Politico news service has put together a list of the top 10 worst political decisions made this year, skewering Democrats and Republicans alike. Here they are -- with Politico’s explanation.
1. Delaware Republicans' nomination of Christine O'Donnell (pictured)
for the Senate. “Few nominations so clearly cost their party the seat.”
2. Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Jack Conway's "Aqua Buddha" TV ad. He was so desperate for a way to halt Republican Rand Paul’s momentum that he made an ad attacking Paul for alleged collegiate pranks. It backfired.
3. Rep. Eric Massa's tickle defense. “Upon the sudden announcement that the erratic New York Democrat was stepping down in March, word began to leak that he had been under ethics investigation for alleged sexual harassment of staffers.”
4. Sharron Angle speaks to Hispanic high schoolers. “Confronted about her ads featuring Latino-looking gangsters, Angle said she had no way of knowing that's what they were: ‘I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me.’"
5. Democratic Massachusetts Senate Candidate Martha Coakley riles up Red Sox Nation. “Between derisively asserting she was above such political duties as shaking hands outside Fenway Park, and mistaking Red Sox hero Curt Schilling for a Yankee fan, Coakley couldn't have seemed more out of touch with the voting public.”
6. Texas GOP Rep. Joe Barton’s BP apology. “In a classic case of boldly standing up for the not-so-little guy,” Barton spoke in defense of BP CEO Tony Hayward on the House floor.
7. Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's journalist detention. “The incident intensified the impression that Miller was an angry loose cannon.”
8. Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sue Lowden's "Chickens for Checkups." When she advocated "barter with your doctor" as one way to reduce health care costs, “a late-night joke was born.”
9. Arizona Democratic Rep. Raul Grijalva's home-state boycott. “In response to Arizona's passage of a controversial anti-illegal immigration state law, Grijalva joined those calling for a boycott of his own home state.”
10. New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel fires his lawyer. He “walked out of the first day of his House ethics trial last month, saying he deserved legal representation and didn't have it since parting ways with the law firm to which he'd paid $2 million in fees.”
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