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April 27, 2013 3:12 PM Today’s entrant in the Stupid Olympics over the Boston Marathon bombing: Rep. Louie Gohmert

By Kathleen Geier

Dear God, please make it stop.

In the wingnut race for the most deranged response to the Boston Marathan bombing, elected official division, I believe we have a winnah. Rep. Louie Gohmert, c’mon down!!

ThinkProgress reports that Gohmert is accusing the Obama administration of deliberately screwing up the investigation of the bombing “due to internal guidance from the Muslim Brotherhood”:

Q: Some people are wondering whether or not the fact that it looks like radical Islam is once again a factor here is potentially a narrative that some folks don’t want publicly out there. Do you think that’s playing into this at all?
GOHMERT: I think it is… It’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war agains us… Radical Islam is at war with us. Thank God for the moderates that don’t approve of what’s being done. But this administration has so many Muslim Brotherhood members that have influence that they just are making wrong decisions for America.

This is the kind of thing that makes my head hurt. Gohmert is one of those Texas politicians so bat@#$% cray cray that only the late Molly Ivins could have done him justice. Among other things, Gohmert is the same freak who has been trolling Huma Ahmedin about her nonexistent involvement in an alleged Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy. As if poor Huma hasn’t suffered enough!

Kathleen Geier is a writer and public policy researcher who lives in Chicago. She blogs at Inequality Matters. Find her on Twitter: @Kathy_Gee


  • c u n d gulag on April 27, 2013 4:11 PM:

    Much as I love and miss her, I think Gohmert would leave even the great Molly Ivins speachless.

    His degree of viciously stupid clinical insanity, like Bachmann's and Steve King's, is at the level where, back in the old days, the family got together, talked amongst themselves, and decided that they could no longer keep ________________ locked-up in the attic or basement, safely, and called the men with the butterfly nets, sedatives, straight jackets, and padded wagons, to come out and institutionalize _______________ for the good of the family, and society in general.
    _____________ is a menace to everone - including him/her/self.

    But now?
    Our House is full of ______________'s, with more than we, as a country, can stand in the Senate - and still remain a representative democracy.


  • c u n d gulag on April 27, 2013 4:40 PM:

    Btw - Kathleen, I like that you wrote "Stupid Olympics," and not 'Stupid Special Olympics.'

    Why traumatize the poor children by comparing them to these retar... er... uhm... EXTRA-special adults?

  • Celui on April 27, 2013 6:04 PM:

    Kathleen: Gohmert is (a) certifiably off his rocker, (b) consciously pandering to the worst elements of the electorate who will listen to him, (c) so damned anti-Obama that Louie's worst racist attitudes are now commonplace in 'his world', (d) looking into his own mirror in order to hear his own voice, (e) baiting the old Southern establishment, (f) still wacko and off his rocker, (g) trying his best to get some attention in the playground of the absurd, (h) ALL of the above, and more. I believe that Molly Ivins would have been at her very best with Louie et al, especially with her take-downs of the 'Texas Lege' and 'Shrub' to her credit. Man! Do I miss Molly!!

    Craptcha: "issued rtunitre"--a perfectly good example of Louie and the GOTP's latest malformed epistulae

  • CDW on April 27, 2013 7:37 PM:

    One of the great tragedies of our time is that Miss Molly was taken from us before the world had gone completely bonkers. If she hadn't been able to stop the madness with her trenchant insight, she would have stuck some pins in the nasty little shites at least.

    Kathleen, I share your pain and would pray with you to make it stop if I thought that would help.

  • Rick B on April 27, 2013 8:09 PM:

    Everything that has been said about Louie is true. He is an ideal representative of Baylor Law School, the Southern Baptist University in Waco, TX. He is also a classic East Texas racist who was groomed for the congressional seat he now occupies. That district was created by the Texas Republican Party right after they took control of the state House when Tom DeLay obtained illegal corporate donations, laundered them through the Republican National Committee, and won enough seats to change the state House from Democrat to Republican. They promptly did a midterm redistricting (remember the Democrats leaving the state for six weeks - not enough) and defeated four of five Democratic incumbents the next election in the specially designed super-red districts. Tyler was the worst and Louie was designed to win it.

    Texas, however, is now on the cusp of going Blue. Every major city except Fort Worth voted overwhelmingly Democratic in 2012, and we are going to retake Fort Worth soon. The bastions of Texas crazy are the east Texas piney woods and far west libertarian oil-dominated Texas like Midland. Rick Perry represents them.

    El Paso is Democratic. It's the low population density areas that are so crazy.

    The cluster of social conservatives who were assembled to elect Louie know they are losing the state soon, and we are watching as they go crazy in fear of that loss. Louie is their spokesperson, along with Steve Stockman and one or two others. That's where the crazy comes from. They are trapped rats in the corner with no escape and their struggles are playing out in the national media. They make good TV.

  • PTate in MN on April 28, 2013 12:58 AM:

    Rick B: Texas, however, is now on the cusp of going Blue

    This cheers me up. Texas has a lot to apologize, but if they go blue, I will forgive them everything.

  • Marc on April 28, 2013 9:26 AM:

    Please leave Louis alone. He is the source of such great comic material, and reasonable people can always use him as a glaring example of why change is needed.

  • Steve on April 28, 2013 10:29 AM:

    Am I the only one to find the difference between the way the story of the Boston bombing and the story of the attempted assassination of Barack Obama and other public officials via ricin laced letter is being covered to be somewhat revealing?

    In one case, we have nominally "sane" legislators, not to mention the nutball fringe (I'm talking to you, Representative Gomert), practically calling for waterboarding and summary execution and in the other. . . well, not much at all as far as I can see.

    The bombing and subsequent shooting of an MIT police officer are being treated as a clear and present danger to our nation's very existence, whereas the ricin thing, when mentioned at all, is treated as comic opera.

    Of course, to be fair, as I mentioned, the bombings resulted in four deaths, three direct and one incidental, and upwards of a couple hundred injuries, some life threatening and many of a permanent nature, so the bombings are serious crimes.

    But crimes they are and not acts of war.

    I wonder if the bombers turned out to be a couple of dingbat Elvis impersonators from Tupelo, Mississippi, and the ricin mailer turned out to be a Muslim from the Caucasus how the coverage (and legislative outrage) might be different.

    Just askin'.

  • zandru on April 28, 2013 1:43 PM:

    Rick B notes "[Louie] is an ideal representative of Baylor Law School, the Southern Baptist University in Waco, TX."

    You left out "Texas A&M", where good ol' Louie was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a pseudo-military frat that wore uniforms to class, lived in barracks, and marched in formation. I should know; he was in my class (1975).

  • zandru on April 28, 2013 2:53 PM:

    At last! I came across a photo of Gohmert in his senior regalia at TAMU:


    You have to scroll down a ways. Oddly, he's got a standard officer-type hat, rather than the somewhat surreal Smokey-the-Bear hat that seniors actually wore back then. Riding pants? Check. Sword? Check. You can just see the tops of his highly polished, highly coveted "Senior Boots", which alumni cherish and keep as trophies of their "service." Shoulder strap connected to belt dealie? Got it. Gold braid over the shoulder? You betcha. The colors would have been dark brown shirt and pale tan breeches.

    And this, fellow readers, is how he would have attended classes in his last year at Texas A&M. Probably minus the sword, but wearing his Smokey Bear hat. Possibly this contributed to his weirdness in later life.