Paul Broun in the Senate?

Rep. Steve King isn’t the only serious House wingnut attempting to move up to the Senate. Rep. Paul Broun of Georgia, a charter member of the House Crackpot Caucus, is going to run for the Republican nomination to replace Sen. Saxby Chambliss in 2014:

Georgia GOP Rep. Paul Broun is expected to announce his candidacy for Senate Wednesday in the race to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Broun, who represents Georgia’s 10th district, will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Atlanta to announce his decision. Though he hasn’t officially said yet that he will enter the race, Broun is widely expected to do so. His wife, Niki, also said last week that her husband is planning to run.

Let’s go over some of his greatest hits. He’s the guy who said that evolution and the big bang were “lies from the pit of hell.” He was one of two legislators who voted for Allen West to be the new speaker of the House — after West was voted out of office. And just a week or so ago he said that Obama “upholds the Soviet constitution.” There are lots of people as batshit as him in the House, but we usually don’t let them into the Senate.

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  • D. C. Sessions

    There are lots of people as batshit as him in the House, but we usually don’t let them into the Senate.

    The times, they are a’ changin’.

    Given that he’s running in Georgia in an off-year, I figure he’s got a pretty good shot, especially if the Georgia legislature gets the next-generation election engineering released to production in time.

  • mobius

    Unless they are named James Inhofe.

  • Michael Heath

    Ed writes:

    There are lots of people as batshit as him in the House, but we usually don’t let them into the Senate.

    I think that horse left the barn a long time ago. Following is a list of demonstrably wingnutty Senators currently serving in the 113th Congress. I’m confident this list is incomplete: Jeff Sessions, Richard Shelby, David Vitter, Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Jeff Flake, Jim Inhofe, Pat Toomey, Thad Cochran, Roger Wicker, Tim Scott, Roy Blunt, Mike Johanns, Deb Fischer, John Thune, Dean Heller, Johnny Isaakson, Ted Cruz (a nut in Inhofe’s league – see his Agenda 21 argument), Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, Mike Crapo, Richard Burr, Dan Coats, Chuck Grassley, Rand Paul, Ron Johnson (climate scientists are, “crazy”), and John Barrasso,

    These people all deny critically important facts. They also all depend on false premises to justify positions which are critical to humanity and/or the national interest.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Mr. Heath cites 27 PoG Senators, easily enough to dominate their caucus as the minority and enough to dominate as the majority even if all of the new Senators added to make up a majority are rational. Which, on its face, is profoundly disturbing.

    The nagging question that must be asked, though, is how many of them are sincerely insane and how many are windsocks blowing with the current hot air from the Conservative Entertainment Complex? If all of the incoming Republican majority Senators were moderates, would the 27 wingnuts sense the change and trim their sails or would they mount the same kind of “rule or ruin” hard line that their colleagues in the House have?

    Damn if I know — you don’t get into the Senate without a fair bit of acting ability (including the ability to fool yourself as necessary.) So far, those of us on the outside really can’t tell whether they’ve had to fight to impose their DeMint-style lockstep conformity on the rest of the Caucus or whether the other members have willingly collaborated. All in all, I’d rather never find out.

  • Michael Heath

    Actually, I noted 26, not 27. I inadvertently listed Sen. Inhofe twice. Who can blame me?

  • D. C. Sessions

    I inadvertently listed Sen. Inhofe twice. Who can blame me?

    I can see how he might count double.

    However, that’s still enough to dominate a 51-seat Republican majority. If the Majority applies the Senate equivalent of the Hastert Rule, they have complete control of what makes it to the floor, committee assignments, and in particular Presidential appointments.

  • martinc

    Michael Heath @ 5:

    Actually, I noted 26, not 27. I inadvertently listed Sen. Inhofe twice. Who can blame me?

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  • birgerjohansson

    As long as the Regressives are a minority, it might be an advantage to get some extra-crazy moron into the senate. Lots of “entertaining” quotes, until the image of them as the stupid party finally percolates through the mainstream awareness.