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2013 Daily Kos Republican March to Madness Tournament Theocons Region: Round 1, day 2
Full tournament bracket here.
Welcome to Day 2 of first-round action in the Theocons region. Today, we're completing the first round ahead of this weekend's second-round matchups. You can cast your votes for today's matchups from this page or follow the direct links in the game summaries below.

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.

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  •  Only one tough call for me in this round (0+ / 0-)

    Akin has the recent notoriety but it's hard to be Pat "Blame the gays, feminists, and everyone who isn't me" Robertson for crazy and hate. So I'm going with Robertson as my sole underdog pick in this round.


    You can't assassinate the character of any of modern conservative. You'd have to find where it was buried, dig it up, resurrect it, then kill it. And killing a zombie isn't really assassination, is it?

    by ontheleftcoast on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:32:57 PM PDT

  •  like Pat Robertson praying on the air, eyes closed (1+ / 0-)
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    Warning - some snark above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 Acedia is essentially a flight from the world that leads to not caring even that one does not care

    by annieli on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:36:31 PM PDT

  •  Suzanne Venker - keeping the (2+ / 0-)
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    ontheleftcoast, MNGlasnant

    home fires lit...

    Niece of Phyllis Schlafly.

    And in doing so, I’ve accidentally stumbled upon a subculture of men who’ve told me, in no uncertain terms, that they’re never getting married. When I ask them why, the answer is always the same.

    Women aren’t women anymore.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:41:07 PM PDT

  •  meh 4 horsemen (1+ / 0-)
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    Outraged Mom

    #1 - Venker
    Don't know anything about her, but Mourdock is likely gone for good.
    #2 - Jindal
    Bobby is the main bible-thumpin' torchbearer for the future, the rest of the field are largely has beens and nobodies.
    #3 - Robertson
    Akin was a flash-in-the-pan, Pat's got a vast history and even more entertaining crazy to offer as his brain further rots.
    #4 - Hucklefucker
    Evil with an aw shucks smile.

    You show a little grit and you lands in jail.

    by cal2010 on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:45:23 PM PDT

  •  I'm stunned (0+ / 0-)

    that Pam Geller isn't in the bracket.

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. -- Jonathan Swift

    by raptavio on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 05:46:32 PM PDT

  •  The brackets... (1+ / 0-)
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    ....sorting out as they do all of the varied and distinct types of crazy to be found amongst the Republicans, spark the memory of Tolstoy's comment in Anna Karenina, which I think applies to parties as well as families:

    All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

    We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

    by bmcphail on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:00:04 PM PDT

  •  Just FYI, my strategy for voting so far has (0+ / 0-)

    involved saying each name out loud and whichever name induces the largest retching gag noise afterwards is the "winner."  

    It's been a close call a couple of times.

    Metaphors be with you.

    by koosah on Fri Mar 22, 2013 at 06:23:37 PM PDT

    •  Funny, my strategy is who looks best naked (1+ / 0-)
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      This also involves retching gag noises, but it made choosing Michelle Malkin over Glenn Beck and easy pick.

      And God said, "Let there be light"; and with a Big Bang, there was light. And God said "Ow! Ow My eyes!" and in a flash God separated light from darkness. "Whew! Now that's better. Now where was I. Oh yea . . ."

      by Pale Jenova on Sat Mar 23, 2013 at 08:28:56 AM PDT

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