So he traveled to a supermax prison in Colorado to interview co-conspirator Terry Nichols. The congressman was convinced that Nichols had been taught to build bombs in the Philippines by Ramzi Yousef, the man behind the first World Trade Center attack. He also sent a staffer to the island nation to prove the connection.

Yet Nichols, who had every incentive to throw blame elsewhere, admitted there was no conspiracy.

A year later, Rohrabacher stumbled into a new black hole, this one involving the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

On the night in 1968 when Kennedy was murdered by Sirhan Sirhan, the congressman was attending a different election party at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. He claims he saw "another Arab" tackled and arrested by police in the lobby.

Naturally, the spotting of two Arabs in a single LA hotel could not be coincidence. To Rohrabacher, it could only mean one thing: a vast Palestinian conspiracy!

Fast-forward to the day in 2007 that Sirhan, an inmate at California State Prison, Corcoran, was told by guards that someone named "Diana" had arrived to see him. Instead of a woman visitor, however, Sirhan found himself face-to-face with Rohrabacher and two aides. He assured the congressman there was no conspiracy.

"I think [Rohrabacher's] kookiness is part of what's kept him in Washington," says Debbie Cook, the former mayor of Huntington Beach, who came closest to unseating the thirteen-term representative. "The more he keeps his name in the press, the better he does."

Even without the support of convicted killers, Rohrabacher's conspiracy theories soldier on. His latest emerged after the slayings of Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi. The congressman took to Twitter to suggest that President Obama had left the men to die to ensure his reelection.

It was a bizarre assertion, given that dead ambassadors rarely make for effective campaign commercials.


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5. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
Loud, Proud and Without a Functioning Cerebral Cortex

In January, Republican leaders convened in Charlotte to lick their wounds from the last election. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal got straight to the point: "We must stop being the stupid party."

No one better exemplifies Jindal's lament than the man whose district shares Louisiana's border, Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert. Or, as the spokesperson for Texas's Democratic Party calls him, "our go-to guy when we want a crazy quote."

Gohmert's apparent strategy: The louder and crazier he talks, the less anyone will notice his lack of a functioning cerebral cortex.

Take the February 2012 hearing at which Gohmert claimed the trans-Alaska pipeline was responsible for a booming caribou population. Flowing oil warmed the ground, he explained, serving as an aphrodisiac for the antlered set.

"So when they want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline," claimed the Carrie Bradshaw of imaginary science.

Less amusing were comments in the wake of two high-profile shootings. After the Sandy Hook massacre, he said of the school's murdered principal: "I wish to God she had an M-4 in her office."

Following the movie-theater slaughter in Aurora, Colorado, he bemoaned the fact that no one had pulled a gun, allowing for "ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs" — as if deranged killer James Holmes had somehow struck a blow for atheism.

Gohmert tried to remedy this perceived cowardice in his own workplace, introducing legislation that would allow politicians to carry pistols in the Capitol. (Like nearly all legislation he proposes, it went nowhere.)

But Gohmert's weirdness reaches beyond guns and caribou. Any conservative congressman worth his American-flag lapel pin must have a Muslim conspiracy theory. So Gohmert fabricated one more lacking in evidence than all the rest.

His latest outcry is the "terror babies" conspiracy, a scenario in which scores of pregnant Muslim women fly to the U.S. solely to give birth, and the children then return to the Middle East to undergo decades of anti-American indoctrination. Once the kids reach maturity, they fly back to blow up a small chunk of the country, thus completing their mission.

Unfortunately for Gohmert, the FBI gives no credence to his theory. And when told by CNN's Anderson Cooper that the notion was ridiculous, Gohmert offered no evidence to the contrary.

Instead, he compared himself to Winston Churchill, telling Cooper that "the explosions will not happen for ten or fifteen or twenty years, and then you will be one of those blips."

It doesn't quite sound like the new, intellectual Republican Party Jindal is aiming for.


