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Courtesy of Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, always working so hard for the Stupidest Member of Congress Award, so coveted among his fellow Republicans, we have a new conspiracy theory. And it's a good one. Forget birthers; here come crashers.

While appearing on a radio program, Gohmert launched into an attack on Attorney General Eric Holder, as well as all members of the Obama administration in general, for being "not honorable, honest people" who are "not the kind of people you want heading up the country." Then, for good measure, Gohmert offered his expert medical opinion on Commerce Secretary John Bryson, who suffered a seizure on Saturday connected to two traffic accidents:

You got Bryson out in California. It's really unusual to have a seizure to cause you to have one wreck and then cause you to put your car in gear and keep going until you have another wreck. That kind of seizure is really unusual. Yet that's who's in charge of keeping businesses going, a guy that crashes his car from car to car.
Bryson is now on indefinite medical leave to undergo further testing, but clearly, that's just the cover story, because even though a Breathalyzer test did not show Bryson was under the influence, as Gohmert says, that kind of seizure is really unusual. What kind of seizure was it, you may ask? The unusual kind. Duh.

This alleged unusual kind of seizure makes the whole thing far too fishy for Gohmert, especially because Bryson is singularly responsible for the entire American economy, which is probably news to Bryson. It's probably also news to all the Republicans who've been telling us that it's billionaire job creators, not the government, that keeps businesses going, and besides, it's President Obama who is singularly responsible for the economy. (And boy did he screw it all up, because it was the Most Bestest Economy Evah! up until January 2009.)

We don't know yet the details of what happened to Bryson on Saturday, beyond the fact that he had a seizure, which in Gohmert's mind makes him a real jerkwad because only a jerkwad would go and have a seizure when he's in charge of keeping businesses going. And all of this supports Gohmert's original point that the president, and every single member of his administration, is just downright awful and untrustworthy and un-American and un-honest because blah blah blah Eric Holder unusual seizures blah blah.

Say this for Gohmert: Even when he's leading in the Stupidest Member race, he never ever takes his all-but-assured first place for granted. He's a real overachiever, that one.

Originally posted to Kaili Joy Gray on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 01:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  and i believe what gohmert actually said was (0+ / 0-)

    s-e-i-d-g-i-u-r-e (not so sure on the spelling so i had to do this phonetically).

    hope springs eternal and DAMN is she getting tired!

    by alguien on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 01:35:08 PM PDT

  •  Ok, I haven't posted the dufus brigade in a (4+ / 0-)
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    Navy Vet Terp, sow hat, myboo, side pocket

    while. This is a good opportunity since Gohmert heads it up:

    Louie Gohmert(TX-01)
    Joe Wilson(SC-02)
    Joe Walsh (IL-08) v. Tammy Duckworth
    Steve King (IA-04) v. Christie Vilsack
    Michele Bachmann(MN-06) v. JIm Graves
    Tom Graves(GA-14)
    Paul Broun(GA-10)
    John Culberson(TX-07)
    Phil Gingrey(GA-11)
    Clif Stearns(FL-03)
    Frank Guinta(NH-01) v. Carol Shea-Porter
    Charles Bass(NH-02) v. Ann McLane Kuster
    Allen West(FL-18) v. Patrick Murphy
    Daniel Webster(FL-10)
    Austin Scott(GA-08)
    Lou Barletta(PA-11)
    Patrick McHenry(NC-10)
    Chip Cravaack(MN-08)
    Thaddeus McCotter(MI-11)
    Sean Duffy(WI-07) v. Pat Kreitlow
    Eric Cantor(VA-07) v. Wayne Powell
    Jeff Denham(CA-10)
    Steve Womack(AR-03)
    Steve Southerland(FL-02) v. Leonard Bembry
    Virginia Foxx(NC-05)
    Joe Heck(NV-03)
    John Campbell(CA-45)
    Andy Harris (MD-01)
    Peter King (NY-03)
    Frank Lobiondo(NJ-02)
    Nan Hayworth (NY-18)
    Doug Lamborn (CO-05)
    Mike Coffman (CO-06)
    Robert Dold (IL-10) v. Brad Schneider
    John Fleming (LA-04)
    Diane Black (TN-06)
    Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
    Justin Amash (MI-03)
    Robert Hurt (VA-05)
    Jim Jordan (OH-04)
    Don Young (AK)
    Paul Ryan (WI-01) v. Rob Zerban
    Collin Peterson (MN-07)
    Renee Elmers (NC-02)
    Timothy Walberg (MI-07)
    Mike Rogers (MI-08)
    Peter Hoekstra (MI-Sen)
    Adrian Smith (NE-03)
    Vern Buchanan (FL-16) v. Keith Firzgerald
    John Sullivan (OK-01)
    Scott Rigell (VA-02)
    Ann Marie Beurkle (NY-24)
    Michael Grimm (Ny-11) v.Mark Murp

