August 24, 2013 4:53 AM

Memo to Republicans: You don't get to impeach the President merely because you hate him

We here at The Rachel Maddow Show have been fascinated by Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) for a while, because even in a Congress filled with colorful characters, the Michigan Republicans stands out as … unique.

As Rachel noted a couple of weeks ago, Bentivolio was elected to Congress last year in a bit of a fluke — the GOP incumbent in a deep-red district resigned just four months before Election Day, leaving Bentivolio, a wacky perennial candidate, as the only Republican running. Bentivolio’s day job is working as a professional Santa Claus re-enactor and reindeer herder. He also played a doctor in a 9/11 truther movie, and took shirtless photos of himself kissing a reindeer.

Now Kerry Bentivolio is an actual member of Congress, hosting town-hall meetings like this one earlier this week. As Andrew Kaczynski noted, Bentivolio told his constituents on Monday that he wants to write and submit articles of impeachment against President Obama, which the congressman would consider “a dream come true.”

He added that after standing near the president for a speech, “I went back to my office and I’ve had lawyers come in. These are lawyers, Ph.Ds in history, and I said, ‘Tell me how I can impeach the President of the United States.’”

Bentivolio conceded that he’d have to find some “evidence” to avoid becoming “a laughing stock.”

We certainly wouldn’t want that to happen.

Of course, the point here isn’t just to marvel at a strange congressman saying ridiculous things; rather, the point is that Bentivolio, as nutty as he is, isn’t nearly as isolated on the fringe as he probably should be.

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