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This Week: James Traficant

James TraficantJames A. Traficant, Jr. may not be a household name, but his outrageous “one-minute” speeches on the House floor raise political eyebrows throughout the Beltway. Sporting polyester, double-blend bellbottoms with skinny ties, the Democratic Representative from Ohio delivers delectably provocative sound bites on issues ranging from NAFTA to Air Force Lt. Kelly Flynn’s discharge. Journalists flock to capture a juicy Traficant tidbit such as, “I say there should be some permanent brain surgery for these permanent politicians performed by some permanent proctologist; permanent this, China.”

Is Traficant simply an outspoken, old-fashioned stiff from the Rust Belt ruffling Capitol Hill’s well-oiled feathers? Or he is just another media-savvy smooth operator searching for extra C-Span coverage?

Decide for yourself below.

  1. What phrase does Representative Traficant frequently employ in his infamous ‘one-minutes’ at the House?

    “The truth is out there.”
    “Beam me up.”
    “Strike that from the record.”
    “Let’s take this outside.”
    “Believe that lie.”

  2. What is Representative Traficant’s motto?

    “Bangin’ away in D.C.”
    “Look under the hood. Take out the trash.”
    “Mediocre people deserve to be represented, too.”
    “I am a hatchet man.”
    “Create a giant sucking sound.”

  3. Traficant has made all the following statements. Which one did he direct to the Clinton administration?

    “I believe that Dr. Ruth is beginning to advise the president on the budget because this must be a massive sex experiment the way the taxpayers are being treated.”
    “Those are not roses near the White House. That must be marijuana because President X seems stoned.”
    “I think it’s time for Congress to tell the President to shove that $12 billion up his deficit.”
    “Something is wrong when men are willing to wear brassieres and pantyhose around here to get a job.”
    “We have a trade crisis ahead that will make the ’29 crash look like a fender bender, and for all those who keep making light of it in about 10 years, you try and eat your Toyota.”

  4. Traficant has appeared on all the following television programs, except:

    “Cop Talk”
    “Good Morning America”
    “America’s Most Wanted”
    “Unsolved Mysteries”
    “Hard Copy”

  5. Traficant has said all of the following are “exciting jobs,” except:

    zipper trimmer
    chicken sexer
    brasserie tender
    ball bearer
    sanitary napkin specialist

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Ted Rueter is the author of several books on politics, including The Newt Gingrich Quiz Book and The Rush Limbaugh Quiz Book.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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