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:
Memo to Republicans: Try running fewer rape philosophers next time.
— James Wolcott (@JamesWolcott) November 7, 2012
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.