Arne Carlson on GOP U.S. House candidate Allen Quist: He's "really bizarre"
Last week, Mother Jones published a fascinating profile of Republican Allen Quist, who will be competing this summer in a primary against state Sen. Mike Parry for the honor of doing battle with incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz this November.
The title of the piece gives you a flavor for the tenor of the profile: "If You Thought Michele Bachmann Was Out There..."
Quist and Arne Carlson have an acrimonious history -- in 1993, Quist challenged the then-incumbent GOP governor and was eventually crushed by 20 points in a primary. Nonetheless, the open disdain Carlson has for his fellow Republican is pretty remarkable.
Carlson, asked by Mother Jones' Tim Murphy what he thinks of Quist, said sarcastically that he's a "wonderful, wonderful guy -- one of the great intellectuals of the 21st century." As evidence of his intellectual prowess, consider the online curriculum supplement for K-12 educators put together by Quist. From Mother Jones:
Quist believes there's some historical merit in this depiction of affairs.
One section asks this leading question: "Did dinosaurs and people live at the same time, and why do so many recently discovered ancient art works accurately picture dinosaurs?" The answer is a resounding "yes." "The only reasonable explanation for the stegosaurus carved in stone on the wall of the Cambodian temple is that the artist had either seen a stegosaur or had seen other art works of a stegosaur," Quist writes. "Either way, people and stegosaurs were living at the same time."
Elsewhere, Quist provides scientific evidence for the existence of dragons, and suggests that the Book of Job be taught as a science lesson: "Today we know beyond a reasonable doubt--Job 41 is a picture-perfect description of SuperCroc."
If you need more evidence that Quist is an intellectual heavyweight, consider his views about the natural role of women relative to men. In the '90s, he told a reporter he believes women are "genetically predisposed" to be subservient to men, pointing to, among other things, the behavior of wild animals. Quist is also on the record arguing that abortion should be classified as first-degree homicide.
Carlson, sarcasm still dripping from his comments, added: "He'll do a lot to improve the IQ of Congress. If we can get a Bachmann-Quist team together, they could probably take over the world. Talk about a dynamic duo!"
Carlson, who said he'll support the relatively moderate Walz if Quist emerges from his primary battle this summer, characterized Quist's record as "really bizarre."
"Unfortunately," he added, "what was bizarre in the '90s is becoming the centerpiece of the new Republican party."
-- Mike Parry and Allen Quist battle it out for 23 ballots, neither wins GOP endorsement
-- Michele Bachmann endorses Allen Quist for Congress
-- Mike Parry, U.S. House candidate, suggests he'd keep troops deployed until economy improves
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