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While it would be impossible to top the self-centered offensiveness of today's Sarah Palin video -- where she used the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords to peddle her message of victimhood -- Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) gave it his best shot, but could only manage a trifecta of stupidity.

First, his thoughts on the public comments by Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik on today's political climate:

I hope the sheriff tones his rhetoric down.

Well, sure. Sheriff Dupnik needs to tone down his rhetoric of calling on people to tone down their rhetoric.

Gohmert than turned around and started peddling conspiracy theories of obstruction by the FBI:

It may be that if the things that we're reading -- that he's [Jared Loughner] 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.

This after four days of complaints by Republicans about people laying blame or attaching political motivations to Loughner's actions.

And he finished the day with the announcement that he is:

... drafting a measure to allow members of Congress to carry guns in the District of Columbia, including in the Capitol and on the House floor.

... which is going to be a real problem since:

Rep. Peter King, a Republican from New York, is planning to introduce legislation that would make it illegal to bring a gun within 1,000 feet of a government official, according to a person familiar with the congressman's intentions.

Quite a day, Louie.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Wed Jan 12, 2011 at 03:05 PM PST.

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