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2014-07-04 01:05:14 PM  
List fails without an Okla politician.
 
2014-07-04 01:14:00 PM  
I got too scared by the picture of Brewer, I could go any farther.
 
2014-07-04 01:40:56 PM  
No  Joe Arpaio?

A sheriff did make the list, but not him?
 
2014-07-04 03:39:34 PM  

I_Am_Weasel: No  Joe Arpaio?

A sheriff did make the list, but not him?


They left out Huppenthal, too.
 
2014-07-04 04:10:09 PM  
Texas gets three while the other 22 states get two?  Nobody from Alaska (Don Young -- the heart and soul of federal pork) or Pennsyltucky (Tom Corbett -- who essentially extended Jerry Sandusky's open season on young boys)?  Didn't know that many of the ones named, except for the more notorious and when I read the piece on Farker's favorite corndog consumer -- Michelle Bachmann -- there was this: "The congresswoman, on the other hand, is retiring in 2014, one step ahead of looming congressional censure, if not outright criminal charges."

Since when is it a crime to be a raving wackadoodle, which is what Bachmann really is?  Since when does Congress censure raving wackadoodles?
 
2014-07-04 04:12:18 PM  
Fartbongo prevails again!?
 
2014-07-04 04:18:58 PM  
...Did they leave off Louisiana? 

Is it just kinda assumed that, if it's a politician from Louisiana...
 
2014-07-04 04:23:38 PM  
Oh Leland Yee.
 
2014-07-04 04:28:14 PM  
No Scott Walker? No Mitch McConnell?
 
2014-07-04 04:29:11 PM  
The Donald really shouldn't be on the list - AFAIK he's never held elective office and I'm unsure if he's ever really run for any office.  Wiki says he's made lots of noise about running but has never actually filed as a candidate.
 
2014-07-04 04:33:06 PM  

Prey4reign: Texas gets three while the other 22 states get two?  Nobody from Alaska (Don Young -- the heart and soul of federal pork) or Pennsyltucky (Tom Corbett -- who essentially extended Jerry Sandusky's open season on young boys)?  Didn't know that many of the ones named, except for the more notorious and when I read the piece on Farker's favorite corndog consumer -- Michelle Bachmann -- there was this: "The congresswoman, on the other hand, is retiring in 2014, one step ahead of looming congressional censure, if not outright criminal charges."

Since when is it a crime to be a raving wackadoodle, which is what Bachmann really is?  Since when does Congress censure raving wackadoodles?


She's being investigated for campaign finance violations from her presidential campaign.
 
2014-07-04 04:34:20 PM  

Prey4reign: Texas gets three while the other 22 states get two?  Nobody from Alaska (Don Young -- the heart and soul of federal pork) or Pennsyltucky (Tom Corbett -- who essentially extended Jerry Sandusky's open season on young boys)?  Didn't know that many of the ones named, except for the more notorious and when I read the piece on Farker's favorite corndog consumer -- Michelle Bachmann -- there was this: "The congresswoman, on the other hand, is retiring in 2014, one step ahead of looming congressional censure, if not outright criminal charges."

Since when is it a crime to be a raving wackadoodle, which is what Bachmann really is?  Since when does Congress censure raving wackadoodles?


yeah they could have done MUCH better with PA even though that senator was a decent choice...
 
2014-07-04 04:36:17 PM  

Prey4reign: Texas gets three while the other 22 states get two?  Nobody from Alaska (Don Young -- the heart and soul of federal pork) or Pennsyltucky (Tom Corbett -- who essentially extended Jerry Sandusky's open season on young boys)?  Didn't know that many of the ones named, except for the more notorious and when I read the piece on Farker's favorite corndog consumer -- Michelle Bachmann -- there was this: "The congresswoman, on the other hand, is retiring in 2014, one step ahead of looming congressional censure, if not outright criminal charges."

Since when is it a crime to be a raving wackadoodle, which is what Bachmann really is?  Since when does Congress censure raving wackadoodles?


media.salon.com
And your point is?
 
2014-07-04 04:37:14 PM  
List fails with out Obama....


/runs to hide.....
 
2014-07-04 04:39:18 PM  
Two from Michigan and neither of them are Kwame Kilpatrick?  It's not like he's serving 28 farking years for corruption.
 
2014-07-04 04:39:32 PM  
Why limit yourself hate infers, blowhards, and horndogs?
 
2014-07-04 04:45:22 PM  
Do a quick scan of how many mentions of "Republican" and how many "Democrat".
It seems that all the named Republicans are associated with their party affiliation but they only label a few of the offenders as Democrats. Those whose party affiliations are not mentioned? Guess.

Fair and balanced is the Charleston City Paper.
 
