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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5: Paul Gosar

Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) got his baseless accusations mixed up on Wednesday, when he blasted former IRS commissioner Doug Shulman for not knowing who leaked Mitt Romney’s tax information to Harry Reid during the 2012 presidential election.

In August, 2012, Reid claimed that an investor with Bain Capital told him that Romney “didn’t pay any taxes for 10 years” — a charge that Romney denied, and which quickly faded when Reid refused to name his source. As Gosar remembers it, however, it was the IRS that leaked the info — presumably at President Obama’s behest — and the fact that Shulman can’t blow the whistle on it is “shameful.”

The exchange on Reid begins at the 4:43 mark of the video below:

“Doesn’t that alarm you that all of a sudden, this pertinent information comes up, and you’re the head of this agency, and you’re not asking questions?” Gosar raged after a clearly confused Shulman couldn’t answer his question on Reid’s source. “Shame on you. Absolutely shame on you.”

Notably, Gosar endorsed Mitt Romney just two weeks after Reid’s tax claim — which Gosar apparently believed wholeheartedly. So for at least one Republican congressman, a decade of tax fraud does not preclude a man from becoming president.

  • Hypocrisy, inconsistency, deceit and hyperbole must be the favorite Republican middle names. However, as a loyal Democrat, i endorse their determination to self-destruct and their persistence on pursuing issues that have nothing to do with what they ought to be doing. Instead of focusing on the economy, job creation, the dismal state of our infrastructure, improving education, and ensuring Obamacare is successful in improving our quality of life and in reducing the operating costs incurred by corporate America, these elected officials official remain focused on demonization and witchhunts designed to satisfy the thirst for blood of a tiny minority at the expense of mainstream Americans. All I have to say is: keep up the good work, contrary to what the Tea Party believes most Americans can think logically and know he is working for them and who is against them.

    • Wayne Williams

      Thanks for framing the issue of the republicans roadblock to everything that would help Americans lead better lives.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Using the words “logic” and “Bachmann” in the same sentence is a stretch, even when referring to her sketchy logic.

    • idamag

      How about using the words, Bachmann and intelligence committee in the same sentence?

      • BDC_57

        it seems to me that Bachmann needs to take her meds.

      • GrannyKits

        Oxymorons

        • idamag

          Bachmann and intelligence are certainly oxymorons.

      • progressiveandproud

        Please I’d rather not–I get nauseous at the thought.

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Is Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) saying that Harry Reid was correct when he said that Mitt Romney did not pay taxes for 10 years?

    • plc97477

      Sounds that way to me.

  • JDavidS

    Ya know, I’m starting to think it’s a game…who can “out-crazy” the other. Beck and Bachmann certainly earn their stripes for consistency, they’re on this list almost weekly, but for flat-out nuts it’s gonna be tough to beat the “weather weapon”. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have our weeks’ winner…

  • latebloomingrandma

    Following right wing “logic”, if the country has been raped, then do nothing, just like women should carry their rapist’s baby. Not a problem.

    • plc97477

      I obviously was not a legitimate rape.

      • idamag

        And the outcome of that rape is certainly not devine.

  • Bachmann gets her talking points from that other flake from Alaska..

  • Why didn’t someone educated remind Gohmert that the Boston Tea Party occurred in 1773, 3 years BEFORE the Declaration of Independence. If there had been an IRS, it would have been one of the British King’s agencies, NOT AN AMERICAN AGENCY. And by the way, the British military DID try to go after the perpetrators of the Boston Tea Party!!

    But then Gohmert is a very good example of what would happen if the Republicans continue to cut education budgets.

    • GrannyKits

      They are super good at it in the state of Texas (Gohmert’s state). The lowest educational scores are from that state, and their governor (Perry) is working hard to destroy even more of the educational system there! Tea party governors are doing this in several states possibly hoping people will become stupid enough to keep voting for these “geniuses”.

      • BDC_57

        you got that right

  • old_blu

    Wouldn’t it be fun to be a fly on the wall so you could hear one of Michele Bachmann’s prayers. “Oh Lord save us from these heathen Democrats, and strike them all dead. I have a list of the names you need Lord. Thank you Lord. Amen”
    (Sarcasm off)

  • DurdyDawg

    It’s absolutely appalling that we’ve allowed numb nut conspirators and lower brain mutton heads a voice in public affairs but even worse that the media moguls are constantly feeding us these lame brains for nothing more than monetary profit. Those of us who know, have been trying to warn America that a certain political group is totally insane.. well we’re wrong, it’s an epidemic and has included every idiot on the hill. Maybe if some samaritan would create a smart pill, but no.. these meat sacks would use them like candy because no matter how hard you try.. You can not cure chronic stupidity.

    • plc97477

      “We’ve got way too many clowns” according to the election at least 47%.

      • DurdyDawg

        Kinda scary ain’t it..

  • OpKode

    From the nationalmemo website

    “without the kind of propaganda, ultra-partisanship and overwrought ideology…”

    Interesting. That’s all I seem to find on this website.

    • plc97477

      go elsewhere then. It is nice for some of us to be able to talk to intelligent people.

      • BDC_57

        He sounds like another uneducated teabagger.

  • Ed McConkie

    This government control of tornados cannot possibly be true BECAUSE we all know that it is God punishing us for enacting socialized medicine, ending rather than starting new wars, and/or even having the audacity to TRY to implement reasonable background checks on gun purchases. Duh! (Also, please keep any sharp objects away from Mr. Jones.)

  • bhaggen

    I’ll bet she’s throws one wild piece of Dem, er I mean ass! The crazy ones usually do.

  • Scottiemom

    It is frightening to know grown adults believe the garbage the GOP spews out. We better get the truth out to the people who have at least two brain cells to rub together so the nut case GOP doesn’t take over our country.

    • BDC_57

      And I can’t believe they got people to believe them

  • Pamby50

    Alex Jones is an idiot. I really want him to say that to anyone who works at The Weather Channel. Can you see him telling Jim Cantorre that the government has been creating tornadoes, twister, hurricans, floods, droughts & wild fires.

  • RobertCHastings

    When people spout out such wild rantings with the absolute belief in their truth, then there is absolute evidence that the government is putting some sort of psychotropic drug in our drinking water. While only a few are affected by it at this stage, we should all put on our aluminum foil helmets to protect ourselves. It only a matter of time until we truly become a planet of the living dead and insanity becomes the new paradigm. I wonder if that pretty much explains the Republicans in Congress. Have they all passed that point of no return, or is the government distributing an antidote to Democrats?