Political Losers in 2013 Were Truly a Hot Mess

In a year when politics couldn’t possibly have gotten any worse, Ted Cruz, John Boehner and even the president made sure it did.

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Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

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Kwame Kilpatrick is arraigned on felony charges in Wayne County Circuit Court Aug. 14, 2008, in Detroit. 

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Few falls from grace have been as stunning as that of former Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick. Nicknamed the “hip-hop mayor” when he became the youngest mayor in Detroit history in 2001 at age 31, he soon found his tenure bogged down in corruption charges. After years of investigations and litigation, Kilpatrick was sentenced this fall to 28 years in prison for a scheme that required those seeking to do business with the city to cut Kilpatrick’s allies in, ultimately kicking money back to the corrupt mayor. It’s a sad ending to a once-promising career.

Speaker of the House John Boehner

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

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Did I mention that Congress has a 9 percent approval rating?

Did I mention that Boehner (R-Ohio) is the speaker of the House?

Did I mention that he let his party and his party’s image get hijacked by the likes of Ted Cruz?

Enough said.

President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

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The Affordable Care Act will likely be remembered as one of the most important pieces of legislation in modern American history.

Its rollout, filled with the kind of technical glitches that would cost the average geek-squad member his job, will also likely be remembered as one of the most disastrous legislative launches in American history. Making this all the more puzzling is that President Obama’s campaigns are considered the most technologically savvy in American politics.