2014-07-04 04:58:25 PM  
Interesting list.. and far from being only household names.
 
2014-07-04 04:59:42 PM  
www.charlestoncitypaper.com

KILL IT WITH FIRE!
 
2014-07-04 05:02:17 PM  

Herb Utsmelz: [www.charlestoncitypaper.com image 160x213]

KILL IT WITH FIRE!


They chose one of her better pics, I think.
 
2014-07-04 05:02:37 PM  
Although the three from Texas list certainly deserved the mentions, the list is incomplete without Louie "cast aspersions on my asparagus" Gohmert as well as Sheila Jackson Lee
 
2014-07-04 05:06:29 PM  

Alphax: Interesting list.. and far from being only household names.


Surprised that Brian Nieves's idiocy is known outside of Missouri.

That guy is a waste of oxygen.
 
2014-07-04 05:12:01 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Alphax: Interesting list.. and far from being only household names.

Surprised that Brian Nieves's idiocy is known outside of Missouri.

That guy is a waste of oxygen.


I didn't actually know his name myself.. but I'd heard of some of that proposed legislation.
 
2014-07-04 05:12:53 PM  

sdd2000: Although the three from Texas list certainly deserved the mentions, the list is incomplete without Louie "cast aspersions on my asparagus" Gohmert as well as Sheila Jackson Lee


I think you forgot one. Oops!
 
2014-07-04 05:13:25 PM  

prince of peas: Do a quick scan of how many mentions of "Republican" and how many "Democrat".
It seems that all the named Republicans are associated with their party affiliation but they only label a few of the offenders as Democrats. Those whose party affiliations are not mentioned? Guess.

Fair and balanced is the Charleston City Paper.



Your concern is duly noted.
 
2014-07-04 05:16:19 PM  

cc_rider: prince of peas: Do a quick scan of how many mentions of "Republican" and how many "Democrat".
It seems that all the named Republicans are associated with their party affiliation but they only label a few of the offenders as Democrats. Those whose party affiliations are not mentioned? Guess.

Fair and balanced is the Charleston City Paper.


Your concern is duly noted.


As if most people already didn't know that alternative media like the Charleston City Paper tends to be liberally biased.

He's not exposing anything that most people didn't already know.
 
2014-07-04 05:20:57 PM  

Alphax: Mrtraveler01: Alphax: Interesting list.. and far from being only household names.

Surprised that Brian Nieves's idiocy is known outside of Missouri.

That guy is a waste of oxygen.

I didn't actually know his name myself.. but I'd heard of some of that proposed legislation.


His dumbass stunts show up in the Post-Dispatch every now and then. His latest thing seems to be running for the Franklin County Recorder of Deeds.

The PD explains why he's going this route. And it sounds pretty stupid:

Nieves appears to view the job differently. As he finalized his plans, while keeping the exact office a secret, Nieves took to Facebook to discuss how he hoped his run would satisfy "the NEED for a Hard Core, Pit Bull Conservative to serve in Franklin County government." He wrote that he looked forward to being "the Conservative Standard Bearer."

On Wednesday, he gave further insight into why he's running: "The Recorder's Office is on the Front Lines of Freedom because it is the tool by which our Property Rights are recorded and therefore secured," he posted on Facebook.

The recorder doesn't make laws, but follows them on how to preserve the public record. Political party affiliations almost never come up at meetings of the Recorders' Association of Missouri, said its president, Jan Jones, deeds recorder in Johnson County.

"That's going to be an adjustment," said David Winston, statehouse lobbyist for the recorders' association. The closest thing to a politically sensitive topic is how to handle recording of marriages for same-sex couples, if that issue ever comes up via the courts. But even then, it's not clear what role a recorder would have.
 
2014-07-04 05:23:10 PM  
 
2014-07-04 05:25:05 PM  
So he thinks being a scribe is a position of authority and power, or something? Sounds like he's already planning to misuse the office.
 
2014-07-04 05:26:18 PM  

AMonkey'sUncle: sdd2000: Although the three from Texas list certainly deserved the mentions, the list is incomplete without Louie "cast aspersions on my asparagus" Gohmert as well as Sheila Jackson Lee

I think you forgot one. Oops!


There are several others that could have been listed. Gov. Oops among them. Congressman  "sorry we got Gulf water into your BP oil" Barton, David "I will change the rules of filibusters" Dewhirst. Atty General Greg "if you want to know what dangerous chemicals are in your neighborhood, ask the chemical companies I am sure they would tell you, it is not government's job to keep you safe" Abbott and several others. Everything is bigger in Texas including our politicians being the south end of a northbound horse.

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2014-07-04 05:30:08 PM  

Alphax: So he thinks being a scribe is a position of authority and power, or something? Sounds like he's already planning to misuse the office.


