You're voting for whoever you think is the best poster child for Republican craziness, however you define it. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to pick the person who's crazier. For example, you might think Herman Cain is more off his rocker than Jim DeMint, but that Jim DeMint is a better poster child because he's got more clout in the GOP and conservative movement than Cain. It's entirely up to you.
With that out of the way, here are the matchups:
- #6 Richard Mourdock vs. #11 Suzanne Venker: So Richard Mourdock is the guy who said women should accept rape pregnancies because they are part God's plan. Suzanne Venker is the one who said men are all slackers because women are angry, hopeless sluts. They'd make a perfect pairing to spend an eternity in hell together, but only one of them can win this round. Vote here!
- #3 Bobby Jindal vs. #14 Maggie Gallagher: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) gained notoriety in the past for performing exorcisms and for more recently pushing to allow state funding for schools that teach children that the Earth is just a few thousand years old and that dinosaurs and humans roamed the planet together. Maggie Gallagher is the co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage, a strange society of freaks who believe that their hetero vows are somehow endangered by Barney Frank's marriage. In short, nothing good is coming out of this matchup. Vote here!
- #7 Todd Akin vs. #10 Pat Robertson: If former Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) had been hosting the 700 Club when he talked about "legitimate rape" never leading to pregnancy, it would have been just another day on the Christian Broadcast Channel. But he was a Senate candidate, and his comments were so ridiculous that Republican leaders had to pretend to be offended by them. But Pat Robertson says this kind of stuff, and worse, all day long on his television network. And when sane Republicans ask themselves how their base got such crazy ideas, Robertson would be a good place to start. Vote here!
- #2 Mike Huckabee vs. #15 Bryan Fischer: There's no doubt that Bryan Fischer is more outrageous than Mike Huckabee—it's just very few people know who Bryan Fischer is, and Mike Huckabee's whole schtick is being an affable neanderthal. Fischer is "Director of Issues Analysis" for the American Family Association, a position he uses to bash gays and women at every opportunity. But while he gets off on bombast while Huckabee loves to smile, on a substantive level there's really very little to separate Fischer from Huckabee. A perfect example is how Huckabee in 2008 helped destroy Romney in Iowa by attack in his Mormon faith. Fischer in 2012 attacked Romney's faith as well. They were completely on the same page. The difference is that Huckabee, with his softer touch, is better at it than Fischer. Vote here!
That's it for the action in the Theocons region. Remember, you can vote from a single page or follow the individual links above. As with yesterday, you've got until about 8:30 AM ET on Saturday to cast your ballot.
You can see the full tournament bracket as well as yesterday's results here.