One of the winners in yesterday’s primary elections was state Sen. Alan Nunnelee, who secured the GOP nomination for a congressional seat in northern Mississippi. The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel notes that Nunnelee was an “[e]stablishment favorite” and raised the most campaign cash for the three-way race. However, Nunnelee is far out of the mainstream. In little-noticed comments on Saturday to a Rotary Club in Corinth, MS, Nunnelee said that Democratic policies are a bigger threat to the United States than Pearl Harbor or 9/11:
Republican congressional candidate Alan Nunnelee tells a Rotary Club audience that the United States survived the traumas of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, but those attacks were less a threat to America than the higher spending and government expansion pushed by Democrats.
“What I see in Washington over the last 16 months is a more dangerous attack because it’s an attack on our freedom that’s coming from the inside,” Nunnelee, neatly dressed in a gray suit and red tie, tells about 30 people who have finished their lunch of chicken-fried steak, mashed potatoes and fried squash.
If Nunnelee does come to Washington, he would probably find some other sympathetic far-right conservatives who share his views. In November, Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) said that health care reform was a greater threat to the country than “any terrorist,” and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has been going around comparing the Obama administration to the Nazi regime.