"Night before last, I was at the Kennedy Center Honors," Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said, "where they honored Tom Hanks. Famously Forrest Gump. The ultimate in successful stupid man."
He then proceeded to get to his point: "Are you stupid?"
"I don't think so, no," Gruber replied, shaking his head over a name tent prominently reminding the members that he has a Ph.D.
Issa had a follow-up: "Does MIT employ stupid people?"
Gruber shook his head. "Not to my knowledge."
"Ok," Issa said. "So you're a smart man, who said some -- as the ranking member said, some really stupid things. And you said the same. Is this correct?"
Gruber agreed. "The comments I made were really inexcusable," he said.
A few moments earlier, the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), said similar things. "As far as I can tell, we are here today to beat up on Jonathan Gruber, or stupid -- I mean absolutely stupid -- comments he made over the past few years."
According to the Sunlight Foundation's Capitol Words tool, the word "stupid" has seen a enormous jump in popularity in the last month at the Capitol. It was deployed 18 times during floor speeches. Republicans favor the word more than Democrats. If you are from Texas, you are most likely to have added the word "stupid" to the Congressional Record.