After Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) impassioned rant against Republicans on the House floor last week, there was considerable buzz about Weiner’s long and colorful history of quipping and snapping his way through the cable news shows, and into our hearts.
Here’s a round-up of some of Weiner’s sassiest moments this year…1. Weiner: U.S. Can Try ‘Bad Guys’ Like KSM And Not ‘Be Quivering Like Jelly’
When many right-wingers were freaking out over the decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York City, Weiner took a different tack, saying on February 1 that we need to stop acting like trying terror suspects is “such an intimidating thing for Americans. We’re a strong confident country. We can have trials of bad guys and not be quivering like jelly when we do it.” He added: “When the president comes here you know what we shut down? One block.”
2. Weiner: Bachmann Communicates With ‘The Mothership’
Though some on February 3 were saying that the health care reform bill was dead, Weiner knew better: “The President’s number crunchers think it’s alive, the people of New Hampshire think it’s alive, people like Michele Bachmann, and whoever talks to her from the mothership, think it’s still alive.”
3. Weiner Agrees With Jon Stewart: Lieberman Is A Dick
Weiner appeared on The Daily Show with his old roommate Jon Stewart on February 5, and Stewart asked Weiner about Joe Lieberman: “My question to you is this. Is he a dick?” Weiner responded: “Yes, Jon.”
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4. Weiner: Every GOPer I Know Is A ‘Wholly-Owned Subsidiary’ Of The Insurance Industry
Then there was this other Weiner rant on the House floor, on February 24. “You gotta love these Republicans,” Weiner said. “I mean, you guys have chutzpah. The Republican Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of insurance companies.” When a Republican House member asked that Weiner’s words be stricken from the record, Weiner replied, OK, I’ll just “substitute other words.”
5. Weiner On Massa: ‘He’s One Taco Short Of A Happy Meal’
Weiner then weighed in on March 10 on former Rep. Eric Massa’s (D-NY) admission that he and male staffers engaged in “tickle fights,” calling Massa “one taco short of a happy meal.” He also referred to Massa’s claim that Rahm Emanuel confronted him in the House gym showers: “I have very few hard and fast rules. One of them is not to have sword fights in the morning with Rahm Emanuel.”
6. Weiner Continues Eviscerating Opponents By Smacking Down GOP Rep. Garrett
On March 19, Weiner appeared on Good Day, New York with Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) and called him “phony” for his claims about sweetheart deals in the health care reform bill. “I love the cliche, but it’s not true,” said Weiner. “This idea they’re being bought off,” he continued, “I know it makes for a good story, but in fact sometimes legislation is just a philosophical thing. The Republicans philosophically believe their job is to protect the insurance industry, and we philosophically believe our job is to protect citizens.”
7. Weiner To Bill O’Reilly: ‘Stop Making Stuff Up’
Continuing his campaign to defend the health care reform bill against its detractors, Weiner appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on March 25, and told the Fox News host: “You’ve gotta stop making stuff up about the bill.” When O’Reilly claimed that someone who refuses to buy in to health care would be fined by the IRS, Weiner replied: “I’ve got a very big burden here debunking every one of the mistakes that you’re making.”
8. Weiner Smacks Down O’Relly…Again
Weiner launched a campaign back in May to draw attention to Goldline’s shady dealings, and its questionable ties to Glenn Beck and other conservative pundits. When Beck got angry about the investigation, Weiner said he never expected to get into a “battle of wits” with Beck over it, because “as you know he comes only half prepared to that battle.” Weiner then appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on May 25 to talk about Goldine, and was met by Bill O’Reilly coming to Goldine’s defense. “Defending someone that gouges consumers? You ought to be ashamed of yourself,” Weiner scolded O’Reilly.
9. Weiner’s Spitting Mad Rant Against Republicans On The House Floor
And, of course, there is Weiner’s rant against “cowardly” Republicans on July 29. Weiner said the Republicans were using procedural rules as an excuse for voting against a bill that would provide health care to 9/11 rescue workers. “It is a shame! A shame,” he exclaimed.
10. Weiner And Peter King Shout Their Way Through A Fox News Interview
The next day, Weiner and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) had a shouting match on Fox News over the failed bill, with King accusing the Democrats of orchestrating a “cruel hoax” with the bill, while Weiner calling it “outrageous” that Republicans would vote against it.