THE KIND OF INSIGHTS ONLY GOHMERT CAN PROVIDE…. Earlier today, in apparent reference to Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said, “I hope the sheriff tones his rhetoric down.”

Yes, Gohmert wants someone else to tone down the rhetoric. This from the guy who, among other things, screamed at Anderson Cooper for several minutes about “terror babies,” and argued on the House floor that Democrats are trying to get senior citizens to “die off more quickly” by passing health care reform.

Better yet, soon after urging Dupnik to cool the rhetorical excesses, Gohmert was right back to his own crazy ways.

Representative Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, said an FBI official who spoke today at a closed-door security briefing for lawmakers “stonewalled” attempts to learn about the personality and political beliefs of shooting suspect Jared Loughner, saying that could jeopardize the investigation and prospective prosecution.

Gohmert suggested the evasiveness was designed to insulate President Barack Obama’s political base.

Gohmert declared on the House floor, “It may be that if the things that we’re reading — that he’s a liberal, hates the flag, supports Marx, that type of thing, turn out to be true, then it may be embarrassing to some of the current administration’s constituents, and, heaven help us, we wouldn’t want to embarrass any of the president’s constituents.”

In Gohmert’s mind, the FBI claims it doesn’t want to interfere with an ongoing investigation, but the real reason the FBI doesn’t want to talk about a madman’s profile is to shield Democrats from embarrassment. It’s all just an elaborate partisan ruse, orchestrated by Democrats, the White House, and Justice Department — but ol’ Louie is onto their little game.

Right, and Sheriff Dupnik is the one who needs to tone down his rhetoric.

Update: This afternoon, Gohmert began pushing a measure to allow members of Congress to bring loaded firearms onto the House floor. Of course he did.

Steve Benen

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