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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominees

A video of a Congressman confronting a student on a city street?

Two rounds of Congressional questioning for top BP executives?

A Washington Redskins star hoping to be a former Washington Redskins star?

These are just a few of our options when choosing who (or what) had the "Worst Week in Washington". (What can we say -- some weeks are just better than others.)

We want your votes -- and your nominations -- too! So, you can choose from the three leading contenders below or offer your own suggestion on who truly deserves "WWW" (and why) in the comments section below.

Looking for a sense of the sort of credentials our past "WWW" winners have, um, boasted? Past "winners" are available here, here and here.

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 16, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
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I'm with drindl and his post on the conversation between billo-the-clown and the Swag-Hag where she proposes that she has all the answers to this oil spill problem...

Then when asked DIRECTLY by Billo, she freezes!! She's CLUE-FREE!!! You know why???

SHE'S STUPID. It's right there, splayed open for all to see.. You got to admit times are though when you can't be ready for a soft ball billo-the-clown question... I can hear the WD-40 can squeaking from here...

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | June 18, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Barton! Almost got fired, both parties are running from him...

Posted by: caseyb0921 | June 17, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are desperate


They are lying -


and grasping at weakness - trying to make it seem like a good policy.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama's people AT MMS DID NOT MAKE SURE THE SAFETY INSPECTIONS WERE CONDUCTED PROPERLY - OBAMA IS DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OIL SPILL AND THE EXPLOSION.


How is electing an inexperienced an unqualified person working for you now ???

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

"bumblingberry. For having to wake up every day and realize he's still bumblingberry."

koolkat: it's a good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read that, otherwise I'd be cleaning up my screen....

Posted by: Bondosan | June 16, 2010 1:44 PM
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Small minds are easily amused.

Posted by: Brigade | June 16, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

"
Bush never blamed Clinton for 9/11"

liar.

bush and his cronies endlessly blamed Clinton for their failure.

It was ALL the bush admins fault.

"I don't want to hear any more about terrorists"

Posted by: newagent99 | June 16, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse


Bush never blamed Clinton for 9/11 - even though Clinton spent years pulling our intelligence assets out of the Middle East.


Bush set the standard for being a man and not blaming anyone else - taking responsibility.

I guess that is way too much to ask from the metrosexual we have in there now.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Americans to Obungler: Take a hike you failure. We don't want your stinkin' socialism.

Republicans and a dozen Democratic defectors in the Senate dealt a defeat to President Barack Obama Wednesday, just days after he pressed Congress to renew pieces of last year's economic stimulus bill.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Wow, three in a row for the resident "childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle. "

did your meds run out again old goat?

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

This is funny too...

"This weekend, delegates of the Texas Republican Party voted to include a provision in their state party platform advocating for an immigration law similar to Arizona’s SB-1070. The platform also proposes “making American English the official language of Texas and the United States.” Nonetheless, the first video of a YouTube campaign aimed at attracting more Latinos to the party that was launched yesterday…in Spanish. "

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

And then there's Saint Sarah, whom even Bill O'Reilly finds incomprehensible:

To respond to President Obama’s first Oval Office address, Fox News last night turned to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, whom Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) once said “knows more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America.” When asked about how to stop the leaking oil well, Palin said that the United States needs to accept more assistance from foreign governments:

O’REILLY: Do you know how to stop it?

PALIN: Well, then what the federal government should have done was accept the assistance of foreign countries, of entrepreneurial Americans who have had solutions –

O’REILLY: Who?

PALIN: — that they wanted presented.

O’REILLY: Who?

PALIN: They can’t even get a phone call returned, Bill. The Dutch. They are known, and the Norwegians. They are known for dikes and for cleaning up water and for dealing with spills. They offered to help and, yet, no, they too, with a proverbial can’t even get a phone call back. That is what the Norwegians are telling us, and the Dutch are telling us, and then the entrepreneurial Americans.

While it is true that many observers have criticized the administration for being too slow to accept some offers of assistance, Palin is simply wrong that no one is returning calls from “the Dutch” and “the Norwegians.” From Monday’s Washington Post:

In late May, the administration accepted Mexico’s offer of two skimmers and 13,779 feet of boom; a Dutch offer of three sets of Koseq sweeping arms, which attach to the sides of ships and gather oil; and eight skimming systems offered by Norway."

