I liked Ed Kilgore’s post on politicians that just make a person see red. Here are a few for me, leaving aside the ones mentioned in the post and obvious ones, as well as people who no longer hold office (so no Lieberman, sorry):

  • Susan Collins and Scott Brown, both of whom pretend to be moderates but jump when the party says to, and who then turn around and bemoan the lack of bipartisanship in Washington. They are not usually called out on this. Collins at least is a self-made figure with an against-the-odds career and deserves some respect, while Brown is just some random shmuck who won the lottery in 2010 and proved himself to be an endlessly vain, self-mythologizing hack. I can’t tell you how much his year of disastrous choices and embarrassment has gratified me.
  • Rahm Emanuel. That’s right, this here’s a bipartisan list! Emanuel is embodiment with all that’s wrong with Democratic politics and, indeed, American politics. Emanuel runs the city of Chicago as a strongman for the one percent and barely even pretends otherwise. I’m not really sure that this is a viable political strategy even given this era’s increasing resemblance to the Gilded Age, though given how crappy the Illinois Democratic Party is, and how even bumbling and unpopular politicians like Pat Quinn seem to repel primary challenges there and get re-elected, we’ll just have to see.
  • Gavin Newsom. Once upon a time he was the Mayor of San Francisco, in which capacity he was barely able to keep the city running and unable to keep himself out of the tabloids, all the while setting back marriage equality with dumb stunts and smug statements. Then he ran for the position of Lieutenant Governor because nobody wanted it, and won it unimpressively. Now he’s made it known that he’s bored with the job and obviously just wanted it to move up in the future, which is pretty dishonorable if you think about it. I don’t entertain many ideals about politicians at this point but I don’t think it’s too much to ask that they actually find some honor and pride in being public service, that they see it as a privilege and their service as valuable. Newsom clearly does not. This is great:

    Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to shorten state employee workweeks should start with the Office of the lieutenant governor. Apparently, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom dislikes “boring” Sacramento so much, he only shows up to work there one day a week. Newsom dismisses his $160,000 government job as do-nothing, insignificant and irrelevant. Yet, voters felt he was a perfect fit.Looking at Newsom’s home page, the last entry was May 9, remarking on President Barack Obama’s support for same-sex marriage. Prior to that, Newsom had done or said nothing since Feb. 28. He has abandoned the job. For a guy who does and says so little, Newsom’s new job on Current TV is a conflict of interest with his elected office. California state employees shouldn’t moonlight on second jobs, particularly ones that compete with their day jobs. If Newsom doesn’t have enough to do as lieutenant governor, or feels the office is beneath him, he should resign his elected office. 

    I mean, on one level he’s right, his job is pointless. But it’s not like he didn’t know that when he ran for it. Newsom is one of the robots for whom the entire process is mechanical, a politician who gives the rest a bad name, who only cares about power and advancement fame and all the trappings. I will never vote for him so long as there are other Democrats on the ballot.

Who else?

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  1. Metavirus says:

    um, i don’t think i have the space to write out my full list. rahm emanuel similarly infuriates me. one of the grand councilmen in the only party we have in this country: the corporatist party, with two oftentimes indistinguishable branches.

    i’m curious as to why cory booker didn’t make it into the post.

    Edit: I have to call out reps louie gohmert and virginia foxx. both a great combination of stupid and ignorant coupled with being awful human beings.

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