Rep. Joe Walsh Declares President Of The United States Not "Relevant Anymore"

October 27, 2011 11:34 am ET — Alan Pyke

Appearing alongside Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) on last night's edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) almost made it through the whole interview without the kind of unhinged, bombastic soundbites that have made him famous.

But then, at the very end, Walsh lived up to expectations:

WALSH: I have a problem with this president bypassing the normal legislative process. Now I don't mean to be disrespectful, but I really— I don't believe he's really very relevant anymore. The man is a walking speech and he's a walking one-liner. A month or so ago it was pass this now, or something like this, now it's we can't wait. He's not serious. He's been campaigning for 8 months. Everything he's done in the last three years has destroyed job creation in this country. We've gotta get Washington off of the backs of real job creators.

Now that's the Joe Walsh we've come to know and love. In one short paragraph, he criticizes the president for wanting his policies passed, declares the President of the United States irrelevant to the governing process, then caps it all off with the naked assertion that "everything" President Obama's done has destroyed jobs.

Credit Rep. Kaptur for pointing out that Obama's rescue of the auto industry didn't exactly destroy jobs. But also remember the reason President Obama called for immediate passage of his jobs package: Unlike the GOP's attacks on regulation, it would create a couple million American jobs. Now that congressional Republicans have blockaded that plan and begun to pick out its least ambitious, most conservative components for piecemeal passage, the president's shifting focus to those steps he can take to boost demand through his powers as chief executive.

But a back-bench congressman famous for lobbing nonsensical word-bombs on cable TV rather than legislative achievements wants you to believe President Obama is the irrelevant, unserious one.

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