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  

17

1

Richard Milhous Nixon

U.S. President

58.51% (275 of 470 votes)

15

2

Barack Obama

U.S. President

59.34% (4700 of 7920 votes)

7

3

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Senator

68.00% (852 of 1253 votes)

54

4

Ralph Nader

Advocate

0% (0 of 1 votes)

22

5

Hillary Rodham Clinton

First Lady

52.65% (2351 of 4465 votes)

24

6

Mitt Romney

U.S. Senator

52.38% (55 of 105 votes)

53

7

Gary Hart

U.S. Senator

0% (0 of 0 votes)

39

8

Donald Trump

U.S. President

34.85% (6305 of 18090 votes)

14

9

Newt Gingrich

U.S. Congressman

60.0% (69 of 115 votes)

30

9

Republican Party

Organization

48.93% (436 of 891 votes)

41

10

Bill Clinton

U.S. President

34.22% (655 of 1914 votes)

43

11

John McCain

U.S. Senator

32.10% (26 of 81 votes)

47

11

Sarah Palin

Politician

20.49% (2077 of 10136 votes)

28

12

George W. Bush

U.S. President

49.85% (164 of 329 votes)

3

13

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

94.44% (17 of 18 votes)

33

14

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

U.S. Supreme Court Justice

44.12% (195 of 442 votes)

2

15

Michael Brown (FEMA)

Bureaucrat

100% (1 of 1 votes)

27

15

George W. Bush

U.S. President

49.85% (164 of 329 votes)

12

16

James Comey

Crime Fighter

60.22% (56 of 93 votes)

44

17

Anthony Weiner

U.S. Congressman

32.02% (65 of 203 votes)

29

18

Ronald Reagan

U.S. President

49.59% (243 of 490 votes)

36

19

Michael Bloomberg

Entrepreneur

38.14% (45 of 118 votes)

26

20

Trent Lott

U.S. Senator

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

21

21

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

56.80% (71 of 125 votes)

40

22

Donald Trump

U.S. President

34.85% (6305 of 18090 votes)

51

23

Eliot Spitzer

U.S. Governor

0% (0 of 0 votes)

9

24

Florida

State

64.15% (433 of 675 votes)

38

25

Donald Trump

U.S. President

34.85% (6305 of 18090 votes)

8

26

Rudy Giuliani

Mayor

64.98% (718 of 1105 votes)

5

27

Bob Packwood

U.S. Senator

83.33% (10 of 12 votes)

34

28

Jeb Bush

U.S. Governor

42.16% (43 of 102 votes)

50

29

Rick Perry

U.S. Governor

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

31

30

Joe Biden

U.S. President

46.88% (62227 of 132746 votes)

19

31

Al Gore

U.S. Vice President

57.45% (54 of 94 votes)

16

32

Barack Obama

U.S. President

59.34% (4700 of 7920 votes)

37

33

George Herbert Walker Bush

U.S. President

37.04% (100 of 270 votes)

13

34

James Earl Carter

U.S. President

60.11% (315 of 524 votes)

20

35

Gerald Ford

U.S. President

56.80% (71 of 125 votes)

32

36

Joe Biden

U.S. President

46.88% (62227 of 132746 votes)

42

37

Chris Christie

U.S. Governor

34.19% (53 of 155 votes)

25

38

Todd Akin

U.S. Congressman

50.0% (1 of 2 votes)

52

39

Herschel Walker

Football Player

0% (0 of 1 votes)

48

40

Dan Quayle

U.S. Vice President

5.88% (1 of 17 votes)

45

41

Ted Kennedy

U.S. Senator

31.65% (213 of 673 votes)

1

42

Mehmet Oz

Doctor

100% (21 of 21 votes)

6

43

Clint Eastwood

Actor

80.0% (4 of 5 votes)

10

44

Mark Sanford

U.S. Governor

62.50% (5 of 8 votes)

4

45

Michael Dukakis

U.S. Governor

94.44% (17 of 18 votes)

49

46

John Edwards

U.S. Senator

5.71% (2 of 35 votes)

11

47

George Santos

Politician

60.66% (239 of 394 votes)

18

48

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator

58.26% (141 of 242 votes)

23

49

Rod Blagojevich

U.S. Governor

52.59% (71 of 135 votes)

35

50

Nikki Haley

U.S. Governor

42.06% (53 of 126 votes)

46

50

Ron DeSantis

U.S. Governor

29.50% (2101 of 7123 votes)