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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations

We've reached the middle of another week in Washington and between the growing criticism of the Obama Administration's handling of the oil spill in the Gulf, the defeat of establishment Republican favorite Vaughn Ward in an Idaho Republican primary and Vice President Joe Biden's comment about Connecticut Attorney General Dick Blumenthal there are already plenty of potential nominees for our "Worst Week in Washington."

Remember that we are looking for the person, place or thing that had the absolute worst last seven days and, as importantly, why.

Nominate your favorite(s) in the comments section below. If we use your nomination, an official Fix t-shirt will be headed your way -- not to mention the unending glory of being able to say you had a hand in picking the "Worst Week in Washington".

Need a refresher course? Check out our first two "winners" of "Worst Week in Washington": Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 26, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
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By far the White House has had the worst week in Washington.

When both the Republicans AND Democrats are on camera saying that the oil spill is Obama's Katrina, something is bad.

Posted by: pinwizard39 | May 27, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

It has got to be a tie:

I respectfully nominate bumblingberry and 37thand0street for their use of outrage beyond the call of duty in fomenting a general insurrection against the evil Democratic Party from their perches here on The Fix. It has sadly failed this week although the extensive use of caps was a nice touch deserving of victory.

When do I get my t-shirt?

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 27, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Really this is easy: The Minerals Management Service itself

Between the oil "spill," the meth and porn, and now the sacking of its head, this agency is now in shambles. Most of this came to a head this week, and they had the "Worst Week in Washington."

Paul was last week. MTP was the final nail.

Sestak may be next week. We'll see what comes out. I think he's digging his own hole. He was desperate to find some reason he was an "outsider" and I think that's why he's talking about this. It may turn out that he's full of it.

Posted by: bearnakedjoe | May 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Mark, I do think there's something fishy about the Sestak thing. Just the timeline of it. Obama had already nominated a SecNavy a month before Specter made his party switch meaning the job wasn't available when Sestak made his campaign official. I suppose there is some way this could have been done. I just think it's strange that he hasn't elaborated any more on this. I can think of two reasons.

1) he's lying at least a little. Perhaps he was offered a job way back when and he concocted a white lie about how the WH tried to push him out, but he had the fortitude to stick it out for the people of PA.

2) if the story is true, it's done with and Sestak has no interest in being co-opted by Republicans to serve their ends by pushing the story.

I don't really care about this, actually. It's just another Republican whining point.

Mark, I don't know a whole lot about the oil leak. It seems like there's a lot of blame to go around. And I'm not sure who is responsible for what. There are so many players with so many responsibilities. It's really no shock that the Interior Department was run by industry insiders during the Bush administration seeing how he did that for every fu cking executive branch. But I'm not sure how culpable they are for this mess. BP does have its own history of safety negligence, but I don't know what their responsibilities were. Whether the failings were their fault or Transocean's fault. (how about that story of Transocean actually holding its workers captive until they signed a release???)

It's a complex tapestry that can be unraveled, I believe, but I don't know that there is anyone who is interested in doing so.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 27, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Sestak may have seen the administration as his opponent in the primary - but now they are on the same side.


Perhaps Sestak was offended in a way that has caused him to act in this way.

Sestak certainly should explain everything out - and Obama has to answer the questions too.

IT IS TIME THAT OBAMA RESIGN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 27, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I wrote much the same as Gallenod early this morning. I had assumed [by assumption, a fundamental error] that Salazar had cleaned house at MMS a year ago. Later in the day I heard Salazar explain what he had done and what he had not done regarding the MMS cesspool and I am willing to suspend disbelief for a time. That is a thought I will be willing to revisit, but for tonight I am giving Salazar a hall pass.

I agree with ddawd that if Sestak was offered a job and turned it down there is no story there that hurts Sestak.

I agree with ddawd about Simmons in CT. Not only did he lose Dodd as a punching bag, Blumenthal set up as perfect opponent for him to beat after last week's revelations. Now the only R who could have capitalized on his own VN service is inexplicably out of the race.

In another time and place, Rand Paul would qualify - but here and now he is running to replace Jim Bunning as a US Senator. The bar for him is so low.

ddawd, would you accept the Army Corps of Engineers, my perpetual bete noir, for their inability to gather booms and place them on the coast? Or, finally, do we blame BP, or the MMS for granting the waiver?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 27, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Why exactly is this SecNavy thing bad for Sestak? It is OBAMA who is being accused of tampering. I would actually think this might endear him to PA voters because he can tell them he stood up to the fat cats in Washington.

