Biggest bumbler of the year?

posted at 11:00 am on December 31, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Peter Brown of Quinnipiac wants to balance out Time Magazine’s venerable Person of the Year award by recognizing abject failure and ignominy.  Brown launched his first annual Bumbler of the Year, recognizing someone who managed to seize defeat from the jaws of victory on the biggest possible stage this year.  In fact, Hillary Clinton didn’t even need a Barackopolis as a backdrop for her Greek tragedy of hubris and incompetence:

It’s too easy to find a bad guy or gal who hurt others. Bernie Madoff, who bilked so many out of so much, would be the runaway winner for 2008.

No, it takes a certain amount of chutzpah to qualify for the “bumbler.” To win, someone has to suffer from a massive self-inflicted wound that by its nature would be a product of ego. …

By contrast, the inaugural “bumbler” goes to Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York. Her name is unlikely to appear in any other sentence in the coming weeks with the word inaugural, although it didn’t have to be that way. …

That’s because if she had not forgotten that February had 29 days in 2008–not just the five for which her campaign planned–she, not Mr. Obama, would almost certainly be taking the presidential oath of office on Jan. 20.

Brown argues that Hillary thought so highly of herself that she and her team assumed the primaries would be over on February 5th, the Super Tuesday when 22 states went to the polls or the caucuses.  Team Hillary failed to staff or plan past that date, spending all of their money on the first Tuesday and assuming that they would be far enough ahead not to worry about the rest of the primaries.  Of course, as it happened, Obama managed to fight to a draw by out-organizing the Clintonistas in the caucuses, and his forward planning for the rest of February all but knocked Hillary out of the race.

Well, that’s according to Brown.  I seem to recall it differently.  By the time February 5th actually rolled around, Barack Obama clearly had the wind at his back.  He won most of the contests leading up to February 5th, while Hillary finished third in Iowa.  She barely beat Obama in New Hampshire with her much-publicized weepy moment on the eve of the primary.  She did well in Florida and Michigan, whose results didn’t count, thanks to a rules dispute.  By the time February 5th rolled around, Obama’s performance came as no surprise.

In fact, Hillary reorganized after February and almost knocked Obama out of the race.  She outperformed him in almost every primary, while Obama held the edge in caucus states.  Obama never did clinch the nomination, and it remained an open question whether Obama would hold enough superdelegates to keep the Clintons out of the White House.

If Hillary bumbled, she did so in 2007, not 2008.  She allowed Obama into the race with a disastrously bad Philadelphia debate performance in November, where she reversed herself twice on drivers licences for illegal aliens within 120 seconds.  She completely undermined her supposed advantage on experience and made Obama seem like a reasonable alternative to another four years of Clintonian double-talk.  She never recovered from the blow; Obama made significant gains at her expense in popularity, organization, and fundraising.  In 2008, Obama simply outperformed Hillary just enough to squeeze out a win.

If I had to pick a Bumbler of the Year, I’d seriously consider these potential hubristic losers:

  • Rod Blagojevich — Despite knowing that Patrick Fitzgerald was pursuing a years-long investigation into public corruption in Illinois, Blagojevich managed to get himself on tape saying explicitly what most politicians are smart enough to remain unsaid.  Talk about hubris!  Did Blagojevich ever think of holding those kinds of conversations off the phone?
  • Hugo Chavez — He wanted to use his oil-driven economy to transform Venezuela into Cuba.  His sulphuric crude now sells for less than $30 per barrel, his electrical service fries appliances in middle-class and poor homes, and economic stagnation has already taken root.  I guess he succeeded.
  • Eliot Spitzer — He didn’t just win higher office by crusading against high-priced prostitution rings … he’s a customer, too!  He couldn’t break the habit even after winning New York’s highest office.  Most politicians of his rank don’t have to pay for sex, at least not on the front end.  Bonus points for subjecting his wife to the scrutiny of the media in his resignation presser.

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Hildebeast had no idea all three networks had decided BHO should be CIC. Watching her limping thru the primaries without the black vote was hilarious.

