By Jason Sattler

Surrendering To The Extremes: Meet Some of 2012′s Scariest Candidates

August 22, 2012 12:27 am Category: Memo Pad 43 Comments A+ / A-

When Todd Akin, Republican nominee for the US Senate in Missouri, picked the wrong words to describe what has become mainstream pro-life doctrine, he ignited a firestorm. The Republican Party is still smarting from the 2010 losses of Christine O’Donnell, Sharron Angle and Ken Buck, which cost them the Senate. So the GOP machine turned on Akin with such sharpness and certainty, you’d almost think he’d suggested Mitt Romney pay a normal tax rate.

But Akin isn’t some fringe figure. He is the GOP mainstream. He wasn’t even the Tea Party candidate in the primary — that was Sarah Steelman,  endorsed by Sarah Palin herself. What Akin is running on  — taking health insurance from at least 30 million Americans, gutting government, and lowering taxes for the richest — is pretty much what every Republican in the country is running on. On Tuesday, the GOP officially approved Akin’s “offensive” views on women’s health in the form of the “human life amendment,” making them central to the party’s 2012 platform.

The scariest thing about the GOP is how the fringe has taken over the party. But here are four candidates who personify just how extreme the Republican Party has become.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    Todd Akin’s comment about “legitimate rape”, which seems to draw a line between that crime and something he considers “illegitimate” rape, was made even worse when he added a diatribe about a female mechanism that can shut that “thing” down to avoid pregnancy. If that was not bad enough, he now blames the liberal media with long knives for making a big deal out of the improper use of “one word”. Should we assume that in addition to flunking biology he also missed a few English classes. The problem for Akin was not one word, but the entire sentence. My first reaction to his comment was, is this man crazy, stupid, or just a religious zealot? Upon reflection I concluded that he is smarter than many of us give him credit for. He knows his audience better than we do, and he fed them exactly what they wanted to hear. He is not leading in Missouri because he is a pragmatist or a great statesman, he is leader because he is a skillful illuminati.

  • WhutHeSaid

    This is the worst Republican ticket in decades, maybe ever. With the influence of the despicable Tea-Bigots, we can expect all manner of hate should these people get elected. They hate women, minorities, the poor and young people, and will do their level best to take what they can from working people in order to fund more dancing horsies and truffles for their wealthy donors. Willing to lie and cheat in order to get elected, they’ve set about systematically erecting barriers to the rights of minority and poor voters.

    Bush may have been bad, but this is leadership FAIL. Let’s send these knuckle-dragging nut-bags packing in November — and they can take their stupid hats with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    The writer of this article is correct in pointing out that the centerpiece of the GOP platform, and what is really driving Tea Party Republicans, is the need to repeal Obamacare, reduce the Federal government to the point it is rendered ineffective, and lowering taxes on the super rich to the point they no longer have to pay any. That, however, is only part of the agenda, their focus on undermining the rights of women and ethnic minorities, turning the Second Amendment into a joke, destroying ALL social programs, and ensuring some members of our society only enter the Oval Office to serve lemonade are very high on their list of priorities.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000140841357 Phyllis Earl

      What is really driving the Tea Party republicans is the ideas of their founder and financier, the Koch brothers. I don’t believe this is really about Obamacare. I think that the interests of these billionaires with their scorn for EPA regulations, worker’s rights and the fact that they are required to pay any tax at all is what drives them. They tried, about 20 or 30 years ago to infiltrate our government to accommodate their greedy interests. Because we had laws in place that wouldn’t allow unlimited, anonymous money to flow into our political, the Koch brothers worked around that by running for vice president on the Libertarian ticket. The ticket failed to gain the support of the populace and they lost the election. BUT the methods and schemes that were used at that time has become the foundation of the Tea Party movement. We have to vote the Tea Party people out. Their spokespeople have either been paid a very substantial amount of money from the Koch’s and their billionaire friends or they will be for the sole purpose of preying on the fears of certain groups of people to get the people to fight for their own detriment. Obama became the enemy when he refused to sell us out. He stood by us and we should stand by him. Lastly, don’t ‘trust’ anything that I have said, or what you hear from Murdoch owned Fox news, please fact check everything that you hear and read, read and read some more. Dominick is correct. We are in for the fight of our lives. Vote democratic in this election or we Will all lose.

