Sharron Angle Tops Wingnuts Index
Angle, DeMint, O'Donnell score high on list of 2010's craziest candidates
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2010 11:56 AM CDT
Sen. Jim DeMint speaks to the Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council Action.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – There's no shortage of seemingly unhinged Senate candidates out there, but who's the craziest of them all? The Daily Beast has compiled a "Wingnuts Index," judging the Senate hopefuls on criteria including belief in conspiracy theories, special interest-driven voting records, and incidents where the candidates have been called out for lying. Among its Top 15:

  • South Carolina Republican and RINO-hunter extraordinaire Jim DeMint, rumored to be planning a White House bid, is ranked second, largely for his "unrepentant social conservatism."
  • Calling it a sign of just how crazy this campaign season has become, the Daily Beast awards not first or second but third place to Delaware's Christine O'Donnell, famed for dabbling in witchcraft and labeling evolution a myth.
  • At seventh, California's Barbara Boxer is highest-ranking wingnut from the left. Boxer—who claimed opponent Carly Fiorina’s anti-abortion beliefs translate into "women and doctors in jail"—has managed to become a polarizing figure even in her reliably Democratic home state.
Click here for the full list.