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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Top 10 Dumbest Congressmen

Radar Online has a "Top Ten Dumbest Congressmen" feature here that is worth checking out

Some of the highlights:

Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY)

Bunning is a Hall of Fame pitcher who, during his eight years in office, has shown "little interest in legislation that doesn't concern baseball"

  • Told a group of GOP fundraisers that his Italian-American opponent, Daniel Mongiardo, physically resembled Saddam Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay
  • Gave a stump speech about the tragic terror attacks of November 11, 2001
Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT)

Burns, Jack Abramoff"s favorite Senate bag man, raked in a cool $137,000 in tribal casino money for his political action committee, a congressional record.

  • made reference, in an immigration speech, to the "nice little Guatemalan man" who does yardwork around his estate
  • Gave a speech where he told people to be wary of "faceless" Arabs who "drive taxicabs by day and kill at night."
  • Had a 1999 outburst blaming "ragheads" for rising gas prices and additional episodes in 1994 in which he delivered a casual joke from the podium about "niggers" and told another audience that living in Washington with so many blacks "is quite a challenge."
Representative Cynthia McKinney (D-GA)

First there was her notorious encounter with a Capitol Hill police officer who dared to ask her for ID. After brazenly ignoring several polite requests, the caterwauling congresswoman responded by walloping the officer in the chest. During the ensuing fracas she complained that she was persecuted for "being in Congress while black."
  • Made a frivolous threat to sue the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for defamation over an editorial
  • one of her own aides was forced to resign after calling congress an "Israel-occupied territory."

Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Quote: "Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God I'm still alive.' But of course those who died, their lives will never be the same again."

Quote: "
Josh found himself mesmerized by her perfectly shaped, silken legs with kneecaps that reminded him of golden apples—he couldn't remember having been captivated by kneecaps before—and her lustrous thighs."

Representative J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ)

He distributed leaflets on the House floor accusing Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer of promoting "sex training for federal employees," planning to indoctrinate them into drug use, and pushing New Age cult worship, all because of a proposal to extend health coverage for abortions under dire circumstances. And the amendment Hayworth was protesting so absurdly wasn't Hoyer's at all—it was actually the work of Hayworth's fellow Republican, Rep. Ron Packard of California

Senator James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • claimed that global warming is "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people"—a rhetorical flourish he recently refined by likening climate change theories to Nazi propaganda.
  • As far back as 1972, he called for Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern to be "hanged with Jane Fonda"
  • Claimed that both Bill and Hillary Clinton were out to assassinate him.
  • Quote "My wife and I have been married 47 years. We have 20 kids and grandkids. I'm really proud to say that in the recorded history of our family, we've never had a divorce or a homosexual relationship."
Representative Donald Young (R-AK)

"Buttfucking," replies the great scourge of obscenity and instructor of youth. The scene: Fairbanks, Alaska, 1994. Congressman Don Young, already in office for 20 years, is on the stump preaching the virtues of Newt Gingrich's Republican revolution to a group of high school students. Just look at all the wasteful things the federal government does with taxpayers' money, he tells them. The National Endowment for the Arts, for example, funds art involving "people doing offensive things ... things that are absolutely ridiculous." One student asks, "Like what?" "Buttfucking," replies the great scourge of obscenity and instructor of youth.