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[ 72 ] January 15, 2014 |

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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  1. aimai says:

    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 says:

        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 says:

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

  2. “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!

  3. politicalfootball says:

    the good advice you just didn’t take:

    Isn’t it moronic?

  4. Trollhattan says:

    “Baby pesticide.” He seems nice.

  5. JMP says:

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

  6. Warren Terra says:

    If at first you don’t succeed …

  7. Dennis Orphen says:

    The fog of contraception.

  8. Hogan says:

    She’s in a nightie.

    And so forth.

    Well then.

  9. Scott S. says:

    The Party of Hating Lincoln.

    • Warren Terra says:

      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.

  10. (Shakezula) says:

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

  11. Sophronia says:

    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.

  12. Russiannavyblog says:

    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”.

  13. Code Name Cain says:

    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 says:

      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!

  14. Joshua says:

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

    • JL says:

      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.

  15. MAJeff says:

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

  16. DrDick says:

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

  17. Karen says:

    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 says:

      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.

  18. Matt says:

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

  19. NewishLawyer says:

    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.

    • Aimai says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

        “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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