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"Worst Week in Washington": The Nominations!

It's about that pick who (or what) had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington".

Your nominations -- and the why behind them -- are welcome in the comments section below.

Trying to get a sense of who usually "wins" Worst Week? Check out our roll call of past winners including Gen. David Petraeus, House Minority Leader John Boehner and Alabama Rep. Artur Davis.

Go to it!

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 15, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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to leapin-you are correct! The American people lose everyday that the libs stay in control in Congress and are led by the current poser in chief. When the gavel is snatched from nasty nancy in will be a great day!

Posted by: steelers01 | July 16, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

ceflynline-You are again an idiot. You want unemployment to be extended...again, but I have to ask a question. Self employed people who actually put people to work have been put out of business by obama and company. Where is their unemployment help? There is ZERO dollars to help them but you want to extend to 99 WEEKS the people that they employ????? Not one more dime from this self employed person goes to extending unemployment benefits.

Posted by: steelers01 | July 16, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Those of you who think Gibbs had a bad week aren't much more than putz's in political chess. Look at the whole theater. Obama muses that they HAVE to be careful, lest they lose the House or the Senate. Gibbs reads HIS lines to the same effect. Nancey reads her lines, with more feeling and emotive persuasion than usual. the message gets out, "Rally the troops". They all retire to a cozy room in the EOB and have a beer summit and discuss the next step in countering the Republican's perceived advantage in enthusiastic base.

Now if you were considering emmies in daytime political drama, that would be different. Nancey gets that for her truly moving rebuttal. GREAT acting job, really.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 15, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

No Question, the Congressional Republican Caucuses. Speaking for all Republicans every where McConnell, Kyl, and friends said that republican deficits either didn't exist, or weren't important, or shouldn't be considered when considering extending the tax cuts that produced them. THEN Boehner and McConnell, seeing that they were ABOUT to lose on Financial Reform began calling for the repeal of Fin Ref even before it was actually passed. Having already declared that a million families whose unemployment benefits were set to expire can't be helped because, well, 3 billion dollars of deficit spending this year would be a deficit, and we can't have that, now can we, they generated between one and two million voters who have every reason to never vote Republican again. Of course, every week that those unemployment benefits don't get extended even more voters lose their last pittance of income with no hope of replacing it. Sharon Angel says it is good for them and helps develop character.

Have a nice week, R's and remember, the T-Crazies think you guys are way too liberal for their liking.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

I saw a replay of Gibbs's remark. I think it's much ado about nothing. He said enough House seats are in play that Democrats COULD lose the House---it's a statistical possibility. He didn't say they WOULD lose the House or even that he SUSPECTED they would lose.

Can't a poor guy speak rationally once in awhile without Nancy Pelosi going off on him? I would think that serious consideration of what COULD happen and how to avoid it would be preferable to overconfidence.

Oh and DDAWD, I nominate Obama again!

Posted by: Brigade | July 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

The American People again lose this week.

The financial reform will provide the government with records of all credit card and stock trade transactions. Obama can bailout and takeover companies at will. More mini-dictator czars making up the rules as they go along. Who knows what else in another no need to read "you'll find out bill".

Another sad day under the regime.

Posted by: leapin | July 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

So many choices:

It isn't just the president whose poll numbers are falling fast. According to recent Harris polling, Vice President Biden viewed favorably by 26% of the public and unfavorably by 45%. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi does even worse, 20% positive to 49% negative. A June Nevada poll gave Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader, 33% approval and 52% disapproval.

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Same as every week:

Now confidence in Obama plunges
in Europe too as Barroso says
EU-US relationship is not 'living up to its potential'
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff

The EU’s most senior figure has revealed disappointment with President Barack Obama’s presidency and has called for efforts to revive transatlantic relations. (Snip) A U.S. firm is cashing on the growing unpopularity of the President, by producing the NO-Bama countdown clock - which ticks down the number of days President Barack Obama has left in office. The credit card-sized device - which features the President's face alongside a digital timer - also functions as a keyring. A message on the clock, on sale for $9.95 USD, reads: 'This will be the CHANGE we can count on!

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 15, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Whatever one of the cable networks that has bought the rights to broadcast the soon-to-be reality TV show featuring of the Palin-Johnston "wedding." From the obtuse no comments from Johnston's attorney, it would appear that the announcement of the broadcast practitioner of really bad checkbook faux journalism could be made as early as the end of this week.

Posted by: ImaDem | July 15, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse


I emphatically vote for Gibbsey--he really stepped in it on MTP and has had his nose rubbed in it throughout the week.

