Even in the moderate states the Republicans have gone Teabag

Even In The Moderate States

by digby

I can't tell you how thrilled I am at the prospect that the Republican Party is poised to take over the congress in the fall --- and it's increasingly controlled by people like this:

The official platform for the Republican Party of Maine is now a mix of right-wing fringe policies, libertarian buzzwords and outright conspiracy theories.

The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of "collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth," suggests the adoption of "Austrian Economics," declares that "'Freedom of Religion' does not mean 'freedom from religion'" (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that "healthcare is not a right," calls for the abrogation of the "UN Treaty on Rights of the Child" and the "Law Of The Sea Treaty" and declares that we must resist "efforts to create a one world government."

It also contains favorable mentions of both the Tea Party and Ron Paul. You can read the whole thing here.

Dan Billings, who has served as an attorney for the Maine GOP, called the new platform "wack job pablum" and "nutcase stuff."

Despite the document's crazy content, Maine Republican Party Chair Charlie Webster insisted to the AP that all of the elements in the platform are things that Republicans support. He claimed to the Press Herald that these issues reflect the values of working-class Mainers.

The California Republican Senate primary debate is happening this morning. Even here they've gone nuts:

Jonathan Singer tweets:

Fiorina and DeVore restate their support for those on the no-fly list being able to buy guns. Today's Republican Party...

Chuck DeVore: Solution to Wall Street problems is less regulation and less taxes. Okay...

Tom Campbell attacks Ronald Reagan for backing a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. A real moderate...

Watching the GOP's CA-Sen debate. Fiorina and DeVore working overtime to show themselves in favor of off-shore drilling...

Imagine a government in which Bob Bennett of Utah is considered a liberal and you have some idea of what will happen if the Republicans seize power.