Unqualified black trumps unqualified woman. Identity politics in it’s base form. Not any political differences at all between the two candidates. Only differences were gender and skin hue.

This is the end result of 40 years of PC nonsense. The best person for the job is usually not even considered anymore.

DeweyWins on December 31, 2008 at 11:04 AM

And just think, at Midnight tonight, she gets to drop the ball one more time!

pilamaye on December 31, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Ed, you missed the biggest bumbler of them all:

John McCain-

Chooses a high-risk, high-reward VP who he then refused to use wisely.

Pulled his punches vis-a-vis Obama.

Made a big deal of suspending his campaign and going to Washington, only to vote against his base.

Was incapable of forming a single, coherent message the entire campaign.

BKennedy on December 31, 2008 at 11:08 AM

I would add McCain and his embarrassing bumble of “suspending his election” going to Washington and doing nothing.

right2bright on December 31, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Made a big deal of suspending his campaign and going to Washington, only to vote against his base.

BKennedy on December 31, 2008 at 11:08 AM

You are only one minute smarter then me…remember that, just one minute…

right2bright on December 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

“Obama made significant gains at her expense in popularity, organization, and fundraising

Let’s just call it what we know it to be…Illegal Campaign Contributions and Money Laundering. Though we will be reliving these facts in four years if nobody lifts a finger to uncover what his campaign did every Democrat in the nation will be doing the same thing shortly thereafter.

theguardianii on December 31, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I also remembered Obama was leading.. I thought I remembered wrong.

Phoenician on December 31, 2008 at 11:12 AM

How about the biggest bumbler of the year…90% of the elected Republican Party. Was there a group as a whole more inept than these gaggle of idiots.

MDWNJ on December 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM

How about the biggest bumbler of the year…90% of the elected Republican Party. Was there a group as a whole more inept than these gaggle of idiots.

MDWNJ on December 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM

No kidding. Pushing McCain was monumentally stupid. When you have conservatives like me that can’t stand capt’n Amnesty, how do you expect to win? What a bunch of flunkies.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

The most powerful woman in the world:

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2008/12/30/2008-12-30_new_yorker_of_the_year_hillary_clinton_p.html

Obama is just a face for a Clinton third term and the Clintons will run our government.

2009 will be a bad year but we come back in 2010, stronger than ever.

Just like after daddy bush left office.

The Clintons rule.

getalife on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Hey, you can’t leave out that “Two America’s” guy. What was him name? Oh yeah …… John Edwards.

In One America he demonstrated his undying love to his wife who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, by dragging her along with him on his campaign.

In the other America bags-of-money Johnny was banging his staffer, while telling the rest of us we had to pony up for the poor.

Biggest Phony Evah! How much fun it would have been if only the press had hounded this two-faced loser like they hounded Sarah.

fogw on December 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

The Clintons rule.

getalife on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

Nope. They blew their deal. The new boss and his cronies now hold the stick. The Clintons crumbled.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Biggest Phony Evah! How much fun it would have been if only the press had hounded this two-faced loser like they hounded Sarah.

fogw on December 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

The biggest schmuck too.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

She made one error. She thought she was too big for caucus states.

DeathToMediaHacks on December 31, 2008 at 11:22 AM

The Clintons rule.

getalife on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

What galaxy are you from?

fogw on December 31, 2008 at 11:23 AM

She bumbled the last election and by becoming Barry’s flunky, she’s bumbling the next. Meanwhile, Bill’s getting the Little Black Book ready so he won’t be lonely during her State Department Trips.

kingsjester on December 31, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Biggest blunder of the year:

McCain running the lipstick on the pig ad. At the time, he was up (I believe by something like 4 points). He had surged passed Obama on the back of a string of negative ads (one of which, the “kindergarden” ad he was beginning to get flack over, but not too much).

As I recall, this happened just prior to 9/11, when he was going to pull all negative ads (at least for the day). Then Obama made the lipstick on the pig comment and Team McCain started hammering him on it and within a day or two, released this ad.

