Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), for be­ing a bro with no fil­ter

The Washington Post Sunday - - OUTLOOK - By Chris Cil­lizza Have a can­di­date for the worst week in Wash­ing­ton? E-mail Chris Cil­lizza at chris.cil­lizza@wash­post.com.

God bless the hot mike. With­out it, how would we know what politi­cians re­ally think? Take, for ex­am­ple, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). On Thurs­day morn­ing, he of­fered his thoughts about Se­nate col­league Lind­sey Gra­ham (R-S.C.) near a mike he thought was off. If Gra­ham, a bach­e­lor and pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, wins the elec­tion, Kirk said, “he’ll have a ro­tat­ing first lady. He’s a bro with no ho.” Er, ok. So, here’s the thing: 1. No one says that (es­pe­cially not white, mid­dle-aged men).

2. Even if peo­ple did say it, a U.S. se­na­tor shouldn’t be us­ing the phrase, es­pe­cially not in public. Like, ever. 3. Kirk is also sin­gle. This isn’t the first time in re­cent months that Kirk has been caught say­ing some­thing im­politic.

Back in April, he drew un­wanted at­ten­tion when he talked about try­ing to build wealth among African Amer­i­cans “so that the black com­mu­nity is not the one we drive faster through.”

Two months ear­lier, Kirk cre­ated a firestorm when, amid a fight over fund­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, he said, “The Repub­li­cans— if there is a suc­cess­ful attack dur­ing a DHS shut­down— we should build a num­ber of coffins out­side each Demo­cratic of­fice and say, ‘You are re­spon­si­ble for th­ese dead Amer­i­cans.’ ”

Kirk, not for noth­ing, also hap­pens to be the sin­gle most vul­ner­a­ble Se­nate in­cum­bent up for re­elec­tion in 2016, run­ning in a state that Pres­i­dent Obama car­ried by 17 points in 2012 and where Democrats have a top-tier re­cruit in Rep. Tammy Duck­worth.

Mark Kirk, for for­get­ting (again) not to say aloud ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing you are think­ing, you had the worst week in Wash­ing­ton. Con­grats, or some­thing.

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