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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

With most of Washington headed out of Washington for the July 4th holiday weekend, we thought we'd get a jump on the "Worst Week in Washington" competition.

Democrats are making a major push to make House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio) the winner for a comment he made earlier this week referring to the financial regulatory reform bill wending its way through Congress as the equivalent of "using a nuclear weapon to target an ant".

After a series of press releases from Democrats -- and even a Democratic National Committee web video(!) -- seeking to draw attention to the Boehner comment, President Barack Obama mentioned it during a speech focused on the economy today in Racine, Wisconsin.

"If the Republican leader is that out of touch with the struggles facing the American people, he should come here to Racine and ask people if they think the financial crisis was an ant," Obama said.

Boehner is pushing back aggressively. In a statement released today he scold the president for focusing on "my choice of metaphors" rather than "solving the problems of the American people."

(Boehner was also at the center of a fascinating piece about the relationship between top House Republicans penned by Politico's John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman.)

Is Boehner the "WWW" winner this week? Who else should be up for consideration? The comments section awaits or you can email me your nominees at chris.cillizza@wpost.com. We'll reveal our winner in the Fix on Friday.

(Forget who won last week's "Worst Week in Washington"? It was Gen. David Petraeus, of course.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 30, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
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I have to go with Al Gore. The news of the divorce was bad enough, but now he also allegedly tried to force himself on a massage therapist? The news that Portland police have reopened an investigation into the matter can't be welcome either, no matter what the Gore camp says about the matter.

Perhaps Gore doesn't have any more political ambitions, but this kind of scandal throws a pall over the decades of reputation that he'd built up. From Clinton, everybody expected the pandering. But Gore? Not so much, and not a happy week for him.

Posted by: blert | July 1, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle of Nevada

John Ralston probably ended Sharron Angle's political career yesterday and she doesn't know it.

Sharron was in quiet seclusion from the time of her primary victory over the Chicken Lady of Vegas. She surfaced long enough to hear her own words virtually finalize her hopes to become US Senator Nevada (TB).

1)Ralston has not mastered Hannity's cloying pucker or any pucker.

2)At some time all Tea Bag candidates have to surface to ask for votes from normal people.

Posted by: jake3D | July 1, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

The worst week award has to go to Research 2000, who had their credibility destroyed by the recent stories analysing their poll discrepencies.

Pollsters who have a reputation for made up numbers tend to lose business, and lose out on favorable news coverage. Not a good week for them!

Posted by: JayPen | July 1, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely America's unemployed.

Smacked down for the third week in a row by Republicans who never used to worry about deficits when they were lining the pockets of their friends.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 1, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

BTW, I am very happy that R2000 is being sued and I hope that we all finally know the facts of the matter. Was the data a total fraud?

We need to know that the pollsters, who help frame our view of the issues and voters, are worthy of our confidence.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Another strange Rasmussen polling is in the Rand Paul/Conway race in Kentucky.

Rasmussen's April 28 poll has Rand +9
............May 19 poll has Rand...+25
............June 1 poll has Rand...+8
............June 28 poll has Rand..+7

So what's up with that 16 point swing in May, then 17 point swing back the other way two weeks later.

Something is odd about that, when every other pollster has Rand between +1 - +6 during the same time frame.

http://www.pollster.com/polls/ky/10-ky-sen-ge-pvc.php

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why some people keep connecting Rasmussen to R2000 polls.

When Rasmussen polls swing a dozen points every two weeks and then swings back a dozen points the other way (see Florida, Crist/Rubio), that is strange.

You don't need anything but common sense to know that Rasmussen comes up with some strange results.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Get over it. Rasmussen's polls are pure unadulterated rightwing trash, and everyone knows it. There is no argument.

Posted by: drindl | July 1, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

In as much as the presence of the Research 2000 polls was casting doubt upon Rasmussen - now Rasmussen has to be perceived as more accurate.

Again, I repeat, this issue has come up only because we have had over 100 posts from broadwayjoe trashing Rasmussen - all the while broadwayjoe has been posting comments to Chris that he should include the Research 2000 in his reporting.


So - the original comment was addressing that dispute.

I can see a bunch of people here twisting around the original issue and points - and then insisting on some aspect of that twist.

HOWEVER, the original discussion was to evaluate broadwayjoe's 100+ comments which trashed Rasmussen and demanded that Research 2000 be regarded as more accurate.


