Senate endorsement: Dr. Paul Broun
I love Paul Broun. I dearly hope he wins the Republican senate primary in 2014. I'll even vote for him because there are very few politicians in these parts who could make Phil Gingrey and Tom Price look positively moderate.
Tea partier Broun is a conservative.
No, wait, Broun is beyond conservative. He's an extremist.
But that doesn't quite cover it either. Broun can be described at the rarest of breeds, an extreme reactionary, so far out on the right wing fringes, not even Karl Rove can stomach him. In fact, Rove's Conservative Victory Project is promising to smother candidates like Broun in the crib before they get a chance to run.
Broun says science is Satan's work even though he practices a profession firmly rooted in the physical sciences like molecular biology and physiology. At least I think he does. Fortunately, I'm not a patient of his so I won't have to find out if he's bleeding the sick with leeches.
If Broun were running for pope in the 13th century, he'd have a very good chance of winning. In 2014, as a United States Senate candidate out of the benighted corner of Georgia from which he hails, he will probably even attract votes from the snake handlers, tongue speakers and willfully ignorant in those parts.
But as a statewide candidate, even in Georgia, his views will likely be judged, well, a teency bit too radical.
"God's word is true," said Dr. Broun. "I've come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught (at the University of Georgia and Georgia Health Sciences University) about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell. It's lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior."
House Speaker John Boehner certainly liked what he heard because he appointed Broun to - of all things - the House Science Committee, where he will help oversee the nation's policies on things like global warming, green energy, the environment, DNA research, and space exploration.
Yes, I know, it seems like an awkward fit.
"You see," Broun told a religious group, "there are a lot of scientific data that I've found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the earth's but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That's what the Bible says."
Serious scientists like physicists and geologists beg to differ, but they pretty much all agree the mountains of research they've collected over the last century or so proves the earth is actually 4.5 billion years old.
They also believe Darwin's theory, while a theory, is far more conclusive then evidence on which Broun is relying.
The big bang theory? Who knows? The Lord acts in mysterious ways.
“In order for (a Democratic victory) to occur, you have to get a decent candidate on the Dem side," Democratic strategist Stefan Turkheimer told Real Clear Politics. "But you also have to get someone coming out of the Flat Earth Society...on the Republican side, who’s seen nationally as being ridiculous.”
Stand up and take a bow, Dr. Broun.