It would be problematic if he was found out to be lying, but that hasn't happened.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

"Remember that we are looking for the person, place or thing that had the absolute worst last seven days and, as importantly, why."

See my previous comment to shrink, Noa. Applies equally to your comment.

Posted by: bigcitizen | May 26, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, Noa. Paul's not going to lose, in deep red Kentucky, just because he expressed some reservations about the Civil Rights Act, particularly when he pretty much walked them back and has made clear to anyone who cares that he has no interest in raising the Act as an issue once he gets to the Senate.

==

Nobody ever said his weird position on the CRA was going to sink him all on its oddy knocky, I certainly didn't, nor would I think it would be enough in the state that re-elected a jerk like Bunning.

But oh, there are so many more riches there.

Paul has plenty to go around for everyone, like his Amero Conspiracy beliefs. In the end he will alienate almost everyone either educated or sane, and absolutely everyone who is both.

Still, we're talking about Kentucky.

I'm really not interested in the Sestak story, the hysteria is as manufactured as Cillizza's excitement over Tim Pawlenty and Dino Rossi. Yawn.

Paul's appeal was on the visceral simplicity of his message. That simplicity is now compromised; the LP is going to run someone against him now, and no that isn't going to sink him because libertarians are a 2-3% party anyway, but it's going to hurt.

He won't lose to a gaping wound, his CRA position isn't one, he'll lose to a thousand tiny cuts. And lose he will, and good riddance.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe true, shrink, and there's no special place in my heart for Rand Paul, but the question was who has had the worst week, not who might have a bad week in the future if he says something crazy again...

Posted by: bigcitizen | May 26, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

bigcitizen, the thing about cuckoo clocks is that darn little bird that keeps popping out.

If I were a Republican in Kentucky, I might spin Patsy Cline singing Crazy, again and again.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

http://corner.nationalreview.com/post/?q=ODkxZmFlMmM4OTRkNTUwMjgwYzYzM2EwODkxNjc0ZjY=

Rob Simmons had a rough go of it too. He started with the plum matchup against Chris Dodd to now not even being in the race.

And if McMahon wants help from him, it shall not be forthcoming, apparently.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I dunno, Noa. Paul's not going to lose, in deep red Kentucky, just because he expressed some reservations about the Civil Rights Act, particularly when he pretty much walked them back and has made clear to anyone who cares that he has no interest in raising the Act as an issue once he gets to the Senate. Sestak, on the other hand, won his party's nomination by running on character -- two days in, that image is tarnished as Sestak is mired in a Chicago politics-style scandal. The damage is much greater and will last much longer in Sestak's case.

Posted by: bigcitizen | May 26, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

"I"

screwing a 12yo deafmute boy

letting slip a disgusting desire

Is that your flavor of SE Asia tourism Ped? I hear it's a great place for that. But you already knew that didn't you?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Leapin, it's true Obama won't be laying the wreath at Arlington--he'll be at an Illinois Veteran's cemetery instead. Also, he's not the first president to do something like this; George W. did it a couple times, George H.W. did it once, and Ronald Reagan did it as well, where "it" is "not going to Arlington and instead commemorating elsewhere." I guess out of the last 5 presidents, the only one who went to Arlington for every Memorial Day of his time in office was Bill Clinton.

Posted by: dkp01 | May 26, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

And since (1) there's nothing there and (2) it wouldn't matter a fig if there was, the press will move on as soon as another Republican gets caught cheating on his wife or screwing a 12yo deafmute boy.

But Rand Paul will be the gift that keeps on giving .. or the Man In The Iron Mask. He loses either way.

But don't let me stop you, bigcitizen, you guys don't have much to give you hope these days.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Joe Sestak by far had the worst week in Washington.

Last week, the guy was a giant slayer, having taken down a 30-year incumbent with twice as much money. His victory lap lasted all of two days -- poor guy can't do a single interview without being peppered by questions about the White House job offer. Anyone who's been watching his campaign knows how much he likes to tout his "independence" and personal accountability on the campaign trail -- these characteristics have been called very much into question by his refusal to name names, covering up an apparent insider deal and potential crime.

