Our favorite disgraced-local-teacher-turned-Santa-Claus-impersonator-turned-Congressman, the “mentally unbalanced” Kerry Bentivolio, finally made the big-time, scoring not only a feature story in yesterday’s New York Times, but a significant mention in columnists Maureen Dowd’s piece on the implosion of Republican party.
Apparently, when you come out right before the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, demanding that our nation’s first black President be impeached for unspecified reasons, it’s something the national press finds newsworthy.
Here’s a clip from the New York Times article:
Representative Kerry Bentivolio, a freshman Republican from Michigan, has a legislative dream. It is not to balance the federal budget, or find a way to help his ailing state or even take away money from the federal health care program, a goal that has so animated many other Republicans this summer.
Rather, Mr. Bentivolio told constituents, it is to put in motion the impeachment of President Obama. “If I could write that bill and submit it, it would be a dream come true,” he said…
And here’s the video of said exchange between Bentivilio and his constitutents, which was shot recently at a meeting of the Birmingham Bloomfield Republican Club…. If you don’t have a lot of time to invest, I’d suggest jumping to the 27:45-mark, where you can hear Bentivolio say of our Commander-in-Chief, “I feel your pain, and I know. I stood 12 feet away from that guy and listened to him, and I couldn’t stand being there.”
Now, here’s a little of what Maureen Dowd had to say about the Congressman’s desire to impeach Obama.
…Bentivolio graciously conceded that he’d have to come up with some grounds first. “I went back to my office and I have had lawyers come in,” he said. “And these are lawyers, well — Ph.D.’s in history — I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the president of the United States. What evidence do you have?’ You’ve got to have the evidence.”
The Tea Party congressman, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, hopes to find e-mails linking the White House to the I.R.S. examination of groups with a “Tea Party” label seeking tax-exempt status…
Bentivolio is the perfect avatar of the impeachment fever gripping a G.O.P. that’s unmoored from reality, given that he once admitted in a court deposition, “I have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio.” That’s why he sometimes used the pronoun “we.”
He’s been playing Santa Claus — as part of a business he started 19 years ago called Old Fashion Santa — with his own six reindeer. “To project authenticity, he’s even sought clearance from Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Mount Clemens to fly his sleigh in its airspace on Christmas Eve,” Kathleen Gray wrote in The Detroit Free Press.
He told National Review that he takes being called crazy as a compliment, so “it didn’t really bother me when people were saying, ‘That guy’s kooky because he has reindeer.’ No, they’re kooky because they don’t have ’em.”
Bentivolio also had a small role “in a low-budget independent film that seemed to suggest that 9/11 was an inside job,” the magazine said…
I like how he brought in PhDs in history who explained to him that, no, you couldn’t just impeach the President because you imagine him to be evil, but that you had to have actual “evidence”. I would have thought that would have been self-evident…
Good work, men and women of Michigan’s 11th congressional district. You had an opportunity to put Syed Taj, an intelligent, successful Canton doctor, in office, and instead you chose a Tea Party lunatic of the highest order.
I knew this day was inevitable… and that someday everyone in the country would come to know the name Kerry Bentivolio… but it doesn’t make it any easier to accept the fact that we’re now the laughingstock of the nation.