Given the richness new material the Quist for Congress campaign provides, Bluestem thinks the litany of old Quist material recited by The Daily's Worst Candidates of 2012 list is sort of like the joke your dull uncle tells every Thanksgiving about the time the sparkling wine gives out.
By now, every Southern Minnesotan has this catalgoue of Quistiana committed to memory.
Surely, the material from this year's campaign about how food assistance is a significant factor in America's divorce rates--or Quist's promise to loan his campaign up to $1 million or (coordination anyone?) looking at NRCC television ads and turning them down--could be added to the mix. Or the bit about 24-year National Guard soldier Tim Walz being a bigger threat to America than terrorism.
Ah well, at least the dinosaur schtick is from this century.
Quist has slipped from his pre-primary ranking by Buzzfeed as #5 in Rosie Gray's The 8 Craziest Candidates Of 2012.
In The Worst Candidates of 2012: America’s 20 crappiest contenders for public office, The Daily's Adam Laukhuf writes:
11. Allen Quist
U.S. House, 1st District, Minnesota
Dubbed the “deranged mentor” of Michelle Bachmann, former Minnesota state representative and perennial gubernatorial candidate Quist is the GOP nominee for Minnesota’s 1st Congressional District. At one point, Quist’s views were considered too extreme for a mainstream candidacy, but he’s most likely banking on voters in Minnesota having short memories. Quist’s history of questionable pronouncements includes a whopper in a K-12 “curriculum module” to “correct current textbooks.” Dinosaurs and humans co-existed, Quist asserts, because there’s no other reasonable explanation for an obscure stone carving on the wall of a Cambodian temple besides the artist having actually seen a stegosaurus. Quist provides similarly compelling scientific evidence for the existence of dragons and posits that the Book of Job should be taught as science because “we know beyond a reasonable doubt [that] Job 41 is a picture-perfect description of a SuperCroc.” Quist was also famously obsessed with homosexuals — or rather, so staunchly opposed to homosexuality that he went undercover at a porn shop and a gay bathhouse to demonstrate to a local newspaper reporter that the institutions were a “haven for anal intercourse.” And naturally, Quist believes that abortion should be classified as first-degree homicide.
There's still a week to go, so Bluestem hasn't given up on some vintage Quist escaping into the discourse.