Even the Philly Inquirer, the biggest and one of the most liberal papers in the state, slammed Sestak in an editorial today (http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20100526_Editorial__Fill_the_blanks.html) for not coming forward with a full account of what happened. Nearly every news story that mentions Sestak has mentioned this cloud hanging over his head.

Sestak's crash from giant killer to crime cover-upper has to be the greatest disappointment for Democrats since the Lost finale.

Posted by: bigcitizen | May 26, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

B

economics is spooky

How smart are birds?
Is there a God?
who should we ignore?
Who will pay for little Bradley's braces?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

if the two most vulnerable Republicans win in November, everyone will be asking them: Holy Cao, how did you Djou that?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Very little paint is needed to make Rand Paul look like a nut.

I keep having to remind myself his name isn't backwards.

And oh, in response to what Brigade wrote (no point responding to him, he'll just alter what I write in his response), I regard Hồ Chí Minh as too ideological, I detest the agrarian variation of Communism. Việt Nam was floundering as long as they adhered to his strict ideas about dealing with economy and the world, they began to relax and allow some regulated capitalism (the only kind that works), and things got better, so they relaxed more. Now their middle class is thriving while ours is vanishing, because we are now beholden to an unworkable ideologu ourselves: the free market.

That said I will have his picture on the ol' bàn thờ tổ tiên just like everyone else.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe wrote,
"In his struggle against the Amero, Rand Paul complains, “the thing you just have to be aware of is that, if you talk about it like it's a conspiracy, they'll paint you as a nut.” Paul adds: “It's not a conspiracy; they're out in the open about it.”"
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If you just alter it a wee bit, it sounds like Eugene Robinson obsessing about racism.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

When Rand Paul's not (allegedly) dreaming of segregated lunch counters, "restricted" neighborhoods, wheelchairs blocked by street curbs, and sub-minimum wages, he sounds the alarm about the...Amero conspiracy!

GOPer David Frum explains:

"Creation of the Amero is alleged to be just one step toward a sinister “North American Union.” Another step is a putative “NAFTA super-highway” -- 10 lanes of roaring road stretching through the middle of the United States to connect Canada and Mexico.

In his struggle against the Amero, Rand Paul complains, “the thing you just have to be aware of is that, if you talk about it like it's a conspiracy, they'll paint you as a nut.” Paul adds: “It's not a conspiracy; they're out in the open about it.”"

http://theweek.com/bullpen/column/203381/does-rand-paul-understand-his-own-conspiracy-theories

Paint away on Rand, MSM. Paint away.

Worst week. Racist Rand.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 26, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Read a few Brigade posts and you see that it's 99% junk."

But then there's that other 1%. That's what keeps you coming back for more.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

WORST WEEK:

The Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and homophobia. With Sen. Ben Nelson joining President Obama and Sec. Gates (if tepid), this discriminatory policy is on it's way out.

Posted by: drjoel | May 26, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"That may just be enough for victory in Kentucky."

I am a big fan of democracy, that is good enough for me. If they know who he is and what he stands for and they like that, then they should elect him.

The thing we all despise is when people get elected saying things they do not believe.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

@shrink: full agreement about the surrounding people .. Geithner, Summers, and the rest. Obama is a little too "centrist" for my tastes.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 7:19 PM

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LOL. Ho Chi Minh and Nikita Khrushchev were too centrist for your tastes.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse


Brigade has been so darn grumpy from one end of the day to the other. And he hasn't been able to resist making a stream of middle school insults.

I suggest more fiber in your diet for the first problem, and a drink on the porch with Mrs. Brigade for the second.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 26, 2010 6:54 PM

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I have been rather grumpy, haven't I?
And your suggestion is the best I've had all day.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul, hands down.

Worst week, month, year, life.

Second place: the fake 37.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | May 26, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Rand imploded. As a political force, he has ceased to exist. From now on, the only people who will vote for him are the ones who do remember what he said last week, the ones who agree wholeheartedly.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 6:49 PM
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That may just be enough for victory in Kentucky.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

@shrink: full agreement about the surrounding people .. Geithner, Summers, and the rest. Obama is a little too "centrist" for my tastes.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

To illustrate the point, a person could make a good case the greatest mistake made by the Bush administration was Donald Rumsfeld.