I love how every single person the Post-Dispatch interviewed said exactly the same thing. Even the current recorder of deeds said that.

This guy is either stupid or he's trying to get out of state politics and created this BS excuse to satisfy his supporters.
 
2014-07-04 05:31:54 PM  
Honestly, we're at a point where "hornballs" don't make the top 10 list of problems in politics right now.
 
2014-07-04 05:39:28 PM  
Shortly after Sanford's affair became public, his wife Jenny divorced him and wrote a tell-all book (the governor once gave her a piece of paper for her birthday featuring a drawing of half of a bicycle, and the next year he gave her a drawing with the other half, along with a $25 used bike).

Wow, Just Wow.
 
2014-07-04 05:41:42 PM  

Prey4reign: Texas gets three while the other 22 states get two?  Nobody from Alaska (Don Young -- the heart and soul of federal pork) or Pennsyltucky (Tom Corbett -- who essentially extended Jerry Sandusky's open season on young boys)?  Didn't know that many of the ones named, except for the more notorious and when I read the piece on Farker's favorite corndog consumer -- Michelle Bachmann -- there was this: "The congresswoman, on the other hand, is retiring in 2014, one step ahead of looming congressional censure, if not outright criminal charges."

Since when is it a crime to be a raving wackadoodle, which is what Bachmann really is?  Since when does Congress censure raving wackadoodles?


When they start using classified information from the defense subcommittee they belong to during a GOP Debate, most likely.

I think it's cute that people still think she's going to get a job from Fox News after the rimming Cavuto gave her a few weeks ago. I still think there's still time to censure her though.
 
2014-07-04 05:56:59 PM  
Republican Party Chairman Art Robinson

Oh I was hoping ole Art would be on there. The man is a goldmine of terrible and crazy ideas.

He has advocated sprinkling radioactive waste over the ocean from airplanes to strengthen our immune systems.

Weeks after his appointment, he mailed every household in Josephine County and requested a urine sample. He explained the fluids would be used in tests that would "improve our health, our happiness, and prosperity."


Seriously, this is the guy the Oregon GOP picked to run their party.
 
2014-07-04 06:09:22 PM  

Rixel: Shortly after Sanford's affair became public, his wife Jenny divorced him and wrote a tell-all book (the governor once gave her a piece of paper for her birthday featuring a drawing of half of a bicycle, and the next year he gave her a drawing with the other half, along with a $25 used bike).

Wow, Just Wow.


And the people of SC-1 elected him to the House last year, on a platform of fiscal responsibility and family values.
 
2014-07-04 06:10:43 PM  
I am stunned, absolutely stunned, that Maine's own Paul LePage isn't somewhere on this list.

Maine politics are BORING. The governors before LePage were empty suit John Baldacci and historically insignificant independent Angus King. Our current Congressmen are total backbenchers and our current Senators are Olympia Snowe, and, well, Angus King. Because bond issues are decided by direct vote, the citizens themselves generally hold the purse strings, so if this state's in the hole, we've got no one to blame but ourselves.

Then there's LePage.

He declared himself "Commander-in-Chief" of the Maine National Guard and hired his daughter as assistant to his chief of staff. He told the press that the NAACP could "kiss my ass" and ripped down a mural celebrating the labor movement at the Department of Labor at the behest of a business associate. He claimed the middle management of the state bureaucracy was "corrupt."

He paved the way for charter schools in Maine, and personally selected ten contracts to build in the state. All ten fell short of Maine education standards. In an effort to weed out welfare in the state, he hired a company run by a crony to find welfare fraud, which plagiarized its report, to the tune of $900,000 in tax dollars down the drain. He hired ten welfare investigators at a cost of over half a million dollars; they found $5700 worth of welfare fraud. He called the IRS "The new Gestapo." He claimed that Maine had a 47% unemployment rate.

Needless to say, the dutiful reporting of Maine's fourth estate made him lots and lots of friends in the industry. He's joked about blowing up newspaper offices and told schoolkids not to read newspapers, but to get all their information from Fox News. Then he met with the Sovereign Citizens movement, where he joked about arresting and "hanging" Democratic legislators, including the current Senate President.

He was so awful that several months before the 2012 elections (he was elected in '10), his legislative allies were begging him to STFU and go sit down for a few months, because they were getting killed in the polls due to the Governor being a twit. It didn't work, and the State Legislature flipped from solid R to solid D in a massive landslide. Within a year of his election, his own party had turned on him so much that the legislature was considering a state constitutional amendment to allow recall elections.

