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John Scalzi polled his readers and found that, like us, they too picked Ted Cruz as 2013 Asshole of the Year.
Scalzi also named Ted Cruz the “spirit animal for assholes”. Take a look.
(here’s our post on Ted Cruz winning 2013 Asshole of the Year)

John Scalzi polled his readers and found that, like us, they too picked Ted Cruz as 2013 Asshole of the Year.

Scalzi also named Ted Cruz the “spirit animal for assholes”. Take a look.

(here’s our post on Ted Cruz winning 2013 Asshole of the Year)


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Ted Nugent, Racist Asshole of the Year, January 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
We had more than 10 finalists for Racist Asshole of the Year, but the votes are in, and it was never close. Ted Nugent is the Racist Asshole of the Year:
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Ted Nugent, Racist Asshole of the Year, January 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

We had more than 10 finalists for Racist Asshole of the Year, but the votes are in, and it was never close. Ted Nugent is the Racist Asshole of the Year:

  1. Ted Nugent, 37%
  2. Rush Limbaugh, 16%
  3. Sarah Palin, 10%
  4. Phil Robertson, 5%
  5. Rand Paul, 5%
  6. Rick Snyder, 5% (write-in!)
  7. Paula Deen, 3%
  8. Don Yelton, 3%
  9. Megyn Kelly, 3%
  10. Richard Cohen, 2%
  11. Dinesh D'Souza, 1%
  12. Justine Sacco, 1%

Everyone else had less than 1%. Rick Snyder was a surprise– not only was he a write-in, but he hadn’t even been mentioned.

And Ted Nugent really deserves the title this year. He put managed to say racially offensive things all year long, and he didn’t even let Martin Luther King Day pass without finding more racist things to say– he took ranted about how one example of bad parenting represented “the tip of the black gangster iceberg”.

Within the last year he claimed that racism ended in the 1960s and 1970s, and then went on to say said black people could “fix the black problem if they would put their heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding citizens.” And then went on to say that they should “get an alarm clock.” If that’s not racist, I don’t know what is.

After the George Zimmerman verdict, he would say that “Trayvon got justice”.For what, Ted? Walking unarmed through his own neighborhood? Armed with only Skittles? For that he should be kiled?

He even called himself “Rosa Parks with a Gibson”. What exactly has he done to compare himslef with Rosa Parks remains unanswered.

He’s not some passive racist or racist apologist either. He actively takes it upon himself to insult African Americans. It’s not that some racist did something and he said nothing, or made excuses, or that he’s indifferent to the plight of minorities. He feels he must speak out and condemn the entire race over one anecdote or things that may not even be true.

Racism is more than just terrorizing African Americans in the middle of the night with murder and beatings, or making laws to keep them from voting or having the right to go to any public school. It also includes making generalizations about an entire race as though everyone were all the same, and denigrating them as a group rather than treating them as individuals. And when you understand that, then it’s pretty clear that racism didn’t end in the 1970s, but continues on with Ted Nugent leading the pack.

And people can’t just ignore Ted Nugent as an ignorant racist, but he is relevant– he has a column in WND, appears on radio, is on the board of the NRA, and was the guest of Rep. Steve Stockman to last year’s State of the Union Address.

So you, Mr. Nugent, shall be our yardstick for racist asshole for the next year. You’ve earned it.

Photo source: https://twitter.com/TedNugent


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Ted Cruz wins another award for being an asshole

Today Right Wing Watch announced that Ted Cruz won their 2013 Equine Posterior Achievement Award.

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Like us naming him 2013 Asshole of the Year last week, they cited the government shutdown as the number one reason for the award:

After triggering the government shutdown over Obamacare, he seems to be the only person in America who actually believes that President Obama and congressional Democrats were responsible for the battle, with Republicanleaders admitting that Cruz and his ultraconservative allies were responsible for the disastrous shutdown. During his faux-filibuster of the health care reform law, Cruz held himself in such high regard that he even compared himself to soldiers in World War II who suffered through the Bataan Death March.

Cruz in the end failed to derail Obamacare, and was only able to damage the economyflub basic Senate rules, grow his fundraising list and become the star of a children’s coloring book. Many of his GOP colleagues in the Senate also tookCruztotask for his role in the disastrous shutdown.

