November 27th, 2008
09:53 AM ET
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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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  1. Happy Thanksgiving everyone

    Wonder how many of the repugs will be pardoned as Bush slithers under the door on his way out?

    November 27, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  2. Jaye

    The political turkey of the year goes to the republican party.
    Rudy Guiliani, John McCain, Sara Palin, and every republican that tried to convince us that Sara Palin is experienced enough to be the Vice President or the President.
    The republicans slimed and lied and vilified Barack Obama – calling him everything from a communist, a socialist, a friend of terrorist, to the antichrist. They shamed themselves and our country.

    November 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. Gordon

    The number one turkey is anyone whose politics are party related rather than being pragmatic; individuals who actually believe that the most intricate and interrelated problems we face today can be solved by what can be communicaed in a soundbite.

    I would add that the person who frightens me the most is Sarah Palin. She is bright enough to recognize an opportunity, but her thinking lacks the depth that is required to run a major nation.

    That brings us to the people behind GWBush. For them, it's "what is best for me" without reference to what is best for all of us.

    And lest I forget, the speculators in oil who drove up the price and fun terrorism to become more wealthy personally.

    November 27, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. S. Boatman Warrensburg Mo.

    The Top Ten Turkeys Should Be The Top Ten Speakers At The Republican National Convention! Mccain, Palin, Mitt, Rudy, Fred, Bush, . . .

    November 27, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Jaye

    I forgot to add the media for giving so much attention to that joe six-pack, carhart wearing, steel toed boot wearing, lying idiotic Joe The Plumber.
    The Main stream media made fools of themselves.

    November 27, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. vic

    I dsagree with the Obama one – there are MANY that are much worse.

    November 27, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Pepou

    I think Judas Liebermann is a great contestant for turkey of the year.

    November 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. Milhouse van Houten

    Rudy may be a tad disappointed that he didn't score higher but he can
    be very satisfied with a top ten finish.

    November 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. TexicoFrom Mexico

    Sarah Palin is the #1 Turkey in this country! She has been proven to be a bafoon much more so than Quayle was. Anyone that thinks this turkey has a real shot at 2012 is a moron.

    November 27, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Pepou

    Paul : "the gaggle of goons" will change this country for the best and put racist clowns like you to rest.

    November 27, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. james

    The Obama Seal issue was an issue? Out of all the things that happen this election season, you put the Obama seal part of this group?
    How about Clinton saying that she can't see herself losing?
    Sarah Palin not knowing what magazines she read?
    John McCain "suspending" his campaign to work on the bailout bill?
    John McCain having wrapped up the republican nomination for months and did nothing but sit on his you know what?

    But you decided to put the Obama seal on here, even though he still won the nomination comfortably. So if Giuliani would have won Florida, would he still be on this list?

    November 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. G.R.I.T.S - Girl Raised in the South

    Amen to Reg in AZ.

    November 27, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. chris of STL

    C'mon Bill, .... where is Sarah??? She's probably beneath being a turkey ... an insult to all Turkeys.

    November 27, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Deven

    Sarah Palin, wink, wink. Offensive. Who in the audience was she winking to? ....Just who is it that belongs to her secret society?

    What is a wink? When do we wink? We wink when we are an insider, we wink to show presence to members of our group within a varied crowd, we wink when we tell lies and want to minimize the offense ....and pornstars wink at the camera.


    November 27, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  15. MEP

    It is unfair to show pictures of the women deceived by the "turkey prize winners" , since they are innocent victims. They do not need to be reminded of their husbands' poor conduct nor made part of it in pictures displayed on Thanksgiving Day. Don't you have any pictures of the individual "turkeys" on their own?

    November 27, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  16. Texas Trail Kitty

    It has been entertaining watching the Republican party, aided by Limbaugh, Hannity ad naseum, self-destruct. Get a clue. America has changed. Either change with it or die. Stop being nasty and thinking you have a lock on ruling America. Conservative ideals are really quite good, but you allowed yourselves to be hijacked by the crazies you call your base. All of America should be your base because you actually owe all of America decent goverance.

    November 27, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  17. Joyce Becker

    Rudy was certainly one self important turkey, a better one, however is McCain's choice of Sarah Palin, a real nit wit, she became the National Turkey of the Year with her hockey-mom with lipstick personality!!

    November 27, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. Jack 64 year old

    Your Turkey list left off one f the biggest birds of the season – Sarah Palin and most of the republican party that called for continuous deregulation for the past three decades.

    November 27, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  19. Chris F.

    @Paul, You are a Moron. Bush is the biggest turkey of all. Someone has to save the economy and it is not going to be free. Stop listening to Rush and Hannity becuase they are liars and morons. Crawl back in your hole and polish your guns..

    November 27, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. 60 year old white female and proud supporter of PE Obama

    On the turkey list should be Ed Henry for his questions at PE Obama's press conference yesterday.

    November 27, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. John

    I am so sick of people bashing Sarah Palin. Go back to your playgrounds and pick on the handicapped or something, and leave Governor Palin alone. Even though the media and mindless minions everywhere have tried to vilifile her, she continues to be popular and is a far greater catalyst for positive change then the liar so many of you elected. Four years from now (actually much earlier than that, I am afraid) the real change we needed will be sought out, and I doubt if she will subject herself to the lies and accusations that the country who needs her so desparately heaped upon her. God bless you Governor Palin. You were a beacon of hope in a dismal election year, and you did not deserve the way that you were treated.

    November 27, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Loretta

    Hey Paul–
    Get past it: Obama is YOUR president too. If turkey's not to your liking, serve yourself up a big crock of crow.

    November 27, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  23. Craeg fr Canada

    The entire McCain election campaign was a huge turkey. Quite a few Americans remain confused about who Pres-Elect Obama is and what he stands for. Playing on people's fear with smear was a great disservice to your country.
    Inadvertantly, though, it shed light on the amount of racism and ignorance that lies beneath the surface of your great society.

    November 27, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  24. Mike in Ca

    Number one turkey are all the Obama haters, who mainly are blind followers of right wing empty slogans or just plain racists, or both.

    November 27, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. JoePub

    "gaggle of goons" 🙂 That's hilarious Paul!

    November 27, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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