Four Years of Radicalism

Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, more or less stands by the medieval view of female sexuality that’s caused him so much negative press this week. So does Congressman Steve King (R-Iowa), a well-regarded but consistently crazy member of the Tea Party Caucus. But the boldness of these offensive, sexist, but commonly-held views aren’t what make the Akin/King incident stand out. Rather, the episode is remarkable only as the most recent in a long range of aggressive, extremist views put forwards by mainstream Republican politicians. Here’s a refresher course in just how far right the Republican “center” has pivoted in the last four years. Next time someone tells you that Candidate Akin is an outlier, not representative of the rest of the Party, please refer them to this summary of just how hateful and extreme the Republican Party has become.

And please, vote a Democratic ballot this fall. The only way Republicans will ever return to the center — or at least  closer to center, where the Party’s previously won — is if they’re dealt so severe a loss that Republican leadership takes note, and repudiates the last our years of radicalization. Don’t take my word for it. Ask a growing number of players convinced that the GOP platform would be unrecognizable, even to conservative hero Ronald Reagan. For now, your parade of horribles:

Citations for the curious —

We could go on. This post left out (among others) Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania congressman, and Rick Perry, current governor of Texas, both former frontrunners for the Republican nomination. Perry famously can’t keep straight which federal departments he’d end wholesale, believes that states can nullify federal laws (a question that the Civil War answered in the negative), and called Social Security a “Ponzi scheme.” Rich Santorum would ban pornography, views gay marriage on the same level as incest, questions whether you should have the right to consensual sex in your own home, and rejects the separation of church and state, a critical First Amendment concept.

Extremism in the Republican ranks is a feature, not a bug. Send them all home.


  1. Just a minor note: Brewer is the governor of Arizona, not Nevada…

  2. That is terrible and I fixed it :)

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