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May 7th, 2009
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Who should be this week's "wingnuts"?

John P. Avlon is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast.

John P. Avlon is the author of Independent Nation: How Centrists Can Change American Politics and writes a weekly column for The Daily Beast.

What’s a wingnut?

Someone on the far-right wing or far-left wing of American politics. In a polarized two-party system, they have disproportionate influence and too often define the terms of debate.

With “Wingnuts of the Week,” commentator John Avlon tries to take that power back. Each Friday he joins us on "American Morning" with his wingnut picks – one from the right and one from the left.

Who should be this week's "Wingnuts of the Week"? Tell us in the comments below.


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  1. frogtwanger

    Naah Judy, thinking american are just catching on to the lies and distortion of fox, Limbaugh and Palin. I'm sure you think the tbaggers and milita types breaking windows, sending death threats, making racial insults, running planes into and blowing up buildings are patriots right?

    March 25, 2010 at 1:44 pm |
  2. annflaherty

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) for comparing health care reform to the "Great War of Yankee Agression".

    March 25, 2010 at 9:10 am |
  3. Judy Czuba

    After reading some of the wingnut comments on this blog, I think CNN and the rest of the biased media should be designated wingnuts. The comments in this blog news prove that these people are not getting all the news and much of the news they get is filtered through a pro-left lens. But what else is news?

    March 25, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  4. Chaos

    I nominate John Avlon.

    March 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  5. Nurse Lisa

    Sarah Palin for saying God wrote on His hand too – what is she equating herself with God now? Is she suggesting God needed crib notes?

    Rove for expecting us to believe his colorful fictional stories.

    Beck and Hannity provide fodder daily.

    March 9, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  6. KamaraSune

    I think you should feature both the democratic and the Rebublican parties icons wearing party hats!
    Both parties have drifted so far from the shores of the people that they are now their own lost islands of self leading the country to ruin.
    Anyone calling for a return of constitutional government must certainly look off base to these two parties that have made their little washington world more important than that of the people.

    March 9, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  7. Mr. John A. Estes, II (L)

    All registered RNC & DNC voter's that keep out non-registered. Because of!!! 68% are non-. A good reason. "WingNut's"

    March 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  8. Charles

    Mr. Avlon;

    If you wish to have an honest, meaningfull debate, let me sugguest you quit trying to call apples oranges.

    Recently you compared Glenn Beck with Kieth Olberman which is either ill informed or disingenuous. While it is true they both advocate for different views and interject opinion, Olberman tends to support his views with facts, while Beck obfuscates and even lies to support his views.

    I hope you will have the integrity to do a little research and the guts to own up to this error.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  9. mike-sey

    Sen Grassley and Ms McCain definately qualify as Grad A wingnuts for their hunt for "jihad" lawyers- particulary Grassley's contorted McCartheyesque claim that he's not after ethics violations just trying to prove there have been none.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:23 am |
  10. Denise from NJ

    My vote goes to Sen. Jim Bunning

    March 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  11. Mike Wheeler

    Just finished reading Avlon's book. I have been waiting for someone to report on this path we are heading down and what we can do to prevent this from happening.
    I will be looking forward to reading ths column every week. John Avalon is a voice crying out of the wilderness.

    February 26, 2010 at 9:18 am |
  12. Frank

    The U.S. Politician: running on ideas their yet don't have support for of other Lawmakers rather then as desicision makers.

    February 15, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  13. Frank

    The American Voter/Taxpayer: Becuase they demand from the Government on one hand then blame the Government for spending to much. Like it wasn't them in the first place. Own up to who you elected into office. Stop playing Hot Potato, Hot Potato....

    February 15, 2010 at 8:12 am |
  14. Chuck

    Hey, I've got it! How about anyone stupid enough to believe Sarah Palin is smart enough to hold ANY elected office?

    February 12, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  15. Chuck

    Your piece on comparing Beck and Olberman missed one very obvious point. While both include opinion in their shows, Beck twists facts and often lies, while Olberman uses facts to make his points. Shame on you for not having the courage to point this out.

