The 11 best/worst political quotes of 2011

at 12:23 PM ET, 11/11/2011

The Fix loves us some lists.

So what better way to celebrate “11/11/11” then to put together our favorite eleven — get it?! — political quotes of 2011.

Our list is below. Thanks to all who submitted nominations via Twitter and Facebook. What did we miss? Offer them in the comments section below.

11. Who?

I don’t even know who this woman is.” — Businessman Herman Cain on Sharon Bialek, the woman accusing him of sexual harassment.

10. Blinding him with science.

“To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.” — Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman via Twitter on the debate over climate change within the GOP presidential primary field.

9. The government is me.

“I am the government.” — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on being the government.

8. Palin-ism.

“Journalists and pundits should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn.” — Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin responding via Facebook to the attempted assassination of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

7. Ubekistan.

“When they ask me who is the president of Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan I’m going to say, you know, I don’t know. Do you know?” — Herman Cain on foreign policy.

6. Re-writing history — and not in a good way.

You’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.” — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.....in New Hampshire.

5. They’re made of people!

Corporations are people, my friend.” — Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in response to hecklers at the Iowa State Fair.

4. GTL

Get the hell off the beach...you’ve maximized your tan.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) warning sunbathers to flee Hurricane Irene.

3. Facts are funny things.

“His remark was not intended to be a factual statement.” — Spokesman for Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) regarding the senator’s claim that abortions accounted for more than 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.

2. Certainly not certain.

I can’t say with certitude.” — Then Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on whether a lewd picture was, in fact, him.

1. One word says it all.

Oops”. — Texas Governor Rick Perry at the end of a 50-plus second (unsuccessful) attempt to remember the third federal agency he would eliminate if elected president.

 
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