The Top Ten Idiot Statements of 2007
Most years see a plenty of dumb statements made by public figures. However, 2007 seemed to have a great profusion of these comments than usual. Here are my top ten dumb statements of 2007.
10. Harry Reid slams Rush Limbaugh for his "phony soldiers" comment.
I'm not sure that it is ever wise to publicly criticize anyone with an audience of twenty million, but if you do, it is smart to at least get the facts straight. Rush ended up auctioning off Harry Reid's letter to Clear Channel's CEO for 2.1 million, the largest amount ever auctioned off for charity vie eBay. He made Reid look like an idiot-not that that is hard to do.
9. Trent Lott says "talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem."
Anyone who spouts as many inanities as Trent Lott probably shouldn't criticize one of the few media outlets where he can get some support. Unfortunately for Lott, he never got to deal with the "problem", as he is resigning from the Senate in order to become a lobbyist, where thankfully he will not be able to do as much damage.
8. Ed Rollins (Mike Huckabee's campaign manager) blasts Rush
As noted above, it is unwise to criticize someone with a twenty million strong audience. Especially if his support is key in order to win the nomination. Especially if such comments provoke Rush to spend most of the first hour of his program bashing Huck.
7. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims there are no homosexuals in Iran.
Of course not. He kills them all.
6. Kentucky Fried Hillary.
"Ah don't feel no ways tarred. Ah cum to fah frum where started frum...A could have listened all day luung". When Hillary Clinton tries to pander to southern votes by employing a soutern drawl, it's not pretty.
5. Hillary on immigration.
So what Governor Spitzer is trying to do is to fill the vacuum. I believe
we need to get back to comprehensive immigration reform because no state, no
matter how well intentioned, can fill this gap. There needs to be federal action
on immigration reform...Clinton: Well, what Governor Spitzer has agreed to do is
to have three different licenses, one that provides identification for actually
going onto airplanes and other kinds of security issues, another which is
another ordinary driver's license, and then a special card that identifies the
people who would be on the road, so... You know, Tim, this is where everybody
plays "gotcha." It makes a lot of sense. What is the governor supposed to do? He
is dealing with a serious problems. We have failed. And George Bush has failed.
Do I think this is the best thing for any governor to do? No. But do I understand the sense of real desperation, trying to get a handle on this? Remember, in New York, we want to know who's in New York. We want people to come out of the shadows. He's making an honest effort to do it. We should have passed immigration reform.
It's pretty much anyone's guess what Hillary is trying to say here (I edited it for length, the full transcript-which doesn't help much- is here). This answer wasn't so bad in itself-in the next debate, Barack Obama got the same question, and delivered much the same answer. What hurt Hillary was her lame attempt spin her answer by accusing Tim Russert of bias. Most people recognized that it isn't biased to ask a simple question, and to except a straight answer.
4. George Bush on the amnesty bill-"I'm see you at the bill signing."
When the whole country is furious at your amnesty proposal, employing a cocky attitude isn't wise. At that point, George Bush seemed intent on seeing how low his approval ratings could go, which may explain his arrogant demeanour.
3. Trent Lott on a border fence.
If the answer is ‘build a fence’ I’ve got two goats on my place in Mississippi. There
ain’t no fence big enough, high enough, strong enough, that you can keep those
goats in that fence.” “Now people are at least as smart as goats,” Lott
continued. “Maybe not as agile. Build a fence. We should have a virtual fence.
Now one of the ways I keep those goats in the fence is I electrified them. Once
they got popped a couple of times they quit trying to jump it.”
“I’m not proposing an electrified goat fence,” Lott added quickly, “I’m just trying,
there’s an analogy there.”
This must be the most confused analogy ever. To begin with, don't at least some fences work with goats? They kept goats before electricity was discovered, and they must have contained them somehow. And what's the connection between a virtual fence and an electric one?
It is hard to paint amnesty opponents as xenophobic rednecks when one of the foremost proponents of amnesty suggests that illegals are "at least" as smart as goats. You think? And Trent, since we are at least as smart as goats, I'm pretty sure most people realized that was an analogy. I don't know how the Senate will get along without Lott.
2. "Don't tase me, bro. Don't tase me."
I don't think the "bro" part helped. Andrew Meyer deserved to get tasered. Apart from the fact that he was using his big chance to talk to a Senator in order to spout stupid conspiracy theories, he also exceeded his allotted time, cut the people waiting in line, and was resisting arrest. The idiot deserved it. If you disagree, watch the part where the audience applauds when security starts to escort Meyer away.
1. "The war is lost"- Harry Reid.
Not quite, Harry. Of course, it's not for want of trying on your part.