    February 12, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  16. Mason Green

    Conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe III, for posing as a telephone repairman (along with three of his friends) in an attempt to spy on Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/sc-dc-landrieu-acorn-20100126,0,782997.story

    January 26, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  17. Mason Green

    Another wingnut: Chuck Baldwin (former Constitution Party presidential nominee, 2008) for claiming that the Haiti earthquake may have been caused by an American "black-ops" explosive device. As if the Truthers weren't nutty enough...

    January 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  18. Mason Green

    -Ed Schultz said that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was "full of sh–".

    -Andre Bauer compared the poor to stray animals.

    -Santa Clarita, CA city councilman Bob Kellar, a conservative, referred to himself as a "proud racist" at an anti-immigration rally.

    January 26, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  19. Marc L South Carolina

    This one has to go to Andre Bauer, SC Lieutenant Governor: " My Grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed." This is when Andre was comparing people who take public assistance to stray animals.

    January 24, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  20. Patrick

    Ed Schultz (every week):
    "If I lived in Massachusetts, I'd try to vote 10 times".

    And he's still on the MSNBC payroll !!
    Unbelievable.

    January 23, 2010 at 9:32 pm |
  21. smith

    Rush should get it for this week

    January 23, 2010 at 12:07 am |
  22. Scott

    How about any member of the White House Staff including the wingnut in chief.

    Or Arlene Spector? He is an excellent candidate just for being a member of the Warren Commission.
    I would almost move to PA just so I can vote against that BOOB.

    January 22, 2010 at 7:37 am |
  23. Mason Green

    Rush Limbaugh for his unspeakably offensive comments about Haiti, which are far worse than anything Don Imus ever said, and for which he definitely should be fired.

    Don Imus joked about losing a basketball game; Limbaugh has been joking about the loss of (possibly) 100,000 lives. I honestly don't understand why the media hasn't been making a bigger deal of these unbelievably tastless remarks from Limbaugh.

    http://hiphopwired.com/2010/01/14/rush-limbaugh-%E2%80%9Cobama-will-use-haiti-to-boost-credibility-in-light-skinned-and-black-community%E2%80%9D/

    January 14, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  24. rick

    Pat Robertson made the comment Haiti made a pact with the devil and that was the reason they had the earthquake. I believe that would qualify for a "supreme wingnut".

    January 14, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  25. glenn

    My two nominees for right wingnuts of the week are Brit Hume for his rude, offensive religious proselytizing on FOX news, RE: Tiger Woods.

    Also Mike Huckabee for advocating we put the explosives back in the Christmas bomber's underwear and blow him up - also on FOX News.

    Oops! – maybe FOX should get wingnut of the week. But of course, they deserve it almost every week.

    January 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  26. Shawn Towle

    John,
    Associating Michele Bachmann w/ wingnuts is not a new concept this year @ the MN State Fair "The Great MN Get Together" Kimberly Cope of Minneapolis made a seed art portraiture designating Bachmann as the Patron Saint of Wingnuts I have a iPhone pic of it if you would like to use it
    Shawn Towle 651 270-7275

    January 8, 2010 at 10:21 am |
  27. Steven

    Suggest that Bill O'Reilly be considered for many comments but this week for suggesting that the "ACLU wants children to have access to gay sites." on line.

    January 8, 2010 at 6:44 am |
  28. joel palmer

    The one third of one percent of AARP members that oppose Health Care Reform.

    AARP has done the right thing and 99.67 percent of it's memebers agree enogh not to quit. The 150K out of 40 million who were exrecised enough to quit AARP should be hands down winners of the wing nut award. Whe you are on the wrong end of a 39,850,000 (basically 265 to 1) plurality, you are not just wrong; you are crazy!

    January 6, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  29. Mason Green

    Update: Not only was Dale Robertson photographed holding a sign with the N-word, but he also uses racist language on the "About Us" section of his organization's webpage:

    "...Dale was an inspirational player in one of the most successful High School sport teams. His history included facing down ethnic gang members while protecting the innocent and the U.S. flag...."

