Watching Texas state politics sometimes feels like reading a Terry Southern novel – there are so many absurd situations, bizzaro twists, and exaggerated examples of unlikely human behavior, you feel inured to almost everything before the final page.
I’m only a casual observer of the sausage-making in Austin, which is probably why my first reaction to the rumor that Gov. Perry would select Cynthia Nutbar – er, Dunbar — to chair the State Board of Education wasn’t: “How could he?” It was more like: “How the hell did she ever get elected in the first place?”
People, Dunbar is not your garden-variety hawker of “traditional values.” While often cited as a member of the board’s creationism-pushing faction, that association only begins to tell her story: She makes rejected board chair nominee Don McLeroy look like Kinky Friedman. Her 2008 book “One Nation Under God” spilled all the beans about her freaky radicalism. In it, Dunbar declared that the public school system is a “tool of perversion” that threatens “devout, Bible-believing Christians” in the same way that the Nazi regime threatened Jews. If it were up to her, she’d establish a “biblical litmus test” to make sure the leaders of our “biblically based,” constitutional form of government express “a sincere knowledge and appreciation for the Word of God.”
Let’s also not forget Dunbar’s claim during last year’s presidential campaign that Obama was somehow involved in plotting an attack “with terrorist sympathizers” against the U.S. Let all that bullshit sink in, and then ponder this – they let her be a Boy Scout den mother in her district! It’s too late to save those poor children, but you might contact the office of District 10 Senator Wendy Davis to find out how you can support a potential senate confirmation vote against Dunbar.