It is indicative of conservative hatred of Hollywood and of Republican myopia in general, that you find on FoxNews.com a list of the “dumbest celeb quotes of 2012” but no corresponding list of the dumbest Republican quotes of 2012. You can be sure the latter outshine the former.
Sure, Paris Hilton offended many when she said “Gay guys are…disgusting. Dude, most of them probably have AIDS” but I can match that with any Republican comment on rape. And yeah, Justin Bieber didn’t show a lot of brights when he said, referring to the Sistine Chapel, ”I’m not going for the Sixteenth Chapel.” but how bright is Mitt Romney when the best thing he can find to say about Michigan is, “This feels good, being back in Michigan. You know, the trees are the right height”?
What makes such a list problematic is the sheer abundance of stupid things Republicans said during the course of 2012. From the local, state, and federal levels, there are literally scads of outrageously stupid comments to choose from. I mean, look, we’re talking about a party that produces people like Ann Coulter (“We just want Jews to be perfected, as they say”) and Michele Bachmann (“Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas”).
It was not easy to pare down to ten a list from literally hundreds of candidates, but out of patriotism and love of country I have decided to make such a list rather than, like Newt Gingrich (talk about dumbest quotes), drop my pants to as many women as I can:
“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them.” (March, 2011).