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  • Loose Cannon

    Concerning Mel Reynolds – #10: As reported by Snopes, not only was Reynolds granted clemency ( not a pardon, as written above), but he was then hired by Jesse Jackson for the Rainbow/ P.U.SH. Coalition. Jackson, as many you recall, was also swept up in an extramarital affair, which makes this even MORE ironic.

  • Zzzzzzzzzz

    That's all you've got? Boring boring Boring #FAIL

    • That is the best comment you have? Boring, boring, boring. Ultimate Fail.

      Wow, criticizing with no back up argument is awesome fun. <– Note the sarcasm.

  • Its Just Dave

    You left out Newt Gingrich and the affair he was having with his current wife, Callista Bisek, while he was married to Marianne Ginther. The affair was going on at the same time he was after Bill Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky BJ.

    BTW, Marianne and Newt were having an affair while his then current wife, Jackie Battley, was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Newt decided to serve divorce papers to Jackie as she was in recovery after the operation.

    Nice "Christian" huh ?

  • Loose Cannon

    Dave – Why would Newt Gingrich's affair be more notable then any of these? Is it because he's a Republican and you have a misguided sense of hypocrisy vis a vie Clinton/Lewinsky? Or because the affair itself was notable.

    *note: I'm note defending Gingrich's affair, but I would think John Edward's or Gary Hart's affair during a Presidential election campaign would be more of a 'Top Ten' then Gingrich's. Perhaps even Barney Frank's affair with a male escort who ran a service out of Frank's house. Maybe JFK's with his mob mistress or Marylin?

    • Its Just Dave

      Because it was occuring during the time he was the poster child for the "new morality in America"

      AKA the Republican Revolution.

      Hypocrisy Sucks

      • Loose Cannon

        Dave – "Because it was occuring during the time he was the poster child for the â??new morality in Americaâ??

        AKA the Republican Revolution."

        Hypocrisy does suck.

        However, being a 'Poster Child for the New Morality' is a bit of a stretch. Just one year earlier he was reprimanded by the House and was ordered to pay a record fine of $300,000 for 'Ethics Violations' that ultimately resulted from the misuse of 'Tax Exempt Income'. He resigned before Clinton was impeached in 1999.

        President Clinton was impeached in the House for Perjury and Obstruction of Justice, not for 'getting a BJ'. He was originally investigated according to a private citizens lawsuit alleging sexual harassment.

        The point is, Dave, Newt's affair has nothing to do with Bill Clinton's criminal behavior. Sure, they were both having flings on the side, repugnant behavior for both of them, but to see Newt's affair as hypocritical is a very, very far stretch.

        No, the hypocrisy label should be reserved for someone who rolls all over the world claiming our earth is dying from people's excessive use of energy, then returns home to use more energy in a weekend then most people will use in months.

        I'm looking at YOU, Al Gore!! 🙂

    • I was surprised that JFK and Marylin Monroe wasn't on the list, but maybe some people don't believe that actually happened. Is there definitive proof that it did. I thought it might be urban legend.

  • TXCherokee

    I'll just say Jim McGreevey deserves to be on this list.

  • Goliath The Pickle

    Alexander Hamilton Maria Reynolds?

    -Hamilton's indiscretion blows up in his face when Reynolds' husband shows up and demands money to keep quiet.

    -Hamilton's political enemies believe he stole money from the treasury to pay for it.

    -Hamilton's open letter to the nation can be summarized – "I'm may be an adulterer, but I am not a thief"

    -The Reynolds eventually divorce.. Maria Reynolds divorce attorney is Aaron Burr, who eventually kills Hamilton

    You can't make this stuff up!!

  • Bruce

    Legitimate evidence of a sexual relationship between Jefferson and Hemings? really? Odd you didn't cite any. There is irrefutable evidence that A Jefferson, of which there were many frequenting Monticello, was the father of ONE of Hemings children.

    Tom loved Sally? Possible, but far from probable.

    • Jess

      Yeah, and it was apparently pretty well known at the time that Thomas Jefferson's nephew was the one getting close to Miss Hemings.

  • Jay

    You could have easily made this a top 100 list. There are so many to choose from. How about the politician in Orange County California who bragged about his TWO mistresses when he didn't know a microphone was on? Talked about spanking one of them, in detail, and it's all on tape. This is a family values guy, too. These guys are such sleazeballs, and it's been that way forever.

  • YogiBarrister

    Oh great. Loose Cannon is here. I stopped going to The Listverse, because LC and a gaggle of rightwinger douchebags overran the site.

    • Loose_Cannon

      ;0Yogi – "Oh great. Loose Cannon is here. I stopped going to The Listverse, because LC and a gaggle of rightwinger douchebags overran the site."

      Wow. That'll win ya some friends. 🙂

      So, are you here to tell us that the recession of 2001 was Bush's fault, though it only began 28 days after he took office, while the continuing recession under Obama is, no surprise, the fault of Bush, as well?

