(Associated Press) What the $?&(! is going on with our politicians?
The mayors of New York and Philadelphia and the governor of New Jersey let loose with a few choice vulgarities over the past two weeks in otherwise G-rated public settings, including a town-hall meeting and a City Hall event.
And all three men knew full well the microphone was on.
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While foul language has been uttered in politics before, the blue streak is making some wonder whether it reflects the coarsening effects of pop culture in this reality-TV era of "Jersey Shore" and "The Real Housewives," a decline in public discourse, a desire by politicians to come across as average Joes, or just a really hot summer.