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Seriously, what do they put in the waters down in Oklahoma? We're used to the embarassing conduct of James Inhofe and Tom Coburn and now there's a new batshit lunatic named Jim Bridenstine clamoring for our attention. A freshman who gained notice by knocking out five-term GOP Rep. John Sullivan in a major primary upset last year, Bridenstine has wasted no time making a spectacle of himself, especially on the floor of the House. Witness this speech from last month where the former Eagle Scout got all hot and bothered about the notion of the Boy Scouts allowing those icky gays into their ranks:

BRIDENSTINE: I rise today as an Eagle Scout and one who has a stake in the future of our Scouting programs. Some of us in America still believe in the concept of sexual morality, that sex is intended for one man and one woman within the institution of marriage. Organizations that hold this philosophy and promote it among our youth should be commended, or at least you would think, tolerated. Unfortunately, the intolerant Left bullies and browbeats private organizations like the Boy Scouts into accepting their philosophy. Notice they didn’t start their own organization. They went after the Boy Scouts of America.

The Left’s agenda is not about tolerance, and it’s not about diversity of thought. It’s about presenting a worldview of relativism, where there is no right and wrong. Then using the full force of the government to silence opposition and reshape organizations like the Boy Scouts into instruments for social change.

To my friends on the Left, this is not tolerance. but here’s the good news about true tolerance. The most tolerant one of all has the ability to redeem us all.

Charming. And before that, there was the time in March when he called Obamacare, "the biggest affront to liberty in my lifetime."

Yet those moments have nothing compared to the deranged rant Bridenstine unleashed on the House floor on Monday. What did he say? Per TPM:

Oklahoma Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) took to the House floor on Monday with a speech blasting President Barack Obama as a vengeful liar who is "not fit to lead."

Vice President Joe Biden is also not a viable alternative, Bridestine laments, and is "even more embarrassing" than the president.

"Mr. Speaker, the President’s dishonesty, incompetence, vengefulness and lack of moral compass lead many to suggest that he is not fit to lead," Bridenstine said. "The only problem is that his vice president is equally unfit and even more embarrassing."

Bridenstine listed Obama's "lie" about the Benghazi attacks, the "spying on a Fox News journalist and his family," and the IRS targetting scandal as evidence of the president's leadership incompetence.

Remember, this was on the House floor. Did none of his fellow Republicans realize it might be a good idea to get him to quiet down? Especially when GOP leaders are trying to get their guys to tone the rhetoric down? (Not that they're having much success, especially given Darrel Issa's temper tantrum this weekend.)

But there was no stopping Bridenstine. Yesterday, he went on the radio show of the Whiny Little Teabag Troll himself, Mark Levin, and further lodged his feet in his mouth:

Bridestine compared his tirade to Patrick Henry’s famous speech “give me liberty or give me death,” in which the 18th century politician convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution in support of America’s Revolution against Great Britain.

“We’re at a crossroads at our country,” Bridestine told Levine. “We’ve got to make a decision. Do we want liberty or do we want tyranny?”

Bridenstine, if you visited at night by the vengeful, howling spirit of Patrick Henry for smearing his good name, don't act surprised.

But fear not! We can expect more stupidity from this guy in the future!

The fist-term congressman said he will continue criticizing the president and will soon take issue with “how the president talk about our military.” “He never once talks about what they have accomplished” in Iraq and Afghanistan, Bridestine complained
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I'm sure it will be eye-catching. After all, when you hail from the same state as Inhofe and Coburn, you have to work extra-hard at the craziness to keep up.

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  •  I have no doubt (8+ / 0-)

    that this guy will be labeled a hero and a patriot and raise tons of money from tax exempt tea bagger groups for his antics.

    If Liberals hated America, we'd vote Republican.

    by ord avg guy on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 12:45:16 PM PDT

  •  of course his districts gonna be safe (1+ / 0-)
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    Amber6541

    Until this nonsense gets people voted out there's going to be a problem because the Senate and the Electoral College are skewed towards the smaller states.

