But the time has come for someone else to advance that cause now. I made that decision when one stops aggressively raising money, well then people start to ask questions. And that’s an unfortunate part of the business that we’re in. But it’s the main business, and it’s 24 hours a day raising money. It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the member, not fair for constituency to have to be approached every day or two or week ore two about campaign contributions. So it’s just a grueling business and I’m ready for another part of my life.
“Twenty-four hours a day” is hyperbole, of course, but it’s nonetheless a eye-opening statement. In making these comments he joins a list of outgoing lawmakers who, freed from the burdens of fundraising, have embraced their inner Bulworth and vented about the exhausting fundraising hamster wheel. In January, after announcing his forthcoming retirement, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) said that Congress barely functions because members spend too much time buckraking.
Louie ignores the fact that after the Benghazi attacks angry Libyans formed Pro US demonstrations, marched in the streets, and then attacked and cleared out the terrorist groups’ compounds. This is because the wingnut’s narrative doesn’t interface well with reality.
As if it weren’t enough that members of the Republican Party spent much of President Obama’s first term accusing him of being a crypto-Manchurian Candidate who was born in Kenya, one GOP congressman is floating a new conspiracy theory: Obama only helped oust former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi so al-Qaeda could take over.
Appearing on Frank Gaffney’s anti-Muslim radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) launched into a lengthy tirade criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to provide air support in the international campaign against Qaddafi last year. Rather than acknowledging that Obama launched the mission to stave off a looming massacre in Misrata, the Texas Republican saw a hidden, pernicious reason for the intervention.
Update: Aide tries to walk back Gohmert’s Gaff(ney)
One would think that a U.S. congressman accusing the president of the United States of maneuvering to aid Al Qaeda — an act verging on treason — would be headline news around the nation.
That’s how I heard Rep. Louie Gohmert’s attack on President Obama’s Libya policies earlier this week. But when I called the Texas congressman’s office Thursday, an aide clarified that Gohmert intended to say only that the president formulated bad policy in Libya because he got bad advice.
That’s good to hear now. But Gohmert, a frequent and virulent critic of the president, ought to choose his words more carefully the next time he commiserates with his friends on right-wing radio.
Gohmert was visiting Tuesday with host Frank Gaffney, a Washington Times columnist whose radio show mostly reaches listeners via an online stream.
The congressman described how the revolts of the Arab Spring had provoked a whole new series of challenges and problems in the Mideast. Fair enough.
Sorry but just the fact that he would appear with a “creeping shariah” bigot clown like Frank Gaffney discredits anything he might say.
In the interview, which took place on Veterans Day, Womick told ThinkProgress that ‘I don’t trust one Muslim in our military’ and ‘if they truly are a devout Muslims, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me.’ When asked if Muslims should be forced out of the military, Womick responded ‘Absolutely, yeah.’ Read the exchange:
FANG: What about the thousands of Muslims that are still in the military that are veterans, that are translators, that are active personnel. Is there some sort of policy solution that you’re advocating? […]
WOMICK: Personally, I don’t trust one Muslim in our military because they’re commanded to lie to us through the term called Taqiyya. And if they truly are a devout Muslim, and follow the Quran and the Sunnah, then I feel threatened because they’re commanded to kill me.
CLIFTON: You believe they should be forced out?
WOMICK: Absolutely, yeah.
while Romney has insisted in the past that Republicans aren’t ‘anti-regulation’ and other conservatives have insisted that the party doesn’t want to defund the EPA, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) — the Congressman from Koch — made it clear during an environmental panel that that was exactly his goal:
POMPEO: We’re trying. Indeed, I personally tried. … We’ve got a Senate that has a deeply different worldview, and there my bill sits. We won’t be able to slow down the growth of the EPA dramatically until we change the view of folks in Congress, and I speak mostly of the Senate here, and we get a new leader in the White House.