A few weeks ago, Jon Stewart noted that no matter how tough or depressing the news can be sometimes, “South Carolina is always there for us” to provide some comic relief. Well, that’s how we feel about Rep. Sue Myrick. Oil continues to gush into the Gulf, the Supreme Court nixes handgun bans in the world’s most violent advanced country, and school and library budgets are shredded nationwide, but "Wild Sue" comes through every time.
Myrick recently positioned herself in the vanguard of Muslimophobic Paranoiacs by claiming that Muslim interns in Congress were part of a terrorist cell or some such hogwash, and writing an introduction to an equally paranoid-without-basis book on, yes, Muslim terrorists infiltrating D.C. Now, Myrick has topped off her career of crazy. Sue is asking Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano to convene a task force — and make it snappy — to look into the possible presence of Hezbollah terrorists operating with Mexican drug cartels on the U.S.-Mexico border ... OK, have you finished laughing yet? Sue’s evidence? Well, you see, she has a couple of photos of captured MS-13 gang members, and they have these tattoos, and one of them reads "Hezbollah," and the other one is “MS-13,” written in Farsi. Myrick says, “Farsi implies a Persian influence that can likely be traced back to Iran and its proxy army, Hezbollah." Yeah, and I know a woman with her name tattooed on her butt in Russian, so she's probably a spy for Putin, right?
Sue got her neat tattoo photos because of her relatively new position on the House Intelligence Committee, a position that, she says, has made her privy to top-secret intelligence reports that, well simply scare her to death and make her want to yell, "Wake up, America!" That's great, Sue, but, as we’ve said here before, there's one more glaring fact that stands out: Other, more senior members of the Intelligence Committee have seen the same documents and reports you see, but you don't see them getting all bug-eyed and trying to scare the bejesus out of the public.
Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler spoke about Myrick’s request yesterday, saying, "At this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border." But, of course, Sue does have information, at least in her perpetually fearful mind — those tattoos are evil! — and that’s what matters to Sue. In fact, being scared of something — anything — has long been one of her hobbies. Throughout her political career, Myrick has seemed to almost need to be riled up or panicky about something.
I am not saying that Myrick is insincere — just the opposite, which is actually scarier. Myrick has always been what philosopher Eric Hoffer called a "true believer." She truly believes all the wacked-out stuff she comes out with. She always has. If the goal of terrorism is to make us walk around in fear all the time, then we know of one congresswoman who gave terrorism its victory some time ago. And to my mind, that's one of the best reasons to get her out of Congress.