One of the great debates in American politics can be summed up with this question:
What's the stupidest thing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has ever said?
The other day, Chicago Reader reporter Mick Dumke dared ask the mayor why Daley felt the city's handgun ban was effective, what with so many shootings and murders in Chicago. Daley picked up a rifle, and said:
"If I put this up your butt, you'll find out how effective it is. Let me put a round up your, you know."
We've put together a sampling of Stupid Daleyisms over his 20-year career as mayor, controlling the city with his wrought-iron fist.
So here's a list of mayoral babblings to vote on. And since this is the Internet, and this is Chicago, you can vote early and often, even if you're dead.
We'll have to come up with a prize for the winner, perhaps a proclamation, such as "Whereas the comment by Mayor Richard Daley about having his shorts scrootened by the media is indeed the stupidest thing he's ever said
After a health crackdown on restaurants in 1994:
"If a rat is on your sandwich, you hope to know it before. If a mouse is on your salad, it's common sense."
Asked about the casual look:
"If somebody takes their tie off, I'm not going to take my tie off. If somebody takes their pants off, I'm not going to take my pants off."
After Democratic gubernatorial nominee Neil Hartigan lost in 1990:
"I supported him. I raised money for him. What else do you want me to do? Take my pants off?"
After his brother Bill dropped his gubernatorial bid in 2001 and the mayor was asked if he would have faced increased scrutiny had Bill stayed in:
"Scrutiny? What else do you want? Do you want to take my shorts? Give me a break.
Go scrutinize yourself! I get scrootened every day, don't worry, from each and every one of you. It doesn't bother me."
Responding to a reporter who asked about the mayor's friendships with principals of three companies that won big city contracts: