In 2004, a racial-eugenicist crackpot named James Hart got on the ballot for Congress in Tennessee, as a Republican. He managed to fly in under the radar, as it were, simply by filing in a district that was such a Dem safe-seat no career Pub bothered to contest it. Needless to say, the state party spared no effort in distancing itself from him. (In case you were wondering, Hart lost; he got 82% in the primary and 26% in the general election; and he has been effectively frozen out from seeking the Pub nomination a second time.)
Here we go again. The only Pub on the ballot for House District 76 in the Montana legislature is one Shawn Stuart. And in April, after he was safely on the ballot, it came out that Stuart is the state leader of the National Socialist Movement (to whose website Board rules will not even allow me to link directly, but here’s a Wikipedia article, external link at the bottom). The state Republican leaders are nonplussed.
Of course this is not the Pubs’ fault and does not reflect badly on them – except in the sense that they appear somehow to have become the default choice for this sort of thing. (Up to the '60s, it would have been the Dems.) And, as this article argues, it may be significant that a lot mainstream Pubs have been falling back on various forms of hate politics, especially this year.
What is become of the party of Lincoln?!
(If this be Godwinization, you will never see it done more gracefully! )