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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations

It's been a short week in the nation's Capital, thanks to Memorial Day, but that doesn't mean we can't pick the person, place or thing who had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington."

As always, we are looking for not just your nomination but the "why" behind it. (Need a refresher course? Check out past "WWW" winners such as Elizabeth Birnbaum, Mitch McConnell and Alan Mollohan.)

The comments section eagerly awaits your nominations. If you come up with something particularly inventive, and we wind up using it, you'll win yourself an official Fix t-shirt.

Let the nominating begin!

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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The unemployed.

Posted by: tjbv1 | June 4, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

If we are vacating world series a slew of Yankees' need to be stripped. ARod was on the juice big time. 37O why did you only mention the Red Sox?

Posted by: dganderson13 | June 4, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

This is easy.
Nikki Haley of SC.
It is never good when a bunch of guys are coming out stating they had one night stands with you. While you are trying to run as Ms. Morals. Also wasn't she the chosen one of Gov Sanford. Wern't there rumors about them together. Maybe she is trying to get the nominatin one man at a time. Either way a terrible week for her and a worse one for her marriage.

Posted by: dganderson13 | June 4, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse


...And now for something more important-
From Tonight's NY Times

"At a news conference in Metairie, La., Adm. Thad W. Allen of the Coast Guard, who is commanding the federal response to the disaster, said the cut was “a significant step forward.” But he warned that because the cut was not as straight as desired, the cap might not fit snugly, increasing the possibility that water might enter along with the oil to form icelike crystals called hydrates.

Given the string of engineering problems so far — the shears were used, for example, because a diamond-laced wire saw had become dull, perhaps from objects pumped into the well as part of an earlier failed effort — the relief well plan has faced its share of skepticism. Doubters have pointed to past problems with relief wells, including one drilled during a blowout off southern Mexico 30 years ago that was unable to stop the gusher for three months after it was completed, and another off Australia last fall that did not hit its target until the fifth try."

*****
5th try at a relief well? Wannabe Robocop cuts NOT straight enough for a tight seal?

Obama seems more and more like the mayor of near future Detroit outsourcing his city's fate to evil OCP! Where is Robocop to save us (2 sailors in a deep sea sub armed with welding or non nuke incendiary devices)?

Posted by: thecannula | June 3, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Artur Davis and Parker Griffith

Posted by: madoug | June 3, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

And The Fix, policy on trolls. Having gotten out a column about winners and losers that was better than most, he had just eleven posts as the trolls ran anyone with an original thought off the thread.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 3, 2010 5:47 PM
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Tell us more about your Korean War experiences. If you lived in Washington, you'd definitely be the biggest loser for those whoppers. Talk about a troll.

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

If you cut taxes, how are you going to balance the state's budget?"

Posted by: ceflynline
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Cut expenses. I know it doesn't make sense to the Dbagger free lunch party attendees.

Posted by: leapin | June 3, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

There are many serious issues to be addressed and we do not need a weepy, angry, emotional president “feeling” his way to solutions. It is a dearth of critical thinking, contingency planning and discipline that has brought us to our present sorry state."


Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 12:14 PM

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We do need a president to do something besides play golf, read teleprompters and shake people down for money.

You're right about one thing, however: a dearth of critical thinking, contingency planning (think BP permit and waivers) and discipline on the part of the Obama administration has certainly brought us to our current sorry state.

The best we can hope for is to pull some of Obama's teeth in November by tossing out Dems en masse.

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

And The Fix, policy on trolls. Having gotten out a column about winners and losers that was better than most, he had just eleven posts as the trolls ran anyone with an original thought off the thread.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Future "Worst Week" episodes for Barry

Blago and Barry

Shutting Down Oil Production in the Gulf

Posted by: leapin | June 3, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Gallenod wrote,
"they (The Right) are mortally afraid that he (Obama) will succeed and marginalize them for decades."
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Mortally afraid of Obama? LOL. The country's never been in worse shape.

Posted by: Brigade | June 3, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

"Does MLB umpire Jim Joyce have a DC connection? Posted by: wireglen"

Nah, but it raises a question: How do you score the play, E3U?

Posted by: ceflynline | June 3, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

The Fix.

Having a Primary to report on, and having decided that its theme had to be Incumbents beware, he got handed primary results that said anything BUT incumbents beware.