It backfired big time. Not only did people not buy that Obama was calling Palin a pig or being sexist here (which is obvious when Obama’s quote is shown in the context of talking about McCain’s economic plan), but the ad also exploded the narrative that McCain was running a overly negative campaign. He had escaped that until this point. This ad was the tipping point.

He immediately started losing his lead until Obama again took over never to look back. The “suspension” of his campaign was big too, but he was down at that point and it was seen as a “hail mary” move. This ad, more than any other strategic move — perhaps aside from choosing Palin, but one could make the argument that she helped him as much as hurt him — helped him lose the election.

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Just think how much fun Obama could have with the ladies if he cut the line his current woman.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:26 AM

That’s because if she had not forgotten that February had 29 days in 2008–not just the five for which her campaign planned–she, not Mr. Obama, would almost certainly be taking the presidential oath of office on Jan. 20.

Not so fast. I disagree with Brown here. I don’t think a Clinton victory was a foregone conclusion by any means. I think enough democrats suspected a third Clinton term could be a problem to sell to a general electorate and went with Obama for that reason. And maybe enough democrats didn’t want Clinton anyway. I think Obama got the nomination because he wasn’t Clinton.

Now the question becomes – three weeks before he takes office – WhoTF is he? Well, we have a few ideas…

tartan on December 31, 2008 at 11:27 AM

perhaps aside from choosing Palin, but one could make the argument that she helped him as much as hurt him — helped him lose the election.

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

No doubt. She was not ready for prime time. More a side show than a serious candidate.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Ed,

There are so many ‘bumblers’ in 2008 that it makes more sense to hold a monthly title then let readers choose from the mess. My choices:

1. The Whiney 3 and their private corporate jets.
2. Congress for causing the housing crisis then passing the buck (as usual).
3. The UAW for keeping American automakers from being competitive.
4. AIG Executives who accepted bailout money then handed themselves huge bonuses.
5. The Democrat Party for causing the housing crisis then preventing the Republican Party from adding amendments to what is likely going to be a trillion dollar bailout.
6. Congress for giving themselves a pay raise when ever larger segments of the American population loses their jobs.

I could go on, but why bother?

SeniorD on December 31, 2008 at 11:32 AM

I have a dream…
…that one day, people will wake up and dope-slap themselves into reality. And on that fine, fine day, they will finally stop giving money to this woman and tell her to get lost.

whitetop on December 31, 2008 at 11:35 AM

Hey Ed, you forgot to add Me, the one and only Knucklehead to your list. I’m the idiot who got excited about the Palin nomination and decided to contribute money to the McCain campaign, even though I’m on a very limited budget.

And my repayment……….I guess either McCain or the RNC sold our names, phones numbers and addresses to every charity group out there and I’m now swamped with calls from every “Concerned Citizen for….(insert the charity of your choice here). I got a new phone a couple years ago, am on the “do not call list” so who else could possibly be bombarding me with these obnoxious 1-800 calls all day?

Ooops gotta go, the phone is ringing again. Thanks, RNC for nothing!

Knucklehead on December 31, 2008 at 11:38 AM

SeniorD you didn’t include Bernie Madoff? Oy….

DeathToMediaHacks on December 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

I have a dream..

That a man will be judged by the content of his charecter and not the color of his skin…. And then we could be honest and truthfully talk about our judgement of the person’s charecter.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:39 AM

What about Tony Romo?

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Ed said bumbler, not fumbler.

kingsjester on December 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

What about Tony Romo?

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Well if we are talkin sports, its a toss up between Tony Romo, cracking like a fine piece of China for the last 3 years, any time he is under pressure, starting with the bumbled snap in Seattle, or the Mets losing out on the playoffs, by losing the last game of the season two years in a row.

MDWNJ on December 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Ed said bumbler, not fumbler.

I think Tavaris Jackson would edge out Romo for that honor.

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:48 AM

Perez Hilton says Jessica Simpson is pregnant with Tony Romo’s kid. I wonder what his excuse will be next time?

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:48 AM

No kidding. Pushing McCain was monumentally stupid. When you have conservatives like me that can’t stand capt’n Amnesty, how do you expect to win? What a bunch of flunkies.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

How about the Republicans allowing Dems and Independents to vote in the primaries? Pretty swift, huh?

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 11:51 AM

Biggest bumbler of the year?

Without a doubt,the American voter.

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 11:53 AM

How about the Republicans allowing Dems and Independents to vote in the primaries? Pretty swift, huh?

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 11:51 AM

I can’t see anything the Republicans have been smart about for a while.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Without a doubt,the American voter.

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 11:53 AM

What about the American public in general.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Just think how much fun Obama could have with the ladies if he cut the line his current woman.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Geeez NO! Then Michelle will get the pity vote when she runs for the Senate or the Presidency. I seem to recall this happened once before.

HawaiiLwyr on December 31, 2008 at 11:56 AM

I gotta throw my vote to the McCain debacle.

McCain should have won in a walk against an empty suit and filthy politician like Obama. It took real effort on McCain’s part to lose!

highhopes on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

She didn’t bumble at all in 2008, she killed her chances when she voted for a war that that Dem primary wouldn’t support and prior to the credit crisis was a main issue. If she would have voted against it, yet did all the National Security stuff she did in the Senate she would have won.

If she’s a bumbler then George Allen should be tied with her because he was supposed to the front runner before his 2006 meltdown.

Politically it goes to McCain hands down. Regardless of what people on this site may think his schizophrenic campaign did come off as “erratic”. When your trying to paint the other guy as untested and unpredictable its hard to get it to stick when your jumping all over the place. If ol hothead could have kept his cool so many people wouldn’t have become more comfortable with a President Obama. Not vetting or properly coaching Palin was important too. The pick still could have been good for identity politics reasons, which was the only reason she was picked, but if they could have stuffed her with more than buzzword and generic talking point answers at least she would have been less of a sideshow.

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

Runner up has to be John Edwards-

How do you go from contender for the Presidency, king/queenmaker with leverage to get a plum appointment in any Democrat administration, and prominent public voice to creepy ambulance chasing cheater without bumbling? Put another way, Edwards future political career was lost for want of a condom.

highhopes on December 31, 2008 at 12:04 PM

Geeez NO! Then Michelle will get the pity vote when she runs for the Senate or the Presidency. I seem to recall this happened once before.

HawaiiLwyr on December 31, 2008 at 11:56 AM

Good lord! I can just imagine her being appointed to that Senate seat and running for real in two years!

highhopes on December 31, 2008 at 12:06 PM

What about the American public in general.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

“The public is an fool!”

-Alexander Pope

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 12:06 PM

If we are going worldwide, would Musharraf top the list, or was it out of his control anyway?

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 12:07 PM

What about the American public in general.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:55 AM

“The public is an fool!”

-Alexander Pope

and I am an idiot! Sorry for the typo.

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Ed, you missed the biggest bumbler of them all:

John McCain-

Chooses a high-risk, high-reward VP who he then refused to use wisely.

Pulled his punches vis-a-vis Obama.

Made a big deal of suspending his campaign and going to Washington, only to vote against his base.

Was incapable of forming a single, coherent message the entire campaign.

BKennedy on December 31, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Beat me to it!

+100!!

Talon on December 31, 2008 at 12:09 PM

Hillary a bumbler? That’s laughable. You might want to take a look at McCain. He lost because he couldn’t get Republicans to the polls. Hillary actually got more votes than Obama, so she’s one up on McCain in that front. She lost because the fix was in from the beginning. Brazile moved several states up to earlier voting that had higher AA populations, and Brazile said she would punish the voters of Michigan and Florida. Then the caucus fraud that went unreported by the MSM and pushed aside by the Democratic Party. Then there was the shameful committee meeting about Michigan and Florida. After that, there was the buyout of Superdelegates by Obama and bringing them out after every state that Hillary would win. And who could forget the MSM calling for Hillary to drop out?

I’m sorry, but anyone that goes through that kind of shit and comes out clean in no bumbler.

