Crackpotism in the GOP

Crackpot
“Republicans have their own problem: They tolerate far too many crackpots.” – Conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Here is the beginning of Jennifer Rubin’s Right Turn column “Getting rid of crackpotism in the GOP“.

Republicans are taking a certain amount of glee in watching the Democrats’ ethical contortions as they try to back Hillary Clinton without accepting her self-dealing as business as usual. But Republicans have their own problem: They tolerate far too many crackpots.

Dr. Ben Carson joins Mike Huckabee in refusing to accept that Supreme Court decisions, on gay marriage for example, are binding. Pressed by Chris Wallace, Carson insisted that Marbury v. Madison and more than 200 years of history have not settled the issue. “It is an open question. It needs to be discussed.” Actually, it’s not open, and him taking this seriously should disqualify him from office since he is telling us up front he won’t be bound by court decisions, something not even President Obama has done.

Huckabee has said much the same thing. And to boot he’s hawked “nutritional supplements” as a cure to diabetes. He insisted on Sunday, “One of the elements of the plan was dietary supplements, but it is not the fundamental thing.” (Then why encourage people to buy them?) He declared, “I don’t have to defend everything that I’ve ever done.” So he’s both a constitutional and dietary charlatan. Either one should disqualify him.

Later in her column, Rubin writes, “Responsible conservatives should follow [Rich] Lowry’s lead — name and shame — lest the GOP be seen as a haven for the unhinged.”

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