Tea Bagger Louie Gohmert Says He’ll Quit Congress If Obama’s Iran Deal Passes

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says he will throw in the towel on his career in politics if President Obama succeeds in confirming his administration’s historic nuclear deal with Iran. In an email with his good friend Glenn Beck, Gohmert cited the impending “nuclear holocaust” as more than enough justification to take an early retirement.

As Beck explained on his show:

“I just got an email from Louie Gohmert. He said, ‘Last week, I announced to the world if the House and Senate will treat Iran — the Iran treaty as a treaty, I will not run for my congressional seat again. It’s the only thing that I have left that our leadership wants beside my integrity.

“And after last week that I spent in Egypt, I feel so compelled to do absolutely everything I can to derail this president’s drastic move towards a nuclear holocaust. I won’t run again if the House voted on my attached resolution and the Senate voted on ratification.'”

At this moment, the chances of Obama’s deal being torpedoed by Republicans in Congress sits at roughly zero, meaning Gohmert has all-but made Obama’s latest victory his swan song. Gohmert clearly means for his stubborn departure from Congress to be a punishment for not getting his way on Iran, but not running again would probably be the most productive thing he’s ever accomplished.

In a Republican Party crowded with clowns, Gohmert stands out as particularly obnoxious. An unrepentant racist, Gohmert has frequently made unsubstantiated claims about immigrants posing a danger to Americans just by proximity. He led the charge in viciously attacking child refugees who had come to America’s southern border in the hopes of escaping violence and famine at home, suggesting the children were Islamist terrorists (they weren’t) or disease-ridden (they weren’t).

But disgusting xenophobia, aside, he also might just be the dumbest member of Congress. For example, here is Gohmert explaining why the Keystone XL pipeline is so vital… to caribou:

“So when [caribou] want to go on a date, they invite each other to head over to the pipeline. … So my real concern now [is] if oil stops running through the pipeline … do we need a study to see how adversely the caribou would be affected if that warm oil ever quit flowing?”

Let that sink in. A sitting United States congressman defended an oil pipeline by asking whether caribous would miss having sex on the warm oil pipes. Intelligence isn’t something Gohmert brings to the political table. In fact, it’s unclear just what exactly he does bring to the table. His exit can’t come soon enough.

As Obama’s much-sought after nuclear deal with Iran edges closer to reality, the Republican response has been anything but measured. Like Gohmert, many in the party find themselves inconsolable. This was not the way things were supposed to go. After the 2014 midterms saw Republicans make huge strides, they expected to turn Obama’s second term into a stalemate – instead, it’s been massively successful. For guys like Gohmert, that’s a tough pill to swallow. Instead, he’s just throwing his hands up and quitting. Considering his track record, that’s good new for Texas, and for Americans more generally.

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