MrX on December 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

Of course the more I think about it, wouldn’t a true bumbler be someone with tons of potential to win or accomplish something but then after its all said and done we barely remember them?

If that is the case Fred Thompson should rank very high.

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 12:12 PM

I got another one for ya. OJ Simpson, guy gets away with murder, and couldn’t just stay out of trouble.

MDWNJ on December 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM

Biggest bumbler of the year?
Without a doubt,the American voter.

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 11:53 AM

Yep . . . or at least the majority of them (with an assist from who-knows-how-many illegal alien voters, thanks to taxpayer-supported frauds like ACORN).

AZCoyote on December 31, 2008 at 12:13 PM

I submit that both Hillary and O’Bama were “affirmative action” candidates, qualified for the presidency, according to the dems (and the MSM) solely on the basis of race and gender, certainly not on the ability to handle the presidency. I, too, think there was no way Hillary was going to get the nomination with Barack in the race, but I sure enjoyed hearing and reading about her incredibly dysfunctional and sparring campaign staff!

TeeDee on December 31, 2008 at 12:16 PM

Tom Brady and the Pats
Rudy Guliani
John McCain (but not Sarah Palin)
Arnold Schwarzenneger
California
Hank Paulson
Madoff
The Bush family

Gotta say that ’08 was a pretty rotten year.

EMD on December 31, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Anybody care to predict the biggest idiot of 2009?

Mine would be Barack Obama.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on December 31, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Tom Brady and the Pats

Frankly if you are going to name one player from the team it should be Asante Samuel. If he doesn’t drop that easy INT on the last drive the Pats make history.

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 12:21 PM

“The public is an fool!”

-Alexander Pope

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 12:08 PM

Pope. 1688-1744. The “public” he had to deal with was nothing like the public today. Can you imagine what he would have thought about our universal suffrage?

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on December 31, 2008 at 12:20 PM

The entire staff of Newsweek Magazine is my guess.

Snowed In on December 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

we need a thread for the to expound on, and then repost it 12/31/09.

UNREPENTANT CONSERVATIVE CAPITOLIST on December 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

Although I don’t much like McCain, I really don’t think he had a chance against The One. I don’t think anyone would have had a chance.

No one could criticize the One in the Media without the Race Card being played by someone. The American Public voted for the shiny candidate, not the qualified one because we live in the reality of “American Idol” country. McCain was painted as a psychotic, ill tempered man who allegedly had an affair with a lobbyist. Palin was not allowed to be herself without everyone shooting at her. Biden is a moron, but the media pretty much ignored him because of that. Obama could do no wrong, in the eyes of everyone, even the Victory Lap Tour was made of awesome (I found it arrogant and presumptuous). It’s a shame he didn’t go to the Sea of Galilee and walk on water whilst on the trip.

My vote for Biggest Bumbler of the Year? The Media. Guess why?

mjk on December 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

Hillary is a bumbler. No surprise.

sheebe on December 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

The American Public voted for the shiny candidate, not the qualified one because we live in the reality of “American Idol” country the only qualified candidate was stuck playing second fiddle to John McCain.

FIFY.

Snowed In on December 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

My vote for Biggest Bumbler of the Year? The Media. Guess why?

mjk on December 31, 2008 at 12:25 PM

How could you be a bumbler if your intended result is achieved?

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 12:29 PM

Forget the good news? Ed’s biggest bumbler is our Secretary of State.

JiangxiDad on December 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Don’t forget Al Gore who has resorted to drowning Polar Bears with his bare hands to prop up his GW racket.

ronsfi on December 31, 2008 at 12:31 PM

There’s also Lieberman. Has he ever been on the winning side of a Presidential election? And the political power he had in 2006 was completely squandered by 2008.

LevStrauss on December 31, 2008 at 12:32 PM

It’s no contest for Bumbler of the year….McCain. He had the election in September and could have held the lead if he hadn’t stupidly gone to Washington to vote yes for Socialism.

It would be a dead heat with the Hildabeast except that as Ed says, her bumbling was in 2007.

