Political pundits often refer to election years as "the silly season," to denote when politicians are working so hard to get the public's divided attention that they'll say almost anything to rate a media mention, even if it sounds jarringly idiotic to the average American. By that standard, the silly season arrived rather early in 2012 -- in part, due to the ongoing and as-yet undecided Republican primary.

But, as with most politicians, the Republican candidates who have made the news with bizarre pronouncements will eventually have to run in a general election and attempt to garner votes from outside their ideological base. With that in mind, we invite Raw Story readers to let Republicans know what the dumbest issues they've heard flacked this year by voting in our poll.

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