7. Scott Brown
As insufferable as Pierce is, one can only appreciate what a third-stringer he is by observing a true master at work.
On the eve of the Massachusetts special election Keith Olbermann saw fit, in full view of hundreds of his viewers, to drain the festering wound that was his opinion of Scott Brown.
In Scott Brown, we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees. In any other time in our history, this man would have been laughed off the stage as unqualified and a disaster in the making by the most conservative of conservatives.
Apart from the obvious neural malfunction that prompted this outburst, subsequent events have proven Olbermann wrong on even the modest assumption that Brown was a conservative of any kind, much less an uber-conservative. Brown, whose voting record and public statements have established him basically as a better looking Olympia Snowe, has been characterized as the best we could have hoped for in Massachusetts. This is akin to saying we elected the tallest Hobbit.
Olbermann has to be regretting wasting all that perfectly good bile on someone he would probably now hail as the moderate future of the party – if in fact he was inclined to concede the irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging Republicans have a future at all.