The associate librarian at Yale Law School has released his list of notable quotes for the year, and Mitt Romney’s two huge campaign gaffes are numbers one and two.
Prezzy O made the list, too. Number three on the list, likely due to the trumped-up freakout by the Republican Party with a big assist from the media, is Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comments, which only counts as a gaffe if you ignore the context of the remarks, which the GOP and media gleefully and idiotically did. In fact, it still irritates me that the “gaffe” got as much air as it did. But I’m not going to start setting any small fires, because my man won the election. Still — media? You fail.
And, hilariously, number four on the list is Obama’s Libya smackdown during the foreign policy debate: “Please proceed, governor.”
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s comments about 47 percent of the population dependent on the government and “binders full of women” topped this year’s best quotes, according to a Yale University librarian.
Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, released his seventh annual list of the most notable quotations of the year.
“Debate remarks and gaffes actually seemed to play an important role in the ups and downs of the election campaign and may even have affected the ultimate outcome of the election,” Shapiro said.
Romney, who lost the November election to President Barack Obama, made the 47 percent comment at a private fundraiser in May that was secretly recorded and posted online in September by Mother Jones magazine.
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims. … These are people who pay no income tax. … and so my job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said.
Romney spoke about reviewing “binders full of women” as governor when he sought to diversify his Massachusetts administration.
“It contributed to an image of him as being somewhat out of touch and maybe particularly out of touch with issues related to women,” Shapiro said.
Obama made the list, too, for his “you didn’t build that” comment, his contention that people who built businesses had help, from teachers, family and other supporters – and sometimes the government.
Poor Mitt Romney. All he’s going to be remembered for is his gaffetastic campaign run, and getting his ass handed to him by a black man.
::cue Nelson laugh::
*** Check HuffPo for the full list.