By Ben Feuerherd

The 6 Greatest Political Insults Of All Time

July 31, 2013 4:28 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 51 Comments A+ / A-

The intra-party squabble between New Jersey governor Chris Christie and his fellow Republican, Kentucky senator Rand Paul, got personal this week. After Governor Christie called Paul’s libertarian foreign policy “dangerous,” Paul shot back with his own political analysis of Christie’s brand of conservatism. “They’re precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, and their ‘Gimme, gimme, gimme – give me all my Sandy money now,’” Paul told the Associated Press, “those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”

Then it got ugly.

Paul’s statements aroused Christie’s notorious temper and he fired back at the “Washington politician.”

“So if Senator Paul wants to start looking at where he’s going to cut spending to afford defense, maybe he should start looking at cutting the pork barrel spending that he brings home to Kentucky, at $1.51 for every $1.00 and not look at New Jersey, where we get $0.61 for every $1.00. So maybe Senator Paul could — could, you know, deal with that when he’s trying to deal with the reduction of spending on the federal side…But I doubt he would, because most Washington politicians only care about bringing home the bacon so that they can get reelected.”

Then, in an interview with CNN on Tuesday evening, Paul called Governor Christie… the “king of bacon.”

This exchange could very well be a prelude to the 2016 Republican presidential primary, if Christie and Paul decide to run. A look back at previous political mudslinging may give us an idea of what to expect in 2016.

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  • Sand_Cat

    Well, I admit that Christie looks like a porker, but Rand Paul looks like the twerp he is.

    • dalnb

      I would take one Christie to a dozen Rand Pauls any day and get twice as much done at the same time! A part of our Senate problems is weeding through the trash people like Rand Paul brings to the table; seldom any ting of importance or worth taking up time with but he always seems to clutter the conversations creating far more disorder and confusion than the res of the Senate combined!

  • sigrid28

    Rand Paul just says whatever he thinks will help him get elected, contrary to what his Libertarian supporters would have you believe.

    Rand Paul when it suits him to be FOR funding national defense: “They’re [leaders who vote to cover national disasters like Super Storm Sandy] precisely the same people who are unwilling to cut the spending, . . . those are the people who are bankrupting the government and not letting enough money be left over for national defense.”

    Rand Paul when it suits him to be AGAINST funding national defense, today (7/31/2013) on the floor of the Senate, arguing for his amendment to cut aid to Egypt until the country holds elections and in the meantime dedicate the funds to fixing roads and bridges here at home–especially in Kentucky. John McCain spoke against Paul’s amendment, citing the important role the U.S. plays in the Middle East, adding that an amendment to fix American infrastructure did not have to be written in such a way as to upset that delicate balance.

    • Dominick Vila

      Most politicians, especially governors and members of Congress, confuse the need to please their constituencies with being in tune with what voters want at a national level. Many underestimate the intellect and political instincts of many American voters, and forget that the reason some Democrats win in red states, and some Republicans in blue states is because neither party has full control at a state or national level, because many Americans prefer a divided government, and because many vote for whomever they believe is best qualified to represent their interests.
      Rand Paul’s speeches and record is a living example of a man out of touch with reality, when it comes to winning the White House. He is convinced that most Americans support Tea Party proposals. He believes most Americans will understand and accept the dichotomy of insisting on fiscal discipline while bringing home the bacon to the point of his state receiving 50% in Federal aid than what they pay into the system. Last, but not least, the inconsistency of his positions make him a classic flip flopper, something that most Americans are not impressed with.
      The key to winning presidential elections is centrism, qualifications, a perception of honesty, a demonstrable record, and charisma.

      • latebloomingrandma

        Of which he has none.

      • dalnb

        A good track record of success in achievements in the best interest of the nation has to be high on your list. There are not many people in Washington who have more than a few things they can brag about. Rand Paul is without a doubt one of the loudest say noting do nothings on the federal payroll!
        How did we end up with two (Paul and McConnell) so far detached from reality out of the same state?

        • Dominick Vila

          The only ones that can answer your question, with credibility, are the residents of Kentucky.

