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@ 30 Entirely possible.

Though I have to remember a certain argument I was having with my teenage daughter one time, and I slapped her face. And then both of us were staring at my hand, going "How the hell did that happen?' I'd never been more than a "one gentle pat on the bum" kind of spanker, and hadn't done even that since she was maybe four. Sometimes it really does come out of nowhere, surprising even the person who does it.
Posted by agony on November 29, 2012 at 9:08 AM · Report this
thecheesegirl 30
@14 He did slap her hard enough for there to be a red mark still visible when her statement was taken, so I'd say it's possible this was the first time, but more likely that he had a habit of shoving and/or hitting her less forcefully, and very likely he had a pattern of emotional abuse and threats of physical violence.
Posted by thecheesegirl on November 29, 2012 at 7:24 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 29
Another wingnut whack-job. Literally, in this case.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on November 29, 2012 at 3:19 AM · Report this
McGee 28
Who did they cast as white Steve Urkel?
Posted by McGee on November 28, 2012 at 4:49 PM · Report this
This is why dog whistle phrases like "traditional family values" are so dangerous. Traditionally, men could slap or spank their wives if they became uppity.
Posted by MinnySota on November 28, 2012 at 3:46 PM · Report this
@12, I noticed his death grip on her arm as well.
Posted by SherBee on November 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
Dougsf 25
If there's really a science to body language, this family photo screams "call the police."
Posted by Dougsf on November 28, 2012 at 2:34 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 24
I figure every fundie family is like this. Some of them, the wife & kids will just take it, some will wait until everyone is old, a few will stand up when the abuse happens. But that's what "family values" means: obey the father, he gets his, fuck everyone else. If the sons tough it out, they can create their own harem. (look at the Romeny brood). For the women, it's just a horrible cycle.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 28, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 23
...and by the way, the South is guilty of a lot of things, but one of the things I always thought it wasn't guilty of was (if one had any self-respect whatsoever) was spousal abuse. Hitting a woman was the trashiest thing a man could do. I wasn't raise on a plantation. I didn't come from antebellum wealth, but my childhood buddies and I were raised to believe that there was nothing.....NOTHING!....lower than a man who raised his hand to a woman. Apparently, that isn't a Southern tradition anymore.
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 28, 2012 at 1:02 PM · Report this
Dan, don't you know that back in the good old days that conservatives want to return to that it was well within a husband's rights to beat his wife? It was considered nobody else's business not too long ago.
Posted by Barbara on November 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 21 know how hard a campaign can be - and a losing one at that. A man needs to let off a little steam. And she doesn't look any worse for it. She probably got on his last nerve.

Vote Republican! Because Republican God lets you beat your wife!
Posted by Bauhaus I on November 28, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
James6 20
My immediate assumption was that it was a sex scandal, so in that sense it doesn't fit the pattern.
Posted by James6 on November 28, 2012 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Ephesians 5: 22-24
Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Clearly, she was not doing her biblical duty.
Posted by Clayton on November 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM · Report this

Saw a man walkin' upside down
My T.V.s on the blink
Made Galileo look like a Boy Scout
Sorry 'bout that, let it all hang out…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM · Report this
very bad homo 17
That's "Biblical Marriage" for ya.
Posted by very bad homo on November 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM · Report this
Beetlecat 16
That's what he gets for using Gotham as a typeface.
Posted by Beetlecat on November 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM · Report this

>republican beats his wife
>blame the media

Typical republican.
Posted by GermanSausage on November 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM · Report this
Why didn't she slap him back? Seriously? Because she was afraid if she did, he'd deck her.

Actually, if she's reporting him for a slap, there probably isn't longstanding serious physical abuse going on - she'd be too scared, if there were.
Posted by agony on November 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this
But, but... they were so wholesome. How could it be?

@4 FTW
Posted by Confluence on November 28, 2012 at 10:28 AM · Report this
Check out the grip he has on her arm in that way this was a one-off incident.
Posted by daphne24 on November 28, 2012 at 10:27 AM · Report this
venomlash 11
@10: ha ha, oral.
Posted by venomlash on November 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 10
It's nice to know that Brad has a solid moral foundation thanks to his undergraduate studies at Oral Roberts University.
Posted by Gern Blanston on November 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 9
Why didn't she slap him back?
Posted by TheMisanthrope on November 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM · Report this
I feel sorry for his family. No doubt they've been pressured to pretend everything is "fine" at home for some time. Sure, the dude is a hypocritical douche and it's easy to mock him. Schadenfreude is delicious. Still, even if he rots in jail, the family will be the ones bearing the brunt of this terrible guy's actions. Again.
Posted by LGBTQWTF on November 28, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Bonefish 7
You'd think more people would know by now that a politician making "family values" into a big platform issue is going to have warped issues with family, sexuality, or both. These are people who think "family values" means "sufficient control over your brood unit and offspring." I'm not surprised in the least to discover that he abuses his wife.

Oh, and look: he's another one of these chickenshit assholes who makes thinly veiled gun-related threats towards the President and then denies it later:

"He drew national attention in October after posting a photo of his handgun to his Facebook page, alongside a message "welcoming" President Barack Obama to Tennessee. He denied that it was meant as a threat."

Violent AND too cowardly to own up to it. Yep, sounds like a typical Republican to me.
Posted by Bonefish on November 28, 2012 at 9:55 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
This is because of gays getting married.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on November 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM · Report this
oh yummy...
a domestic tragedy to exploit!
Posted by Danny thrives on the suffering of others. on November 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM · Report this
If your definition of family doesn't include the right to slap your wife when she gets out of line, you're doing it wrong.
Posted by NateMan on November 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 3
I'm sure he feels he was doing the right thing by God, just a moment of weakness and he's as good as new. Fundamentalist churches make provision for men like him.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
What a prick. And you can almost be sure that this wasn't the first incident. In domestic violence cases, there's usually a long history and build up before the woman actually calls for help. Based on the article's brief description of him, though, I'm not surprised.
Posted by floater on November 28, 2012 at 9:26 AM · Report this
lol, he looks the same in the mugshot as he does in the poster
Posted by GermanSausage on November 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM · Report this

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