    Also, it would be nice to add more challengers.

    "In the name of the nation, and of the dollar and of the rule of law, you and your children shall sacrifice for the good of all." Rmoney prayer

    by hannah on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 01:41:54 PM PDT

  •  Gohmert is a regular Bill Frist. (5+ / 0-)

    Without the medical credential, of course.

  •  How do these pinheads... (1+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont

    get elected??  Ignorant, dumb-ass,white trash, racist, unreconstructed Confederates.  I run out of pejoratives in describing those cretins.  

    The last sound on earth will be the squawk of an optimist.

    by CT yanqui on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 02:09:57 PM PDT

    •  I am a current resident of GA, and we have more (2+ / 0-)
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      Illinois IRV, skohayes

      than our share of morans here in every level of government. Still,  I think "Confederates" is used incorrectly since the states listed below were NOT members of the Confederacy:

      Illinois
      Iowa
      Minnesota
      Michigan
      Wisconsin
      California
      New Hampshire
      Pennsylvania
      Nevada
      New York
      Ohio
      Alaska

      Because, frankly, redneck stupidity knows no ethnic or geographical boundaries, as my husband observed after regaling me with the tale of the Saudi Elvis clone he ran into in 1990 (it's really very hard  to say" Thank You. Thank you very much" in a Southern drawl when you have a Saudi accent, and you cannot wear a keffiyeh with a pompadour, which also looks, well, silly with a thobe)

      The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

      by irishwitch on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 02:36:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  You just answered our own question. (0+ / 0-)

      History merely repeats itself; it doesn't cure its own ills. That is the burden of the present.

      by ZedMont on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:03:17 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Can't even spell "Gomer" right. (2+ / 0-)
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    skohayes, IndyReader

    Thump! Bang. Whack-boing. It's dub!

    by dadadata on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 02:46:28 PM PDT

  •  i'd like to see him win, but he has a lot of (0+ / 0-)

    competition.

    is there anything we dirty stinking libruls can do to help him out?  :)

  •  Another reason us Texans love when..... (1+ / 0-)
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    tuesdayschilde

    Arizona is in the news.  Yup, that is the caliber of representation we have in the house.  I'd blush, but I would be red all of the time.

    .............Sigh.............

    "A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson

    by Yo Bubba on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 05:07:47 PM PDT

  •  Still trying? I awarded him a long time ago... (0+ / 0-)

    History merely repeats itself; it doesn't cure its own ills. That is the burden of the present.

    by ZedMont on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 06:59:46 PM PDT

  •  The more recent reports (1+ / 0-)
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    JML9999

    indicate that Bryson was having trouble earlier in the evening, during a speech. The people attending noticed it, so it must have been pretty obvious.

    (Is it time for the pitchforks and torches yet?)

    by PJEvans on Tue Jun 12, 2012 at 07:01:01 PM PDT

  •  You could Probably have a GOP Madness competition (0+ / 0-)

    On Gohmert's stupid alone

    http://thinkprogress.org/...

    Doctor Mitt Romney Brain Sturgeon-The Operation was a success but the patient died, where's my fee?

    by JML9999 on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 07:43:06 PM PDT

  •  New-onset seizure in a 68 year-old (3+ / 0-)
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    texaslucy, regis, oxfdblue

    ...is probably caused by a brain tumor.  But maybe Bryson is lucky and it's just a stroke.

