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Gail Collins: How Did Politics in America Get So Weird?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is back to share some of her favorite examples of outlandish things politicians have been saying recently.

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Comments [6]

Priscilla Delean from Alexandria, VA

Just as David Letterman made caustic comments which caused Zsa Zsa Gabor to break into tears on his show, without even knowing who you are, I can tell that you and he are birds of feather.

Just because the Governor of Arizona is blond, and a woman, you're one of those guys that, in the abscense of a valid criticism or issue, go the "AD HOMINEM" route, which means "attack the man", (or in this case, the woman.)

I'm sure if you tried to be the Governor of Arizona for even 24 hours, President Obama would have to declare it a Federal Disaster Area.

Get a life, buddy. Or better yet, get laid.... if you can. (Good luck on that one, you're gonna need it.)

Sep. 08 2010 05:33 PM
luckyparker from Reality World

This segment seemed so promising, but it's actually pretty disappointing, and it seems to end abruptly.

Sep. 08 2010 02:02 AM
Donna from Asia

It seems from this segment that only Republicans and tea party supporters make outlandish statements? Is Ms. Collins not aware of the country's Vice President and the Treasury Secretary? Yes, the economy is definitely on the right track.

Sep. 07 2010 01:45 PM
milna bo from nyc area

hairsplitting? Likely so.
Nonetheless: it is not "less votes" it is "fewer votes". Less is used when something cannot be counted.

Sep. 07 2010 01:39 PM
Scott from Lower Manhattan

One component: plurality voting.

Having a constituency for political extremism does not depend on our electoral process. However, because plurality voting strongly disadvantages parties that nominate more than one candidate and the extremists are concentrated in one party, this constituency's influence is magnified in the nomination stage.

Were it not for plurality voting, the Tea Partiers would need to convince a majority of ALL AMERICANS, not just a majority of active Republicans, of their brook no compromises with the Democrats attitude.

Sep. 07 2010 01:20 PM
dbmetzger from manhattan

these days stupid is smart and politicians are allowed to get away with it.
Ariz. Governor's Painful Pause During Debate
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stumbled and stammered through opening statement during a gubernatorial debate. Brewer faced opposition from democratic candidate Terry Goddard, and walked away from a group of reporters during post-debate questioning. http://www.newslook.com/videos/247010-ariz-governor-s-painful-pause-during-debate?autoplay=true

Sep. 07 2010 12:54 PM

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