So he traveled to a supermax prison in Colorado to interview co-conspirator Terry Nichols. The congressman was convinced that Nichols had been taught to build bombs in the Philippines by Ramsi Yousef, the man behind the first World Trade Center attack. He also sent a staffer to the island nation to prove the connection.

Yet Nichols, who had every incentive to throw blame elsewhere, admitted there was no conspiracy.

A year later, Rohrabacher stumbled into a new black hole, this one involving the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

6. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California): When Tragedy Strikes, You Can Never Go Wrong by Blaming the Muslims
Illustration Tom Huck
6. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California): When Tragedy Strikes, You Can Never Go Wrong by Blaming the Muslims
5. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas): Loud, Proud, and Without a Functioning Cerebral Cortex
Illustration Tom Huck
5. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas): Loud, Proud, and Without a Functioning Cerebral Cortex

On the night in 1968 when Kennedy was murdered by Sirhan Sirhan, the congressman was attending a different election party at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He claims he saw "another Arab" tackled and arrested by police in the lobby.

Naturally, the spotting of two Arabs in a single L.A. hotel could not be coincidence. To Rohrabacher, it could only mean one thing: a vast Palestinian conspiracy!

Fast-forward to the day in 2007 that Sirhan, an inmate at California State Prison, Corcoran, was told by guards that someone named "Diana" had arrived to see him. Instead of a woman visitor, however, Sirhan found himself face-to-face with Rohrabacher and two aides. He assured the congressman there was no conspiracy.

"I think [Rohrabacher's] kookiness is part of what's kept him in Washington," says Debbie Cook, the former mayor of Huntington Beach, who came closest to unseating the 13-term representative. "The more he keeps his name in the press, the better he does."

Even without the support of convicted killers, Rohrabacher's conspiracy theories soldier on. His latest emerged after the slayings of Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi. The congressman took to Twitter to suggest that President Obama had left the men to die to ensure his re-election.

It was a bizarre assertion, given that dead ambassadors rarely make for effective campaign commercials.

5. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas): Loud, Proud, and Without a Functioning Cerebral Cortex

In January, Republican leaders convened in Charlotte to lick their wounds from the last election. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal got straight to the point: "We must stop being the stupid party."

No one better exemplifies Jindal's lament than the man whose district shares Louisiana's border, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Or, as the spokesperson for Texas's Democratic Party calls him, "our go-to guy when we want a crazy quote."

Gohmert's apparent strategy: The louder and crazier he talks, the less anyone will notice his lack of a functioning cerebral cortex.

Take the February 2012 hearing at which Gohmert claimed the trans-Alaska pipeline was responsible for a booming caribou population. Flowing oil warmed the ground, he explained, serving as an aphrodisiac for the antlered set.

"So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline," claimed the Carrie Bradshaw of imaginary science.

Less amusing were comments in the wake of two high-profile shootings. After the Sandy Hook massacre, he said of the school's murdered principal: "I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office."

Following the movie-theater slaughter in Aurora, Colorado, he bemoaned the fact that no one had pulled a gun, allowing for "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs" — as if deranged killer James Holmes had somehow struck a blow for atheism.

Gohmert tried to remedy this perceived cowardice in his own workplace, introducing legislation that would allow politicians to carry pistols in the Capitol. (Like nearly all legislation he proposes, it went nowhere.)

But Gohmert's weirdness reaches beyond guns and caribou. Any conservative congressman worth his American-flag lapel pin must have a Muslim conspiracy theory. So Gohmert fabricated one more lacking in evidence than all the rest.

His latest outcry is the "terror babies" conspiracy, a scenario in which scores of pregnant Muslim women fly to the United States solely to give birth, and the children then return to the Middle East to undergo decades of anti-American indoctrination. Once the kids reach maturity, they fly back to blow up a small chunk of the country, thus completing their mission.

Unfortunately for Gohmert, the FBI gives no credence to his theory. And when told by CNN's Anderson Cooper that the notion was ridiculous, Gohmert offered no evidence to the contrary.

Instead, he compared himself to Winston Churchill, telling Cooper that "the explosions will not happen for 10 or 15 or 20 years, and then you will be one of those blips."

It doesn't quite sound like the new intellectual Republican Party Jindal is aiming for.

4. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas): The Queen of Mean in the Nation's Capital

Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee arrived in Congress in 1995. It took just 11 days for the first of Lee's staff members to quit, and the congresswoman has shown no sign of slowing down since.

Every year, Washingtonian magazine runs a survey of the "meanest" bosses on Capitol Hill. Lee has never finished outside of the top three. According to employees, she often refers to them as "morons," "idiots" and the always-endearing "stupid motherfuckers."

"I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen," she once told an aide, according to the Houston Press.

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nimh
nimh

So, right off the bat, this list says that being called the intellectual voice of the Tea Party is akin to "being the valedictorian of a carjacking ring" ... But then, right in its second point, blames Grayson for calling Republicans "knuckle-dragging Neanderthals" and generally contributing to "the partisan firefight disabling Washington". Um, ok. Hypocrisy much?

atlantis1star
atlantis1star

Why does Franks oppose the tribe’s Casino in Glendale? Simple, really. Trent Franks is a mentally unstable man with a history of psychological problems. He is putting a knife in the back of Glendale for "narrow special interests." Let’s guess who that is?

