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Casting Aspersions On Asparagus — Or, What Did Louie Gohmert Say Now?

May 16, 2013

Did you say something about my asparagus, son?In a certain sense, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R – KookyTown) is my very favorite congresscritter. After all, he provides nearly endless entertainment. Of course, Louie actually takes himself and his job very seriously — which is why he took to questioning Attorney General Eric Holder yesterday like a pig to mud.

But the most unusual exchange came when Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) questioned Holder over the FBI’s investigation into Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Gohmert accused Holder and the Department of Justice of unfair targeting of Christian groups while failing to thoroughly investigate Tsarnaev, and said the FBI “blew it” by not following up after Tsarnaev had become “radicalized.”
“Because of political correctness, there was not a thorough enough investigation of Tamerlan to determine this kid had been radicalized,” Gohmert said, raising his voice at Holder.

Rep. Gohmert had his five minutes to question Holder, and there were definitely some fireworks. It was when his time runs out, though, that things really got nasty. As you can imagine, Louie didn’t take too kindly to these words from the Attorney General:  “You don’t have access to the FBI files,” Holder said. “You don’t know what the FBI did. You don’t know what the FBI’s interaction was with the Russians. You don’t know what questions were put to the Russians, whether those questions were responded to. You simply do not know that. … I know what the FBI did. You cannot know what I know.”

Well now see, that just sounds an awful lot like questioning Mr. Gohmert’s credibility. Or, as Louie indignantly declares, in what Huffpo’s Luke Johnson calls “a malapropism for the ages”:

“The attorney general will not cast aspersions on my asparagus.”

You probably should watch it for yourself. The following video is the entire exchange. Asparagus enters into it at about 8:57. Enjoy:

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 18, 2013 5:07 pm

    Does anybody have the first damned clue what the hell he meant to say?

    • May 18, 2013 8:09 pm

      My theory:
      It is actually an old, if bad, joke to use the wrong word & say “casting asparagus on…” rather than “casting aspersions…”
      I postulate that Louie has heard both the correct term and the joke (not realizing it as a joke) and somehow got it all mixed up in his head, thinking, for some reason, that “casting aspersions on my asparagus” is an actual, widely used phrase.

  2. E.A. Blair permalink
    May 17, 2013 4:40 pm

    I cannot bear the thought of listening to Louis Gohmert for eight minutes and fifty-seven seconds.

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