    January 6, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  30. Mason Green

    Newest Wingnut: Dale Robertson (the founder of teaparty.org) who was photographed holding a sign with the N-word:

    http://dscriber.com/home/941-tea-party-founder-robertsons-n-word-sign.html

    January 5, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  31. sd-mouth

    michelle bachmann (sp ?) of Minnesota should have a lifelong membership sprinkled with Sarah Palin and the illustrious senators from Oklahoma. Alas, the list goes on.
    Republican of the week ought to be another category and all you need is a dart board for the choice of the time.

    December 18, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  32. Daniel Brian Lawlor

    From the sound of you all it seems like a straight jacket should be on the shopping list for each and every one of you.

    As in Canada you have a party system. Now with we Canadians there are two favored parties called the Liberals and Conservatives. In America you have the Democrats and Republicans. Each are like an arm to the same body and until the BODY OF PEOPLES get a grip on those freaking arms they will continue to act in a self serving manner contrary to the wellness and betterment of the body as a whole.

    Government, Industry, Finance, Academic, Military, Media, Religion(spirituality+ethics)and the Peoples. The first seven like clothing to be wrapped around the Peoples and tools for their betterment but those tools used the Peoples for their self serving agendas causing the economic collapse we see on a global level.

    We think it, talk and write about it, then we develop it(usually in a theater to give you an indication as to the possible directions). How did you like SAW. Want to see it IN prime time real time real time. That is where leaderships directions lies at this moment in time reader. REAL TIME REAL TIME. They have their books filled with creative accounting. Our books show where it all it right down to the last cent and when leaderships books do not match they suffer.

    Genetics..Purgeria..young minds trapped in a body with the aging process on fast who pass on in their early teens. Because of their suffering we shut off our aging process soon. We can tear off a part of you one day and heal you the next. Tear another part and heal, tear another part and heal for hundred and hundreds of years. You really do not want to be bad in our near future Peoples.

    Alzhimers...as some age secretions, which act as lubricants within the brain, begin to dry up causing neuron receptors to fry and disconnect bringing forth memory loss. What can be given to increase secretions may decrease the quickness this disease sets in.

    Your failure to respond over the years CNN has been noted and recorded. We like to keep an eye on it all and CNN developed to do just that. Who do you work for CNN..the answer may surprise you...

    Hello reader....stories not just stories..three pigs...teaches us about that which may come at our structure from corrupt contractors to corrupt lender(wolves). Goldilocks and the three bears....one to hot , one to cold and one just right=learn your measures in life kids..you see reader..we placed lessons within each story given. We love our children.

    December 9, 2009 at 5:53 am |
  33. Rebel Cry

    "This is the time for the country to come together." Oh for crying out loud! I don't believe in the theory of evolution but somethings make me wonder if God didn't make chimps and people and people a lot alike. Fighting, fighting, fighting. The irony is that guns are not a part of everyday fighting, arguing, demeaning, kicking, and screaming. The Baby Boomer's legend of squawking, moaning, preaching, and come together.
    The only way our country and the states will come together is when a majority must submit the will of a minority. For the majority is made of a land of different minorities.
    I took me a couple of years of changing parties to realize that they are all hypocrites, just for different things. The Democrats are for murdering tangent human lifeforms in the womb yet cry for Bush's wars to end (even though they hip hip hooray Obama's thirty-thousand troop increase in Bush war I.) On the other hand Republicans preach against killing in the womb but what happens when that baby grows up to be a soldier? Then the Republicans consider his sacrifice another medal on their alter. And capital punishment? Isn't that a form of abortion ex. murder?
    How can Democrats profess choice while denying it to children in the womb? How can Republicans profess life when they promote water boarding, capital punishment, and war?
    You guys have half ass principals is all I can say.

    Obama is a George Bush from the Aloha State. I suppose he will say that he inherited the decision to send more troops into his and Bush's Vietnam.

    December 5, 2009 at 12:47 am |
  34. David

    For some real entertainment look at the Vermont governors race. You've got five wingnuts to pick from in the democratic party. None with a clue

    December 4, 2009 at 10:38 am |
  35. Mike

    The GOP instead of trying to come up with ideals to help,all I hear from them is no. This is the time for the country to come together. The GOP had time to get the country in this mess at lease they can help instead of wanting Obama to fail and become the party of NO.

