The nuttiest of them all

THE NUTTIEST OF THEM ALL…. It looks like Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, is generating quite a few headlines today. Let’s see, there’s her ties to radicals

As Jon Ralston reports, Nevada’s Republican nominee for Senate will be headlining a Tea Party event Saturday in San Diego promoted by a far-right doctors group — a group that has itself promoted all sorts of wild conspiracy theories.

The event this Saturday, the National Doctors Tea Party, is promoted by a group called the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Among the AAPS’s greatest hits: They have stated that the establishment of Medicare in 1965 was “evil” and “immoral”; They have denied the link between HIV and AIDS; they have dabbled in birtherism; they have argued that President Obama may have used “covert hypnosis” to rally his crowds; and have suggested that the Food and Drug Administration is unconstitutional.

…her unwillingness to touch campaign contributions she considers gay

Sharron Angle has taken some extreme positions, but this one is remarkable even by her standards: She said on a candidate questionnaire that she would refuse political contributions from a private company that backs equal rights for gays and extends benefits to partners of gay employees.

…her support for allowing public school teachers to offer their religious beliefs in classrooms

[O]n school prayer she believes that teachers should be able to talk about religion and “publicly acknowledge the Creator.”

…her beliefs that children are better off in orphanages than with loving parents of the same gender…

[S]he opposes any laws that would enable gays to adopt children.

…and her belief that tax-exempt houses of worship should feel free to intervene in political campaigns, despite existing federal law.

The federal government bans churches from participating in political campaigns on behalf of candidates, but Angle said clergy should be able to express views on candidates from the pulpit.

Sharron Angle is quite a candidate, isn’t she? I’ve argued that she’s the most radical major-party candidate to seek statewide office since David Duke was the Republican nominee for governor in Louisiana in 1991, and with each passing day, that assessment continues to look more credible.