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4. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
The Queen of Mean in the Nation's Capital

Houston's Sheila Jackson Lee arrived in Congress in 1995. It took just eleven days for the first of Lee's staff members to quit, and the congresswoman has shown no sign of slowing down since.

Every year, Washingtonian magazine runs a survey of the "meanest" bosses on Capitol Hill. Lee has never finished outside of the top three. According to employees, she often refers to them as "morons," "idiots" and the always-endearing "stupid motherfuckers."

"I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen," she once told an aide, according to the Houston Press.

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kalutoganiq
kalutoganiq

I'm not sure how you compile a list of "crazy congressmen" without Hank Johnson (he of "islands can capsize" fame) and Peter King (the man who holds hearings on domestic support for terror while repeatedly refusing to recant decades of support for the Provisional IRA).

locomotivebreath1901
locomotivebreath1901

I would have thought whack-a-doodle Hank Johnson(D-Ga.), who believes too many Marines on Guam would cause the island to 'tip over,' would at least be number 5 on this list. Cynthia McKinney(D-Ga.) served in that state's whack-a-doodle capacity before Hank got his turn.

And botox San Fran Nan Pelosi should be number two on this list with moron statements like 'Food Stamps and Unemployment Give ‘Biggest Bang for Our Buck,’ in reference to revving up our economic engine.

Or panty wearing pederast Harry Reid's(D-NV) demagogic diarrhea spews on the Senate floor proclaiming 'he knows a guy' that knows a guy that thinks Mitt Romney cheats on his taxes.

Yet, the author of this fluff believes Congress critters who think murdering the unborn is wrong are 'weird?'

Take another bong hit, Caleb.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

I nominate Rep. Major Owens (D-NY)- sharks still following the old slave traders voyage routes.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

"She's claimed that hundreds of scientists and Nobel Prize winners support intelligent design"

Can you prove her wrong? Out of the billions of people on the Earth, and millions who are scientists, don't you think a few hundred might be religious? Bigotry comes in all colors and creeds. To deny billions who are believers is foolish. As far as Nobel Prize winners go... REVEREND Tutu comes to mind. Mother Teresa seemed to be a believer as well as a Nobel Prize winner. Does the RFT need a listing of all the Nobel prize winners? Sadat, Arafat were believers.

Apparently, some crazy journalists work at the RFT commenting on their padded cell roommates.

citizen
citizen

I like how you threw in a couple Democrats to make the intent and content of this article appear non-partisan.

RAMESSES
RAMESSES

There should be more sleaze bag congressmen add to his list starting with the #1 scum bag of all time, Alycee Hastings, D FL - disgraced judge who served time in prison for bribery. He's a disgusting piece of shit. Then there is that god awful excuse of a human being, Bobby Rush, D IL. He's not only more goofy and stupid than our past piece of shit congressman Russ Carnahan, D MO, he's a former Black Panther, a fascist group the Nixon Justice Department should have exterminated. Then there is the most obxnoxious fat Jew pig, Sen. Schumer, D NY. He gives Jews a bad name. He's so fat that pork chops would come flying out of his ass is someone hugged him.  He gives liberals a bad name. And last but not least is Debbie Wasserman-Cunt, D FL. She gives cunts a bad name. There are many others that could have made this list but these are the worst of the worst. With these people running things there should be little wonder why things are so fucked up in Washington.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

So happy that Florida has finally rid itself of Alan West, the one person possibly crazier than Bachmann.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

Never underestimate Maxine Waters to open her mouth. How many jobs? Once again? Come on, please tell us, again.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@citizen , "appear" is the only thing they attempted to do with their token democrats. Let's face it, there are crazy people on both sides the aisle, and some real loonies on the extreme left and right.

Katydid52
Katydid52

@RAMESSES OMG, thank you. I almost spit out my dinner over Debbie Wasserman - etc. That was awesome.

 
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