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The 3rd Annual Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States: The 2004 Edition

Written By : John Hawkins
April 19, 2012

Honorable Mentions: The ACLU, Max Cleland, Chevy Chase, Susan Estrich, Al Franken, Whoopi Goldberg, Bev Harris, Jesse Jackson, Ted Kennedy, Terry McAuliffe, Bill Maher, The New York Times, Lawrence O’Donnell, Keith Olberman, Sean Penn, Charles Rangel, Ron Reagan Jr., Randi Rhodes, George Soros, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Henry Waxman, Markos Moulitsas Z’niga

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20) Linda Ronstadt

It might seem to be a stretch to put washed-up singer Linda Ronstadt who was once famous for singing “I Love Rock and Roll”…wait, that’s not it…oooh, ooooh, I remember, it was “The Warrior”…no, that’s not it either…well whatever she sang, she does deserve to make the list.

While in Las Vegas (where washed up singers crawl up on stage to wait for their careers to die), Ronstadt was unceremoniously fired after causing a mini-riot among her unhappy fans by plugging Michael Moore’s hideous propaganda piece, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” on stage. While that’s not all that big of a deal, she popped off a quote in the aftermath of this controversy that was such a perfect example of liberal condescension that she just had to make the list. As you read this quote, remember that we’re talking about someone who probably has less fans left than Milli Vanilli at this point and then picture her saying…

Defining Quote: “It’s a real conflict for me when I go to a concert and find out somebody in the audience is a Republican or fundamental Christian. It can cloud my enjoyment. I’d rather not know.” – Linda Ronstadt

19) John Zogby

For reasons that are hard to fathom, pollster John Zogby opined time and time again, all year long, to anyone who would listen, that John Kerry was going to beat George Bush. Why did a pollster who’s supposed to be neutral want to so publicly take a partisan line in a race that stayed very close throughout the year? Why did Zogby continue to declare that Kerry would win even as his own polls showed Kerry losing? Who knows?

Then election day rolled around and Zogby actually waited until after the first exit polls to give his final prediction: that Kerry would wipe the floor with Bush by beating him 311-213 in electoral votes with Colorado and Nevada too close to call. Of course, he was wrong: Bush won 286-252.

Then after the election, Zogby started dabbling in conspiracy theories to explain why his polls were off…again. Zogby polling communications director, Shawnta Watson Walcott, even joined “a group of liberal Democrats at a faux congressional hearing focused on whether fraud influenced the Nov. 2 outcome”.

Hey Zogby, it’s bad enough that your polls stink and that you essentially acted like the public polling arm of the Democratic Party for all of 2004, but how low are you going to stoop to try to explain away your own bias & incompetence?

“We have received thousands of letters and phone calls regarding irregularities – many of which center on early exit polling results that were uncharacteristically inaccurate in several battleground states; questionable practices at polling stations that may have resulted in votes not being counted accurately; and in Ohio, as with other swing states, the automated Diebold machines were particularly disturbing because they offered no voting receipts. It is with this intention that we recommend that a blue ribbon bipartisan panel be developed to investigate the allegations discussed here today.” – Shawnta Watson Walcott, communications director for Zogby International

18) John Edwards
Sure, John Edwards doesn’t have the “oomph” of a Michael Moore or John Kerry in the “could he be more annoying category,” but did earn his spot on this list.

Edwards’ entire primary campaign consisted of nothing but endless populist whinging about how we have two Americas. The worst part of the whole speech was when Edwards would go on and on about a non-existent coatless girl whom you practically imagined as having a face coated with soot, wearing torn rags, and begging unsuccessfully for a little more gruel from some character out of Dickens.

Personally, I just couldn’t help but think, “Hey, you’re worth as much as 60 million dollars, just buy the little girl a coat.” Only in America can we have an ultra-rich lawyer —- who made his fortune driving up the cost of health care for every American, rich and poor, via lawsuits —- running for President based on helping mythical children whose parents can’t afford $5 coats.

