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#138 of My Stupid State

My God, this Teabag Congressman is a complete idiot.  (I know, redundant.)  Gohmert and Bachmann are now in a real race for the dumbest member of the lower chamber.  (NEVER count out Florida!)

In a painfully awkward congressional hearing, freshman Rep. Curt Clawson touted his deep knowledge of India and his favorite Bollywood movies to two administration officials holding senior positions in the US government. The two officials, the Honorable Nisha Biswal and the Honorable Arun Kumar, are high-ranking members of the State Department and Commerce Department, respectively.  They were EVEN INTRODUCED with their positions in the US Government.  

Curt Clawson, who clearly wasn't paying attention, assumed the two were representatives from India. After all, they had dark skin and Indian surnames, so that was all he needed to make that assumption.  He told them how much he loved "your country" and then demanded that there be more open "freedom of capital" with "your government".

Clawson obviously didn't know the purpose of the hearing he was participating in, nor did it ever cross his mind that it is extremely rare for foreign officials to testify before the US Congress under oath.  

As embarrassing as that was, what happened next was really awkward.

Mz. Biswal, being a class act even though this idiot made an ignorant assumption, told him point blank that "I think your question is to the Indian Government", and said she would advocate his position on behalf of "the US GOVERNMENT".  She was clearly attempting to correct him without embarrassing him further.

Clawson then apologized and ate crow... just kidding. He continued to be as clueless as ever.  He smugly responded "Let's see some progress."  

Wow.  Somehow, I think FL-19 was better off being represented with the coke-smoking Republican who Clawson just replaced.

Yet Curt Clawson is the perfect representative for the modern GOP: ignoring facts that are put right in front of you AND carrying a default ignorant mindset.  Thankfully for him, stupidity and ignorance is not a barrier for GOP politicians in this state.  

If you can bear it, the video is below.  If embedding didn't work, you can click the link here.

I'm not seeing the Vimeo embedded video, so here's the one from YouTube.  It cuts off his smug remark at the end, so I encourage you to click the link above for the vimeo one.  It's still painful. Many of the YouTube commenters were outraged not just at his ignorance, but the fact that he was obviously more concerned with capital as opposed to the human population.  But to be fair, that's all GOP, not just the dumb ones.

Originally posted to SemDem on Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 08:01 PM PDT.

Also republished by DKos Florida.

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