We should all celebrate the electoral success of Republican former State Senator Bradley Byrne in Alabama, Northeastern liberal elites included.
Why, you ask? Because Byrne's opponent, Dean Young — Tea Party affiliate, conservative activist, conspiracy theorist, and bigot — lost.
On Tuesday, Byrne won the primary runoff in the state's overwhelmingly right-leaning first congressional district, and became the Republican nominee for this December's special election, which he's almost certain to win. In the wake of the government shutdown, Byrne's victory represents the triumph of the Republican establishment over Tea-Party-aligned candidates like Young.
Which is fantastic, because Young's outrageous positions and rhetoric have no place on the national stage. In addition to being a birther, his positions on homosexuality seem better suited to a place like Iran than they do to the United States. In celebration of Byrne's victory, and the Tea Party's loss, we present the following quiz:
Who said it, Dean Young or Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?