50 comments

  1. Rusty says:

    Dr. Broun is the U.S. Congress’ Bobby Franklin. Well-played sir.

    We see how effective Rep. Franklin is here (hint: not very), so I say he should keep it up.

  2. GodHatesTrash says:

    As a Democrat, I find all GOP Congressman disgusting vacuous morons, some are just worse than others.

    Let’s face it, he’s not the only joke in Congress. Westmoreland and Kingston are bigger fools than Broun ever thought of being.

  3. Democrats should be proud of sticking it to the [GOP] establishment. Broun and Whitehead are/were both buffoons, but the fact that they would *get in line* behind Whitehead for a seat in the US Congress is embarrassing. It would be like if John Lewis died and the Dem establishment lined up behind Doug Dean.

  4. drjay says:

    i don’t live in atl–so there may be something i don’t know–but on the surface the idea of the dem establishment getting behind a dem state rep in a special election for congress does not sound crazy at all–nor frankly did getting behind a sitting gop st senator and former county commissioner in a safe gop district–he just ran a poor campaign

  5. rugby_fan says:

    John Kennedy is Broun’s spokesman?

    Wasn’t he President at some point?

    That’s a fairly big step down if you were to ask me.

    Glad to see that Broun is (will become?) just like the rest of the GA GOP Congressman who wish to expand the government and still call themselves conservatives.

  6. GOPeach says:

    Bobby Franklin is a SWAN.

    He is among a State House filled with DUCKS.
    They think he is the “Ugly Duckling”…

    Soon all will see this SWAN gliding into the
    General Assembly and say… ” Who is that?”
    Why… it’s Bobby Franklin!

    Bobby Franklin is a very noble man with resolve.

  7. drjay says:

    yeah and millions of people saw neil armstrong “land on the moon” as well but that does not mean it really happened–and if you saw it on cspan why did you not share that w/ all of us when we were trying to find out if anyone had any info on his swearing in

  8. rugby_fan says:

    I have such epistemological skepticism that if I do not experience something first hand with unadulterated contact, I don’t believe that it ever happened.

    Moreover, applying a small amount of rationality, I can see that Paul Broun being able to be called “congressman” generates much uncertainty. There are only a few people who claim that he is a congressman, yet there is no proof he was ever sworn in, ergo, it is hard to believe he was sworn in.

  9. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Rugby, with regard to this:

    Glad to see that Broun is (will become?) just like the rest of the GA GOP Congressman who wish to expand the government and still call themselves conservatives.

    This bill would enshrine into law the status of a human — from fertilized egg to the grave — as a living person; therefore, any acts to protect the life of that person/foetus/embryo would not (under the new definition) be a de facto expansion of government power or control, but a provision of the same protection of rights (in this case, the right to life) afforded all humans to an embryonic or foetal human.

    If the definition of living person is expanded, what also expands is not government, but the population which is entitled to government protection of their basic rights.

    Not quibbling one way or the other with arguments about this bill; just pointing out the error in calling the provision of basic right protection an “expansion” of government.

  10. atlantaman says:

    If you folks think this is anything more than a desperate attempt to shore up the conservative base in primary in which Broun will be the underdog for the second time, then I’ve got some ocean front property to sell you in Arizona.

    Whether you’re pro-life or pro-abortion, you’ve got to concede this pandering is about as obvious as it gets.

    I’ll give Broun a some credit for his political skills. Since he won’t have much money, he’s got to motivate a hardcore group of folks to vote for him in the Primary. I predict a bill to repeal the machine gun ban any day now.

  11. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Hm. Considering the fact that it was the overwhelmingly liberal Athens-Clarke vote that won the election for him, atlantaman, how wise a political “ploy” do you think this would be?

  12. atlantaman says:

    Jeff-

    Broun’s election was very unique, a Louisiana primary, where everyone and anybody could jump right in and vote. The dynamics have done a 180 change and now it’s a real GOP primary. So unless the Athens pot smokers and tree huggers plan on voting in the GOP primary this year (which maybe a few would, but not many).

    I think it’s a good strategy, a transparent one, but a good one.

  13. GodHatesTrash says:

    Reality check. Broun is a buffoon, a moron, and a KKKhristianist. In other words, a middle-of-the-road Georgia Repuke.

  14. GOPeach says:

    Congressman Broun –

    Was sworn in JULY 18th.

    There is an Audio file where you can hear Speaker Peloci swearing him in ….

    I think you people are in DENIAL!!!

  15. joe says:

    July 18th??? Are they going to wait a full year to swear in Paul Broun? They should have done that last summer.

  16. GOPeach says:

    JOE –

    HE was ALREADY SWORN IN on JULY 18th!!!!!!

    Go to the LINK!!
    … What is it that you guess do not get???

    Do you HONESTLY think the DEMOCRATS are going to allow Congressman Broun to introduce legislation and NOT BE SWORN in???

  17. Romegaguy says:

    The chances of this bill being passed are the same as his re-election.

    Dont be bogarting all the good stuff GOPeach. Remember as Dr Broun would say, “Puff, puff, pass.”

  18. cheapseats says:

    just as the swearing in thing has become a running joke so goes the idea that any Dems are going to vote for Broun, again.