So he posted it anyway.

THEN the rest of the week filled up with angry anti incumbents finduing lots of creative ways to self distruct.

And that bunch of counter productive campaigners, the T-Party, went on a rampage of antiism and their leaders had to go into hiding because they realized that preaching to the choir wasn't such a good idea after all, and they don't know anyone else who is willing to listen to them and not such embarrassing questions, like "If you cut taxes, how are you going to balance the state's budget?"

Posted by: ceflynline | June 3, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Its surely got to be Griffith. The guy switched parties last year to improve his chances at re-election, and he had the full backing of his new party.

But not only did he fail to get past the primary, he got smashed at the ballot box - failing to even force a run-off. That's gotta mean he had the worst week in washington (although he won't be in washington for much longer!)

Posted by: JayPen | June 3, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The House Republican Leadership/RCCC:

After these two enticed Parker Griffith to switch sides with a promise that they'd back him to the hilt, and he loses-as an incumbent- with only 33% in the Alabama primary, House Republicans will have to win all 40 more seats in November if they hope to gain a majority. After the Griffith debacle, any attempt to co-opt other Democratic Members into switching will be meet with a slamming door.

Posted by: efjsdo | June 3, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I’m drindl and window’s 7 cut and paste was MY idea !!!!!

Posted by: leapin | June 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

It's gotta be Obama, for all the reasons cited above. I would say Sue Lowden, who's now actually trailing Reid in the polls, but she ain't in Washington.

Posted by: sethasaurus | June 3, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Barry H Obama –

Reaching out to lawyers instead of engineers. Don’t want to let this oil spill crisis go to waste when there’s much political advantage to be had.

Posted by: leapin | June 3, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

jake3 is 3 times better!

Look -- due to the bumbling of his opponents, Reid surges ahead of all of them:

A new poll shows Reid (D-NV) beating each of the potential Republican challengers who once held solid leads over him. Sue Lowden, the one-time Washington favorite, self-destructed over some ill-timed health care barter comments just as her rivals Sharron Angle and Danny Tarkanian started to rise. Angle, the new conservative darling of the tea party and Washington groups like the Club for Growth, holds a 9-point lead heading into the primary. She and Lowden have been attacking one another as trailing Tarkanian is mainly running on a tough illegal immigration stance thanks in part to the immigration fight brewing next door in Arizona.

The Nevada primary is a microcosm of a trend playing out across the country, where national Republicans are attempting to harness the energy of the tea party without being pummeled by its anti establishment sentiment. (See Bennett, Bob.) That's the dynamic at work with Angle, who earned an April endorsement from the more corporate Tea Party Express. Sen. Jim DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund hasn't picked a side, but activists involved have spoken favorably about both Angle and Tarkanian while saying Lowden is too tied to Washington."

Chicken Sue and Scientologist Sharron have done a lot of damage to each other, but they are both still ahead of Tarkanian.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

BP CEO Tony Hayward for his remarks "I want MY life back" (a) after being negligent in the death of 11 workers (b)after destruction of the livelihood and culture of the gulf (c)after causing major damage to and possible extinction of many forms of bird and fish life (d)possibly inflicting irreversible damage to the ecology and environment throughout the world.

Oh, Did I say he also caused the worst disaster in American History?

Posted by: benjaminsp | June 3, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

JakeD3 has three times the insight of any other jake posting here.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 3, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

It's got to be Parker Griffith in Alabama. He would have had a tough race to get re-elected as a Democrat, but probably would have done it (and the DCCC probably would have been willing to spend big to keep him).

At least when Specter switched, he could probably say "I have alway gotten a lot of Democratic support and can probably count on a good deal of Democratic support in primary." Yes, he lost, but at least he came (comparatively) close.

No way could Griffith make the same claim about his Republican constituents.

And Specter, after losing, had the good grace to come out an endorse Sestak. Griffith didn't even come out to thank his supporters.

The ultimate irony (if you're Griffith) is that this seat could still go Democratic in the fall. If that happens, Griffith will have to be asking himself "what was the point of my performing political seppuku if this seat was going to remain Democratic?"

Posted by: nobody333 | June 3, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

and sometimes your utter incompetence, fraud, inexperience, corruption, leftist agenda and wacked out morals catch up with you.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

+-+-+-+-+

A truer self-characterization I've never read.