Number 2 in 2008 is Bush, who squandered his legacy by not waiting 5 minutes to talk to somebody else when his uber-lib economic advisors told him the world would end if he didn’t convert the country to socialism immediately. The only reason he is number 2 is that McCain had more time to think about HIS idiocy.

notagool on December 31, 2008 at 12:34 PM

My pick is the New England Patriots. After becoming the first team in history to have a perfect regular season record in 2007 they were able to beat Jacksonville and San Diego to advance to the super-bowl and a chance at a perfect 19-0 season. They got to play the last seated team in the NFC, the New York Giants who had won 3 playoff road games to make it to the super-bowl. In the end the Patriots blew it 17-14 and their luck in 2008 continues as they went on to become only the 2nd team in history to finish the regular season with an 11-5 record and miss the playoffs.

Dollayo on December 31, 2008 at 12:35 PM

I have to give a tie between Maverick and the RNC…..both proved to be world class idiots. To buttress my opinion, I offer as Exhibit A – the election of the vacuous empty suit from Chicago, Exhibit B – the gang of 10 that killed the oil issue, Exhibit C – anyone repub that voted for the bailout bill……I rest my case.

David in ATL on December 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

How about Muqdata al Sadr? In December 2006 Newsweek called him The Most Dangerous Man in Iraq. By March 2008, we were wondering Whatever Happend to Muqtada?

BohicaTwentyTwo on December 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

HRC is no victim, but as usual, she will play it that way.

Christine on December 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

Biggest Phony Evah! How much fun it would have been if only the press had hounded this two-faced loser like they hounded Sarah.

fogw on December 31, 2008 at 11:21 AM

Agreed. Throw another example of our biased media on the pile. If you can reach the top anymore. 2008 was a record year for media mediocrity, they failed to achieve it.

scalleywag on December 31, 2008 at 12:49 PM

Bumbler of the Year, recognizing someone who managed to seize defeat from the jaws of victory on the biggest possible stage this year.

Sarah Palin. Failed to give enough of a push to McCain while appearing “not-so-average” during the Presidential election.

sethstorm on December 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

And don’t forget Robert Mugabe!

scalleywag on December 31, 2008 at 12:52 PM

Obama drones and John McCain.

This was a winnable election, but McCain gave it away to Obama. I even think McCain voted for Obama and purposely lost the election. At least he gave us Sarah Palin.

Obama drones are idiots who’s only reasoning for supporting Obama is because he is “change.” Nope. They really voted for him based on race and celebrity. SAD.

jencab on December 31, 2008 at 1:04 PM

This ad, more than any other strategic move — perhaps aside from choosing Palin, but one could make the argument that she helped him as much as hurt him — helped him lose the election.

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

McCain needed no help in loosing.

Johan Klaus on December 31, 2008 at 1:11 PM

Pushing McCain was monumentally stupid. When you have conservatives like me that can’t stand capt’n Amnesty, how do you expect to win? What a bunch of flunkies.

saiga on December 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

McVain was the product of the MSM facilitated by OPEN primaries. The MSM knew that McCain’08 = Dole’96.

belad on December 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

McVain was the product of the MSM facilitated by OPEN primaries. The MSM knew that McCain’08 = Dole’96.

belad on December 31, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Now, if only the media was as accurate as your quote.

Johan Klaus on December 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

but the ad also exploded the narrative that McCain was running a overly negative campaign. He had escaped that until this point. This ad was the tipping point.

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

That’s a good one. Seriously, you should have Maher’s job.

McCain lost, in part, because he ran the least “negative” presidential campaign in recent memory. And really after Obama released the spanish language ad accusing John McAmnesty of being a Limbaugh clone on illegal immigration, the gloves should have come off.

We can blame the media for the fact that Obama faced no serious vetting to an extent, but McCain shares a large share of the blame too.

