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The Best, Worst or Bizarre Quotations of 2010

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Dear Readers: With 2010 coming to a close, the discussion turns to whether the current year was more controversial, more impactful or more historic, compared to previous years. That debate will always rage, but one area we can all agree is that politicians like to talk. For your enjoyment, I present to you the best, or more likely the worst, quotations of 2010.

"I'm used to being in the minority. I'm a left-handed gay Jew." — Rep. Barney Frank. Pardon me, Congressman, but that's not being in the minority. Try being a bald, Christian, conservative, NASCAR-loving political columnist from the South. We are scarce.

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. I'd do it again to save lives." — President George Bush. This is a manly man who never voted "present."

"I imagine that thrill is not so tingly on your leg anymore." — Rep. Michele Bachman to MSNBC host Chris Matthews on election night, after huge Republican victories. The election-night feeling Matthews might have actually experienced was his jaw hitting the floor when his St. Obama's agenda was soundly rejected.

"It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name." — Nancy Pelosi speaking on the stimulating effects of unemployment benefits. I forgot that Pelosi is an economic expert because she received her MBA from the University of Another Planet.

"This is a big f—-ing deal." — Vice President Biden immediately before President Obama signed his health care bill into law. Who knew that Biden was talking about the total price tag of Obama's free health care.

"Now they're saying I groped a male staffer. Yes, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and four guys jumped on top of me.

It was my 50th birthday." — Ex-Rep. Eric Massa on allegations of sexual harassment. Maybe the former congressman could avoid controversy by simply staying home while enjoying a harmless game of pin the tail on the donkey for his next birthday celebration.

"But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy." — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referring to the Obamacare bill. Every now and then, a politician accidentally says what is in their heart. Unfortunately for Pelosi, our democracy is not designed the way she would like to actually govern the country.

"If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested." — Airline passenger John Tyner to a TSA agent concerning an enhanced pat-down. Actually, this is the message the tea party is trying to send to all politicians.

"If you don't hold us accountable, we'll do some real bad things in Washington, D.C." — Sen. John Ensign. Well, at least he got the message that we want our politicians to be honest.

"I leave here knowing that everybody knows I'm an honest guy." — Disgraced New York Rep. Charlie Rangel after the House voted 333 to 79 to censure him for 11 ethic violations. It sounds like Rangel is as bad at counting votes as he is at remembering the definition of taxable income.

"By a large bipartisan margin, both Houses of Congress have now passed a package of tax relief that will protect the middle class, that will grow our economy and will create jobs for the American people." — President Obama at the tax compromise signing ceremony. Hallelujah, President Obama has seen the light of supply-side economics. It's a true Christmas miracle.

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