Can You Guess Which Congresscritter Cast Lone ‘No’ Vote On Actually Sane Bill About ‘Lunatics’?

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SNAP OUT OF ITHere at Wonkette, we never ever forget to be unrelentingly smug and cynical about the U.S. House of Representatives. And really, why the hell not?  They’re a veritable parade of horribles. See, for example, everything Ron Paul has ever done. (We are only linking to the most recent awful Ron Paul thing because you do not want this post to be eleventy thousand words long, do you?) See also perennial anger-weeping oompa-loompa John Boehner. (Again, only one link people. Do you want to find all the horrible things we have written about Ron Paul and John Boehner? Use the search box at the top like anyone else.) See also, too, the fact that they stone cold hate disabled people. (GodDAMN you U.S. House of Representatives* for making us feel sorry for Bob Dole, which we thought was unpossible.) Sometimes, though, the House does something minorly not-horrible:

The word “lunatic” will be stricken from federal law under legislation that passed the House Wednesday and is headed to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The congressional action is the latest effort to remove language from the U.S. code that has become outdated or demeaning. Two years ago Congress took out references in federal law to the term “mental retardation.”

“The term ‘lunatic’ holds a place in antiquity and should no longer have a prominent place in our U.S. code,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., shortly before the 398-1 vote in the House. The word is derived from the Latin word from moon and ancient beliefs that people could become “moonstruck” by lunar movements.

Yr Wonkette’s joy at this development is tempered more than slightly by the fact that this was still in the U.S. Code to begin with. (Not that we are above using the term, but not because, you know, we think people are actually controlled by the moon and therefore crazy. Everybody knows people are controlled by secret messages in Lady Gaga songs.) Our joy is also tempered by the fact that Louie Gohmert is an unrequitedly terrible human being who was the lone vote no on this bill:

The lone “no” vote was cast by Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who said in a statement that “not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington.”

Louie Gohmert cast the lone “no” vote on a sane, compassionate and sensible bill? Imagine that.

*Whoops, that one was the Senate.

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205 comments

      1. StillGoinGreen

        That is absolutely beautiful in so many ways. I just imagine the three – collectively scratching their heads, trying to "see the triangle".

    1. PopeEdgardo

      Mississippi and Alabama wish to protest this blatant show of disrespect in the strongest possible terms!

    2. NellCote71

      Yep, we just keep on giving and giving. And we are fixin' to give Perry back again. Truly, we shine as the Lone Star of hope during this holiday season.

    3. StillGoinGreen

      I'm just so proud. Hey, at least the weather is nice this time of year… now that all of our "Texas Tea" has depleted the ozone layer.

  1. actor212

    May I impose on my fellow Wonketteers for donations of floatation devices, since climate change will likely swamp me?

    Preferably attached to the Wonkette-ettes…

    1. yyyaz

      Tough to do when they don't know their ass from a hole in the ground (cue Randy Newman), don't care that they don't know, and, in fact, wear it as a badge of honor that magically transforms their willful ignorance and parochialism into a homespun, country wisdom and moral rectitude that the GOP has learned how to mirror back at them so brilliantly that they almost feel they're voting themselves directly into office. Red districts for rednecks. Yee-fucking-haw!

  2. Poindexter718

    To be fair, Rep. Gohmert (R-Pyle) may have feared eliminating any reference to "lunatic" in the government lexicon could have implications for his job security.

  3. OkieDokieDog

    Loony Louie Gohmert has a great idear, ya lunatic Teabaggie Congresscritters! Do absolutely nothing like you've done for the last 2 years. Yay! WINNING!

    1. SorosBot

      And it looks like the Republicans have decided to just oppose all UN-based treaties, even ones that mimic existing US law that his been in place for two decades and seems pretty inoffensive and hard to oppose, all on the basis of, well, lunatic blanket opposition to the UN because of insane black helicopter conspiracy theories.

      1. NellCote71

        Somehow they believe UN forces will come into the homes of the home-schooled and make the parents put up ramps, or something, something. I am not making this up, I am just too lazy and afeared to look up the actual reference.

          1. HistoriCat

            "Didn't I eat you for lunch?"

            Alright you two – this is a mommy blog, let's limit the sexy-time talk here!

  4. Callyson

    “The individual ‘Louie Gohmert’ holds a place in antiquity and should no longer have a prominent place in our U.S. House of Representatives”

    /fixed

    1. sewollef

      No, seriously. Louie Gohmert is a made up name isn't it?

      Didn't he chase the wabbit in some cartoon or other…. or is that just Texas these days?