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2013 Asshole of the Year: Ted Cruz
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
The final votes are in. Ted Cruz is the 2013 Asshole of the Year, and it wasn’t even close. He won by more than 2,000 votes. After over 12,000 votes the finals were:
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2013 Asshole of the Year: Ted Cruz

by TeaPartyCat ()

The final votes are in. Ted Cruz is the 2013 Asshole of the Year, and it wasn’t even close. He won by more than 2,000 votes. After over 12,000 votes the finals were:

  1. Ted Cruz (32%)
  2. Tony Abbott (16%)
  3. Scott Walker (12%)
  4. John Boehner (8%)
  5. Rush Limbaugh (6%)
  6. Sarah Palin (5%)
  7. Ted Nugent (4%)
  8. Pat Robertson (3%)
  9. Rick Perry (3%)
  10. Donald Trump (2%)
  11. Rick Santorum (2%)
  12. Barack Obama (2%)
  13. All of the above (1%)
  14. Arne Duncan (1%)

There were many more write-ins, though the rest received fewer than 100 votes. And you can click on any of the names above to see what they why they were finalists.

I was impressed how many votes Tony Abbott got too, since he wasn’t a finalist, so over 2000 people wrote him in. We’ve only even nominated him once for Asshole of the Day and he didn’t win, so maybe we should be paying more attention to him.

Why Ted Cruz Is The 2013 Asshole of the Year

But this is about Ted Cruz, so let’s dig into why he won.

More than anything Ted Cruz WANTED this award. He didn’t expressly say, “I want to be Asshole of the Year”, but he made the case month after month with his arrogance, his hypocrisy, and his insistence on weighing in with something mean or callous to say on every single topic of discussion. He relished being the biggest asshole in Washington.

The government shutdown is the biggest and best example of how Ted Cruz distinguished himself this year:

  1. He talked up how shutting the government down would force Obama to defund Obamacare, culminating in his overnight faux filibuster.
  2. He about how he orchestrated it.
  3. He fundraised off it.
  4. And then he fundraised off it some more.
  5. He claimed the shutdown might make America vulnerable to a terrorist attack, saying shame on Obama for causing the shutdown.
  6. He went to a rally protesting that the WWII Memorial had been closed during the shutdown to protest, and shouted with the Confederate flag waving idiots who blamed Obama for the closing.

Sure, others did some despicable things during the shutdown– like Rep. Randy Neugebauer berating a park ranger working without pay– but no one but Ted Cruz racked up such an impressive list of hypocrisy and faux outrage.

And it wasn’t just us here at Asshole of the Day who noticed, naming him Asshole of the Day 6 times in 2013, leading all other assholes. Everyone noticed:

Yep, Ted Cruz wanted to be Asshole of the Year, and Ted Cruz earned Asshole of the Year. And given that he’s moved up to the top in early 2016 polling for the GOP nomination, we can sadly expect even more in 2014 and beyond.

And we’ll be watching.


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2013 Asshole of the Year Finalists Announced. Time To Vote!

Since the site was started on May 4, 2013, we have chosen an Asshole of the Day 193 times, and had 138 different winners. That’s a lot of variety. But, even so, when it came time to pick the 2013 Asshole of the Year, a few bubbled to the top. Below we will describe the 10 finalists and why we chose them, and then we’ll ask you to vote on the winner. Voting will last through Saturday, January 4, and yes, you can vote more than once. We won’t even require ID.

The Finalists for 2013 Asshole of the Year

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1. Ted Cruz

Asshole of the Day co-founder TeaPartyCat nominated Ted Cruz, pointing out that no one was a bigger asshole during the government shutdown and the events leading up to it than Ted Cruz. Most notably, he gave a 20-hour faux filibuster in support of shutting the government down, and then during the shutdown he went to protests against the shutdown pretending it was Obama’s fault. And, as if proving the point, he went on ABC this week and claimed it wasn’t his shutdown nor his blunder, but Obama’s and Harry Reid’s. There’s more, so you should read the entire nomination and see why Ted Cruz was named Asshole of the Day 6 times, more than anyone else in 2013.

2. Rick Perry

Asshole of the Day co-founder TheDailyEdge nominated Rick Perry, citing his war on women and voting, as well as how he not only didn’t push for regulations to prevent another explosion like in West, Texas, but used the lack of regulations as a selling point for attracting new businesses. Yeah, that happened. Read the entire nomination for the full story of how Rick Perry was named Asshole of the Day 3 times in 2013.

3. Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum, in an appearance on Fox News, praised Nelson Mandela over the protestations of Bill O'Reilly, and then compared his own fight against Obamacare– the fight to deny tens of millions of people access to affordable healthcare– to Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid.

4. Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent says a lot of stupid, offensive things, but he took it to a new level when he said he could fix the “black problem” if they would put their heart and soul into being honest and law-abiding citizens and “buy alarm clocks”. He was also named Asshole of the Day 3 times in 2013.

5. Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin returned to the public eye this fall to promote her book on the War On Christmas. In on November interview, she said that African Americans can’t comprehend her definition of slavery, so stuck they are with the ones their ancestors experienced. It was the most-viewed post on the site in 2013. She later defended Asshole of the Day Phil Robertson for homophobic and racist comments he made, but it turns out she never actually read the comments. She was also named Asshole of the Day 3 times in 2013.

6. Scott Walker

Scott Walker was named Asshole of the Day 3 times in 2013. First, he so there could be no protests. Then he called denying gays the right to marry but not lose their job a “healthy balance”. And finally, he suggested people donate to his campaign for Christmas instead of buying their children toys.

7. เล่นสล็อตออนไลน์ลุ้นรางวัลใหญ่Donald Trump

Donald Trump was named Asshole of the Day 4 times in 2013, which is no surprise since we defined the qualifications for being named Asshole of the Day on Trump. He had the usual scams and slanders, but the thing that really stood out was when he complained that Steve Jobs’ wife shouldn’t be able to date after 2 years because he left her billions. He must think leaving a wife money means she should never find happiness again. Hope Trump’s current and future wives are listening.

8. Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh continued to carry on like he always has, despite all the sponsors he lost in the wake of his awful tirade against Sandra Fluke. He was named Asshole of the Day 4 times in 2013, including one for claiming– get this– that it was an ACCIDENT that he called Sandra Fluke a slut, despite the fact that he continued to call her that for days at a time, along with plenty of other nasty, sexist things.

9. Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson was named Asshole of the Day 5 times in 2013, which tied him for 2nd with John Boehner. How did he do it? The same way he always has– by berating his own fans and blathering about his fear of gays and the modern world. Our favotire– when he claimed gays were spreading AIDS using special sharp rings to cut people when they shake hands. Yes, he really said that. Plenty more where that came from– read them all.

10. John Boehner

As I argued in the nomination for Ted Cruz, John Boehner did not relish his role as Speaker for the Assholes. But he did the job, and was named Asshole of the Day 5 times in 2013, which tied him for 2nd with Pat Robertson. But even if he didn’t seem to love being an asshole, he was, many times over, and he could have stopped or shortened many of the crises in 2013 (or since 2011) if he just called a vote. It was too much though when he complained that Obama’s policies aren’t helping people get jobs, when in fact he won’t call a vote on Obama’s jobs bill.

And Now It’s Time To Vote On Who Should Be The 2013 Asshole of the Year

As we said at the top of thispost, voting continues through Saturday, January 4, and you can vote more than once. So vote and then tell your friends to vote.

Voting for Asshole of the Year is now closed. Announcement coming shortly. Check back at the 2013 Asshole of the Year home page


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Is Ted Cruz Asshole of the Year?

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by TeaPartyCat ()

When I think about who we should name Asshole of the Year, I feel like as bad as everyone else was in 2013, it can only be Ted Cruz.

Ask yourself— did anyone work harder for this title? Want it more?

Asshole of the Year is the perfect way to summarize Ted Cruz’s first year in the Senate. And, to show what a colossal asshole he is, he’d probably embrace this title as vindication of all his hard work.

The base of voters he’s courting for 2016 wants him to be an asshole and he obliges. They don’t get upset when they see his hypocrisy. He’s being a hypocrite for them, and they get that.

Someone suggested in the comments on the call for nominations that the Asshole of the Year should be the person whose actions caused the most damage, and at $24 billion, that would be the shutdown. So who was responsible for that?

Some would argue John Boehner was responsible. After all, at any point he could have just called a vote and the shutdown and debt limit crisis would have been over, but he didn’t.

But being an asshole isn’t just about WHAT you do, it’s about what you say and how you act about it. And Boehner didn’t relish it, nor did he push for it or crow about it, or fundraise on it. Cruz did all those things:

Rep. Randy Neugebauer also protested the shutdown as though he didn’t himself vote for it just days before, even berating a park ranger who was working without pay. But then Neugebauer shut up after a wave of justifiable criticism— he, at least, had some shame. Not Ted Cruz though. Not only did go to a rally protesting the shutdown, he also said the shutdown made America more vulnerable to a terrorist attack, as though it were Obama’s shutdown and not his.

