Ga. Senate race illustrates GOP dysfunction

Georgia’s 2014 Republican Senate primary is still 16 months away, but already it is more eloquent about the problems faced by the GOP than anything contained in the “autopsy” released this week by the Republican National Committee.

The central figure in the story is shaping up to be U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Republican from Georgia’s 10th Congressional District. To put it bluntly, the man is as nutty as a Stuckey’s pecan log. He makes Todd Akin and Richard Mourland, two GOP Senate candidates doomed to defeat in 2012 by their extremism, seem almost moderate by comparison.

So far, Broun is the only announced candidate to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. But two other members of Georgia’s GOP congressional delegation, Phil Gingrey and Jack Kingston, are planning a run as well. A fourth Georgia congressman, Tom Price, is reportedly having second thoughts about the race, perhaps seeing more opportunities in House leadership. Other candidates may enter the race as well.

It is Broun, however, who is establishing the tone. When Broun voted against Paul Ryan’s very conservative House budget today, proclaiming it too moderate and too free-spending, Gingrey felt pressured to do likewise. And as the AJC’s Daniel Malloy reports from Washington, Broun, Kingston and Gingrey also voted against a bill backed by Republican leadership to keep the government funded through September.

The trend is drawing attention nationally and from Washington Republican leadership, as Politico notes:

“The rush to the right among the Georgians is all too clear. Gingrey is a 10-year veteran of the House, and Kingston has been in Washington for two decades, never causing their leadership much trouble. Now they find themselves as radicals, voting against things like procedural motions — an unpredictable move not welcomed by party leaders.

“Everybody can see what’s going on here,” a veteran GOP lawmaker said.

Kingston, who has not officially entered the race, admitted that Broun’s rightward tilt is changing his voting pattern, but said that is not the only factor in his own conservative shift. He acknowledged that following Broun in voting against procedural bills has gotten under leadership’s skin.

“As a practical matter, none of us wants to get on the left of the other one,” Kingston said. “You might watch someone out of the corner of your eye, but that is not going to be the central reason to support it or not.”

This is only the beginning. As the race develops, the dynamic being established here, with Broun running far to the right on spending and the rest of the GOP field being pressured to follow his lead, is likely to play out on abortion, gay rights, gun control, immigration and a variety of other issues. In Republican primaries, there is almost no price to be paid by candidates themselves for being too extreme or too conservative.

For the party as a whole, however, the impact on its brand can be profound. As Mourdock and Akin demonstrated, it can also produce candidates too far right to get elected in the general election.

I’m already on the record as predicting that Broun will not be the GOP nominee, arguing that he’s too extreme even for Georgia Republicans. But judging from their behavior, Broun’s likely opponents don’t seem to have much confidence in that analysis. In that sense at least, Broun is already winning the race.

– Jay Bookman

275 comments Add your comment

getalife

March 21st, 2013
1:43 pm

Not much of a change from one of the worse and laziest senator from Georgia.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
1:43 pm

barking frog

March 21st, 2013
1:45 pm

The Democrats should introduce a voice of sanity in
the race even with little chance of winning.

Granny Godzilla

March 21st, 2013
1:46 pm

Jay

Have YOU ever considered entering the race?

You’re right of me and left of them….

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
1:48 pm

Barking,

I have been thinking the same thing, but I don’t see a viable candidate on the Democrat side out there except maybe Mayor Reed.

Granny Godzilla

March 21st, 2013
1:50 pm

Normal….Frog….

Let’s draft JAY.

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
1:50 pm

To put it bluntly, the man is as nutty as a Stuckey’s pecan log.

except..pecans are not “nuts”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pecan

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
1:50 pm

Granny G.

I’d work and vote for Jay…Hell, I’d even run his “Dirty Tricks” Division for him…

getalife

March 21st, 2013
1:50 pm

Granny Godzilla,

All those old people yelling at him?

Wait, they do that here.