Then John Edwards AKA The Breck Girl AKA Silky Pony was selected to be Kerry’s VP largely because he was good looking, sounded slick, and had a full head of beautiful, luxurious hair. Kerry might as well have nominated Fabio for all the good it did him. But, the snake oil salesman got a little too “cute” for his own good when he tried to exploit the stem cell issue late in the campaign and uncorked this embarrassing, yet defining quote…

Defining Quote: “If we do the work that we can do in this country, the work that we will do when John Kerry is President, people like Christopher Reeve will get up out of that wheelchair and walk again.” – John Edwards, Oct 11, 2004

17) Jimmy Carter

Have you ever heard that old nursery rhyme that goes,

What are little boys made of?
What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails,
And puppy-dogs’ tails;
That’s what little boys are made of.

What are little girls made of?
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
and all that’s nice;
That’s what little girls are made of.

Now let me tell you what Jimmy Carter is made of: naivete, killer rabbit stories, foreign policy advice from his daughter Amy, sucking up to dictators, malaise, “lust in his heart”, too much time spent watching Fahrenheit 9/11, peanuts, an undeserved Nobel Peace Prize…oh and lots and lots of failure.

Carter is the lovable dupe whom nobody wants to tell to shut-up about the Presidency and foreign policy because he’s a generally nice, Christian man, who builds homes for the poor. Is he an awful man? No, but he was an awful President and he’s awfully annoying when he’s pontificating about what President Bush should be doing or national politics. Listening to Carter’s advice about how to run the country is like listening to Bill Clinton explain how to be faithful to your wife: nobody buys it, nobody wants to hear it, but they nod along because he used to be the President and they have to show some respect no matter how annoyed they are.

Defining Quote: National Review Online: Steve, do you enjoy picking on nice old men who build homes for poor people?

Steven F. Hayward: Yes, when they use their coveralls and tool-belt to cloak a mischievous agenda of misguided peace-mongering and personal self-aggrandizement at the expense of one’s own country. Carter deserves all the credit he gets for Habitat for Humanity, but that hardly makes him America’s “finest ex-president,” as he is often called. Carter’s bit as the cuddly southern farmer/homebuilder continues to be the greatest political con job since Sam Ervin’s “I’m just a country lawyer” bit during Watergate. Carter is a ruthlessly calculating person.”

16) Kitty Kelley

There are lots of Bush bashing books out there this election, but none were more vicious, trashy, or inaccurate than Kitty Kelley’s wretched tome. Sure, I know, I know, Kelley is to literature what Martha Stewart is to Nascar, but still, she deserves a mention because rarely has anyone made so much money selling books that wouldn’t meet the standards of the National Enquirer.

Many of Kelley’s allegations were completely unsourced, and thus unverifiable, but the two that got her the most ink and TV time were both blown out of the water.

Kelley used Sharon Bush as a source for a claim that George Bush used cocaine in the White House. Sharon Bush publicly denied telling her that. She also used a man named Robert Nash as her source for a claim that “Laura Bush “smoked and sold marijuana in her college days”. Robert Nash publicly denied having any “firsthand information about any drug-related activity by Mrs. Bush”.

Kelley is a joke, a step down from the Weekly World News, and the very fact that she gets airtime to shill her work is a testament to how far down into the gutter the MSM is willing to go to attack Republicans.

Defining Quote: “The New York Times review blamed (Kitty) Kelley’s gossip mongering on “a cultural climate in which gossip and innuendo thrive on the Internet.” Kelley has been writing these books for decades, so apparently, like the Texas Air National Guard, Kelley was on the Internet ‘ and being influenced by it ‘ back in the ’70s. As I remember it, for the past few years it has been the Internet that keeps dissecting and discrediting the gossip and innuendo that the major media put out.” – Ann Coulter

15) Bill Moyers
Lyndon Johnson’s political hitman finally decided to quit feeding from the taxpayer’s trough at PBS this year and hang it up. But, Moyers had a chilling warning for the American people on his final show…

“I’m going out telling the story that I think is the biggest story of our time: how the right-wing media has become a partisan propaganda arm of the Republican National Committee. We have an ideological press that’s interested in the election of Republicans, and a mainstream press that’s interested in the bottom line. Therefore, we don’t have a vigilant, independent press whose interest is the American people.”

