Thursday, June 24, 2010

Political Malapropisms


I had a good laugh today when I read The Thicket's post on various malapropisms from politicians across time and space. Entitled "A Box of Pandoras and Other Political Malapropisms", the title was inspired by a story about former New Mexico Governor Bruce King, a cigar smoker no doubt, who once said of a certain legislative proposal: "That will open up a whole box of Pandoras."

I'm sure that Hawaii politicians have come up with some pretty funny ones themselves. I once had to tell a former lawmaker, prior to an interview, "Actually Rep, it's 'omnibus bill' not 'ominous bill'.

Here are some good examples from Texas taken from the The Thicket's post. And if you have some local stories to share, please do.

"It's the sediment of the House that we adjourn."--Texas House Speaker Wayne Clayton

"Let's do this in one foul sweep."--Texas House Speaker Wayne Clayton

"This is unparalyzed in the state's history."--Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

"I am filled with humidity."--Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

"I want to thank each and every one of you for having extinguished yourselves this session."--Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis.

"We'll run it up the flagpole and see who salutes that booger."--Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

"There's a lot of uncertainty that's not clear in my mind."--Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis
UPDATE:
And here's a few more from one of the members of the Hawaii press corps at the State Capitol...
"You can't have your cake and eat it all."
"We should iron our situation here."
"This is way down on the food channel."
"We can't rest our laurels on this."
"We came up smiling like a rose."
UPDATE 2:
Gems from Rep. Roy Takumi, but he's not spilling the beans on who said what on the House floor:
"This is so important it should be compulsatory."

"All doctors have to take the hypocrisy oath."

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