Granny Godzilla

March 21st, 2013
1:52 pm

Normal…

no dirty tricks!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
1:53 pm

… it can also produce candidates too far right to get elected in the general election.

As long as it’s only a state wide election, there is no such thing as too far right.

In fact, this Senate seat will be filled in a Survivor style election.

barking frog

March 21st, 2013
1:54 pm

Granny Godzilla
I’m with you on that ticket, forward Bookmaniacs.

Regnad Kcin

March 21st, 2013
1:55 pm

“no dirty tricks!”

Of…couse not, Granny…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
1:55 pm

I vote for Fred on the DELUSIONAL LICKSPITTLE ticket.

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
1:56 pm

Dysfunction? How ’bout King Roy Barnes. We are not going back.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
1:56 pm

I thought Fred was running for President.

I think Mayor Reed is the dem ticket.

stands for decibels

March 21st, 2013
1:58 pm

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
1:59 pm

Obama come home . Israel is not a safe place for you to be and we can’t change MLK High School to Obama High – so just come home.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
1:59 pm

““As a practical matter, none of us wants to get on the left of the other one,” Kingston said.”

Even though the “right” is so far over on the Bell curve it’s in margin territory? You had me wondering about the real state of Georgia’s voters. I was thinking ‘if that’s what they want… sheesh…..” but then came your prediction Broun’s unpalatable to the general population. I do hope so. But it does tell us the relative influence of the noise chamber, doesn’t it?

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
2:00 pm

AWWW Granny,

But, but, but it’s politics…and fun! heh, heh…

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:01 pm

Mike Huckabee is considering a run for Prez – 3rd Party Candidate?

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 21st, 2013
2:01 pm

EC except..pecans are not “nuts”

I didn’t know that. But the wiki article also has a range map of C. illinoinensis that indicates we have no pecan trees in Georgia.

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:01 pm

So cat, he’s drupier than a pecan log?

Niiice.

Regardless, the looney Broun is a lie straight from the pit of hell!

Science educator Bill Nye questioned Broun’s ability to serve on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, stating, ‘”Since the economic future of the United States depends on our tradition of technological innovation, Representative Broun’s views are not in the national interest”‘ and that ‘”He is, by any measure, unqualified to make decisions about science, space, and technology.”‘

In response to Broun’s statements, in the 2012 general election, over 5,000 voters in the 10th District voted for Charles Darwin as a write-in candidate.

stands for decibels

March 21st, 2013
2:01 pm

As long as it’s only a state wide election, there is no such thing as too far right.

This is where I mention that wayyy back in 2008, with an energized African American voting base, Obama managed to snag 47% of the Georgia vote.

You get people enthused, combine that with demographic changes since ‘08, and maybe some disunity/apathy on the other side, it’s totally do-able.

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
2:01 pm

15 posts and then…diversion! Who would have gussed?

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:02 pm

To many sock puppets on here – time for house cleaning JAY.

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:04 pm

Obama is our 1st Reality Show Prez… Israel is REAL Prez and you need to come home.

Jerome Horwitz

March 21st, 2013
2:04 pm

Would like to see where Broun would cut “spending”. People love cutting spending unitl it affects a program that benefits them. This outside of the fact that he’s a loon.

St Simons

March 21st, 2013
2:04 pm

I knew Suxby. He was (not) a friend of mine.
You, Paul Broun, are NO Suxby. heheheh

Please, Great Spirit all around us, make him their
candidate, and run Kasim Reed, or Cathy Cox, or Fred.
Georgia will turn purple earlier than scheduled.

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:04 pm

Paul, Georgia’s politicians have become the laughingstock of the entire country.

Not even counting the Dumb & Dumber duo who ran for prez last year…

H. E. Pennypacker

March 21st, 2013
2:06 pm

These candidates are all tacking to the right of our current Senator, one who just uttered this phrase regarding his inability to support gay marriage.