Oh no! Without Bill Moyers keeping an eye on those evil Republicans, who’ll be left other than ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, Air America radio, The Nation, The New Yorker, Slate, Salon, Indy Media, Common Dreams, The Democratic Underground, the left side of the blogosphere, and hundreds of other websites, talk radio shows, and newspapers?

Moyers is just one of the multitude of liberal cranks who claim to be objective journalists. I can’t say I’m sorry to hear he’s retiring, especially given that he’s such a kook that he said the following earlier this year…

Defining Quote: “I think if Kerry were to win this in a tight race, I think there would be an effort to mount a coup, quite frankly.” – Bill Moyers

14) Andrew Sullivan

At one time, Andrew Sullivan was one of the most eloquent pro-war voices in the blogosphere, as well as a noted fiscal conservative, even though he’s well to the left of most conservatives on other issues. But alas, Sullivan’s flirtation with conservatism crashed into the pavement like a penny dropped from the top of the Sears Tower when George Bush came out in favor of a Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage.

After that happened, Sullivan turned on conservatives, Republicans, and religious Americans like a rabid pitbull and went back to his liberal roots without truly shedding the conservative label. Quotes like these are run-of-the mill Andrew Sullivan these days…

“The fact that the good doctor (Bill Frist) cannot apparently see a deep distinction between a religious marriage and a civil one shows, I guess, how close to theocracy today’s Republicans have become.” – Andrew Sullivan

“The Dixiecrats meet again in New York. Now they’re called Republicans.” –Andrew Sullivan

That’s why conservative bloggers at the Warblogger Awards voted Sullivan in as the most overrated blog, the most annoying right-of-center blogger and the 4th most annoying left-of-center blogger. Give it another year and I think Sullivan may even be able to win both the most annoying right-of-center and left-of-center blogger in the same year.

So when you hear people call Andrew Sullivan a “conservative,” just refer them to Sully’s defining quote which should give you a pretty good idea of how “conservative” he really is…

“…I may not find myself the only conservative moving slowly and reluctantly toward the notion that Kerry may be the right man – and the conservative choice – for a difficult and perilous time.” – Andrew Sullivan

13) Al Gore
The man who once claimed to have taken “the initiative in creating the Internet” on which you now read this column has transformed his image in the Democratic Party from that of a stiff Southern centrist to a fire-breathing, enraged, raging, anger-fueled, raging, rage-machine…like in this picture…

 

When he’s not acting all “angry and stuff,” Gore spends his time claiming he was cheated in the 2000 elections. For example, here’s a joke from his speech at the Democratic National Convention – undoubtedly fed into his memory banks by Democratic programmers trained to handle wooden robots — about the 2000 election…

“Friends, fellow Democrats, fellow Americans, I’ll be candid with you. I had hoped to be back here this week under different circumstances, running for re-election. But you know the old saying: You win some, you lose some. And then there’s that little-known third category.”

Here he is again in the same speech,

“And let’s make sure that this time every vote is counted. Let’s make sure not only that the Supreme Court does not pick the next president, but also that this president is not the one who picks the next Supreme Court.

Gore’s like a guy you beat at foosball who’s still complaining about it four years later, “I said ‘time out so I could get a soda’ and you said ‘after the game, let’s go’ and I really wasn’t ready because I was thirsty and it was unfair and…”

GET OVER IT CRYBABY, YOU LOST! There were two machine recounts and you even got one unconstitutional recount and you didn’t win any of them. That whining was annoying way back in 2001 when Gore started it and ain’t like wine, it doesn’t get any better with age…

Defining Quote For The New, Angry, Al Gore: “The (Bush) administration works closely with a network of rapid response digital brownshirts who work to pressure reporters and their editors for “undermining support for our troops.” – Al Gore

12) The Democratic Underground

I always prefer to recognize individual liberals instead of groups or web pages because you gotta figure they’ll appreciate it more. Heck, Ted Rall said being selected as the most annoying liberal last year was nearly as good as a Pulitzer Prize.