Because there are a lot of dikes involved here...

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Too funny -- it sure doesn't take much to drive bumblingzouk over the edge and into an obsessive infantile display of rabid frothing.

I'm sure he has no idea how much he embarrases himself -- really no self-awareness at all.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle -- she was a democrat at the height of St. Ron's reign!

If this doesn't clinch it I demand an audit of this contest:

"Senate nominee Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show. "

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 16, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

curious what happened to your brilliant predictions"
20 min meeting was 4 hours; John McCain POTUS?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I have asked repeatedly why the punks
who felt so violated, didn't report the
incident to the police/D.A.

my guess is that they don't want their identity(or instigators) revealed, which would certainly happen if a omplaint were filed.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

the right didn't get their way to Nationalize BP.

and your point?

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

the right didn't get there way to Nationalize BP.

Posted by: leichtman1


so much for your credibility as an intelligent English speaking person.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I read the comments over lunch. Kinda fun.

Bsimon, I watched that Etheridge tape and thought if I were walking down the street and two punks stuck minke and camera in my face I would first politely ask to see their press credentials. Being shown none, I would walk away. If followed by the punks I would become angry. Real angry. Or scared if they were really big guys, which these punks were not.

That is reason #47 why I could never hold public office.

But I wonder how many other guys, aside from me, felt Etheridge's rage?

I'll vote for the BP Execs.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | June 16, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle deserves our support for WW in Washington and elsewhere. She got the role she wished for and is really flaunting it.

If anyone had as many ridiculous and indefensible positions on: social security, medicare, the IRS, armed insurrection and other 2nd amendment solutions when you are not happy with the elected government ...even fluoridation for heaven's sake then they would need to hide somewhere quiet.

Where does she go?


She heads for a quiet berg that is free of political types, media and talking heads, Washington DC, to chill. But that is not enough - she avoids the national media on her jaunt and even ignores the media from the state where she just won the Republican primary. Priceless.

There are really just too many enemies when you have a message as fresh and nutty as hers and when you just want to be left alone to simply beat the Democratic Majority Leader and take his job.

Posted by: BobSanderson | June 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

i don't even call them conservatives, because for the most part they are NOT. they are rightwing extremists.

No Radicals is a better description
Nihilists might be even more accurate

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

by the way blimpy, the BP meeting lasted 4 hours not 20 minutes(as you posted) and BP agreed to cough up $20 bln. plus exposure for additional liability and damages.

so much for your credibility, the right didn't get there way to Nationalize BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

by the way blimpy, the BP meeting lasted 4 hours not 20 minutes(as you posted) and BP agreed to cough up $20 bln. plus exposure for additional liability and damages.

so much for your credibility, the right didn't get there way to Nationalize BP.

Posted by: leichtman1 | June 16, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

driv·el   /ˈdrɪvəl/ Show Spelled [driv-uhl] Show IPA noun, verb, -eled, -el·ing or ( especially British ) -elled, -el·ling.
–noun
1. saliva flowing from the mouth, or mucus from the nose; slaver.
2. childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.
–verb (used without object)
3. to let saliva flow from the mouth or mucus from the nose; slaver.
4. to talk childishly or idiotically.
5. Archaic . to issue like spittle.
–verb (used with object)
6. to utter childishly or idiotically.
7. to waste foolishly.

what a puuuuurfect name for our resident loon.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"sheesh, even after my disclaimer, every single conservative picked Obama. Just like they do every week."

what else? they share a single insect brain.

i see the methhead has woken up.

i don't even call them conservatives, because for the most part they are NOT. they are rightwing extremists.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

We have to do something about the anchor babies to.


The generousity of this nation is being abused.


There should be a Constitutional Amendment which addresses this problem.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

"bumblingberry. For having to wake up every day and realize he's still bumblingberry."

koolkat: it's a good thing I wasn't drinking anything when I read that, otherwise I'd be cleaning up my screen....

Posted by: Bondosan | June 16, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't even organize the community in the Gulf coast.

Remember the democrats were screaming about Bush after 3 days in Katrina.

This crisis has been dragging on for 8 weeks - all the democrats can do is complain - they can't handle a crisis better - not even close.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't even organize the community in the Gulf coast.

Remember the democrats were screaming about Bush after 3 days in Katrina.

