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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

It's time for our weekly look at who (or what) had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington".

And, as always, our cup runneth over. There's the labor movement who spent $10 million to defeat Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas only to see her win the Democratic runoff last night. Or longtime reporter Helen Thomas who retired amid controversial comments she made about Jews. Or even South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis who took just 27.5 percent of the vote -- not a typo! -- in his Republican primary race in the Upstate 4th district.

We're sure there are others we are missing. (It may be a general lack of creativity or the four hours of sleep we clocked last night.) Either way we need your help.

If you've got a suggestion for "Worst Week in Washington" you can either offer the who (or what) and why in the comments section or email me at chris.cillizza@wpost.com.

Need a better sense for the kind of stuff we are looking for? Check out a few of our past "WWW" winners.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 9, 2010; 1:06 PM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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Someone in Washington needs to learn that when Drunkards, Drug Addicts, and Terrorists ask for food money, you do not give them 400 million dollars to kill themselves and others with. You deliver $400 million dollars worth of food to them. Think this might work better ?

Posted by: msftex | June 10, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

the anti-incumbent meme that has been powering pundits throughout the nation

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 9, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

Im actually rooting for Alvin Greene to win.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 9, 2010 11:56 PM | Report abuse


"No Excuses"- President Obama to Graduating High School Class

For those who believe otherwise, the BP well was approved and started on President Obama's "watch":

About.com-
"U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) won his bid to become President of the United States of America on November 4, 2008. He was sworn into office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009"

Wikipedia-
"February 2009 - BP files a 52 page exploration and environmental impact plan for the Macondo well, located in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 in the United States sector of the Gulf of Mexico about 41 miles (66 km) off the Louisiana coast, with the Minerals Management Service (MMS), an arm of the United States Department of the Interior that oversees offshore drilling. The plan stated that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities".[7] In the event an accident did take place the plan stated that due to the well being 48 miles (77 km) from shore and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts would be expected.[7] The Department of the Interior exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact study after concluding that a massive oil spill was unlikely.[8][9]
February 15, 2010 - Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, owned by Transocean, begins drilling "

7. Burdeau, Cain; Mohr, Holbrook (2010-04-30). "Document: BP didn't plan for major oil spill". ABC News. Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
8. Eilperin, Juliet (2010-05-05). "U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study". The Washington Post (The Washington Post Company). Retrieved 2010-05-16.
9. Jones, Jeffrey; Mason, Jeff. "RPT-BP's US Gulf project exempted from enviro analysis". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-05-16.

That's right Obama's fledgling administration's MMS took it upon itself to declare that the BP Deepwater Horizon well had a low probability of causing a massive oil spill....

Posted by: thecannula | June 9, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

palin for saying that She would have done a better job on preventing the Gulf Disaster
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Well, give her one thing; she certainly couldn't have done any WORSE than Obama.

Posted by: Brigade | June 9, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas (but the comments in HuffPo went 4 to 1 in her favor...so maybe a winner)
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The HuffPo? Must be something like the KKK DAILY.

Posted by: Brigade | June 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party, whose many voices get more and more bizarre. Sarah palin for saying that She would have done a better job on preventing the Gulf Disaster by having nice chats with BP's CEO. The California Republican party, who now has TWO women who are good at making enemies, one of whom is on record for favoring "Right Shoring" of formerly good paying Silicon valley Jobs.

The T-Peasants and T-Luddites who are out with torches, pitchforks, and all the edged weapons they can find looking for the MonsterRINO, Insufficiently rigid Conservatism, to skin and hang his head on their trophy wall.

Much more of this and the winning Democratic Campaign strategy will be a sense of bemusement at the fantasy world the T-s have concocted for their true believers.

Because, next to T-Party Campaign Discipline, the Know Nothings were positively garrulous.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 9, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Worst?
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The Fake 37

Matt Lauer (a permanent loser--what were you thinking, dude?)

