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We knew this would happen, didn’t we? Here are probably the two most despicable right wing reactions so far to the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
First, Mike Huckabee on Fox News (of course), saying that we shouldn’t be surprised that “schools become a place of carnage” when we have “systematically removed God from our schools.”
HUCKABEE: Well, you know, it’s an interesting thing. We ask why there is violence in our schools but we have systematically removed God from our schools. Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage? Because we’ve made it a place where we don’t want to talk about eternity, life, what responsibility means, accountability - that we’re not just going to have be accountable to the police if they catch us, but one day we stand before, you know, a holy God in judgment. If we don’t believe that, then we don’t fear that. And so I sometimes, when people say, why did God let it happen. You know, God wasn’t armed. He didn’t go to the school. But God will be there in the form of a lot people with hugs and with therapy and awhole lot of ways in which he will be involved in the aftermath. Maybe we ought to let him in on the front end and we wouldn’t have to call him to show up it’s all said and done at the back end.
The ever-execrable Bryan Fischer echoes this theme, saying God could have protected the children in Newtown, but “God is not going to go where he’s not wanted,” because God is a “gentleman.”
As Condoleezza Rice warms up in the green room, and Paul Ryan sits alone in a darkened room reading Atlas Shrugged for the 197th time, here’s our second Republican Convention thread of the evening, fourth of the debacle.
Looks like Mike Huckabee isn’t going mention Todd Akin in his self-serving speech, after “defending” Akin to pump up his religious right credentials all week.
There’s a good chance Ron Paul’s followers will do something crazy tonight, and an even better chance that Rand Paul will say something crazy. Also on the bill: anti-choice fanatic Mike Huckabee followed by pro-choice “moderate Republican” Condoleezza Rice. So that should be good for a little cognitive whiplash.
Here’s the schedule of right wing festivities for the evening:
- Call to order
- Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team
- Pledge of Allegiance by Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Rea, U.S. Army (Ret.)
- National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
- Invocation by Ishwar Singh
- Ron Paul video
- Remarks by Senate Republican leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
- Remarks by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
- Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell
- Remarks by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.
- Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi, R-Fla., Attorney General Sam Olens, R-Ga.
- Remarks by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.
- Remarks by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio
- Remarks by Gov. Luis Fortuño, R-Puerto Rico
- Remarks by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.
- Bush 41, 43 film
- Remarks by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.
- Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
- Remarks by Gov. Susana Martinez, R-N.M.
- Remarks by vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
- Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios
Proving all over again that there’s absolutely nothing too weird, misogynistic, or reactionary for the religious right to support: Huckabee Rallies Missouri Pastors to Akin’s Side, Attacks GOP Establishment.
Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Mike Huckabee participated in a conference call Friday night with hundreds of Baptist pastors and Christian talk radio hosts in Missouri that was organized to coordinate a robust defense of Rep. Todd Akin as he faces pressure from Washington Republicans to drop his Senate bid against Democrat Claire McCaskill.
Speaking harshly about establishment Republicans who have tried to force Akin from the Missouri race, Huckabee at one point compared the National Republican Senatorial Committee to “union goons” who “kneecap” their enemies.
The former Arkansas governor said party bosses were “opening up rounds and rounds” of ammunition on Akin and “then running over with tanks and trucks and leaving him to be ravaged by the other side.”
“This is unprecedented, to see to this orchestrated attempt to humiliate and devastate a fellow Republican,” Huckabee said of Akin, who has deep ties to the Christian conservative movement. Akin spent Thursday in Florida meeting with evangelical leaders and evaluating his political future.
Huckabee said he spoke directly with NRSC officials this week and was assured that they would begin to dial back their offensive against Akin. He said party officials specifically told him they would stop pressuring Akin’s consultants and campaign vendors to drop the congressman as a client.
Who are the real bosses of the Republican Party? Fanatical throwbacks like Mike Huckabee.
Todd Akin went on Mike Huckabee’s radio show today to try to explain that when he said “legitimate rape,” he really meant “forcible rape.”
This is a very important concept to today’s vaginaphobic Republican Party, because if they can get the public to go along with this Dark Ages talking point they can force women to bear the babies of rapists.
Wow, that sounded harsh. But true.
Mitt Romney is in the green room, preparing to run the Fox News gauntlet of right wing Attorneys General, so here’s a second thread to discuss…