      • YogiBarrister

        The recession of 2001 came as a result of the deregulation that occured during the 80's and 90's. Clinton is just as culpable as Reagan and the likes of Phil Gramm. The current recession (it's actually much, much worse than that), is because of the tax cuts, the failed wars, mortgage fraud, and hedgefunders selling phony insurance policies. When the stock market was rising so fast between 2004-2006, that was actually a bad thing. It's so simple really. You cannot have a broad stock index that rises higher than interest rates. You cannot have people borrowing money to invest in the stock market. Put options must be carefully regulated and fully financed by the investor. Companies like AIG, must have enough capital to pay out on the claims.

  • Loose_Cannon

    Yogi – "The recession of 2001 came as a result of the deregulation that occured during the 80’s and 90’s. Clinton is just as culpable as Reagan and the likes of Phil Gramm."

    Really? I've heard a lot of reasons for the recession of 2001, but Reagan's deregulation is a unique one.

    But, as i recall , and I can go back to Listverse to prove it, you blamed the recession in 2001 on Bush, even though he had only been office for 28 days when it officially began. Care to comment on that? Does Obama now own this recession or is it still the fault of Bush's tax cuts? How long must this recession continue until it's finally Obama's recession?

    • YogiBarrister

      LC, I'll type slowly so you'll understand. It's not Reagan's recession, it's not Clinton's or Bush's recession. It's the corporatists' recession. You know, the ones who bought and paid for these people to get elected in the first place. If you are saying Obama is a corporatist as well, then I'm inclined to concede that point.

      You can't have a successful democracy without the government regulating the corporations. Government is the brain, corporations are the circulation system, workers are the heart. You need all three to be functioning properly in order to thrive. Excessive government spending and tax cuts for the rich are like cholesteral. The stimulus package, in order to work, has to first get some adreneline to the heart muscle, then it has to remove the plaque that is clogging the arteries.

  • Mark Watson

    GREAT LIST! This topic is going to bring all the cyberpoliticians into a screaming/typing match. good stuff. look forward to reading your articles in the future!

  • Bornnagain804

    Good list! funny.

  • HiSTORYbob1492

    Golliath the pickle===> "That a Jefferson-Hemings relationship could be neither refuted nor substantiated was challenged in 1998 by the results of DNA tests conducted by Dr. Eugene Foster and a team of geneticists. The study – which tested Y-chromosomal DNA samples from male-line descendants of Field Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson's uncle), John Carr (grandfather of Jefferson's Carr nephews), Eston Hemings, and Thomas C. Woodson – indicated a genetic link between the Jefferson and Hemings descendants. The results of the study established that an individual carrying the male Jefferson Y chromosome fathered Eston Hemings (born 1808), the last known child born to Sally Hemings. There were approximately 25 adult male Jeffersons who carried this chromosome living in Virginia at that time, and a few of them are known to have visited Monticello. The study's authors, however, said "the simplest and most probable" conclusion was that Thomas Jefferson had fathered Eston Hemings."

  • HiSTORYbob1492

    Also, "you may have a pickle but you lack goliath" You cant make that stuff up man!!!!

  • Big Ben 4 liberty

    How about Gary Hart and the Donna Rice affair? That should have been on this last.

  • Loose Cannon

    Big Ben – "How about Gary Hart and the Donna Rice affair? That should have been on this last."

    Jinx, you owe me a coke!

    Besides, Dave thinks it's more important that Newt Gingrich be on here because he was the face of the 'New Morality', whatever that was.

  • PI

    How about Gary Hart and the Donna Rice affair? That should have been on this last.

  • male escort

    Oh, it all just gets better and better! Is there no end to the political shenanigans? You'd think these folks would be keeping their noses clean when they are so prominently within the public eye, but I guess there's no smothering human instinct!

  • What about our premier? Mr Silvio Berlusconi… and the last scandal regarding Marrazzo?? Here in Italy we can teach anybody how to make very good sex scandals!!! :D:D:D

  • jeff foster

    Please don't drag Christ (Christianity) into this craziness. Jesus preached about the slime and hypocrisy of the Jewish authorities and in a broader sense all human authority. Flipping tables at the temple is just one example. That was 1st century politics (under the guise of faith). Sound familiar? Power makes people sick, but following God has brought the proud to humility. Pray for all our leaders conservative or liberal!

  • mar

    "…those Argentina girls with their cinnamon tans…"

    wait…. what??? where???

    "… I wonder if the mistress name was Evita…”don’t cry me for me Argentina" …"

    oh! i didn't see that one coming…. (doh!)

  • Zitro

    Good list, but John Edwards should have made the list.

  • Jim McBride

    ultimate FAIL – why does that smear on Thomas Jefferson always get included when that was debunked long ago? at the most they found possible a link to a relative but NOT Thomas himself.

  • bill

    May Flower’s Make March Sour
    Why do you put an apostrophe in a plural?