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid is in cahoots with President Obama to allow him to govern through executive orders.

    “Why is [Reid] blocking those bills?” Perdue said to a group of Republican activists in a small town south of Atlanta. “To allow Barack Obama to run our country and our government using executive orders and regulatory mandates without Congress!”

    • To be fair, the wind is always pretty strong on Mary’s Peak. Not that strong, of course!

      There was a tree snapped right off its trunk in downtown Eugene. Not to worry, we easy-going Oregonians just took our turns driving around it, since the police hadn’t arrived to direct traffic — and likely goofing it all up. 😀

  4. Dateline: St. Augustine, Florida, Saturday October 25, 2014, 8:30 PM

    During the trip back from the grocery store I observed a house with a string of Christmas lights glowing brightly on the bushes in front!

    My childhood memories are of decorating the tree on Christmas eve, though some people in the neighborhood began decorating about 2 weeks before the big day.

  5. Hi y’all!
    Alabama survives Tennessee, Auburn squeaks by South Carolina, but Ole Miss loses to LSU. Best guess for the first BCS playoff bracket of the season is Mississippi State #1, Florida State #2, Alabama #3, and Auburn #4. We’ll know Tuesday night. Still too many games left for that to be the end result though.

    Danica races tomorrow at Martinsville, the ‘Paper Clip’. Hot dogs are the feature treat and a grandfather clock is the trophy!

    My company thinks I’m going to be able to work twelve hour shifts next week. We’ll see, but I don’t think so.

      • I got a piece of siding up today. and got it caulked too. I may get more done tomorrow, but whatever I get up, I have to get it painted before it rains, because it’s factory-primered and it needs to be painted right away.

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