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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Looking Back At 2010: Republicans and Conservatives In Their Own Words

Remember these quotes? Take a stroll down Memory Lane:

"I never considered myself a maverick."

John McCain, in an interview with Newsweek, bizarrely disavowing the image he'd crafted of himself in years past (April 2010)

"[Tiger Woods] is said to be a Buddhist. I don't think that faith offers the kind of forgiveness and redemption offered by the Christian faith. So my message to Tiger would be, 'Tiger, turn your faith -- turn to the Christian faith, and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world.'"

— Fox Noise host Brit Hume, on his Sunday show (January 3rd, 2010)

"The first thing that has to be done is secure the border ... East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could, we could."

— Alaska "tea party" favorite Joe Miller, on the campaign trail just a few weeks after defeating Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary (October 17th, 2010)

"I have wasted an hour of your time."

Fox Noise host Glenn Beck, apologizing to his viewers after an interview with Representative Eric Massa, who resigned from Congress in the spring

''It may be a blessing in disguise. ... Something happened a long time ago in Haiti, and people might not want to talk about it. Haitians were originally under the heel of the French. You know, Napoleon the third, or whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the devil. They said, we will serve you if you will get us free from the French. True story. And so, the devil said, okay it's a deal. Ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other."

Right wing pastor Pat Robertson, stupidly commenting on the earthquake in Haiti, suggesting the island nation had it coming to them (January 13th, 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, suggesting that efforts to clean up the oil spill triggered by the Deepwater Horizon were a waste of time and money (May 3rd, 2010)

"I'm opposed to giving people money for doing nothing."

Newt Gingrich, in a speech to two hundred plus right wing activists, denouncing the idea of public assistance for the unemployed (December 16th, 2010)

"I'm not a witch. I'm nothing you've heard. I'm you."

— Delaware's Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, Christine O'Donnell, speaking to the camera in a television ad, unintentionally reinforcing voter awareness of odd comments she had made years before (October 6th, 2010)

"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better."

— South Carolina's extremist right wing lieutenant governor Andre Bauer, arguing that the very idea of a social safety net is immoral (Janaury 24th, 2010)

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.”

— "Tea party" darling Sharron Angle, during a conversation with members of Rancho High School’s Hispanic Student Union (October 15, 2010)

The majority of them in my opinion and I think in the opinion of law enforcement is that they are not coming here to work. They are coming here and they’re bringing drugs.

— Arizona governor Jan Brewer, denigrating undocumented immigrants in a Republican primary debate (June 15th, 2010)

"BP was prepared to meet all genuine claims, all viable claims. It said frequently it would pay legitimate claims. Not good enough for the government. They have successfully demonized and now looted BP."

— Fox Business' Stuart Varney, defending BP's behavior in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, which caused the largest oil spill in U.S. history.


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