There was just no stopping Ted Cruz. He ran laps around the other assholes in Washington this year.

If there was a photo op, no matter how foolish, Ted Cruz was there.

If there was an accusation to fling at Obama, no matter how unfounded or flimsy, Ted Cruz was there.

If there was GOP legislation taking away rights from women, Ted Cruz was there.

Ted Cruz was everywhere.

And always, an asshole.

And that’s why I’m nominating him for Asshole of the Year, and I ask you to go VOTE for him right now at the bottom of the list of finalists.

Ted Cruz was named Asshole of the Day 6 times in 2013, more than anyone else. He tops the leaderboard.


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Asshole Leaderboard: People named Asshole of the Day the most times in 2013

In 2013, 13 people were named Asshole of the Day 3 or more times. Below are those individuals, along with what they won for each time. I think you’ll agree, they are all assholes.

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6-time Asshole of the Day: Ted Cruz

5-time Assholes of the Day: John Boehner and Pat Robertson

John Boehner

Pat Robertson

4-time Assholes of the Day: Donald Trump, Bryan Fischer, Rick Perry, and Rush Limbaugh

Donald Trump

Bryan Fischer

Rick Perry

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3-time Assholes of the Day: Glenn Beck, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Ted Nugent, and Ted Yoho

Glenn Beck

Rand Paul

Sarah Palin

Scott Walker

Ted Nugent

Ted Yoho

This is the second of the Asshole of the Year leaderboards. Check out the list of most viewed Asshole of the Day posts of 2013 for a different look at the year in assholes.

Remember, you can nominate anyone for Asshole of the Year by commenting on this post or the Asshole of the Day Facebook page. All nominations must be in before the end of the year. Voting begins on January 1st, 2014.


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Is Rick Perry Asshole of the Year?

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by TheDailyEdge ()

Imagine if a foreign leader executed more than 100 Americans every week just to show his people how tough he was in standing up to the US President.

Imagine if that leader also humiliated American women by forcing them to undergo a medically unnecessary procedure that met the FBI definition of rape.

Imagine if that leader tried to use his country’s lack of regulations as a way to lure businesses just days after 15 of his people were killed in an explosion made possible by… lack of regulations.

Welcome to Texas, home of our nominee for Asshole of the Year, Governor Rick Perry.

In 2013, Rick Perry ramped up Texas’ War on Women with continued attacks on reproductive rights that catapulted Wendy Davis (the next Texas Governor) to national attention. But Texas also waged war on voting rights too with new laws that not only target minorities, but will also disproportionately affect women.

Never one to learn from his mistakes, it almost appeared as if the tone-deaf Perry was using the tragedy of the West explosion as an incentive to lure regulation-averse businesses to his state.

We already knew that Perry is a big fan of the death penalty. But it was his refusal to expand Medicaid–in a state with the nation’s highest uninsured population–that gave the ultimate lie to his “Christian” pro-life image. Not expanding Medicaid will kill people. Up to 27,000 nationally. And with more than 20% of those affected living in Texas, Rick Perry will be personally responsible for more than 5,400 unnecessary deaths.

If you got upset when 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi, you can now thank Rick Perry for a death toll equivalent to more than 25 Benghazis a week right here in Texas.

He’s not just an asshole. He’s Asshole of the Year, and I ask you to go VOTE for him right now at the bottom of the list of finalists.

Rick Perry was named Asshole of the Day 3 times in 2013.


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Asshole Leaderboard: most viewed Asshole of the Day posts of 2013

The posts below represent the Asshole of the Day winners whose posts were the most viewed and shared:

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1. Sarah Palin, for saying African Americans can’t comprehend her definition of slavery

2. Judge Jean Boyd, for giving a drunk driver probation instead of prison after his attorneys said he had “affluenza” (growing up rich and spoiled)

3. Greg Collett, for saying the government shouldn’t be involved in health insurance while his 10 children are on Medicaid

4. Jeb Bush, for accusing Obama of closing the embassy to the Vatican, when he knows it’s just moving and that move was planned under his brother

5. Erick Erickson, for telling liberals to stock up on coat hangers after the Texas abortion ban passed

6. Robert Zimmerman, for saying he’s concerned someone might take the law into their own hands and kill his brother George

