What in the world has happened to Rep. Steve Stockman?
The Texas Republican and HOH favorite has delighted previously, whether it's because he brought rock star/gun activist/hunter/crazy man Ted Nugent to the 2013 State of the Union; equating support for the Affordable Care Act to infanticide or schmoozing with the Missouri State Fair's Obama Rodeo Clown, Stockman's shoot-from-the-hip antics have always produced pretty good copy.
Until Oct. 8.
The previous day, Stockman announced he would be letting the world know whom he was inviting to be his guest for the 2014 State of the Union. Imaginations went into overdrive. How could he top Nugent? Who else in the conservative show biz pantheon could match the Motor City Madman?
The answer: He didn't even try, opting for a dull political statement by inviting Chad Henderson, whom the administration touted as an Obamacare enrollee when the health insurance exchanges opened but hadn't actually signed up. "He pushed ObamaCare on other people but refused to buy it himself because he would pay more," Stockman said in a release. "I hope Chad will join me at the State of the Union Address so Obama can point to someone who personifies his policies," he continued.
We expected more. Rep. Stockman, please don't start giving stock talking points.