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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Because R2000 has something wrong allegedly, does not increase the accuracy of Rasmussen. Posted by: 12BarBlues

co-sign. Rasmussen only gets accuraqte in the last week of the race. The rest of the time he's fluffing the numbers for the GeeOhPee.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 1, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

Folks here nominating Byrd raise an interesting point: can a non-living person have the worst week in washington? If so, I'd say Justice Thurgood Marshall had the worst week (and all who subscribe to similar legal philosophies)...

Posted by: doro2 | July 1, 2010 3:00 AM | Report abuse

12Bar


This whole discussion on polling centered on one issue - broadwayjoe's multitude of assertions over the past year.

Broadwayjoe constantly pushed Research 2000 - saying Chris should quote them - but broadwayjoe's credibility has taken a serious hit on this point.


Broadwayjoe also constantly complained about Rasmussen - that is why we are talking about Rasmussen - because as Research 2000 credibility goes down, Rasmussen's goes up.

Broadwayjoe's credibility remains extremely low.


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Rasmussen has his office above a psychic shop - and Rasmussen hangs out at the Stone Pony.


Rasmussen was one of the founders of ESPN.


Trashing Rasmussen is just not cool.


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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 12:58 AM | Report abuse

Here we go with the great 37th in the sky spam machine spewing out bright shiny objects meant to confound and confuse all who watch.

Out.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Anna Chapman had the worse week in Washington -


Living it up in New York, hitting the clubs - she had over 200 friends on Facebook.

Stylish and charming, Anna Chapman's life came crashing down this week -


Anne Applebaum has some interesting points on this in her article - she says that the Russian handlers in Moscow never believed that American democracy is what it is - an open society full of open information.

She said that the spies were sent here to find "secret" information that was readily available everywhere - even over the internet on any desktop in Moscow.

The reason is that these supposed sleeper agents were not placed in directions that might lead to secret information in the future.


And why can't the Russians teach their agents to speak English without an accent ? Or at least teach their agents to tell people they are from a slavic nation so their accents would at least make sense ?

If the Russians want to have Americanized Russians - GO TO BROOKLYN.

It just seems like a college fraterity could come up with a better plan.

If Anne Applebaum is correct, Moscow and its leftists are more out-of-touch than Obama and his leftists.

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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 12:49 AM | Report abuse

Now why would Rasmussen have a race swinging 12 points every two weeks, back and forth. No other pollster has that result.

Who is "accurate"? Rasmussen or

everyone else: Quinnipac, Mason Dixon, Ipsos, Public Opinion Strategy, and McLaughlin.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

WWinW:

Ambassador Eikenberry, in Kabul.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 1, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I don't know what is behind Rasmussen, but here is an example of some strange polling.

Florida Senate race:

Rasmussen polling has:
4/21/10 Rubio +7 over Crist
5/3/10 Crist +4 over Rubio
(swing of 11 points)
5/16/10 Rubio +8 over Crist
(swing of 12 points)
6/7/10 tied
(swing of 8 points)

Meanwhile, over the same time frame, every one else had Crist up +3 to +8.


Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

12BB, that's why I mentioned WaPo. It has been far more accurate than Rasmussen.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 1, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

12Bar


This economy is Obama's mess - and he is making it worse.

The democrats did not take the stimulus seriously - they diverted billions of dollars on wasteful programs - and the jobs were never created.

The democrats treated the whole stimulus like it was one big joke.

Obama promised the nation a website - which would TRACK all the jobs created by the stimulus - at one point Obama's people just STOPPED updating the site because it was so embarassing.

The jobs report is coming out on Friday - we will see if Obama did anything with the billions and billions and billion and billions that he wasted on silly programs.

Can't the democrats take responsibility for something ???


geesh - this is absolutely ridiculous -

The democrats want to run for election, hold office, get paychecks, make decisions - THAT MEANS YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.


What a joke.


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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

The bottom line is broadwayjoe should kneel to Rasmussen.


I guess Rasmussen hangs out at the Stone Pony.


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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Anna Chapman is my hero.


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Posted by: LaserLight | July 1, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Spamming is back as bad as ever.

Rssmussen is not only an outlier consistently favoring Republicans, never in the other direction, but outlying by at least an entire standard deviation. And yes, they stop publishing close to election, when their bias would be unimpeachably exposed.

