- Rick Santorum: Compared health care reform to drug dealing, said it will make Christians “less than what God created you to be,” said it would “destroy the country”; compared gay relationships to “man-on-dog sex”; slammed the Supreme Court decision ensuring the right to access contraception.
- Herman Cain: The most unabashedly anti-Muslim candidate in the field (and that’s saying something!), proposed a religious test for office for Muslims who wanted to work for his administration.
- Newt Gingrich: Where to begin? Maybe with the threat of a “secular atheist country… dominated by radical Islamists.” Or with the threat of “gay and secular fascism.” Or with his entire record as Speaker of the House of Representatives. You choose.
- Ron Paul: Supposedly the most “libertarian” figure in the GOP, but does not support personal liberties for women or gay people. Still thinks the Voting Rights Act was a bad idea and we were better off before FEMA.
- Jon Huntsman: The supposedly “moderate” candidate in the GOP field, enacted a highly regressive flat tax as governor of Utah, tried to eliminate corporate taxes, and banned second-trimester abortions.
- Michele Bachmann: Calls homosexuality “personal enslavement,” wants to reduce government to “its original size,” says those who believe the science of evolution are part of a “cult following.”
- Mitt Romney: Believes whatever the Republican base wants him to believe, which these days is pretty far off the rails.
- Rick Perry: Kicked off his presidential campaign by holding an event with the most extreme leaders of the Religious Right he could find, including a pastor who thinks that God sent Hitler to hunt the Jews and another who thinks that the Statue of Liberty is a “demonic idol.”
This is the field that the Party of Reagan has produced to appeal to a right-moving and increasingly isolated base — where the architect of health care reform has to run against himself, where the most libertarian still isn’t willing to cross the Religious Right, and where the highest-polling has floated the idea of his state seceding from the union.
Gotta love the Republicans, man.
Reblogged from blog.pfaw.org
October 2nd, 2011