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Friday Talking Points Awards

[Last updated: 12/12/14]

By popular demand and for your continued amusement, we hereby present the official Friday Talking Points statistics.

The first list below is a full list of all the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week awards we've ever handed out, which is followed by the complete Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award list. In both, the numbers in brackets which follow each name are the [FTP Volume numbers] of all their citations (as links, so you can read them if you'd like). Within each ranking, the names are ordered by when they won their last award.

[This page is hand-compiled, so please excuse its rather "retro" look.]

 

Most Impressive Democrat of the Week

(44) -- Forty-Four -- (44)

Barack Obama --
[13] [18] [31] [40] [42] [45] [51] [54] [62] [67] [74] [93] [97] [103] [108] [109] [117] [128] [129] [135] [138] [147] [149] [151] [166] [180] [182] [187] [192] [194] [208] [210] [214] [216] [231] [232] [242] [275] [276] [288] [291] [295] [298] [328]

 

(19) -- Nineteen -- (19)

Harry Reid --
[10] [46] [69] [104] [113] [114] [117] [121] [145] [162] [220] [221] [240] [265] [278] [283] [302] [304] [320]

 

(18) -- Eighteen -- (18)

Nancy Pelosi --
[19] [23] [25] [26] [69] [87] [90] [92] [97] [101] [117] [142] [146] [148] [150] [209] [312] [322]

 

(11) -- Eleven -- (11)

Chris Dodd --
[6] [8] [17] [37] [49] [72] [78] [86] [106] [111] [119]

 

(10) -- Ten -- (10)

Hillary Clinton --
[14] [18] [22] [29] [57] [79] [118] [161] [173] [243]

 

(9) -- Nine -- (9)

Charles Schumer -- [85] [153] [160] [168] [184] [202] [205] [211] [240]
Joe Biden -- [10] [12] [32] [50] [223] [230] [239] [241] [309]

(8) -- Eight -- (8)

Eric Holder -- [102] [144] [262] [269] [271] [289] [300] [317]
Elizabeth Warren -- [139] [191] [224] [238] [257] [284] [308] [327]

(6) -- Six -- (6)

Bernie Sanders -- [73] [77] [85] [123] [146] [167]
Dianne Feinstein -- [30] [48] [73] [174] [314] [330]

(5) -- Five -- (5)

Sherrod Brown -- [52] [92] [112] [122] [247]
Jeff Merkley -- [76] [112] [153] [181] [283]
Patrick Leahy -- [12] [65] [74] [271] [287]

(4) -- Four -- (4)

Henry Waxman -- [15] [33] [56] [82]
Al Franken -- [59] [84] [95] [136]
Barney Frank -- [49] [82] [90] [170]
Dick Durbin -- [11] [75] [98] [240]
Alan Grayson -- [95] [96] [134] [272]

(3) -- Three -- (3)

Russ Feingold -- [36] [48] [55]
Howard Dean -- [60] [85] [105]
Byron Dorgan -- [73] [104] [106] [61]
Carl Levin -- [58] [73] [110]
Alan Grayson -- [95] [96] [134]
Jim Webb -- [34] [73] [186]
Gabrielle Giffords -- [176] [189] [195]
George Miller -- [82] [86] [235]
Joe Lieberman -- [125] [147] [236]
Keith Ellison -- [158] [179] [259]
Barbara Boxer -- [30] [197] [282]
John Conyers -- [33] [287]
Charlie Rangel -- [82] [86] [310]

(2) -- Two -- (2)

Change Congress -- [81] [83]
MoveOn -- [83] [88]
Ted Kennedy -- [38] [91]
Progressive Change Campaign Committee -- [83] [115]
Barbara Lee -- [64] [141]
Mark Udall -- [152] [153]
Dennis Kucinich -- [35] [164]
Leon Panetta -- [165] [169]
Raúl Grijalva -- [163] [179]
Christine Gregoire -- [190] [198]
Sandra Fluke -- [199] [201]
Barbara Mikulski -- [203] [212]
Bill Clinton -- [107] [226]
James Earl Carter IV -- [227] [234]
Tim Geithner -- [71] [237]
Jared Polis -- [244] [253]
Kirsten Gillibrand -- [112] [258]
Claire McCaskill -- [153] [261]
Tom Harkin -- [238] [266]
Ron Wyden -- [248] [267]
Bill de Blasio -- [273] [281]
Richard Blumenthal -- [267] [282]
Janet Yellen -- [277] [286]
Steve Cohen -- [253] [290]
Earl Blumenauer -- [253] [290]
Rush Holt -- [157] [292]
Michael Bennet -- [112] [304]
Tom Udall -- [267] [304]
Sam Farr -- [219] [306]

