The Year in Stupidity: A Look Back at the Dumbest Republican Moments of 2013

imagesIt’s that time of year again. The time when we get ready to grab the bubbly and ring in the new year. But, before we do, let’s have a look back…

In January of 2013, Governor Bobby Jindal implored his party to, “Stop being the stupid party,”  during a National Republican Committee meeting. Unfortunately, his party wasn’t really listening to him, and as it turns out Gov. Jindal had a hard time taking his own advice. Here is a round up of some of the stupidest things Republicans said and did in 2013.

1. The Government shutdown

Angry about a law that passed in 2010 (the ACA), Republicans decided to throw a temper-tantrum because they didn’t get what they wanted (even though they were/are the minority party)… and by temper-tantrum I mean they shutdown the government for 16 days, costing the U.S. economy an estimated $24 billion and the government an estimated $2 billion. So much for being the fiscal conservative party – talk about EPIC FAIL! And, even more preposterous, after claiming they were in fact planning on shutting down the government for more than 6 months prior, they then attempted to blame Democrats for not compromising with them. Hint: Democrats had attempted to conference the budget with them on over ten previous occasions and each time they refused.  In the end, the entire debacle was for nothing, as the GOP ended up caving and passing a continuing resolution that ended the shutdown without getting anything in return.

2. Ted Cruz’s fake filibuster

A filibuster is something that occurs before a law passes, not after, making Cruz’s 21 hour narcissistic rantings the longest non-filibuster in history. Green eggs and ham, anyone?

3. Not really having any clue why they were shutting down the government.

As Rep. Marlin Stutzman put it, “We’re not going to be disrespected, we have to get something out of this. And I don’t know what that even is.”

‘Nuff said.

4. Bobby Jindal appointing Tony Perkins to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission.

As I mentioned earlier, Jindal had a hard time taking his own advice. That’s right, Governor Jindal actually appointed someone who had been suspended from law enforcement in the 1990’s to sit on the LEC.

5. Rep. Don Young’s derogatory comment about Hispanics

“My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.”

So much for needing to do more Hispanic outreach.

6. “The fetus is the largest organ in the body!”

Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin is a member of the Alabama House of Reps who believes that a fetus is the largest organ in the body. In February, during an interview, she told a reporter, “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.”

Note: she is the Education Policy Chair for the State of Alabama. For the record, the largest organ in the body is the skin.

7. Babies and Guns

Representative Steve Stockman (R-Texas) released his new campaign bumper sticker. What did it say? “If babies had guns they wouldn’t be aborted.”


8. The House voting on zero actual jobs bills, but voting twice to de-fund ACORN.

ACORN hasn’t existed since 2010. Because jobs, ya know?

9. 29% of Louisiana Republicans blaming President Obama for Hurricane Katrina.

And 44% saying they didn’t know who to blame. FWIW, Hurricane Katrina happened 3 years before Barack Obama was elected. Maybe Jindal needs to work on the education system in his own state before asking other people to stop being stupid? Just a thought.

10. And finally just a general round up of stupidity, bigotry, and racism.

  • Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington by telling blacks to “stop depending on the government plantation.”
  • NJ Republican Senate Candidate Steve Lonegan telling people his opponent, Cory Booker, was, “probably gay.” Booker (who is not actually gay) won the election in a landslide.
  • Televangelist Pat Robertson saying that members of the gay community use “special rings” to target people and give them AIDS.
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) saying that “liberal elites” were culling the population using vaccines.
  • Maine conservative candidate David Marsters posting a picture of President Obama on his Facebook page captioned, “Shoot the N***er.”
  • Mark Sanford getting re-elected after the “Appalachian Trail” incident.
  • Rep. Dennis Johnson (R-Duncan OK) said, “[Customers] might try to Jew me down on a price. That’s fine … that’s free market as well.”
  • Darrel Issa’s numerous Benghazi “witch-hunt” hearings.

That’s all folks. Sick of the stupid? The midterms are coming…vote them out in 2014!

Bonus: Just today (12/31/13) it was announced that 1/3 of Americans do not believe in evolution. Who wants to take a guess which party they are probably affiliated with?

Ilyssa Fuchs

Ilyssa Fuchs is an attorney, freelance writer, and activist from New York City, who holds both a juris doctor and a political science degree. She is the founder of the popular Facebook page Politically Preposterous and a blog of the same name. Follow Ilyssa on Twitter @IlyssaFuchs, and be sure to check out her archives on Forward Progressives as well!


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