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In an attempt to do damage control over his boneheaded remark that his Iraq vet opponent is not a “true hero,” Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh did an interview on Thursday afternoon with CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield.

It did not go well.

Walsh’s manic repetition of the name “Ashleigh!” was pretty bad, but was it the worst melt down ever?

Here are six more of the most disastrous interviews ever given by politicians:

Sarah Palin Becomes A National Joke

Sarah Palin’s interview with CBS’ Katie Couric — in which she rambled incoherently on a number of topics, and failed to name a single Supreme Court case with which she disagreed or a single newspaper that she regularly reads — was so awful that “Saturday Night Live” turned it into a comedy sketch by simply quoting her verbatim.

Zell Miller Challenges Chris Matthews To A Duel

When MSNBC host Chris Matthews challenged Georgia Senator Zell Miller over his fiery speech at the 2004 Republican convention, Miller responded by completely flying off the handle and declaring “I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel!”

Herman Cain Knows Nothing About Libya

In an interview with The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, Herman Cain revealed his total lack of knowledge on foreign policy by being unable to even pretend that he knew anything about the Libyan revolution.

JFK Makes Rick Santorum Want To Throw Up

Despite needing the support of Midwestern Catholics to have any chance winning the Republican presidential nomination, Rick Santorum made the odd choice of attacking Catholic icon John F. Kennedy for his belief in the separation of church and state. When given a chance to walk back his comments by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Santorum instead doubled down, reiterating “You bet that makes you throw up.”

Bush Flunks His Foreign Policy Quiz

During his 2000 presidential campaign George W. Bush displayed a startling lack of foreign policy knowledge when he went just one for four in a quiz on the names of foreign heads of state.

George Romney Was Brainwashed


Michigan Governor George Romney’s 1968 presidential campaign was essentially finished by his explanation that he initially supported the Vietnam war due to “brainwashing” by U.S. generals and diplomats. Maybe that’s why his son Mitt avoids interviews like the plague.

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