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January 12, 2011

THE KIND OF INSIGHTS ONLY GOHMERT CAN PROVIDE.... Earlier today, in apparent reference to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said, "I hope the sheriff tones his rhetoric down."

Yes, Gohmert wants someone else to tone down the rhetoric. This from the guy who, among other things, screamed at Anderson Cooper for several minutes about "terror babies," and argued on the House floor that Democrats are trying to get senior citizens to "die off more quickly" by passing health care reform.

Better yet, soon after urging Dupnik to cool the rhetorical excesses, Gohmert was right back to his own crazy ways.

Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said an FBI official who spoke today at a closed-door security briefing for lawmakers "stonewalled" attempts to learn about the personality and political beliefs of shooting suspect Jared Loughner, saying that could jeopardize the investigation and prospective prosecution.

Gohmert suggested the evasiveness was designed to insulate President Barack Obama's political base.

Gohmert declared on the House floor, "It may be that if the things that we're reading -- that he's a liberal, hates the flag, supports Marx, that type of thing, turn out to be true, then it may be embarrassing to some of the current administration's constituents, and, heaven help us, we wouldn't want to embarrass any of the president's constituents."

In Gohmert's mind, the FBI claims it doesn't want to interfere with an ongoing investigation, but the real reason the FBI doesn't want to talk about a madman's profile is to shield Democrats from embarrassment. It's all just an elaborate partisan ruse, orchestrated by Democrats, the White House, and Justice Department -- but ol' Louie is onto their little game.

Right, and Sheriff Dupnik is the one who needs to tone down his rhetoric.

Update: This afternoon, Gohmert began pushing a measure to allow members of Congress to bring loaded firearms onto the House floor. Of course he did.

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Louie Gomert is retarded.

Posted by: uncle walt on January 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM | PERMALINK

Isn't it about time that people running for office undergo a phychiatric evaluation?
I don't see much of a difference between a loon like Loughner and a loon like Gohmert (Pile of S.H.I.T.) except the Tucson one's already snapped, and this one doesn't look like he's too far away.
Ditto Foxx, Bachmann, the Kings (Steve and Peter), and a host of others.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

I think it is useful to remember that Gohmert reflects the paranoid right's rhetoric because he is also paranoid. These days it defines the entire party.

Posted by: wvng on January 12, 2011 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

We must INVESTIGATE THIS! This is a COVERUP! We must have HEARINGS! Subpoena the head of the FBI, the head of the CIA, Rahm Emmanuel, Robert Gibbs, Michelle Obama, her hairdresser, Bo the Dog's groomer, and Sasha's History teacher who once mentioned Communism in class.

It's not to early to talk IMPEACHMENT here folks!

Posted by: Eeyore on January 12, 2011 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

It bears repeating that Sherrif Dupnik issued a nonpartisan call for calmer rhetoric, mentioning no names, and the right wing, not the left, freaked out.

Why so defensive?

Posted by: Gregory on January 12, 2011 at 4:05 PM | PERMALINK

Forget it, Jake. It's Gohmert.

Posted by: TT on January 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

no, uncle walt, my daughter is mentally retarded and setting aside my offense at the loose use of that diagnostic description as a perjorative, the reality is she would make a much better Congressperson that Gohmert.

Gee, I wonder why the FBI wouldn't want to tell senstive investigative information to our elected officials? I mean, they are so good at being discrete and keeping their freakin' mouths shut.

Posted by: zeitgeist on January 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Hates the flag? Seriously? Supports Marx? What, does Gohmert think Marx is alive and leading some movement?

Didn't you just know that unless the shooter had a bunch of love letters in his drawer that he'd been exchanging with Sarah Palin that the right wingnuts would try to spin this into a lefty frame? Gee, I wonder why he tried to assassinate a Democrat then? DUH!

Posted by: President Lindsay on January 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM | PERMALINK

Just a continuation of the right's attempt to shift blame/accountability. Phase 1 was to deny any accountability on the right wing megaphone for possibly influencing the unbalanced; phase two was to blame the left for unfairly castigating the right wing spokesman and portraying them as victims (see Palin); phase 3 put the blame on the left for creating an atmosphere that influenced the unbalanced. And on we go.

Posted by: wordtypist on January 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM | PERMALINK

Something tells me that Gohmert is gonna be embarrassed when it comes out at trial that Loughner listened to Glen Beck daily and thought Caribou Barbie was the bees knees.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on January 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM | PERMALINK

Didn't you just know that unless the shooter had a bunch of love letters in his drawer that he'd been exchanging with Sarah Palin that the right wingnuts would try to spin this into a lefty frame? Gee, I wonder why he tried to assassinate a Democrat then? DUH!

He'll probably has a Sarah signed photo under his pillow. That will be our fault as well.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on January 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM | PERMALINK

It's incredible to realize that Gohmert used to be a JUDGE.

God help us.

