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James Wolcott had a good suggestion for the Republican Party after various candidates who couldn’t keep their misogyny quiet kept the Senate in Democratic hands:

Apparently, that’s the good advice you just didn’t take:

After taking a drubbing in last year’s state elections, Virginia Republicans are debating whether their party has come to be defined by its extremists. But in a congressional district in Northern Virginia, one of the state’s main instigators of culture warfare, state Sen. Richard H. “Dick” Black, is running in the Republican primary to replace longtime GOP moderate Rep. Frank Wolf, who is retiring. And he’s guaranteed to ignite wedge-issue passion. Exhibit A: As a state legislator, Black opposed making spousal rape a crime, citing the impossibility of convicting a husband accused of raping his wife “when they’re living together, sleeping in the same bed, she’s in a nightie, and so forth.”

Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.” Black also fought to block a statue of Abraham Lincoln at a former Confederate site in Richmond. He wasn’t sure, he explained at the time, that statues of Lincoln belonged in Virginia. He has argued that abortion is a worse evil than slavery.

Maybe Virginia Republicans won’t be able to recruit Ralf Larsson, but at least they can have someone who shares his fundamental worldview.

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  • They really can’t help themselves. Opining about women, women’s bodies, women’s pregnancies, and women’s abortions is just so foundational that they pretty much can’t find anyone who is an old fashioned “lets just grind the faces of the poor” style conservative. They are the party of the panty sniffing moral scolds and rape advocates and so thats just who shows up to run for political positions.

    • aimai,
      Remember our Conservative’s POV:
      “Big Government” should stay our of everyone’s lives – except it the bedroom… meeting room… No-tell Motel… the back seat of a car, etc!

      And if a woman finds herself pregnant – due to consensual sex, date-rape, other rape, etc., the man should have no obligation!:
      ‘She asked for it, she’s got to pay for it!!!’

      • carolannie1949

        Nah, C U, they don’t want to be in the bedroom or other places, just monitoring the body of women and teh gay. Whatever the manly men do is A-OK, regardless of where. It is teh gay and wimmenz that need surveillance, in case they get too happy or something. And this surveillance has to be incessant and everywhere.

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        ConservaGOPer: “If them wimmins didn’t want to get raped, they should have been more careful about gettin’ born with them there ladybits!”

  • “Black has referred to emergency contraception, which does not cause abortions, as “baby pesticide.”

    Yes, and maybe he should remember that voters can act as swatters, to swat annoying pests to death!!!!!

    That’s where “voter suppression” comes in!

  • politicalfootball

    the good advice you just didn’t take:

    Isn’t it moronic?

    • Linnaeus

      Don’t ya think?

      • Ian

        It’s like ray-ee-ain on election day
        An extra bribe when you’ve already paid…

    • Hogan

      He, he, he oughta know.

    • Ten thousand tea bags when all you need is a life.

    • Origami Isopod

      Would he take you to a rape porn theater?

      • Barry Freed

        Is that SFW, or at least the public library I’m sitting in right now?

        • Lee Rudolph

          It is, in fact, about an Outraged Republican who boldly experimented with a computer in a public library, and Saw Something Nasty Behind the Woodshed. (I have not gone further than that in the article, and don’t intend to; in particular, I do not know if he in fact viewed “rape porn” or not.)

        • Origami Isopod

          Yeah, it’s SFW. It’s a brief, old news article about Black insisting on showing a reporter all the nasty rape porn he could find on the library computer due to the lack of a filter.

          • Barry Freed

            Thanks, the little bit I was able to read had a “Doctor, it hurts when I do this” quality to it.

          • Hogan

            And complaining about the library board not appealing the decision that they couldn’t use the filtering software. Had they appealed the decision, he no doubt would have complained about how much money the library board was wasting on “professional services” like, say, legal fees.

  • Trollhattan

    “Baby pesticide.” He seems nice.

  • JMP

    If abortion is baby pesticide, then babies are pests that most people want to get rid of?

  • Warren Terra

    If at first you don’t succeed …

  • Dennis Orphen

    The fog of contraception.

  • Hogan

    She’s in a nightie.

    And so forth.

    Well then.

    • Barry Freed

      Is he married?

      “How was work today dear?”

      “It sure was swell, I proposed some new legislation today.”

      “Oh, really that sounds nice. Why don’t you tell me about it.”


      • Origami Isopod

        Guys like Black don’t feel the need to justify anything to the babymaking/housecleaning/fucktoy apparatus.

        • Barry Freed

          Guys like him make me feel like I’m an alien visiting from another planet.

      • Hogan

        “How was work today, dear?”


        “That’s nice. Dinner will be ready in about fifteen minutes.”

  • The Party of Hating Lincoln.

    • Warren Terra

      Now, now, they love him so much they have annual Lincoln Day dinners. The Republican party of a suburban county near Portland, Oregon is having one that not only honors Lincoln, it also honors MLK Jr. They’re holding a raffle: winner get’s their choice of a handgun (such as killed Lincoln) or a rifle (such as killed King).

      How I wish I were making this up.

      • Anna in PDX

        I saw that the other day. Seriously. I thought it was a spoof.

        • Origami Isopod

          When it comes to teabaggers my ability to tell the real thing from satire started eroding in the middle of the last decade and hasn’t stopped.

  • Another brilliant move by the GOP. The district he’s aiming for isn’t the seethingest hotbed of conservatism in the state.

