In the HOT5 today I linked an article called "The Five Most Annoying Republicans in the World." Although I know it's difficult to narrow down an annoying list when talking about political figures, I'm not too impressed by the author's selections. Here's his list.
5. Bristol Palin
4. David Brooks
3. Gen. Colin Powell
2. Sen. Lindsey Graham
1. Meghan McCain
Bristol Palin? She's little more than a kid. I don't find her annoying at all. Her mother, on the other hand, is actually a major political force and can be extremely annoying.
David Brooks. I guess he's a reasonable selection from a conservative base perspective, but Brooks doesn't really annoy me. Everyone knows what they are getting with Brooks. He's a moderate Republican columnist. I don't think he's intellectually dishonest or obnoxious; so even though I often disagree with him, I wouldn't put him on an annoying list.
Colin Powell. Ok, now we are right on target. Powell belongs at the top of this list, primarily for continuing to claim to be a Republican even though he's an independent who supports Obama and Democratic policies.
Lindsey Graham. Graham can be irritating, but not that much more than any other major Republican politician.
Meghan McCain? The number 1 most annoying Republican? Really? Her father is actually important and far more annoying. If he hadn't run such a miserable incompetent campaign, we might not be stuck with President Obama.
Who is missing from this list? How can you have a current list of annoying Republicans and leave off Charlie Crist, Lisa Murkowski and Mike Castle. Castle, aside from his voting record, is a sore loser who refuses to support the nominee he lost to. Crist & Murkowski are not only sore losers, but are actually attempting to split the GOP vote and give Democrats a better chance to win in November. And then there is Christine O'Donnell. Here's someone who gives Democrats a perfect parody of an extreme religious social conservative, and is currently trailing by a large margin in the polls after knocking out someone who was a likely GOP Senate pick-up. There are a significant number of other Republicans more annoying than anyone on that list (except Colin Powell.)