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(Washington Post)   In 1994, TX elected a former steet vagrant to Congress, but threw him out after 1 term as he proved to be a lunatic who spouted wild conspiracy theories. Almost 20 years later, he's back in Congress-and now considered part of the GOP mainstream   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 128
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2013-01-16 03:04:40 PM  
If this isn't a perfect illustration of what's happened to the GOP since the 90's I don;t know what is.  I WAS , at least nominally, at Republican inthe 90's, up to about the South Carolina primary of 2000.  By 2005 I was a "trusted user" with a decent following on Daily Kos.

I wondered how my poltics could have changed so much in so short a period of time-I even suspected a mini-stroke or some other organic cause for a while.  But then, I analyzed the situation criticially and realized I still thought and believed many of the same things I always had.  My principles were the same as they ever were, and on positions where I had reversed my previous thinking it was a result of getting new and better information on the subject, not just an emotional change.

That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.
 
2013-01-16 03:12:35 PM  
Who ran his campaign in the 90s?  That is really impressive
 
2013-01-16 03:23:02 PM  
Steet?
 
2013-01-16 03:23:04 PM  
Check his medicine cabinet
 
2013-01-16 03:25:27 PM  

BMulligan: Steet?


I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".
 
2013-01-16 03:26:17 PM  
I thought Ron Paul retired?
 
2013-01-16 03:27:26 PM  
1994 just wasn't ready for such great ideas
 
2013-01-16 03:27:34 PM  

digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".


No, I think maybe subby actually meant steet.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-16 03:27:57 PM  

Magorn: If this isn't a perfect illustration of what's happened to the GOP since the 90's I don;t know what is.  I WAS , at least nominally, at Republican inthe 90's, up to about the South Carolina primary of 2000.  By 2005 I was a "trusted user" with a decent following on Daily Kos.

I wondered how my poltics could have changed so much in so short a period of time-I even suspected a mini-stroke or some other organic cause for a while.  But then, I analyzed the situation criticially and realized I still thought and believed many of the same things I always had.  My principles were the same as they ever were, and on positions where I had reversed my previous thinking it was a result of getting new and better information on the subject, not just an emotional change.

That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.


That's pretty much my experience.  Obama would have been a moderate Republican 20 years ago (except for the Southern Strategy thing).
 
2013-01-16 03:28:11 PM  

Magorn: That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right insanity at incredible speed.


Seriously, what's right-wing about being dominated by media pundits who endlessly spout embarrassingly stupid conspiracy theories about media, education, and science?
 
2013-01-16 03:28:30 PM  

BMulligan: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

No, I think maybe subby actually meant steet.


Hmm - can't link to Urban Dictionary, apparently. Pity.
 
2013-01-16 03:29:00 PM  
Naturally, he's on the Science and Foreign Affairs Committees...
 
2013-01-16 03:29:20 PM  
It's amazing. The mainstream GOP is now made up of people who espouse absurd conspiracy theories on the internet. The Republican party has lost the plot. What they have not lost is the ability to convey their message though. A significant number of people actually question where Obama where born. When did this become acceptable?
 
2013-01-16 03:30:31 PM  

Magorn: That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.


And yet, they still believe that they are firmly in the center.

/the scary thing is, they probably are
 
2013-01-16 03:31:52 PM  

digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".


It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.
 
2013-01-16 03:32:08 PM  
Idiocracy.
 
2013-01-16 03:32:54 PM  
he proved to be a lunatic who spouted wild conspiracy theories

Uh subby, I think you misspelled "patriot".
 
2013-01-16 03:34:11 PM  
Honestly my guess was Louie Gohmert.
 
2013-01-16 03:34:22 PM  
It's great that the GOP are providing jobs for the mentally unstable and the retarded.
 
2013-01-16 03:35:39 PM  

palelizard: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.


Watch out though, they may want an Indian in order to perform an unnatural act.
 
2013-01-16 03:36:33 PM  
wait, 1994 was almost 20 years ago! sheesh
 
2013-01-16 03:37:28 PM  

Fart_Machine: It's great that the GOP are providing jobs for the mentally unstable and the retarded.