So, I was tempted to leave the Democratic Underground off this year…but, how could I? These guys are so insane that not only do they have their own categoryon RWN, but this is the second year in a row that I’ve done the 10 Worst Quotes From The Democratic Underground For 2004. Plus, they hit the big time: John Kerry’s blog even had a permanent link to them until somebody got spooked and yanked all of his links to outside blogs.

But the great thing about the DU is that they’re like the id of liberalism. For example, take a look at the paranoia…

skjpm: “I am frightened by what I am learning about America during this election. I think that a majority have an irrational fear of liberals, and that if Bush wins, and decides to send liberals to camps for their “protection,” most would support the move and say “About time too.” There would be some dissent, but the majority of Americans see liberals as a threat, and nothing would be done. The press would hold debates, but people wouldn’t care. I think that all Bush has to do is say the word, and we’ll be rounded up. Who would stop him?”

The rage…

matcom: “F*CK YOU If You Vote For * – I Hope You Get ALL That You Want hey freepers! (and lurkers and idiots of ALL shapes and sizes)

YOU GET 100% OF WHAT YOU DESERVE!!!

When they come for YOU – F*CK OFF
When they come for YOUR children – F*CK OFF
When YOU are unemployed – F*CK OFF
When the NEXT attack hits – F*CK OFF

I HAVE NO SYMPATHY FOR YOU AND MY FIRST QUESTION WILL BE “WHO DID YOU VOTE FOR?”

And of course, the defining condescension…

Defining Quote From Joanne98: “Since tomorrow is the anniversary of the “excuse” the cowboy uses to attack anybody he wants to. I’m bracing myself for the ongoing images of people in small red state towns exploiting the victims of 9/11.

CNN is already showing people in small town Texas CRYING over New York City’s loses. Well, you know what. You never liked New Yorkers. You hated New Yorkers remember. If you really cared about the victims of 9/11 you would vote for John Kerry because that’s the only thing they want you to do. But NO! Instead you brought the Bush b@stard’s convention to ground Zero and thought NYC would be glad to see you.

Instead of getting flowers and candy you got protesters, a half a million of them that said. GO HOME. Do you remember the Evita song…DON’T CRY FOR ME DIRTSVILLE TEXAS……….

Let’s get this straight, Dirtsville, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN TO YOU and it never will because no self respecting terra-rist would ever attack something so unimportant. It would be like the USA attacking Goatsgrave Yemen. It’s never going to happen.

The bottom line is, you don’t care about NYC or the pain, all you care about is getting Boosh re-elected and fighting a Holy p*ssing contest with the darkie Muslims. All in the name of Jesus which you’re sure is coming back the day after tomorrow.

Nobody needs this sh*t, especially the people of NYC who still watch airplanes when they fly overhead. The people in big cities are in more danger than ever thanks to the cowboy’s invasion of Iraq. But that’s something the good people of Dirtsville don’t have to worry about.

So take your flags, your prayers, your rodeos and your country music and stick it. You’re waging war because you want too, because you like it and you’re not fooling anybody. You’re only happy when you have an enemy, if it wasn’t 9/11 it would be something else. Like “libruls”. At least have the decency to admit that.”

Put on your public grieving shows tomorrow because you already have them planned but spare us the DRAMA next year. It didn’t happen to you. Get over it.

I know this is harsh and I know not all people in small rural towns are Republicans but they ARE voting for Bush, who is only making big cities more dangerous. This is how I feel about it. Flame away.”

11) MTV’s Rock The Vote
Appeals for the youth vote usually tend to seem a bit pathetic because you always seem to end up with hopelessly out of touch 60-year-old politicians trying to pander to a bunch of 18-year-old kids who know nothing about politics and are primarily interested in the opposite sex, what’s on TV, and how much they can drink before they pass out tonight.

