"Who is going to shoot Obama?"
-- Question asked by an attendee at a town hall event hosted by Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun on Tuesday
What's more alarming than the question itself (as it likely came from one of Oglethorpe County's many redneck dumb-asses) was the answer (which came from a member of the United States Congress).
Broun didn't immediately denounce the remark -- he didn't even say, "Look, regardless of how angry you are you can't ask me something like that; it's unconscionable to even make a joke about the assassination of the President of the United States, especially in the current political climate and given the recent shooting of an elected official who sits about fifty feet away from me in the House."
No, as you might expect, Broun entertained the staggeringly irresponsible comment by responding with a tepid, "I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller -- who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare."
Seriously, Broun's answer shouldn't surprise anyone -- after all he's the spineless asshole who spent the last State of the Union address doing this.
(Update: In addition to TPM now reporting that Broun himself laughed at the question -- as did the rest of the audience at the meeting -- the Secret Service is releasing information about the commenter. It describes him as an "elderly person," with another audience member calling him "some old man." Surprise!)