As she tearfully announced earlier today, Elisabeth Hasselbeck—Hateful Or Just Stupid? (TM)—is leaving The View to join the rest of the bionic reactionaries over Fox and Friends. But before she moves onto redder pastures, let us look back and reflect upon her brilliant tenure at the table with Barbara, Whoopi, Joy and Sherri. From justifying torture to conflating the morning after pill with abortion, Hasselbeck has given us many nuanced and informed opinions on the world. Let’s reminisce about some of her greatest hits.

On whether or not Whoopi Goldberg can say the n-word:

“But how is it- you’re telling me I can’t use it, but you can use it.”

On the morning after pill:

“It’s the same thing as birthing a baby and leaving it out in the street!”

On late-onset lesbianism:

“A lot of older men are going for younger women, leaving the women with no one. If the men are evacuating for these younger women…they’re searching for a companion who understands you…we’ve done studies that women aren’t necessarily needing something sexual, they’re more needing something in terms of companionship.”

On waterboarding:

“Torture is wrong but enhanced interrogation techniques are different.”

On US casualties of the Iraq War:


On “compassionate conservatism”:

Behar: ‘Bush has just vetoed a bipartisan bill that would extend health care for 4.1 million children in this country! Now that is not a compassionate conservative.’

Hasselbeck: ‘I’d like to investigate that.’

Behar: ‘Well, go ahead. Here it is [shaking paper under Hasselbeck’s face]. Paul Krugman, the New York Times.’

Hasselbeck: ‘Where are the parents of these children?’

Behar: ‘They’re poor!’

On newscaster/stalking victim Erin Andrews’ Dancing With The Stars outfit:

“In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] […] I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!”

On how one describes the condition of being desperate:


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