“I’m not gay. So I’m not going to marry one,”

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
2:06 pm

You get people enthused, combine that with demographic changes since ‘08, and maybe some disunity/apathy on the other side, it’s totally do-able.

Ain’t happenin’

I may be wrong, but I’m not uncertain.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:07 pm

Normal

I’m thinking it may not be diversion. Maybe it’s just ADD. Or an inability to think about the topics coupled with a desire to participate, so whatever words the keypad puts out is just dandy -

DannyX

March 21st, 2013
2:07 pm

Broun could very well be in a run-off, but that is as far as he gets. There is a ceiling for hyper-crazy in Georgia but not plain crazy, even Broun is too crazy for Georgia.

stands for decibels

March 21st, 2013
2:07 pm

Off topic, but welcome (if, seems to me, rather belated) news.

Gay and lesbian couples should be able to get married for the health and well-being of their children and families, the nation’s leading group for pediatricians said on Thursday in a policy statement that also backs adoption rights.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in calling on the legal right for same-sex couples to marry, said children’s well-being is affected far more by other factors such as their parents’ health and economic security than their sexual orientation.

“It is better that children have two parents than one parent, and assuming that these parents love each other and love the child and have economic and social security and stability, then that’s the critical ingredient for the optimal growth and development of the child,” said Dr. Benjamin Siegel, head of an AAP committee that studied the issue.

I’d think this was pretty bleedin’ obvious, but good on them for spelling it out in simple terms people can understand.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 21st, 2013
2:07 pm

“..there is almost no price to be paid by candidates themselves for being too extreme or too conservative.

For the party US political spectrum as a whole, however, the impact on its brand can be profound”

There, that’s how I prefer to look at it.

When can we expect a column from you Jay pointing out the ways that the inability / refusal of the Democratic party to stand up to the extreme right wing and offer a powerful alternative vision is just as much an index of the political disease as the fruitcakes like Paul Broun are?

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
2:08 pm

I may be wrong, but I’m not uncertain.

I like that!…may have to borrow it

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:09 pm

JamVet

Well, with our new Sen Cruz, Texas is going to give Georgia a run for the money.

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 21st, 2013
2:09 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 21st, 2013
2:09 pm

scuse me: Broun’s geologic time scale

F. Sinkwich

March 21st, 2013
2:10 pm

Cynthia McKinney might be available…

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:10 pm

Morality, so you’re a Broun fan? Just a guess, because you seem very interested in not even metnioning him but instead deflecterbating off to all of your other bogeymen.

In a March 2010 interview with Sirius XM radio host Pete Dominick, Broun said “I don’t know” when asked if President Obama was a US citizen or a Christian.

An industrial strength, Grade A embarrassment…

Daedalus

March 21st, 2013
2:11 pm

OK, how about this: Paul Broun is nuttier than a Payday candy bar?

Gale

March 21st, 2013
2:13 pm

Payday — except peanuts are also not nuts. XD

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:13 pm

Paul perhaps, but if you think this Neanderthal whackjob is atypical of Georgia Republicans…

Never mind; you read this forum and know what we are up against here!

ty webb

March 21st, 2013
2:13 pm

No, Broun is smart…He must be, he got elected after all.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:13 pm

saxby did nothing but play golf but the cons are silent on that fact.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:13 pm

sfd

Our newspaper had a guest columnist (Heritage Foundation, naturally) who tried making the case against gay marriage is not in the childrens’ best interests. He went on to cite studies, done over decades, that showed children do better with a mom and a dad in the home than just a single parent.

I thought ‘well, duh, Sherlock… the concept is two parents and the issue has a lot to do with economic well-being. So a gay couple is.. lemme see…. oh yeah… two parents in the home!’

I don’t know what Heritage pays their people, but it’s waaay too much for what they’re getting.

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

OK, how about this: Paul Broun is nuttier than a Payday candy bar?

Haha ….except peanuts are legumes
I hate this aspect of my personality too

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

I like that!…may have to borrow it

I cribbed that from the late Roger Zelazny.

