Freakshow

The Republican US Senate debate last night should have been required viewing for all North Carolinians. With the possible exception of Heather Grant, bless her heart, who actually seemed to be thinking for herself once in a while, the debate was an orgy of hate.

In one corner stood Greg Brannon, an unapologetic con-man of the Rand Paul persuasion, whose well-publicized affair with Glenn Beck shows just how extreme he really is.

In another corner stood Thom Tillis, the self-described architect of North Carolina's "conservative revolution."

Meanwhile, Mark Harris, who was chosen by god to run in this race, watched from the sidelines with Heather Grant, both continuously out-flanked by two of the most arrogant and hateful men you can imagine.

For Tillis, the answer to every question was the same. "It's really very simple," he said on many occasions. "All you have to do is rid of Obamacare, cut taxes on the rich, put more brown people in jail, keep all those women and their vaginas under control. It's really very simple."

For Brannon, everything was constitutional. Article whatever section three. The British are coming. Put on your tinfoil hats.

I hope you'll take time to look at the debate for yourself. Perhaps you'll reach the same conclusion the Greensboro News-Record reached.

The hour-long debate, held at Davidson College and televised by Time Warner Cable, showed the candidates share similar stances. They oppose abortion, the Affordable Care Act, Common Core education standards, government overreach and amnesty for undocumented immigrants. They believe some federal departments — from Education and Energy to the Internal Revenue Service — could be abolished. They don’t believe that climate change is real.

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They don't believe climate change is real

They believe the earth is 6000 years old.
They believe trickle-down economics actually works.
They believe you can have a robust education system without teachers.
They believe that women are too stupid to know what they want to do with their bodies.

Decisions, decisions

I'm registered as an independent, so I can vote in the Republican primary.

It's a tough choice between The Scowler, Too Much Coffee Man, The God Guy and The Giggler.

Seriously, though, it looks like Mr. Unpleasantness, Tillis, will get the nomination, though Jittery Nerves Brannon might surprise everyone and pull out an upset.

With Tillis, Kay's going to have her work cut out for her with the money that's been pouring into the race. Tillis will be vulnerable on his record in the state legislature - if she plays her cards right, the election would be more of a referendum on the performance of the state legislature than Hagan's record. Tillis is embracing his record in state government like an octopus, so it will boil down to whether voters want a "slash and burn" government that screws teachers, the environment, the unemployed, minorities and small business.

If Brannon catches fire - and the way he's so jumpy I'm surprised he doesn't spontaneously combust - the November election boils down to The Conspiracy Theorist versus The Adult in the Room. Brannon's got so many problems as a candidate - I can't see his constitutional mumbo-jumbo going anywhere with mainstream voters.

Of course, it's a long time until November and there's a lot of things that can happen between now and then. The court cases over the voter restrictions by the Republicans might turn up some interesting emails and memos that pull Tillis directly into that mess. The Tea Baggers might really turn on Tillis if he's nominated, tearing him down publicly in hopes of getting a "real conservative" in the seat next time around. NC's Amendment One might get struck down, turning November's election into a gay bashing fest by the Right. Harris might get called by God to run as an independent for the Senate seat. Brannon's head might explode as he's trying to connect the UN's Agenda 21 with manipulation of the gold market.

Bingo

If she plays her cards right, the election would be more of a referendum on the performance of the state legislature than Hagan's record. Tillis is embracing his record in state government like an octopus, so it will boil down to whether voters want a "slash and burn" government that screws teachers, the environment, the unemployed, minorities and small business.

Tillis robocall

Well, it looks like the election will be a referendum on NC's extremist state legislature.

I got a robocall from the Tillis campaign yesterday asking for my support in the May 6th primary with Tilli's recorded voice saying:

"For the last three years I've led a conservative revolution as Speaker of the House in North Carolina and I'll do the same in Washington once I defeat Kay Hagan."

Go ahead, Thom. Kay just has to mention "teachers" and you'll melt like Margaret Hamilton getting doused by a bucket of water.

I was at a local candidates' forum last night,

Our local forum had some really fine local crazy but I would like to see the R-senate crazy part-the-first to go along with tonight's WRAL R-senate crazy part-the-second. Is the video available for streaming anywhere on the internets?

I couldn't bear to watch...and didn't.

Surely somewhere in the NC statutes it's against the law for for pricks and assholes to be in such close contact or to be displayed in public.

Stan Bozarth