| The Republican far-right-wing freak show gets even freakiert:
Del. Bob Marshall (Prince William) submitted 17,100 signatures to the Virginia State Board of Elections Wednesday to qualify for the June 12 GOP primary ballot for U.S. Senate.
And when I say "freak show," I'm not kidding. A few freaky gems from Marshall's past include:
"The credit in reaching this goal goes to hundreds of grass-root volunteers who spent countless hours gathering petition signatures while I was busy on the people's business in the Virginia General Assembly session,'' Marshall said in a statement.
*"We're against the IUD and pills, too. They don't prevent ovulation and conception, they prevent implantation, which is abortion."
*Marshall "railed" against Norplant, saying, "It's a real tribute to women's intelligence...They feel so irresponsible they can't do something once a day?"
*"When asked about abortion in the case of incest, Marshall replied that sometimes incest is voluntary. In response to abortions in the case of rape, Marshall said, 'Your origins should not be held against you [referring to the victim's unborn child]. The woman becomes a sin-bearer of the crime, because the right of a child predominates over the embarrassment of the woman.'"
*"During the 2012 legislative session, Marshall and other Republicans supported a measure to require women in Virginia to undergo a trans-vaginal ultrasound procedure before being allowed to have a legal abortion."
*He stated: "The number of children who are born subsequent to a first abortion with handicaps has increased dramatically. Why? Because when you abort the first born of any, nature takes its vengeance on the subsequent children... In the Old Testament, the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to the Lord. There's a special punishment Christians would suggest."
*He's a raging homophobe, including statements like, "If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month, I'd be worried."
In sum, this guy almost - but not quite! - makes George "Felix Macacawitz" Allen look sane, moderate, and reasonable. The scary thing is, given how far to the right Allen has lurched in every area, even "Sideshow Bob" can't make him look sane, moderate, or reasonable. This should be a fun Republican primary; go "Sideshow Bob," that's all I can say! :)