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Birther vies for Congressional seat in Alabama

The Huffington Post reports that Dean Young, a runoff contender for the Republican nomination in Alabama’s 1st congressional district (where I grew up), went full birther in an interview with The Guardian newspaper, saying, after initial evasion, that he believes President Obama was born in Kenya.

Young also said that his political hero is Judge Roy Moore, writer for WorldNetDaily in 2009, and previously removed as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for disobeying a federal court order to remove his “Ten Commandments” monument from the state judicial building (Moore was subsequently re-elected to the post). Young didn’t know who the US Treasury Secretary is, nor the Republican Whip in the House.

Young, who describes his supporters as “pitchfork people,” is trailing in the race.

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13 Responses to Birther vies for Congressional seat in Alabama

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    Daniel October 31, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    When you’re behind in the race, and unlikely to get ahead, it sometimes makes sense to take a huge risk to mobilize the crazies. Crazies make for dangerous bedfellows, but they do vote, usually in greater percentages than moderates.

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    Andrew Vrba, PmG October 31, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Wow…Surely he must be the “how many times has this happened to you?” victim from infomercials! You know, the guy who gives himself multiple fractures and a concussion, whilst trying to wash his car “the old fashioned way”?

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    Daniel October 31, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I have to admit I have a small amount of idle curiosity which causes me to almost hope he wins.

    Imagine the talk show host monologues for the next few years….. priceless.

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    Bob October 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    What happened to Orly’s big plans to recall every member of Congress?

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    Benji Franklin October 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Bob: What happened to Orly’s big plans to recall every member of Congress?

    Her pledge to recall every member of Congress is now being explained as constituting only her promise to publicly RECITE the names of as many members of Congress, as SHE CAN RECALL.

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    Joey October 31, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Bob:
    What happened to Orly’s big plans to recall every member of Congress?

    She learned that the Constitution does not permit the recall of members of Congress. They can only be expelled on a two-thirds majority in the House they were elected to.

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    jayHG October 31, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Lol……..trailing in the race, is he…….wonder why.

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    Joe Acerbic October 31, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    Joey: She learned

    Orly Taitz learned? Preposterous!

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    Kiwiwriter November 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Daniel:
    When you’re behind in the race, and unlikely to get ahead, it sometimes makes sense to take a huge risk to mobilize the crazies. Crazies make for dangerous bedfellows, but they do vote, usually in greater percentages than moderates.

    Lonegan did the same thing in New Jersey…he was originally trailing 35 points in the polls, so he ramped up his already harsh Teabag rhetoric, to motivate his base. His basic plan was that his Teabaggers would all vote, the Democrats and moderate Republicans would stay home, and he would just nip Cory Booker.

    If Lonegan didn’t win, it didn’t matter…he had no plans to run for any other future political office, so he didn’t have to worry about losing political capital with fellow Republicans. He could leave it all out on the field, and that’s basically what he did.

    As soon as Lonegan lost, he said he was going back to the private sector and was done with running for office. I don’t think he’ll run for anything again. He did indeed leave it out all on the field.

    Cory will have an easier time being re-elected next year.

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    Bob November 1, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Analysis of this race ☞LINK

    “Up till now, even extreme Republicans have mostly downplayed birtherism if they wanted to win (or continue holding) office, at least at the federal level. Dean Young apparently doesn’t think that still applies — at least not in Alabama.”

    . . .

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    Graham Shevlin November 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Any candidate who describes his supporters as “pitchfork” people is essentially admitting that he is a rabble-rouser.

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    G November 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Agreed.

    Graham Shevlin:
    Any candidate who describes his supporters as “pitchfork” people is essentially admitting that he is a rabble-rouser.

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    RanTalbott November 2, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    And an especially lame “rabble-rouser”, since he can’t even appeal to the people with enough brains to be allowed to carry torches.