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STICKS, STONES, BROKEN BONES

During the 2000 Bush-Gore presidential race, we began collecting negative soundbites and posting them weekly on a MUDLINE ticker, as a temporary election feature. But in the aftermath of that tumultuous contest we realized that the tone of public discourse was unlikely to improve, and elected to continue the feature. Unfortunately, we were right; two decades later, incivility is hotter than ever. If you just can’t get enough snark on social media, this mud’s for you.

  • November 2, 2011

    Matt Taibbi on Rick Perry: "Brings shallow to a new level...He could be the Adolf Hitler of shallow."....Paul Begala on Perry: "Looks like a guy at an office party doing a bad impression of Will Ferrell doing an impression of Bush."....George Will on Obama: "A floundering naif."....Herman Cain on Obama: "I do not believe he represents American values."....Dana Milbank: "If Herman Cain were found to be a serial killer, his supporters would take this, too, as reassuring evidence that he is not just another career politician."....Eugene Robinson on Cain: "So many reasons to oppose this loopy candidacy, so little time."....Senior WH adviser David Plouffe on Romney: "If he thought it was good to say the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election, he'd say it."....Newt Gingrich on Obama Mideast strategy: "A total grotesque failure."....Katrina vanden Heuvel on Congress: "It hasn't hit bottom yet -- there's still nine percent of the public that approves of the job the legislators are doing."....Pete Townsend on iTunes: "A digital vampire."....
  • October 28, 2011

    James Taranto on Zuccotti Park: "The People's Republic of Obamaville."....Tea Party Patriots on OWS: "Lawbreaking troublemakers...trying to tear down the foundations of the greatest nation on earth."....Santorum on Perry: "Doesn't have what it takes to lead the American people."....Perry on Romney: "He says...'I need to say whatever I need to say for whatever office I'm running for.'"....Joe Scarborough on Herman Cain: "A glorified book tour...Making this up as he goes along."....Martin Bashir on Cain ads: "Weird and weirder."....Al Sharpton on GOP candidates: "There's something in the water that they're drinking."....Christine O'Donnell: "Right now a lawn gnome can beat Obama."....
  • October 25, 2011

    Keith Olbermann on Fox News: "A political whorehouse."....Romney on U.S. leaving Iraq: "An astonishing failure."....Lindsey Graham: "A failure...Fumbled the ball inside of the ten."....McCain: "A serious mistake."....Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on McCain: "Gets carried away by his own military bravado."....Steve Kornacki on Rick Perry: "He's just not good at running for president."....Lawrence O'Donnell on Herman Cain 9-9-9 plan: "The most lavish giveaway to the rich that has ever been proposed by a presidential frontrunner."....Rep. Paul Ryan on Obama: "Preying on emotions of fear, resentment and anger."....Michele Bachmann on the U.S.: "Disrespected around the world because of what President Obama has done."....Eliot Spitzer on neocons: "The pillars of their worldview -- lower taxes and less regulation -- have failed the test that matters: reality."....Dan Lyons on Yahoo!: "The Paris Hilton of tech companies -- a ditzy, dopy outfit that remains enormously popular."....
  • October 20, 2011

    Bryant Gumbel on NBA commissioner David Stern: "Has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys."....Michele Bachmann: "President Obama's plan has been a plan for destruction of this economy and failure."....Perry on Romney: "The height of hypocrisy."....David Axelrod on Romney: "You get the feeling that there is no principle too large for him to throw over in pursuit of political office."....Martin Bashir on GOP hopefuls: "Not one of these candidates has said anything sensible about Libya in six months."....Bill O'Reilly on OWS: "Loons."....Stephanie Madoff Mack on her father-in-law: "I'd spit in his face."....
  • October 13, 2011

    James Carville on list of GOP candidates: "A joke."....Perry ad on Romney: "Even the richest man can't buy back his past."....Romney on Obama: "If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on earth, I'm not your president. You have that president today."....Nancy Pelosi on Scott Brown: "Clueless."....Keith Olbermann on Bill O'Reilly: "Psychopath with a comb-over."....Shannon Tweed on Gene Simmons, just before accepting his proposal: "Who'd want to marry an a**hole like you? You're so stupid!"....