Congratulations, NYS Republican Party, you are now the standard bearer for lunatics, freaks, racists, homophobes and all other manner of mouth-breathers from the Hudson Valley to Lake Erie and beyond. Never before has your monotone, monochrome worldview been more apparent, your cynicism more obvious or you general lack of humanity more complete.
Here is a short list of things you knew about Carl Paladino before you made him your candidate by a 2-1 margin:
He cheats on his wife.
He sends pornographic images of women and horses to people on his email contact list.
He sends racist jokes and images to people on his email contact list.
He believes that poor New Yorkers smell bad and need to be taught basic hygiene.
He wants to use state prisons as labor camps for people who need public assistance.
That's just the stuff that comes up during the course of a normal conversation about Paladino; we haven't even touched on how the vast majority of his fortune comes from a government he claims to despise or even his antics at local lesbian bars.
Well, Republicans, you own him now. Every vile epithet, every smarmy offhand remark belongs to you and your party. You have laid claim to a morally defunct opportunist, or maybe he's laid claim to you. Enjoy.