    December 3, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  36. Franny

    No Mr. Smith Our Country has lost it's mind!

    November 27, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  37. Franny

    Wingnuts for every week! Limbaugh, Hannity, Savage, Beck, Palin, Rick Perry, Mark Davis, Elizabeth Hasslebeck, Lieberman, Cheney, Bill O'Reilly, and Joes sixpack. Just to name a few!

    November 27, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  38. Richard

    WINGNUT-John Avalon for implying that all rational people must be inside the Democrat/Republican sandwich. I reject both parties as completely disconnected from sound management of the economy, foreign policy, and as traitors to the constitution. I oppose the bailouts, stimulus, entitlement state, and "nation building".

    November 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm |
  39. sharon

    "Oathkeepers".

    Made up of 24/7 law officers and military......who take an oath "not" to obey the commander an Chief--the Pres......................................................................who sound like those people who will take matters into "their " own hands.......no matter what the outcome......or how many people they will hurt/possibly kill.

    There are many cults/para-military groups that also follow this sort-of twisted logic. NOT to mention........"illegal".

    November 18, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  40. Marie

    This is not constructive.

    November 18, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  41. Jack Smith

    Pelosi on the left. Limbaugh on the right. Obama on the left. Hannity on the Right.
    See the trend. The Rightwing nuts are in the press. The leftwing nuts are currently running the country.
    I guess the question is who are you really more scared of right now? For me at this moment, it would be the left. But both are equal opportunity nuts. The problem is our country has lost it's center.

    November 16, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  42. Mason Green

    Newest Wingnut: Igor Panarin (a former KGB agent who predicts that the United States is going to collapse next year).

    http://www.alternet.org/story/143816/tea_partiers'_new_hero:_ex-kgb_agent_who_thinks_u.s._will_collapse_next_year/

    His theories have been endorsed by many figures on the fringe of American politics, including those in the Tea Party movement, such as:

    –Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate

    –Chuck Baldwin, former presidential candidate

    –James Edwards, white supremacist radio host (read some of my other posts above for more info on Buchanan, Baldwin, and Edwards and what they believe)

    –Joseph Farah (founder of WorldNetDaily), as well as over 50% of WND's audience, according to a poll conducted by the site

    –The Houston Tea Party Patriots

    –Bob Hoy (a tea party organizer from northern Virginia, who openly opposes racial integration and says "no one white wants to live in a black neighborhood"). This guy needs to set his watch back 55 years. Do all Tea Partiers share his views on race?

    Considering that far-rightniks frequently accuse President Obama of being a socialist, a communist, et cetera, it's really quite telling that they are putting so much stock in the theories of a former Russian Communist spy. Who are the REAL communists, I wonder?

    November 10, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  43. Lesley

    Thank you so much for calling these "tea party" protesters out for what they are – right-wing extremists. As a native Bostonian I do NOT appreciate their appropriating our revolutionary history for the purpose of promoting their wacko ideas, and given the political climate here, I suspect most others in this area feel the same way. Let's hope their "movement" dies out soon.

    November 5, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  44. Earnie Everidge

    Michelle Bachman for the week. It's obvious why. But if you have a wingnut of the year I'll vote for that idiot Glenn Beckhead.

    November 3, 2009 at 9:08 am |
  45. Mason Green

    Here come two more wingnuts; their names are Edwin Merwin Jr. and Jim Ulmer, and they are county Republican Party officials in South Carolina. They recently wrote a newspaper op-ed containing a remark which reeked of anti-Semitism.

    Read more about it here:

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j810GNtjYD6SGBWQd7qW-uQMcE0gD9BEU0JG0

    October 20, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  46. Mason Green

    Yet more evidence that James Edwards is 100% a wingnut!

    When the Republican National Committee launched their new website, Edwards attacked it for trying to appeal to minority voters. Although I am not a Republican, I think that trying to appeal to a broader audience is a good thing for the RNC to be doing, and I also think they need to work harder to keep racism and racists out of the party.

