…but even though the supposed GOP financial “architect” will come a bit later on the list, for now, we’re going to journey to “the land of the yellow rose”…
#8, Allen West
#9, Joe Pitts
#10, Jack Kingston
#11, Patrick McHenry
#12, Spencer Bachus
#13, Jim Gerlach
#14, Cliff Stearns
#15, Jean Schmidt
#16, Phil Gingrey
#17, David Schweikert
#18, Virginia Foxx
#19, Pete Sessions
#20, Charlie Dent
#21, Cathy McMorris Rodgers
#22, Chris Smith
#23, Todd Akin
#24, Buck McKeon
#25, Kristi Noem
#26, Hal Rogers
#27, Lou Barletta (Two bonus selections: Boren and Ross)
#28, Paul Broun
#29, Mary Bono Mack
#30, David Dreier
#31, Marsha Blackburn (including backgrounder)
...and that means it’s time for #7 on our list of U.S. House Repugs opposed to health care reform, and that would be Louie Gohmert of Texas (by the way, I should warn that there may be bad words on some of the pages I link to here – I don’t usually say anything about that since I believe that other people’s content isn’t my problem, but others, to their credit, have also pointed out this stuff about Gohmert, and his particular type of confrontational wingnuttery has, not surprisingly, generated some rather strong feeling).
Saying this is probably going to make me sound like an elitist liberal or something, but it’s hard to truly “wrap my head around” Gohmert’s particular type of ignorance. He may be the one of the stupidest people in the country. He may be one of the stupidest people on the planet. It’s possible that he could be one of the stupidest people in the entire solar system (with the possible exception of anyone who actually voted for him).
I’m not sure where to begin, so I might as well just pick a spot and get going:
I’ll tell you what – since a picture is worth a thousand words (last I checked), I’ll just “go to the tape”; here, Rachel Maddow and Kent Jones introduce us to “Gohmert” Pyle (someone else came up with that, not me)…
Here, he cheapened the recent massacre in Aurora, Colorado by saying it supposedly wouldn’t have happened if everyone had been armed (as you can see, there’s no line that Gohmert won’t cross when spouting this garbage).
Here, he said that Number 44 somehow timed the who mess over the debt ceiling last year so it would coincide with his 50th birthday (actually, I take back what I said earlier – Gohmert may not be just the stupidest person in the solar system, but possibly the entire galaxy).
Here, he said the hate crimes bill passed by Congress would lead to Nazism, or worse (cue scary background theme - and speaking of that former Austrian postcard painter, Gohmert said here that a column by Thomas Sowell comparing Obama to Hitler was “brilliant”).
Here, he said Obama would somehow use the Affordable Care Act to call up troops to fight in Libya (WHAAA?????!!! And by the way, as noted from the link, Gohmert claimed that the health care bill was 2,800 pages in length – I’ll come back to this talking point in a future post).
And oh yeah, TERROR BABIES!!! (here).
Here, Gohmert referred to Sen. John McCain as “numb nuts” (of course, Gohmert would have ended up crying like a little bitch after enduring a day or two of what McCain endured as a POW for 5 ½ years – I don’t like McCain’s politics, but that doesn’t mean that the man doesn’t deserve respect).
Here, Gohmert made disparaging remarks about former Obama Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who suffered a seizure and crashed his car; Bryson took a medical leave of absence (another "class" moment from Gohmert).
Here, Gohmert claimed that Huma Abedin, the wife of former Dem U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner and aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was in league with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, or something.
…and in case anyone has any doubt as to whether or not Gohmert should be on this list concerning health care reform, I give you this (I’m sure I’ll put this video up again before this list is complete - more here)…
…and here’s a tongue-in-cheek song for Gohmert, who probably will think it’s a documentary (sorry, no video).
Update 8/28/12: I just found this - truly, words fail.
Update 1/5/13: As I said, he's the stupidest life form in the galaxy (here).
Update 4/30/13: What a dipshit (here).
Update 10/23/14: Lather, rinse, repeat (sigh).