(1) -- One -- (1)

Dave Helfert -- [7]
The Lone Filibusterer (none) -- [9]
John Edwards -- [16]
Bill Richardson -- [24]
Jack Murtha -- [24]
Janet Napolitano -- [27]
Mike Stark -- [28]
Al Gore -- [39]
Deval Patrick -- [41]
AFL-CIO -- [43]
Brave New Films -- [43]
Obama's "War Room" -- [44]
Craig Ferguson -- [47]
Tina Fey -- [53]
Lilly Ledbetter -- [63]
Pat Quinn -- [66]
Ellen Tauscher -- [68]
Unnamed House Democrats pushing filbuster-proof "reconciliation" for healthcare reform -- [70]
Maria Cantwell -- [73]
Arlen Specter -- [75]
Bob Graham -- [78]
Sonia Sotomayor -- [79]
Health Care for America Now! -- [83]
SEIU -- [83]
Jay Rockefeller IV -- [94]
Jerrold Nadler -- [94]
David Catania -- [96]
Organizing For America [99]
Bill Owens -- [100]
James Clyburn -- [116]
Blanche Lincoln -- [120]
Ted Kaufman -- [122]
Joe Sestak -- [124]
Patrick Murphy -- [125]
Ron Sparks -- [126]
Salon.com -- [127]
One Nation -- [130]
Bill Halter -- [131]
Shirley Sherrod -- [132]
Anthony Weiner -- [132]
Kristin M. Perry, Sandra B. Stier, Paul T. Katami, and Jeffrey J. Zarrillo (Perry v. Schwarzenegger plaintiffs) -- [133]
Louisiana Democratic Party -- [137]
Frank Lautenberg -- [141]
Tom Miller -- [143]
Third Way -- [152]
The Egyptian democracy movement -- [154
Madison, Wisconsin protest movement -- [155]
Rahm Emanuel -- [156]
Jan Schakowsky -- [159]
Mike Honda -- [163]
Democratic National Committee -- [168]
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee -- [168]
John Chiang -- [171]
Mark Dayton -- [172]
Democratic voters who called their members of Congress -- [175]
Kathleen Sebelius -- [177]
Warren Buffett -- [178]
Occupy Wall Street -- [183]
Ben & Jerry's -- [185]
Heath Shuler -- [188]
Lincoln Chafee -- [190] [260]
Allyson Schwartz -- [193]
Cecile Richards -- [196]
Martin O'Malley -- [199]
Bobby Rush -- [204]
Cory Booker -- [206]
Pete Stark -- [207]
Robert Casey -- [211]
Lisa Brown -- [215]
Barb Byrum -- [215]
Tammy Duckworth -- [217]
Drew Westen -- [218]
Adam Mansbach -- [228]
Samuel L. Jackson -- [228]
Jewish Council for Education and Research -- [228]
Chris Coons -- [235]
Nina Turner -- [236]
Patty Murray -- [240]
Andrew Cuomo -- [241]
Zoe Lofgren -- [245]
Curt Anderson -- [246]
Scott Prouty -- [249]
Elizabeth Colbert Busch -- [250]
Steve Beshear -- [251]
Lucy Flores -- [252]
Kelvin Atkinson -- [255]
Kay Hagan -- [256]
Mary Landrieu -- [256]
Mark Pocan -- [259]
Wendy Davis -- [263]
Mary King -- [264]
Barbara Dudley -- [264]
Mark Begich -- [266]
Edward Snowden -- [268]
Pro-immigration attendees of the August town halls -- [270]
John Kerry -- [272]
Larry Summers -- [274]
Frank Pallone -- [279]
Bill Pascrell -- [280]
Tammy Baldwin -- [282]
Marcia Fudge -- [282]
Judy Chu -- [282]
Lois Frankel -- [282]
Bob Menendez -- [285]
Gerry Connolly -- [290]
John Dingell -- [293]
Elijah Cummings -- [294]
Toni Atkins -- [296]
Steve Grossman -- [297]
Lyndon B. Johnson -- [299]
Michelle Obama -- [301]
Daylin Leach -- [302]
John Kitzhaber -- [303]
Julián Castro -- [305]
Sylvia Burwell -- [307]
Guy in Denver bar who offered President Obama a hit off his joint -- [311]
Shenna Bellows -- [312]
Catherine Rampell -- [313]
Ultraviolet -- [315]
Hank Johnson -- [316]
Jim Jeffords (posthumously) -- [317]
Tim Kaine -- [318]
Gay marriage activists everywhere -- [323]
Florida Democratic Party -- [324]
Seth Moulton -- [325]
Jeanne Shaheen -- [326]
Unnamed DC marijuana champion in House -- [329]

 

No award was given (for various reasons) a total of nineteen times:
[1], [2], [3], [4], [5], [9], [20], [21], [80], [89], [140], [200], [213], [222], [225], [229], [233], [254], [319].