  5. editor

    seems to me he's actually advocating using it in the only way the rest of us still use it: to describe someone with whom we disagree to the point we think they're irrational and stoopid (yes, the kind that needs to be spelled with two o's).

    but yeah, lay off the mentally ill. only cher is moonstruck.

  6. Hera Sent Me

    For Gohmert, eliminating the word "lunatic" from Federal legislation would be like eliminating the word "person" for normal people.

      1. Butch_Wagstaff

        If it means I no longer have to see a pic of Newt, Sarah Failin', the Donald Trump, or Mitt Rmoney, I'm okay with more ponies.

  7. calliecallie

    Kudos on the Nick pic. I thought that worked with the elimination of "lunatic" even before the moonstruck reference.

    1. cheaphits

      "Lunatic" Louie is simply creepy…just creepy looking, acting and probably smelling…taste, however, is completely lacking in Rep. Gohmert (R-Oil)

  8. UW8316154

    Louie Gohmert cast the lone “no” vote on a sane, compassionate and sensible bill?

    Sounds like Louie prepping to be president of the HOA at The Citadel.

  9. Rotundo_

    Louie is in one of those wonderful districts gerrymandered into a population which thinks this sort of principled stand against rationality is just fine by them. It explains why the house has a healthy Republican't majority. Louie is just the dullest tool in a bin chock full of rounded edges and rust.

  10. Not_So_Much

    I have no proof that he was or was not masturbating furiously to naked goat pictures while he cast his meaningless vote.

  11. Swampgas_Man

    Thank Odin for Gohmert Pile (of crap). When I saw the "Crazy Train" sub-head, I thought this was going to be an article on the NY Pusher.

  12. rabritz

    what do you call someone who wipes himself barehanded and then goes around all day sniffing his fingers? Common class ….

  13. SorosBot

    Lunacy is believing that "the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy", in other words the deficit, when unemployment is still way too high.

  14. ttommyunger

    Believe it or not, I can remember the time when our Congressmen received a certain personal deference out of respect for their High Office. Louie and his ilk have put that notion in America's rear view mirror.

    1. TootsStansbury

      If I ever encounter one of these fuckers in public, they'd better hope I have a pie handy. Otherwise I would have to punch them in the crotch. With votes of course.

      1. ttommyunger

        I can't tell you how many times I've had your thought. I would probably go for the throat, though.

        1. TootsStansbury

          I almost punched an innocent bystander in the face. I thought it was Eric Cantor, I had to restrain myself.

    2. Negropolis

      We should go back to the good ole days, when you could cane a man in the Senate for his insolence. Oh, and we should bring back dueling, oh, and have it in the House chambers, but only after all the Dems were given a chance to escape.

      1. ttommyunger

        Just wait a couple of years, the way the Repugs are playing the game a few more of their ranks will “escape”.Sent from the Field, not in Garrison.

  15. Dashboard Buddha

    The lunatic is in the hall.
    The lunatics are in my hall.
    The constitution holds their folded faces to the floor
    And every day the paper boy brings more.

    And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
    And if there is no room upon the hill
    And if your head explodes with dark forebodings too
    I'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

    -▲<

  16. MiniMencken

    I can't believe Steve King and Michele Bachmann passed up the opportunity to join with Gohmert Pyle in this historic vote.

    1. Butch_Wagstaff

      One of my pet peeve is when some people use the term "sociopath" to describe someone who is actually a psychopath.
      It's like when some atheists call all religions as "cults". There's actually some distinctions between the two categories. I'm too lazy/tired/drunk to look them up now. Maybe Psychwench can weigh in on this.

      1. Mittaplasia

        I thought the difference between a cult and a religion was popularity until I thought back on all the weird Catholic stuff: eating the body & blood of Christ (and they insisted it was not symbolic). The relic thing was real disturbing, too, seemed ghoulish to me.

    1. Veritas78

      I have the ad-thingy on. But the upper right-hand corner goes berserk every five or six pages and it goes out right over my headset mic.

      I don't care about the peons in steerage, but the passengers in first class complain and the flight attendants knock on the cabin door so we have to pull our pants up.

    1. emmelemm

      I know that others have this trademarked, but that rates a spontaneous

      OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE!

      from me.

    2. Biel_ze_Bubba

      "Deutsch, who according to the Current owns a home in Santa Rosa Beach valued at $602,409 and a half-million-dollar condo in Miami, said in a previous statement that receiving unemployment gave him a better understanding of the department's mission."

      That fizzling sound you hear is my snark generator burning out.

      1. BadKitty904

        As any Florida native, like myownself, will tell you – Carl Hiaasen does *not* write fiction…

    3. docterry6973

      Why yes, I do believe that Hunting Deutsch is worse than Louis Gohmnert. Although I admit I have added 'Hunting Deutsch' to my all-star names team.