Easy to dee wh they do it, seeing how they're quoted by Republican favoritusts to hoot and crow and taunt. They're in the buzz business. Like most Fix blog entries.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 1, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

Because R2000 has something wrong allegedly, does not increase the accuracy of Rasmussen.
Like I said, where there are multiple polls on the same race, it's a mistake to take any one poll. Rasmussen seems to favor the Republican more often than not. I can't figure out why they differ so much from other top rated pollsters. Everyone else will have a candidate say +2. Rasmussen will have the Republican +8 or +9. Something strange with that.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

@ddawd,

BTW, WaPo polling is rated second best pollster per 538. If you have to pick ONE pollster, at least you're picking an historically good one.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 1, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Personally, I think the best use for polling is to look at all the polls on an election to see the trend. Using any one poll that isn't confirmed by other polls is always a little dicey.

Using Rasmussen as an example, I've seen Rasmussen swing 15 points over two weeks between two candidates, then swing back 15 points two weeks later. You can bet there's something wrong with their data when you see that.

That's why I like pollster.com because they do an excellent job of charting all the polls and drawing a best fit line through them.

There's a lot of science that goes into polling and if most of the polls show a certain trend, one shouldn't ignore it.

But cherry picking one poll, is silly.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 30, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

NEWS FLASH


FROM USA TODAY:


The federal debt will represent 62% of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II, according to a long-term budget outlook released today by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.


Republicans, who have been talking a lot about the debt in recent months, pounced on the report. "The driver of this debt is spending," said New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. "Our existing debt will be worsened by the president's new health care entitlement programs…as well as an explosion in existing health care and retirement entitlement spending as the Baby Boomers retire."

At the end of 2008, the debt equaled about 40 % of the nation's annual economic output, according to the CBO.

Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


The connection is the multitude of posts by broadwayjoe - which said that Research 2000 should be cited all the time by the Washington Post - because it was more correct than any other poll.

Then broadwayjoe went on to say over and over again that Rasmussen's polls were incorrect should not be trusted.

That is the connection.

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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

12BB, do you think that 37th is going to start citing WaPo polls anytime soon?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

The two pollsters are not connected in any way I know.

correction

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 30, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

Re: Rasmussen.

I don't know why there is some correlation being drawn between R2000 and Rasmussen. The two pollsters are connected in any way I know.

R2000 was a pollster which has been ranked near the bottom of public pollsters (see 538.com). And now, is alleged to be fraudulent.

Rasmussen is rated much higher, but isn't even in the top 10. It is ranked at 14th.

Rasmussen is often, but not always, an outlier. Rasmussen seems to favor Republicans.

see pollster.com for many, many examples of Rasmussen being an outlier.

see http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/search/label/pollster%20ratings for pollster rankings.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 30, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

TO: Webmaster, Washingtonpost.com

Please forward to Henry Louis Gates Jr., editor of "The Root:"

Dr. Gates:

Although I am signed into your website, I am being blocked from posting comments. I believe this is the work of a multi-agency federal "fusion center"- based program of warrantless internet surveillance, interception, malicious interference and censorship. Please read my articles (and links therein) exposing this blatantly unconstitutional apparatus -- and please forward these links to your contacts in the White House:

http://nowpublic.com/world/homeland-fusion-center-censors-net-political-comments-yet-again
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans
NowPublic.com/scrivener (see lede articles and links therein)

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 30, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Ddawd


I'm sure you are confused - so I will explain it to you - for an extremely long time broadwayjoe has been pushing the Research 2000 polls - insisting how correct they were.


At the same time, broadwayjoe was mocking Rasmussen - and giving everyone who mentioned Rasmussen - or mentioned anything that began with an "R" - an extremely difficult time.


SO now we all know WHY there has been a difference in the polling numbers between Rasmussen and Research 2000.


This can be listed along with everything else that you and broadwayjoe have been wrong about.


The thing is - you two keep on insisting how right you are - how you know everything - how experience and qualifications are meaningless.


OUCH.


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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I am channeling the Great 37 in the Sky .....

The Great 37 in the Sky says the Oil Spill is Obama's fault.


The Great 37 in the Sky says Obama's incompetence in not getting MMS to do the oil rig safety inspections correctly could have prevented the spill....