    James Edwards, on the other hand, disagrees with me. In his twisted mind, it is a BAD thing for the GOP to even attempt to expand beyond its "angry white male" base. The radio host's latest jaw-dropping tirade is here:

    http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/jamesedwards/2009/10/13/the-gop-is-determined-to-commit-suicide/

    Unfortunately, while many people have never heard of him, James Edwards is VERY influential in certain segments of the conservative movement. Ted Nugent, Pat Buchanan (whom Ron Paul endorsed for president in '92), Jerome Corsi, Chuck Baldwin (whom Ron Paul endorsed for president in '08), John Derbyshire, David Duke, Chris Simcox (who is running against John McCain in the GOP senate primary next year) and Larry Pratt (the leader of Gun Owners of America) have all appeared on the show.

    The WORST thing to do would be to ignore these bigots, as they will only gain more influence if they succeed in their attempt to paint themselves as legitimate "conservatives". The BEST thing to do is to expose them for the wingnuts they are.

    October 14, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  47. Thomasine Georgeanne

    Mr. John P. Avlon

    You resort to infantile name-calling regarding people with whom you disagree (wingnuts, indeed), and then taunt them when they express justified anger.

    You are part of the problem, not the solution.

    Stop the hypocrisy.

    October 9, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  48. Alicia

    Liz Cheney for saying that Obama is trying to turn our children into Obamabots more or less. But what less can you expect of someone who goes on television with such a rabid attitude that she does not let anyone get in a word edgewise?

    Actually her crazy and wingnutty attacks against the President are just plain Wingnuttery.

    October 1, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  49. Mason Green

    On the left: Either Alan Grayson or Jim Traficant.

    On the right:

    -Trent Franks

    -Chuck Baldwin, who recently claimed that the United States will soon "break up" (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2009/cbarchive_20090929.html) and that people should practice survivalist techniques (http://www.chuckbaldwinlive.com/c2009/cbarchive_20090922.html); in the former article he also described the end of apartheid in South Africa as that country's "demise", illustrating the "apartheid nostalgia" common among some right-wingers, while in the latter piece he claims that JERICHO (a TV show about a nuclear war) "could soon be our future".

    -Radio host James Edwards, who had this to say in response to a recent discrimination lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch:

    "She says they refused to hire her because she wears a head scarf. Actually, they probably refused to hire her because she’s not an attractive white girl. Abercrombie & Fitch used to be a wholesome, respectable company, until it was bought out by Les Wexner. He dumped the all-American values that had made the company great, and replaced them with Jewish values. He started selling sex, turning the company’s annual catalogs into pornographic magazines. And when you’re selling sex, you want beautiful women, which means you want white women. A&F stores are notorious for only hiring very attractive white people, especially girls. In fact, according to the article, Abercrombie had to pay $50 million back in 2004 for so blatantly refusing to hire non-whites."

    http://www.thepoliticalcesspool.org/jamesedwards/2009/09/29/muslim-suing-abercrombie-for-discrimination/

    If THAT little screed isn't an example of wingnuttery, I don't know what is,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  50. JoMimi

    Which Wingnuts are responsible for the indecision over where to send the Guantanamo detainees???? I live in Kansas. Our Govenor , Senators and Congressmen have already told Washington that we don't want the detainees here. Are these Wingnuts aware that Hardin, Montana is begging for any type of prisoner they can get their hands on? Does Washington know this town can be saved from extinction if their brand new prison were utilized? Have these Wingnuts informed Obama there are more than just two possibilities for the detention of Guantanamo "detainees"? Obama has limited his choice to just two states; Kansas and Michigan. Send them where they are wanted and save a town. Wingnuts read up on Hardin, Montana and save us.

    September 30, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  51. Kim-Ha Albert in Seattle

    Stop calling people names like "wing-nuts" and REMEMBER, you have no shortage of people who would seem to qualify for that description right there at CNN! People who live in glass houses should not be throwing stones, especially if they constantly are reminding themselves that they are "the most trusted name in news"

    September 30, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  52. Sharry Manning

    Republican Chairman Michael Steele as he went off on Tom Friedman's comments on CNN 9/30. How embarrassing. He seems ignorant of current events and though he professes calm and intelligent behavior, he doesn't seem to know how to do it.

