John Hawkins has the bloggers choices of the worst Americans in history up:
17) Franklin Delano Roosevelt (6)
17) John Walker (6)
17) Lee Harvey Oswald (6)
17) Robert Byrd (6)
16) Aldrich Ames (7)
14) Richard Nixon (8)
14) Aaron Burr (8)
12) Al Sharpton (9)
12) Charles Manson (9)
8) Timothy McVeigh (10)
8) Lyndon Johnson (10)
8) Hillary Clinton (10)
8) John Wilkes Booth (10)
7) Alger Hiss (12)
6) Noam Chomsky (13)
4) Jesse Jackson (14)
4) Jimmy Carter (14)
3) Bill Clinton (15)
2) Benedict Arnold (19)
1) The Rosenbergs (15) & Julius Rosenberg (5) (20 total votes)
I can agree with a lot of them (I listed a few of them), but Bill and Hillary Clinton do not belong on the list, as much as I may dislike their transparent political maneuvering, the lying, and the hypocrisy. Hillary Clinton has, to date, been a pretty Hawkish Senator, and other than that, she was an unimportant First Lady whose main achievement was to settle temporarily what the American public felt about nationalized Health Care. Yes, she is a liar and a fraud, yes, I know about the cattle futures and the billing records and her relationship with all the people the Clinton’s used to smear people, but she does not belong on the same list as the Rosenbergs or John Wilkes Booth or Alger Hiss for chrissakes.
Bill Clinton, despite all his shortcomings and his petulance and his perjury and his womanizing, did do a number of good things for the country. Like NAFTA, and Welfare Reform, Kosovo, and, I can also heap what is the highest praise any president should get for the economy- he didn’t screw it up (I don’t think Presidents fix economies or are responsible for good ones- unlike the Democrats trying to smear Bush with this business cycle). Plus, if anyone has done more for the Republicans, it has been Bill and Hillary Clinton. Do you know how many candidacies have been funded from Republican fund-raising because of these two? Do you realize that the Democrat party is in shambles because of the power grabs of these two? Do you understand how lucky the Republicans are to have the Clinton’s pick (McAullife) running the DNC?
Bill and Hillary are sewer trout, but they aren’t the worst Americans to ever live- not by a longshot. Claiming they belong on the list makes you guys sound like the Daily Kos or Oliver Willis or Atrios or the Democrat Underground talking about Bush. I mean folks, some perspective, please. John Wayne Gacy dressed up as a clown, seduced young boys, then strangled them while raping them. He did this to a few dozen boys. He didn’t make the list, but Hillary Clinton got ten votes and Bill got 15? Jeebus.
Some people that should be on that list (and were on my list):
James Earl Ray
These two assassins shattered the dreams of millions. I think that is a rather odious accomplishment. Also on the list should be:
Ramsey Clark (*- I edited him in a day late- he was on my initial list to John Hawkins, bvut I forgot about him while writing this post until I read a reader comment. The Rammer most certainly belongs on this list.)
Lee Iacocca (for the K Car).
Finally, my list also included Dallas Cowboy turned Raider turned nobody linebacker Larry Brown for intercepting two of Neil O’Donnell’s passes in Super Bowl XXX to stop the inevitable Steeler comeback and officially ruin my decade. Honorable Mention to Francisco Cabrera for knocking in the game winning run (Game 7- GAME FRIGGING SEVEN IN THE NINTH INNING- ARGGGGGH!!) for the Braves over my Pirates in the 1992 NLCS (or should I be mad at Jose Lind for that damned error?). Issues, I have issues.
*** Update ***
Roger Simon makes some good points about why the selection of the Clintons and the Jimmy Carter is just stupid.
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Dean Esmay has a truly impressive list of villains up, and agrees with me that it is absurd to include the Clintons.
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Great minds think alike- Michele at A Small Victory concurs regarding the Clintons.
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Kim du Toit respectfully disagrees. Hell, he could have rudely disagreed and I would still be polite. Have you seen his gun collection?