Republicans are crawling out of the woodwork to attack President Obama's gun control package, announced today. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has accused Obama of abusing his executive powers. Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) accused the President of "disdain" for the Second Amendment. But the best criticism yet comes from Rep. Steve Stockman (R- (where else?) TX).
Yes, the Republican party — which has, in less than a month, declined aid to victims of Hurricane Sandy, put the interests of wealthy donors above those of their constituents and threatened to take the country's credit rating hostage — is accusing President Obama of not doing his job.
Stockman was a guest of professionally irresponsible journalist Greta Van Susteren last night, where he exclaimed that Obama should be impeached for his gun control package — the very same gun control package that had not even been announced at the time. It was not until the end of the five minute interview though that Stockman delivered his pièce de résistance: "[Obama]'s even using children. It reminds me of Saddam Hussein when he used kids to..." He was nervously cut off by Lindsay Lohan's ex, Van Susteren. But here's how that sentence ends: human shields. An elected official of the United States went on television last night and compared the President's inviting four children to the White House to the former Iraqi dictator's use of children as human shields.
For some background, Stockman is a formerly-homeless born-again Christian. He once requested a federal investigation into the Kinsey Report (more than 40 years after the fact), and called the Clinton administration's raid of the Waco, Texas Branch Davidian compound a conspiracy to drum up support for an assault weapons ban.