New Winners in the "Disqualifier Olympics"

This rather entertaining bit of GOP slapstick came up a couple of days ago; and since it's been a day or two since their last faux pas graced the pages of GMD, we might as well start the week off with a bang.

What's "entertaining" is certainly not the remarks  made by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and House candidate Charlie Fuqua of Batesville, but the flapping and flailing of the entire GOP as they attempted to flee the scene.

Arkansas is known for many things: Wal-mart, Razorbacks, and intern-diddling Presidents, for three.  Now add to that list the distinction of having not one but  two Republican candidates for the statehouse that have managed to make what are quite possibly the most objectionable remarks of this campaign season.

And that is one tall order, given the competition they've had from fellow Republican, Missouri's Todd Aiken and his "legitimate rape" remarks.

Aikin will have a lot of company now on the GOP wall of shame; and no attempt at false equivalency will ever lay a glove on Joe Biden.

For Rep. Hubbard has actually written a book that states that slavery was a

"blessing in disguise"

Contending that "blacks" have it a lot better living in America today than they would have had it if they were still living in Africa, Rep. Hubbard wrote in his 2009 book, "Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative,"

"the institution of slavery that the black race has long believed to be an abomination upon its people may actually have been a blessing in disguise."

As if determined to dig his hole even deeper, he adds:

"Wouldn't life for blacks in America today be more enjoyable and successful if they would only learn to appreciate the value of a good education?"

Not to be outdone in the offensive arena, Mr. Fuqua advocates for deportation of all Muslims in his own page-turner, released in April, "God's Law: The Only Political Solution"

"I see no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States," he writes in his book, according to The Arkansas Times newspaper.

Interestingly, although Mr. Hubbard's comments on slavery have been in the public domain for three years, and Mr. Fuqua's e-book came out in April, the GOP had no comment about either candidates's offensive writings until Saturday, when the state GOP Chairman, Doyle Webb released the following statement:

"The reported statements made by Hubbard and Fuqua were highly offensive to many Americans and do not reflect the viewpoints of the Republican Party of Arkansas,"

Rather than just leave it at that, Mr. Doyle went on to attempt a trifecta of offense by accusing Democrats of using the candidates' outrageous writings as "distractions."  That means there are at least three Republicans in Arkansas who should not ever, ever be considered for election to office.

Jay Barth, who is a poli-sci prof at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas draws a direct line between the racial intolerance of 1960's Arkansas and both men's appalling views:

"It's hard to remember a set of remarks this extreme on racial matters by an Arkansas official since the state's politics modernized in the late 1960s than that by Mr. Hubbard," Barth said on Saturday.

'Way to go, AK GOP!

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