Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Tea Party+Religious Loons=Lost Elections

As the defeat of Dean Young, the insurgent Tea Party challenger to the more business-backed Bradley Byrne, in the runoff for Alabama's 1st Congressional district (one of the most conservative in the nation), shows, anytime you try to marry Tea Party outrage to fire-and-brimstone religious insanity, the result seems to be lost elections.  If the Tea Party wants to be taken seriously it will stop trying to legislate their morality and stop trying to apply it to the rest of us because that's the same sort of Big Brother/Big Government bullshit libertarian types and people like me alike are both strenuously opposed to.  Whether they wise up to this fact or not, that is the question going forward.  --Joe

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