I thought that was their primary function.
 
2013-01-16 03:38:31 PM  
Probably on the House Intelligence or Science committee too.
 
2013-01-16 03:39:09 PM  
It's a steetlight.
 
2013-01-16 03:40:49 PM  
They gerrymandered themselves into this mess.
 
2013-01-16 03:41:17 PM  

Supes: Honestly my guess was Louie Gohmert.


Me too.
 
2013-01-16 03:42:38 PM  

palelizard: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.


"Speed" vagrant. You know, accomplishing tasks in record time, living life on the edge, without a parachute, defending the country's buses from complicated plots involving bombs on buses where the bomb is triggered if the speedometer drops below a certain threshold ...
 
2013-01-16 03:45:49 PM  
Former steel vagrant? Nice. Sadly when he grabs you with those metal claws you can't break free, because they're made of metal, and vagrants are strong.
 
2013-01-16 03:47:53 PM  
Prior to the election, I told ya'll that he would make Cruz look sane.
 
2013-01-16 03:51:05 PM  

Magorn: If this isn't a perfect illustration of what's happened to the GOP since the 90's I don;t know what is.  I WAS , at least nominally, at Republican inthe 90's, up to about the South Carolina primary of 2000.  By 2005 I was a "trusted user" with a decent following on Daily Kos.

I wondered how my poltics could have changed so much in so short a period of time-I even suspected a mini-stroke or some other organic cause for a while.  But then, I analyzed the situation criticially and realized I still thought and believed many of the same things I always had.  My principles were the same as they ever were, and on positions where I had reversed my previous thinking it was a result of getting new and better information on the subject, not just an emotional change.

That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.


You, me, and a lot of other people.
 
2013-01-16 03:55:14 PM  

ampoliros: Magorn: If this isn't a perfect illustration of what's happened to the GOP since the 90's I don;t know what is.  I WAS , at least nominally, at Republican inthe 90's, up to about the South Carolina primary of 2000.  By 2005 I was a "trusted user" with a decent following on Daily Kos.

I wondered how my poltics could have changed so much in so short a period of time-I even suspected a mini-stroke or some other organic cause for a while.  But then, I analyzed the situation criticially and realized I still thought and believed many of the same things I always had.  My principles were the same as they ever were, and on positions where I had reversed my previous thinking it was a result of getting new and better information on the subject, not just an emotional change.

That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.

You, me, and a lot of other people.


Like me, for example.
 
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-16 03:55:43 PM  

nevirus: Magorn: That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right insanity at incredible speed.

Seriously, what's right-wing about being dominated by media pundits who endlessly spout embarrassingly stupid conspiracy theories about media, education, and science?


What isn't?
 
2013-01-16 03:56:46 PM  
the entire GOP is not officially batshiat crazy.
 
2013-01-16 03:59:53 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: palelizard: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.

Watch out though, they may want an Indian in order to perform an unnatural act.


Injuns are one with the land. They can't perform unnatural acts.
 
2013-01-16 04:00:45 PM  

Supes: Honestly my guess was Louie Gohmert.


Ah yes, the asshole from my district
 
2013-01-16 04:02:10 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: palelizard: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.

Watch out though, they may want an Indian in order to perform an unnatural act.


Wash him up and get him ready.
 
2013-01-16 04:05:37 PM  

StopLurkListen: palelizard: digistil: BMulligan: Steet?

I'm guessing subby misspelled "Skeet".

It's Texas. Probably mispelled 'steed'. You know, a steed vagrant. They wander from town to town, only their faithful horse as companion, righting wrongs, wronging rights, or wronging wrongs, as is their fickle want.

"Speed" vagrant. You know, accomplishing tasks in record time, living life on the edge, without a parachute, defending the country's buses from complicated plots involving bombs on buses where the bomb is triggered if the speedometer drops below a certain threshold ...


Sleet vagrants only come on cold nights, out on the llano, and make it too cold to go outside for a smoke and in the morning, your porch will be dangerously slippery.
 
