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'Worst Week in Washington': The nominations

It's Thursday and time for us to begin our look back at who had the "Worst Week in Washington."

As compared to the past few weeks -- Robert Gibbs's comments on the battle for the House, the Shirley Sherrod incident -- the past few days have been relatively quiet.

But we still must pick a, er, winner for the week. And we want your suggestions! So, in the comments section below, give us your nomination for the person, place or thing that had the absolute "Worst Week in Washington" and, just as importantly, why.

We'll announce who we picked in this space tomorrow.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Worst Week in Washington  
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I think FASCISM took a big hit this week as it was purported (musically) to host Lawrence Summers and the Wizard of Orsz. The whole fascist movement had the worst week. Not facebook.. fascebook

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 30, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I think FACISM took a big hit this week as it was purported (musically) to host Lawrence Summers and the Wizard of Orsz. The whole fascist movement had the worst week.

Posted by: newbeeboy | July 30, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why Chris did not choose or even mention Andrew Breitbart, the budding demagogue of the right. He was shown this week for what he is, a petty and dishonest man, who by posting edited tape tried to destroy a wonderful woman and an essential national organization.

Having defrauded the nation with his phony tapes of Acorn he made a bolder step this time and failed miserably. I hope the lawsuit against him will be successful.

Posted by: BobSanderson | July 30, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I agree with majority in saying that Rangel should win the Worst Week in Washington. As a man with such senority and power on Capitol Hill as he, Rep. Rangel most certainly didn't want to end a 40 career like this.

Posted by: pinwizard39 | July 29, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Senator Sherrod Brown's having a bad week. He took the party line and fired a shot at Senate candidate Rob Portman. The piece of work he's backing for Voinovich's seat, Lee Fisher, just had yet another key figure in his campaign leave this week. That makes three managers and a press secretary in less than a year. Brown has to have a sick feeling in his stomach to be forced to back an unstable guy with no real experience.

Posted by: bethsmithmidwest | July 29, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Even conservatives are starting to realize Brietbart is scum.

Posted by: drindl
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Just like the Jour O listers.

Clever how they made the O stands for Obama.

Posted by: leapin | July 29, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Senator Sherrod Brown's having a bad week. He took the party line and fired a shot at Senate candidate Rob Portman. The piece of work he's backing for Voinovich's seat, Lee Fisher, just had yet another key figure in his campaign leave this week. That makes three managers and a press secretary in less than a year. Brown has to have a sick feeling in his stomach to be forced to back an unstable guy with no real experience.

Posted by: bethsmithmidwest | July 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I've got to go with Rangel. The House Ethics Committee releasing a full statement of 13 charges against him is pretty damning, and it's finally forcing Rangel to come to terms with his spotty ethics record.

Even if Rangel does pull off a deal to avoid trial, it will be ugly for him. A deal too soft on Rangel will only raise the ire against him, with collateral fallout for Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic House leadership who cut the deal. A deal that satisfies Rangel critics will be as punitive as the result of a trial could be, with the only advantage that the process is less drawn out and less publicized. A trial would just be ugly for Rangel.

There's really nothing good about the situation that Rangel is in. He's my winner.

Posted by: blert | July 29, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Hold the phone, we all knew Rangel was not going to go to trial, but who knew the deal would come so fast?

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/07/29/news/news-us-usa-congress-rangel.html?_r=1&hp

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

It's surprising how quickly a consensus formed around Rangel. I'm inclined to agree, though my dark horse candidate is ANY Nationals pitcher who has to stand in for Strasburg.

BBB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | July 29, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"Sixty years ago I survived a Chinese attack in North Korea, and as a result I haven't had a bad day since," Rangel told reporters before the hearing. "But today I have to reassess that statement."

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Rangel just sewed it up.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the nomination of Breitbart. An awful lot of people who usually cluster around him took a step backwards this week.

