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Political conventions had the Worst Week in Washington

OK, we admit it: We love convention season. Despite the lack of sleep, the August/September heat and the fact that we essentially neglect our families for two weeks straight, there’s nothing quite like the scene that is the political convention.

All of that said, it’s time the political convention did a little soul-searching.

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Todd Akin had the ‘Worst Week in Washington’

Todd Akin had the ‘Worst Week in Washington’

After one of the shortest “Worst Week in Washington” deliberations in modern history, Rep. Todd Akin has been crowned with the hebdomadal(dis)honor.

Cillizza writes:

It took just two words forTodd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri, to wreck his political future.

The two words legitimate rape were uttered during a local TV interview last weekend as part of a longer (and kooky) argument by Akin that many women who have been raped dont become pregnant. If its a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down, he said. (In case you had any doubts, Akin is a member of Congress, not a doctor.)

A national firestorm ensued, with nearly every prominent Republican in the country up to and including presidential candidateMitt Romney calling on Akin to step asideso he wouldnt cost the party a very winnable race against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D).

Akin has become the political equivalent of those Japanese soldiers who continued to fight World War II after their side conceded. Hes a political dead man walking, and everyone seems to know it. Everyone, that is, but Akin.

Todd Akin, for not grasping that legitimate rape totally delegitimized your candidacy, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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Worst Week in Washington: Vincent Gray

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says he looks in the mirror every day and sees someone that he respects.

Unfortunately for him, fewer and fewer of his constituents can say the same when they look at their mayor.

That’s why, for the second time in two months, the D.C. mayor has had “Worst Week in Washington” honors bestowed (thrust?) upon him.
Vincent Gray makes an appearance at a Democrat unity gathering at Judiciary Square in 2010. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

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Bob McDonnell had the ‘Worst Week in Washington’

The Republican presidential candidates aren’t the only ones having to deal with some uncomfortable social issues this days.

This week, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell — many insiders’ choice to be the GOP’s vice presidential nominee — had his own abortion tempest to deal with.

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Jon Huntsman’s “Worst” week

Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman, after a less-than-expected third place finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary, won our “Worst Week in Washington” award for the week.


Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman celebrates his third place finish at his election night party January 10, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire. AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT

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Congress had the “Worst Year in Washington”

Congress had the “Worst Year in Washington”

In a year filled with bad news, it wasn’t easy to make our pick for who or what had the absolute worst 2011 in Washington.

We weighed giving it to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) whose Twitter sex scandal won him a record four “Worst Week” awards. We took into account the more than 71,000 votes that you all cast — with “the long term unemployed” coming out on top. (Weiner was second in the voting.)

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Who had the best year in Washington?

Who had the best year in Washington?

Every week in 2011, we “awarded” someone or, occasionally, some thing, our “Worst Week in Washington” honor.

And, every week we got a few emails and tweets from people asking us why we didn’t award a “Best Week in Washington”. The answer can be summed up in a single (German) word: schadenfreude. There is a part of all of us that takes secret (or maybe not-so-secret) pleasure in the misfortune of others.

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Who had the “Worst Year in Washington”?

2011 is rapidly coming to a close. And that means that we are on the verge of declaring who had “Worst Year in Washington”! (There are LOTS of good choices; it was a pretty bad year all around.)

But, there’s still time to vote on who you think deserves this “honor” . Then tune in later this week for the big reveal!

Tell us your pick for the “Worst Year in Washington” on Twitter using #WorstYear

Herman Cain had the “Worst Week in Washington”. Again.

After acknowledging that he was “reassessing” his presidential campaign in the wake of the allegations of an extramarital affair with an Atlanta woman, businessman Herman Cain doesn’t look much like a winner.


Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain leaves the Manchester Union Leader newspaper after meeting with the editorial board, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Except of course if you are talking about the “Worst Week in Washington” award, which the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza ran away with again this week.

The full writeup will be in Sunday’s Outlook section — check it out! — but here’s a taste:

If your boss tells you he is “reassessing” your role in the company, it’s time to get your résumé polished up.
If your wife tells you she is “reassessing” your marriage, it’s time to start looking for your own apartment.
And so, when Herman Cain announced on a conference call this past week that he was “reassessing” his presidential campaign, the writing appeared to be on the wall.

Don’t forget to nominate your pick for our “Worst Year in Washington” competition. You can do that here or tweet to #worstyear.

Who had the “Worst Year in Washington”?

It’s been an amazing year in the nation’s capital.


Who had the worst year in Washington? (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
From the debt ceiling crisis to the rollercoaster Republican race for president, politics has been endlessly fascinating. (Isn’t it always?) The Capitals and Nationals both changed their managers in 2011 and the Redskins (still) stink. Heck, we even had an earthquake.

But who (or what) had the absolute worst year in Washington? We want to hear from you!

You can check out all of the “winners” of our “Worst Week in Washington” award here. And, make sure to check out our writeup of the Michael Steele, who had the worst 2010 in Washington.

Make sure to stay tuned for the official unveiling of the “Worst Year” — as well as some folks who had, gasp, good years in Washington — in December.

Tell us your pick for the “Worst Year in Washington” on Twitter using #WorstYear

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Supercommittee wins “Worst Week in Washington”

Supercommittee wins “Worst Week in Washington”

It may only be Tuesday but the supercommittee’s failure to agree on, well, anything makes it a runaway winner for our “Worst Week in Washington” award. (Plus, this is a holiday-shortened week so Tuesday is the new Thursday.)

As we write in our “Worst Week” writeup:

In a story arc familiar to Washington Redskins fans in recent years, the congressional “supercommittee” — the 12-member panel tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts by Thanksgiving — began with a sense of hope against impossible odds, only to devolve into the finger-pointing when faced with failure.

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