Posted by: sue on January 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM | PERMALINK

The one thing that keeps running through my mind while reading today's posts about rightie reaction is the overwhelming simplistic nature of their binary thinking. In their minds... they're 'Good, God-fearing Christian Americans'... so everyone not like them is 'bad', 'Godless', 'Commie-pinko-fags', or worse. Someone commented here that this has been going on since Reagan, but it's been evident since the 60's (or as long as I can remember). You have a large (majority?) segment of the population that defines itself mainly in terms of what they're against... mainly Communism, Socialism, Fascism... but they have absolutely no idea what those things are... it's merely what they're not. Or what they believe they're not. Because they certainly don't mind projecting and imposing their views on the rest of us, Democracy be damned.

Posted by: Captain Obvious on January 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM | PERMALINK

This is just another example of the difference between the right and the left. You have republican members of congress using the exact same wording in pushing these conspiracy theories. This isn't talk show hosts or bloggers, it is members of congress repeating talking points created by the messaging gurus in the party.

Posted by: Holmes on January 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

It is beginning to look as though Loughner, to whatever extent he had political leanings, was a "sovereign citizen" type. Their desire to repeal the 14th and 17th amendments, among others would put Loughner more in line with Gohmert's political philosophy than Obama's.

Louie should be careful what he wishes for.

Posted by: majun on January 12, 2011 at 4:34 PM | PERMALINK

In the 1980's President Reagan threw open the doors to the mental asylums, and let the inmates fend for themselves.

Many of them wandered the streets, shouting at chimeras, and abused their medications.

Evidently, the rest ran for congress. . .

Posted by: DAY on January 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM | PERMALINK

Gohmert is insane, paranoid, and more than likely skips his meds frequently. With all that said, he'll be the first one out of the blocks to claim a leftist plot when the realization surfaces that Loughner is a right winged zealot who carries pictures of of Louie in tights.

You read it first here...

Posted by: stevio on January 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

I know we have already jumped down the rabbit hole, but before we fall too far, would somebody check out the reading lists of the community college courses Lounghner enrolled in before being kicked out? The list of books I have read sound an awlful lot like the readings in a freshman political science course.

Posted by: Ron Byers on January 12, 2011 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

Well yes he is delusional, paranoid, and all the other things mentioned in post above, but that don't really scare me as much as the fact that he along with all the others like him are there because people in his district keep re-electing him, that's what should scare us all, the mental state of the electorate that is willing to vote for these people.

Posted by: grandpajohn on January 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM | PERMALINK

DAY at 4:37 PM


Posted by: Skip on January 12, 2011 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

It's absolutely ridiculous to think that hateful rhetoric could incite violent behavior. And anyone who accuses Louie/Sarah/Rush/Glen of hateful rhetoric is gonna be at fault if someone gets hurt.

Posted by: g on January 12, 2011 at 5:47 PM | PERMALINK

Gohmert is not a civil creature, he's a social cretin who, once elected, has gotten to share his idiocy with the rest of us! Be ashamed, members of Gohmert's district for hoisting his petard upon us all.

Yeah, right Gohmert - guns in the revered Congressional chambers of the best democracy in the world! What a moron! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 12, 2011 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

" ... and, heaven help us, we wouldn't want to embarrass any of the president's constituents."

Perhaps he hasn't noticed that all of us--including him--are the president's constituents. Another ill-educated person who uses words that don't mean that he thinks they mean.

Posted by: Skepticat on January 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM | PERMALINK

Captain Obvious,

What makes you think the segment of the population to which you refer is against fascism? Might be just their cup of tea.

Posted by: J on January 12, 2011 at 7:46 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm...Gohmert shooting from the hip again. I'm not so sure his idea is a bad one. But first put up that bullet-proof plexiglass shield, then turn the armed congressmen loose inside and let 'em shoot off their mouths and then their guns.

If they televised it on pay-per-view, we could solve the deficit problem.

(Too soon?)

Posted by: Seould on January 12, 2011 at 7:52 PM | PERMALINK

Actually, this is not necessarily a bad bill (allowing congressmen to carry guns on the house floor). It's actually a pretty good idea. If the congressmen were armed, this would make a lot of sense. It would, all things considered, be a good thing.

If congressmen carried arms in the house chambers, that would be an improvement over the current situation. Being armed - if you're a congressmen on the house floor - is, all in all, better than not being armed.

It's not such a bad idea. If all the congressmen were armed, this would definitely be a salutary state of affairs. This is something that should probably be done. In fact, I'm in favor of it - of congressmen being armed in the well of the house, that is.

This bill should be carefully considered and, in opinion, viewed favorably. It's actually a pretty reasonable proposition. That congressmen should be armed, that is. I would tend to support this idea, arming congressmen - it's a good idea.

Posted by: herostratus on January 12, 2011 at 11:36 PM | PERMALINK

So, let me get this straight. Peter King is pushing a measure to keep anyone with a gun from coming within 1,000 feet of a govenment official. Louie Gohmert is pushing a measure to allow Representatives to have loaded guns on the House floor. If they both pass, does that mean all members of Congress will have to stay 1,000 feet from each other at all times? Sounds like a win-win to me. . .

Posted by: Fall Line on January 13, 2011 at 9:53 AM | PERMALINK



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