Tea Partyer Louie Gohmert reads an "SNL" skit on the House floor, for some reason

The Tea Party favorite has neither forgotten nor forgiven "Saturday Night Live" for mocking Sarah Palin

By Elias Isquith
March 20, 2014 7:00PM (UTC)
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Louie Gohmert (AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

It's often hard to understand what Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert is saying, much less why he's saying it. But the Tea Party darling and former judge (scary, right?) was even more bizarre, inscrutable and entertaining than usual on Wednesday when he decided to use some of his time on the House floor to read a "Saturday Night Live" script from a bit that aired more than five years ago.

After a long pre-ramble — a word we just made up to describe a preamble that doesn't go anywhere and in retrospect seems unnecessary — which was mainly about how former GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin predicted Russian President Vladimir Putin's incursion into Ukraine, a claim Palin has made a few times herself, Gohmert eventually got to the point. And the point was, basically, to deliver the least-funny rendition of an "SNL" skit imaginable.

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If you like the idea of watching an angry, reactionary, middle-aged Southern white guy pretend to be Tina Fey pretending to be Sarah Palin, then check out the clip below from MSNBC (Gohmert starts talking about the skit around the 3:50 mark):


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Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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