      • Ibsyboy

        The Teahadist Party started out with the intention of being an other voice, a populist voice. But they chickened out and decided to get in bed with the GOP. They could not temper their desire to jump on the “Get rid of the Negro Bandwagon.” They quit the fight and joined the very club they hated. And they learned quickly the rules of the road to success under the first duly elected Negro President of the United States of America, tear him down, blame him for every woe they were saddled with, join in on the obstructionism of Congress, fail to support any legislation aimed at the unemployment problem. Instead of coming to Congress to solve problems they became the problem. They will be voted out of Congress when Obama gets reelected and tries to pass some job oriented legislation and uses the power of a 2nd term to shine a light on their total lack of desire to put their ideology aside and care about the Country just once. The Teahadists sold out to the desire for power. They should have stayed on the out side and remained agitators instead of joining in with the instigators of planned obsolescence.

  • ObozoMustGo

    And now for the real news…. corruption and discrimination in the Obozo Regime….

    Hat tip John Johnson of Newser:
    (Newser) – A federal worker who says he lost out on a plum job because he is a man has filed a discrimination lawsuit naming Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano as the sole defendant. What’s more, James T. Hayes also alleges that a high-ranking official in Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office “created a frat house-type atmosphere that is targeted to humiliate and intimidate male employees,” reports the New York Times.

    That official, Suzanne Barr, has gone on paid leave as an investigation into the allegations continues, notes Fox News. They came to light after Hayes says he got passed over in favor of a woman who he says wasn’t qualified. He says she got the job because she had a “long-standing relationship” with Napolitano—”and because he was not female,” according to the lawsuit.

    Have a nice day!

    “It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan

    • highpckts

      Fox news? NO surprise there!!

    • jjp58

      And Ronnie should know, since he faked being a Democrat to gain leadership of the Screen Actors Guild, so he could rat out the “commies” to Joe (Stalin) McCarthy’s House UnAmerican Activities Committee, thus getting vengeance on his Hollywood enemies while also gaining entree into California Republican mob politics. Talk about being a whore! Good ol’ Saint Ronnie!

    • grammyjill

      according to fox news. there’s your first mistake.

      • ObozoMustGo

        You are a fool! Any idiot that says its ok for a government official to have sex with a subordinate and then promote their sex partners over others is a downright slack jawed moron and classic useful idiot!

        • grammyjill

          did i say it was ok with me? i think they ought to be shot. you as usual went off on your own tangent. we were discussing womens health and abortion. i really hope you watch both conventions and all of the debates. listen carefully with mind open and eyes shut. i don’t hate all republicans, but romney and ryan are just wrong, as people. as canidates they are TOO secret and as people, their religion needs to by left at the door. separation of church and state. and what is their plan? they say it’s going to be great, ok, what is it? friday night at ten on msnbc is meet the canidate. this friday is romney. i’ll be watching. i’ll let you know when it’s obama’s turn. probably next friday. have a good evening.

        • grammyjill

          Obozo, Just heard that there will be no network coverage of the convention on monday night. About the only place you will be able to find any coverage is on msnbc. Maybe on some other cable station. You should really watch it. I think monday night will be important to the race. Have a great weekend!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/LeRoy-Crume/100000284027345 LeRoy Crume

    The scariest thing is,,,More than likely, he’ll be elected.
    My question is, Why do people cast their precious vote for some crazy person like this ?
    You take a survey of congress, the people that control the purse strings of the country, they are willing to let the entire country go down the drain, (and have said it on national TV) ala, Mitch McConnell, (OUR MAIN OBJECTIVE IS TO MAKE SURE OBAMA IS A ONE TERM PRESIDENT)
    Paul Ryan said to his fellow congressmen, DON’T PASS ANY BILL FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.
    Because that’s a sure way of reelecting Obama. Let the country go to hell, and blame Obama !!!
    You can see who they care about, but YOU, the voters are ready to vote them,(congress) right back into office. THAT’S A MYSTERY TO ME !!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      I Agree, Plus The Fact Is He Been Lying Along Makes Me Know Race Has A Lot To Do With It!!

