Here at RRH, we have a lot to be thankful for today. If politicians weren't all nuts, we wouldn't really have that interesting of a blog. So before you carve the bird this afternoon, let's carve up the biggest turkeys of 2011!
Runners-Up--Redistricting Category: Charles Boustany and Lacy Clay. In the fight to preserve one's seat in Congress, it doesn't matter if you throw your party under the bus along the way.
Winner--Redistricting Category: Gary Herbert. No explanation needed.
Runner-Up--Campaign Category: Peter Kinder. Surprisingly, palling around with strippers isn't how you lay the groundwork for a run for Governor.
Winner--Campaign Category: David Weprin. Losing is excusable but running an ad with a plane buzzing Manhattan on 9/11 weekend? That gets you on the Turkey list.
Winner--Combover Categoy: The Donald.
3rd Place Overall: David Wu. When this unfortunate image actually marked the better part of the year, you know something's seriously wrong.
2nd Place Overall: Chris Lee. Memo to new members of Congress: When you're going to send pictures of yourself to women you find on Craigslist, remember three things. 1. Keep your shirt on. 2. Don't use your Congressional e-mail. 3. Make sure they're really women.
And the 1st Annual RRH Turkey of the Year is...
To relive one of the memorable threads in RRH history, click here.
But Weiner aside, we're very thankful for your support and your readership over the last 11 months. Here's wishing a happy holiday to you and yours.
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