Probably the worst job in Maine is being a LePage spokesman. Every time he says or does something stupid, whatever unlucky chump was chosen as spokesperson starts by denying that the event ever happened. Eventually, the press rubs the proof in his face, whereupon he disappears for a day and returns with a completely different story or a half-assed excuse. After calling state bureaucrats "corrupt," his spokesman tried to claim that it was because English isn't his first language. (He's from Lewiston and is primarily Francophone.) The spokesperson tried to claim that his meeting with white supremacists was because "he was trying to listen to the concerns of all his constituents," as if they just happened to be on the list.

Being elected with 37.9% of the vote in a five-way race meant that he had to start his term on day one with policies that reached across the aisles, garnered the support of the majority of his constituents, and had a verifiably improving impact on the quality of life in this state. Instead, he's insulted his constituency and impoverished the state for the sake of out-of-state business interests. And yet, being the epitome of the "stick it to the libs" school of know-nothing conservatism, he still has some 35% of the polls in this year's three-way election. (If the independent wasn't running, he wouldn't have a prayer.) It took 20 years for Republicans to win another gubernatorial election after McKernan won in 1990. If LePage loses, it may take even longer next time.
 
2014-07-04 06:44:23 PM  
Rep Michelle Bachmann - yes.  Governor Mark Dayton?  Ah no.
 
2014-07-04 07:02:55 PM  
FTFA: It's certainly true [Rahm Emmanuel] has shuttered mental health clinics, raised water fees, privatized city jobs, laid off teachers, and closed schools - four dozen of them at once. At the same time, he's poured millions of additional dollars into non-unionized, privately run charter schools.

If he didn't have a D after his name, the Plutocrat Party would be ready to nominate him for President.
 
2014-07-04 08:07:25 PM  

yakmans_dad: No Scott Walker? No Mitch McConnell?


Absolutely. A list like this without Scott Walker is completely invalid.
 
2014-07-04 08:52:56 PM  
peasandcarrots:


That was sad & funny at the same time.
 
2014-07-04 10:54:23 PM  

sirbissel: ...Did they leave off Louisiana? 

Is it just kinda assumed that, if it's a politician from Louisiana...


Ah, Louisiana.  Where half the state is under water and the other half is under indictment.
 
2014-07-04 11:57:11 PM  
Glad they included Scott Desjarlais.  He is the most repulsive of them all.
 
2014-07-05 12:12:58 AM  
Sex: Don't care.
Drugs: Don't care.
Corruption: Partially care, if it affects their votes.

This is part of why our government is so farking shiatty.  How about we pick the 23 worst politicians based on...oh...how badly they do their farking jobs?  I don't care about their personal lives.  I care if they filibuster when it isn't appropriate.  I care when they attach poison pills to otherwise accepted legislation or pork/unrelated special interests to must-pass bills.  I care if they waste time and dollars on useless bullshiat hearings while important issues are ignored.  I care about their votes.  I don't care what they smoke or who they fark.   I don't even care who they hate or don't hate, unless it changes their vote.
 
2014-07-05 12:53:24 AM  

yakmans_dad: No Scott Walker? No Mitch McConnell?


List fails without John Boehner.
 
2014-07-05 04:40:03 AM  

Alphax: So he thinks being a scribe is a position of authority and power, or something? Sounds like he's already planning to misuse the office.


Authority, no.

Power, yes.

Also incredibly easy to abuse, since whatever you're entering into the record is the official version.
 
2014-07-05 06:21:22 AM  
I'm glad this isn't another one of those "worst" lists where 47 out of 50 happen to be Republicans...but they get to New York and all they could find to pick on were two Republicans, one of whom is 30 points down in the governor's race and the other who's only in politics peripherally as a self-promoting ass?

Did the name "Sheldon Silver" not ring a bell with these idiots?
 
2014-07-05 08:24:13 AM  
The list is way short on Democrats....in D.C. alone there are at least 10 that would make it , including the mayor and most of the council including that guy who once accused the biatch of setting him up...
 
2014-07-05 09:02:53 AM  

Animatronik: The list is way short on Democrats....


Yeah, gotta be Fair & Balanced®, right?
 
2014-07-05 09:29:09 AM  

Animatronik: The list is way short on Democrats....in D.C. alone there are at least 10 that would make it , including the mayor and most of the council including that guy who once accused the biatch of setting him up...


They had to narrow it down so I guess Marion Barry is out on the basis of what-sleazy-thing-have-you-done-lately.

How they never bothered with New Jersey at all is beyond me. I guess they figured at this point hammering on Chris Christie was too easy. But hey, they found a couple of former officeholders from Idaho to slam.

And pissing on a GOP county executive from New York - a state with massive social-services bloat - for cutting some of that spending, while accepting the feel-good bullshiat SAFE Act at face value as the height of progressive awesomeness is just lazy journalism.
 
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