Stepping in from outside the ring, the former Senator never fails to win his own award. During the increase of violence in Israel, Quayle struggled to maintain a balanced attitude toward the Palestinians, asking, "How many Palestinians were on those airplanes on September 9? None."
The September 11 Demagoguery Award
Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) suggested that a good strategy to combat terrorism would be to "arrest every Muslim that crosses the state line."
Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) told NBC that Chelsea almost died in the World Trade Center collapse. Chelsea, meanwhile, was writing a piece explaining how she was in Manhattan but nowhere near the towers.
Rep. John Cooksey (R-La.) told a radio audience, right after 9/11, "If I see someone come in that's got a diaper on his head and a fan belt wrapped around the diaper on his head, that guy needs to be pulled over."
Freshman Rep. Brian Kerns (R-Ind.) told his hometown paper that he'd witnessed the disaster at the Pentagon: "I'm in shock. I thought it was strange that they were letting airplanes still fly after the World Trade Center. Then it was so low, and it just banked into the building. I still can't believe it."
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