If you've ever wondered just how more Americans could end up caring about the votes on American Idol than a government election, here's a clue: we tend to treat our most high profile politicians (cough, Sarah Palin, cough) like celebrities. And they fulfill our (low) expectations by acting like idiots.
The year 2010 was filled with important moments in Washington and beyond. But in the spirit of the holidays, let's set them aside and focus on the fun for a moment? Here are the goofiest gaffes from our pols on both sides of the spectrum this year.
Joe Biden: Standing over an open mic after introducing President Barack Obama to speak about the passing of the new healthcare bill, the vice president whispered, "This is a big effing deal." Only he didn't say "effing." And we all had something new to make a big deal about.
Sarah Palin: The dictionary is optional in the former Alaska governor's book. As she tweeted this summer: "Refudiate," "misunderestimate," "wee-wee'd up." English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it!" If SarahPAC is successful at raising enough money to ensure her place as a presidential candidate, members of the Department of Education should be afraid. Be very afraid.
Richard Blumenthal: He managed to topple the Linda McMahon train to Senate, but the Connecticut Senator-elect almost lost it all when a YouTube video of him cropped up, claiming, "We have learned something important since the days I served in Vietnam." Who knew you had to actually step foot on Vietnamese soil to "serve?" Blumenthal racked up a bunch of deferments instead.
Christine O'Donnell: In the best political ad of the year -- or at least the best to poke fun at -- the Tea Party-backed Senate candidate answered allegations that she's engaged in witchcraft by informing Delaware residents, "I'm not a witch, I'm you." Delaware residents responded by running to their mirrors to see if they'd grown warts on their noses and turned green.
Jimmy McMillan: He's not a Republican. He's not a Democrat. He's a representative of "The Rent is Too Damn High" party. He's damn right, but with comments like "Listen! Someone's ... child's stomach just growled! Did you hear it?" and that gnarly 'stache, he was just too damn hard to take seriously.
Harry Reid: The majority leader announced earlier this year, "Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good." Gee, Harry, you wonder why voters threatened to put you out of a job?
Carl Paladino: The Tea Party candidate for the New York governor's office has a lot to blame for his loss to Governor Elect Andrew Cuomo, but we had to pick just one. “You send another goon to my daughter’s house, and I’ll take you out, buddy," he told NY Post reporter Fred Dicker. When Dicker asked how, he answered with one word: “Watch.” Hey Carl, if you're going to threaten to kill someone, you might want to pick someone who won't put it in the paper.
Nancy Pelosi: The outgoing Speaker of the House didn't win any points for transparency when she announced "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it." Um, Nance, last we checked, there's this thing called freedom of information.
Ken Buck: Running for Senate in Colorado took a turn for the chauvinist when Buck stated, " Why should you vote for me? Because I do not wear high heels." Actually, Ken, the voters wanted to hear about your policy. That's why you lost. Time to hit a shoe store?
What political gaffe became your favorite 2010 punchline?
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