Bride of Limbaugh

Oiled-up Pelicans

Nimrata Randhawa (media name: Nikki Haley)(anxiously waiting for the Enquirer to come up with the goods Gary Hart-style)

Sharron Angle (Shar-Rand is a rightwing train wreck about to happen)

Wall Street Journal (for allowing some lunatic (IMO) to write a full page racist editorial in WSJ today calling 44 an "alien")

Helen Thomas (but the comments in HuffPo went 4 to 1 in her favor...so maybe a winner)

"Mrs." Doris Burke (valedictorian from the "Mrs." Mary Carillo school of broadcasting; how many NBA broadcasts can she destroy? Stay tuned...or not.)

Mr. Mary Carillo (man card revoked until further notice; dude, what were you thinking?)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 9, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

You don't date, period, zouk... we all know that. When would you have time, when you are always here?

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The winner has to be the unions that backed Halter to the hilt only to see him halted.

The $10m isn't coming back, and they've shown that while they can make a candidate damaged goods, they can't actually get their candidate over the finishing line. And winning is what matters in politics.

Posted by: JayPen | June 9, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Big loser, the Big O. Candidates want him at a distance. Send in Bill Clinton, but keep the Big O under wrap.

Posted by: Brigade | June 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

You know that Windows 7 cut & paste was drindl's idea

Posted by: leapin | June 9, 2010 2:14 PM
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Doesn't she have to pay some kind of royalites to Al Gore?

Posted by: Brigade | June 9, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

But I don't think they pay hime when he's off-topic, do you?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Drindl, I suppose if they paid bumble really well, say 50 cents a post, he could hire a "model" for an hour by the end of the week.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 9, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Unions are the obvious ones. But I'm going to call out AR pollsters / pundits. All of them showed Halter right about where he ended up, around 48%, but all of the punditry also then speculated that anyone who didn't support Lincoln the first time, was highly unlikely to do so in a runoff and that the undecideds would largely break his way. Oops.

Also - infidelity scandals as political weapons. Apparently these work only on male candidates.

Posted by: erikpdumont | June 9, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I have often thought about zouk, margaret

_drivl

No thanks gals, I don't date outside the human species. But thanks for obsessing over me.

Maybe Ped could hook you up with rentaboy or something.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"I already called this one on Monday--Helen Thomas. Best week in Washington (political)--Harry Reid. Can't hurt to have an opponent who just called for deregulating the oil industry."

I think BB should get the tshirt for this one.

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I have often thought that about zouk, margaret, because how could anyone with a real job post every 2 minutes, 18 hours a day?

And there are certainly rightwing orgs who pay for spammers. Cheap way to spread propaganda...

Posted by: drindl | June 9, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Whoever the "other pitcher" is for the Nats - he'll rarely play again, and no one will ever remember his name. Strasburg turned out to live up to the hype, and if possible, succeed it. This is his town now.

Posted by: shilohsmom | June 9, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Did bumblingberry go on someone's payroll? This used to be another hobby for him, but his epic posting here smells like "piece work" to me.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Big Labor. They spent 10 million dollars against Lincoln and it got them nothing. I never really understood why labor did this because AR is a very conservative right to work state and the democrats here are not progressives. Also, Halter had zero chance winning against Boozman. Labor wasted 10 millions and then a Sr. WH official who i am pretty sure is Rahm said to Marc Ambinder that this pointless exercise may cost them the house. The left wanted to show power against moderates and they lost big.

Posted by: dee150586 | June 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

This one's easy. The South Carolina Democratic Party had the WWW because they somehow nominated a candidate with a pending felony charge who lives with his father at the age of 32.

When will they ever learn?

Posted by: dannyricci | June 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry


Obama thinks he is Professor-in-chief


Completely out-of-touch in his ivory tower

Completely out-of-touch in his thinking about legal frivolities in the world of terrorist incidents

Completely out-of-touch about the federal deficit

Completely out-of-touch when he said he was in Louisiana a month ago talking to fishermen in the rain.

It is just horrible for this nation to have such an INEXPERIENCED AND UNQUALIFIED person in the White House.

One who appears interested only in his ego and his far left-wing agenda -

Instead of actually governing the nation - which is the job.


Just another person who doesn't want to do his job.....


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 9, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I already called this one on Monday--Helen Thomas. Best week in Washington (political)--Harry Reid. Can't hurt to have an opponent who just called for deregulating the oil industry. Best week in Washington (sports)--Steve Strasburg (or perhaps fans of the Nats).

