Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) first came to this column's attention for supporting a "birther" bill put forward by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), which Yoho freely admitted was a "distraction" but supported anyway because the prospect of bringing down the entire government was far too tempting for him to resist.
It should come as no surprise, therefore, that Yoho is supporting the effort to shut down the government in order to defund Obamacare.
It should also come as no surprise that Yoho has chosen to promote this measure with narcissistic acts of self-fellatio, such as comparing the effort to defund Obamacare (and deprive millions of affordable health care) to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
"It only takes one with passion," said Yoho. "Look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King. People with passion that speak up, they'll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that."
Yet it was that kind of passion that led to the creation of the Affordable Care Act in the first place.
King, in fact, was a strong champion of affordable health care. As he said during a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights in 1966: "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane."
The only thing Yoho has in common with King is passion, albeit for opposite causes.
King was motivated by a dream, while Yoho gets his motivation from a long list of enemies.