House Speaker John Boehner called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's idea for passing immigration reform "Nutso." Maybe Boehner hasn't taken a good look at his own party. Then again, who can blame him?
No doubt Boehner was stinging from his latest humiliating defeat. House GOP leadership had to pull their border crisis bill, after conservative media came out against it, and kowtowing to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and the tea party failed to win enough votes to pass it. Reid tweaked Republicans earlier this week, when he suggested that the Senate could pass immigration reform by tacking it on to whatever the House passed on the border crisis. So it had to hurt when Reid rubbed salt in the wound by teasing the GOP for urging the president to act on his own on the border crisis.
Still, if Boehner really wants to see “nutso,” he only need look at his own party — and its base — for the best of the worst in wingnuttery this week.
- Republicans sank to a new low by stalling a resolution to honor Pope Francis, because he's "too liberal."
- WorldNet Daily columnist Erik Rush wrote that President Obama hates Christians because Malcolm X was probably his real father.
- Maryland Republican and Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Peroutka told attendants at an event by the secessionist League of the South organization that the South may need to secede again, and bring about " the destruction of the current regime" — the federal government. Peroutka then led those gathered in singing the "national anthem," which turned out to be "Dixie."
- Peroukta then held a press conference in which he called the League of the South a "Christian free market group," and refused to cut ties with the secessionist group.
- During an interview on the right-wing “WallBuilders Live” radio show, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R, Minnesota) claimed that the Obama administration plans to use undocumented children for medical experiments.
- Rep. Steve Stockman (R, Texas) claimed that President Obama is using the border crisis as part of an effort to enforce his “Third World view.”
- Rep Steve King (R, Iowa) told WorldNet Daily reporter Jerome Corsi that child refugees at our southern border should be housed in a “tent city,” rather than “scattering these kids all over the country.”
- During a CNN interview, Rep. King also managed to blame President Obama for birth control, rape, and the refugee crisis in just one sentence: “This is a man-caused disaster, and the man that caused it is Barack Obama with his DOCA policy, with his Morton Memos and the advertisement that has been such a huge magnet that have caused these families to give their daughters birth control pills and send them down a rape path all the way through Mexico, and it’s a death path on the death train.”
- Boston radio host Jeffrey Kuhner warned the audience at a “Stop the Invasion” rally that Massachusetts’ plan to take about 1,000 children fleeing violence in Central America will destroy the country, and “turn Massachusetts into Mexichusetts.”
- During an interview on VCY America’s “Crosstalk,” Minutemen Project leader Jim Gilchrist sympathized with a caller who wanted to round up Central American child refugees, and “put them in a building and gas them to death like they did in Germany.”
- Gilchrist’s Minutemen are planning to deploy 3,500 volunteers in a plan called “Operation Normandy,” to secure the US-Mexico border and “stop an invasion.”
- Dubbed the “Palin of the South,” Louisiana Republican congressional candidate Lenar Whitney fled an interview after being asked whether President Obama is a US Citizen.
- Glenn Beck told his audience that President Obama is fueling impeachment talk because “the Black thing is over,” and it may help pass immigration reform.
- Rep Mike Kelly (R, Pennsylvania) compared EPA regulations to terrorism.
- Commissioner-elect of Alabama’s Public Service Commission Chip Beeker said that God gave Alabama its coal, so the EPA can’t tell the state not to burn it. “Who has the right to take what God’s given a state?” Beeker asked, during a press conference at which Republican commissioners urged Alabamans to call upon God to stop the EPA.