There are a few divisive topics in modern politics. The most important thing that modern politicians face, however, is nothing you saw during this year's elections. This complex topic, one of grave importance with the most dire consequences, is barbecue.
You probably know what barbecue is, but have you met Louie Gohmert? If you live in Texas, you already know Congressman Gohmert. What you may not have known, however, is that this congressman loves one thing as much as (if not more than) lawmaking: ribs. As you'll see, Congressman Gohmert definitely knows what barbecue is.
Seven-odd years ago, rib-related tragedy struck. The Architect of the Capitol, the anti-pitmaster, if you will, banned Gohmert from cooking ribs on his balcony. The Architect, "who works for the House and Senate, had decided that we all work for him and started making demands. One of which was ... I could not cook ribs and share them with other members of Congress," says the Texas congressman.
Here's Congressman Gohmert discussing the situation, his recent victory, and his purportedly phenomenal ribs:
Gohmert loved making ribs for his colleagues, and rumor has it he was pretty darn good at cooking, too. After seven years of rib-free agony, some of Congressman Gohmert's fellow republicans were able to help get the ban lifted.
Says Gohmert, "I have enough of my late mother in me that I enjoy cooking and enjoy people enjoying what I cook. It's probably the only time here on Capitol Hill when I actually leave a good taste in peoples' mouths instead of a bitter taste."