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 3, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

"Sadly, there are perishingly few potential innocent victims among our political elite."

...still chuckling...

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

shrink: Yes, that was me. I just don't see anyone going through anything quite that tragic this week, so I'll settle for someone who tripped themselves up (switching parties, ignoring a key constituency, padding their resume).

I agree that Obama is having a miserable week, but not much more miserable than any week for him lately.

And though Nikki Haley may actually be having that kind of week, she isn't actually in Washington.

Sadly, there are perishingly few potential innocent victims among our political elite.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Bud Selig should reverse the call last night and give Galarraga a perfect game - plus the distinction of being the only man in history to get 28 outs in a 9 inning game.


Selig has other wrongs to right as well - like the home run records have to be vacated.


ALSO Selig should take away the two World Series wins from the Red Sox because their players were on steriods.


OUCH.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

I'd recommend Kirk. While infalting the military resume once isn't an issue, doing it repeatedly for 10 years should be. Also it has taken the wind out of his momentum and allowed the talk to shift from sexi lexi's failed bank.

If not him than Obama, not for what he has/hasn't done but for things outside his control - oil spill, rain, Israel militancy - and the American public's schizophrenic belief that while the government should stay out of their lives - at the same time anything that happens - unemployment, oil spills international incidents - is somehow the government's fault and they should fix it (or take the blame).

Posted by: ChicagoIndependant | June 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Nikki Haley, sucks to have your name dragged through the mud like this.

Posted by: caseyb0921 | June 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Nikki Haley, sucks to have your name dragged through the mud like this.

Posted by: caseyb0921 | June 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

How about Netanyahu? I know he isn't in Washington, but his success relies heavily on the support of the US government and last weeks raid on the turkish humanitarian ships is as bad as it gets. On top of the settlement screw up during Biden's visit means that the current Prime Minister may lose the support of his most important political ally. If that happens the moderate opposition will move quickly to have new elections to vote him out of office.

My second nomination is Sarah Palin. How does 'drill baby drill' sound now.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 3, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The rules STATE CLEARLY that the week is Sunday - Saturday

So anything that happened last Saturday or last Friday or Thursday DOES NOT COUNT

Keep that in mind.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Gallenod, wasn't it you (or was it GJJ or Bob S, I forgot) who a couple weeks ago made a tight argument for the WWW going to someone who suffered a career shot through no fault of their own (like Birnbaum)? For example, suffering a career ending personal scandal should not count, just because that was the week you happened to get caught.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

zouk took a weekend off and is back in overdrive.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

appears to work very hard to understand the troubling problems confronting the United States and most of the world.


>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Is golf, bball, parties, picnics, fundraisers and endless meetings hard work? If he had ever had a job or a purpose before this slot, he might not have to work so hard to simply understand.

Lots of people are losing their jobs. He doesn't understand.

Oil is spilling out in the gulf - he doesn't understand

Jihadists are trying to kill us - he doesn't understand.

when you start from a baseline of zero, of course there is going to be a very sharp upward learning curve. and you will arrive there only if you are actually interested in the process. Berry seems to be quite happy on the golf course, which is probably best for all involved with his abilities.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

But Jake, but aside from the Memorial Day stuff that's pretty much every week for Obama. Since pretty much every problem in America belongs to the president, he'd win most weeks between now and when he leaves office just because his normal environment includes more misery by default than most other politicians have in a lifetime.

As Obama's level of misery is still within operational norms for a sitting president, I'm still inclinded towards someone dealing with abnormal suffering, like losing an election, being fired, having several of your staff (personal friends are best) being indicted, or being caught in a personal indiscretion.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes, you just have a tough week.

Posted by: JakeD3

and sometimes your utter incompetence, fraud, inexperience, corruption, leftist agenda and wacked out morals catch up with you.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 3, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Sad -- so many eaten up with baseless hatred of our country.
prime example - drivl and her stooges

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Bank collapses, bad economy, oil spills, middle east problems, two wars, and North Korea. Top that off with a rain-out of his Memorial Day speech, a blown tire, and a hastily gathered audience for it. I'm giving Worst Week to Obama and not because I dislike the guy. Sometimes, you just have a tough week.

Jake in 3D

Posted by: JakeD3 | June 3, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

'Thus the attempt to turn any potential molehill into a mountain range. '

Yeah, you're right about that, Gallenod.

