Douchebag of the Year Nominees

Douchebag of the Week!

This is the last week to vote!

It’s that time again, time to look back at the year and ask you, our readers, who was the ultimate douchebag in 2008.

Just like last year, we make the nominations and you cast your vote. Winner takes all – the Douchebag of the Year Award. (See the winner last year here.)

Here are the nominees, and if we’ve missed anyone feel free to email us with why you think they deserve consideration. Post your choice or email your vote of nominee to contact@itsfirstfriday.com.

The “winner” will be announced on the first Podcast of the year and here then. And you can hear our choices and cases from them on the Year in Review Podcast here.

The Nominees for Douchebag of the Year 2008

Governor Rod Blagojevich. Being a corrupt Chicago politician is nothing new, they damn near invented the concept, but Blago took it to new levels and made the mistake of seeking payoffs over the phone. Douchebag!

Hank Paulson. Mr. $700 billion bailout himself sold the country a bill of goods based upon the need to buy distressed assets, then didn’t buy any. Where did the money go? We may never know, but he’s a douchebag.

Al Franken. The fact that Franken is a douchebag has been long-established, but this year he wanted to become a Senator so he could impose his douchebagery on the rest of the country. He lost, but is now busy trying to lie, cheat and steal his way into the Senate. What a douchebag!

Ted Stevens. Corruption knows no party, and Senator Stevens never met a home improvement payoff he didn’t like. The voters of Alaska had the good sense to throw this guy out of office, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a world-class doucehbag.

Jack Murtha. When not accusing the Marines of murder, Congressman Jack was busy calling his constituents racist rednecks. He must have been referring tot he man in the mirror. What a douchebag!

Charlie Rangel.The New York Congressman that writes the tax laws doesn’t want to follow them. Who does, really? But if you’re going to impose them, you damn well should follow them. And that was just the tip of his corruption that came out this year. Such a douchebag.

The cheating trifecta: Spitzer, Edwards and Mahoney.You know their stories, married men who preach “holier than thou” politics while dipping their pens in different inkwells, payoffs, hookers, lies. Total and complete douchebags.

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. They could both easily qualify on their own, but together they are douchey force of nature. Whether its defending corrupt Democrats or complaining about the smell of the American people, these two led Congress to an approval rating just below that of the bubonic plague. Their douchebag street cred is beyond question.

Al Gore. While he wasn’t in the news as much as he was when he won last year, he’s still one of the all-time douchebags.

Barack Obama. Playing the race card when it suited him, hanging out with some of the great DB’s Chicago has to offer, and or product of that corrupt machine, Obama’s douchebagery may just be emerging. Time will tell.

Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Uberdouche and Mr. Thrill Up His Leg spent the year cheer-leading for Democrats while claiming to be journalists. Essentially having a T1 line from the corrupt Media Matters feeding directly into their vacuous heads, they happily pounded the last nail into the coffin of credibility that holds the rotting corpse of NBC News.

UPDATE: Additional nominees.

Like we said, we knew we’d miss a few, so thanks to those who brought these to our attention.

Charlie Gibson. With all the grace we’ve come to expect from the media, he edited his interview with Sarah Palin to suit his agenda.

Barney Frank and Chris Dodd. How we forgot them we’ll never know, but they are worthy beyond doubt. Claiming the moral high ground on Fannie and Freddie while lining their pockets with their cash and forcing them to make bad loans (not to mention Dodd’s sweat heart mortgage deal) skyrockets them to the status of uber-douche.

UPDATE: Voting is now over and we have a winner.


26 Responses to “Douchebag of the Year Nominees”

  1. 1 JP
    December 19, 2008 at 9:56 am

    The funny thing is this is actually a tough decision; they are all extremely douchey…

    It’s already a known fact that Al Gore is a douchebag, so my vote is for the Reid/Pelosi Douchey Duo.

  2. December 19, 2008 at 11:01 am

    You have left out so many. Bush and Cheney for all but admitting they misled the country to war, Norm Coleman demanding that the recount be stopped, Bill Cunningham for being an ass over and over, Sarah Palin’s idiocy over the course of the campaign, Frank Gaffney, etc. For such a prestigious award I hope you guys take the time to evaluate everyone in the nomination process.

  3. 3 Uncle Ted
    December 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Ghost, you really are an idiot. If you can’t understand the difference between lying and being wrong you aren’t worth used toilet paper.

    My vote is for Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. And loved the show this week, sent the link to my son, too.

  4. 4 Mary
    December 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Blagojevich all the way. His hair deserves the award.

  5. 5 Anne
    December 19, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Charlie Rangel.

  6. 6 mjortega
    December 19, 2008 at 12:00 pm


  7. December 19, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I would like to second the nomination for Blagojevich’s hair.

  8. 8 timothy
    December 19, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    Pelosi and Reid. God only knows what they’re going to try to do to us in the future.

  9. 9 The Classical Liberal
    December 19, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    The tandem of Olbermann/Matthews.

  10. 10 Flynn the impaler
    December 19, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I would say Ted Stevens but Alaska already gave him his award so my vote is for Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.

  11. 11 Tucker
    December 19, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Olbermann by himself wins in a walk, so I vote for him and Matthews.

  12. 12 firstfriday
    December 19, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Votes via email so far.
    Blagojevich – 7
    Paulson – 10
    Franken – 9
    Stevens – 1
    Murtha – 1
    Rangel – 7
    Spitzer, Edwards and Mahoney – 0
    Pelosi and Reid – 4
    Gore – 0
    Obama – 1
    Olbermann/Matthews – 3

  13. 13 Juan
    December 19, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Paulson for wasting our money like it was his.

  14. 14 jen
    December 19, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Gotta be Pelosi and Reid,

  15. 15 estrogen
    December 19, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Paulson for sure

  16. 17 letitslide
    December 19, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Anything Left-wing.

  17. 18 Bob
    December 19, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Pelosi & Reid get my vote.

  18. 19 xtinct
    December 19, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Paulson –> account for the $$$$

  19. 21 JP
    December 20, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Guys have I been out of the loop or did Bush just authorize bailout money to the auto industry without congressional approval…? Did I miss something…? WTF?!

  20. 22 Kelly
    December 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Keith and Chris, hands down!

  21. December 21, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Grover Norquist gets my vote…

  22. January 5, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Between Blagojevich, Paulson, and Franken, it’s really a difficult choice. I do commend the author of this piece for being thorough. I believe that the douchiest of the douche’s are all included here, well done. I would like to see Katie Couric to be included too. I mean sure Charlie Gibson should be included for his douchiness, but Katie should be called out as well.

  23. 25 JP
    January 6, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I’d just like to say in advance that if my pony Al Franken doesn’t win, I’ll demand a recount until we can make up some more votes…er…uh…find some more votes I mean…ahem…
    AHAHAHA it’s funny because it’s a tragedy.

    Ok so I didn’t vote for Franken, but I just couldn’t resist.

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