  17. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Firefox browser, with AdBlock, leaves me asking, "what Ford commercial?"

    (I also miss out on the Russian bride ads, but c'est la vie.)

  18. Butch_Wagstaff

    If the word "lunatic" is falling out of favor, may I suggest a new term: "Ken Cuccinelli II"

  19. JustPixelz

    "…we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington." sayeth Louie.

    I agree to the extent that if the Repubicans continue to do business with their lunatic fringe, they're, well, lunatics.

  20. Biel_ze_Bubba

    Gomer is just grabbing the GOP's "no new taxes" wingknob, and cranking it up to eleven: "no new laws".

  21. sudsmckenzie

    My original thought was One L, Virginia Foxx, Allen West, …

    Bow down to the power of the Gohmert.

    1. Negropolis

      Good ole East Texas. So close to Lazy-anna, but so far from God, bless their inbred hearts.

      Looked back through the recent history of the district, and was surprised to find that the district didn't realign Republican until 2005. How crazy were the Dems before him? Were they unabashed Dixiecrats?

  22. Sharkey

    Just to be clear, this does not apply to "looney bin" or "looney tunes". Nothing in this directive is intended to alter or impede the ability to carry out the authorities of executive departments and agencies to perform their responsibilities under law and consistent with applicable legal authorities and other Presidential guidance. So shut up.

  23. RadioBitchFace

    Srsly, I was getting an Australian coffee shop commercial, but RS wanted to murder it on the Muslin Rage thread (Page 2)…with votes…IN BED!

  24. BlueStateLibel

    If the US is going bankrupt (it's not of course), maybe Louie Gohmert would be happy if we just sold a few of those million (billion?) dollar fighter jets to China? Or raised the marginal tax rate on those making over $250K by 3 percentage points? Or maybe he could just stop taking a salary? Or better yet, he could go to a Texas lunatic asylum where he so obviously belongs.

  25. An_Outhouse

    i thought it was just me. i turned off my speakers because i couldn't figue out what was doing that. Rebecca, what is wrong with you?

    1. glasspusher

      Agreed. Even with my Flash-free Safari on my Mac, it sometimes freezes the whole app. My ipad has not succumbed, though

  26. Alacrity_Fitz

    Oh Hell. He didn't want to lose his name recognition in his home district here in Texas.
    He's known as: "Lunatic Louie" in those parts.

  27. Designer_Rants

    Awww. We don't get to see that impish, 20-year-old retouch-masterpiece stock photo that Gomer likes to pretend is a realistic visualization of his bitter dumbshit self?

  28. Pat_Pending

    Out of the mouths of babes and fools is one thing, nothing good comes out of the mouths of flaming fucktards.

  29. Negropolis

    OT: Is anyone else having problem with the dynamic ads? For the past few days it's taken pages here minutes to load, or they hang for minutes. Sometimes, I'm thrown back the the homepage in the middle of composing a comment. Just now, it loaded pretty quickly, but that's a rarity. I have all my plug-ins turned off so it won't load lots of extra graphics and ads and such, but that doesn't seem to be helping much.

    1. BoatOfVelociraptors

      Seriously, the editrix went ad/cross branding crazy without realizing that every page load loads 60 more pages to fit in those corners. Yup.

  30. Negropolis

    They only did this because they know they were tired of being formally labeled as such. I mean, there are (now were) legal consequences to such a designation. Now, there can be no "lunatics" in the House.

  31. FeloniousMonk

    Who is this Lady Gaga of whom you speak? I am controlled by the messages in Kingsmen songs. Or will be once I figure out what they mean. The FBI is helping me to work it out, though I wish my contact would put his shirt on.

  32. Negropolis

    OT: Is there any better show on television than Moonshiners? It's like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo meets Survivor.

  33. James Michael Curley

    Congress goes through the whole process to pass a bill agree with one from the senate and send it to Obama because they want to remove one word from the US Code?

    Did they loose the Sharpie?

  34. BoatOfVelociraptors

    Seriously, this web page does like 70 different DNS queries as it loads content. We load amazon analytics, google analytics, and a shit ton of other tracking ad companies with names from the dot com era.

  35. jello_mold

    Srsly? Get "NoScript" and it'll stop all that shit from playing – unless you want it to. Free but donations requested.

    1. Negropolis

      There has been an issue of the slowness of this place for years. I'd have thought after the many changes in ownership, one of them would have moved this thing off of IntenseDatabase, by now. This is just the latest iteration with the problem with no apparent solution other than switching to some other format.

  36. Warpde

    lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, lunatic, Retard.

    OK, I'm good for a month.
    Because of FrEEdoom.

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