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

ERWIN

“fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut” a political statement if I ever heard one..

GETALIFE

I’d vote for Reed…tough job, solid citizen..

Sean

March 21st, 2013
2:14 pm

I guess will have to choose the less of 2 evils ( or the less of 3 evils ) when it comes time to vote. I know that there is no viable candidate on the dem side in this state.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:16 pm

“I’d vote for Reed…tough job, solid citizen.”

Unity.

Our President’s trip to the ME is going well and I appreciate you cons not attacking him while he is in the ME.

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:17 pm

Dammit, Gale! You and cat are bringing me down! (grin)

I doubt I’d ever be able to bring myself to call it a pealegume…

i used to listen to this record with my dad when I was a young boy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf7K6WkG7gg

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:17 pm

JAY

It would appear that the concensus is unanimous that Broun most resembles the guy on your cul de sac with an inflatable baby jesus nativity scene on the fateful day in December.

Can you post something more controversial please?

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:18 pm

Falcons to draft #1 CB Desmond Trufant #2 CB Jordan Poyer – that is my inside info. #3 Will also offer John Abraham a contract for two years and offer free agent DE Omenyiora a contract. No secret they need De’s and CB’s.

TBS

March 21st, 2013
2:19 pm

godless

I can’t wait for Broun’s commercial that will depict him riding a dinosaur from Athens to D.C………….

stands for decibels

March 21st, 2013
2:20 pm

Broun’s geologic time scale

Thanks for the link–I had a skim.

I hear about such beliefs, and I know that, obviously, large numbers of Americans profess belief in “the literal truth of the bible” when asked by pollsters. I’d like to think that, when pressed, a lot of those people would be willing to allow that, you know, maybe not EVERYTHING as laid out in the bible is pre-zacktly as written; you know, scribes slip up here, translations don’t get everything perfect, etc., while still maintaining belief in their holy book’s “truth.”

Those folks, I don’t mind a bit–in fact I’ve had several loved ones to toe that line and they’re not crazy at all.

But when you get to the kind of people who actually deny that carbon dating could be right, who really believe that this planet, this universe, is only a few thousand years old, frankly, that’s kind of frightening to contemplate. I don’t know what percentage of Americans really and truly is on that side of the ledger. I hope it isn’t really a majority, but who knows what lurks in people’s hearts.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:21 pm

godless

Good article, good strategy. I really liked this line: “Some of the items are so absurd that all but the most dedicated fundamentalists will see the overall picture as scientific nonsense, even bordering on humor, a most rare commodity in Creationist literature.”

Of course, creationists have their one answer for everything: “Listen, you nonbelieving heathen, nothing is impossible for God!”

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:22 pm

godless

Hit ’submit comment’ too quickly: Of course, creationists have their one answer for everything: “Listen, you nonbelieving heathen, nothing is impossible for God!” (but some things really are, but thinking about them would make their heads explode.)

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:22 pm

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:16 pm

Uh, sorry but while I agree with a neutering of the Zionists regarding settlements and general racism, he isn’t making any big splash….his grand solution is that the two sides need to get together and negotiate…Real genius..suppose they never heard that before..

International relations (i think you may find that other leaders think he is simply and arrogant blowhard) not a strong point of this guy but i really do like his drive toward military as last resort concepts…

Gale

March 21st, 2013
2:23 pm

JamVet, Ernie was one of my dad’s favorites. Music today does not have enough bassos.

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:23 pm

JV – Don’t know anything about Broun or who he is so guess I am not yet a “fan”. Have decided we have to many LAWYERS in elected office in D.C. however. Clinton, “W”, Obama – we need a change – enough with the lawyers.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:23 pm

Israel rewards our President with the highest honor medal of their country.

The Medal of Distinction.

Class of '98

March 21st, 2013
2:24 pm

Bookman and Wingfield are competing to see who can out-bore us today, apparently.