Regarding all the constant pouting on the right about silly crap like 'emoting'and so forth, a good letter to the editor:

"Where is it written that the president of the United States should be everyone’s “daddy”?

We elected a president, and this one, for a change, is bright, articulate and coolheaded, and appears to work very hard to understand the troubling problems confronting the United States and most of the world.

This country’s leaders and its people are not participants in a TV reality show or Facebook “friends.” There are many serious issues to be addressed and we do not need a weepy, angry, emotional president “feeling” his way to solutions. It is a dearth of critical thinking, contingency planning and discipline that has brought us to our present sorry state."

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well if Elizabeth Birnbaum won last week, it is only fair Tony "I want my life back" Hayward wins this week.

This was the week most people began the process of understanding, started to realize how bad this is going to be. Someday, the word "spill" will no longer be attached to this, just as Chernobyl did not "leak" radiation.

Soon, people will come to the realization that the disaster is just starting. When the oil stops flowing, then we can start to know learn how much came out, where it is and project where it will end up. When it goes where it goes and does what it does, in spite of our best efforts, then we can implement plans for the aftermath.

All along BP has been implementing its plan to control the discussion of its role, setting up a containment dome for the aftermath, which is not a crime, but it is evil.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 3, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

On the contrary, drindl, much of the hatred of Obama is quite calculated, primarily on the basis of self-interest.

While some on the Left initially gave Bush some benefit of the doubt, particularly when Kennedy worked with him on No Child Left Behind, the Right has been strident and resolute in its opposition to Obama even before he took office and did anything. They are mortally afraid that he will succeed and marginalize them for decades.

Thus the attempt to turn any potential molehill into a mountain range. Unfortunately for them he hasn't given them a whole lot to work with. It's not like he's dallied with an intern or started and then screwed up a war or two.

However, if Republicans recapture either (or both) houses of Congress in the November election, at that point Obama would be a clear favorite for Worst Week.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I'd nominate Obama. Waits almost a year to have a press conference and then when he does it's the worst one he's ever done. Also, when you have James Carville on TV every day slamming Obama for the oil leak catastrophe you know it's not good.

Posted by: RobT1 | June 3, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Sad -- so many eaten up with baseless hatred of our president and our country.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Worst week has to go to Prez Obama

- Oil Spill
- Isreal commando raid
- 'Job offer' non-scandal
- Rained-out speach in Chi-town
- Small 'Rend-a-Crowd' at Andrews
- Even his kids bugging him to 'plug the hole'
- Best news this week, Bibi cancelled!

thanks,

-jkg

Posted by: WhoKnewIt | June 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, either Joyce or Galarraga if they had a DC connection, but I'm not sure one exists. Also outside DC is former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer, but maybe there will be some fallout with an inside the Beltway impact from that later.

Inside the DC circuit, it's been a slow week.

Mark "Intel Award" Kirk is a possibility, but his fumble may not have any more traction in the long run than Blumenthal's military record slip-up. The two Alambamans who lost in their primaries this week, Davis and Griffith, are also possibilities, but they're small fry compared to the previous "winners".

Hopefully next week we'll have a bigger range of options.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 3, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

obama..

the oil spill

the 2 guys offered "jobs"

being married to michelle

Posted by: newagent99 | June 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"Jim Greer, the big-spending former chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with six felony counts in connection with a secret consulting contract he struck with the party, state police said."

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/02/1659715/ex-florida-gop-chairman-jim-greer.html#ixzz0pnwsASvB


Does Florida count? Cause this guy had a real bad week.

Posted by: drindl | June 3, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

The not obvious but I think good choice for worst week is our beloved President. More heat over the BP response (and with the top kill failing, months of headlines and eventuality of oil hitting coasts throughout the region) has got to negatively affect his presidency. Plus the politics-as-usual scadals with CO and PA (the latter a complete mishandling). Obama has had a bad week indeed!

Posted by: ravishah516 | June 3, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Does MLB umpire Jim Joyce have a DC connection?

Posted by: wireglen | June 3, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Who/What had the worst week in Washington? "The naive illusions the DC press corps apparently had about President Obama".

Based on their hyperventilation about his staff trying to resolve potential primaries, they apparently believed he sought the highest political office in the land but would never engage in any politics.

Posted by: roytemple | June 3, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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