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November 26, 2013 10:30 AM Ain’t No Such Thing As Too Far to the Right

By Ed Kilgore

One good thing about being back home in Georgia for a bit is that I can follow more closely the conservative petri dish that is the 2014 GOP Senate primary in this state.

Today’s big news, from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Jim Galloway, is unsurprising but illuminating: Paul Broun, Jr., is being endorsed by the Georgia Right to Life organization:

You’ll recall the Athens congressman basically locked GRTL down in June by breaking with Republicans - and the National Right to Life umbrella group - to vote against a bill to outlaw abortions past 20 weeks, because it included exceptions for rape and incest. GRTL refuses to allow for such exceptions, an all-or-nothing stance that has drawn critics from within the pro-life movement.

The Georgia anti-choicer group is famously militant. It savaged Karen Handel—soon to be a national anti-choice icon for her efforts to force the Komen Foundation to split with Planned Parenthood, and now part of the zany 2014 Senate field—during the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary here for failing to support a major crackdown on IV fertilization clinics. So it makes sense they’d go with Broun, the wingnut’s wingnut, in the 2014 race, and endorse him early, too. There ain’t no such thing as getting too far to the right for Georgia Republicans.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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