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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Welcome to a special State of the Union edition of “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. With apologies to Bryan Fischer, Bob Barr, and many others, this week’s list will only cover the many, many awful reactions to President Obama’s Tuesday night address to Congress. Starting with number five:

5. Randy Weber

It may not shock you to learn that most Republican members of Congress were not thrilled with President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union address (at least one — the inimitable Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) — didn’t even bother to listen to the whole thing).

But no representative summed up the right wing’s attitude going into the speech better than Rep. Randy Weber (R-TX), who tweeted the following from the House chamber:


Rep. Weber presumably meant “Chief,” not “Chef” — although honestly, comparing the president to a Nazi cook makes roughly as much sense as Weber’s intended barb. And if Weber really sees President Obama as an evil German, then maybe he should stop demanding that he build militarized walls.

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  • Sand_Cat

    It’s becoming numbing: what should be the most shocking and / or hilarious insanity has become more or less routine. It’s frightening to think what these idiots would have to do to exceed what they do regularly, every week.

    • Independent1

      And to think that there are actually people in America who listen closely to what these clowns say and still go out and vote for them again! It’s really scary!!

      • Daniel Jones

        It’s just an adaptation to Big Lie theory, they unleash stupidity so often you stop listening.. then they string you up by the balls.

        • Kathy Miller


          ★★★ ★�★★ ★★★⥭★ ★★★but the fact that millions of Americans are impressed by it and plan to vote for their re-election because of it.

    • Dominick Vila

      I should have read your post and Independent’s post before I posted mine, which essentially says the same. Needless to say, you are both right. The idiocy of their claims, which they make time and again with a straight face, to an adoring audience is disturbing, and does not say much for the intellectual acumen of a fairly large segment of our population. I think it is obvious that there are things much more important than evidence and logic for these folks…and some of our politicians are well aware of that fact and play them like a violin.

    • felinegrace

      What is even more frightening is that these idiots are running this country

      • MJRinPA

        No, they have been elected to run the country, but they are not doing their job.

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    Never heard of Steve Andrew before, but I am sure that we will hear more from him, especially if either Warren or Clinton win the Presidency in 16.

  • Dominick Vila

    The most disturbing part of the bizarre claims that are routinely made by GOP luminaries is not the fact that people who should know better utter such nonsense, but the fact that millions of Americans are impressed by it and plan to vote for their re-election because of it.


      I couldn’t agree more. I’ve now reached the point that I have to make lists of places that are to be avoided at all costs. Unfortunately some are starting to group up enough as to comprise complete states. I doubt I’ll ever be in Texas again. What in the hell is going on down there?

  • FT66

    Everything has a limit but the craziness of conservatism has gone beyond the limit, and it is now overflowing. Since when there has been a monarchy in America? Where does the title “King” come from if the monarchy doesn’t exist? Do these people think first before they say anything or they just explode for the sake of exploding? Aren’t these people who really need Obamacare so badly in order to see whether they can behave like any other normal people do?

  • ram1020

    The greatest issues of our time: a congressman’s tie and a misspelled tweet! Then, there are those who take entertainers like Beck and the guy with Gohmert seriously. It’s good to have a fluff straw man article occasionally.

    • Faraday_Cat

      The problem wasn’t the tie, the misspelling, or the entertainer…the problem is that people in positions of power over others, who are supposed to represent others, don’t have a clue what they are talking about and/or willfully lie about the president. Calling it a “fluff straw man article” doesn’t make it so, and the problems actually highlighted by the article won’t go away just because you didn’t notice them. Maybe you’ll notice if they ever get thier way and you are personally affected.

      • ram1020

        This whole article is about ridiculing people, not their message. That is classic straw man whether I say it or not. I HAVE noticed how I have been affected when certain politicians get their way, regardless of whether they sport an R or D after their name, which is why I would prefer a focus on issues rather than promoting hate for individuals and political brand names. This is true as much when it shows up on National Memo as it is when Rand Paul goes after Bill Clinton’s character.

      • Allan Richardson

        Have you read (or viewed) “A Handmaid’s Tale?” THAT is what the Christian Taliban would do if they took power.

    • JD Mulvey

      I’m not sure you know what “straw man” means.

  • terry b

    I thought that obesity was the number one health problem in this country but apparently I and everyone else may be wrong. It seems to be mental illness I running rampart around the country as proved by the 5 complete morons above. I know, being a moron may not be a mental health issue but it sure seems to me it is as an epidemic of endless speeches that seem to show that it is spreading like the black plague throughout the nation. I thought the movie “Dumb and Dumber” was funny but on a national level it isn’t, so much. The only way to possibly stop this epidemic of moronic behavior (or mental illness) from continuing to spread is to elect those who are not affected by it. Mostly democrats who seem to have survived the plague so far.

    • Robert Roberto

      Yes, Mental problem is number one because everyone has that problem at least once or twice in their life. It’s not only the Politicians.

      • Allan Richardson

        Having a mental illness is no shame. Considering it a badge of honor is. And one reason RWNJ types do NOT want more Americans to have access to therapy for mental illness, NOR do they want good public schools that teach HOW to think, not just what to believe, is that EDUCATION AND THERAPY WOULD COST THEM VOTES.

  • latebloomingrandma

    Have you ever seen such blatant disrespect for a previous President during the SOTU address? If these people can’t behave like adults in a professional manner, they should ban phones and Blackberries from the chamber during the address. But I guess that would be dictatorial. Also, look at the guests that the Democrats brought and the ones who were Republican guests. Hannity and the Duck Dynasty guy? No Rush?