Right-wing nut bags in Sun City who hate everything?

Religious nuts who oppose gambling and anything slightly fun?

The chamber of commerce who will not have influence over the tribe?

1)Glendale would not have any say on how the property is developed.

2)Glendale would not capture any tax revenue from the property, including property tax and sales tax.

3)Glendale is afraid that a casino on the property would take away revenue from the Westgate Center.

4)Only the Gila River Nation opposes the project which is ABSOLUTELY no surprise, because they are the only nation near the area (in Laveen) and therefore have monopoly on casinos in the area.

Trent Franks knows the deal is legal and approved by the BIA, so he sneaks laws into congress to stop the deal. Scottsdale has no problem with casinos and they have plenty of jobs

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Trent Franks, absolutely useless to Arizona or his constituents. Not one bill helping Arizona. And obsessed with one subject.

eric.nelson745
eric.nelson745 topcommenter

I've said it before and i'll say it again: Trent Franks, my illustrious Member of Congress, should have been aborted. Short of that, it's a cryin' shame that he survived childhood.

MaskedMagician1967
MaskedMagician1967 topcommenter

Why the hell am I paying Trent Franks to be a congressman?

Franks needs to be booted from office. Now. He's too mentally sick to be a congressman.

Cozz
Cozz

Sure is obvious why this county in going down the toilet fast with idiots like this in office, even worse is the idiot voters that actually vote for these slimeballs.

marcy
marcy

While this story is about the PCSO, the real story is that cops, for the most part, are barely civilized thugs.

pszymeczek
pszymeczek

The scariest one to me is Paul Broun.  This anti-science nut is a PHYSICIAN.

bob_lablaw96
bob_lablaw96

A well balanced list, I think.  I had expected you to have all 10 nominees be from the Right side of the aisle. Thanks for not doing that.

Why was Joe Biden not on the list?  That has to be the craziest guy we have seen in years.  Even worse than Bush, when it comes to saying the wrong thing, Joe usually seems to wait for the teleprompter before asking for morning coffee.


All in all, though, a good list

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@eric.nelson745 Franks has such a one-track mind about abortion that one wonders if his own mother repeatedly told him that she wished she had aborted him, giving him a psychological complex that Freud would have a field day with. It would certainly explain his obsession with the topic and his obvious mental and emotional  problems (talk to anyone who has met the man; there is something VERY wrong with him.) Either that, or like that horndog hypocrite  from Tennessee, Franks has dragged a few knocked-up girlfriends and mistresses to the abortion clinic himself.

It's an all-to-common phenomenon; those who yell the loudest about something are often the most guilty of what they despise and condemn. So the anti-abortion zealot forces his own wife and/or girlfriend to have an abortion; the anti-pornography crusader has a huge stash of the most depraved porn available on his computer or, if he's old-school, under the bed; the guy ranting the loudest against homosexuality is himself a self-loathing closet case, trolling airport bathrooms and rentboy websites for hookups; and the guy preaching against divorce and adultery and demanding a return to "Christian family values" is himself a serial philanderer who repeatedly screws women whhis wife and could not be faithful

getmeouttahere
getmeouttahere

@@eric.nelson745 Franks has such a one-track mind about abortion that one wonders if his own mother repeatedly told him that she wished she had aborted him, giving him a psychological complex that Freud would have a field day with. It would certainly explain his obsession with the topic and his obvious mental and emotional  problems (talk to anyone who has met the man; there is something VERY wrong with him.) Either that, or like that horndog hypocrite  from Tennessee, Franks has dragged a few knocked-up girlfriends and mistresses to the abortion clinic himself.

It's an all-to-common phenomenon; those who yell the loudest about something are often the most guilty of what they despise and condemn. So the anti-abortion zealot forces his own wife and/or girlfriend to have an abortion; the anti-pornography crusader has a huge stash of the most depraved porn available on his computer or, if he's old-school, under the bed (just for "research purposes," of course); the guy ranting the loudest against homosexuality is himself a self-loathing closet case, trolling airport bathrooms and rentboy websites for hookups; and the guy preaching against divorce and adultery and demanding a return to "Christian family values" is himself a serial cheater who repeatedly hires hookers and/or screws women who aren't his wife and could not be monogamous if you paid him to be (or, if you're Newt Gingrich, unless your wife is with you at all times; honestly, does anyone really think that plastic fembot he's married to, travels with him all of the time because she just can't be without him? She has to know damn well that if she lets Newty out of her sight, he'll mount the first thing with boobs that he sees, and she'll be on her way to being the next ex-Mrs. Gingrich.) 

Alas, it is hard to say if such revolting hypocrisy, or the rank idiocy of the human failures listed above, is a new phenomenon, or just one we're more aware of it now in our era of internet transparency and 24-hour news cycles. But it does make one suspect that perhaps democracy as practiced in the US has reached its "jump the shark"point and it is time for a new system. Perhaps it is also time that we admit that the stupid should not be permitted to breed, much less vote.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@bob_lablaw96 Even the liberals that they picked weren't really crazy, just kind of mean-spirited. The purpose of this article is to paint the GOP as having the most bat-shit crazy or "weird," as the author kindly puts it, representatives in the country. I couldn't be less surprised that they picked on Michelle Bachman to lead the list, she's kind of quirky and liberals love to hate her. I definitely agree with you that Joe Biden is a lunatic

 
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