    Mind you there have been some wackos on the left over the years but they never had a caucus much less the power the cloud coo coo caucus has in the House.

    If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

    by jgnyc on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 12:47:34 PM PDT

    •  Shake it up (0+ / 0-)

      Get outsiders to go into the district if no Democrat can defend himself/herself in Oklahoma.

      I ain't afraid of no conservative.

      •  need someone to run - they have to live there (2+ / 0-)
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        ColoTim, cosette

        The clown squad keeps soiling themselves. Shouldn't our wishy washy allies in the Democratic Party center figure out a full court press?

        If you didn't like the news today, go out and make some of your own.

        by jgnyc on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 01:29:28 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Oh we'll get someone to run (2+ / 0-)
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          jgnyc, Sue B

          First, let's use an anecdote to take off the red prison (aka right wing influence) from the residents of Oklahoma.  Next, we give the state hell for GOP.

          In all honestly, conditions have to be made for a Democratic challenger to emerge.  That's why I say, "shake it up."

          Start voter registration drives.  Give conservatives hell.  Let them get mad until they go nutzoid.

  •  Hey, it takes time... (3+ / 0-)
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    poleshifter, SuWho, Sue B

    ...for the influence of something as vast the Middle Ages to wither away.

    What would Mothra do?

    by dov12348 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 01:03:08 PM PDT

  •  Didn't the GOP used to say (14+ / 0-)

    that a Patriot stands by his/her president and that it was unproductive whining to criticize a sitting president? Didn't they used to say that whenever a leftie pointed out some bone-headed or dangerous precedent GWB was setting?

    But that was from the B.B. era of the American Presidency. (Before Black)

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 01:26:28 PM PDT

  •  I submit his point of view is not about tolerance (7+ / 0-)

    but about being able to dictate to others his moral code no matter the cost to other's feelings, lives or dignity.  I want to know what he thinks Jesus would do?  Maybe I shouldn't find out - he might pull out an automatic weapon.

    Republicans are usually the opposite of what they preach.  This guy is vying to be exhibit A.  

  •  There is no entity today that exemplifies (3+ / 0-)
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    VeggiElaine, SuWho, OkieBlue

    moral relativism than the Republican party.  The party of family values*.
    * Not a literal value.  They are against LGBT families, against a living wage for families, against food for families, against reuniting immigrant families, against clean drinking water and air for families, against family planning, against education financial assistance for families.
    Of course they are fine with gay prostitutes in the white house (Jeff Gannon), senators visiting prostitutes while wearing diapers (Vitter), using government resources to visit your mistress in Argentina, etc etc etc... but only if you  are Republican

    These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln

    by Nailbanger on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 02:01:47 PM PDT

  •  Point of order: That's "berserk", not "berzerk" (0+ / 0-)

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 02:06:32 PM PDT

  •  He's surpassed them (1+ / 0-)
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    SuWho

    There's no way Bridenstine has managed to garner all of the contributions and sweet deals that Coburn and Imhofe have over the years... And yet he is saying crap at an escalated level of guano.

    Sadly, too many of my fellow Okies will put him RIGHT back in office. They may never know what he actually says, votes for or votes against but because he has that "R" next to his name on the ballot, he's safe.

  •  About that Oklahoma Water (1+ / 0-)
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    SuWho

    It's a Proprietary combination of Stupidity, Intolerance
    and Hate.

    With a Large dose of Fracking Fluid thrown in for some
    extra Flavor.

    Due to It's Proprietary nature , the Exact percentages
    of the various ingredients will remain Undisclosed.

    On Giving Advice: Smart People Don't Need It and Stupid People Don't Listen

    by Brian76239 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 02:50:38 PM PDT

  •  seriously?.... (1+ / 0-)
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    SuWho

    i've had enough of these nutbags...this battle, though noble, is never-ending and unwinnable--is there any reason why we, the reasonable and progressive people of the United Blue States of America, cant start a petition/political movement, with the goal that WE can secede from the red-state neanderthals and start our own country?