  • Sophronia

    They’ve all been driven out of their minds by the anti-choice movement. They’ve been talking exclusively to each other about sluts and loose women ever since 1980, and they no longer have the ability to comprehend that most of America does not think women having sexytimes is the number one biggest problem in the country.

    • women having sexytimes is the number one

      cause of the precipitous decline in unicorn sightings.

    • efgoldman

      they no longer have the ability to comprehend that most of America does not think women having sexytimes is the number one biggest problem in the country.

      It is for them, if they’re not gittin’ any.

      • Anonymous

        No, no, no. Women having fun when you’re boning them is not on the cards. These are people who like rape and want to make it legal, because rape is what God intended you to do to inferior female types.

        • Mens Right’s Activists 4 Dick

          Precisely. We don’t want women to want to have sex with us; we want women to have to have sex with us.

          Because let’s face it, getting a woman to want to have sex with you involves talking to ’em, and that shit is scary.

  • Russiannavyblog

    Want to know why the military is so fucked up on sexual assault issues? Because guys like Dick Black were JAGs who headed up the Army’s Criminal Law division.

    By the way, I don’t recommend googling “Dick Black AND Military”.

    • Barry Freed

      Holy shit, nice find.

    • pseudalicious

      Seriously. Can this be promoted to the OP? More people should see this.

    • Scotius

      Louie Gohmert was JAG too. Shudder.

      • DrS

        Louie Gomert, JAG OFFicer

    • JoyfulA

      And in St Robert, Missouri, he closed down EIGHT houses of prostitution!

      • herr doktor bimler

        It’s almost as if state legislators resent competition.

    • Karen

      The R’s should consider not nominating guys who can’t be Googled at work without triggering blocking software.

      • That’s the end of Santorum’s career.

    • ExpatJK


  • Code Name Cain

    I demand to know when the Guinness Book of World Records will officially crown the Republican Party as the record holders for having the most people come out of one clown car.

    • Warren Terra

      Molly Ivins famously quoted Jim Hightower as saying of some Republican politician that “if ignorance ever gets to $40 a barrel, I want the drilling rights on that guy’s head”. Clearly we need to redouble our efforts to develop Stupidity as a source of Alternative Energy, so as to find profitable use for this unparalleled natural resource the Republicans have so dedicatedly been developing. It could be a win-win!

  • Joshua

    I, for one, believe that this is a winning strategy for the GOP and should continue to be pursued vigorously.

    • JL

      See, I get that it’s nice for the GOP to keep shooting themselves in the foot, but comments like Black’s can be pretty hurtful for people who have been raped – in this case, especially, people who were raped by a partner. Which, according to the CDC, is 9.1% of all straight women in the US and 22.1% of bisexual women (they had a small-sample-size problem with lesbians).

      That comes out to an estimated 10,715,000 women in the US who have been raped by a partner. They might rather GOP assholes quit triggering them and trivializing their trauma, even if it is useful for Democrats. As a rape crisis counselor, I tend to agree. We do sometimes get spikes in hotline traffic when this kind of thing happens, because it makes a lot of survivors feel shitty.

  • MAJeff

    Does this “baby pesticide” come in a powdered form I can sprinkle around the entrance to my apartment?

    • Yes. It works just like borax does on slugs. Melts those little babies right down.

    • Lee Rudolph

      the entrance to my apartment

      So that’s what the kids are calling it these days? Fancy.

      • mds

        The real deviants use “foyer.”

  • DrDick

    Am I the only one who is starting to get the impression that none of these asshats has ever had actual consensual sex?

    • Dennis Orphen

      Is there such a thing as unilateral consensus?

    • Russiannavyblog

      Take it from me, you can be sure that sex-obsessed, religious military guys have definitely stuck their peckers in places that us normal people consider illegal, immoral, and/or horrifying.

    • rea

      Sure, they had actual consensual sex! Them and their hands . . .

      • DrDick

        Don’t bet on that. If I were their hands, I would not willingly touch that.

        • Rosie Palmer

          No one ever asked me.

    • What took you so long?

  • Karen

    Some good news

    It remains to be seen how long this is going to last, but at least things are looking good at the beginning.

    • NewishLawyer

      While I am glad she is raising a good campaign coffer. Texas is still Texas and this is the Texas of Rick Perry and Ted Cruz. The Texas of Llyod Bernsten and Ann Richards and LBJ is gone for the most part.

      Though I would love to be proved wrong. Texas is a state where young conservatives hold signs that reduce freedom to ammo and fast cars and do so unironically.

  • Matt

    Give the guy a break – imagine growing up in his state and always having your name listed as “Black, Dick” on everything. ;)

    • Snarki, child of Loki

      …he could have changed his name to Peter if it really bothered him!

  • NewishLawyer

    My question is whether conservatives in my generation (30-somethings and they exist) are going to say the same inflammatory and stupid and incorrect and immoral statements when they run for office. So far all the politicians who say this stuff are on the older side.

    • Is t that just because politicians skew older? In general. I think for the white evangelical population there is a deep pool of these guys.

      • NewishLawyer

        I am at the age where people around my age are starting to run for Congress. There are people in congress who are a bit younger than me and I find this kind of shocking.

        And I generally read more stories about young and rising GOP politicians and operatives than I do about Democratic ones. People like Tom Cotton in Arkansas and the guy in charge of Heritage Action. There was another story in the Times about a GOP effort to constantly stalk and record Democratic politicians. They guy heading it is 32.

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        “I think for the white evangelical population there is a deep pool of these guys.”

        …and that’s the right place to put them, sure enough. In a deep pool.

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