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:24 pm

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:18 pm

Uhrlacher…what do you think? Makes everyone around him better…a complete nutjob and was offered a one-year 2m deal that he viewed as offensive. Getting up there in age but still very destructive force..

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
2:24 pm

but some things really are,…

not by definition

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:25 pm

Stevie Ray

“Can you post something more controversial please?”

Might be there with the creationism link.

Maybe Christian Conservative will show up in one of his many names (Hey! who in the Bible said “My name is Legion, for we are many”?) or Scout or someone to take the authors’ challenge and defend creationism?

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:25 pm

Class,

Slow news days are great days.

Enjoy this no scandal Presiden.t

Gale

March 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

Legion, the Geth in the Mass Effect game?

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

This Fed debt requires someone that understands world wide economics – that leaves out the current administration and MOST lawyers.

DannyX

March 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

We need a Republican crazy scale.

1. John Huntsman- Pretty normal
2. Chris Christie- Crazy in a fun way
3. Mitt Romney- Crazy in a weird way
4. Newt Gingrich- Just plain crazy
5. Herman Cain- Crazy, crazy, crazy
6. Rick Perry- Crazy dumb
7. Rush Limbaugh- Insane
8. Michelle Bachman- Insanely dumb and corny
9. Glenn Beck- Uncomfortably crazy
10. Orly Taitz- Dumb, crazy, Insane, psycho, Fruit Loops, batty

Paul Broun is a 9.5

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:23 pm

He also got a Nobel prize simply for getting elected..shame nobody can or will get anything accomplished. Why didn’t we give the Zionist North Dakota or something? Clearly this experiment isn’t working too good..

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:28 pm

midtownguy

March 21st, 2013
2:28 pm

I hope he gets the nomination. I can make a lot of money selling “If Paul Broun can get married four times, why can’ I get married once” t-shirts to gay couples in Midtown.

spiker

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

How about; “Broun is more leguminous than a Stuckie’s Pecan log or a Payday bar”?

Mustn’t offend the peanut interests.

H. E. Pennypacker

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

In Paul Broun’s world, the PBS show NOVA contains “lies from the pit of hell”, while the Flintstones verges upon a documentary.

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

getalife

“The Medal of Distinction.”

To which our friends on Jay’s blog respond: “What do those Israeli Jews know about which party and president they should honor as supporting Israel?”

St Simons

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

It is just a coincidence that Broun’s district is
where Deliverance was filmed. Freak coincidence.
Super freak. supah-freaky yeah.

Does he get coooold up thar in the mountains?
No way he would compromise his belief system by
burning fossil fuels that took 50mil yrs to form.
I mean, that couldn’t exist, right?

Does he not eat eggs?
I mean, that’s a chicken abortion right?

oh this rabbit hole goes for miles.
Then it stops, and we shovel dirt over them.

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

Morality?

March 21st, 2013
2:27 pm

Hmmmm..I think in addition to Dept of Education and K street, I should target my personal drone at the FED..? They need to go as well…along with whomever granted Stanford or whomever 400K to study duck peni…

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:30 pm

Well done DannyX and a great idea.

Goldie

March 21st, 2013
2:30 pm

“He makes Todd Akin and Richard Mourland, two GOP Senate candidates doomed to defeat in 2012 by their extremism, seem almost moderate by comparison.”

Jay– I believe Rep. Broun should do very well in the GOP primary… you won’t find ‘em much nuttier than the right-wingnuts here in GA!

:)

Gale

March 21st, 2013
2:30 pm

Wow, JamVet. We had one that looked almost like that.

Stevie Ray

March 21st, 2013
2:31 pm

St Simons

March 21st, 2013
2:29 pm

He does appear to have a purdy mouth on him….is he chubby too?