This crisis has been dragging on for 8 weeks - all the democrats can do is complain - they can't handle a crisis better - not even close.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

sheesh, even after my disclaimer, every single conservative picked Obama. Just like they do every week.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Along the motorcade route Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla., where Obama wrapped up a two-day Gulf visit before heading back to Washington for his prime-time address, signs waved by supporters competed with ones that said "Day 55 still no skimmers" and "Enough photo ops."

Despite Obama's insistence Tuesday evening that his administration has been in charge of the clean-up "from the very beginning of this crisis," he's increasingly being criticized for being too slow to accept clean-up help from other nations, lacking a clear hierarchy of who's in charge of what in responding to the spill, too passive in regulating the industry and too accepting of BP's lowball spill estimates.

The poll found that only 33 percent of Americans approve of Obama's handling of the oil spill, and that only 33 percent think the country's headed in the right direction, the lowest since he took office. And only 12 percent of Americans think the economy's turned the corner, while 34 percent think the worst is yet to come and 49 percent think it's stabilized but not yet improving. The survey of 1,071 adults was conducted June 10-13 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.

For now, the Democratic-controlled Congress is largely standing by the president — but there are signs that his clout on Capitol Hill may be ebbing.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

BP:

Something we know now --- what we are seeing in Louisiana is what can always happen.Once it does they have no idea what to do about it. From the horse's mouth. Now maybe we can admit that offshore drilling is reckless and should not be allowed, unless we are willing to live with this kind of thing occuring again and again.

"ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson told Congress we must do everything possible to prevent offshore drilling disasters, because once they occur, *there is not any way to stop the damage.*

By admitting the unavoidable risk of catastrophe, Tillerson exploded the myths - promoted by the oil industry and right-wing supporters - that offshore drilling is "environmentally safe," and that the industry can handle these disasters when they occur. Tillerson made the shocking admission that the industry is "not well equipped to prevent any and all damage" under questioning from Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI), the chair of the oversight subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, during a hearing that featured top executives from the five largest private oil companies:

'There will be impacts as we are seeing. That's why the emphasis is always on preventing these things from occurring because when they happen we are not well equipped to deal with them. And that's just a fact of the enormity of what we're dealing with.'

Of course it is true that from the inquiry results and internal memos uncovered it is clear that BP and Halliburton were massively reckless and negligent even by industry standards.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Worst week? Obama. The entire country is now seeing that this community organizer is an incompetent, who hasn't a clue what's going on, or what to do, and his only defense is to blame everybody else for something he's primarily responsible for.
When even the Democrap--controlled Main Stream Media starts to get on his case for his Keystone Kops incompetence and do-nothing but lip-service act, you know he's got problems.
One thing though that he's accomplished, he'll go down in history as our worst president ever, replacing Jimmy Carter.

Posted by: armpeg | June 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama looked really weak in the Oval Office

I suspect that is why he hasn't delivered a speech from there until now.

Obama actually looked like he was in a bad Saturday Night Live skit - the office looked different -

They should have panned out - and given Obama the benefit of the surroundings a little more.

Obama looked weak - and there isn't much to help him.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | June 16, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge for the unforced error.

Posted by: bsimon1 | June 16, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Worst week - Shake things up and give your first co-awardees: Reid and Angle, each for making it look entirely plausible that they could lose to the other. If Alvin Greene was the third candidate he would be the clear favorite. (Obviously Angle is not in Washington but she wants to be, so she should still be eligible.)

Posted by: CJMiva | June 16, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

koolkat -- yeah imagine that. spending all his time posting at this site and all everyone does is make fun of him.

that he thinks he is clever is the really sad part.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Worst week: None of the above. Haynesworth made $275,000 for doing nothing, nobody knew who Etheridge was anyway, BP just bought a fig leaf (cost them $20B but they had the cash).

Posted by: CJMiva | June 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to propose a sports nominee this week, but not Albert Haynesworth.

I nominate whatever baseball teams have to face Stephen Strasburg.

If it's a political pick, though, I'll go with Rep. Etheridge.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

bumblingberry. For having to wake up every day and realize he's still bumblingberry.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | June 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Check out the devastating video Sen Reid just put out -- 'Where in the World is Sharron Angle?'

Featuring Angie in her own words, talking about getting rid of Social Security and Medicare.

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/06/no-comment-angle-and-paul-dodge-press.php?ref=fpb

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

bumblingbarry one data point is not a trend.

