November 27th, 2008
09:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Here they are - the Top 10 Political Turkeys of 2008

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer made Bill Schneider's annual list of political turkeys for 2008.

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer made Bill Schneider's annual list of political turkeys for 2008.

(CNN) - November 27 may be Turkey Day in America, but in the world of politics, every day is turkey day.

Watch: The top 5 political turkeys of '08

Turkeys are foolish creatures - overstuffed, noisy and self-important. A lot like the politicians on our list of Turkeys of the Year.

Turkey No. 10: Rudy Giuliani puts all his eggs in one basket - Florida.

"We are going to win in Florida, and then we will be talking about exactly who made the right decisions," Giuliani says on CNN's "The Situation Room" a week before the primary.

Giuliani ends up third in Florida, with 15 percent of the vote.

The former New York City mayor was relying on the many former New Yorkers who have moved or retired to Florida. There's just one problem: most of them are Democrats, and Democrats can't vote in Florida's Republican primaries.

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  1. Lee

    The number one turkey of the year by far is McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate.

    November 27, 2008 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Paul

    America is the biggest turkey with Obama and his gaggle of goons getting set to do some serious carving.

    November 27, 2008 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  3. Coherent1

    Turkey #1 should have been Bill Schneider.

    November 27, 2008 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  4. REG in AZ

    Shouldn't forget Sarah. Sarah Palin is a real personification of what is wrong with a large segment of the Republican Party today. As she has clearly and repeatedly demonstrated she is arrogant and brazen, she is bold and aggressive, she is totally self-focused and grossly dishonest, she is a phony and a taker, she is sociopathic (without any conscience) and she will say/do whatever she thinks is to her advantage, and besides all of that she is vastly under qualified and just couldn’t care less. Those who tout, support and are trying to sell her to America literally want her to be their next puppet, to have her continue where GWBush left off.

    November 27, 2008 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Stu-Florida

    How deserving... his time is finally up!

    November 27, 2008 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. ct

    no rush the bigot limpy " Obama is not African American, he's an Arab"

    no bush, no cheney what planet are you on?

    November 27, 2008 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  7. Stu-Florida

    I meant Giuliani as number 10...
    Sarah Palin should be Number 1. She may the sacrificial lamb for the GOP of 2012, if they can't get their act together by then. This woman is an English language abuser... of course that come with the lack of common understanding, intellectual curiosity and integrity.
    This turkey should get stuffed...

    November 27, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. Joe the Drummer

    I think the biggest turkey of 2008 was the private sector, Wall street, insurance and auto companies, The private sector demonstated that it is actually more incompetent than government. Cronyism, shortsightedness, greed, arrogance, treason, curruption, bribery, control of government, well I could go on forever, are the main tenets of private enterprise. Now they are all demanding socialism, unbelievable!

    November 27, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. Ana

    How can "Barbie's" interview with Katie Couric along with all the stupidity that came out of her mouth not be number one on this list???????
    This lady was/is an insult to anyone's intelligence.

    November 27, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. elmo San Diego

    Where was Bush's name–oh never mind, he is a turkey ALL the time.

    November 27, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Diing in Washington

    Top 10 without Sara Palin? Are you joking?

    November 27, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. landandair

    One of the biggest crimes in history has occurred over the last eight years. It was carried out by a band /gaggle of goons. I look forward to thoughtful decision making. The 90's was not perfect, but there was a greater number of Americans working and doing better. The Bush White House gave us the greatest transfer of wealth. Shame on that gaggle of goons.

    November 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. Beth

    Why wasn't Sarah Palin #1 on this list?? And 2-10 should have been ALL the dumb things she said and did while campaigning with McCain.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 🙂

    November 27, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. AB in ATL

    I totally agree with Reg from AZ
    The number one stupid, dumb turkey is without a doubt Sara you betcha god darn it, i can see Russia from my backyard Palin.
    The American people were turkeys for eight long years under Bush;
    thank god they wised up and instead saw Sara Palin for who she is; a dumb broad (i mean turkey)

    November 27, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. A Latte Lover, Seattle, WA

    One can't think about political turkey's of 2008 without thinking of Hillary's sniper fire story....Just sayin

    November 27, 2008 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  16. morninmist

    The Obots are up to their usual Palin hate again I see.
    Grow up and stop the hate. Obama is setting a good example but his fans continue to hate.

    November 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. ber6964

    Lee, I totally agree!!

    November 27, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Dixie AZ

    You forgot Joe Lieberman. A turkey, indeed.

    November 27, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. Steve

    PUMA should be on this list.

    November 27, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. CNN mod

    this list without SARAH PALIN loses its credibility.
    She defines a political turkey.

    November 27, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. chuck

    Rudy Giuliani is total GARBAGE.

    November 27, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. FL for Obama

    What? In my opinion the #1 TURKEY of 2008 was and still is Sarah Palin. The Katic Couric interview was just beginning...but the latest video of her at the turkey farm...well, that just steals the show (as she likes to do so often).


    November 27, 2008 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. DC from NJ

    Sarah Palin obviously should be #1, and it's not even close. My vote for second is all the people who voted for McSame, presumably to prolong the disaster of the past 8 years....

    November 27, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Rorschach

    Sarah Palin – a GWB turkey clone in lipstick. Should have been #1.

    November 27, 2008 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  25. jerry

    #1 turkey of the year, THE NEW MEDIA and its bias love of OBAMA

    November 27, 2008 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
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