Todd Akin, of 'rape victims have a way to shut down pregnancy' fame is alive and well -- and guess what, tied for the lead as Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in North Carolina.
Okay, that's not exactly true -- the part about it being Todd Akin. But it is true that his political clone, Greg Brannon, is tied for the GOP nomination according to the Public Policy Polling:
Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that Thom Tillis' support has declined after a month defined by his gaffes on the campaign trail, and that he's now tied for the Republican Senate nomination with Greg Brannon. Tillis and Brannon are both at 14%
Here's a little background on Dr. Greg Brannon. First off, he's a physician. If elected, he would join other medical stalwarts of stupidity in the upper chamber, Dr. Tom Coburn (R-Ok.), Dr. John Barrasso (R-Wy.) and Dr. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). And certainly none of those three practice medicine or even common sense. So that's not an automatic plus.
Moving to Brannon's politics. This is the true eye opener. TPM:
In November Brannon said Planned Parenthood had a secret plan to kill newborn babies. He also once compared food stamps to slavery and reportedly helped sponsor and speak at a rally supporting nullification. During the campaign Brannon also admitted to reviewing parts of his campaign website which appeared to have been plagiarized from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY.) (Brannon styles himself as a sort of heir apparent of Paul's).
So Brannon is accused of plagiarizing from the Senate's plagiarizer-in-chief, Rand Paul. I guess if you're going to copy from someone, why not one of the best?
But look at his stands on Planned Parenthood, food stamps and nullification. If this guy isn't a right-wing, white racist with a medical license, who is? Yet he's tied for the lead for his party's nomination. Is there something wrong with him, his state or both?
In a way this may turn out to be good news for the Democrats. Ask Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) who ran against the original Todd Akin. North Carolina's Democratic nominee is likely to be incumbent Kay Hagan. Though she's low in the popularity polls, she can only be helped by running against a Todd Akin/Christine O'Donnell type of candidate. There might just be enough sanity left in the state for her (even after tight voter suppression laws go into effect) to hold onto her job for another six years.
As Americans, we can only hope.