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America’s Worst Senator

[ 118 ] February 3, 2013 |

It’s a tough competition. I figure you have three candidates. First is the long-standing champion, James Inhofe, arguably the dumbest person to sit in the Senate for a long, long time. Second, is the relative newcomer Ron Johnson. Johnson is so out of his league in the Senate, it’s like watching Tebow play quarterback. Really, how on earth did Wisconsin choose this clown over Russ Feingold. Talk about one-term.

And now we have the newcomer, Crazy Ted Cruz of Texas, a man who seems likely to challenge Jesse Helms as the worst senator of my lifetime.

Quite a troika here. Although there are probably other possible competitors, I have to go with these three. I mean, say what you will about the recently departed Jim DeMint or Jeff Sessions or any of the others, they are just bog-standard reactionaries. These three take the cake.

….It seems that Wisconsinites have spoken on the matter.

[SL]:  Clearly, Erik is not giving Sessions enough discredit.


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  1. Robert Farley says:

    I can’t tell you how disappointed the Commonwealth of Kentucky is with your answers to this question.

  2. DrDick says:

    Oklahoma’s other Senator, Tom Coburn, is pretty special as well.

  3. Rarely Posts says:

    Here’s a different question: Who are the worst three Democratic Senators? I honestly am not sure with the current crop, because we lost so many of our worst.

    In the past, my answers probably would have been:
    1) Lieberman: because he had no excuses for his conduct coming from blue-state Connecticut; because he provided extensive bi-partisan cover for Bush’s war-mongering; and because he was motivated primarily by seeking the “middle” and spiting liberals (as most starkly revealed during the ACA negotiations when he proposed lowering the Medicaid age, liberals loved the proposal, and so he killed it);
    2) Bayh because Bayh; and
    3) Who next? There are some pretty horrible blue dogs, but they almost all have electability in red states as a plausible excuse.

  4. Tnap01 says:

    Well at least with his name and Birther concerns Rafael Cruz probably will never be the GOP Presidential candidate, Rand Paul on the other hand…

  5. Watusie says:

    Which state has teh awesome Senate delegation? My vote goes to Minnesota.

    • Incontinentia Buttocks says:

      Vermont gets my vote.

    • Karate Bearfighter says:

      It should have been Wisconsin. Fucking Ron Johnson.

      • Jesse Ewiak says:

        I have a funny feeling that in about 30 years on Wikipedia version 5.0, somebody will look at the list of Senator’s from Wisconsin and be like, “OK, Proxmire, he was the guy against all pork barrel spending, McCarthy was crazy, Kohl was a rich liberal who owned the Bucks, Feingold’s the guy that was on the Supreme Court, Tammy Baldwin was the first lesbian Senator, and wait, who the fuck was Ron Johnson?”

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Vermont by a country mile.

      New Mexico is a fast riser though. Heinrich should be real good.

    • Djur says:

      Oregon is good: Merkley and Wyden. Wyden has a bit of a bipartisanship fetish (thus that Wyden-Ryan thing), but he opposed the Iraq War, he’s solidly pro-choice, favors gun control, supports same-sex marriage, etc. He’s really good on privacy issues, opposes the Patriot Act, and is fantastic on tech issues. He does have kind of a technocratic free-marketeer stance on trade, health care, and taxes, but it’s not unusual for a Democrat these days and he opposed the Bush tax cuts. So he’s a good Democrat where it matters, and in most of the cases where he deviates it’s not really harmful.

      And Merkley is just fantastic, although he hasn’t been in very long.

      Washington’s Senate delegation is pretty good too.

  6. MAJeff says:

    The mention of Jesse Helms reminds me that it is still a great thing that he is dead. If only his death had happened 30 years earlier.

    • c u n d gulag says:

      Why stop at 30?

      Right after Truman desegregated the military in ’48 would have been just fine with most of us.

      This way, we would have been spared his Dixiecrat run for President, and the rest of his miserable life spent making as many “Blah” people as miserable as he could.

    • rm says:


      Until he creates his own foreign policy apparatus to promote death-squad oligarchic dictatorships throughout Latin America, Cruz will have nothing on the evil that was Jesse Helms.

      Helms is evidence that the Jim Crow South was a Caribbean culture — death-squad-using christianist oligarchies were Helms’s models of the Good Society. He did everything he could to promote it at home.

      Tramp down the dirt and never forget.

      • burritoboy says:

        I would argue that, as bad as Helms was, Strom Thurmond had a much more negative impact over Thurmond’s extraordinarily long political career. Helms was merely following Thurmond’s footsteps in many instances.

    • ChrisTS says:

      Especially in light of his brain disease (no jokes: I mean a medically diagnosed something…cancer?). How did the old beast survive so long?

  7. JazzBumpa says:

    How can Rand Paul not be a contender?

  8. Michael H Schneider says:

    ….It seems that Wisconsinites have spoken on the matter.

    That’s a great site and a great Senator. If you scroll down you’ll see, under the title “Rejected Relief Package for Hurricane Sandy Victims”, a picture of him standing in front of a federally funded public works project built in his State.

  9. DesignerRants says:

    You forgot Chuck Grassley.

  10. Socraticsilence says:

    The Ron Johnson/Tebow comparison is unfair to Tebow it’s not like Johnson has any decent qualities that overwhelm otherwise rational analysts or an almost in

  11. ChrisTS says:

    Caveat: I am a longtime lurker and only recently a thread-joiner.

    That said, ‘primary’ as a verb? Jeesh. What’s wrong with a real verb – ‘challenge’?

  12. Woodrowfan says:

    how about Bob Menendez, the man who stiffs his hookers, and not in the way you’d think…

    Naw, Inhofe is still a worse human being..

  13. Djur says:

    Wow, is it just me or does Ted Cruz look uncannily like Joe McCarthy in the picture on the TPM article?

  14. Crackity Jones says:

    What about Sour Grapes McCain? He was always a mediocre Senator, but he’s really become a bitter old

  15. Crackity Jones says:

    Or Baucus for his shenanigans during the ACA stuff.

  16. Halloween Jack says:

    Incidentally, I just got a malware notice for this site from Google.

  17. rdale says:

    How can you miss Mike Lee (R-short sale), Utah’s junior (or for that matter, Utah’s senior, Orrin Hatch (R-Amgen$$). Lee has done nothing but stamp his little feet and hold his breath since he stole the office during a tea tantrum fit. The first thing he did was try to change the rules so that he could create a SuperPac and get all the money for himself; then he let a bank in Utah take his house on a short sale, at the same time he was whining about a balanced budget amendment. The real tell is that on the debates on the Salt Lake Tribune comment boards, even the most right-wing commenters will never show up and defend him when he’s in the news.

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