However, MTV’s Rock The Vote was particularly asinine because most of their “campaign” consisted of trying to scare the hell out of kids with the draft. Despite the fact that it’s just as likely that the ocean will turn into kool-aid as we’ll have a draft, the Rock the Vote clowns relentlessly hammered home the idea that “you better vote (cough, cough, for Kerry, cough, cough) or you’re going to be drafted”! It was all garbage, it was all a snow job, but what can you expect from a bunch of goofs and slackers at a music video channel who never seem to play any music?

Defining Quote: “First of all, it’s not “Rock The Vote”. It’s “Make The Republicans Lose By Making Young People Listen To Only One Side Of The Political Spectrum, And Accomplishing That Goal By Using Celebrities Who Hate Republicans, Especially George W. Bush”. Rock The Vote (and it’s b@stard cousin “Choose Or Lose”, which really means “Choose Kerry Or Lose”) is all about one-sided arguments. Yeah, yeah, great, kids are getting involved in voting. But you shouldn’t vote unless you make a reasoned, intelligent choice.” – Josh Cohen from D-42

10) Maureen Dowd

How Maureen Dowd, who writes like a 14-year-old who spent too much time watching Wooody Allen movies and reading Barbra Streisand’s blog, has kept a job writing for the most prestigious paper in the world is beyond understanding…unless she’s part of a Republican plot. Come on, we’re talking about a woman with Paris Hilton’s personality and Hillary Clinton’s ideology and she’s America’s most prominent liberal columnist. As Democratic Senator Zell Miller said on the Don Imus show…

“The more Maureen (Dowd) gets on ‘Meet the Press’ and writes those columns, the redder these states get. I mean, they don’t want some high brow hussy from New York City explaining to them that they’re idiots and telling them that they’re stupid.”

If Maureen Dowd didn’t exist, Karl Rove would have to invent her ;D.

Defining quote: “(Maureen Dowd’s) columns of late aren’t the clever highbrow snarks they once were; once she knew how to sweeten the bile. Now her op-ed page real estate hits your desk like a bucket of vomit with some Body Shop potpourri sprinkled across the surface.” – Jonah Goldberg

9) MoveON
The wackos at MoveOn are one of America’s most preeminent & powerful liberal organizations. Yes, it was at a MoveOn event that Teresa Heinz Kerry showed how classy she was by handing out ‘Asses of Evil” buttons which featured pictures of “Bush’, “Cheney”, “Rumsfeld” and “Ashcroft”. This is also the same group that posted a commercial on their front page that compared Bush to Hitler. Even today if you go to their front page you’ll find a call from MoveOn to investigate the Presidential election because….they’re short on details, but it appears to be because their guy lost.

So why do Democrats want to keep these nutjobs around? Because they raise money and lots of it. But, that money comes with a price beyond the bad publicity that the crazies at MoveOn create. Just look at this quote from an email they sent out to their members and remember that the MoveOn crackpots think they’re running the Democratic Party…and they just may be right!

Defining Quote: “For years, the party has been led by elite Washington insiders who are closer to corporate lobbyists than they are to the Democratic base. But we can’t afford four more years of leadership by a consulting class of professional election losers…..In the last year, grass-roots contributors like us gave more than $300 million to the Kerry campaign and the DNC, and proved that the party doesn’t need corporate cash to be competitive. Now it’s our party: we bought it, we own it, and we’re going to take it back.” – MoveOn in an email to their members

8) The Mainstream Media

It’s no secret that the mainstream media, other than a few exceptions like Fox News and The Washington Times, is almost uniformly liberal, even if they usually won’t admit it. But this year, in large part, they seemed particularly unconcerned about showing where their sympathies truly lay.

The MSM obsessed over whether George W. Bush had ever gone “AWOL” from the National Guard, a laughable charge, that never held any water. CBS was so desperate to keep the “AWOL” story going that they even ran with memos that were so obviously forged that they inspired parodies within 24 hours of their original broadcast!