The Great 37 in the Sky say that if you voted for Obama - and ignored that he had little experience and was not qualified - you are at fault as well because you acted to put an unqualified person in a position, and then Obama failed to do his job properly.


The Great 37 in the Sky says that you should have valued experience and qualifications.....

The Great 37 in the Sky says there is still time for you to repent .........


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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 10:22 PM | Report abuse

If Rasmussen ever polled within ten days of an election, we might be able to gauge how accurate they are. They might not be making up data in a way that would be picked up by the statistical tests, but they haven't been especially accurate.

(the tests done by Kos are essentially tests to see if someone basically made up numbers and entered them into a spreadsheet. There are other ways to manipulate results)

Does it matter? Just because Rasmussen gets certain poll results doesn't mean they are driving actual results.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


You have been pushing FRAUDULENT DATA like a crack dealer for a long, long time.

At the same time, you were slamming Rasmussen - even though you KNEW his office was above a psychic store.

So - you must NOW ADMIT you were wrong - as you have been wrong about EVERYTHING.

You should kneel to the Great Rasmussen.


AS you should kneel to the Great 37 in the Sky.


ps. did you know Rasmussen was the founder of ESPN ?


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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

"Our gracious host" in the past asked us not to respond to banned posters in the past. But you asked and so...

That said, to your point, sadly, kos is reporting the Research 2000 polling was, well, not quite accurate. We lament that and hope he contracts with a replacement pollster real soon. We note however that it is not clear whether Rasmussen's polling has ever been subjected to the rigorous scrutiny that R2000's was. Would the Ras polling pass muster? Who knows. But I wouldn't throw rocks too soon, 37. Save 'em for the highway overpasses. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe


Why don't you quote some more of your Research 2000 polls which you say are soooo accurate.


Except the Daily Kos is now suing them for fraud.


So, you were pushing FRAUDULENT DATA this whole time.

And you had a really bad attitude about it, too.

Are you going to kneel to Rasmussen now ? Because you should.


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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and even "clearly disadvantageous somatic effects" can be spared the "defect" label if they confer advantage elsewhere.

A lot of human genetics has been shaped by malaria ..there are several conditions such as sickle cell anemia and favism that are clearly disadvantageous yet persist because they confer malaria resistance.

Sickle cell diploidy is fatal, so one in four children born to a SCA population will die. But having one gene means that the RBCs burst open before the parasites are mature, so survival from malaria is enhanced. Better to lose one in four than lose the whole tribe.

Now that malaria can be controlled by Anapholes control, SCA and favism are clearly disadvantages and can be expected to die out. Nature is cruel.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Proof by contradiction. It's been constant over time, and the fact that Old Testament time Hebrews forbade it means that it isn't new, either. Work through the logic.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 8:43 PM
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I guess I'll just have to take your word for it.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

OK Brigade, just one more.

Think about it for a minute .. attenuation of a gene population by reproductive deficit happens pretty fast. I mentioned alcoholism, known to be genetic, and alcoholics have a lot more kids than gays. If homosexuality is a genetic condition (and "defect" is nothing more than prejudicial language unless it has clearly disadvantageous *somatic* effects) then it should disappear fast. Really fast, as in noticeably fewer in a long human lifetime.

Quibbles about the unknowability of the distant past are just dodges. Come on, think about it.

If we are "down to" 5% now for a genetically attenuable condition, what would it have to have been 500 years ago? Twenty five generations? A hundred generations ago? We'd have to have been the majority.

Proof by contradiction. It's been constant over time, and the fact that Old Testament time Hebrews forbade it means that it isn't new, either. Work through the logic.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

zouk/brigade: If you want to understand Reverend Wright, an icon in the religious world, check out Fix coworker and Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson's memorable Post column "Where Wright Went Wrong."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Not a thing, but in my eyes, the fact that FOX News didn't air anything other than the fifteen seconds that they did is absolute proof that there was nothing else. Yeah, that wouldn't fly in a courtroom, but we both know it's the truth.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey, the guy has got a whole DVD series. Maybe you can use some of the stuff outside of the fifteen seconds that FOX decided to air. You have to admire their restraint.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 8:14 PM
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Maybe we can get some clips of him saying "Them Jews ain't gonna let me talk to Obama" or the ones where he talks about what a great man Louis Farrahkan is. Maybe one of the DVDs features one of Farrahkan's sermons delivered in Wright's church. What sort of a man let's a whackjob like Farrahkan, who isn't even considered a true Muslim by most black Muslims, rant to his congregation. What do you know about black liberation theology?

