It’s been another frustrating year in the nation’s capital. President Obama decided that the Constitution was more a set of guidelines than hard and fast rules, Sen. Reid decided that debating or passing legislation were passé concepts, Vice President Biden continued to crank up his gaffe machine, Secretary of State John Kerry showed us that he’s likely terrible at the game Risk, and innumerable Democratic candidates tripped over themselves trying to convince voters that they weren’t Democrats. Rather than fall deep into cynicism, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect on some of the more outrageous, asinine and ridiculous things that Democrats said this year. If you missed 1-7 or 8-15 you can check those out HERE and HERE.
16. Vice President Joe Biden: The reigning gaffe champion fired off a slew of gaffes in September. In just one week he had to apologize to the American Defamation League for using the term “shylock” (an anti-Semitic slur), received criticism for using the term “Orient” to describe Asia, and praised Bob Packwood–who resigned from the Senate after sexual harassment accusations–in front of a pro-women’s group. As comedian Dave Barry described the Joe Biden’s year: “There were several whole days during which no statements had to be issued by the U.S. Department of Explaining What the Vice President Meant to Say.” Ouch.
17. President Barack Obama: “If you looked at their cable bill, their telephone, their cell phone bill, other things they’re spending money on, it may turn out that, it’s just that they haven’t prioritized health care.” This comment came during a Spanish-language town hall in which one questioner said his family could not afford a $315 a month health care bill on top of the enormous deductibles their new insurance plan forced them to cover. Obama didn’t respond by addressing the fact that his signature law has caused health insurance premiums to skyrocket or that it has required people to purchase more expensive plans than they would otherwise need. Instead, he simply told people to cancel their cell phone plan, which is the height of irony considering that earlier in the year he promised Americans that they’d “be able to purchase-high quality health insurance for less than the cost of your cellphone bill.”
18. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: “Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York…” In short, if you disagree with the governor then pack your bags and get out of New York. And while you’re at it, if you don’t like the Mets, Bon Jovi, or muscle cars you may want to go ahead and hit the road as well. According to the new brand of left wing intolerance you must be in favor of abortions, lest you be an extreme chauvinist, you must be in favor of gun control, no matter what that pesky Second Amendment says, and you must be in favor of gay marriage, or else you certainly are a hateful bigot. In this world there is no dialogue, there is no disagreement (even if it doesn’t rise to the level of a voting cue), there are no privately held beliefs, there is only conformity.
19. President Obama: “Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.” This statement is laudable, regardless of your political stance, until you realize that he’s speaking about abortion rights. And when put in that context you realize that he’s not really talking about everyone.
20. Sen. Harry Reid: “The Asian population is so productive. I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.” Reid later joked that he has trouble keeping his “Wongs straight.” Sen. Reid has a long and sordid history of making off-color remarks about race. Just a few years ago he made our annual quotes list for calling President Obama electable because he is “light skinned” and speaks “with no negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Rather than going with the preferred options of either, one, not speaking any more about race or, two, not speaking any more at all , Reid doubled down and told a group of Asian business leaders that they just really good at convincing people they are smart. The collective heads of “tiger moms” everywhere exploded. He then went completely off the rails by poking fun at a common Chinese surname. It should come as no surprise then that the group decided against endorsing Reid’s preferred candidate and instead opted to support the Republican challenger.