Obama's people are tone deaf to the imminent regional/cultural disaster and if they don't get that, this will end up being his Katrina.

This is just beginning, I don't think the Obama administration understands that.

What is with this propaganda website?

http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/

Why does Ken Salazar pose with his boot on the neck of BP while it is perfectly obvious the administration's response and the company's response are one?


Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

After reading this comumn http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/26/AR2010052602334.html
I think Rand Paul might be having a very bad next 5 months. The Libertarians won't back him?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 26, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

ceflynline, not finding a faster way to stop the flow is not what I hold against the administration. Otherwise, my list of complaints, acts of ommision and commission is pretty long and detailed, not for this place. That said, as with all politicians, the people he chose to surround himself are part of the problem, in some cases, they are the problem and I am not just talking about the oil disaster.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

martgaret, exercise time management. Read a few Brigade posts and you see that it's 99% junk. Petty insults, predictable snark, canned talking points. Happily, we read this blog from the bottom up, so .. well. PgUp to the next post, repeat until you see a name not on the ignore list.

You know .. Moonbat, bumblingberry, Brigade, 37th, leapin, armpeg ... the many who may as well be scriptbots for all their originality.

Noacoler
going placidly amid the noise and waste

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Brigade has been so darn grumpy from one end of the day to the other. And he hasn't been able to resist making a stream of middle school insults.

I suggest more fiber in your diet for the first problem, and a drink on the porch with Mrs. Brigade for the second.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | May 26, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

@GJonahJameson: that would only work if (1) Paul stopped saying whacko and unhinged things and (2) people were willing to let it go. He won't, and they won't.

You don't have to listen to more than a few seconds of Rand Paul to know that this is a guy spoiling for a fight and lusting for attention. He's been told to S.T.F.U. but that's a lose .. if he's silent he's out of the news, and if he talks he won't be able to stop himself from jumping face-first into his dungheap of idiotic ideas.

Toast he is.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"You don't honestly think voters' memories will stretch all the way back to May..."

GJJ, Rand imploded. As a political force, he has ceased to exist. From now on, the only people who will vote for him are the ones who do remember what he said last week, the ones who agree wholeheartedly.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

scrivener50 wrote,
"WORST WEEK -- PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMS. DUE TO THIS:
ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL"

A close second. But I still say the American people are the real losers as long as these clowns are in charge.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Shrink: I suspect that the administration's position on the unknowability of just how much oil is escaping arises from too much advice, rather than too little. Every expert, real and qualified to self declared has probably chimed in to the White House with his own method of determining rates of release, and it is quite contradictory and something only engineers stand a chance of qualifying. And his experts don't agree.

There isn't anyone on earth with more than a vague idea of how to solve this mess, and every expert with a suggestion is talking to BP or the White House or Haliburton or the Coast Guard. Some one has to wade through the drek to find workable solutions, and Obama can hope someone gets lucky, but knows HE stands no chance of getting a workable solution on his own talents. So he is doing what a competent administrator does, keep looking, keep listening, and keep prodding for solutions. That he hasn't panicked already is testimony to his apparent total lack of fear.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 26, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Don't you love that R website, Dawd? They're even stupider than you could have imagined!

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 5:11 PM
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But not nearly as stupid as your posts.

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Tempting to agree with those who chose Obama, but actually the entire country has "the worst week in Washington" each and every week Obama and the lefties are in office.
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From today's USA TODAY editorial:

"Memo to congressional Democrats: It's not 2008 or 2009 anymore . . .
They began this week pushing two big new spending bills that together would cost more than $230 billion over 10 years. The initial plan, according to the Congressional Budget Office, was to pay for less than one-fifth of that and borrow the rest.
This is apparently what the leaders consider fiscal responsibility. It makes mockery of their recent chest-thumping about pay-as-you-go rules, and it sends a signal that, unlike most of the rest of the country, Congress still doesn't get it.

"Much of this would be designated as "emergency" spending to exempt it from budget rules. So let's see if we have this right. As far as the bills' backers are concerned, nothing else in the $3.7 trillion federal budget could be set aside to make it possible to spend this new money without adding it to the national debt.
That's absurd.

