Scalise Makes His Bid for Leadership of the Idiot Caucus

With people like Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Louis Gohmert in the House, it’s pretty difficult for another congressman to get noticed for saying incredibly stupid things, but Steve Scalise, a GOP House Whip, apparently thinks he’s up to the task. Here’s his latest bid for mention in the annals of stupid:

“One person asked me about this foolishness where the president is trying to change the name of the Washington Redskins. And it is a sad state of affairs for our commander-in-chief that we know what President Obama’s plan is for the name of the Washington Redskins — he wants to change it, we know his plan — but we don’t know what his plan is to deal with a major threat to American national security,” Scalise told the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins.

“I think it’s just indicative of the lack of focus and priorities that this president’s had, that he won’t lay out that plan but we know what some of his other plans are that have nothing to do with the problems facing this country.”

Obama’s plan to change the name of the Redskins? You know how many times he’s even mentioned the issue? Once, in an interview last year when he was asked about it. And his answer was “I’d think about changing it.” That’s it. That’s the vaunted “plan” that is so distracting him from ISIS. And what Republican nonsense would be complete without a meaningless reference to St. Ronald the Magnificent?

The Louisiana congressman called on Obama to state clearly that he wants to “take out” ISIS — which, in fact, the president has said repeatedly — and to learn from Ronald Reagan’s simple foreign policy agenda: “We win, they lose.”

Right. Like in Beirut, when he responded to the bombing of the Marine barracks by withdrawing the Marines from the country (if a Democrat did that, they’d call it “cutting and running”). And in Iran, where his “we win, they lose” strategy was to trade weapons for hostages.

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  • Zeno

    Today’s Tea Partiers are not fans of historical Reagan. Legendary Reagan is the one who lives up to their fantasies.

  • grumpyoldfart

    we don’t know what his plan is to deal with a major threat to American national security

    I thought all security procedures were cloaked in secrecy.

  • D. C. Sessions

    I like the Reagan plan. I’ll adopt it the next time I play poker.

    My opponents won’t stand a chance!

  • Chiroptera

    And remember the reason they’ve attributed to Obama the plans to change the Washington NFL franchise’s name: it is apparently a great evil for a sports team to change its name to something that is less offensive to a significant number of people.

  • scienceavenger

    The GOP has completely forgotten how to do PR. First they put Reince Preibus in charge of the RNC, who talks like a stumbling drunk, and now here comes Steve Scalise, who has the demeanor of every dishonest bookie you ever met. Have these guys lost the ability to see and hear themselves?

  • vmanis1

    To quote Esquire‘s Charles Pierce whenever he discusses the G.O.P.’s image: `I despair of the rebranding’.

    Gohmert/Scalise 2016!!!

  • kantalope

    @5 it is so hard to hear anything in an echochamber.

  • d.c.wilson

    So, Scalize knows all about Obama’s elaborate plan to change the name of the Redskins except for one minor detail: What he plans on changing the name to.

  • tsig

    “I thought all security procedures were cloaked in secrecy.”

    That’s why when Obama reveals his plan he will be charged with a breach of security.

  • ArtK

    When did the GOP become the party of grasping at straws for talking points? I’m waiting for the day that Obama sneezes, or has a slightly scuffed shoe, or sends a congratulatory letter to a woman who turns 100, and that becomes the latest “distraction from [insert RW hobby horse].”

    “ZOMG! Obama had eggs but no sausage for breakfast! He’s obviously supporting the Islamists by avoiding pork.”

  • Jordan Genso

    “We win. They lose.” That was [President Reagan’s] plan, and he won.

    Ohhhh…. that’s the problem. I never realized until now that I’ve had the wrong definition of “plan”.

  • busterggi

    Reagan or Jesus, its the myth that matters, not the historicity.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Reagan or Jesus, its the myth that matters

    Or Obama.