Riding Horses

Jim Burroway

March 15th, 2010

JD HayworthMy beloved Arizona never disappoints when it comes to extreme looniness. Sen. John McCain is facing a primary challenge from former Arizona congressman and Phoenix right-wing radio host J.D. Hayworth, who told an Orlando, Florida radio audience that Massachusetts’ marriage equality law could lead to marriages between man and horse:

“You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage — now get this — it defined marriage as simply, ‘the establishment of intimacy,'” Hayworth said. “Now how dangerous is that? I mean, I don’t mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point — I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse. It’s just the wrong way to go, and the only way to protect the institution of marriage is with that federal marriage amendment that I support.”

Sen. McCain opposed the Federal Marriage Amendment because he felt that it violated the principles of federalism, not because he believed in equality for gay people. McCain supported Arizona’s Prop 102, the state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage which passed in 2008.

Hayworth, who promoted tea party events on his radio program and gained the endorsement of national tea party leaders, is determined to run an extremely negative campaign. I wonder if the next whisper campaign against McCain will somehow imply that he enjoys “riding horses.”


March 15th, 2010

So sad. Hayworth is another loon banking on hate and misunderstanding.


March 15th, 2010

The Stupid is strong nowadays.

Timothy Kincaid

March 15th, 2010


While Hayworth has receive endorsement from one tea party pac, he is clearly not favored by the Arizona tea party movement. As Politico noted today,

Hayworth – who promotes himself as the tea party candidate – was unable to secure the endorsement of any of the state’s four largest tea party organizations …

They don’t seem to think he’s any more fiscally conservative than McCain.

But Roger Boone, a leader of the 200-member Flagstaff, Ariz., Tea Party Patriots who responded to POLITICO’s survey, said neither McCain nor Hayworth is conservative enough for him.

“McCain basically moves all over the field — one week he wants to buddy up with the tea party people. The next week, he wants to move over the left,” said Boone. At the same, he said, Hayworth “basically always voted along party lines and never looked at things from a constitutional point of view. I don’t think I can trust him.”

So Boone is supporting long-shot Jim Deakin in the GOP primary, and said he’s not sure what he’d do if McCain or Hayworth won the nomination.

Or, as their press release said,

“The Tea Party is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that stands for limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility. Both McCain and Hayworth’s records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired on these issues,” said Robert Mayer, co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party. “It is their job to hold themselves up to these values and fight for our votes.”

Scott P.

March 15th, 2010

Gives a new meaning to “hung like a horse” , doesn’t it?

Ben in Oakland

March 15th, 2010

Some day I’m going to cross a horse with a conservative Christian poltiican so that I can have a REAL nag.

Richard Rush

March 15th, 2010

Ben in Oakland said, “Some day I’m going to cross a horse with a conservative Christian politician so that I can have a REAL nag.”

Oh, no! Better not go there! Next thing you know we’ll be speculating on the cross-breeding that created Maggie Gallagher.


March 15th, 2010

I’m going to guess he never actually read the Massachusetts Supreme Court decision..

Ben in Oakland

March 16th, 2010

That’s why I call her Naggie.

John in MN

March 17th, 2010

All I can say is ‘wow’.

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