On the other hand, John Kerry, who ran on what he did during the Vietnam war, largely got a free pass on his anti-war activities. Then when Swift Boat Vets for Truth — a group of vets who included the majority of soldiers who served with Kerry in Vietnam, one of his crewmates, and every living member of his chain-of-command — came on the scene, the MSM acted like Pavlov’s dogs. When Kerry ignored the Swifties, the MSM for the most part ignored them. When Kerry attacked, the MSM attacked. When Kerry said they had been discredited, the MSM said they had been discredited. It was like the entire mainstream media was made up of nothing but sock puppets sitting on the hands of Kerry campaign staffers.

Of course that wasn’t all the MSM did. They pumped up every anti-Bush book that came down the pike, buried good economic news, talked up every set-back in Iraq, hyped Kerry’s performance in the debates beyond all reason, and generally did everything short of putting on little “We love Kerry buttons” every time they mentioned his name.

In fact, the bias became so heavy that Bush, “received twice as much negative press coverage as John Kerry did during the height of the presidential campaign”& “(i)n the closing four weeks of the campaign, media reports on Bush were 77 percent negative.”

Sure, conservatives expect nothing less than that sort of bias from the supposedly “neutral” MSM, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.

Defining Quote: “There’s one other base here, the media. Let’s talk a little media bias here. The media, I think, wants Kerry to win and I think they’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards I’m talking about the establishment media, not Fox. They’re going to portray Kerry and Edwards as being young and dynamic and optimistic and there’s going to be this glow about them, collective glow, the two of them, that’s going to be worth maybe 15 points.” – Newsweek Managing Editor Evan Thomas

7) Teresa Heinz Kerry
For the most part, I don’t think Teresa Heinz Kerry is a bad person; she’s more of a rich, eccentric nitwit like Mrs. Howell from Gilligan’s Island. But still, she was a human gaffe machine during the run-up to the election this year. In fact, every few weeks THK would make the news by doing or saying something embarrassing. She gave out “Asses of Evil” buttons at a MoveOn meeting, had to ask what chili was at a “look, we’re common people just like you” Wendy’s photo-Op, told a reporter to shove it after an unfriendly question, and famously (and incorrectly I might add) publicly pondered whether, “(Laura Bush) has ever had a real job”.

Most Republicans should probably be grateful for Ms. Heinz-Kerry’s flubs because if there had been some sort of bizarro-world wife swap and George Bush would have been stuck with old foot in her mouth while John Kerry would have been married to Laura Bush, we’d probably be talking about President Kerry today.

Think I’m kidding? Just imagine what the press would have written if a Republican’s wife kept saying things this dumb…

Defining Quote #1: “You get some gin and get some white raisins ‘ and only white raisins ‘ and soak them in the gin for two weeks. Then eat nine of the raisins a day.” – “Doctor” Heinz Kerry wows the crowd with her cure for arthritis.

Defining Quote #2: “Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids. Water is necessary, and then generators, and then food, and then clothes.” – Teresa Heinz Kerry instructs volunteers packing donations for “hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean”.

6) Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews, or Tweety as he’s called even by the liberals who find him annoying, became so insufferable at points this year that he was almost impossible to watch. For example, here’s some of the sort of interchange of ideas that the 14 people who regularly watch “Hardball” got to hear from Matthews when he had John O’Neill from the Swift Boat Vets for Truth on his show…

Matthews: All of this is true. And you’re building a case against the guy on behalf of a guy running for president with absolutely no military experience in the field. So what is the point?

O’Neill: First of all, when you start off with the assumption everything is true and refuse to allow it to be questioned…

Matthews: No, I listened to every point you made, but the main point…

O’Neill: You haven’t let me talk about most of them. We talked about his first Purple…

Matthews: You talked about each one.

O’Neill: His first Purple…

Matthews: One of the oldest tricks on this show is for somebody to come on the show after talking for 20 minutes and say they haven’t had the chance to talk.

O’Neill: Well, the first…

Matthews: I’ll be glad to clock you, John…

O’Neill: OK.

