With the possible exception of Republicans, no major political party knows how to bend moral principles to the point of near-snapping better than the Democrats. One need read no further than today's headlines to see that's true. But what if headline reading is not your thing? Well, then this collection of Daily Show clips is the collection of Daily Show clips for you!
Charlie Rangel, John Kerry and Rod Blagojevich
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I always thought Mayor McCheese was the worst mayor in the country. He's completely beholden to a corporation and has been letting the Hamburglar terrorize the streets of McDonaldland for years.
But has he even gotten so drunk that he broke a breathalizer machine? Nope. Has he ever flashed his tits to a crowded bar? Again, as far as I know, no.
So it would seem there are a handful of other mayors out there who blow the competition out of the water when it comes to sleaze, corruption and general bad decisions. There are ten of them to be exact, and they comprise Spike's list of the Top Ten Misbehaving Mayors.
Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa, Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick, Los Angeles, Marion Barry, Spike, Washington DC
Dude, if Ted Stevens were 1/3 his current age, African-American, weighed 300 pounds and listened to hip-hop, he would so be Kwame Kilpatrick!
Think about it. Both the Alaska Senator and the former Detroit mayor have…
* Stood accused of felonies committed through abuse of their offices.
* Been convicted on all charges.
The only difference is that Kilpatrick beat Stevens to jail…
Kwame Kilpatrick was sent to jail for four months Tuesday for his part in a sex-and-text scandal and the judge chastised the disgraced ex-mayor for arrogance and disregard for the rule of law.
Wayne County Circuit Judge David Groner's sentence was the finale to the scandal that destroyed Kilpatrick's reign at City Hall and threw local government into disarray for months.
To break down Kilpatrick's sentence, that's…
* 1/4 year for every sheriff's deputy he assaulted.
* 2 months for every jail bond he violated.
* 17 weeks for every exotic dancer killed within hours of fighting with his wife.
* 1 day for every 116 dirty text-messages he sent on a state-owned pager.
Stevens, by comparison, could be looking at upwards of 35 years in prison. To break that down, that's 1 year for every $97,142,857 he's sent to Alaska in pork-barrel spending since 1995.
And zero years for every "internet" he's received from his staff.
Tags: Alaska, Kwame Kilpatrick, Michigan, Senate, Ted Stevens
We finally have an answer to the age-old hypothetical question: "If I'm mayor of the 11th largest city in the country, how many felony counts for perjury, obstruction of justice, misconduct in office, and assaulting a police officer would it take before I have to resign?"
The answer is ten…
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick pleaded guilty to a pair of felony obstruction charges on Thursday in a sex-and-misconduct scandal and will step down after months of defiantly holding onto his job leading the nation's 11th-largest city.
The plea deal brings to an end a seven-months-long sex scandal that led to felony charges against Kilpatrick and plunged the city, region and state into political chaos….
Kilpatrick had faced 10 felony counts in the two separate criminal cases and could have faced up to 15 years in prison had he been convicted of perjury.
The plea deal was a wise choice for "America's Hip Hop Mayor." The court of public opinion had already indicted him, and further resistance would have led to his removal from office by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, (who looks like she listens to country.)
Kilpatrick apologized to supporters in a press conference, noting that "supporting me has not always been easy, but it has not been boring either." Indeed, in the grand scheme of mayors, Detroiters have had a pretty fun ride with Kilpatrick—especially when you compare him to tedious squares like Ed Koch and Marion Barry.
And there's good news for anyone who fears that life without a justice-obstructing, stripper-hiring, sheriff's-deputy-assaulting, 14,000-lurid-text-message-sending mayor will be too boring to endure…
Kilpatrick is only barred from holding office for five years.
Tags: Jennifer Granholm, Kwame Kilpatrick, Michigan
Updating a previous item, America's favorite celebrity criminal, Kwame Kilpatrick, has announced he will not attend the Democratic convention. Kilpatrick, who when not standing trial maintains a day job as Mayor of Detroit, is technically a Barack Obama superdelegate– something the Illinois Senator would rather you didn’t know.
Question now is: If he's not going to be partying it up with Ben Affleck, Kanye West and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), what will the Mayor be doing instead?
Well his calendar for Tuesday includes a self-reminder to "avoid being removed from office by the Governor of Michigan"…
As Gov. Jennifer Granholm prepares to announce whether she will hold a removal hearing against Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the mayor's attorney urged the governor to "decline to join the lynch mob."
The removal hearing, requested by the [Detroit City] Council, stems from Kilpatrick's false testimony at a police whistle-blower trial last summer and his later effort to settle that and another suit for $8.4 million without informing the council of a side deal to hide damaging text messages that would expose his lies…
Okay, I guess that’s a legit excuse. Certainly better that the tired old "my appearance at the convention would shame my entire party because I've been accused of everything from assaulting a sheriff's deputy to porking my chief of staff, I violated my parole twice in three weeks, the court makes me wear an electronic tether, and technically I'm forbidden by law from leaving my own county."
Because Kilpatrick could have used that one too.
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