The “Weathervane” ad funded by the True Republican PAC is getting a lot of play (over 45,000 views so far) from liberals, mostly mocking Alabama for being so backward.
Pharyngula: “Grow up, Alabama. … What horrible things has Byrne done, the mere statement of which is sufficient to horrify Alabamans? “Byrne supported teaching evolution….said the Bible was only partially true”.”
Washington Monthly: “Just so we're clear, in the 21st century, Republican gubernatorial candidates are attacked for accepting modern biology and being only a partial Biblical literalist. It's not really surprising, but it is depressing.”
Hot Air: “Reporters love to press national Republican candidates on evolution to make them squirm but I thought this sort of thing flew mostly under the radar in statewide elections — especially in a political climate like this, with fiscal issues at the forefront.”
Talking Points Memo notes that the PAC behind the ad gets most of its money from AEA.
2 Political Junkies: “Who said teh crazy was confined to Sarah Palin?”
Wonkette (who gets it totally wrong): “Candidate Roy Moore is attacking fellow candidate Bradley Byrne for suggesting that evolution is something worth considering, and that the Bible is not entirely literally true. Bradley Byrne is f%$*ed.” (Well, almost totally wrong.)
Only Talking Points Memo noticed that the ad is funded, not by a Republican opponent, but mostly by the Alabama Education Association, folks you don't usually think of as making Alabama looks like a bunch of ignorant bumpkins. Or that two prominent officers in AEA, Executive Secretary – Treasurer Paul Hubbert and Associate Executive Secretary Joe Reed, are also prominent officers in the Alabama Democratic Party, serving on the State Executive Committee. Hubbert is Vice Chair for Public Sector Labor and Reed is Vice Chair for Minority Affairs.
Teachers making the state look stupid and Democrats bashing liberals. Up is down and black is white. I swear, this could only happen in Alabama.