THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING…. Long-time readers may recall that I’ve had an ongoing discussion with a friend of mine who goes by the name of Zeitgeist, about who is the single most ridiculous member of the U.S. House. He’s tried to convince me the honor goes to Rep. Steve King of Iowa who, to be sure, is stark raving mad. I’ve pushed back, however, insisting Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota is more deserving.

I’m starting to hedge on whether I was too hasty.

Consider this comment from King, which is almost too ridiculous to believe.

“Let’s just say that, that, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, is brought to the United States to be tried in a federal court in the United States, under a federal judge, and we know what some of those judges do, and on a technicality, such as, let’s just say he wasn’t read his Miranda rights…. He is released into the streets of America. Walks over and steps up into a US embassy and applies for asylum for fear that he can’t go back home cause he spilled the beans on al Qaeda. What happens then if another judge grants him asylum in the United States and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is on a path to citizenship.”

John Cole describes this “the dumbest thing said by anyone in the last 20 years.” That’s a perfectly reasonable assessment.

And in case there’s any doubt about whether King really did say this, out loud and in public, here’s the segment from “The Daily Show” that featured an audio recording of King’s comments.

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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.