The degree of insanity on public display by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) never ceases to amaze and delight. It's really become a capivating spectator sport to observe -- that is, until we recall the sobering reality that this crackpot/trainwreck gets a vote in the U.S. Congress.
Whether he's wasting taxpayer money by spending his day trolling on Twitter, or referring to the second most conservative member of the Senate as a "liberal," or giving away the Sandy Hook weapon in an online contest, Stockman is about as nuts as they come, even by House of Representatives standards. And he's always been this way. You might recall how he was caught trying to smuggle Valium inside his underpants -- while turning himself over for a weekend jail sentence -- in the late 1970s.
A few weeks ago, after Stockman denied up and down that the event had ever happened, the Texas Tribune dug up Stockman's arrest record and creepy mug shot.
And now, Stockman has threatened to file charges against anyone who publishes the mug shot. TPM reports:
The Texas conservative's underdog Senate campaign on Monday published a defiant statement, claiming that Stockman has "grounds to file criminal complaints" against any person or media organization that published his 1977 arrest record and mugshot.
"A Michigan official has removed documents from a state website that erroneously claimed U.S. Congressman Steve Stockman had been convicted of a crime in the 1970s," Stockman spokesperson Donny Ferguson wrote on the campaign's website. "Michigan's 43rd Judicial District Clerk stated Stockman was never convicted of any charge and the documents were supposed to have been destroyed in 1978. Another Michigan official has advised Stockman he has grounds to file criminal complaints against any person or media organization that published the documents."
Dozens of media organizations, including The Daily Banter, have already posted the arrest record and the mug shot. So I suppose Stockman will come after us for doing so. Either way, I love the idea of first denying it ever happened and threatening a libel suit against a super PAC, then, after the arrest record is revealed along with Stockman's own quotes from the 1990s, he claims that the arrest record should've been destroyed and no one should publish it -- or else.
For good measure, here it is again.
I'm really beginning to wonder whether Stockman is some sort of meta-joke. Like any minute he's going to rip the make-up off to reveal that Andy Kaufman is still alive.
And thus we have trolled the troll.