Matthews: … on how many minutes you spoke on the show. So don’t try that old trick. It is a particularly conservative trick, OK?

Michelle Malkin, who came on the show to talk about her book and then was asked to discuss the Swift Veterans for Truth instead, got it even worse. She pointed out that one of their charges was that Kerry received a Purple Heart from an accidentally self-inflicted wound and Matthews, who was apparently completely unfamiliar with the charges the Swift Boat Vets made, accused her of saying Kerry “shot himself on purpose”, refused to let her get a word in edgewise, and then kicked her off the show.

In a later show, Matthews actually so infuriated Democratic Senator Zell Miller that he actually said,

“I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel.”

Without question, Matthews is the most annoying liberal on the cable news networks.

Defining Quote: “It was terrible. I was sorry for Chris Matthews, really. If the purpose of a show isn’t to sit and exchange information, if it’s to simply rant and scream at people, then why bother to have guests? Why doesn’t he simply talk to a potted plant? He could sit and just sort of orate to a potted plant there and he wouldn’t have the frustration of the plant trying to answer back and, you know, he could have great television with the plant.” – John O’Neill on his first interview with Matthews

5) John Kerry
Since we’ve just gone through a long and bruising presidential campaign, I’m not going to write a big piece explaining why John Kerry is so annoying. You already know why Senator Flip-Flop is so annoying…

 

Defining Quote: “I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.” – John Kerry

Enough said.

4) Dan Rather

Who would have predicted when the year began that Dan Rather would get tangled up in the most embarrassing display of press chicanery since Jayson Blair was run out of the New York Times on a rail? Not that I thought Dan Rather was any great shakes, but you’d expect someone who has been in the news business for as long as Rather to display some small modicum of integrity…alas, twas not to be.

In a futile effort to break a huge election impacting story, some rather bizarre decisions were made about forged memos that CBS got into their hot little hands. To say that these memos were obvious forgeries is to give them too much credit. I mean anyone with a copy of Microsoft Word could instantly produce almost exact duplicates of these documents that were supposedly written in 1973.

The decision to run the documents in the first place was extremely dubious given that CBS had every reason to think that they were forged before they ever put them on the air. The wife and son of Jerry Killian, the man who wrote the documents, both told CBS they didn’t think the documents were credible and CBS’s own document experts wouldn’t authenticate them. On top of that the source for the documents, Bill Burkett, was not only known to have a grudge against the Bush family, but was thought to be a little touched, if you know what I mean.

So despite knowing the questionable pedigree of these memos, did Dan Rather issue a mea culpa, did he admit that CBS made a mistake and pledge to find out the truth after their authenticity was challenged? Absolutely not! Instead Dan Rather hitched up his combat boots and promptly tied them to the rails of the Titanic by defending an indefensible story until September 20th, 12 days after he broke the story, and 11 days after it was virtually proven to be based on pathetic forgeries.

Then during Dan Rather’s spirited battle against people who were trying to reveal the truth about the memos, he told CNN in an interview that I know that this story is true”, opined that partisan political operatives were behind the attacks on the authenticity of the memos, & claimed the memos came from an“unimpeachable” source without revealing that Bill Burkett gave CBS the documents after claiming to have received them from a mystery woman who probably doesn’t exist.

CBS is allowing Dan Rather to step down from his anchor chair in March of 2005. That’s better than Dan Rather deserves for trying to influence an election with what he must have at least suspected from the beginning were fraudulent documents and then stonewalling for two weeks in hopes that he could get away with it.

Defining Quote: “Watergate was a scandal Mr. Rather thoroughly enjoyed, since he built his career on ripping into Richard Nixon. Now Rather is Nixon, a bitter, vengeful man who allowed his friends to use dirty tricks against his political opponents and when caught, can only deny, deny, deny and bluster about the evil intentions of his enemies.” – Brent Bozell

3) Gavin Newsom
The mayor of San Francisco who was so over-the-top, so obnoxious, so…so…annoying that he actually helped Republicans this year.