    Dems did not support Broun because they thought he would make a good Congressman. All we wanted was to stick it to the GOP Party Bosses and screw up their carefully orchestrated plans – out of pure spite and meanness! It was simple pay-back from the Athens Dems to Whitehead who made it quite clear that he hated Athens so, he received the same kind of contempt that he had dished out. The battle cry was “Remember the Bobble-Head!” That’s all in the past.

    No significant Dem vote will crossover in the next Primary so Broun is unlikely to be on the ballot in the General next November. The Dems “victory” will be short-lived but they knew it would be. There will be no shock and no remorse. Athens will get screwed again in the next Congressional election but, we’re used to it.

    The elections are just the aftermath of the gang-rape we took in the last reapportionment.

  19. Romegaguy says:

    Although if they do swear him in July 18th (which is a pretty big if), it would be right before the primaries so it might help him out

  20. Romegaguy says:

    Oops, just saw that the primary is July 15th next year. Broun will get screwed if they wait to swear him until then.

  21. SpaceyG says:

    As a pro-choice advocate said on a recent Frontline doc about the appalling lack of abortion care/choice in the rural South, I almost wish for an overturning of Roe — at this point. It might be the only thing that could wake people up from the denial coma we’re in to just how badly the right to a safe, LEGAL abortion is being rapidly erroded in this country now. Abortion will always happen, as it has since time began; it’s just whether women who make that kind of personal, private decision will not be prosecuted and persecuted for, again, making a choice that only an individual, not a government, should be making.

    If Broun doesn’t “believe” in abortion, I suggest he not have one.

  22. rugby_fan says:

    I bet this bill would have a snowball’s chance in hell of passing (as opposed to quite literally no chance) if a sitting congressman (or woman) introduced it.

  23. GodHatesTrash says:

    I guess it fits – the people you’d most like to have been aborted are the ones who are most against it…

  24. Jmac says:

    Is it just possible – possible – that Broun is actually acting out of sincere place here. I know the popular thing to do for most of today’s pro-life Republicans is to talk about banning abortion because it leads to some fundraising, gives them an issue to talk about and lands a high-profile endorsement or two.

    Here you’ve got a guy who actually wants to end it.

    Pandering? Hardly.

    And I’m not a supporter of Broun’s politics at all.

  25. DMZDave says:

    GHT: You just can’t be a Republican and a member of the KKK. From its creation, the KKK served as the military wing of the Democratic Party. The KKK targeted and killed Republicans. History, it’s damned inconvenient if you’re a Democrat.

  26. juliobarrios says:

    Spacey-

    I’m fairly neutral on the abortion issue as I see both sides (but lean pro-life), but I’ve never liked the “if you don’t believe in abortion then don’t have one” argument.

    If you look at if from a pro-life perspective, that the baby is a life before it leaves the womb, then you are basically saying, “If you don’t believe in murder then don’t commit one.”

  27. juliobarrios says:

    If Broun really wanted to end abortion then he wouldn’t be introducing a bill that is 100% guaranteed to go down in flames – especially in a Democrat Congress. He’d be working behind the scenes trying to build support, not grandstanding with a high-publicity bill before the primary in a conservative district.

  28. GodHatesTrash says:

    David Duke, DMZKKKDave?

    Moron, crack a history book – white racist fundie KKKhristianist trash stopped voting Democratic in the 1960s, tool. In 1968 y’all voted for Wallace. Since then you morons vote GOP.

    Facts – damn inconvenient if you’re not reality-based, wingnut.

    For my final proof – who do you vote for Dave?

    I rest my case.

    White fundie racist trash morons vote GOP.

  29. candlerpark says:

    Give em hell GWT . . .

    When the conservatives quote that “it was the Democrats that opposed civil rights” crap that they heard on talk radio they know that it is disingenuous (if they have a brain), they just dont care.

    A neocon will always rather think he ‘scored a point’ politically than speak the truth.

  30. GOPeach says:

    I think offering a Bill like this will give us an UP AND DOWN VOTE that will show the REAL PRO-LIFE community who campaigns like a Conservative and Votes like a Moderate- Liberal.
    It will let us see the TRUTH!

    Go for it Congressman Dr. Broun!

    THERE IS A DOCTOR in THE HOUSE!!

    One who’s job is to SAVE AMERICAN LIVES –
    not call for tax payers to KILL AMERICAN CHILDREN!!!

    Nothing is more patriotic than having American Babies!!!

  31. GOPeach says:

    Abortion has been birth control way too long!…

    How about just taking a cold shower like we did in the old days… Stay off porn sites, drink ice tea – not beer in mixed company… etc….

  32. Romegaguy says:

    This bill will never receive a hearing in committee much less an up or down vote.

    Puff, puff, pass Peachy. Puff, puff pass. That is what Dr Broun voted for when he first got to DC. Now if only he were to get sworn in

  33. GOPeach says:

    Will someone puhleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze for crying in the mud… tell Rome Gag that he needs to stop smoking wishful-thinking weed and go to the links above that I GOPEACH posted from last July’s swearing in ceremony with the other 12 GEORGIA Congressmen……. Ask Phil Gingrey.
    Ask Tom Price. Ask Jack Kingston. Ask Nathan Deal…. Ask John Lewis and David Scott if in deed THEY were standing there smelling his cologne while he swore in!!!!!

    Hello Hello …. Does Rome Gag have VERTIGO????

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