          • dalnb

            I spent the majority of my life there and still have a lot of relatives living there. I went back for a short while after retiring from the Marines but left for a second career. I get back every three or 4 months and we have a big get together where politics seems to always end up being the main conversation. The family (almost all Republicans as I am ) is hoping they can get some more centralized thinkers running for office in the next couple elections!

          • plc97477

            The ones who can enunciate at least.

        • CPAinNewYork

          They are obviously in tune with the majority of their constituents.

          • dalnb

            Don’t bet on that; Kentucky is not as backward as some may think!

          • CPAinNewYork

            Yes it is.

          • Joseph Squerciati

            To refute your argument I give you Rand Paul AND Mitch (the turtle) McConnell

          • CPAinNewYork

            Apparently, you have a reading comprehension problem. My point is that by getting re-elected by their constituents, these politicians are successfully appealing, i.e. are “…in tune with” the majority of their constituents’ requirements for representation.

            After reading my clarification, are you still “refuting” my argument? If you are, then be specific. Your response is so general that it says nothing.

          • Joseph Squerciati

            Actually my comment was in response to dainb concerning whether Kentucky is not as backward as some may think .

            Methinks we are on the same side .

      • CPAinNewYork

        Those are keys, i.e. plural.

      • Joseph Squerciati

        It was nice to see Christie call out Paul for being a taker rather than a producer as Ayn would have labeled him and almost every other Red state even as the decry the burdens inflicted on the makers .
        BTW the experience of austerity in Europe has shown it doesn’t work .It leads to massive unemployment ,lowered GDP and oddly enough increased deficits

        • CPAinNewYork

          It also leads to civil unrest because the rich ensure that the burden of austerity falls on the backs of the poor and middle classes.

  • WaitWut

    Not even close to all time anything. Back in the day they used to call each pimps and thieves, and then turn around and start insulting wives.

    You can’t compare the epics burns Jefferson or Lincoln would lay down to these pitiful attempts. It’s impossible because none of these people compare. We don’t elect intelligent people anymore, we elect smiles with good hair.

    • dalnb

      WaitWut: Smiles and Hair is about all this nut has. We have been duped by the huge financial Tea Party campaigns backingby wealthy people and organizations who prefer to change America for their own benefit rather than see our nation sustain! The Tea Party has a record of buying seats for some of the most useless men and women in Congress and the Senate; Rand Paul is a prime example!

  • Chrysippus

    Rand Paul (named, appropriately after the lecherous novelist, Ayn Rand) is a nutcase just like his hypocritical father.

  • Catskinner

    Rand Paul represents the future of America, if it’s going to have any kind of a future.

    • dalnb

      Lets all pray to god you are wrong!

      • Catskinner

        You can pray to one, if you can find one…

    • JDavidS

      Bwahahahahaha…What? Oh, you were serious? Well then, that makes it even funnier…

  • joeleejohnson

    Ex-wife said in reference to the current Mrs. Johnson:
    “That bitch screwed everything in three counties–But they were small counties!

  • dalnb

    People like Rand Paul talking to the American people has to be the biggest insult of all. When we need reasonable, effective and honest politicians in Washington we end up with the likes of Rand Paul. I fail to see anything he has said or done justifies the wages he is being paid: what are we getting for our money from this nut?

  • Joseph Squerciati

    Interesting that Rudy calls Biden NOT bright .Yes Rudy but he didn’t locate the city’s Emergency Response facilities in the WTC(where it was destroyed) so HE could walk to it from City Hall and HE damn sure didn’t replace the the NYFD’s Radios with new ones that STILL did not work . Police radios DID .Had the FD radios worked hundreds of Firefighters would not have perished because they didn’t hear the command to evacuate the Towers

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    No one in NJ who either likes or dislikes Governor Christie disagrees with our governor about Rand Paul. He’s a twerp. He comes from a state that rakes in $1.57 for every dollar they pay…NJ? 61 cents for every dollar we pay in federal taxes…So..when it comes to pork….KY like many of the trough feeding porker red states is number 3. Not exactly a good way to project KY as a conservative state. They hide their state taxes in gambling and horse racing and then run to the fed when they can’t pay their bills. NJ people get zapped twice to support these porkers.

    • Jim Myers

      Actually, I think the Pork Feeders do a GREAT JOB of projecting themselves as “Conservative States.”

