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Steve King: Socrates and Plato have my back

When we last checked in on GOP Rep. Steve King, he was valiantly making the case that Obama has a "default mechanism" that leads him to favor the "black person." This, naturally, resulted in a bit of criticism.

Now King has rolled out a new response to critics in an interview with Laura Ingraham. It's very hard to know what to make of it.

King contends that Socrates and Plato would have scoffed at his critics, which is bizarre enough on its own. Weirder, though, is that King insists his critics have distorted his remarks -- literally seconds after reaffirming that this is in fact exactly what he believes about Obama!

Let's roll the tape. King says he was taken out of context:

KING: Media Matters put a period in the middle of my sentence and struck everything else that I said, and wrote a story of what they wished I would have said. And a lot of liberal blogs and news people across the country picked that up because it's what they wanted to hear.

And I would say the professional hyperventilators from the left went to work. And of all the media that's come out on that, not even a leftist liberal has made an argument against what I said. They just use it as an excuse to call names...I think Socrates and Plato would have laughed themselves silly thinking these people are leading the thought in America.

Yet just seconds earlier, King reaffirmed exactly the claim critics are accusing him of:

INGRAHAM: Do you have any regrets about your comments that you made on Gordon Liddy's show about the president caring more about black people than other people, are you stepping back from those comments at all?

KING: Not at all, Laura.

How do you argue with this kind of, er, reasoning? I venture that it would have even confounded the Socratic method.

By Greg Sargent  |  June 21, 2010; 4:21 PM ET
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Please keep this fool talking becuz heWANTS to keep talking. All Dems have to do is publicize which members of congress and tea party groups are still standing with him. Everything else will take care of itself. Definitely every so called tea party candidate should be asked if they agree with him.

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | June 21, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Senate, Alexi Giannouilas and Mark Kirk, gave their views on planning and environmental issues to a Metropolitan Planning Council lunch on Monday.

But the news was what happened afterwards: Mr. Kirk literally ran out the hotel door, rather than answer questions about a host of recent reports that he repeatedly has exaggerated his experience and credentials.

Kirk joins Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, and Sarah Palin as Republicans who are simply too afraid (and/or too embarrassed) to talk to professional news outlets. It's really not a healthy development.

Why won't Steve King join this group?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 21, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Does King ever say anything that doesn't come across as bewilderingly weird? To me his public statements usually seem just a few steps shy of marking him as a candidate for institutionalization.

Posted by: akaoddjob | June 21, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) defended Joe Barton's comments on the $20 billion BP Gulf spill fund today, saying he thinks Barton was "spot-on" when he called it "a shakedown."

Posted by: cmccauley60 | June 21, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

When I want to know what America should do next, I simply reach for my Collected Works of Plato. There the Greek philosopher lays out clearly what a military and technological power should do to protect its interests and its moral rectitude in the 21st century.

I do try to forget the suicide, the naked wrestling, the man-on-boy love.

It's all a matter of historical context, really.

Posted by: BGinCHI | June 21, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Socrates and Plato?

What is that crap? Is Steve King French, by any chance?

I think Socrates and Plato would most likely be horrified to learn that Steve King is an elected official. Resounding proof that maybe democracy is a bad idea.

Posted by: CTVoter | June 21, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I think Socrates and Plato would probably be more puzzled trying to figure out what the hell this America thing is he's talking about.

Posted by: ken1975 | June 21, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I think Socrates and Plato would also be mortified to hear their names as justification for his rambling, incoherent statements.

Posted by: lmsinca | June 21, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

This is pretty darn close to a Greek tragi-comedy:

Florida Fakers? GOP Cries Foul Over 20 Tea Party Candidates

Fearing that even marginal voter preferences for tea party candidates could spell doom in November, Republicans now claim that the dozen or more Florida Tea Party candidates running for statehouse seats are part of some Sunshine State shenanigans.

In the meantime, however, the tea partiers want the U.S. attorney to investigate claims that tea party candidates are being intimidated and threatened. The Democrats, meanwhile, swear they have nothing to do with the Tea Party candidates, even though at least 3 of them were once registered to vote as members of the Democratic Party.

It's an old-fashioned whodunit, fueled, in part, by the mysterious candidacy of Democratic Senate nominee Alvin Greene in South Carolina and the Tea Party of Nevada candidate who tea party activists there say is a faker.

Republicans questioned the legitimacy of Fred O'Neal's Florida Tea Party for months, with tea party activists filing a lawsuit suggesting that, as a former Democrat himself, O'Neal is only fronting candidates as spoilers for the GOP. O'Neal himself filed to try to protect the Tea Party name with a copyright claim. Now the GOP says it's "suspicious" and charges the candidates are "phony."


Posted by: suekzoo1 | June 21, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Translation: Rep. King has a "default mechanism" that causes him to favor people of his own white race.

Posted by: Maezeppa | June 21, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

If there were a liberal equivalent of Fox News, the headline would be: "Republican Steve King Heavily Influenced by Greek Homosexuals."

Posted by: nodebris | June 21, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

King may be right about Plato. He was pretty good at making stuff up when he didn't know the answer.

Socrates, OTOH, would have smelled that turd pile a mile away and run the other way right quick.

Posted by: jzap | June 21, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

"Even a leftist liberal"??? Didn't Mr. King just admit that many liberals are center-of-the-road, or right of center? How else would there be "leftist" liberals?

Posted by: Common_Sense_Not_Common | June 21, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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