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  

18

1

Richard Milhous Nixon

U.S. President

64.05% (269 of 420 votes)

7

2

Barack Obama

U.S. President

83.01% (4875 of 5873 votes)

8

3

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator

81.81% (616 of 753 votes)

31

4

Ralph Nader

Advocate

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

17

5

Hillary Rodham Clinton

First Lady

65.13% (2353 of 3613 votes)

15

6

Mitt Romney

U.S. Senator

67.90% (55 of 81 votes)

49

7

Gary Hart

U.S. Senator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

47

8

Donald Trump

U.S. President

17.46% (2554 of 14628 votes)

12

9

Newt Gingrich

U.S. Congressman

71.88% (69 of 96 votes)

35

9

Republican Party

Organization

48.99% (437 of 892 votes)

34

10

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

49.10% (655 of 1334 votes)

42

11

John McCain

U.S. Senator

29.87% (23 of 77 votes)

44

11

Sarah Palin

Politician

21.27% (2177 of 10237 votes)

33

12

George W. Bush

U.S. President

49.85% (165 of 331 votes)

3

13

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

94.44% (17 of 18 votes)

38

14

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

44.74% (200 of 447 votes)

2

15

Michael Brown (FEMA)

Bureaucrat

100% (1 of 1 votes)

32

15

George W. Bush

U.S. President

49.85% (165 of 331 votes)

13

16

James Comey

Crime Fighter

70.0% (56 of 80 votes)

40

17

Anthony Weiner

U.S. Congressman

38.04% (62 of 163 votes)

28

18

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

50.20% (251 of 500 votes)

27

19

Michael Bloomberg

Entrepreneur

51.72% (45 of 87 votes)

29

20

Trent Lott

U.S. Senator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

25

21

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

58.40% (73 of 125 votes)

48

22

Donald Trump

U.S. President

17.46% (2554 of 14628 votes)

50

23

Eliot Spitzer

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

9

24

Florida

State

81.27% (473 of 582 votes)

46

25

Donald Trump

U.S. President

17.46% (2554 of 14628 votes)

19

26

Rudy Giuliani

Mayor

63.86% (758 of 1187 votes)

5

27

Bob Packwood

U.S. Senator

83.33% (10 of 12 votes)

39

28

Jeb Bush

U.S. Governor

42.72% (44 of 103 votes)

51

29

Rick Perry

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 1 votes)

37

30

Joe Biden

U.S. President

47.16% (67870 of 143924 votes)

22

31

Al Gore

U.S. Vice President

60.67% (54 of 89 votes)

6

32

Barack Obama

U.S. President

83.01% (4875 of 5873 votes)

41

33

George Herbert Walker Bush

U.S. President

32.66% (81 of 248 votes)

11

34

James Earl Carter

U.S. President

75.95% (319 of 420 votes)

24

35

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

58.40% (73 of 125 votes)

36

36

Joe Biden

U.S. President

47.16% (67870 of 143924 votes)

21

37

Chris Christie

U.S. Governor

61.54% (56 of 91 votes)

30

38

Todd Akin

U.S. Congressman

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

54

39

Herschel Walker

Football Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

53

40

Dan Quayle

U.S. Vice President

0% (0 of 0 votes)

43

41

Ted Kennedy

U.S. Senator

28.00% (210 of 750 votes)

1

42

Mehmet Oz

Doctor

100% (26 of 26 votes)

10

43

Clint Eastwood

Actor

80.0% (4 of 5 votes)

26

44

Mark Sanford

U.S. Governor

55.56% (5 of 9 votes)

4

45

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

94.44% (17 of 18 votes)

52

46

John Edwards

U.S. Senator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

20

47

George Santos

Politician

63.07% (251 of 398 votes)

23

48

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator

58.44% (142 of 243 votes)

14

49

Rod Blagojevich

U.S. Governor

69.70% (69 of 99 votes)

16

50

Nikki Haley

U.S. Governor

67.11% (51 of 76 votes)

45

50

Ron DeSantis

U.S. Governor

19.49% (1250 of 6412 votes)