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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.