2013-01-16 04:10:18 PM  
Nice write up on Steve Stockman. I wasn't really aware who he was.

So many times the hit pieces have swayed my opinion. Specially at election time.
 
2013-01-16 04:10:56 PM  

Mr_Fabulous: ampoliros: Magorn: If this isn't a perfect illustration of what's happened to the GOP since the 90's I don;t know what is.  I WAS , at least nominally, at Republican inthe 90's, up to about the South Carolina primary of 2000.  By 2005 I was a "trusted user" with a decent following on Daily Kos.

I wondered how my poltics could have changed so much in so short a period of time-I even suspected a mini-stroke or some other organic cause for a while.  But then, I analyzed the situation criticially and realized I still thought and believed many of the same things I always had.  My principles were the same as they ever were, and on positions where I had reversed my previous thinking it was a result of getting new and better information on the subject, not just an emotional change.

That when I realized that I hadn't moved especially far to the left in those five years, but that the GOP had ZOOMED to the right at incredible speed.

You, me, and a lot of other people.

Like me, for example.


I'm convinced that anyone, who is otherwise not batshiat crazy, these days that still identify as GOP don't actually follow news and politics. They've just been brought up to root for the team. Eventually they will have a come to Jesus moment, and quit sticking their voting dicks in the Republican crazy.
 
2013-01-16 04:12:07 PM  

you are a puppet: Former steel vagrant? Nice. Sadly when he grabs you with those metal claws you can't break free, because they're made of metal, and vagrants are strong.


CONGRESS STICKS TO VAGRANT!
 
2013-01-16 04:13:51 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Watch out though, they may want an Indian in order to perform an unnatural act.


I believe it's called "Bukkake" and Republicans usually do it in a mens' public bathroom stall.

/so I've read
 
2013-01-16 04:14:33 PM  
The only TX street vagrant I'd want to see in government was Leslie, but only ran for mayor of Austin not higher office.

/RIP weird thong guy
 
2013-01-16 04:16:44 PM  
yeah, he is my congressman... I hang my head in shame...
I am two blocks, maybe a few thousand feet, from having Pete Olson (another moron) as my representative..
But, they redrew the district lines, and somehow, my side of Clear Lake (Extreme southeast Houston) is lumped in with the toothless rednecks in East Texas...
Seriously considered moving two blocks, but the alternative ain't much better...
 
2013-01-16 04:17:01 PM  
Street vagrant... as opposed to a mountain vagrant... or a vagrant of the high seas.
 
2013-01-16 04:17:39 PM  

Supes: Honestly my guess was Louie Gohmert.


I had Joe Barton.

// kind of looks like Banjo Kid from Deliverance...
 
2013-01-16 04:20:12 PM  

Adam West for President: I'm convinced that anyone, who is otherwise not batshiat crazy, these days that still identify as GOP don't actually follow news and politics. They've just been brought up to root for the team. Eventually they will have a come to Jesus moment, and quit sticking their voting dicks in the Republican crazy.


I live in an area where those on the far right are in large enough number that any who would question them would have a hard life indeed. For moderate Republicans it's best to just listen to the radio and go along with it; after a while you start to believe it. Repeat the mantra enough and you start to believe it I guess.

I have not told anyone who I voted for in any election, but the people in this area are so... rabid that I've been set upon just for being under suspicion for voting (D) on anything.
 
2013-01-16 04:20:28 PM  

FlashHarry: the entire GOP is not officially batshiat crazy.


yes it is.
 
2013-01-16 04:25:39 PM  
But today's GOP is to the left of Reagan!!!
 
2013-01-16 04:26:14 PM  

Supes: Honestly my guess was Louie Gohmert.


Good ol' Louie Gohmert. He should be required by law to have a tattoo stenciled across his stomach that reads: "RETROACTIVE ABORTION".
 
2013-01-16 04:26:41 PM  

ampoliros: I have not told anyone who I voted for in any election


who'd you vote for?
 
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