Sensuous Curmudgeon and PZ are both having fun poking through the background of Kansas gubernatorial candidate Joan Heffington. Heffington forthrightly calls for creationism to be taught in public schools, and pledged to demand advocates offer a “biblical and constitutional reason exist for the passage of any new law.” Yeesh.
PZ responds to this development:
Quick, somebody reassure me that she’s a fringe candidate without a prayer of getting into office. Please. It’s Monday, the day is painful enough.
Yes, she’s a fringe candidate without a prayer of getting into public office. But that’s not good news, because Sam Brownback (Sam Brownback!) is going to whomp her in the primary, and looks likely to waltz through the general election.
Sam Brownback is six different sorts of bad news. A creationist? Yep. A theocrat who bunked with The Family in their infamous C Street house? Yep. A man willing to use anti-semitism to win a Senate seat? Yep. A homophobe? Yep. A manimal fetishist? My yes. A forced pregnancy advocate? Heck yeah.
Right now, Brownback is leading his Democratic rival for the Kansas governorship by a 2-1 margin. There are some things about that poll’s internal demographics that look hinky, but I believe that Brownback has vastly greater name recognition than Tom Holland. So why not drop some cash on Tom Holland for Governor, and do your part to keep Brownback out of the halls of power.