"Sure, it's harder to pay for all this spending than it is to put it on Uncle Sam's credit card. But just about all members of Congress got there by claiming they could make tough choices."
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And while the libs sit on this blog all day eating their Cheetos, fussing about their pet topics (Republicans are stupid; Republicans are racist) and jerking each other off, the Dems in Washington continue to drive the country further into the ditch.

Maybe someone somewhere can offer a little intellectual honesty in dealing with all this spending. How about three cheers for the "party of no?" We sure need 'em now!
As Paul Newman said, "sometimes nothing (no!) is a real cool hand."

Posted by: Brigade | May 26, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Pshaw, shrink2. With five months to go, even the most damaged candidate can recover given the right set of circumstances. You don't honestly think voters' memories will stretch all the way back to May after they've spent all of September and October getting bombarded by sound bites and attack ads, do you?

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 26, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

What is that thing in BP "top kill" video feed? If the company wanted to lower expectations any further, they should just say, "We have no idea why we are trying to do this, but the Coast Guard approved it, so here goes."

It is an outrage the administration has never taken an interest in determining how much oil is flowing into the gulf. BPs position, that it "doesn't matter" is literally incredible, it is beyond belief.

Our government's position, that it is not possible for anyone to do a quantitative analysis, is false. We don't even have accurate information on the quantity being "siphoned" to the surface. Ken Salazar is going to tickle BP's neck with his feather boa 'till they can barely breathe.


Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

the implosion of Obama’s self-styled “American socialism” is accelerating

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Are you, like, posting from the set of "The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari" or something?

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Funny that Republicans need to troll the web for ideas, and look what they get: unhinged lunatics who're serious about psychotic ideas, and heapin' helpin's of scorn and mockery.

They should have run an ad requesting policy proposals on Craigslist.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

No, Rand Paul will not recover.
Last week he was a winner,
waving to crowds,
his arm candy, beaming.
This week he is nothing.
It is irrecoverable.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

I was going to say that the "Americans Speaking Out" website could not possibly be considered a loser given how much harmless amusement it has offered to so many people. But then in the midst of my browsing it for preposterous suggestions, I'm pretty sure someone hacked it. Which is still really, really funny, but might drift into "loser" territory.

Seriously though, I vote for Vaughn Ward. Rand Paul and Dick Blumenthal might yet recover from their setbacks, but it's too late for Ward.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | May 26, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It hasta be Obama for the Sestak affair.

As I wrote at joelinpdx.com/blog this Sestak thing has all the makings of a Watergate redux.

Innocuous illegal act ==> official denials ==> media investigation ==> president falls.

Posted by: joelinpdx | May 26, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

The Minerals Management Service is a huge mess that he should have cleaned out top to bottom as soon as he he was confirmed. Yes, he had a lot on his plate at Interior, but the problems with MMS during the previous administration were well publicized before Salazar took the job and should have been addressed, ruthlessly, at the earliest opportunity either by Salazar personally or by proxy.

He either didn't look under that particular rock or didn't follow up on any potential corrective action he may have ordered. As a result, he is now having the Worst Week in Washington.

Posted by: Gallenod | May 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul is what happens when Teabagger politics has a head on collision with reality.


Paul is walking, talking proof that any nutcase can climb the Republican political ladder in this country nowadays. Let's start betting on who will be Sarah Palin's running mate in 2012. I think the mummified corpse of Ronald Reagan has a pretty good chance.


http://gawker.com/5544827/rand-paul-is-even-crazier-than-his-racist-and-pro+bp-gaffes-suggest

Posted by: DrainYou | May 26, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

The worst week in washington was definitely zouk's. he was turned down by every 'model' he approached and so has had no choice but to post here every 2 minutes to vent his frustration.

Don't you love that R website, Dawd? They're even stupider than you could have imagined!

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul (not Rand). Darling of the Libertarian Party...which may now be planning a challenge to his son in KY. Awkward Memorial Day family barbecue will be awkward.

Posted by: dkp01
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Speaking of an awkward Memorial Day.. a day with no Memorial by the president.

Posted by: leapin | May 26, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

the implosion of Obama’s self-styled “American socialism” is accelerating

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Ron Paul (not Rand). Darling of the Libertarian Party...which may now be planning a challenge to his son in KY. Awkward Memorial Day family barbecue will be awkward.