That said, there are many other potential candidates--the latest R. resume-embellisher (can't recall whom), the perennially foot-in-mouth Sharron Angle, et. al.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 15, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Obama -- he can't get anything passed on the Hill. ;-)

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 15, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I should add that while the main 5-4 decision was about whether or not the DC council correctly interpreted D.C. law in making their decision to block Jackson's anti-gay marriage initiative from the ballot, all nine judges agreed that Jackson's initiative would have led to discrimination prohibited by the District's Human Rights Act.

So unless he can get the Supremes to invalidate the DC Human Rights Act, he appears to be having a bad week, and perhaps the worst week of anyone in Washington.

Posted by: Gallenod | July 15, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Worst Week - D Crime Regime

Starting in 2011-next year-the W-2 tax form sent by your employer will be
increased to show the value of whatever health insurance you are provided.
It doesn't matter if you're retired. Your gross income WILL go up by the amount
of insurance your employer paid for. So you'll be required to pay taxes on a larger
sum of money that you actually received. Take the tax form you just finished for
2009 and see what $15,000.00 or $20,000.00 additional gross income does to
your tax debt. That's what you'll pay next year. For many it puts you into a
much higher bracket. This is how the gove! rnment i s going to buy insurance for
fifteen (15) percent that don't have insurance and it's only part of the tax increases,
but it's not really a "tax increase" as such, it a redefinition of your taxable income.

Also, go to Kiplinger's and read about the thirteen (13) tax changes for 2010 that
could affect you.

Why am I sending you this? The same reason I hope you forward this to every
single person in your address book. People have the right to know the truth because
an election is coming in November. So vote intelligently, based on your values.
But also adjust your tax withholding, or increase your savings, so that you aren't
surprised and put in a jam when your federal income taxes are due on April 15, 2012.

Fight organized crime! De-elect the D's.

Posted by: leapin | July 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi has been on the warpath recently, I might have to nominate the White House officials whom she has chewed out.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I'll go outside government and nominate Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, for losing his suit against DC's gay marriage law in a 5-4 decision at the DC Court of Appeals.

Bishop Jackson can, of course, still appeal to the Supreme Court, but unless we go with McInnis (Gibbs' "gaffe" was calculated and he's not going to suffer significantly for it) I can't think of anyone else coming up quite as short inside the Beltway this week.

Posted by: Gallenod | July 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs: Uhh, On Second Thought, We’ll Keep the House

Posted by: present-and-unaccounted-for | July 15, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I vote for ROBERT GIBBS hands down!

Posted by: Moshe1 | July 15, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, I think we can expand the category to Worst Week in Politics or else you just miss too much of the best stuff.

Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs vs House Democrats

Posted by: mwhoke | July 15, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

McInnis had the worst week in politics, but not eligible since he's not going for a DC office. Gibbs is a persuasive choice as he committed a capital crime in Washington--speaking the truth.


Posted by: JakeD3 | July 15, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

McInnis...hands down. He is the only one whose horrible week will likely result in him not having a job (in the political world, anyway) by the time the dust settles. Gibbs had a rough week (any time you tangle with Pelosi it is a rough week) but he will still have a job next week (it won't pay $300,000 but McInnis is likely going to have to give that back anyway).

Posted by: Coloradem1 | July 15, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: drindl | July 15, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Its got to be McInnis. Gibbs made a little bit of a gaffe that I frankly think was planned, McInnis on the other hand will most likely drop out of the race and may have to give back some or all of the 300K that he got for his three year "fellowship".

Posted by: AndyR3 | July 15, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Gotta agree with madoug ... though, actually, McInnis DID touch on DC as well due to some of the accusations relating back to articles from the WaPo (though, Daryl Plunk from Hertiage says the claim of plagarism isn't accurate regarding that article).

Either way, as a Centennial stater, I have to say it has been a BAD week for our presumptive Republican candidate.

Posted by: MarioNicolais | July 15, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: caseyb0921 | July 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: caseyb0921 | July 15, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I vote for Robert Gibbs. As someone who has worked with Obama as a Senator and now as President in communications, he should know how to stay on point and on message. By announcing that Democrats could lose the House in the midterm elections, and in an almost casual manner, he enraged House Democrats overall by making them feel expendable and Nancy Pelosi in particular, the one Democrat not including Rahm Emanuel that you should not be on the wrong side of. Gibbs lost sight of keeping the message in the gray area between blind optimism that Democrats could gain seats in the House and his assertion that House is almost a lost cause.

Posted by: Blue02dude | July 15, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Scott McInnis (Colorado Republican candidate for governor who has weathered plagiarism charges lately) has had the Worst Week in American Politics but I don't think he qualifies for Worst Week in Washington. You probably should change the title to not exclusively deal with politics in the capital. This exclusion precludes you from discussing many interesting stories.

Posted by: madoug | July 15, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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