Friday, August 13, 2010

Worst Worst List

No that's not a typo. Over at Right Wing News there is a post called, "Conservative Bloggers Select The 25 Worst Figures In American History." Here's the intro.
Out of all the gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, incompetent & crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks in all of American history -- have you ever wondered who the worst of the worst was? Well, we here at RWN wondered about that, too, and that's why we decided to email more than a hundred bloggers to get their opinions.
That sounded interesting. Then I read the list. Here's the top 10:
9) Aldrich Ames (11)
9) Timothy McVeigh (11)
7) Ted Kennedy (14)
7) Lyndon Johnson (14)
5) Benedict Arnold (17)
5) Woodrow Wilson (17)
4) The Rosenbergs (19)
3) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (21)
2) Barack Obama (23)
1) Jimmy Carter (25)
That's right, incompetent one-term president Jimmy Carter is the worst figure in American history, followed by incompetent one-term ( hopefully) president Barack Obama. They are somehow not only in the same league with, but worse than Aldrich Ames, Tim McVeigh and Benedict Arnold. This is the kind of "thinking" that gives ammunition to those who want to paint conservatives as a bunch of crazies.

The rest of the list is no better. Here's just one example: Hilary Clinton. What has Hilary done that could conceivably justify including her on a list of the worst Americans of all time? Hilary has been a first lady, an unremarkable senator from New York, and a largely ineffective Secretary of State. I'm no fan of Hilary, but in what universe is she somehow one of the worst Americans in history? This list is good for one thing and one thing only: making right-wing bloggers look bad. Thanks a lot.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's a tough question. Many people would have a tough time coming up with a reasonable 20. I see that though 43 gave responses, nobody got more that 25 votes. By the time you get to number 10, it's down to 10 votes. I wonder what place each voter would put Obama. Maybe 23 people put him in as number 20 on their lists, essentially having run out of ideas.

    Pretty embarrassing how it turned out, but it's not that surprising.