In Newsom’s case, he arbitrarily overruled the people of California (Proposition 22, which banned gay marriages in California, won 61.4% of the vote) and made gay marriage “legal” in San Francisco. Almost 4,000 gay marriages were held in San Fran before the State Supreme Court ordered a halt to the marriages and then later voided them.

During the 2004 elections there was a large backlash against gay marriage, caused in part by Newsom’s actions, that may have helped to defeat John Kerry and led to 11 states amending their constitutions to protect marriage. All I can say is thanks, Gavin, if you weren’t so annoying, those Amendments probably wouldn’t have happened.

Defining Quote: “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today declared that homosexuals applying for so-called marriage licenses at City Hall can pay the application fee with Monopoly money. “For too long now,” said Mayor Newsom, “Monopoly money, and other counterfeit bills, have been treated as second-class currency. We are no longer captives to antiquated values based on majority opinions and legislation. Since I have power to override state and federal laws, I declare that Monopoly money is legal tender.” – Satire from Scott Ott atScrappleface.

2) Ted Rall

Ted Rall is an admitted Marxist who would probably be better suited to writing press releases for Fidel Castro than writing for American newspapers, although Rall might even be a bit too anti-American even for the Cubans.

Last year, Rall won the Most Annoying Liberal For 2003 and if anything he was nauseatingly worse this year.

So far this year, Rall referred to Condi Rice as Bush’s House N*gga, said that Reagan was “turning crispy brown right about now” soon after his death & also said that “If there is a hell, this guy is in it”, recently wrote a column comparingPat Tillman to a terrorist…I could go on and on and on with this…

Rall is like a living, breathing, caricature of everything that’s wrong with the left. He’s an America hating Marxist, who doesn’t support the troops, roots for America to lose wars, and generally comes across as a slightly unhinged, hate filled, loon….oh, and did I mention that he’s annoying?

Defining Quote: “(A)nyone who voluntarily goes to Afghanistan or Iraq (as a soldier) is fighting for an “an evil cause under an evil commander in chief.” – Ted Rall

1) Michael Moore
To say that Michael Moore is annoying is such an understatement that it’s like saying that the sun is hot, but never before has Moore made it to the top of this list. However this year, FilmThreat’s least intriguing celebrity for 2004 finally cemented himself in the top slot with “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which was perhaps the most dishonest documentary made since the Soviet Union collapsed.

There have actually been other movies made that pointed out how deceptive Moore’s film was, but here’s one fairly typical example that will show you the lengths Moore was willing to go to trick his audience. Near the end of the movie, Condoleeza Rice is shown saying,

“There is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11.”

Oh, so she was saying Iraq was involved in 9/11? No, actually when you look at the full quote, you find that Rice said just the opposite…

“Oh, indeed there is a tie between Iraq and what happened on 9/11. It’s not that Saddam Hussein was somehow himself and his regime involved in 9/11, but, if you think about what caused 9/11, it is the rise of ideologies of hatred that lead people to drive airplanes into buildings in New York.”

Despite the fact that this movie was full of such deceptions, promoted byHezbollah, implied that we invaded Afghanistan for oil, and seemed to imply that Iraqis were joyously tossing around frisbees and having a wonderful life before we arrived and wrecked their happy, shiny, fun totalitarian police state, the movie was embraced by Washington Democrats including Tom Daschle (who lost his Senate seat), Terry McAuliffe (who isn’t welcome to run again for national Democratic Party Chairman), various Democratic Congressmen and Senators (the Democrats lost seats in both the Senate and the House), and one-term President Jimmy Carter who was famously pictured sitting beside Moore at the Democratic National Convention. Given all of that, there’s only one defining picture that would be appropriate…

 

Of course, the most annoying liberal also deserves a defining quote as well,

Defining Quote: “The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not ‘insurgents’ or ‘terrorists’ or ‘The Enemy.’ They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow — and they will win.” – Michael Moore

– The 2nd Annual Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States — The 2003 Edition
– The Twenty Most Annoying Liberals In The United States For 2002

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