Rolling Stone’s 50 Worst Decisions in the Last 50 Years of US Politics

Historical Political

(1) Richard Nixon Tapes Himself Engaging in a Criminal Conspiracy (2) Barack Obama Roasts Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner (3) Mitch McConnell Wimps Out About Impeaching Trump Over January 6 (4) Swing-State Liberals Vote for Ralph Nader Over Al Gore, Inadvertently Electing George W. Bush (5) Hilary Clinton Makes No Visits to Wisconsin During 2016 General Election (6) Mitt Romney Dismisses 47% of the Country (7) Gary Hart Dares Reporters to Follow Him, Spends Night with His Mistress (8) Donald Trump Recommends Drinking Bleach to Fight Covid-19 (9) Congressional Republicans Overreach by Impeaching Bill Clinton, Increasing His Popularity (10) Bill Clinton Declares ‘I Did Not Have Sexual Relations with That Woman, Miss Lewinsky’ (11) John McCain Picks Sarah Palin as His Running Mate (12) George W. Bush Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ in Iraq (13) Michael Dukakis Poses in a Tank (14) Ruth Bader Ginsburg Refuses to Retire While Obama Is President (15) George W. Bush Flies Over Katrina-Devastated New Orleans, Praises His FEMA Director for Doing a ‘Heck of a Job’ (16) James Comey Re-Opens the Investigation of Hilary Clinton’s Emails Eleven Days Before the 2016 Election (17) Anthony Weiner Sexts a 15-Year-Old Girl (18) Ronald Reagan Says His ‘Heart and Best Intentions’ Tell Him the Iran-Contra Scandal Never Happened (19) Michael Bloomberg Blows a Billion Dollars on a 2020 Primary Campaign, Wins Only American Samoa (20) Trent Lott Says America Would Be Better Off if Segregationist Strom Thurmond Had Been Elected President in 1948 (21) Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon (22) Donald Trump’s Constant Mockery of John McCain Boomerangs When McCain Becomes the Deciding Vote to Save Obamacare (23) Elliot Spitzer Takes a Sex Worker Across State Lines, Pays for Her Services with an Easily-Traced Wire Transfer (24) Palm Beach County, Florida, Uses the ‘Butterfly Ballot’ in the 2000 Election (25) Donald Trump Tells Supporters Not to Vote by Mail in 2020 (26) Rudy Guiliani Destroys His Remaining Credibility by Going All-In on Trump’s 2020 Stolen Election Conspiracy (27) Bob Packwood Keeps a Diary of His Sexual Assaults and Political Bribes (28) Jeb Bush Thinks 2016 Will Be His Year to Shine as a Presidential Candidate (29) Rick Perry Is Unable to Remember the Three Cabinet Departments He Wants to Eliminate (30) Joe Biden Completely Mucks Up the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas Hearings (31) Al Gore Doesn’t Let Bill Clinton Campaign for Him (32) Barack Obama Says 'Bitter' Midwesterners ‘Cling to Guns or Religion’ (33) George H.W. Bush Pledges ‘Read My Lips: No New Taxes’ (34) Jimmy Carter Follows His ‘Malaise’ Speech by Inexplicably Firing His Entire Cabinet (35) Gerald Ford Declares ‘There Is No Soviet Domination of Eastern Europe’ During the Presidential Debate (36) Joe Biden Launches His 2008 Presidential Campaign by Praising Obama for Being ‘Clean’ and ‘Articulate’ (37) Chris Christie Decides Against Running for President in 2012 (38) Todd Akin Shares His Thoughts on ‘Legitimate Rape’ (39) Herchell Walker Runs for the US Senate (40) Dan Quayle Sets Up Lloyd Bentsen for the ‘You’re No Jack Kennedy’ Zinger (41) Ted Kennedy Has No Answer When Asked Why He Is Running for President in 1980 (42) Dr. Oz Films a Trip to the Grocery Store (43) The RNC Lets Clint Eastwood Debate an Empty Chair (44) Mark Sanford ‘Hikes the Appalachian Trail’ (45) Michael Dukakis Shows No Emotion in Response to a Hypothetical Question About His Wife Being Raped and Murdered (46) John Edwards Has an Affair with a Campaign Staffer While His Wife Is Dying of Cancer (47) The New York Republican Party Makes No Effort to Vet George Santos Before His Nomination (48) Ted Cruz Goes on Vacation in Cancun During a State of Emergency in Texas (49) Rod Blagojevich Can’t Keep His Stupid Mouth Shut (50) Ron DeSantis and Nikki Haley Rip Each Other Apart but Refuse to Attack Trump in a Race for Second in the 2024 Republican Primaries

