Matt HealeyTuesday,1 January 2013

The Snap:

I am watching Game Change, the Woody Harleson movie about Tina Fey. Or maybe it is about Sarah Palin. It is probably about Palin. Regardless, the movie got me thinking about dumb candidates and politicians. Topping the list has to be Palin but she is quickly followed by Dan Quayle, Rod Blagovich and Eliot Spitzer.

The Download:

Let’s take these one at a time.

Palin. I have her topping the list for so many reasons. Let’s see if we can review some of them. Russia: “As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.” Newspapers: “All of ’em, any of ’em that have been in front of me over all these years.” Supreme court rulings: “Well, let’s see. There’s ― of course in the great history of America there have been rulings that there’s never going to be absolute consensus by every American, and there are those issues, again, like Roe v. Wade, where I believe are best held on a state level and addressed there. So, you know, going through the history of America, there would be others but ―.” And finally there were “Refudiate” and “Misunderestimate.”

Quayle. Another GOP VP pick. And another idiot. Let’s see if we can review some of his greatest hits. We have to start with spelling “Add one little bit on the end… Think of ‘potato’, how’s it spelled? You’re right phonetically, but what else…? There ya’ go… all right!” Then we have, on being VP: “One word sums up probably the responsibility of any Vice President, and that one word is ‘to be prepared.'” We can then move onto geography: “We have a firm commitment to NATO, we are a part of NATO. We have a firm commitment to Europe. We are a part of Europe.” Finally we get to his inability to describe the qualifications he had to be VP, which led to one of the most stinging rebukes in a VP debate by Lloyd Bentsen: “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy

Blagojevich. His idiocy revolves more around his stunning ability to think he could sell a U.S. Senate seat and not get caught. I understand that the bar for corruption in Chicago is set pretty low, but selling a Senate seat? He didn’t think that he might get caught? If you are the governor of a legendarily corrupt state and a senate seat come up for appointment in one of the most politically polarized environments ever, you would think that someone would be watching and scrutinizing the choice. So maybe you should play it straight.

Spitzer. OK, so he visited a prostitute. Lots of guys do that. After all there is a reason that it’s the worlds oldest profession. I am including him here because he chose to go to a hooker and did not want to use a condom. This led to a Seth quote during a “Really !?! With Seth and Amy” skit: “Really governor, you wanted to have sex with a prostitute and you didn’t want to use a condom, that would have been fine if you were client number 1, but you were client number 9″

Feel free to add your nominations, but my bottle of white wine is finished.

Hat Tips:

PalinQuayleQuayle Jack KennedyBlagojevichSpitzer and condomsReally with Seth and Amy, Image Credit: Flickr

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