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The Week contest: Trademark - July 8, 2011

Sarah Palin has trademarked her name, so that only she can profit from her fame. If a politician could trademark one sentence that other politicians would have to pay royalties to use, what would it be?

Welcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for results of last week's contest: Teen Religion

Results: After Sarah Palin trademarked her name so that only she can profit from her fame, we asked you for one sentence or phrase other politicians might trademark so they’d get royalties every time it was used.

THE WINNER: I apologize to the voters, my colleagues, my family, but most importantly, to my wife

Andrew Dick, Seymour, IN

SECOND PLACE: This is a partisan witch huntLarry & Luann Bonier, Jamestown, RI THIRD PLACE: September 11thStephanie Patterson, Wooster, OH

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

I misspokeTodd S. Hyatt, North Grafton, MA

I did not knowingly say thatBob Setterberg, Portland, OR

Mistakes were madeRob James, San Francisco

Let me be absolutely clearBrian McKenna, Tucson, AZ

Actually, I was for it before I was against itRichard Lee, Bal Harbour, FL

This is a partisan witch huntLarry & Luann Bonier, Jamestown, RI

I did not have sex with that womanBruce Cantin, Fair Lawn, NJ

I did not have sext with that womanGreg Anderson, The Woodlands, TX

I’m stepping down to spend more time with my familyMike Paul, Carrboro, NC

For this problem, I am entering myself into treatmentDavid Levin, Edgewater, Md 

We request that the media respect the privacy of me and my family as we work through these difficult timesScott D. Young, Delmar, NY

We're going to move forwardJeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

I promise to not run a negative campaignGreg Brent, Colorado Springs, CO

I promise to represent YOU, the constituent, the little guy, the hardworking backbone of this great democracy, and to stand up to big money interests and politics as usual!Corey Stewart, Brooklyn

God has talked to meJennifer Joos, Waukesha WI

I never would have voted for that bill if I knew then what I know nowMiles Klein, Frisco, TX

That’s not why I came to WashingtonRodney Clements, La Verne, CA

Chances are, we think alike.Burt Elliott, Aberdeen, SD

My account was hackedJames Brown, New York City

I am fighting for youHoyt Jones, Oxford, MI

I'm glad you asked that questionKaren Milliorn, Las Cruces, NM

I am entering rehabJim Diestel, San Ramon, CA

To the best of my recollection…Michael Coleman, Greenville, SC

I will reach across the aisleJerry Sagen, Eugene, OR

JobsLouis A. Bertolotti, Tenafly, NJ

Who, me?Judy Martins, Gainesville, VA

Honey it's nothing, she's only an internJim Lancaster, Atlanta, GA I am not a politicianKen Hasenbank, South Berwick, ME

Senator, I can neither confirm nor deny thatRod Kelley, Topeka, KS

I will no longer be running for presidentVince DeBruyn, Clinton Township, MI

I didn't do itKyle Prendergast, Catonsville, MD

It was like that when I got hereDylan Joss, Anaheim, CA

I care about our seniorsAngela James, Westminster, MD

There’s a war on Christmas!!Ashley Ryan, Catonsville, MD

No commentAndrew Caldwell, Farmington, NM

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