Politics, Foreign Policy, Current Events and Occasional Outbursts Lacking Couth

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Dumbass Comments From 2007

Gleaned from two sources brought to my attention from two excellent blogs, Politics and Soccer and Whited Sepulchre, some highlights:

"Nor do I think that high-profile diplomacy is an appropriate response. We should be responding quietly, killing radical mullahs and iranian (sic) atomic scientists" --

Law Professor Glenn "Instapundit" Reynolds, advocating that the U.S. Government begin murdering Iranian scientists instead of attempting diplomacy.

He has "chiseled-out-of-granite features, a full, dark head of hair going a distinguished gray at the temples, and a barrel chest . . . . and has shoulders you could land a 737 on" -- Roger Simon, The Politico's chief political columnist, enthusiastically admiring numerous parts of Mitt Romney's body.

"Does he have sex appeal? . . . Can you smell the English leather on this guy, the Aqua Velva, the sort of mature man's shaving cream, or whatever, you know, after he shaved? Do you smell that sort of, a little bit of cigar smoke?" --

Chris Matthews, fantasizing about the pleasing, manly body smells of Fred Thompson.
(Via Glenn Greenwald)

"(I have) a wide stance when going to the bathroom." -- Republican Senator Larry Craig tries to explain away his attempt to pick-up an under cover police officer in an airport bathroom

"I'd say something about John Edwards, but if you use the word 'f*ggot', you have to go to rehab." -- Ann Coulter

"(News of killings is) not good for us, but it also keeps the New Orleans brand out there, and it keeps people thinking about our needs and what we need to bring this community back." -- Democratic Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, explains the upside of murders in his city

"In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country." -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

"Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda — worse for our society. It’s as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was." -- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann

"Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared." -- Ted Rall

(Via Rightwing News)

And a couple of the more humorous political quotes of 2007:

"This morning I was with the vice president. I was asking him what costume he was planning. And he said 'I'm already wearing it.' Then he mumbled something about 'the dark side of the Force." –George W. Bush, on Halloween

"I hate these white-tie getups. There's just no room for my shoulder holster." --Dick Cheney, at the 2007 Gridiron dinner

And some Bushisms from 2007:

"And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it." --interview on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured." --on the No Child Left Behind Act, Washington, D.C., Sept. 26, 2007


Adrian said...

Thanks for the link! And I'm counting coup, as you linked to Glenn Greenwald's blog.

Also I heard somewhere that Ahmedinejad's quotation may have been a result of a mistranslation, and that he meant to say that Iran didn't have a homosexual culture - that Iranian state TV doesn't broadcast Queer Eye for the Straight Guy or something. Have you heard anything like that?

Jay@Soob said...

Hah! Nice try!

I haven't heard that bit about a more descriptive translation of Ahm's nonsense. It bears looking into as the comedy he "apparently" talked is much different from the possible real translation you're talking about. To that degree I'd suspect he was talking straight. I'll have to look around a bit for more on that.