    • Daniel Jones

      These are the asshats that thought it fair to scream he was a liar in a public address.

      • Faraday_Cat

        Don’t forget…WRONGLY scream that he was a liar…

  • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

    Randy Weber: He should appear on the quiz show “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” , but than he would not be eligible since he is not.

    Louie Gohmert: He appears to be enjoying that touchy feely moment he is sharing with Hannity and every time I see Gohmert I think of Gomer Pile.

    Glenn Beck: On 1/22/14 in a FoxNews interview with Megyn Kelly he said that, “I think I played a role unfortunately in helping tear the country apart. I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of a little more in it together.” He must be suffering from Dementia because he forgot what he said just a week earlier.

    Steven Andrew: A Pastor?? I wonder how God feels about these
    people who are being ordained over the Internet than go out and spew hate, fear, intolerance and lies all in the name of “God”. So Pastor you are stating Obama is gay – remember pastor that 9th Commandment.

    Michele Bachmann: Oh Michele – Michele – Michele. Perhaps you and your friends are better at reading comprehension, since you all clearly can not comprehend what people say. Here is the link to the transcript
    of the SOTU, Read it and become informed. –

    • progressiveandproud

      Please don’t insult Gomer. He was a goof but he had a kind, gentle heart and would help anyone he could help.

      Gohmert on the other hand is a total moron with a cold, black heart who says anything to get his mug in the news.

      • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

        You are right – I did not mean to insult Gomer. It is just Gohmert comes off in his appearance and comments as goofy, slow, unaware – but I am sorry for insulting Gomer.

        • Daniel Jones

          You’re forgiven. By the way.. Pyle. *smirk*

          • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

            Good Lord I really blow it – not only did I insult the character with the comparison but than I don’t spell the name correctly. TGIF.

  • JDavidS

    “Mind-numbingly stupid”… does that not perfectly sum up all of the loons on this list? What frightens me even more than Gohmert , Bachmann et al are the people that would elect them.

  • jakenhyde

    “eviscerating the Constitution,” Good gawd. Someone must have fed her that line. That broad isn’t smart enough to use that kind of vocabulary.

    • marysolvel


    • plc97477

      Even the word “the” is beyond her abilities.

  • Jakie Lewis

    These Rethuglicans are all too stupid to know they are stupid…..especially Michelle.

  • howa4x

    We should be thankful to the tea party for really bringing out the humor on the right. Here I thought the right wing was a bunch of grumpy selfish people, but these people really know how to tickle my funny bone.

    • Sand_Cat

      Nonsense. They’re just grumpy, selfish people who are hilariously funny;>)

  • johninPCFL

    And here I though Bachmann was beginning to transition to the private sector. If she were suing the president, I thought she’d be using some of the millions of dollars in farm subsidies she’s been paid over the years for having a goat on her property. Silly me.

  • mah101

    Truly sad, silly, and mind-numbingly stupid. However, this is nothing new – read this essay from 1964:

  • Faraday_Cat

    So, I’m only going to address Weber and Gohmert, since Bachmann’s statement doesn’t quite fit, and the others are entertainers…where is all that outrage we saw about “the office of the president demands your respect, even if you don’t like the person in that office” during W’s terms. We would have heard wailing and nashing of teeth from the right over Weber’s statement if it had been a democrat saying the same thing about a republican president…instead, we hear the silence of heads nodding in agreement. Does the hypocrisy of the right know no bounds?

  • Justin Napolitano

    It is a truism that you can’t cure stupidity. What bothers me is that these folks are not stupid but think that everyone else is. They think that if they repeat their delusions often enough they will become real. I wonder how they would like living in the world they would want to impose on the rest of us? Would it make them happy and fulfilled or would it just lead to more delusions?

  • ralphkr

    Ah, yes, just more of the same conservatives throwing whatever they can on the wall and hoping against hope that something sticks. Unfortunately, there is a segment of the populace that shall believe absolutely every criticism of Obama, no matter how ridiculous it is, and, even more unfortunate, that segment goes in lockstep to the polls EVERY election.

  • Mikey7a

    Many of you here, have said it better than I could, but the scary part of these crazy rants, by these hateful, phony Christians, is that their audience believes everything they say, no matter how idiotic and without any facts WHAT they say, has any truth to it. Living in NW Florida, I have to to rebut these people, almost every day, but even when I prove them to be liars, and wrong, these folks around me, refuse to see it. Scary, just scary!

  • Maranatha

    Eff those b*$+ardo$.

  • The_Magic_M

    I’m pretty sure whenever GWB or any other President ever said “I’m going to do everything I can to…”, he also meant behaving like a king.
    I didn’t see Bachmann and the rest of the Crazy Right say anything back then. Not even under Clinton. Boy do these people hate the first black president with a fervour worthy of the Spanish Inquisition…

  • iamproteus

    So the bane of Minnesota and her lackey from Iowa think they should sue the President! So stop talking about it…DO IT! We keep hearing about suing the President….impeaching the President…and other similarly stupid statements from the severely challenged right wing. So….DO IT! If you truly, actually believe that is the right thing to do…..THEN DO IT! If you really believe you stand a snowball’s chance in hell of even getting it on the docket…..THEN DO IT! You won’t, will you? You know full well that you don’t have what it takes to prevail. You right-wingers have NOTHING!