Gale

March 21st, 2013
2:32 pm

JamVet, How about Jim Reeves? I think he was Dad’s first favorite.

southpaw

March 21st, 2013
2:32 pm

dB @2:20
I was thinking just last night that a lot of Bibles I’ve seen are a good bit smaller than my high school world history book. You suppose anybody would bet against me if I bet that the Bible doesn’t contain EVERYTHING that’s ever happened? Just trying to record the works of Jesus would be mighty difficult, as St. John observed at the end of his first book. My son asked me how people lived so much longer in early Biblical days, and I’ll stick with the answer I gave him: “I don’t know.”

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
2:32 pm

Erwin's cat

March 21st, 2013
2:33 pm

Enter your comments here

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:33 pm

He also got a Nobel prize simply for getting elected..shame nobody can or will get anything accomplished.

Talk about a black eye (Don’t go there! LOL!) for that otherwise prestigious organization. Awarding that man a Nobel peace Prize?!

To his credit, Obama said he was “surprised” and “deeply humbled” by the award. He stated that he does not feel he deserved the award, and that he did not feel worthy of the company the award would place him in.

In remarks given at the White House Rose Garden on the day of the announcement, Obama stated, “I do not view it as a recognition of my own accomplishments but rather an affirmation of American leadership on behalf of aspirations held by people in all nations.

Even so, it still shocks me…

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:33 pm

Paul,

It looks like he won their hearts and minds.

TBS

March 21st, 2013
2:34 pm

std

While demographic changes are certainly taking place in GA, I think we are still several years off from a Democratic Senator. In a few years maybe additional House members, but I’m not so sure about a Senator.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
2:35 pm

godless heathen - owner of many things he does not need

March 21st, 2013
2:35 pm

I hear about such beliefs, and I know that, obviously, large numbers of Americans profess belief in “the literal truth of the bible” when asked by pollsters. I’d like to think that, when pressed, a lot of those people would be willing to allow that, you know, maybe not EVERYTHING as laid out in the bible is pre-zacktly as written; you know, scribes slip up here, translations don’t get everything perfect, etc., while still maintaining belief in their holy book’s “truth.”

That was pretty much the spin when I was growing up in the Methodist Church. It took some mental contortions, but they managed to get it wrapped up in a pretty bow somehow.

Paul: I have difficulty believing that a learned man (M.D.) such as Mr. Broun could _really_ believe that the flood and all that happened in one year. And that Noah sent the kangaroos to Australia and the elephants to Africa and the great big mosquitoes to Lousiana.

Normal, plain and simple

March 21st, 2013
2:35 pm

But I wouldn’t eat my breakfast until Mom put this guys morning show on the radio…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZf6m_ROIKo

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:35 pm

getalife

I saw part of his speech. He’s a pretty deep thinker.

Which likely explains the animosity so many cons feel towards him.

getalife

March 21st, 2013
2:35 pm

I would say ending both occupations earned him the Peace prize.

Standing strong with Israel earned him the Medal of Distinction.

He will win many more medals before he retires.

Regnad Kcin

March 21st, 2013
2:37 pm

“http://www.csun.edu/~vcgeo005/wise.htm’

Thanks for that, heathen. Pure Gold!

Paul

March 21st, 2013
2:38 pm

godless

PBS just had a documentary about the guy who was head of the Texas board of education – creationist who tried to get creationism in our textbooks. He lost a bid for reelection, but… they guy’s a dentist. Which means he made it thru college and dental school. Then again, many avoid courses that require critical thinking and rely on rote memorization.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 21st, 2013
2:38 pm

Paul: I have difficulty believing that a learned man (M.D.) such as Mr. Broun could _really_ believe…

I don’t.

JamVet

March 21st, 2013
2:38 pm

Gale, yep.

Some of my favorite memories were all of us piling into the station wagon and going to the drive-in. Lots of John Wayne and such.

I remember he had quite a few LPs and though I’m sure he had zero use for the stuff that exploded on the scene in the 1960s I don’t recall him ever giving me or my older brother a hard time about it. Maybe that is where I get my musical tolerance from!

Me too, Normal!

I still have a very fond place in my heart for those early swooning codgers but long live rock and roll!