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 16, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Obamanomics in action:

Home construction plunged last month and building permits also fell, the latest signs that the construction industry won't fuel the economic recovery.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

"It's no accident or coincidence that Republicans in Washington are trying to shield Senate candidates Rand Paul and Sharron Angle from the national, and even local, press.

Remember the GOP establishment didn't want these far-right, insurgent candidates in the first place, and now Republicans fear that in the year of the tea party, Paul and Angle could become the face of the party for the midterm elections. That could present an image to voters that screams radical more than it does electable.

Each time Paul or Angle stray from party talking points by promoting Social Security privatization, abolishing the Department of Education or backtracking on the Civil Rights Act, more moderate Republican candidates have to field questions about whether they agree on those issues. And every day that the Republicans are having to defend themselves against those questions is a day they lose, rather than focusing it on the economy, Obama, and the Democrats' agenda."

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge looks like that cartoon character Deputy Dawg...

But I forgot Ms. Whitman and her thuggish shoving that cost the company 6 figures to fix. Some exec.

But her grown sons are a chip off the ole blockhead. They've been kicked out of every private school they ever attended for loutishness, even after Meg donated $30 billion to Princeton as a bribe. She thinks she can buy California.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Gen. Petraeus - hard to beat a headline like "Petraeus Chokes at Senate Hearing"

Posted by: fcostanzo | June 16, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle - She advocates armed insurrection, ending SS, ending Medicare, abolishing the IRS,ending the fluoridation conspiracy once and for all and finally, as a compassionate conservative, providing Scientology massages for inmates and still no support in lamestream media??????


What does a budding Tea Bag carrying Republican need to do now? What Rand Paul did and said was nothing compared to that (Daddy Ron Paul allegedly said "WTF how are we going to beat that?" when he saw that list!) yet Sharon can't get her own 15 minutes of fame.

Where is the bar she needs to jump over?

Palin tweets this and Palin tweets that...what about Angle?

For these and many more reasons I'm sure will pop up soon as we get to love her more, I respectfully nominate armed insurrector
Sharron Angle from the great State of Nevada.

WARNING (I'm sure this is all another bout of bad news for the Democratic Party)

Posted by: mariewilson11 | June 16, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Etheridge. Collaring and manhandling someone on the street for asking a question gave Etheridge nationwide name/face recognition. Other news was same old, same old in comparison.

If this award were about things that mattered deeply, then Obama and BP would be sharing it. The president compared the oil spill to 9/11 and started using militaristic language to describe the spill, setting a more antagonistic tone to the relationship with BP, whose execs are now little more than helpless Washington punching bags. Unfortunately for Obama, the rate of leakage in the spill just got upgraded again, and he is going to have to give another big speech on the spill in three weeks because this one didn't magically stop the leaking.

But since Washington is all about petty, senseless spats and gotcha games, Etheridge wins out over Obama and BP handily. "Tell me who you are!"

Posted by: blert | June 16, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Ok, first of all, Obama is the obvious nominee and winner and has been ever since his early weeks being breastfed by Saul Alinsky in a tribe in Kenya while planting false birth announcements in Hawaii so that he could be President in 40ish years.

But since Obama is excluded, I'm nominating Fannie and Freddie who were ordered to pull their remaining stocks.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 16, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

How does Jon Favreau not get nominated for this? Absolute turkey of a speech last night, getting caught boozed out of his mind at some bar during the oil spill? That's a bad week!

Posted by: rockchester | June 16, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

instead of the vague dreaming, we needed (1) a review of concrete fix-it methods for the leak, and then (2) short-term mechanisms that will lessen dependence on oil. Instead, we got nothing detailed how to solve the problem, more green dreaming, more now-is-the-moment campaign mode, more "some say, others say," and more "they will pay."


for giving the worst ever Oval Office speech - Obungler wins hands down.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Messiah in the dumps:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20 (see trends). Forty-eight percent (48%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 75% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 12% Strongly Approve and 52% Strongly Disapprove.

Posted by: bumblingberry | June 16, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

How abotu Meg Whitman because of her little shoving incident? Although the Ethridge thing is pretty creepy.

Posted by: AndyR3 | June 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

SHARRON ANGLE -- Now hiding out in an undisclosed location, afraid to open her mouth for fear she will say something she thinks.

Posted by: drindl | June 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

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