Posted by: dkp01 | May 26, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

berry's buddy and our future IF:

Hugo Chavez has been keeping a relatively low profile of late -- there have been no grand world tours, no fiery speeches at the United Nations. The Obama administration, which once promised to “engage” the Venezuelan caudillo, is instead quietly shunning him. There’s a simple reason for this: the implosion of Chavez’s self-styled “Bolivarian socialism” is accelerating. Figures reported Tuesday by the Chavez-controlled central bank portrayed an economy that is completely out of sync with the rest of the region -- and perhaps unique in the world in the degree of its current distress.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

That website is such a winner, not a loser!

"I fear that going to a gold standard isn't enough. Suppose some future liberal scientist decides to synthesize gold just to undermine the standard again? We should ban that pre-emptively. "

"Bomb China. Them chincks got too much of are money."

"Fewer taxes, more mixed martial arts. "

"Save millions in welfare reparations by offering blacks plane tickets back to Africa instead of entitlements. Since they think America is all racists they can go somewhere where they are the majority. And one plane ticket is far cheaper that the millions of welfare dollars we spend buying $100 nikes for the children of gangbangers in prison. We could also offer the gangbangers plane tickets instead of prison sentences since prison is basically just more welfare for black people. Also gangbanging has prepared them for serving in some African warlords army. "

"Reduce the deficit by cutting military spending in half. Suppose the heights of NBA players were like military expenditures and Yao Ming (7 '6") was equivalent to the United States ($623 billion), then the second tallest NBA player (China, $65 billion) would be 9 inches tall. In fact, if you added up the heights of all the other players, it would be a half foot short of Yao Ming. "

"My taxes should not have to pay for abortions. My taxes should pay for stuff I like; beer, nachos, lift kits, meth and hot dogs.....oh and locking up scary brown people. Why are they so scary? "

"We need to get rid of all the jews. Everyone knows that they brought the lovebugs with them when they arrived from Jewpiter, and we've had nothing but problems since."

"Rename Washington DC to Reaganville. "

"PEDOPHILES ARE AN EVER GROWING TO OUR CHILDREN, SO I WAS THINKING THAT WE SHOULD CAPTURE ALL PEDOPHILES AND PUT THEM IN CAMPS WITH FREE-ROAMING BEARS. PEDO-BEARS IF YOU WILL. IT WOULD SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO PEOPLE: DON'T BE A PEDOPHILE. "

"I was going to say that we should stop daylight savings time because every time it comes around I'm confused for MONTHS. But what we should REALLY do is just standardize all American Time, so there aren't different zones. That way, I could call my brother in Louisiana in the early evening and not worry about him already being asleep because its two hours later there. "

"NEW LAWS SHOULD BE WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS TO EMPHASIZE THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE AND ANNOUNCE THAT IMPORTANCE IN ALL CAP REPETITION AND RUN-ON SENTENCES TO THE REST OF THE WORLD IN POORLY WORDED ENGLISH "

Ok, I've got to stop, I'm about to explode from stifling laughter.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

the clear winner for Worst week is Obamanomics:

Stocks erased gains by the close Wednesday, with the Dow ending below 10,000 for the first time in three months, as worries about global growth and a slide in the euro damaged markets.

Can anyone out there think of a single thing berry has done right?

Closing Gitmo? Cap and trade? DADT? Transparency? bipartisanship? post racial? line by line? anything?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget hillary, who is busy today offering terms for OUR surrender to North Korea. Iran and Syria are going to be upset they got beat to the punch.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"Rand Paul was last week - not this week."

Exactly. He was last week. Last week he was taken seriously, this week he just disappeared, It started Sunday when he was not on his Meet the Press appearance. And it just gotten worse, silence is death to politicians.

That is why this is the worst week of his political life. From chatterbox media darling to a terrible crushing silence.

Also, as illustrated by the first post below, it is a perfect counterpoint to last week's winner. Just perfect.

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

AmitDC gets my vote for best post of the day. I didn't think much about Blair, but it sounded like he got pushed with a knife in his back. BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Worst week in washington:

Rep Kevin McCarthy, who's rollout of the America Speaking Out website could ahve gone better...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/25/AR2010052504396.html

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

There is a certain point where the government must Just Say No. Is two years of unemployment insurance enough? It was until Obama arrived.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe if we focus more on helping people..."

Socialist. Another whining liberal...help the hungry, with what, a free lunch?

