Rep. Tiahrt Calls For Napolitano's Head, Outrageously Attacks President Obama

January 08, 2010 10:26 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Congressional Republicans have responded to the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack -- predictably -- by attempting to spin it for political gain.  Along with members of the conservative media, GOP lawmakers have lied about President Obama's rhetoric and response to the near-tragedy, and several of them are demanding that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano resign or be fired.   

Napolitano has received statements of support from former DHS Secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff, both of whom served in the Bush administration, but that hasn't stopped the attacks from right-wing politicians.  Yesterday, Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS) -- who is running for the Senate -- joined the calls for Napolitano's head:  

"The Obama administration's homeland security system failed miserably," said Tiahrt. "Were it not for an act of God, hundreds of lives would have been lost and our nation paralyzed. The time has come for Secretary Napolitano to immediately resign her position at the Department of Homeland Security. [...]

"There should be no tolerance for her lack of leadership."

Tiahrt also unleashed one of the most vile attacks against Obama yet:

"This may be a wake up call for the Obama administration but the wake up call for the rest of America was September 11, 2001. It is unacceptable that our president needed additional evidence to take the global war on terror seriously."

If Tiahrt has any actual policy ideas for preventing similar incidents in the future, he should share them.  But outrageous, unsubstantiated charges like this aren't exactly proof that he's "serious" about addressing the problem. 

Tiahrt is locked in a heated primary campaign against fellow Kansas Rep. Jerry Moran, so his over-the-top comments are likely another desperate plea for attention.  At a town hall meeting in September, Tiahrt told a health care lie so absurd that he was laughed at by his constituents.  Tiahrt previously speculated on the House floor about the hypothetical abortion of Obama.

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