    Epilepsy, the tendency to have seizures without any sort of mass lesion causing them, never starts as late as age 68.  Bryson has some sort of mass lesion.

    Gohmert isn't just an idiot.  He's an inhuman idiot.

    We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

    by gtomkins on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 07:44:59 PM PDT

    •  They can be caused by strokes, leaking aneurysms (1+ / 0-)
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      or other causes as well. Tumors aren't the only thing that can go wrong. But that being said he should have a thorough medical work up to determine the cause.
      And it goes without saying that DOCTOR Gohmert should not be doing the work up.
      The next time he brings this up someone should ask him,
      "Doctor, where did you do your neurology fellowship, that you can diagnose without examining the patient?"

      Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.-- Wm.Pitt the Younger

      by JeffSCinNY on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:00:37 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Bill Frist school of legislative med divination (0+ / 0-)
        "Doctor [Gohmert], where did you do your neurology fellowship, that you can diagnose without examining the patient?"
        med short for medical...

        For a better America, vote the GOP out of office whenever and wherever possible and as soon (and as often) as possible!

        by dagnome on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:08:21 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  "Mass lesion" wasn't the precise terminology (0+ / 0-)

        I should have said structural or anatomic lesion to include all the possible etiologies that make the contrast with the epileptic seizures that most people are familiar with, which have no lesion associated that can be seen on either imaging or at autopsy.

        My point is that none of the accounts I have seen of this episode make at all clear to the lay reader that Bryson almost certainly has a serious underlying condition for which the seizure was merely a relatively trivial symptom, unimportant in itself compared to its importance as a symptom of that serious underlying condition.  When most readers don't understand what it means for a 68yo to have a first seizure, because they have their familiarity with seizure almost entirely from epilepsy, I think it's a pretty serious disservice to the reader to not bring the difference out front.  People who think only of epileptic seizures when seizure is mentioned might think Gohmert had a point, that a 68 yo epileptic either ought to have his seizures under very good control by now, or not be driving if they aren't.

        We should have destroyed the presidency before Obama took office. Too late now.

        by gtomkins on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:27:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  As a life long epileptic I can attest to the fact (0+ / 0-)

        that we do not understand very much about epiliepsy. A seizure can be caused by a fever. diabetes, stress. These seizures are not epilepsy though, epilepsy is the term to identify seizures with a lack of obvious explanation. This seizure could be the result of head trauma that happened decades ago.

        Gohmert is a man totally lacking in honor or decency.

        In a just world he would be shunned like Cain.

  •  Given that this is an Olympic year (0+ / 0-)

    Gohmert is to stupid what Nadia Comaneci was to gymnastics. He sure stuck the landing on this one.

    Progressives are defined by who they want to help; Conservatives are defined by who they hate.

    by frsbdg on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:02:26 PM PDT

  •  Speaking of seizures (3+ / 0-)
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    texaslucy, KenFL, METAL TREK

    Gohmert was born on August 18, 1953.

    Today, his brain seizure is in its 21,485th day.

    In a just world, everyone who hears this man utter a word would be allowed to punch him hard right in the face.

  •  Well, he has an unfair advantage... (1+ / 0-)
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    texaslucy

    He is a Texas republican!

    Stupid lives!

    Retired AFSCME Steward and licensed gun carrying progressive veteran.

    by old mark on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:07:10 PM PDT

  •  After A Seizure, There Is A Recovery Period (2+ / 0-)
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    FiredUpInCA, christianlsv

    called the postictal phase lasting from 5-30 minutes w/ drowsiness, confusion, nausea, headache, & other disorienting symptoms.  It can also be accompanied w/ amnesia about the recent event & other memory deficits.

    Louie doesn't appear to be the expert on seizures, but I doubt that will stop him from playing neurosurgeon as well as judge, jury, witness & prosecutor.  

