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Paul Slansky

Paul Slansky

Posted: December 23, 2010 01:49 PM

The Year in Shamelessness

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For those who traffic in political absurdity, there's never a shortage of material. Regardless of who's in power, our elected officials are forever saying and doing outrageous, offensive and just plain moronic things, and every year brings its quota of hideous behavior. Still, it seems that the hate-spewing hordes of 2010 - with their hysteria about the non-Ground Zero non-mosque, their virulent anti-immigrationism, and their unbridled racism - have presented us with far more than the usual amount of arrogant ignorance, bald-faced bigotry, and brazen hypocrisy, all of it paraded before us with a ridiculous patina of oblivious pride.

I have collected a treasure trove of 2010's political ignominy into an e-book, The Year of Living Shamelessly, which not only catalogues 2010's most egregious moments, but also provides links to video, commentary and other sources that offer a deeper appreciation of the sheer batshit lunacy of it all. It's the perfect last-minute holiday gift, and it's available here for a mere $3.99 (a portion of the proceeds go to support People for the American Way).

Meanwhile, here are a dirty dozen (+2!) of the worst offenders.

Sharron Angle
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Nevada’s Sharron Angle distinguished herself in her Senate race by scurrying away from her own press conference when reporters had the audacity to ask questions, opposing abortion even in cases of rape or incest because those things obviously were part of God's “plan” or they wouldn't have happened, declaring that certain government programs are a “violation of the First Commandment,” warning that two American cities are under sharia law, telling a class of Hispanic students, “I don't know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me,” and running what was widely believed to be the most racist political ad of the year, all of which repelled enough Republicans to hand Harry Reid a victory he couldn’t have dreamed of against any other opponent.
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