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

If past is prologue, we assume Nimrata is engaged in...personal outreach.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"The decline that "one might predict" hasn't happened, and that's the whole point. Homosexuality doesn't fall into your "market competition" outlook so you're stymied."

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But you don't know this and you haven't the data to support your conclusion. In the absence of data over millennia, you can't possibly know whether or not your percentage is declining. Natural selection makes wonderful predictions and is very useful in some cases, but unfortunately the vast sweep of history cannot be recreated in the laboratory in such a way that really puts it to the test.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

The Worst Week in Washington goes to the FIX BOYCOTTERS

They say they are boycotting, but they can not bear to stay away - they are completely obsessed -


and they have demonstrated that they are NOT true Americans - by not defending the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights.


Ddawd


Broadwayjoe


12Barblues

marie wilson

Leichtman


drinl


noacoler


If you all are going to threaten Chris, the least you can do is stick to your word and stay away.

Unbelievable how pathetic you all are.


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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"He probably learned it from Jeremiah Wright. I've read it a few times, but I've yet to find the edition with the part about G-damn America.

Posted by: Brigade "

Hey, the guy has got a whole DVD series. Maybe you can use some of the stuff outside of the fifteen seconds that FOX decided to air. You have to admire their restraint.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

@DDAWD: Jacques Berlinerblau -- one of the most interesting people in print -- had a GREAT article about a year ago on Obama and religion, credited him with the ability to do Advanced God Talk, to speak in religious terms in ways that reach people on all sides of the religious divide.

I'd bet a year's salary that he knows vastly more about the Bible than Santorum, who probably has bookmarks in all the juicy punitive bits of Timothy and Leviticus but probably doesn't know much else.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Tangential quibble, brigade. The question put to you was "why haven't homosexuals died out." You're reduced to junk about biblical cities and caudal appendages. Fact of the matter is that your understanding of genetics isn't up to answering the question.

The decline that "one might predict" hasn't happened, and that's the whole point. Homosexuality doesn't fall into your "market competition" outlook so you're stymied.

I'm done arguing this with you. Go read a god damn book and learn something. Something other than "Liberal Fascism" or "Unfit for Command."

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Attacking Justice Marshall, arguably the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, is a sad and pathetic proxy issue for racism and bigotry.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 7:56 PM
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LOL. Everything is a proxy issue for racism and bigotry in your eyes. Marshall wasn't the only idiot on that court---William Douglas was even worse. Say, what about Nikki Haley? How's she doing today?

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Attacking Justice Marshall, arguably the greatest Supreme Court justice in history, is a sad and pathetic proxy issue for racism and bigotry.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe wrote,
"Worst Week

Robert Byrd"

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If, as another poster suggested, Byrd is in God's good graces, then he is the last person who needs our sympathy.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm willing to put even money that Obama knows the Bible much better than Santorum does. For a secret Muslim, the guy really knows his way around the good book. His mother must have started him early, right after planting those false birth announcements.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 7:12 PM
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He probably learned it from Jeremiah Wright. I've read it a few times, but I've yet to find the edition with the part about G-damn America.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

And what's all this nonsense about dissing Thurgood Marshall? He gets credit for championing civil rights and being a pioneer and all that, but he was a HORRIBLE Supreme Court Justice. A USA Today poll earlier in the week revealed that 65% of the voting public could not name one single member of the current U.S. Supreme Court. Evidently, an even smaller percentage are familiar with some of the earlier courts and the members who might be called "outliers"---not very encouraging when you're hoping people will make an educated decision when they vote.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Great week for General Kagan, BTW!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler threadjack,

Regarding your last comments yesterday on homosexuality and genetics, you presented neither evidence nor sources to support your position. From a Darwinian perspective, sex between male and female, as a means of reproduction, is very effective and very efficient, but it was also a later development. If ontogency recapitulates phylogeny, as some have claimed, then homosexuality may be the result of some vestigial genetic remnant from an earlier, lower stage of life that has not yet been quite weeded out by natural selection.

