BUFFOON WATCH…. During the presidential campaign, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) — a #1 seed in my bracket for Most Offensive Member of Congress — offered one of the more insulting attacks of the year against Barack Obama. King told Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera that al Qaeda would be “dancing in the streets” if Obama were elected. He added, “[I]f they don’t dance in the streets, I will come and apologize to you and everybody in America. But I’m saying, I’m right.”

As is usually the case, King had no idea what he was talking about. Instead of apologizing, King has decided to offer a new smear.

While he was willing to concede he was wrong about the whole terrorist street dancing routine, King has moved on to the whole “Hussein” controversy. He doesn’t like the fact that the president-elect will be sworn in using that middle name during Tuesday’s Inauguration. […]

The congressman says he doubts Obama’s sincerity when he explained that he chose to use his middle name so as to be historically consistent with past inaugurations, when America has heard the full names of its presidents echo from the inaugural stand.

“Whatever his reasons are,” King said, “the one he gave us could not be the reason.”

Now, I realize that Steve King is a couple of crayons short of a box, but I’d love to hear him elaborate on the possible secret reason Obama plans to use his full name on Tuesday. Obama has said it’s to keep with inaugural customs, but King seriously seems to believe the president-elect has some other motivation in mind.

What on earth is this man talking about? I’ve lost my Crazy to English translation guide; someone is going to have to help me out.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.