No one sounds clever all the time; at some point or another, we’re all going to bungle our words and trip over our tongues. But somehow when politicians do it, it’s that much more funny, depressing, and disastrous as our minds work through the stupidity triggered laughter to comprehend that we’ve elected these individuals to make enormously important decisions that impact our daily lives. Plus, some of them have access to the nuclear codes. The perfect recipes for laughter to tears in ten seconds flat. Plus, while we’ve all made the occasional mistake, when politicians fail, they seem to fail big. There are limits to the merits of never doing anything halfway.
So, without further ado, we have a nice collection of poorly chosen words from politicians on both sides of the aisle — a bag of assorted nuts as it were — three Democrats and three Republicans.
1. Senator Ted Cruz
I’m excusing all of the quotes from his filibester-esque speech on Obamacare in September of last year, because you can’t talk for that long without saying some ridiculous things about White Castle, Duck Dynasty, and Green Eggs and Ham, or making fun of junior senators for not having facial hair. He also quoted Ashton Kutcher. Time has a great list of the best here.
Luckily, we can look back to another time Cruz acted the stubborn roadblock; the government shutdown in December, which as we may all recall occurred because Congress was unable to pass a budget and increase the debt ceiling because provisions were continually added that made the bill un-passable. This meant America got frighteningly close to defaulting on its debts, and Obamacare was far from removed. It was at this time that Senator Cruz said: “I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” according to The Huffington Post.