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        What protection do they need? There isn’t a card carrying terrorist on the planet who’d take the trouble to pull off a 9/11 in KY or any red state. And not because these conservatives are so good at protecting themselves. Because no terrorist would be bothered with states that have nothing of value to destroy. My town lost 11 residents in 9/11. Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy also added to my state’s damage. I hope Rand Paul eats KY horse dung and dies for his comments about my state feeding on disaster relief. The next time KY needs disaster relief from their bourbon drunks, they’d better go pee up a rope before they ask for help from NJ.

        NJ people live in a coastal state. That ahole Rand lives in an interior state. The worst disaster to happen to his state is Mitch the Bitchboy McConnell…another whiny, self-aborbed conservative MeMe.

        • Jim Myers

          In the future, you should try not to hold back on your feelings…

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            In the future, never offer advice or bully pulpit gospels that don’t apply. I’m sure you NEVER hold back YOUR feelings? YOu men make me laugh…When you can’t win an argument with a smart woman the first thing you all do is to start with that BS “women are emotional.” “Women shouldn’t show their feelings.”

            Oh really? And what the hell do you call Bonny Boehner crying crocodile tears in public? “Holding back his feelings?” Another jokester trying to create the impression of male authoritarianism and supremacy. Too bad it’s BS.

          • Jim Myers

            Eleanore -

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            James?

          • Jim Myers

            Yes?

          • MitchBaxter

            Jim, you tried to pay Eleanore a comment, but she’s such a bitter crone that she turned and snapped at you, along with all men. Now you’re on your knees smooching away, hoping to get a kind word from her. Get back on your feet, reclaim some of your dignity, and stop sucking up to petty hags who suffer from a pathological hatred of men.

        • CooofNJ

          You go girl! I am sick to death of people dissing NJ, and then feeling perfectly justified in taking our money. Rand Paul (ex-dentist) doesn’t know who he is messing with! Christie is an ex-prosecuter who eats guys like him for a tiny, tiny snack. After 9/11, Irene, Sandy, etc. it is amazing that we are still on our feet (and able to absorb the Guidices too!).

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            He was a dentist? That figures. That’s an industry where filling cavities is really insurance for Mr. DMD’s new Porsche. All while they pay their dental assistants dirt wages. These are the guys who salivate over the next root canal and have already emailed their request for their next Porsche to their favorite dealer.

          • plc97477

            I thought Christie was on a diet. He will have to hold off one the eating of rands for a while.

    • MitchBaxter

      I seem to recall that the folks in New Jersey were quite insistent upon maintaining the Union, and have consistently supported expanding the Federal government’s control over the states. You’ve also voted for every presidential candidate who’s promised to expand government programs and spending.

      Don’t complain now if the grand ideas you’ve pushed turn out to be a bad bargain. If you want the tax payment-to-spending ratio to be 1:1, why do we need to pass the money through Washington in the first place? How about each state collects its own taxes and distributes benefits as it sees fit?

      And if you hadn’t noticed, Paul advocates slashing Federal spending across the board, while Christie’s legacy is a tearful hug with Sugar Daddy Obama.

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        What you “seem” to recall are typical of anti-government shills who would love nothing better than for each individual state to infiltrate other states to make profits they are not entitled to and can’t earn in their own “conservative” states. I wouldn’t go bragging about how NJ people vote. Your “conservatively low taxed” states are ripping off NJ. We get a lousy 61 cents for every federal dollar we pay. All while not a single red state is getting back less than $1.25. Your kind NEVER complain when you live off the federal taxes MY state pays.

        If you hadn’t noticed, your conservative presidents had to resign (Nixon) and each succeeding president enjoyed recessions as a result of your mentality where 1% shouldn’t have to pay taxes according to THEIR incomes like the rest of us. Paul is a KY good ole boi. He hasn’t a hope or prayer of EVER getting into the White House. Now Joi Boi…ask yourself..Where is the DOW located? Where are the major hi-tech industries located? NJ is leading the nation in hi-tech and solar energy industries. Something the backwoods KY bois can’t lick our boots to compete with. Go make some more bourbon and race your horses. Rand Paul is a Tea Party suck up and he was booted out of NJ with howls of laughter when he presented his backward BS rhetoric here in my state. He hates Christie because Christie isn’t a kiss ass like he and McConnell are.

