Rep. Louie Gohmert for President?????

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

Rep. Louie Gohmert

By Elaine Magliaro

Updated below.

Cristina Marcos and Lucy Feickert reported earlier this evening that Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)–arguably the wing-nuttiest politician serving in the US House of Representatives–informed The Hill that he is considering a run for president in 2016. Marcos and Feickert said Gohmert had indicated that “he might launch an exploratory committee for president when originally asked if he would support Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) White House bid.”

The representative from Texas said, “Ted is a good friend and would be an outstanding President; however, I haven’t ruled out an exploratory committee myself.”

Charles Pierce once said that Gohmert was “perhaps the dumbest mammal to enter a legislative chamber since Caligula’s horse.” Gohmert, who is a frequent guest on Fox News, “is known around the Capitol for his lengthy, extemporaneous speeches to a usually empty House chamber on weekly basis.” According to Marcos and Feickert, he “logged the most speaking time on the House floor last year out of any other lawmaker: a whopping 29 hours.”

Louie G. is also known for the various and sundry subjects that he has talked about in the legislative chamber and during committee meetings. Over the years, those subjects have included bestiality, necrophilia, terrorist babies, and the sex lives of caribou.

Right Wing Nut Louie Gohmert Announces Run for Speaker

The Texas Republican was not successful in his bid to become Speaker of the House. He “accrued just three votes during the Speaker election — from himself as well as Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Randy Weber (R-Texas).”

I doubt Gohmert would fare better in a run for the presidency–but it is amusing trying to imagine him as president of the United States.


According to Abby Livingston of the Texas Tribune, Louie Gohmert is not considering a run for the presidency. She said one of the representative’s aide’s clarified remarks that he had made to The Hill. The aide said that Gohmert was kidding.


“Washington D.C. contains too many who do not recognize statements made with a figurative tongue in cheek, sometimes known as being ironic,” said an email from Gohmert’s office.

“To more completely describe his actual beliefs, Congressman Gohmert notes the Kennedy-Nixon debates created a line of demarcation beyond which television became the critical factor in being elected President which also meant there would be no more bald Presidents in his lifetime.”

Livingston added that while a Gohmert presidential run in 2016 would possibly delight “journalists eager to chronicle his unique political arc, a Gohmert presidential campaign would likely have a nominal effect on the rest of the GOP field. While known as one of the most conservative federal officeholders, Gohmert would have competition for that mantle in a presidential contest with candidates like Cruz.”


Rep. Gohmert weighing presidential bid (The Hill)

Louie Gohmert is weighing a presidential run — here are 5 reasons we hope he goes for it (Raw Story)

The Fifteenth Post in the “Oh My Achin’ Head” Series: Louie Gohmert Says the Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and Massages Will Make the Military “Vulnerable to Terrorism” (Flowers for Socrates)

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11 Responses to Rep. Louie Gohmert for President?????

  1. bigfatmike says:

    Somebody ought to sue Pierce for slandering the horse.

  2. pete says:

    Just don’t cast aspersions on his asparagus.

  3. Either Mad Magazine or The Onion has taken over Republican race strategy.
    There is no other logical explanation.

    • bigfatmike says:

      “There is no other logical explanation.”

      You see that’s your problem right there. You keep thinking there is some logic – some rhyme or reason. Good thing you choose science way back when.

  4. Harvey says:

    I’ll tell you what. I pray he makes it through the debates and makes weekly appearances on the Sunday shows and gets to co-host with Megan. Now those dreams make me YEARN for 1/1/16!

  5. Ingannie says:

    Yes please let him run. I think it would be a hoot to have his opponent ask him to explain how a woman’s body can prevent a pregnancy during a rape.

  6. swarthmoremom says: The potential field is already over crowded with crazy christian fundamentalists….Perry. Cruz, Huckabee, Paul and Walker No room for Gohmert now but maybe 2020….

  7. swarthmoremom says: “Then there’s that fact that in a field as crowded as this one, it’s hard to believe that any candidate is going to get the “very conservative” space to him/her self. In 2012, Mitt Romney was the obvious establishment candidate. The three anti-establishment candidates (Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul), split up that very conservative vote. Santorum took the lions’ share with 36 percent, but Gingrich took another 26 percent and Paul siphoned off 7 percent. Meanwhile, Romney took almost half (46 percent) of the somewhat conservative and 48 percent of the moderate vote. In 2016, Ted Cruz, who is clearly gunning to be the face of the conservative wing of the party, will face a crowded field of candidates for that space including Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.”

  8. blouise says:

    I do believe that this is the shortish launch of an exploratory committee for president on record.

    Limited government thanks to limitless stupidity … Texas in a nutshell.

    • bigfatmike says:

      “Limited government thanks to limitless stupidity”

      On the other hand if this is their thought process I think we can all be grateful they want to limit its impact by limiting government.

      Just think of the problems we would have if people like Gohmert wanted to expand government.

  9. swarthmoremom says: “As recently as last fall, Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) opposition to marriage equality was less than definite. “I believe in old-fashioned traditional marriage,” he told CNN in an interview, “but I don’t really think the government needs to be too involved in this and I think the Republican Party can have people on both sides of the issue.”

    Asked if he might shift from his position against equal-marriage rights, Paul, quite literally, shrugged his shoulders, as if to say, “Who knows?”

    That was October 2014, and the Kentucky Republican has moved sharply to the right ever since. He told Fox News earlier this month that marriages between same-sex couples “offend” him “and a lot of other people.” This week, as Right Wing Watch reports, the GOP senator went even further.

    In a video posted yesterday by the Christian Broadcasting Network, Rand Paul addressed “a group of pastors and religious leaders at a private prayer breakfast” in Washington D.C. on Thursday about the need for “revival” in America complete with “tent revivals” full of people demanding reform.

    He suggested during the event that the debate about legalizing same-sex marriage is the result of a “moral crisis” in the country.

    That’s not an exaggeration. Paul talked to CBN and the video shows him telling social conservatives, “[T]here’s a moral crisis that allows people to think that there would be some sort of other marriage.”

    It’s a striking argument – not only is Rand Paul opposed to marriage equality, he believes the debate itself shouldn’t exist and is the result of a “moral crisis” in the United States.

    He added, “We need a revival in the country. We need another Great Awakening with tent revivals of thousands of people saying, ‘Reform or see what’s going to happen if we don’t reform.’” ” He is really trying hard to compete with Cruz. No need for Gohmert in the race.

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