Not Ann Coulter though. I hear she lost her sense of smell in a bull riding contest.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 29, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Even conservatives are starting to realize Brietbart is scum.

Posted by: drindl | July 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Andrew Breitbart. Now that last week's eruption over Sherrod is calming down, many in the press are starting to ask serious questions about right-wing propaganda, and Breitbart in particular. Whether this is a turning point in the credibility of right-wing media or just a blip in the media circus remains to be seen. But Breitbart for the moment has started the questions, and now that his week is ending with Sherrod's statement that she plans on suing him for defamation, I think he deserves the award this week.

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

The GOP "establishment," which, instead of throwing up roadblocks to everything in sight, now will have to answer to the DNC's Contract on America campaign by defining exactly what on the teabag agenda they do not explicitly love, honor, embrace and wildly support.

Posted by: ImaDem
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The GOP "establishment," which, instead of throwing up roadblocks to everything in sight, now will have to answer to the DNC's Contract on America campaign by defining exactly what on the teabag agenda they do not explicitly love, honor, embrace and wildly support.
Posted by: ImaDem
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“Contract on America” – How appropriate for a bunch of thugs from Chicago. Da Mob has a contract on YOU America.

Posted by: leapin | July 29, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The GOP "establishment," which, instead of throwing up roadblocks to everything in sight, now will have to answer to the DNC's Contract on America campaign by defining exactly what on the teabag agenda they do not explicitly love, honor, embrace and wildly support.

Posted by: ImaDem | July 29, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

It's so narrow if it's just inside the beltway -- more fun it it's all politics, and i have to second andyroo's choices!

-- Sharron Angle: the "press conference."

- Kelly Ayotte: amid Sarah Palin's endorsement, her lead over Paul Hodes has all but fizzled.

- Ken Buck: he doesn't wear high heels and thinks birthers are dumbasses - what a great way to woo female voters and Tea Party folk.

- Robin Carnahan: a new poll shows Roy Blunt surging in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

- Mike Castle: the Tea Party Express is instead backing fringe challenger Christine O'Donnell.

- Colorado Republicans: they're running two very flawed candidates in the gubernatorial primary, and now wingnut Tom Tancredo has come along to siphon conservative votes.

- Florida Republicans: new polls show Democrat Alex Sink surging amid a nasty GOP primary.

- Rick Lazio: a new Quinnipiac poll shows Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino could defeat the fmr. Congressman in the upcoming GOP primary.

- Linda McMahon: Rob Simmons not only remains in the GOP primary, but he's just been endorsed by the Hartford Courant.

--And add,

"For Michele Bachmann to come to Missouri and give the impression that
the Missouri Tea Parties support Roy Blunt is an abomination of
everything we have been standing up for,' said Jedidiah Smith, a Tea
Party leader in Franklin County, Missouri."

Posted by: drindl | July 29, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Can't argue with the case for Rangel, which will hinge on how today plays out. One argument against: this has been a long time coming.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Rangel hands down!

Posted by: Moshe1 | July 29, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Rangel - but his news conference last week was outside the bounds of the definition of "week" - it must start on Saturday.

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Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 29, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I nominate Charlie Rangel. He's either going to cut a settlement deal with the House Ethics Committee or have charges read out against him in public. Not only will he never get back the chairmanship of Ways & Means, but it's quite likely his Congressional career is either over by the end of the week or, at latest, by the end of his current term.

There are some other people named who aren't having great weeks, but many of them are still candidates and not part of the Washington scene yet.

This has come up before, and maybe Chris can clarify: Is this contest for the worst week in Washington, or the worst week in American politics? If the former, we should probably stick with people who currently work inside The Beltway, not wannabes like Angle or Carnahan. If the latter, then any elected official or candidate nationwide should be fair game.