18-1 on December 31, 2008 at 1:24 PM

heh heh. yeah she bumbled her way right into the Sec. seat.
I still remember her laughing at the comedy party. yeah She’s laughing now huh? We’re in for some bad years of government, people.

johnnyU on December 31, 2008 at 1:48 PM

Spitzer wins it handsdown. Hillary was not the first candidate to stumble out of Iowa shell-shocked. The media’s infatuation with Obama and their sudden acceptance of political sexism worked against her. For sure, she f’ed up but she had enough help to not deserve the title.

Spitzer, on the other hand, screwed up in so many ways and brought it all on himself. He could have banged a secretary like most people but instead decided to use hookers — something he was well known as a crusader against.

Hillary goes into 2009 all but assured a gig as Secretary of State. Spitzer writes a column for Salon. Yeah, Spitzer is the biggest bumbler of the year.

grdred944 on December 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

heh heh. yeah she bumbled her way right into the Sec. seat.
I still remember her laughing at the comedy party. yeah She’s laughing now huh? We’re in for some bad years of government, people.

johnnyU on December 31, 2008 at 1:48 PM

I don’t know about that. I’ve got a nagging suspicion that cushy seat is conveniently located near the wheel well.

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Sarah Palin. Failed to give enough of a push to McCain while appearing “not-so-average” during the Presidential election.

sethstorm on December 31, 2008 at 12:51 PM

I’ve got to blame McCain and Palin’s handlers for not unleashing the ‘Cuda a little better and earlier.

Laura in Maryland on December 31, 2008 at 2:13 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – Sen. Bill Clinton? Don’t completely rule it out.
The former president is among several boldface names being touted as possible “caretakers” for New York’s Senate seat—people who would serve until the 2010 elections but wouldn’t be interested in running to keep the job. As the process of picking Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s replacement gets messier, the option may become increasingly attractive to Gov. David Paterson, who has sole authority to name a successor.

A big name like Bill Clinton or Democratic former Gov. Mario Cuomo could have an immediate impact for New York in the Senate while letting the large field of hopefuls duke it out in 2010, according to three Democratic Party advisers in New York and Washington who are close to the discussion with Paterson’s inner circle on this issue.

Two others in the party confirmed that Paterson is still considering the caretaker option. The advisers spoke on the condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to comment.

“You could find a very senior person who could serve New York well” on an interim basis, said Gerald Benjamin, a political scientist and dean at the State University of New York at New Paltz. “Then you can say to Caroline Kennedy, `You know, you’d make a good senator. Run for it.’ And you can tell everyone else that it’s a level playing field.”

Paterson has made it clear in recent days that he’s getting annoyed by the constant jockeying by supporters of high-powered hopefuls including Kennedy, half a dozen members of Congress and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, son of the former governor.

Wethal on December 31, 2008 at 2:50 PM

From what I see in these comments, there’s more than enough support for a multi-category offering. Such as:

Biggest political bumbler for
Biggest international bumbler for
Biggest sports bumbler for
Biggest non-political bumbler for
Biggest glitterati bumbler for

Most likely to bumble in the next
Most likely to bumble and blame someone else
Most likely to deny bumbling in the first place
Most likely Congressional Electee to bumble

SeniorD on December 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Ed,the headline ‘Bumbler’,and Hillary
in yellow!

Makes me think HilRod,as a coniving Bee!Hehe:)

canopfor on December 31, 2008 at 3:55 PM

John McNumbNuts suspending his campaign to go to Washington to get the $700Billion passed (and now we can’t figure out where $350Billion of it went) is the fumble of the decade! But hey…he crossed party lines and kissed Barney Frank’s ass…

sabbott on December 31, 2008 at 4:26 PM

Tom_Shipley on December 31, 2008 at 11:25 AM

Wow–I agree with Tom.
It must be the end of the world year.

jgapinoy on December 31, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Oh, we need to add John Edwards to the list of bumblers who did themselves in.

And how about Pinky Sulzberger? or should we wait until the NYT declares bankruptcy?

Dr. Bob on December 31, 2008 at 10:29 PM

The press put Obama over the top and nothing more. It will be their last hurrah as the MSM croaks.

roux on January 1, 2009 at 5:45 PM