You bandied a figure of 5% of the human population as a steady state of affairs, but where did this number come from? What if the current percentage is in fact lower than, say, at the time of Sodom and Gommorah? And that percentage lower still than from earlier millenia? One might then predict that the percentage of homosexuals among homo sapiens, or any other species where the condition puts one at a selective disadvantage, would continue to decline until . . .

I can't buy your example of looking after your brother's children. People aren't penguins. And speaking of recapitulation and vestigial remnants, you don't by any chance have a tail do you?

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Worst Week

Robert Byrd
37 and all his alteregos
Zouk and all his alteregos
Mr. Nimrata Kaur Randhawa [aka Mr. Nikki Haley]
Sharron (Social Security is "welfare") Angle
"Dark Knight" on cable -- ugly and unwatchable
Rand (Darwin who?) Paul
John (Agent Orange) Boehner
Mark (Walter Mitty) Kirk
Fix IT person (for an odd inability to ban one robotroll, 37/Laser)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll have to go with the Democratic party as election day draws ever nearer. Talk about a Morning Joe smackdown: he and the governor of New Jersey, who has actually made great bi-partisan progress in getting the state's financial house in order, were lamenting how most politicians, mainly Democrats, have one answer for every problem: raise taxes. Trouble is you can only take so much of the money from workers and companies, and you end up with no companies, unemployed workers, no tax revenues, and massive debt. Duh.

Posted by: Brigade | June 30, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"I am not sure if this was from this week but Santorum should be at least a nominee. He stated that Obama doesn't identify with the American people, since he lived in Indonesia and Hawaii. I guess it was the 60% of the PA voters that didn't identify with him and voted him out. I guess he was reading the Bible and not listening to the history teacher telling him that Hawaii has been a state since 1959. It's been an American possession since the beginning of 20th century. I think if he is running for the Republican nomination. I think he can pretty much rule out Hawaii voting for him.

Posted by: BECKISNUTS"

I'm willing to put even money that Obama knows the Bible much better than Santorum does. For a secret Muslim, the guy really knows his way around the good book. His mother must have started him early, right after planting those false birth announcements.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Strange to write a column about Boehner's bad week without any mention of Morning Joe's smackdown of him on national TV.
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"SCARBOROUGH: I hear it on the Hill, I’m sure you hear it on the Hill all the time, it’s not reported but so many Republicans tell me this is a guy that is not the hardest worker in the world. After 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock at night, he is disengaged at best. You can see him around town. He does not have, let’s say, the work hours of Newt Gingrich. … Every Republican I talk to says John Boehner by 5 or 6 o’clock at night, you can see him at bars. He is not a hard worker."

Posted by: broadwayjoe | June 30, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Let me see if I have this straight: in the last few days members of the GOP have savagely screwed the unemployed, protected the bankstas, trashed Thurgood Marshall, implied rape and incest is part of God's plan, defended BP, threatened to either end social security or screw over 20 million plus people who have paid into the system for at least 20 years by making them wait until age 70 to see their benefits, and screwed homeless veterans with children. That about it, or is there more?


The GOPer's have been dancing in the end zone and pouring champaign all over themselves for so long now that they've failed to realize that in a mid term election this fall that should be favorable to them - when all is said and done, they'll still be the minority party in both chambers of congress.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcyxAzdMAn8&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: DrainYou | June 30, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans, thanks to the outspoken leadership of the Speaker in pretension. Not only for referring to the near melt down of the world's economies as an ant, but also for noting that, to pay for the wars we didn't need we may have to throttle back on Medicare and Social Security Payments. Of course, he also was one of the assassins of the extension of unemployment benefits, sure to rally lots of voters whose last desperate hope was the unemployment checks they got while looking for their jobs, which John's Party so thoughtfully shipped off shore, because it would add to the deficit, created largely by the tax cuts he wants Congress to make permanent. While he ain't too consistent, he shoore is pursistant.

Posted by: ceflynline | June 30, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure if this was from this week but Santorum should be at least a nominee. He stated that Obama doesn't identify with the American people, since he lived in Indonesia and Hawaii. I guess it was the 60% of the PA voters that didn't identify with him and voted him out. I guess he was reading the Bible and not listening to the history teacher telling him that Hawaii has been a state since 1959. It's been an American possession since the beginning of 20th century. I think if he is running for the Republican nomination. I think he can pretty much rule out Hawaii voting for him.