  •  I think Gohmert is the one who had a seizure. And (1+ / 0-)
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    roadbear

    shouldnt you just keep your fucking mouth shut when your last name is just two extra consonants away from Gomer?

  •  That doesn't even come close to his (0+ / 0-)

    "terror babies" insightful remarks.  


    The religious fanatics didn't buy the republican party because it was virtuous, they bought it because it was for sale

    by nupstateny on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 08:26:46 PM PDT

  •  there he goes again....embarrassing all of us (4+ / 0-)

    Just for the Record, taking up for all of us stuck here with Gomer for our congressman-- a little history--

    Texas’ First  Congressional District  has a history of strong Democratic leaders, including Max Sandlin, Jim Chapman, Sam Hall and Wright Patman. Patman was probably the most progressive of the bunch. Going back to the early part of the last century you have Morris Sheppard who later served as a U.S Senator from Texas. As Senator, Sheppard sponsored progressive reform legislation promoting rural credit programs, child labor laws, and antitrust laws. He was also an advocate of the Women’s suffrage.

    Because of the redistricting efforts of Tom Delay, traditional Democrat  districts in East Texas were decimated. I am currently in the First district, however my county  was traditionally in the 2nd congressional district, our most famous Congressman being of course,  Charlie Wilson. Aside from his war mongering in Afghanistan, Charlie was a good liberal on most social issues and almost always supported working people, he supported women’s rights and civil rights.  The district previously had elected Jack Brooks, who supported and helped write the Civil Rights Act and Voting rights Acts of the 60’s.

    There are strong populist and even liberals in East Texas, we are just victims of Republican strong arm tactics and ignorance. The decline of organized labor, an unorganized Texas Democratic Party, and a rise in organized religion preaching Republican politics have brought to where we are. I haz a sad.

    If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

    by texaslucy on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 09:11:43 PM PDT

  •  who knows (0+ / 0-)

    i have had epilepsy since i was 17 months. I have had 10 grand mals and 2 weird ones. The 2 weird ones were the results of a blow to the head. i sled into home plate headfirst in the first inning. The next thing i remember was catching a ball at first base in the forth inning. I was out on my feet for 30 minutes to an hour with no memories of any of it. The head is weird and being out on his feet, from the crash is very possible.

  •  me - broken record. he got elected, right ? (1+ / 0-)
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    A Runner

    and that continues to be a problem.

    this guy is obviously, obviously a complete idiot, and he got elected.

    big badda boom : GRB 080913

    by squarewheel on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:21:42 PM PDT

  •  Ghomert (2+ / 0-)
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    Churchill, Apost8

    As I've always said, when you have a congressman act this way, it actually says alot more about the imbeciles who elected him than the man (or woman) themself.

    Just another day in Oceania.

    by drshatterhand on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 04:19:58 AM PDT

  •  I blame Obama for the seizure. (0+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney deserves a lot of credit for creating Mitt Romney.

    by A Runner on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 04:25:26 AM PDT

  •  Let me guess, he is suggesting that dark forces (0+ / 0-)

    within our government, hired ex KGB Psychic warriors to cause these seizures.

    Has he checked the Commerce Secretary for alien implants yet?

  •  Whatever Gohmert says, says more about Texans (0+ / 0-)

    So if Gohmert is the stupidest Congressman, his Texan constituents are the stupidest Americans.

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect -- Mark Twain. Ode to Social ME-dia: Sweets and tweets, self indulgently fed. First widens seats, second fattens heads -- Dcrolg

    by dcrolg on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 05:46:31 AM PDT

  •  What's sad is not the fact that he is stupid... (0+ / 0-)

    it's the people that listen to this man speak and then think to themselves, "THAT'S the guy I want representing my interests.  I'll vote for him!"

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 06:23:25 AM PDT

  •  I strangely nostalgic for the Code Duello. (0+ / 0-)

    I catch myself fantasizing that duelling accordingly to specific rules might be a semi-civilized stop, with some beneficial effects, in what seems to be our continueous descent into what Churchill called "a new Dark Age."  At least it would cut down on the noxious, cowardly gas bags we have to listen to on the way down.

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