Why don't people help themselves? Right leapin? Am I right?

Can I get a little help here from the Right?

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Vaughan Ward is my choice. NRCC Young Gun member who a)doesn't know a lot about PR b) plagiarizes a speech by the DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENT c) has every advantage of money/endorsements d) loses handily

Posted by: JBlum11 | May 26, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You guys are forgetting the rules of "Worst Week in Washington"


The time period is SUNDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

Rand Paul was last week - not this week.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party -- all the teabagger candidates winning the primaries will lose big in the general.

All the low-IQ rightwing loser trolls on this board, cheering while their R elected officials throw them under the bus for the oil companies and stick them with the bill for the clean up.

Posted by: drindl
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The Free Lunch Dbaggers will pay with cash from Obama’s stash.

Posted by: leapin | May 26, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Finally, something drivl actually knows a thing or two about:
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

When you have absolutely no ideas and nothing to say, always attack the messenger. Standard tactic for losers

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 4:03 PM
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>...

drindl
This story is huge. We're talking Federal Criminal Charges."

LOL. You really ought to stop smoking that stuff.

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 2:03 PM

exactly what is your message dingbat, besides the obvious brain dead hate and mindless liberal partisan hackery?

I think we all understand how empty and pitiful your life is, clear from your endless ranting here.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party -- all the teabagger candidates winning the primaries will lose big in the general.

All the low-IQ rightwing loser trolls on this board, cheering while their R elected officials throw them under the bus for the oil companies and stick them with the bill for the clean up.

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"According to the FAO, the global benefits of reducing the number of hungry by half would be at least $120 billion per year as a result of longer, healthier and more productive lives for several hundred
million people." Borgen Project.

Maybe if we focus more on helping people rather than criticizing on the press, it would make people's life easier.

www.borgenproject.org


Posted by: sara13 | May 26, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the Oil Spill, Rand Paul, Dick Blumenthal and other candidates mentioned all have one thing in common: there are many more weeks ahead for them that could be worse than what's come. My pick is Dennis Blair, who suffered the indignity of a position that was never given clear authority and yet designated to be most accountable for intelligence failures. The ongoing dithering over who should succeed him only serves to highlight the structural problems of this position. If this were an undersecretary of transportation it would not make news, but it is a position at the very core of America's position in the world.

Posted by: AmitDC | May 26, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Clearly the Sestak situation is another IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE.


Obama has got to be kidding.


I just hope they include FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM as one of the counts in the IMPEACHMENT PROCEEDINGS.

These FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM are AIMED AT INTIMIDATING PEOPLE NOT TO EXERCISE THEIR FREEDOM OF SPEECH - which is a CIVIL RIGHT.


And clearly, the campaign of FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION - THE SAME AS IF SOMEONE TRIED TO INITIMIDATE A BLACK FROM VOTING IN THE SOUTH.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | May 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I second shrink2's nomination of Rand Paul, and for the same reason. The guy is too weird ****for the same Republican Party that's cool with Sarah Palin****.

Being fitted with a muzzle has to qualify.

AND beins censured by the Libertarian Party as being ***********TOO NUTTY FOR THE LIBERTARIANS DING DING DING WE HAVE A WINNER ***********.

Oh to be a fly on the wall listening to McConnell muzzling that libertarian drool case.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 26, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Worst performance in an oil leak crisis by a Marxist president goes to ...

Posted by: leapin | May 26, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Like bad bacon, drivl keeps coming up.
Posted by: bumblingberry"


When you have absolutely no ideas and nothing to say, always attack the messenger. Standard tactic for losers -- and aspiring "model photographers."

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Like bad bacon, drivl keeps coming up.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

And Dino Rossi, who will soon go the way of Trey Grayson...

"Last week Palin endorsed Clint Didier, a former Redskins and Packers tight end and tea party favorite. And Didier hasn't been shy about bashing the establishment pick.

In a statement Didier laid it all out there saying he will not be quitting:

I don't know Dino Rossi personally. But I do know he is part of the Republican establishment - all you have to do is look at those he surrounds himself with. I don't believe he's the conservative people think he is.

If people want more of the same, the McCain or Bush type of governing, then they can support Dino. If they want the change they missed the last time, then they can support me."

