November 27th, 2008
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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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    My pick for the number 1 political turkey (and 2, and 3 thru 10):

    Bush and his entire right-wing, neocon, fascist-like administration going back in 2000...

    November 27, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  2. Gobble Gobble

    Sure Mr. Scheneider, we turkeys are all "foolish-overstuffed, noisy, and self-important". That makes you a cross-species racist and a bigot to the extreme. When was the last time you tried to engage us in a civilized, intelligent dialog? Yeah, you can't recall either, do you?

    November 27, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. George

    Nothing big beats big mouth angry headed spitzer and the coward john edwards.. two know it all tough guys trying to play the right side of the law when in the end they were both caugth with their pants down

    November 27, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  4. andyeV

    Sarah Palin HAD to be on that list -
    1) not knowing the Bush Doctrine - or very much else about domestic and foreigh policy.
    2) Not being able to tell Katie Couric what newspapers/magazines she read.
    3) "I'll get back to you" comment about McCain's policies
    4) Telling Gwen Ifill she would answer questions in the debate, but not necessarily HER questions.
    5) conducting an interview for a story about pardoning a turkey while animals were getting slaughtered in the background.
    6) Telling a group of primary school students that the Vice President runs the Senate.
    7) Lying about saying "no thanks" to the "Bridge to Nowhere" and her other prevarications.
    8) Her "I can see Russia" from Alaska (or defending it if she didn't actually say it - I believe an aide did) comment.
    9) Overstating over credentials as the commander of the Alaska National Guard as governor.
    10) Trooper-gate, even though she was technically cleared.
    11) Everything else I can't recall off the top of my head.

    Oh, I forgot. It's the media's fault not hers.

    November 27, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Gaurang

    Turkey # 1 – John McCain and Sarah Palin as a combination

    November 27, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. 1/20/13

    Turkey #1 should have been all the people that voted for Obama........"Hope" and "Change" ha ha ha nothing changing there

    November 27, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    as the great philosopher bugs bunny used to say......"what a maroon"

    November 27, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Getting It Right

    10. Rudy Giuliani's campaign
    9. Mitt Romney's campaign
    8. Revered Wright tapes
    7. Bill Clinton's speech in South Carolina
    6. Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos
    5. Senator Ted Stevens indictment
    4. Pat B. and Bay B. still being allowed MSM air time
    3. Hillary Clinton's West Virgina remark
    2. Negative ads from McCain and Obama
    1. Sarah Palin's interview

    Honorable Mentions:

    Media's obsession to make BO President, so that they can tear him down before he even takes office.

    Media's obsession with thinking because they say so, it makes it so.

    Media's obsession of trying to create drama between HRC and BO – despite the fact that she campaigned for him like no other surrogate.

    Biggest surprises:

    Michelle Obama comes into character.

    George Bush's ability to facilitate a smooth transition

    Bill Clinton's and Barack Obama joint gathering – star power!

    November 27, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. andrew s. rostolder hillsdale nj

    looks like a mear community organizer proved you to be the clown that you are....... poor rudy, street creds gone, maybe sarah will appoint you dog catcher in wasilla...........

    November 27, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Nicholas, Nigeria

    I think the biggest turkey is the republican party. They need to need to examine their party and know ask what next because they have lose focus.

    November 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  11. Rob

    There you go REG, I think you have earned yourself the #1spot. That is whats wrong with our Country, Intolerance of others that think differently than ourselves. On a day of thanks, you should truely be ashamed of your actions.

    November 27, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Soccer Nana

    Rudy Giuliani needs to learn to "lead" his family before he can even think about leading this Country. He has not been the husband of "one" wife and he needs to reconnect to his children.

    Paul, Obama is your PEOTUS whether you like it or not. Just admit your problem with Mr. Obama – it's his COLOR; NOT his agenda.

    This Country is diverse and has been for a very, very long time. In the very near future, this Country will have another intelligent, culturally diverse President – hmm, let's see, Native-American, Hispanic, Asian. I cannot wait.

    November 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Alan

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

    Please try listening to one or two OTHER voices besides Rush Limburger and Sean Hasbeen. You probably supported Sarah Palin. Prepare yourself for a truly wonderful experience - prosperity for ALL, not just for the 1% already prosperous.

    The puppet show has ended. Now there are REAL people in charge and the results will indeed amaze you because you'll be surprised how wrong you are.

    November 27, 2008 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  14. SAB

    Paul your comment is as stupid as the day is long. No one will come out and say it but Bush was not up to be President. The job was way beyond him. So the people who voted for him both times are the biggest turkeys.

    November 27, 2008 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. SAB

    Paul your comment is as stupid as the day is long. No one will come out and say it but Bush was not up to being the President. The job was way beyond him. So the people who voted for him both times are the biggest turkeys.

    November 27, 2008 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. Gonzo in Houston

    I think Hillary should make the list for stretching out the primary race when the outcome was apparent.and her play for the previously-disqualified Florida and Michigan primary votes.

    November 27, 2008 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Andrea/ CA

    Paul you are an IDIOT. The only thing Pres elect Obama has done is work on getting us out of this mess. SO to me, you are the Turkey.

    I wish you guys open your mind, and think before you post this garbage. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 27, 2008 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. Ray Fisher

    And Sarah Palin isn't considered a political turkey??? I figure anyone who does things as dumb as Palin should be recognized as a turkey even as she photo ops in front of a turkey killer... I wonder if she has a special Turkey Killing outfit from Neiman Marcus???

    November 27, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. KJL

    Wild turkeys are very smart, and would be offended to be lumped in with their inbred domestic relatives.

    Now as for politicians, what about Sarah Palin, the ultimate turkey? Her "pardon the turkey" video with turkeys being decapitated in the background was beyond poor taste. The woman herself wouldn't notice if her own head went missing. Until she tried to do her hair.

    November 27, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  20. TJ Johnson

    Only an idiot would want to be president of the US with the nasty attitude of our citizens and the world situation, and that's what we got into the White House, an idiot too dumb to know what he has got himself into and thinks he can handle anything. What a fool!

    I don't blame Rudy for pulling back from campaigning for the job.

    November 27, 2008 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  21. Barbara in NC

    I would have put Bush #1 and McCain #2

    gobble gobble gobble

    November 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Ryan across the river

    I'm surprised W was not on the list, I guess lame ducks aren't quite turkeys.

    November 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |


    The guy just went sight seeing in EUROPE when there was fuel crisis in GA and we had to pay $8+ for a galon after 8hr que TWO MONTHS AGO.


    November 27, 2008 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. KLEE

    Strange as it sounds – we need – all the players on the political stage (in this country at least) – if nothing more than to keep balance in this Democracy of ours – Yin and Yang – so to speak – keep your eyes open and your "blood up" – protect and serve – Balance is the key to keep our dreams alive. spread it around & please have a Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 27, 2008 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  25. Craig from NC

    LOL. I knew somebody would put Sarah in here! Why is she such a pin cushion? To me, she seemed like the most genuine person in the whole mess.

    November 27, 2008 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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