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"Sideshow Bob" to Enter Republican Senate Race Against George Allen; Democrats Celebrate!

by: lowkell

Thu Jan 12, 2012 at 13:14:31 PM EST


Great news - if you're a Democrat or named "Tim Kaine," that is. :)
Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, will run for the U.S. Senate, he said today.

Caught before a daily caucus meeting at the state Capitol, Marshall confirmed that he will enter the race, challenging former Gov. George Allen and three others for the Republican nomination.  

"Yes," he said simply when asked if he would officially announce in coming days.


Why is this great news for Democrats? Let us count the ways:

First, "Sideshow Bob" could actually beat Allen, resulting in an ideal, Christine "not a witch" O'Donnell scenario this coming November for Tim Kaine, Barack Obama, and other Democrats on the Virginia ballot.

Second, even if "Sideshow Bob" doesn't win, he will force Allen to expend resources and cover his far-far-far-right flank, both of which are VERY helpful to Virginia Democrats, first and foremost Tim Kaine.

lowkell :: "Sideshow Bob" to Enter Republican Senate Race Against George Allen; Democrats Celebrate!

Third, "Sideshow Bob" will remind Virginians, day in and day out, how extreme Virginia Republicans can be. For instance, remember how when Marshall barely lost the 2008 Republican nomination battle to Jim Gilmore, and his supporters responded by shouting "baby killer!" at Gilmore and his supporters? Or, remember how Marshall wanted to bar gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard? How about his sponsorship of the anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment ("Marshall-Newman")? Then there's Marshall's crusades against the evil "cap and trade" (originally a conservative, market-based idea coming out of the Reagan and first Bush administrations) and individual mandate (also a conservative, Republican idea originally, part of "Romneycare" of course)? His opposition to "the IUD and pills" because supposedly "They don't prevent ovulation and conception, they prevent implantation, which is abortion?" His belief that sometimes incest is voluntary, and that, with regard to rape, "the woman becomes a sin-bearer of the crime, because the right of a child predominates over the embarrassment of the woman." His comparison of the economic recovery package to slavery ("It is as much a chain as ankle bracelets were as to African-Americans in the 1860s in this state. It's just invisible. But it is a chain of death that we're not going to escape.")? His claim that Barack Obama's "theme song" should be "live and let die" because of his supposedly "Suicidal deficits, enemies lists, abortion, euthanize seniors, health care that kills capitalism." Yeah, totally cuckoo-for-cocoa-puffs, I know.

Which is exactly why I say, run Sideshow Bob run! And please, Virginia Republican'ts, please nominate this guy. Really, he'd be a GREAT nominee for your party, I'm totally serious. :)

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Anybody know the Web site where we can contribute?

Signatures For Bob (0.00 / 0)
Where do I go to sign his petition?  We surely want him on the ballot.

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I guess he got the petition circulation vs. CD boundary advice from Kooch. (0.00 / 0)
Last I saw, Bob had asked the Va. (sort of) AG Litigator in Chief to advise him on just how many signatures he has to collect in which Congressional Districts to make sure he has enough in each CD in case the GA or the courts can't resolve the issue of whether the current or the prospective boundaries don't exactly track with what will be the new boundaries before the June Primary and Nov. general elections take place. I guess Kookoo must have told him to just collect a lot more than he needs regardless of how the court and GA resolutions turn out, and to avoid the edges where changes might eventually occur after DoJ finally approves after the courts have had their say (maybe it's the courts who have to rule first, then the DoJ).

In any case, I don't have any expectation that the court process will run its course anytime this year, so Bob, being a wee, wee (peeing pun intended) bit smarter about legal matters than the AG is at all worried that his petitions will mostly be valid so I think he's in as soon as he delivers his petitions. He didn't get to be an entrenched GOP politicians by being politically stupid, just crazy as a damn egotistical loon to believe that he could con the entire voter population of Virginia the way he has conned PWC voters in the 13th HoD for so many years.

And I do think you're right that he will really cause Allen MAJOR problems in the primary. I'm ready right now to plan to vote for Sideshow/Taliban Bob in that wonderful gift for Kaine they call a GOP primary.

This announcement just makes my day, maybe the entire month.

Thanks Bob. I guess I better stock up on popcorn and beer. This GOP primary is going to be to be very entertaining, and fun to watch that proverbial circular firing squad in action ! "Gaffe, Gaffe and Gaffe" may become the slogan for the GOP primary and general election campaigns. Let us start counting the Macacca opportunities now so we don't get behind with the list.

                        T.C.


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Sideshow Bob (0.00 / 0)
Can't wait to hear what Sideshow Bob has to say in the coming weeks to promote his "personhood" bill, the first bill filed this session in the House - HB1.  

You left out his disabled children abortion comment (0.00 / 0)
You left out one of his most absurd and offensive comments: the relatively recent statement which caused a furor at the time saying that kids with disabilities were god's punishment for women having abortions

Yeah, Sideshow's said so many offensive, disgusting, crazy things (4.00 / 1)
it's easy to forget a few.

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