It’s recently been revealed that Tom Coburn, Republican Senate candidate in Oklahoma, said at an August 31st town hall meeting that lesbianism had become “rampant” in south-east Oklahoma schools. The Associated Press reports:
In the tape released by the campaign of Brad Carson, the Democratic candidate, Coburn says a campaign worker from Coalgate told him that “lesbianism is so rampant in some of the schools in southeast Oklahoma that they’ll only let one girl go to the bathroom. Now think about it. Think about that issue. How is it that that’s happened to us?”
Joe McCulley, school superintendent in Coalgate, chuckled when asked about Coburn’s remark.
“He knows something I don’t know. We have not identified anything like that. We have not had to deal with any issues on that subject—- ever,” McCulley said.
Moralistic scare tactics have become standard for hard-right Republican candidates, but this certainly represents a bizarre new extreme in the trend. In a similar incident, Kentucky Republican Jim Bunning said that his opponent Daniel Mongiardo—- a black-haired and olive-skinned Italian American—- looks like one of Saddam Hussein’s dead sons.
On the upside, if such such bizarreness continues to come from right-wing candidates we may be able to look forward to a Democrat-controlled Senate after the November 2nd elections as voters get increasingly turned off by the demented distortions of Republican candidates. Hey, a man can dream can’t he?