    • Ibsyboy

      They have been disenchanted with the fictional landscape provided by the Right Wing picture of America as an: angry, hateful, contemptuous, pessimistic, racist Country. In their search for solutions they have been lead on by the “Blame Stream Media” 0f FOX, Limbaugh, Beck, Hannity and Palin, to feel it is justifiable to look for some one to blame starting with the POTUS, Liberals, the Poor, the Women, the Jews, the Negroes, the Muslims, Etc. How would you feel; if all you had to hold onto was this bleak fictional, profit making view of your country?

  • http://profiles.google.com/quanticojarhead William Britton

    What is “legitimate rape” or “forced rape”? Rape is the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse. In other words, “rape” does not need an adjective.

    • neece00

      Maybe the difference is that sometimes “no” can mean yes.

  • jjrjon

    Where do they get these idiot Politicians (Democrats and/or Republicans)??? It’s really scary to see our so called elected officials care more for themselves than for the real issues and Public Prosperity. Call it what you may, (Oligarchy or Illuminism) the members of our do nothing Congress have passed laws to protect only a privileged few and to allow the Todd Akin’s of their world to take center stage. As far as this layman is concerned there is no such thing as “Legitimate Rape”. Rape is rape, regardless of how the Politician’s defines it. On another note, I’m truly disappointed in our American way of Government and the Police State it has become, where Graft, Corruption, Special Intrest Groups (Lobbiest) and Super PAC’s peddle their influence to purchase Politicians and political favors to further their agendas.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/65XTULJZJC46VWDNU3XTLTPFCU Bobby

    Yahoo News, is huge supporter of the Right Wing Republicans. Yahoo, prints disrespectful comments about President Obama and his family all the time. Referring to the President as a Monkey, the N- word, Not an American, etc. Yahoo News, even printed nasty disrespectful comments, about Gabby Douglas, the Olympic Gold Medal Winner! Calling her ugly, nappy hair and the flying Monkey. This kid is a 16 year old, minor!

    • pmbalele

      I have never figured out why white and black women join the Republican Party. First it treats them second class citizens. Second it abuses them. You remember how they treated Michele Bachman, Candy Rice and Sarah Palin. – Terrible. All republican males look and act the same. They are egocentric – just like radical religious groups. Republicans can curse you for taking their freedom but next day themselves commit the same crime. Look at Paul Ryan – a close friend of Akin. Ryan crafted a law to limit funding for sick seniors to only $5,000. That was six months ago. Two days ago he said did not mean to kill seniors exhausting their $5,000 voucher. Romney shipped jobs abroad for 10 years. Now same Romney blames President Obama for unemployment. That is hypocrisy. Republicans don’t like women to have freedom of their bodies. But when women birth kids they cannot support, the same Republicans not abandon these mothers but call them names such as food stamp loaders, BIT loafers etc. I don’t trust republicans. All they want is your money to spend on their mistresses. Please join me to re-elect President Obama on November 6.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.sondrall Keith Sondrall

    What amazes me, is there are women who will vote for these nutcases…….how can any self respecting woman vote for this group of old white, bigoted men……..and they love them…. that kool-aid must be some pretty good stuff

    • highpckts

      KEITH – Oh I know quite a few women who only vote according to their husbands beliefs! God forbid they develope a brain of their own and vote their conscience!!

      • neece00

        I am a women and thankfully, when I close the booth I get to mark who I think will do the best job for the country. You are right however, many women do vote in the direction that their husband tells them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3AEVYAEPTF5EQAQBKY7B4IUSU EAT THE RICH

    “off with their heads”

  • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

    The Whole Group Of GOP/Tea Party Terrorists Is Scary, Cause They Are LOw Life Knuckle Dragging Lying DEMONS!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ford-Truck/100003735221640 Ford Truck

    “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in Government.” — Thomas Jefferson, Author of The Declaration of Independence, and Third President of the United States.

