Power Rankings Week 5: The 10 Most Absurd Conservatives of the Week

Grandma-Finds-The-InternetWelcome to the fifth installment of my weekly power rankings.  As always, I keep it pretty easy to understand.  What I do is take the most ridiculous conservatives of the previous week and rank them accordingly based on whatever nonsense they said or did, with links so you can check it out for yourselves.

Again, this isn’t based on everything every conservative said as that would be nearly impossible to follow. Typically these rankings will include more “mainstream” conservatives.

So, let’s get going.

10) Rep. Steven Palazzo: This gentleman, while seemingly not meaning any kind of malicious intent behind the gesture, decided he would send every single member of Congress a copy of the Bible. Even if they weren’t Christians. And while this might have just been a “kind gesture,” it still seems highly inappropriate to send religious text to people who never asked for it. Especially members of Congress.

9) Rep. Steve King: Just after John Boehner issued a statement imploring President Obama to act unilaterally on immigration, Iowa Rep. Steve King suggested that if President Obama decided to do exactly what the Speaker of the House asked him to do – it might be grounds for impeachment.  This statement, of course, was made during a time when Republicans insisted it’s Democrats who keep bringing up impeachment.

8) Rep. Mo Brooks: Who’s Mo Brooks, you ask?  Well, he’s representative from Alabama who said that President Obama and Democrats are “waging a war on whites.  No, seriously, that’s exactly what he said.  Even ultra-conserative Laura Ingraham seemed to think his comments were fairly outrageous.

7) Chris McDaniel: This is the guy that just won’t go away.  Since his defeat to Thad Cochran in the Mississippi GOP primary election, McDaniel has been throwing what is tantamount to a political hissy fit.  He’s been claiming that Cochran set up some scheme to pay African American Democrats for votes.  Only this week one of the pastors who claimed Cochran paid him to get votes changed their story and actually said that it was McDaniel’s campaign who paid him to lie about Cochran.

6) Any Republican who’s obsessed over Benghazi: It’s over.  Hell, it’s been over.  It was revealed this week that the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee is getting set to release their report that indicates basically every right-wing conspiracy about Benghazi is complete and total nonsense.  But then again, most of us have known that for nearly two years.

5) Chris Payne: This individual is a Fox Business host and apparently someone who has no problem with tax evasion.  You see, he called Walgreens’ decision not to use loopholes in the tax code to avoid paying taxes “shameful.”  He claimed that it’s a slap in the face to shareholders and an embarrassment for capitalism.

4) Rick Wiles: He’s an ultra-conservative Christian radio host who ridiculously claimed that Ebola might actually be a good thing because it could rid America of its “problems” with homosexuality, pornography, atheism and abortion.  Apparently he seems to believe that straight, white Christians who abstain from pornography are immune to the Ebola virus.

3) John Boehner: Following President Obama’s announcement that he would be authorizing airstrikes in parts of Iraq against ISIS militants, Boehner released a statement essentially saying he agreed with what the president was doing – then used the other 95 percent of the statement to bash the president.  What was most comical was the fact that he criticized the president for not “having a plan,” while offering exactly zero plan of his own.

2) Eric Bolling: The Fox News blowhard himself.  While he could probably make this list every week, this week he is featured on it because he essentially challenged Muslims to a “holy war.”  There’s just one small problem with that – we’re not a theocracy.  Oh, and we don’t wage wars based on religion.  Besides, we’re not at war with Islam.  We’re at war with terrorists who happen to be Islamic. There’s a big difference.

1) Rand Paul/Steve King: Yes, Iowa Rep. Steve King is on this list twice. Though this time in a group effort with fellow Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul. When confronted by two DREAMers, Paul immediately bailed out of sight like a coward while King went on to belittle both individuals. Even going as far as to compliment how “well” they spoke English and demean a fallen Iraq veteran because he had lied about being an American citizen when he enlisted in the military.

Alright, well that wraps it up for this week.  As always, hit me up on Twitter and let me know what you think.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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