Arne Carlson on GOP U.S. House candidate Allen Quist: He's "really bizarre"

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Carlson believes Quist's candidacy represents the increasing bizarreness of the "new Republican party."
Last week, Mother Jones published a fascinating profile of Republican Allen Quist, who will be competing this summer in a primary against state Sen. Mike Parry for the honor of doing battle with incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz this November.

The title of the piece gives you a flavor for the tenor of the profile: "If You Thought Michele Bachmann Was Out There..."

Quist and Arne Carlson have an acrimonious history -- in 1993, Quist challenged the then-incumbent GOP governor and was eventually crushed by 20 points in a primary. Nonetheless, the open disdain Carlson has for his fellow Republican is pretty remarkable.

Carlson, asked by Mother Jones' Tim Murphy what he thinks of Quist, said sarcastically that he's a "wonderful, wonderful guy -- one of the great intellectuals of the 21st century." As evidence of his intellectual prowess, consider the online curriculum supplement for K-12 educators put together by Quist. From Mother Jones:
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Quist believes there's some historical merit in this depiction of affairs.
One section asks this leading question: "Did dinosaurs and people live at the same time, and why do so many recently discovered ancient art works accurately picture dinosaurs?" The answer is a resounding "yes." "The only reasonable explanation for the stegosaurus carved in stone on the wall of the Cambodian temple is that the artist had either seen a stegosaur or had seen other art works of a stegosaur," Quist writes. "Either way, people and stegosaurs were living at the same time."

Elsewhere, Quist provides scientific evidence for the existence of dragons, and suggests that the Book of Job be taught as a science lesson: "Today we know beyond a reasonable doubt--Job 41 is a picture-perfect description of SuperCroc."
If you need more evidence that Quist is an intellectual heavyweight, consider his views about the natural role of women relative to men. In the '90s, he told a reporter he believes women are "genetically predisposed" to be subservient to men, pointing to, among other things, the behavior of wild animals. Quist is also on the record arguing that abortion should be classified as first-degree homicide.

Carlson, sarcasm still dripping from his comments, added: "He'll do a lot to improve the IQ of Congress. If we can get a Bachmann-Quist team together, they could probably take over the world. Talk about a dynamic duo!"

Carlson, who said he'll support the relatively moderate Walz if Quist emerges from his primary battle this summer, characterized Quist's record as "really bizarre."

"Unfortunately," he added, "what was bizarre in the '90s is becoming the centerpiece of the new Republican party."

See also:
-- Mike Parry and Allen Quist battle it out for 23 ballots, neither wins GOP endorsement
-- Michele Bachmann endorses Allen Quist for Congress
-- Mike Parry, U.S. House candidate, suggests he'd keep troops deployed until economy improves

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effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Hoffman to Rupar: "Should we cover the most important story of the day, the one where tax payers are getting ripped off by politicians and hmo's right under Dayton's watchful eye, or do some good ol republican bashing?" In unison:"Republican bashing...."

Mike W.
Mike W.

Just a quick fyi - Quist challenged the Gov. Carlson for the gubernatorial endorsement in 1994, and won it handily at the state Republican convention.  Carlson filed in the primary and then crushed Quist, and then crushed John Marty in the general.

theoko
theoko

effeminate dad to...himself (the only person listening): "Oh my goodness, my side's pushing yet another whackadoodle freakshow (who's a lot like me...).  I can't defend the indefensible, so I'd better pull a diversion out of my rear!...Pluck!...That was easy!"

Erica
Erica

Start a blog and write about issues that matters to you. Simple as that. You can start a free blog account at wordpress.com..

Guest
Guest

How bout both?  And for the record, you fully support Quist?

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

You're so on point and so intelligent it's SCARY

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Not in the least bit. Just practicing genuine humanitarianism. Plus I get to make fun of/expose people who think they're super dope.

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

This is the best forum with which to broaden the scope of the polarized and ignorant. Even if I did start a blog, it would mostly attract people who shared my views, not the polarized and ignorant.

Why do you side with oppression/suppression?

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

wordpress(dot)orgFree blog hostingYou obviously have plenty of time on your hands.  Now you have everything you could need to create your own journalistic blog instead of bitching about the stories that are, or are not covered here...

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

I told you, fund me and I'll have it operational in no time.

ludwigtr
ludwigtr

How's that blog coming?Probably easier to just bitch about articles that people write than do any real work, huh?

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