    THAT TIME IS GETTING CLOSER!!

  • Edsanjuan

    Another inane article by Jason Stattler, who will say anything to be in good graces with the Obama Administration. What really happened here is that this candidate, Todd Akin, tried to make a point utilizing an unfortunate choice of words. He tried to make a distinction where there shouldn’t be any and, sure enough, Obama people are correct in the sense that “rape is rape”. So far so good. This much can be stipulated.
    What is wrong, and very indicative of the despair felt by Democrats, is to make this into what Stattler’s headline STRIDENTLY identifies as ” surrendering”, “extremes”, and “SCARIEST candidates”.
    Look, you Dem Lefties don’t have a candidate who can run on his record and, because of that, you are trying to make “a mountain out of a molehill”. Lighten up, relax guys !!
    I say, if Romney/Ryan do not perform for this country, as Obama has not, let’s throw them out in 2016 in the very exact way that Obama will (inevitably) be fired from the Presidency on November 6, 2012.
    … Todd Akin and all this “much ado about nothing” notwithstanding ….

    • BDD1951

      Well, they still voted for GWB who was doing a horrific job.

    • grammyjill

      Either you don’t get it or don’t believe it. Have you heard any of the
      Romney/Ryan plans. If you have you’re the only one. Watch the convention and all of the debates. I heard some of the rnc convention platform today. It is frightening.
      That is unless you hate women and wish they all would die horribly, you’re all in for giving every cent possible to the ultra rich, want to let pollution run wild again, let all the old people that can’t afford to pay all of their own medical expences die. Keep college only for the rich kids. That is what I remember from the news clip.
      Now, Obama has put more than 4 million people back to work, stopped one war and is stopping the other, has put in a healthcare system that will be better and cheaper for all. Just today, housing sales up 3.2%. total defict for year2012 is 1.1 trillion. Not the 4 trillion a day the republicans hope you’ll believe. Try google. Check what you hear.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/47UD7UZ7UQ5IK3EO3BBZAS63IM Eduardo

        grammyjill: Come on ! Check your “facts”. Do you really believe that, as you say, “… [the deficit is] not the 4 trillion a day the republicans hope you’ll believe. ” Four (4) trillion a day ??!!!! Grammy, are you absolutely out of your mind??!! Get your act together, lady, so that you can argue your points intelligently …
        Helloooo, anybody there? Anybody? ….. any thing in there ??!!!
        Oh brother !!
        P.S. – Check this out: Did you know that there are four hundred million trillion poor kids in the USA?

        • grammyjill

          yes i did know about the children. now ask yourself, if ryan is so prolife that he think every pregnancy should produce a child, then why would he think it’s a good idea to cut any programs that that child might need to survive? and yes, i did check it out. wic and headstart will go. medicade will get serious cuts. most every social help program will get major cuts or cease to exist.

  • howa4x

    The scare tatics of the GOP is the best weapon that they have. “OMG what will future generation due with all our debt” they shout, or having 30 million insured is socialism, or we have to cut taxes for the job creators. This is the mantra of the new and not so improved GOP. the wealthy 1% have spent their time and lots of money on building canidates that will serve their interests or distract the voters with issues like abortion. This manipulation is working well for them. the 1% want a country of serfs that will do their bidding and they found people who will aid them. Dick Armey remember him? He was the lap dog of the wealthy before it became fashionable. He also founded the tea party and gave it their marching orders: No taxes on the rich, no enviornmental protection, and pick from a menu of social issues to play with to get the people riled up. This is what this party has become. These canidates are not the side show, they are the main event.