    September 30, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  53. Mark Parker

    Make him Wingnut of the Month!

    A Republican member of the House of Representatives accused President Barack Obama of being "an enemy of humanity" during a conservative values forum this past weekend.

    In a speech Saturday before the How to Take Back America conference, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) made comments that went far beyond the limits of traditional White House criticism. At one point, Franks demanded that Obama release his birth certificate to prove his constitutionally eligibility to hold office. The bluntest charge,

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/29/gop-rep-trent-franks-call_n_302713.html

    September 29, 2009 at 2:55 pm |
  54. Dan

    Tucker Carlson, who called having the small children singing a song praising President Obama "Khmer Rouge " stuff. Even if you assume the mostg cynical, politically-oriented brainwashing of the students by adults, that hardly compares to the degradation, torture, enslavement, and murder of several million people.

    September 29, 2009 at 7:01 am |
  55. LC

    No, no. "Wingnut" is short for "right-wing nut". The equivalent term for a liberal is "left-wing kook" or "moonbat". No idea where that came from, but that's the term used in the blogosphere.

    Don't go rewriting our jargon! 🙂

    September 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  56. Jim Merrick

    Bill Clinton! He can't be serious with "the vast right wing conspiracy." Didn't his wife come up with that while he was diddlin' in the oval office?

    September 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  57. Jack Cleveland

    John P. Avlon is the wingnut of the year as far as I'm concerned. Thanks John, for stoking partisan passions, and creating an atmosphere of mistrust and hatred. Shame on you for encouraging readers to turn on each other.
    Go join Fox News!! This is exactly the sort of thing I'd expect to see on Glenn Becks breathless, paranoid rantfest. CNN continues to spiral down into right wing nuttery. Objective, non partisan journalism at CNN is dead.
    Thank God for Media Matters.org, The Center for Public Intergrity, and factcheck.org!!

    September 28, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  58. Mason Green

    James Traficant is a wingnut, hands down.

    September 22, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  59. MARCIA BENSON

    CNN IS A WINGNUT

    September 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  60. mike-sey

    CNN's own Rick Sanchez surely qualifies for his emotional take-down of Fox news which served only to point out how he, and both Fox and CNN have become self promoting parodies of themselves , reporters and new gathering organizations. Expect the Daily Show will have a field day with the best political blah,blah, blah and a tweet on television over this.

    September 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  61. cam

    So Avlon labels those who want affordable health care,want congress to stop exporting jobs to the third world through corporate wrote trade deals,want racism out of the body politic,want funding to stop for illegal war and occupation, as wingnuts on the left.

    Well Mr. Avlon that is the view point held by the majority although you would never know it by folks who peddle the corporate line in the MSM like yourself.

    September 18, 2009 at 6:45 am |
  62. dlh

    My nomination for this week is Rush Limbaugh for making the following comment on a story about a group of black kids that beat a white kid on the school bus.

    "You put your kids on a school bus you expect safety but in Obama's America the white kids now get beat up with the black kids cheering 'yeah, right on, right on, right on.' Of course everybody said the white kid deserved it he was born a racist, he's white.

    Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/16/rush-limbaugh-obamas-amer_n_288371.html"

    September 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  63. Mason Green

    -Joe "You Lie" Wilson

    -Mark Williams, the organizer of the "Tea Party" movement, who recently called Obama the "racist in chief".

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/15/tea-party-leader-melts-do_n_286933.html

    Williams also called the President the "Indonesian Muslim turned welfare thug". If THAT's not a racist comment, I don't know what is. The hypocrisy is stunning.

    September 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  64. Ed Stewart

    1) Glenn Beck – what is the left-wing conspiracy du jur, Mr. Beck?
    2) Lou Dobbs – If you're white and blue collar, he's your man.
    3) Anyone after Chris Matthews on MSNBC...can't forget those move-on.org types...
    4) Sean Hate-ity

    What bothers me, is that after 7 or 8 pm, MSNBC or Fox has a steady stream of partisan politics which people actually presume to be thoughtful commentary.

