Foot-In-Mouth Disease

In a recent interview, Texas Congressman Pete Sessions (R) said something monumentally stupid about how the Republican Party needs to become an insurgency.

And it went downhill from there:

Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban,” Sessions said during a meeting yesterday with Hotline editors. “And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes. And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban. No, that’s not what we’re saying. I’m saying an example of how you go about [sic] is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.” […]

When pressed to clarify, Sessions said he was not comparing the House Republican caucus to the Taliban, the Muslim fundamentalist group. “I simply said one can see that there’s a model out there for insurgency,” Sessions said before being interrupted by an aide.

Right. So Sessions isn’t saying the Republican Party is like the Taliban, just that the Republican Party should be like the Taliban. How is that an improvement?

Oh, and Pete Sessions isn’t just another Republican Congressman–he’s the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the branch of the GOP responsible for getting more Republicans elected to Congress. I’m not exactly sure how saying the GOP should be like the Taliban is supposed to help get Republicans elected, but maybe Sessions just knows something I don’t.

And yet, despite incidents like this, we’re all supposed to step aside and let the Republican Party run our economy. Tell me, why should we listen to any of these guys, again?

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