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

The Republican Party seems to be the hands down winner. The T-Party is massacring its(by comparison) mainstream candidates, and every time another T-person wins he turns out to make the Three Stooges look like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Now Idaho is beginning to look good for the Dems, and Utah may be within reach. With this kind of material Art Buchwald must be rolling over in his grave because he can't come back and write about it.

Posted by: ceflynline | May 26, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

WORST WEEK -- PRESIDENT OBAMA AND THE DEMS. DUE TO THIS:

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

• If the military takes over in a "national emergency," constitutional rights can be suspended.

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

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Oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities...

HOMELAND HIT LIST TARGETS 'DISSIDENTS,' 'UNDESIRABLES' FOR SILENT MICROWAVE TORTURE, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, VIGILANTE COMMUNITY STALKING HARASSMENT: VETERAN JOURNALIST

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener re: "Gestapo USA: Gov't Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 26, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

RAND PAUL, NICKI HALEY, SARAH PALIN AND ALL HER ENDORSED LOSERS.

Posted by: drindl | May 26, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

The nominees:

On the left - Blumenthal.
On the right - Rand Paul.
Down the center - Albert Haynesworth (paternity suit).

As neither Blumenthal nor Paul are actually in Washington at the moment, I'm going to give the flower to Albie.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | May 26, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I can cast my lot for Rand Paul as well.

Looks like the Libertarian party has abandoned him over his CRA comments and they are considering a third party challenge to him. If they go through with this, that's a HUGE risk of vote splitting since Paul draws so much from the libertarian pool.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/26/AR2010052602334.html

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Worst week?
Comrade Barack Obama. He and his administration have been exposed to one and all as a bunch of inept Keystone Cop-like stumbelbums, for causing the worst oil spill disaster in our history to get out of hand. Despite the Democrap Socialist Party--controlled Main Stream Media's every effort to cover-up this mess (notice that Chris Cillizza hasn't made much of a peep about it--surprise, surprise), the American people are starting to wake up to this incompetent boop's failure to handel a critical situation.
What could he have done after the BP oil rig explosion, you may ask?
Go to the news report by the Mobile Press--Register of May 03,2010, by Ben Raines, "Despite plan, not a single fire boom on hand on Gulf Coast at time of oil spill" or go to: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/05/fire_boom_oil_spill_raines.html

Posted by: armpeg | May 26, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Might not be Washington, but the South Carolina GOP seem to have a growing problem amongst their ranks. I do not believe the rumors, but SC politics seems to be incredibly divisive and personal as the party struggles to hold onto that Governor's office.

Posted by: CBUS813 | May 26, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Cast my ballot for Nikki Haley.

A sex scandal would be bad enough in any instance, but when running on the Republican ticket to replace Mark Sanford?

That's a serious dose of bad luck, bad news, and truly, the Worst Week in Washington.

Posted by: thebenc | May 26, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

BP, although Obama is actually catching up on this front. Right now BP still gets the blame, but the administration is really starting to muddle the response pretty badly. Who is in charge of the cleanup at this point? Hard to tell, which is becoming more and more problematic for Obama.

Posted by: erikpdumont | May 26, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Rand Paul. He went from chatterbox media darling (even hitting The Fix's "most influential Republicans" list), to

**chirping**crickets**

Posted by: shrink2 | May 26, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I nominate DCCC Chair Van Hollen, for managing to lose a 70% D district to a Republican. Surely he's heard Tip O'Neil's adage "All politics is local"... even so, the DCCC stuck with Ed Case despite his unpopularity back home. The loss is essentially a black eye, since the district is all but certain to return to a D in the fall, but a black eye's more than enough to hurt one's chances at scoring a date for prom night.

Posted by: EBC1 | May 26, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Vaughn Ward (ID-1) had a pretty bad week. And he's actually sorta from Washington.

Posted by: tjharris | May 26, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

How about Sarah Palin? I don't think I've ever seen the press be this critical of her as now after her McGinniss stunt.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 26, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Whoever offered the bribe to Sestak.

besides Obama I mean.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 26, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"As if that wasn't indignity enough, McConnell had to grin and bear it as Paul caused a media firestorm with comments inexplicably relitigating the tenets of the Civil Rights Act -- the very sort of move that had led people such as McConnell to back the other guy in the primary."

Chris this part made McConnell seem prescient not embarrassed.

Posted by: BobSanderson | May 26, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

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