7. Rick Santorum, for comparing Nelson Mandela’s fight against apartheid to his fight against Obamacare

8. Multimillionaire Peter Schiff, for holding a fake protest to mock minimum wage workers at Walmart

9. Glenn Beck, for saying you must beat it into kids that God gives them rights, not the government

10. Ted Nugent, for saying black people could fix the “black problem” if they would put their heart and soul into being honest and law-abiding, buy alarm clocks

11. Liz Cheney, for saying if elected, she’d work to make sure her sister doesn’t have the same rights as she does

12. Ted Cruz, for protesting the shutdown HE orchestrated and filibustered for

13. Mark O'Mara, for saying to Trayvon’s mother that she should admit that Trayvon probably caused his own death

14. Megyn Kelly, for claiming her “Santa is just white” rant was a joke, even though no one laughed or smiled, including her

15. Phil Robertson, for comparing gay sex with bestiality and terrorism, and for saying blacks were happier under Jim Crow

16. Rick Perry, for saying his wife didn’t mean to say women had a right to control their own bodies

17. Julianne Hough, for appearing in blackface

18. Sarah Palin, for creating a scandal over the president having someone hold an umbrella for him

19. Todd Barnes, for complaining the non-white Miss America “doesn’t represent American values”

20. Betsy Karasik, for saying it should be legal for teachers to have sex with 14-year-olds

21. George Zimmerman, Sr., for claiming the only racists are African American and that his son is the victim of racism, not the boy he shot

22. Bill O'Reilly, for saying Jesus died to protest high taxes

23. Scott Walker, for signing a bill restricting women’s rights over their own body in secret to avoid protests and bad media coverage

24. Kevin Swanson, for claiming the Girl Scouts promote lesbianism and abortion

25. Scott Walker, for telling supporters they should donate to his campaign instead of buying kids toys for Christmas

This is the second of the Asshole of the Year leaderboards. Check out the list of people who were named Asshole of the Day the most timesfor a different look at the year in assholes.

Remember, you can nominate anyone for Asshole of the Year by commenting on this post or the Asshole of the Day Facebook page. All nominations must be in before the end of the year. Voting begins on January 1st, 2014.

UPDATE: You can vote for Asshole of the Year through Saturday, January 4.


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Who will be the Asshole of the Year for 2013?

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On January 4 we’ll be announcing the Asshole of the Year for 2013. Between now and then we’ll be soliciting nominations, and then we’ll have a vote on the finalists starting on January 1.

And we’re welcoming nominations from all of our fans and followers. If you’d like to nominate someone, put it in the comments on this post or on Facebook. If we think it’s worth everyone hearing, we’ll make a nomination post from your suggestion and give you a mention if you want (let us know if you do). All nominations should have the person’s name, the reason (1-2 sentences) and a link to a credible source for the reason.

So who should you nominate? Well, there’s a few requirements to be Asshole of the Year, which are:

  • As we’ve spelled out before in the What Makes An Asshole Of The Day post, the nominee has to be in the public eye. They have to know people are listening and scrutinizing what they say. So politicians, pundits, party officials, celebrities, athletes, coaches, commentators, CEOs, and broadcasters are all good candidates.
  • It has to be a single person. We don’t give group awards.
  • What you’re nominating them for had to have happened in 2013. Sometimes an asshole of the day is awarded because that’s when the story came out, even though it happened further in the past. An example is Mark Obenshain, who was running for Virginia’s Attorney General. The story that came out was that he tried to pass a law requiring women to report miscarriages to the police. It happened before 2013, but only came out in May. That would be ineligible.
  • The person need not have won Asshole of the Day for the action. Since we only started the site in May, we wanted to open it up to all of 2013, not just the part we tracked here.
  • The person can be nominated for multiple actions which contributed to them being an asshole, because really, the more things the asshole did, the more likely they should be the Asshole of the Year. For example, you could nominate 3-time Asshole of the Day Rep. Ted Yoho who said Obamacare was racist for taxing tanning beds in August and compared Obamacare defenders to MLK and Rosa Parks in September. There are similar situations for other multiple winners such as Ted Cruz, Pat Robertson, or Rush Limbaugh.

To help with nominations, we’ll be posting two leader boards over the next week– one for the most viewed Asshole of the Day winners, and another for the people who were named Asshole of the Day the most times, so be on the look out for those.

Thanks, and let’s all hope this site is a lot less busy in 2014!


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