Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Left-Wing Bloggers Select The 20 Worst Figures In American History

by John Hawkins

Out of all the gangsters, serial killers, mass murders, incompetent & crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks in all of American history -- have you ever wondered who the worst of the worst were? Well, we here at RWN wondered about that too and that's why we decided to email more than a hundred left of center bloggers to get their opinions. Representatives from the following 36 blogs responded...

Alas A Blog, Angry Bear, Ted Barlow, Billmon, The Daily Dystopian, The Daily Rant, Scoobie Davis, Democratic Veteran, Micah Holmquist's Irregular Thoughts And Links, Mad Kane, Mark Kleiman, Mac-a-ro-nies, The Mad Prophet, MaxSpeak Weblog, Negroplease, News From The Front, No More Mister Nice Blog, Notes on the Atrocities, Off The Kuff, Orcinus, Pandragon, The People's Republic Of Seabrook, Political Parrhesia, The Poor Man, Public Nuisance, Ruminate This, The Sesquipedalian, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo, South Knox Bubba, The Talking Dog, Silt, TBogg, Micahel Totten, Unmedia, War Liberal, We're Left, They're Wrong

All bloggers were allowed to make anywhere from 1-20 selections. Rank was determined simply by the number of votes received. Also, it's worth keeping in mind that this was a fairly liberal group of bloggers and their selections reflected that. Also, I made a decision to combine the votes given to the Rosenbergs and Julius Rosenberg into one group since most people associate the two of them together. Some people may disagree with that decision, but I thought it was the best way to go.

Well that's enough about the rules -- without further adieu, the worst figures in American history are as follows (with the number of votes following each selection)...

Honorable Mentions: Boss Tweed (5), Roger Taney (5), James Earl Ray (5), Charles Manson (5), Rush Limbaugh (5), Jerry Falwell (5), Roy Cohn (5), Dick Cheney (5), John C. Calhoun (5)

20) The Rosenbergs (3) + Julius Rosenberg (3) (6 total votes)
20) Pat Robertson (6)
20) Oliver North (6)
20) William Randolph Hearst (6)
20) Aaron Burr (6)
20) Aldrich Ames (6)
18) George Lincoln Rockwell (7)
18) Robert McNamara (7)
14) Richard Mellon Scaife (8)
14) Lee Harvey Oswald (8)
14) Charles Coughlin (8)
14) Strom Thurmond (8)
13) Ronald Reagan (9)
12) George Wallace (10)
11) Andrew Jackson (12)
9) Jefferson Davis (13)
9) George W. Bush (13)
6) Benedict Arnold (14)
6) Henry Kissinger (14)
6) John Wilkes Booth (14)
3) Timothy McVeigh (16)
3) Nathan Bedford Forrest (16)
3) J. Edgar Hoover (16)
2) Richard Nixon (25)
1) Joseph McCarthy (26)

If you'd like to see the list the right wing bloggers came up with, click here.

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