10 dumbest things Republicans said last month
So last month, I decided to keep track of the most controversial comments — some inflammatory, some just plain crazy — made by Republican politicians.
Here's the round-up for February:
1. "When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That's a big thing. That's a big surgery. You don't have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that."
—Alabama state Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin (R), defending her sweeping anti-abortion bill.f
Z: A FETUS IS NOT AN ORGAN. DOES ANYBODY REALLY THINK MC CLURKIN THINKS IT IS OR WAS HER POINT ABOUT A CHILD BEING ABORTED ABOUT THE SIZE OF A LARGER ORGAN? THE POINT WAS OBVIOUSLY ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ABORTIONS, NOT A MEDICAL LECTURE.
2. "They are going to cull the herd, so that instead of having billions, we'll only have hundreds of millions of human beings on the face of the planet."
—Alan Keyes, warning what's behind President Obama's gun control proposal.
Z; THE VIDEO BEHIND THIS SHOWS HE MADE PERFECT SENSE. IT IS INSANE TO GIVE UP GUNS JUST WHEN AMERICA'S FACED WITH REALLY ROUGH TIMES.
3. "Some people could make the argument that a lot of people like being in abusive relationships. It's a love-hate relationship. It's very, very common for people to stick around with somebody they love who also abuses him or her."
—New Hampshire state Rep. Mark Warden (R), during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault.
Z; TRUE. WOMEN, PARTICULARLY, STAY IN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS. IT'S A COMMON SITUATION,SADLY.
4. "Slavery and abortion are the two most horrendous things this country has done but when you think about the immorality of wild, lavish spending on our generation and forcing future generations to do without essentials just so we can live lavishly now, it's pretty immoral."
—Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas), equating slavery with the national debt.
Z; YES, IT IS IMMORAL TO BE SPENDING NOW AND GOING INTO DEBT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. FUTURE GENERATIONS ARE FACING TERRIBLE DEPRIVATION BECAUSE OF THE ENORMOUS DEBT WE'RE LEAVING THEM. THE CHILDREN OF SLAVES WILL SUFFER, TOO. BADLY.
5. "Like most men, I'm more opposed to violence against women than even violence against men. Because most men can handle it a little better than a lot of women can."
—Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-Tenn.), speaking on anti-violence legislation.
Z; MORE OF MY MEN FRIENDS HAVE GUNS OR SOME KIND OF MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING THAN MOST WOMEN I KNOW. THIS IS TRUE. NO VIOLENCE IS GOOD BUT HE'S RIGHT.
6. "There's a lot of ill will towards Sen. Hagel because when he was a Republican, he attacked President Bush mercilessly. At one point, he said he was the worst president since Herbert Hoover, said the surge was the worst blunder since the Vietnam War, which is nonsense. He was very 'anti 'his own party, and people don't forget that."
—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), explaining the GOP backlash against Chuck Hagel.
Z; TRUE AGAIN. THE SURGE WORKED.
7. "To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between a man & a woman."
—Illinois state Sen. Kyle McCarter (R), in response to the state Senate approving same-sex marriage in Illinois.
Z; YES, AGAIN. BUT THE WORLD DOESN'T LOOK AT INSULTING LONG-HELD RELIGIOUS BELIEFS AS DISCRIMINATORY.
8. "I'm going to try to be brief because I notice you're on your fourth glass of water, and I don't want to be accused of waterboarding you."
—Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), speaking in the middle of a long, contentious confirmation hearing for John Brennan as CIA director.
Z; THAT WAS HUMOR. NOT BAD AT ALL!
9. "Slow down. Slow down. How about a little foreplay?"
—House Speaker John Boehner, joking that with bipartisan conversations on immigration reform taking place.
Z; AN AWKWARD BUT UNDERSTANDABLE WAY TO ASK 'CAN WE JUST STOP PASSING LAWS WITHOUT GOING SLOWLY AND FIGURING OUT WHAT TRULY IS THE BEST SITUATION?
10. "I was very proud of the fact that I didn't get anything wrong that I said during the course of the debates. I didn't get anything wrong, and that's a huge arena."
—Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), commenting on her performance in the 2012 GOP presidential debates.
Z'; I'M WITH HER ON THIS, TOO. I'M NOT SURE HOW MANY BIZARRE THINGS WE ALL WOULD SAY IN THE COURSE OF THE NERVOUSNESS OF KNOWING THE MEDIA'S GOING TO JUMP ON THE SLIGHTEST THING YOU DO WRONG IN FRONT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE.
OBAMA'S SAID WE HAD 57 STATES...I THINK THAT'S PRETTY 'DUMB'....AND HE'S BEEN IN ALL OF THEM, BY THE WAY. HE'S SAID MORE AND MAYBE YOU COMMENTERS CAN REMIND US............ AND HE LIES. I'LL TAKE MISSPEAK ANY TIME OVER LIES. OH, AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR MEDICAL INSURANCE :-) LIES LIES LIES....WHERE'S MR. GODDARD FOR THOSE?
THE STATEMENTS ABOVE? NOT SO DUMB; AGAIN, MOSTLY OUT OF CONTEXT, MOSTLY SILLY, TIRED MISTAKES ANYBODY'D USE UNDER THE KIND OF PRESSURE POLITICIANS ARE UNDER.
GOOD THING JOE BIDEN NEVER SAYS ANYTHING 'DUMB,' RIGHT, MR. GODDARD? :-)