One of the cool things about being in the House of Representatives (or, better yet, your state legislature) is that you can pretty much say whatever crazy shit comes into your mouth pretty much without any consequences. Why? Because you really don't have any power. Your true importance doesn't extend beyond the confines of your own mind.
That's why a guy like Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) can advocate the use of nuclear weapons against Syria a full two years ago and not even make the national press for doing so. Now, the fact that an entire church full of Methodists applauded him for doing so is a little scary, but even so. I wouldn't have been all that surprised if my fellow Southern Baptists had done so... Everyone knows what huge assholes we are... But Methodys?