Monday, March 24, 2014

Tom Corbett Seeded #1 of Most Radical Right-Wingers for 2014 March Badness Contest

Defending champ Corbett leads the field.  State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe also makes the cut, with Pennsylvania one of only 3 states that have 2 entries in the national contest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – ProgressNow has released the list and tournament seeding of the most outrageous, radical, out of touch right-wingers who over the past year have proven that, for one reason or another, they belong in this year’s Not-So-Sweet 16 as part of 2014 March Badness.  The competition is stiff this year; from one seed and defending national champion Governor Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania, to radical Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, the matchups this year pair the wackiest, most out of touch politicos in the nation.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS YEAR’S BRACKET

Here are Corbett’s and Metcalfe’s entries from the www.MarchBadness.org website:

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett

Last year’s March Badness champion, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, has come back with a strong case for back-to-back victories.

Corbett’s attorneys, in a filing to stop Montgomery County from issuing marriage licenses, compared gay marriage to allowing 12-year-olds to get married.  After being chastised by equality advocates and editorials across the state, Corbett doubled down, comparing the marriage of same-sex couples to incest.

When asked about his lawyers’ comparison of gay marriage to 12-year-olds, Corbett said, "It was an inappropriate analogy, you know," Corbett said. "I think a much better analogy would have been brother and sister, don't you?"

Unfortunately, Corbett’s words have been matched by his actions.  He has consistently opposed marriage equality, supporting court cases and legislation that keep Pennsylvania as the only state in the northeast that does not have same sex marriage or civil unions


Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe

After last June’s landmark Supreme Court ruling in United States v. Windsor, which overturned most of the Defense of Marriage Act, most of us were overjoyed by this partial victory.  Pennsylvania’s first openly gay state representative, Brian Sims, wanted to share his joy in the decision on the House floor.  As soon as he began speaking his mic was cut off by Republican Rep. Daryl Metcalfe.

Why?  Metcalfe said “His talking about that [marriage equality] on the House floor would have been an open rebellion against Almighty God and God’s word, against God’s law. And as a Christian, if I would have sat there and been silent, it would have violated my conscience because of my beliefs as a Christian.”

Metcalfe has risen to a leadership position in the GOP-controlled House, serving as the chair of the powerful State Government Committee.  This is despite (or because of) his history of attacks on LGBT, immigrant and non-Christian Pennsylvanians.  Metcalfe has even called veterans “traitors” for supporting cap and trade.
 

Matchups will be decided via social media voting for each round.  There will be a play-in round with eight teams to determine the last four seeds in the Not-So-Sweet 16. 
Votes will be tallied any time someone retweets or shares the quote from one of the right-wingers on any social media site (twitter, Facebook, or google+).  The bracket will be cut down to the Crazy Eight by the end of the weekend and then the Infamous Four by Monday, March 31st.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THIS YEAR’S BRACKET
Here is the voting schedule for each round:
Voting Ends At Midnight
Play-In Round
Tues, March 25
Rd 16
Thur, March 27
Rd 8
Mon, March 31
Rd 4
Thur, April 3
Rd 2 - Championship
Mon, April 7

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