Unless Chris says otherwise, I will continute to consider an "inside the Beltway" contest, though I wouldn't mind seeing it formally expanded to include the entire American political landscape. There are some marvelous local political stories out in the hinterlands that would provide some outstanding Worst Week nominees. Case in point: the current municipal salary imbroglio in Bell, California. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bell-impact-20100729,0,6243085.story)

Posted by: Gallenod | July 29, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Obungler recovery update:

"Only" 457,000 Americans lost their job last week due to the communist policies of Comrade Zero.

Losers of the week - voters who now regret electing a community organizer to do a real job. and he thought it was all about the golf, the jet, the chef, the parties, the travel, the speeches. Well, I guess for him, it is!

chairman zero is bragging about how well he has done to the Urban league today. sure thing barry. Mission Accomplished. Take the rest of the year off.

Oh, you were already planning to?

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 29, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Rangel, Rangel, Rangel. The question isn't whether a person is innocent until proven guilty. It's a question of him admitting that he might have "accidentally" violated rules, and the politician's code that everything is perception.

Second place: Blago for the judge shooting down a main defense argument, resulting in a lame closing argument. "My client is too dumb to know what he was doing..."

Posted by: maris9 | July 29, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

The winner should be Charles Rangel. The runnerup is John Kerry.

Both had problems in paying their taxes after both being legislators who voted numerous times to raise the taxes on everyone else!

Posted by: mwhoke | July 29, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Rangel, no?

Posted by: DDAWD | July 29, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I think it has to be a tie between Charlie Rangel as the ethics clouds roll in and the 40,000 Nationals fans (+/-) who thought they were seeing Strasburg on Tuesday.

*Best Week Nominee: Tip of the hat to Miguel Batista for a spot start of 5 shutout innings with 6 strikeouts and just 3 hits allowed

Posted by: seli0052 | July 29, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I suggest...

- Sharron Angle: the "press conference."

- Kelly Ayotte: amid Sarah Palin's endorsement, her lead over Paul Hodes has all but fizzled.

- Ken Buck: he doesn't wear high heels and thinks birthers are dumbasses - what a great way to woo female voters and Tea Party folk.

- Robin Carnahan: a new poll shows Roy Blunt surging in Missouri's U.S. Senate race.

- Mike Castle: the Tea Party Express is instead backing fringe challenger Christine O'Donnell.

- Colorado Republicans: they're running two very flawed candidates in the gubernatorial primary, and now wingnut Tom Tancredo has come along to siphon conservative votes.

- Florida Republicans: new polls show Democrat Alex Sink surging amid a nasty GOP primary.

- Rick Lazio: a new Quinnipiac poll shows Tea Party favorite Carl Paladino could defeat the fmr. Congressman in the upcoming GOP primary.

- Linda McMahon: Rob Simmons not only remains in the GOP primary, but he's just been endorsed by the Hartford Courant.

- Charlie Rangel: gee, I wonder why...

Posted by: andyroo312 | July 29, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Angle or Ayotte, who are seeing their prospects of winning election diminish, as their words - or even just an endorsement - catch up with them. In that vein, perhaps Ayotte has had the worse of it, seeing her numbers go down not for something she said, but for merely winning an endorsement.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

This blog should be "Worst Week Because of Washington" and the loser, as usual, is the American people.

Today’s Neocom Statist Party Update on the Dismantling of the Republic
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Liberal activist judge strikes down provisions of the AZ immigration law based on supposition instead of empirical evidence. After all that’s all there was to go on since the law hasn’t been in effect even 1 day.

Freedom of Information Act no longer applies to the Security Exchange Commission under Obamanism reform.

Liberal states are moving to circumvent the electoral college to ensure they are the large (liberal) states determine future elections but retaining the illusion that your vote in a small state counts. The very thing the founders were concerned about happening and, therefore, one reason that they established the electoral college.

Posted by: leapin | July 29, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Lee Fisher is not in dc, and with this week, he may never be. video evidence:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsUZP0NcNd4&feature=player_embedded

Posted by: danblum19 | July 29, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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