Over the weekend the Republican Party picked its slate for the fall campaign to replace the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General. The outcome is a group of candidates that defies conventional political wisdom.
Following Mitt Romney’s defeat in November, most believed that his campaign had been weakened by a primary process that had driven the party so far to the right that the Republican brand had become unacceptable to a large section of a demographically changing America. To become competitive, the Republicans must appear more tolerant of ethnic, sexual, and religious diversity. The delegates to the recent Virginia convention never got the memo.
Ken Cuccilooney is clearly not a middle of the road candidate. He is a climate change denier, a practitioner of Joe McCarthy-style politics, a supporter of legislation to depress African-American political participation and a firm cheerleader of invasive trans-vaginal examinations in order to deny women access to a guaranteed right to an abortion. He claims to be against special give- aways to the wealthy but was significantly silent as the cash-strapped state of Virginia and city of Richmond showered millions on billionaire Dan Snyder and his for-profit football team.
Cooch’s running mates were virtual political unknowns until Saturday night. Their nominations brought forth a flood of information on various sites. Many such as Huffington Post and Salon might be considered progressive but their background research is solid.
It seems that the AG nominee, like so many Republicans, never met a female reproductive function he doesn’t think the state should monitor. In 2009 , this “believer in individual freedom” introduced legislation requiring women who have suffered a miscarriage to report the event to the police. This is one of the most bizarre and disgusting legislative efforts on record. What’s next, a tax on tampons for transportation? But Mr. Obenshain is not the most offensive hen in this house. Mr. E W. “Bishop” Jackson is far and away the most offensive pol nominated in a long time.
The Huffington Post reports that Jackson asserts that Planned Parenthood has done more harm to African-Americans than the KKK. His other sited reported against gays term them “sick” and “perverted”. This classification of American society is horrifyingly reminiscent of propaganda used against the Jews in Germany.
A visit to Bishop Jackson’s website, Staying True to America’s Destiny or, Stand is instructive. Democrats are not only wrong on policy to Jackson they are affiliated with the anti-Christ. According to Jackson, the Democratic Party “holds Christians in bondage to everything they hold dear.” E.W. states that black Democrats should abandon their party because of its “increasingly secular stands.”
By nominating E.W. Jackson, the G.O.P. has fulfilled the dreams of Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson: It supports a theocracy. It has become a dangerous engine seeking to undermine basic Constitutional rights of all Americans, no matter their religions, gender, or sexual orientations. For a party that claims to have Jeffersonian roots, Republicans have become antithetical to the ideals of separation of church and state that Jefferson so eloquently stated in his famous “letters to the Danbury Baptists.”
– Leslie Schreiber