With the departure of Rahm Emanuel from the chief of staff post at the White House, there probably won't be as many reasons to yell "earmuffs" around the oval office. However, even with the bold and blunt Emanuel gone, a new group of pottymouth politicos may be following the Chicagoan's track.
Nicknamed "Rahmbo," it's no secret the feisty former staffer has a way with words that could make even the saltiest of sailors blush. Heck, even Saturday Night Live has noticed, spoofing the Chicagoan's colorful language in skits.
But don't think his exit means Washington will become family-friendly. In fact, it seems the closer we get to November 2 (Election Day for those not keeping a close eye to the political calendar) the more four-letter-words we see flowing from politicians' mouths.
Everyone seems on the lookout for an "October Surprise" and it appears that just as political attacks are amping up - it seems the language is too.
Case in point:
-New York Republican gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino had just two words for New York Post columnist Fred Dicker: "F--- him!" Paladino and Dicker clashed over a photo the writer got of Paladino's 11-year-old daughter by a former mistress.
-Also choosing the "F word" to get his point across? Former DNCC Chair Howard Dean, who was quoted in a new book talking about the way progressives were being treated within the Democratic Party. "I'm not looking to pick another fight with Rahm Emanuel, but the contempt with which he held the progressive wing of the party was devastating and incredibly demoralizing. That's basically saying to your own people - you got us here, now f--- you," Dean was quoted as saying.
-Maybe not so surprising, is that a woman scorned would be one to use racy rhetoric. Sandi Jackson was quoted as getting feisty, and possibly physical, upon learning that husband Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)was having an affair. "I put my foot knee-deep in his ass and he has been having a very difficult time sleeping peacefully since then," Jackson said.
-In a moment that could be attributed to sheer exasperation, New York Representative Charlie Rangel told reporters he just "wants to get the g-damn thing over with," referring to the house ethics committee's investigation into his alleged violations.
Though saucy enough to make you stop and take notice, political profanity is certainly nothing new.
Who can forget Vice President Biden's infamous hot mic moment? During the signing of the health care bill, he was heard telling President Obama "This is a big f-ing deal."
Then there's the time his predecessor used the same choice word. Former Vice President Dick Cheney let things get heated with democratic Senator Patrick Leahy during a conversation about Cheney's ties to Halliburton. The fiery exchange ended with Cheney telling the Vermont senator to "f-k yourself."
Even the man lauded for his cool and collective nature let a major natural disaster bring out some colorful language. President Obama, an interview with the Today show, said he had been talking to experts about the BP oil spill so he could learn enough information to find out "whose ass to kick." Sounds like a page right out of Rahmbo's playbook.