THEIR HERO…. Most Republicans have spent quite a bit of time and effort keeping their distance from George W. Bush. It’s the natural result of a president who left office as an unpopular failure.

But Amanda Terkel notes that this is not a universal sentiment within the party. Several far-right lawmakers took to the House floor this week, to praise and pay tribute to the 43rd president.

Note that these Republicans not only adore Bush, but Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) feels so strongly about his affection for the former president, that he literally chokes up talking about the “more hopeful” future Bush has left his children.

There’s sycophancy, and then there’s this kind of sycophancy.

For some reason, watching the clip, I kept thinking of a scene from “Anchorman” in which Champ tells Ron, “I need you. I’m a mess without you. I miss you so damn much. I miss being with you, I miss being near you. I miss your laugh. I miss your scent; I miss your musk.”

As I recall, Brian Fantana responded, “Why don’t you sit this next one out, stop talking for a while.”

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.