 

Most Disappointing Democrat of the Week

(26) -- Twenty-Six -- (26)

Harry Reid --
[12] [17] [37] [45] [49] [54] [55] [57] [76] [78] [87] [91] [100] [102] [109] [111] [139] [141] [148] [166] [176] [177] [221] [242] [245]

 

(21) -- Twenty-One -- (21)

Barack Obama --
[36] [38] [74] [75] [77] [93] [105] [123] [132] [143] [149] [164] [168] [174] [229] [239] [248] [256] [311] [318] [330]

 

(13) -- Thirteen -- (13)

Ben Nelson --
[19] [48] [71] [72] [83] [86] [96] [121] [129] [131] [185] [186] [188]

 

(12) -- Twelve -- (12)

Joe Lieberman --
[11] [27] [44] [46] [86] [101] [122] [186] [187] [188] [220] [237]

 

(10) -- Ten -- (10)

Dianne Feinstein --
[7] [9] [19] [60] [62] [83] [137] [148] [240] [280]

 

(8) -- Eight -- (8)

Max Baucus -- [19] [81] [83] [88] [94] [240] [255] [267]

(7) -- Seven -- (7)

Mark Pryor -- [19] [48] [140] [186] [240] [253] [294]
Charlie Rangel -- [47] [56] [97] [113] [132] [147] [327]

(6) -- Six -- (6)

Jay Rockefeller IV -- [5] [8] [16] [18] [19] [51]
Blanche Lincoln -- [19] [48] [72] [92] [140] [183]
Rod Blagojevich -- [58] [63] [107] [135] [171] [202]
Eric Holder -- [73] [144] [173] [218] [231] [259]

(5) -- Five -- (5)

Tim Geithner -- [61] [65] [73] [106] [134]
Mary Landrieu -- [19] [48] [83] [86] [140]
Rahm Emanuel -- [85] [95] [110] [127] [222]

(4) -- Four -- (4)

Anthony Weiner -- [169] [219] [266] [273]
Bob Filner -- [264] [269] [270] [278]
Joe Manchin -- [157] [190] [275] [294]
Kathleen Sebelius -- [191] [209] [279] [299]
Hillary Clinton -- [22] [29] [34] [317]
Charles Schumer -- [6] [9] [96] [329]

(3) -- Three -- (3)

John Edwards -- [24] [31] [43]
Illinois legislature Democrats -- [59] [66] [67]
Roland Burris -- [66] [67] [79]
Kent Conrad -- [19] [48] [83]
Thomas Carper -- [19] [48] [104]
Nancy Pelosi -- [36] [49] [109]
Jim Webb -- [19] [125] [220]
Ken Salazar -- [19] [48] [235]
Pat Leahy -- [4] [6] [240]
Eliot Spitzer -- [23] [265] [273]
Joe Biden -- [13] [223] [320]
John Walsh -- [294] [313] [323]

(2) -- Two -- (2)

Daniel Inouye -- [19] [30]
Tim Johnson -- [19] [48]
Evan Bayh -- [19] [72]
Ron Wyden -- [83] [86]
Martha Coakley -- [107] [108]
Eric Massa -- [114] [115]
Alan Grayson [99] [145]
David Wu -- [156] [175]
Jon Tester -- [185] [190]
Whoever decided to paint the presidential bus black -- [178] [217]
Barbara Boxer -- [21] [240]
Jesse Jackson Jr. -- [235] [244]
Carl Levin -- [240] [262]
Mike McIntyre -- [261] [274]
Terry McAuliffe -- [79] [281]
Robert Casey -- [19] [294]
Phillip Puckett -- [308] [310]
Wendy Davis -- [291] [324]
Alison L. Grimes -- [311] [324]

(1) -- One -- (1)