    Anyone remember the days of McNiel-Lehrer?...ahhh, like walking through a field of intelligent discourse represented by the best minds they could dig up from both spectrums.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  65. Chris Henry

    For saying to the nation "This won't add one dime to the deficit" regarding govt run health care, I nominate President Obama as a wingnut. That's truly an insult to all citizens' intelligence. Like when he promised to bring the troops home and now is sending them to Afghanistan.

    September 10, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  66. Donna

    Good grief where does one start as the numbers seem to be multiplying by the day.

    1) Representaive Jim Wilson SC
    2) Glenn Beck
    3)Michelle Malkin
    4)Sarah Palin
    5)Philip Evans
    6)Thomas Payne
    7) Andre

    The last 3 are others who posted messages. Andre claims Obama did crack cocaine and now wants students to do so. You should have another poll for best liar. (He wouldn't win as his comments are too stupid to be believable, at least by level headed thinking adults which he obviously has no connection to).

    Right wing Republicans seem to be turning into domestic terrorists or at least taking lessons from them on how to behave. Very sad.

    September 10, 2009 at 7:23 am |
  67. mila tan

    I cant believe some parents will be offended with advice from the president for the student to be good and responsible in school. Whats going on? you know ,too much freedom without responsibility is what 's happening now for the young americans. Its true that maybe children will listen because some parent or adult? wont listen . Well Its sad that we can hear this comment from people here in America.Forget politics teach your children to listen anything that is good whether coming from left or right or center "whatever" and have some good self discilpline,thats all i can say.

    September 5, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  68. Pam

    Just want to know why CNN is not covering anything on VAN JONES and the following?

    Or this
    Van Jones: Only ‘Suburban White Kids’ Shoot Up Schools
    http://www.breitbart.tv/van-jones-only-suburbal-white-kids-shoot-up-schools/

    Van Jones resigns Calls Republicans Assholes
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuiM2xsV8Xs&w=640&h=360]

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oRzej5dNS0&w=640&h=360]

    September 5, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  69. Richard Boyle

    I suggest Michelle Malkin. No matter what the White House suggests or proposes, Ms Malkin continuously dips her pen in poison and goes to town about how socialist and unAmerican the nation is becoming and how government wants to take over everything and that the only correct point of view is hers. Wingnut-o-rama!!

    A runner up could be the ever charming Ann Coulter who always has a kind word to say about those who do not hold her point of view (not!).

    September 4, 2009 at 7:34 pm |
  70. Judy

    You should do more checking on those preachy types who claim to be Conservative Christians to your face but lead a different life behind closed doors. I have some interesting documentation on a holier-than-thou neighbor who ended up appearing in court records while declaring Obama to be the AntiChrist. She isn't nuts enough to be considered clinically insane but she scares me.

    September 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  71. Bob

    Pelosi is still the favorite for wingnut, though Van Jones is right up there.....

    September 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  72. Jan S Wells

    Quote from the website:
    "Parents may request that their students receive an alternate assignment rather than viewing the President's address. Click here for a Letter to Parents from Superintendent Gayle Sloan."
    Gayle Sloan is the Superintendent of St. Tammany Parish Public School System

    Note: No such choice was given parents when President HW Bush "spoke" to the children in school. Reagan spoke as well. Where were these wingnuts years ago?
    I am appalled. Mr Obama is a sitting President of the United States. I never had an opportunity to watch or listen to the President of the United States, speak directly to us when we were in school. This is a national disgrace, I am ashamed my daughter graduated from this bigoted Parish.

    September 4, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  73. stephanie

    How about Van Jones? Green jobs czar and 9/11 government conspiracy theorist. Let's move beyond rhetoric and return CNN to good old fashioned non-biased reporting. There is a real story here. Get after it.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  74. Kevin in McLean, VA

    John Avlon for being arrogant and offensive towards those with whom he disagrees. Name calling isn't going to move the debate(s) forward and this is completely out of bounds.

    September 4, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
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