Because I miss Keith Olbermann's "worst person in the world" segments I have decided to launch a contest called "worst congressman in history."
I nominate my very own Stevan Pearce (R-NM) for the honor.
Big oil and gas loves Stevie, who made his own personal fortune selling equipment to the exploiters and profiteers of our natural resources. It loves him to the tune of nearly $2 million in campaign contributions.
Now guess why he wants to pollute the largest underground water table in one of the nation's dryest states by allowing natural gas drilling at a fragile grassland called Otero Mesa.
Big ranching loves Stevie to the tune of nearly $1 million.
Now guess why he wants to remove protection for the Mexican gray wolf packs re-introduced to Arizona and New Mexico public lands after being hunted to virtual extinction. Stevie thinks it's peachy keen that Catron County ranchers in western New Mexico shoot, poison and trap the animals -- all illegally.
Single-issue kooks -- birthers, Tea Partiers, abortion doctor-haters, Christofascists, racists, anti-immigration and small-government ranters -- love Stevie to the tune of $1.6 million.
Now guess why he supports every whacko anti-abortion bill, border fence plan, theocratic insult to the Constitution and quit-regulating-corporations bill that's introduced by his fellow crackpots in the House.
Mining and off-road vehicle makers, sellers and users love Stevie to the tune of nearly half a million bucks.
Now guess why he wants to end all regulations on the use of public lands so that they can be savaged, pillaged, polluted and despoiled by . . . .mining operations and off-road vehicles!
Stevie has voted for every congressional action that has diminished the national quality of life, fed the nation's insane and debt-causing wars, trampled on individual liberty, violated human rights, enriched corporations at the expense of ordinary people and generally set the nation back a hundred years in terms of human progress.
He has voted against every piece of legislation that would help people of modest means, protect the environment and the health and safety of the citizenship and enhance the quality of life for those who weren't born on third base thinking they hit a triple.
Stevie is the Perfect Republican, selflessly dedicated to making the richest one per cent of Americans still richer, while cutting off the means to existence for millions of less fortunate citizens.
And so, readers, there is your challenge: nominate, if you can, a better candidate for "worst congressman in history."