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 9, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Dingy Harry - color him toast

Angle’s 40 Percent Is Only 17,000 Votes Behind Reid’s 75 Percent

June 09, 2010 9:05 AM By Jim Geraghty
Hmm. Last night, Sharron Angle won 70,420 votes. Harry Reid won 87,374. That’s a smaller margin than I would have expected. Yes, the GOP Senate primary was a lot more competitive than the Democratic one, and the same was true in the gubernatorial primary, where another little-known Nevada Democrat challenged Rory Reid and won 14 percent. But there was a competitive Democratic primary in the 2nd congressional district, and as I’ve noted earlier, Harry Reid has spent $10 million so far. You would think Nevada Democrats might be inclined to come out and give him a vote of confidence.

Another factor that’s a bit surprising: 25 percent of Nevada Democrats who showed up wanted a Senate nominee that wasn’t Harry Reid

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Left:

The Irrelevance of the Democratic Left [Ramesh Ponnuru]


Progressives inside and outside Congress said they would not accept a health-care bill without a public option—and then they folded. The unions tried to take out Senator Lincoln, and failed. The Left campaigned against Rep. Jane Harman, and failed again. Democrats really shouldn't worry about threats from their left

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I would say that Sue Lowden should be mentioned as well. She was cruising to a victory in the primary and then she made that ridiculous bartering comment, which opened the door for Angle to come out of nowhere and win (by a good amount at that). Runner-up is John Cornyn who now has two tea-party nut jobs that he has to promote as Republicans for the fall. Angle is going to make his job that much harder in November.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Does Barack Obama realize he’s the President of the United States? I know that seems a silly question to ask, but he sure doesn’t act like it. A more apt description of his actions so far: the Frat-Boy-in-Chief. This White House has had a remarkably fun time in office. There always seems to be a party, concert, vacation or round of golf to play. It seems that the Obamas are more concerned with ending up in the society pages, with impressing Americans with his hipness and cool factor, than actually running the country.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Obungler, of course:

50 days in, and we've just learned another shocking revelation concerning the Obama administration's response to the Gulf oil spill. In an interview aired this morning, President Obama admitted that he hasn't met with or spoken directly to BP's CEO Tony Hayward. His reasoning: “Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's gonna say all the right things to me. I'm not interested in words. I'm interested in actions.”

First, to the “informed and enlightened” mainstream media: in all the discussions you've had with the White House about the spill, did it not occur to you before today to ask how the CEO-to-CEO level discussions were progressing to remedy this tragedy? You never cease to amaze. (Kind of reminds us of the months on end when you never bothered to ask if the President was meeting with General McChrystal to talk about our strategy in Afghanistan.)

Second, to fellow baffled Americans: this revelation is further proof that it bodes well to have some sort of executive experience before occupying the Oval Office (as if the painfully slow response to the oil spill, confusion of duties, finger-pointing, lack of preparedness, and inability to grant local government simple requests weren't proof enough). The current administration may be unaware that it's the President's duty, meeting on a CEO-to-CEO level with Hayward, to verify what BP reports.


Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina's surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge. Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Look at me. I've got drindl itis.


Posted by: bumblingberry
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You know that Windows 7 cut & paste was drindl's idea

Posted by: leapin | June 9, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

South Carolina's surprise Democratic nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint is facing a pending felony charge. Court records show 32-year-old Alvin Greene was arrested in November and charged with showing obscene Internet photos to a University of South Carolina student. The felony charge carries up to five years in prison.

Look at me. I've got drindl itis.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 9, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Kathryn Rogers and Elton John for unmatched self-loathing

Posted by: DDAWD | June 9, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Helen Thomas who proves there's no liberal fool like an old, liberal fool.

Posted by: leapin | June 9, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

National labor unions. It has to be national labor unions. While I'm sympathetic to the need for unions to provide some leverage against corporate abuse of workers, they miscalculated badly in Arkansas and are now left with a Hobson's choice: back Lincoln in the general or lose the seat.

And the D's could lose the seat even if Labor and Lincoln can come to terms.

Inglis is a clear runner-up, though.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 9, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

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