  •  BLUE OKIES SO EMBARRASSED! (4+ / 0-)

    BLUE OKIES are working hard to get these idiots voted out. It could happen! Democrats want school safe rooms but the GOP says no. Gov. Mary Fallin passed the buck to the local district who have no money. School safe rooms are a hot ticket for Oklahoma voters and this could change the tide of the RED RAGE to TRUE BLUE! Fingers crossed!

  •  somebody tell him the choices (1+ / 0-)
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    SuWho

    They weren't "give me liberty or give me tyranny."

    And the choices he has, I hope he doesn't pick 'liberty.'

    And someone should also tell him that saying, "I rise as an Eagle Scout" when discussing homosexuality is funny.

    THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN CONTROL PEOPLE IS TO LIE TO THEM. You can write that down in your book in great big letters. -- L. Ron Hubbard Technique 88

    by xenubarb on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 03:31:56 PM PDT

  •  Angry, hateful and unhinged from reality (2+ / 0-)
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    OkieBlue, Cpqemp

    One cannot help but be disturbed by some of the lunatics in basement of the Republican House. When have Republicans been known for tolerance and diversity, anyway? Characterizing Democrats as recognizing no difference in right or wrong is a deliberately dehumanizing statement, which taken to its intended conclusion implies that they have no claim to a voice in the democracy. Add to this the fact that most of their followers are mired in superstition and magical thinking and so stupid they believe the Earth is less than 10,000 years old, and it's more unsettling that they have the numbers and support they apparently do. Let's hope the slow learners among us eventually catch up.

  •  Oh Geeze... (2+ / 0-)
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    AirSpencer, sharman

    Unfortunately, he's my Rep. I didn't vote for him of course. In fact, I was naïve enough to think there was no way he could primary Sullivan. Apparently, I grossly miscalculated the level of paranoia, ignorance and down right stupidity that surrounds me here in Oklahoma's 1st. I mean, I knew it was there. I just didn't realize it had fucking boiled over.

    Once he won the primary, the only thing I could do was try to find the absurdist humor in his TV spots. "I'm a soldier! I love guns! I hate that black Kenyan Socialist Nazi in the White House more than you!" You couldn't write a better parody of the stereotypical Tea Party Whack-A-Doodle Nut Job.

    And his compatriot in OK-2, Markwayne Mullin, is just as unhinged. It's only a matter of time before he too loses his shit on the House floor. Watch for it.

    •  I feel superior in OK-5 tonight (0+ / 0-)

      We'll see how long it lasts.  Lankford still has a day this week to deliver.

      Is Bridenstine, a naval reservist, in danger of running afoul of the UCMJ if he spouts this nonsense off the house floor?

      I graduated from the same private, Christian school as Rep. Mullin.  Half the  time he opens his mouth, I hear the voice of the "world views" bible course teacher and I cringe.  I'm embarrassed.  

    •  Also, Mullin owns a plumbing company (1+ / 0-)
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      OkieBlue

      I'm sure when he loses his shit, he will have a strategy to deal with it.  

      •  Got the magnet! (0+ / 0-)

        I actually have a Mullin Plumbing magnet on my fridge from when I used them once years ago (exhorbitant pricing much?)

        I keep it next to my Obama magnets to remind me not to get too complacent. Yeah, Obama was re-elected but we're still surrounded by the dangerous and the crazy. And some of them own plumbing companies.

  •  I'm pretty old, but I didn't know Patrick Henry. (0+ / 0-)

    However, I feel very safe in saying that Jim Bridenstine is no Patrick Henry.  Not by a long shot.

    Private health insurance: a protection racket without the protection.

    by rustypatina on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 05:22:11 PM PDT

  •  Blind them with science. (0+ / 0-)

    Every  Dem opponent should shame them with science. Bring up evolution at every debate. Every interview. It's there for the taking.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 07:19:53 PM PDT

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