Friday, January 11, 2008

Who Is Hugh Cort?

As Eileen notes here, thirteen presidential candidates made it on to the ballot here in Rhode Island, four Democrats and nine Republicans. The Democrats are the big three plus Kucinich, while the Republicans are the big six plus Duncan Hunter, Alan Keyes, and Hugh Cort. This naturally raises the question: Hugh Cort?

Since he's going to be on the ballot in November, we might as well find out who this guy is. First of all, he's not a joke candidate like Vermin Supreme. He is very, very serious, serious enough to have his own Wikipedia article, and serious enough to get onto the ballot here in Rhode Island.

As the article notes, Dr. Hugh Cort III is a psychiatrist and self-proclaimed antiterrorism expert from Alabama. He believes that Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks, and that Osama bin Laden is planning to blow up ten US cities with suitcase nukes. He believes that the US should launch a bombing campaign against Iran, and that global warming is being caused by the sun getting hotter. His campaign literature states that "America has gotten so far away from God and His protection, with abortion, homosexual marriage, and many other sins, that destruction is coming on America a million times worse than 9/11."

So, who is Hugh Cort? Basically, he's your standard-issue modern-day conservative Republican, little different than "mainstream" candidates like Rudy Giuliani and Mike Huckabee. The only real difference between him and them is that they have a lot of money to spend campaigning, and he doesn't.
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