Posted by: BECKISNUTS | June 30, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

The worse week in Washington has to go to Robert Byrd God rest his soul.

Posted by: culader | June 30, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The worst week in Washington should go to the FIX BOYCOTTERS.

For people who are making demands by threatening a boycott, they can't even stick to their own boycott.

The leaders of a boycott are not supposed to break their own boycott in the first day - or even the first week. Talk about lame.


Last week - it has to be mentioned - 37th and O Street nominated General Petraeus - and should have gotten a t-shirt.

Geeeeeeeeesssshhhhhhhhh

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Posted by: LaserLight | June 30, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

WWW goes to Obama again just because he's Obama.

Gee, I'd hate to be in his shoes.I mean, being Obama has to be the Worst YEAR in Washington.

Posted by: joelinpdx | June 30, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Barry Obungler and his NeoCom Statist Destructionist Party. It’s impossible to get jobs back, it’s impossible to defend our borders, it’s impossible to do anything that is a legitimate function of the federal government. However if it involves taking away freedom and taking over private enterprise...Yes We Can!!!!

Posted by: leapin | June 30, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Markos Boutros Boutros Whatsisface, for having to come clean that all the too-good-to-be-true polling his site commissioned in the past 18 months was, you know, too-good-to-be-true.

Posted by: Swat02 | June 30, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Barry Obungler and the loser Neocom Statist pols in Wisconsin where today Barry and the lefties are endorsing....COAL! after it was made apparent that Barry's carbon policies were going to cost the US hundreds of jobs and not reduce the holy carbon footprint one little bit.

Posted by: leapin | June 30, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Robert Bork? For both of Clinton's nominations and both of Obama's, he has put out a column making two points.

1) His treatment during his hearing was supremely unfair, highly partisan, and that no one should ever have to go through what he went through.

2) The current nominee should have to go through what he went through.

Looks like he is going to watch yet another Democratically appointed nominee make it to the bench despite his best, if not disjointed, efforts.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle. She can't open her mouth without going face-first into the manure. An incoherent interview that goes directly to attack ads without editing or embellishment.

And the loser as every week, the GOP, still sticking to extreme and unsellable ideas, unable to learn from failure, striking at the electrified grid over and over like decorticates.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 30, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

No clear candidates for me, so far.

Senator Sessions is going to have a bad week simply because there's no way he can derail the Kagan nomination, but he's enjoying grandstanding for the base too much to be considered miserable.

And hopefully it won't sound too cold-hearted to say that I also don't yet see anyone having a bad week politically (personally is another matter) related to the death of Senator Byrd. Even if West Virginia holds the special election this November, the governor of WV can still appoint someone to keep the seat warm and vote Democrat until then.

Boehner's comment is typical of Republican dogma on financial regulation; it won't hurt him with his constituents.

So, since the politicians aren't giving us much to work with for the moment I'm going to nominate David Weigel, the political blogger who made some impolitic comments and lost his blog space here at teh WaPo.

Posted by: Gallenod | June 30, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Regular readers of this blog will understand:

First prize for Worst Week in Washington goes to commenter 37th&0Street.

Second prize for Worst Week goes to the Fix commenters, when 37th came back in disguise.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | June 30, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans on the Judiciary Committee have made themselves look pretty foolish this week AND they will still not be able to block Kagan or force her into a foul.

That business about Justice Marshall made them look small.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | June 30, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Heh, the politico article describes Cantor as a policy wonk. Ezra Klein wondered how this came about given that Cantor has never offered anything in the way of substantive policy nor any kind of expertise. (He cites the health care forum where people like Paul Ryan and Tom Coburn made pretty substantial points while Cantor's contribution was to bring along big stacks of paper as a prop to show that the bill is...long)

I think it's because he's Jewish and wears glasses.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/is_eric_cantor_a_policy_wonk.html?wprss=ezra-klein

Posted by: DDAWD | June 30, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

The Boehner comment has been blown WAY out of proportion. I think the "worst week in washington" award has to go to the Senate Democratic Caucus/Leadership team. With the death of Sen. Byrd, the leadership is now forced to try and find common ground with at least one Republican, if not several, depending on the fracture within the D's own caucus----not to mention the inconsistent attendance of Sen. Specter, it really puts the Senate D's in a bind to move the last few legislative items through the chamber.

Posted by: Mary81 | June 30, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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