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10 Worst Political Quotes of 2012

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8. “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”

–Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.

It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when Newt Gingrich was the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

No, really, it’s true! Back in the halcyon days of January, when Newt beat Mitt in South Carolina, setting the stage for a battle royale in Florida. If Newt had won there, it’s very possible he could have ended up the GOP nominee, and lost even worse than Mitt did.

Newt responded to his front-runner status the way Newt always has when his ego is ascendant: by making ridiculously grandiose pronouncements with absolute, terrifying certainty.

So it was that Newt Gingrich proclaimed that if elected, he would build a permanent base on the Moon, because that fits in with a Republican Party that wants smaller government. Or something.

While Newt would have done no better than Mitt, he probably would have done worse, so certainly, Democrats have reasons to lament his loss; who knows what other ludicrous things Newt Gingrich might have said had he made the general election? We might have had a base on Pluto by the time it was done.

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5:28PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Lolz politics.

1:16PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

some of these were just so ignorant it was almost painful

12:10PM PST on Jan 9, 2013

Hey everybody. Just wanted to know why we're all arguing? Believe it or not some of us like to read these comments for an actual response to the argument, but arguments in the comments section make that difficult for us to do. If you disagree with someone, think inside your head "wow. I completely disagree and this person may well be a total idiot." If you agree, send them a star. If that doesn't suffice, tell a family member what you're thinking, or at very most shoot that person a message telling them what you think of them. But the rest of us innocent internet folks do not wish to be caught in your crossfire. We're all adults here (except me, I'm only 18) so please act like it. Please and thank you --Imani

5:42PM PST on Jan 7, 2013

As usual rhetoric, 0 substance, debate your insanity any day Toby.

12:23AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Kevin, David reminds me of a Sheriff we used to have who would dispense justice with his fist. In fact he beat a man to death in the jail and got away with it. To many in my R community that act just saved a trial. Shortly after that it was discovered that a two or three year streak of burglarlies was actually our entire police force who had the same mindset...to take what they wanted... from anyone (except their friends).

Those are the good old days to David... prior to all those socialists that want fair trials and the like. I believe he really thinks we must return to those days, by any means necessary.

10:22PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Yes David, and there was a time where your posts made sense and were worthy of a detailed response. Unfortunately that time appears to have passed.

8:01PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F., I can't help myself; I simply must say this. How many times does Kevin B. have to explain things to you? After a while, it just gets old and obviously, it's not sinking in anyway.

5:49PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Kevin, there was a time when you would explain why I’m wrong, not just say I’m wrong.

3:20PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

Where did politicians go to school? And what planet do they live on? Because it's obvious that they are not "one of us."

3:04PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

David F.- You lost the November presidential elections and all of your posturing and outrgeous nonsensical pontificating and blustering does not change that simple fact (oh and watch it with the nasty mouth when you talk to Pam).

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