  • Ibsyboy

    “With the economy and unemployment being the out standing issues over the last 3 plus years. Here is how the GOP and the Right have spent all that valuable time. Trying to bring down a President of the United States of Ameirca. With the citizens crying out for jobs and some relief. Bringing down Obama has been the sole obsession of the right. Ideology over Country. 3 and a half years that could have been spent developing a jobs program, fixing the infrastructure, keeping jobs in America. NOPE!!! All that time spent on one objective of the most import to the Right and the GOP. Get the Negro out of the White House. They could not get anything to stick to Obama, so they invented their own Obama; the Muslim, Socialist, Racist, un-Ameican, non American, 1/2 White, Constitution stomping, worst POTUS in History. This is what we got from the GOP over the last 3 plus years. Plus, Todd Akin, Allen West, Michelle Bachmann, Sara Palin, Christine O’Donnell, Sharon Angle, Ken Buck and a host of crazies. No jobs bill, nothing of value legislatively speaking. And these guys want to run the government. Will they know how to after 3 plus years away from governance and all that time destroying an other human being’s character? I doubt it. They couldn’t govern under one of their own; G.W. Bush.” So here’s to a legacy of failure and ideology over Country of the Right Wing, the GOP and the Teahadist Party. American’s one and all, less the sense of concern for others.

  • DurdyDawg

    Well, this frog proves one thing for sure:

  • ghettoforever

    The Tea Party has took over the GOP and if they ever gain control of the White House, the 99% are in trouble.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

    Remember back in 2008 when nobel prize winning economist Paul Kruger said the republicans were the party of the stupid. I don’t think he meant all republicans are stupid. Far from it. But if you are stupid, you’re probably a republican. Witness the birth of the TEA PARTY.

    Gosh I wonder if I could become a member of the TEA PARTY. I have no meaningful education, no scruples, no sense of morality, low self esteem, and I’m functionally illiterate. My favorite pastime is fondling my gun collection. I like to disrespect anyone who doesn’t believe in creationism or who thinks mankind is contributing to the global warming myth. I believe that all non-white or mixed race people are inferior to me and that only poor people should pay taxes. So am I qualified to join?

    • CAThinker

      If you’re all that – you fit the profile… Jeff Foxworthy had that thing “If you you must be a redneck…> Not to offend any rednecks, but I think you could almost interchange “Tea Partier” with redneck and come really close…

  • http://twitter.com/thecypresstimes The Cypress Times

    The most extreme candidate in U.S. History is the current sitting President of the United States of America.

    • http://www.desertsouthwest.org Gary W.

      Keep drinking the koolaid. He’s almost a mirror image of Ronald Reagan. Both raised taxes, both nationalized banks, both said the rich should pay more…shall I go on.

      • Dialog2Debate

        Both opened the military to open homosexuals. Except for Reagan.

        Reagan did not try using the force of law to force religious organizations to violate their consciences. Obama does and will continue to do so. If not even a church is allowed to follow its conscience, that bodes ill for us ordinary people. Suddenly, the state is our god. That makes Obama an antichrist.

    • Dialog2Debate

      I’m sure that “National Memo” mentioned that in its corollary article on the scariest candidates in the Democratic Party. Does anyone have the link to that article?

  • John Monteleone

    I’m a Democrat, but these commentaries are awful. They are full of ad hominem attacks, innuendo, and outright speculation. No need for clever word-play and ‘guilty by association’ charges. There’s more than enough policy-based argument to be offered against these candidates.

    National Memo, this is not educated political discourse. This is pandering, just like they do on Fox News. Be responsible. Don’t fight fire with fire.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4JK5UTBYBW34I6QZZXYEBMSTT4 TEN-OF-WANDS

    THE TIME HAS COME for us to acknowledge that SMALL business and BIG business have opposing and incompatible political and economic agendas.
    THE TIME HAS COME for us to acknowledge that the organized and moneyed professions of law, medicine, and finance have become degraded to the point of being parasitic.
    THE TIME HAS COME for us to realize that universities have become commandeered by the corporate culture, teaching students no longer how to think, but why to believe.
    THE TIME HAS COME for a political party whose sole means of continuance is the rendering of a set of lies more palatable than those of the opposing faction.

    THE TIME HAS COME FOR A NEW CONSTITUTION THAT PROTECTS US FROM THE RAVAGES OF THE MARRIAGE OF CORPORATION AND STATE WITH THE SAME VIGOR THAT OUR PRESENT ONE PROTECTS US FROM THE RAVAGES OF CHURCH AND STATE.

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