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Looking Back at 2012: Republicans and conservatives in their own words

Remember these quotes? Take a stroll down Memory Lane:

“What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.”

— Excerpt from a vile and disgusting Rush Limbaugh rant on February 29th.

Look, I believe that, uh – and I’ve said this before, and everybody either gives a sigh of relief or a cynical laugh – there is no chance that Obama will get reelected… Zilch, none, zip, nada.”

— Fox Noise talking head Dick Morris, speaking to Sean Hannity as a guest on February 27th, 2012. Moments later, Morris also wrongly predicted “We’re also going to win ten seats in the Senate.”

There are forty-seven percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are forty-seven percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.”

— Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, speaking at a May 17th reception for wealthy donors at the home of private equity mogul Mark Leder.

I don’t think we’re promoting Mitt Romney on this network.”

— Fox Noise Channel’s Bill O’Reilly, still living in denial (August 7th).

On my website there’s literally — it demolishes the idea of a hockey stick, new peer-reviewed study, so the idea that Bill Nye is just going around saying CO2 is up, therefore global warming is dangerous, we should be concerned, it’s not. It’s not dangerous.”

— Climate crisis denier Marc Morano, claiming that global warming is a hoax and dismissing the possibility that serious consequences will result from humanity failing to curb emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere (December 5th).

Is this just math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?

— Fox Noise Channel host Megyn Kelly, questioning Karl Rove on-air on November 6th after he predicted that Mitt Romney could still win Ohio.

You know, I know they go out and… incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare. But, uh… the rape thing, you know… I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption, and she doesn’t regret it.  In fact, she’s a… she’s a big pro-life proponent. But on the rape thing, it’s like… how does, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s not… that’s a consequence of this crime… how does that make it better? You know what I mean?

— Republican John Koster, at an October 28th event with Tom Price of Georgia.

You’re just trying to gain a political advantage, sorry. Why don’t you go get a job?

— Defeated Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna, dismissing Democratic campaign volunteer Kendra Obom, who was trying to ascertain his views on reproductive rights (April 24th).

I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Richard Mourdouck, the unsuccessful Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Indiana, during an October 23rd debate with Democratic opponent Joe Donnelly. Mourdouck, a darling of the Tea Party, was solidly defeated two weeks later.

If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways of shutting that whole thing down.”

Todd Akin, the the unsuccessful Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri, in a television interview on August 19th.

Take your message of equality of achievement, take your message of economic dependency, and take your message of enslaving the entrepreneurial will and spirit of the American people somewhere else. You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it to the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”

— Ousted Republican Representative Allen West of Florida, deriding progressives at a January Lincoln Day Dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida. West was defeated for reelection by Democrat Patrick Murphy in November.

 “Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.

— Media mogul and Fox Noise Channel owner Rupert Murdoch, praising Mitt Romney’s choice of running mate on Twitter (August 12th).

This election is a total sham and travesty. We are not a democracy!

— A disappointed Donald Trump, whining bitterly after his man Mitt Romney lost to Barack Obama on November 6th.

I am lighting candles, sacrificing sheep, whatever it takes. I’m begging, talking to God every day that it be Darcy Burner because she is the Dennis Kucinich of Washington State. If Darcy is the nominee, we will get sixty percent of the vote, easy.”

— Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur, fantasizing about a Darcy Burner/John Koster matchup in the 1st Congressional District prior to the August winnowing election on July 25th. Koster ultimately faced Suzan DelBene instead of Darcy Burner, and lost to DelBene twice – in the old 1st Congressional District represented by Jay Inslee, and the new 1st Congressional District drawn by Tim Ceis, Slade Gorton, Tom Huff, and Dean Foster.

My campaign for U.S. Senate is picking up speed as I’ve crisscrossed the state from the Tri-Cities to Bellingham. Everywhere I go I hear the same rallying cry: Cantwell Can’t!.

— Republican State Senator Michael Baumgartner, attacking Maria Cantwell in a March 25th email to supporters. In November, however, Cantwell crushed Baumgartner, taking more than sixty percent of the vote statewide and even showing that she could win outside of Western Washington.

I don’t know whether Barack Obama was born in the United States of America. I don’t know that. But I do know this, that in his heart, he’s not an American. He’s just not an American.”

— Republican Mike Coffman, at a fundraiser for his campaign on May 12th. Coffman subsequently claimed he “misspoke”, but did not renounce his comments.

I think we can all look to my beloved birth city of Detroit as example of what liberal policies will do to greatness. Detroit is a canker sore compared to this glowing city on the Detroit River that I was raised in and it’s direct result of the Mayor Coleman Young and the Jennifer Granholms of the world and the tragedy of pimps and whores and welfare brats being blood suckers and destroying the greatest city in the world.”

— Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent, who serves on the board of the National Rifle Association, mindlessly blaming Democratic leaders for poverty and crime in Michigan’s largest city (March 30th).

I highly approve of Romney’s decision to be kind and gentle to the retard.

— Tweet from Ann Coulter, October 22nd.

Media Matters has not compiled a Most Outrageous Statements of 2012, but they do have a nice recap of Fox’s gas price fibs that we recommend reading.