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Vote RankingList Ranking  

22

1

Richard Milhous Nixon

U.S. President

60.22% (271 of 450 votes)

21

2

Barack Obama

U.S. President

60.69% (5360 of 8832 votes)

6

3

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator

74.63% (1124 of 1506 votes)

30

4

Ralph Nader

Advocate

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

14

5

Hillary Rodham Clinton

First Lady

65.59% (2520 of 3842 votes)

8

6

Mitt Romney

U.S. Senator

66.27% (55 of 83 votes)

54

7

Gary Hart

U.S. Senator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

50

8

Donald Trump

U.S. President

29.34% (6803 of 23187 votes)

16

9

Newt Gingrich

U.S. Congressman

64.81% (70 of 108 votes)

31

9

Republican Party

Organization

48.94% (715 of 1461 votes)

39

10

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

43.00% (700 of 1628 votes)

45

11

Sarah Palin

Politician

29.48% (3458 of 11728 votes)

46

11

John McCain

U.S. Senator

29.47% (28 of 95 votes)

32

12

George W. Bush

U.S. President

48.75% (175 of 359 votes)

2

13

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

95.45% (21 of 22 votes)

34

14

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

45.73% (214 of 468 votes)

1

15

Michael Brown (FEMA)

Bureaucrat

100% (2 of 2 votes)

33

15

George W. Bush

U.S. President

48.75% (175 of 359 votes)

10

16

James Comey

Crime Fighter

65.88% (56 of 85 votes)

41

17

Anthony Weiner

U.S. Congressman

39.88% (67 of 168 votes)

27

18

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

50.0% (279 of 558 votes)

26

19

Michael Bloomberg

Entrepreneur

54.35% (50 of 92 votes)

28

20

Trent Lott

U.S. Senator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

25

21

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

57.04% (77 of 135 votes)

49

22

Donald Trump

U.S. President

29.34% (6803 of 23187 votes)

53

23

Eliot Spitzer

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

7

24

Florida

State

67.07% (1053 of 1570 votes)

48

25

Donald Trump

U.S. President

29.34% (6803 of 23187 votes)

9

26

Rudy Giuliani

Mayor

65.94% (1173 of 1779 votes)

5

27

Bob Packwood

U.S. Senator

83.33% (10 of 12 votes)

38

28

Jeb Bush

U.S. Governor

43.27% (45 of 104 votes)

29

29

Rick Perry

U.S. Governor

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

37

30

Joe Biden

U.S. President

43.30% (98754 of 228076 votes)

43

31

Al Gore

U.S. Vice President

29.88% (72 of 241 votes)

20

32

Barack Obama

U.S. President

60.69% (5360 of 8832 votes)

42

33

George Herbert Walker Bush

U.S. President

32.55% (83 of 255 votes)

15

34

James Earl Carter

U.S. President

65.08% (574 of 882 votes)

24

35

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

57.04% (77 of 135 votes)

36

36

Joe Biden

U.S. President

43.30% (98754 of 228076 votes)

19

37

Chris Christie

U.S. Governor

63.54% (61 of 96 votes)

4

38

Todd Akin

U.S. Congressman

87.50% (7 of 8 votes)

13

39

Herschel Walker

Football Player

65.73% (117 of 178 votes)

51

40

Dan Quayle

U.S. Vice President

25.00% (1 of 4 votes)

47

41

Ted Kennedy

U.S. Senator

29.35% (243 of 828 votes)

12

42

Mehmet Oz

Doctor

65.79% (50 of 76 votes)

35

43

Clint Eastwood

Actor

45.45% (5 of 11 votes)

40

44

Mark Sanford

U.S. Governor

40.0% (6 of 15 votes)

3

45

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

95.45% (21 of 22 votes)

52

46

John Edwards

U.S. Senator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

17

47

George Santos

Politician

64.49% (267 of 414 votes)

23

48

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator

57.43% (143 of 249 votes)

11

49

Rod Blagojevich

U.S. Governor

65.83% (79 of 120 votes)

18

50

Nikki Haley

U.S. Governor

63.92% (62 of 97 votes)

44

50

Ron DeSantis

U.S. Governor

29.70% (2590 of 8721 votes)