I never expected to love hearing something out of Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), but go figure. Life is sometimes full of such whimsies. Speaking personally as someone who has written over 700 columns for the Huffington Post, including two this week alone that were (sorry) 2,300 words and 3,000 words respectively, I have to admit that I loved this exchange he had with the very Far Right Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX) -- someone who I really don't expect to even appreciate ever hearing anything out of. A man whose name matches his policies.
I'll let the Huffington Post explain, in this excerpt by Luke Johnson.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), perhaps best known for warning against a terrorist plot to have babies on U.S. soil, took aim at the "simpletons" of The Huffington Post on Tuesday during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on email privacy.
"Just so that the simpletons that sometimes write for Huffington Post understand, I don't want the government having all that information," said Gohmert.
"With a point of personal privilege, my son writes for The Huffington Post," replied Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) to laughs. Frank Sensenbrenner, a fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has blogged for the site on Italian politics and the Vatican.
Gohmert tried to recover. "Well then, maybe he is not one of the simpletons I was referring to," he said.
"He does have a Ph.D.," continued Sensenbrenner.
(Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get the video of the exchange to embed properly, but if you want to see it, the brief video and full article is here. It's preceded by a very short -- and adorable -- ad with a baby. Unless it's been subsequently changed....)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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