Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Some of the Dumbest Political Quotes of 2010

''[Obama] wouldn't have been voted president if he weren't black. Somebody asked me over the weekend why does somebody earn a lot of money have a lot of money, because she's black. It was Oprah. No, it can't be. Yes, it is. There's a lot of guilt out there, show we're not racists, we'll make this person wealthy and big and famous and so forth.... If Obama weren't black he'd be a tour guide in Honolulu or he'd be teaching Saul Alinsky constitutional law or lecturing on it in Chicago.''-Rush Limbaugh

'There's a good question today if you are standing on the Gulf, and that is: Where is the oil?''

—FOX News anchor Brit Hume, scoffing at the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, May 16, 2010

''So that's what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don't know that. What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I'm evidence of that. I've been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly.''

—Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, speaking to a group of Hispanic high school students, Oct. 15, 2010

'The ocean will take care of this on its own if it was left alone and left out there. It's natural. It's as natural as the ocean water is.''

—Rush Limbaugh, on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, May 3, 2010

'I had surgery and I can't lift luggage. That's why I hired him.''

—Rev. George Rekers, co-founder of the Family Research Council and one of America's most prominent anti-gay crusaders, after being caught in the Miami airport returning from a ten-day trip to Europe with a hired male prostitute

''I hear comments sometimes that large oil companies are greedy companies or don't care, but that is not the case with BP. We care about the small people.''

—BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg, speaking to reporters in Washington, June 16, 2010

''They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God. This is an affront to God.''

—Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), on Congress voting on the health care bill, interview with Glenn Beck, March 18, 2010

''We needed to have the press be our friend ... We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.''

—Nevada Republican Senate nominee and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle, during an interview with Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron, Aug. 2, 2010

'That's sort of the best thing I ever did.''

—Former Vice President Dick Cheney, on telling Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to ''go f**k'' yourself'', interview with Dennis Miller, April 22, 2010

Former House Republican leader Tom DeLay: ''There is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits, keep people from going and finding job. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don't look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.''
CNN's Candy Crowley: ''People are unemployed because they want to be?''

DeLay: ''Well, it is the truth. And people in the real world know it.''

''African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that's not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa and now you live in America.''

—Glenn Beck, on his radio show, Jan. 7, 2010

''The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.''

—President Obama, Tampa, Fla., Jan. 28, 2010