        All you Confederates have is corrupt businesses you don’t pay enough in taxes for and men who want to bully and dominate. KY leads the nation in bully bois waving their Stars and Bars. Shove that rag bag flag where the sun doesn’t shine.

        • MitchBaxter

          I don’t live in Kentucky; I live in Virginia. I don’t make bourbon, nor do I race horses. There are more high-tech industries here than in New Jersey. The DOW is located nowhere; the DJIA is a composite index of 30 companies. Home Depot and Coca Cola are in Georgia, Exxon-Mobil is in Texas, Boeing is in Washington, but shifting operations to South Carolina, Proctor & Gamble is in Ohio, Wal-Mart is in Arkansas.

          Both of my parents are from New York, and left 50 years ago to get away from the grubby, big-city bribery and extortion that infest the government and culture.

          The real measure of who stands up for the country is military enlistment, where the South and mountain states are greatly overrepresented, while the Northeast and West Coast are greatly underrepresented. The Southern boys you hold in contempt are the ones defending this country.

          When you talk about states infiltrating other states to make profits they’re not entitled you, you’ve strung together words that don’t mean anything. I recommend that you read an introductory book on economics and finance before babbling further.

          I don’t know why you keep calling me a Joi Boi, but you really ought to try to think and write at a higher level. At bottom, all you really are is a snob and a bigot.

          • Eleanore Whitaker

            The only hi-tech industries in VA are the military industrialists who get the lion’s share of US federal tax dollars. Who the hell do you think you are fooling? When I posted “hi tech,” I wasn’t referring to the leading state that produces military equipment. How the hell do you consider drones and war machines part of the advanced world of hi-tech robotics and other electronics that are actually useful for those of us not living in a warmongering state like VA? VA men are as bad as KY men. VA men think their bowel movements are 14K gold and women can just sit on their verandas and play arm candy all day long.

            Yes…Your industries do infilitrate other states. No one up north wants a resurgence of the Confederate militant men who suck up every possible violent act against women and the most vulnerable and call that “manhood.”

            I call men like you Joi Bois because your noses are all so high in the air, one torrential rain storm and you all drown in your own egos.

            NJ produces more solar energy than VA ever can. That’s an industry that not even you VA sucks up to Big Oil can put a stop to. Step out of your Confederate states once in a while. You’d see it isn’t antebellum era living. Narrow minds, narrower lives and narrowest ideologues.

            I string words together that tell me that MY state is feeding YOURS….All VA does is hand the rest of the states bills that keep your Big Bois of the Military Industrialist purveyances in moolah. Your state takes more out of our economy since it’s No. 1 in Defense spending. What? You Joi Bois in VA can’t find any other work that isn’t involved in killing men and women in wars? Get a life.

  • Mary Ann Hoogeveen

    Another nut job from the Paul family but he is right where he belongs in the republican party.

    • dalnb

      We would appreciate it though if he could find somewhere else or someone else to represent.

  • TunaSushi

    If Christie wasn’t a Republican, I might actually like him. If Rand Paul wasn’t a Republican, he’d still be an insufferable d-bag.

  • shawnthesheep

    I know you have to include some Republicans to seem “balanced,” but how is saying someone is “not bright” a good insult let alone a great one? Guliani is far better at drag than he is at being funny or a politician.

  • not_guilty

    These insults are bush league.

    I like the exchange between Lady Nancy Astor and Winston Churchill:

    Astor: “If I were your wife, I’d poison your tea.”

    Churchill: “If I were your husband, I’d drink it.”

    Senator John Randolph of Virginia said of Edward Livingstone: “He is a man of splendid abilities, but utterly corrupt. He shines and stinks like rotten mackerel by moonlight.”

    “You Will Either Die on the Gallows or of a Loathsome Disease.” – John Montague (to John Wilkes) – – – – – -“That Depends on Whether I Embrace Your Principles or Your Mistress.” – John Wilkes, in Reply.

  • howa4x

    Red states are welfare states compared to Blue ones. They should get off the dole before taking shots at food stamps and head start

  • MitchBaxter

    This article would be better titled “The 6 Greatest Political Insults of the Last 30 Years.” As for “all time,” there are easily dozens that are better.

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