Richard Scruggs -- [10]
Zach Scruggs -- [10]
Unnamed Congressional Democrats (on FISA) -- [14]
William Jefferson -- [15]
Herb Kohl -- [19]
Claire McCaskill -- [19]
Barbara Mikulski -- [19]
Bill Nelson -- [19]
Debbie Stabenow -- [19]
Sheldon Whitehouse -- [19]
Unnamed Democratic donors who sent Nancy Pelosi a letter -- [25]
Harvey Weinstein -- [25]
Gavin Newsom -- [27]
George Stephanopoulos -- [28]
Uncommitted superdelegates to the 2008 Democratic National Convention -- [32]
Unnamed "enrolling" clerk who screwed up the Farm Bill -- [33]
Steny Hoyer -- [36]
Jesse Jackson -- [39]
Democratic National Convention Committee -- [40]
Obama's "War Room" -- [42]
Democrats of the 110th Congress -- [50]
Tim Mahoney -- [52]
John Lewis -- [52]
Jack Murtha -- [53] (awarded in comments)
Jerrold Nadler -- [57]
Bobby Rush -- [60]
Democratic officeholders who skipped Obama's Inaugural Parade -- [62]
All Democratic Senators except Claire McCaskill -- [64]
Ellen Tauscher -- [68]
Sanjay Gupta -- [68]
Unnamed person (Harry Reid?) who screwed up 2009 Omnibus Budget Bill -- [68]
Eight unnamed "centrist" Senate Democrats -- [70]
Melissa Bean -- [72]
Leon Panetta -- [74]
Tom Daschle -- [82]
The "Blue Dog" Democrats -- [88]
Ted Kennedy -- [90]
Jim Manley (Harry Reid spokesman) [98]
Dick Durbin -- [112]
All Senate Democrats who haven't yet signed Michael Bennet's letter on the public option -- [112]
David Paterson -- [113]
Bart Stupak -- [114]
Thomas Porteous -- [116]
Nick Levasseur -- [118]
Apple Computers -- [119]
Babette Jospehs -- [120]
Richard Blumenthal -- [124]
Dianne Wilkerson -- [126]
Bob Etheridge -- [128]
Jerry Brown -- [128]
Democratic National Committee -- [130]
Tom Vilsack -- [132]
Shaun Donovan -- [134]
Keith Halloran -- [134]
Bobby Bright -- [136]
Eddie Bernice Johnson -- [137]
Marcus Stanley (aide to Barbara Boxer) -- [138]
Senate Democrats -- [142]
Russ Feingold -- [145]
Joe Sestak -- [145]
Erskine Bowles -- [146]
Lanny Davis -- [150]
Jim Moran -- [153]
Jane Harman -- [154]
Eddie Espinoza -- [158]
Blas Gutierrez -- [158]
Michael McGuinness -- [159]
Jason Bauer -- [159]
R. Gil Kerlikowske -- [160]
Congressional Democrats on sidelines of Libyan war debate -- [161]
Congressional Democrats -- [165]
Sammie Spades -- [170]
André Carson -- [179]
Salvatore DiMasi -- [180]
David Weprin -- [181]
Democratic senators who haven't signed Merkley's letter -- [182]
James Cole -- [184]
Bernie Sanders -- [190]
Harry Thomas Jr. -- [192]
Chris Dodd -- [194]
Kenneth Daniels -- [196]
Bill DeWeese -- [197]
Jim Messina -- [198]
Richard Steinberg -- [199]
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. -- [201]
Donald B. Verrilli Jr. -- [204]
Martha Johnson -- [205]
Hilary Rosen -- [206]
Jay Parmley -- [207]
House Democrats (13) who voted for GOP student loan bill -- [208]
David Parker -- [211]
Cory Booker -- [212]
Peter DeFazio -- [214]
Michele Leonhart -- [215]
House Democrats who voted for contempt for Eric Holder -- [216]
Melinda Haag -- [218]
Kerry Gauthier -- [224]
Vito Lopez -- [224]
Wendy Rosen -- [226]
Emmett C. Burns Jr. -- [226]
Brian Banks -- [228]
Brad Sherman -- [230]
Stacie Laughton -- [236]
The seven turncoat Democrats in the New York and Washington state senates who handed control of their chamber over to Republicans in 2012 for purely self-serving reasons -- [238]
Jack Reed -- [240]
Whoever sets policy for the White House's "We The People" suggestion site -- [241]
Bob Menendez -- [243]
Joe Salazar -- [246]
Progress Kentucky -- [247]
Tom Steyer -- [250]
Michael Nutter -- [251]
Joe Cryan -- [251]
Joe Mitchell -- [251]
Steven Brooks -- [251]
Malcolm Smith -- [252]
Eric Stevenson -- [252]
Mark Begich -- [253]
Jerramiah Healy -- [257]
Ted Vick -- [258]
Jim Graves -- [260]
John Barrow -- [261]
Nick Rahall -- [261]
Jeremy LaFaver -- [272]
Jim Matheson -- [274]
Kwame Kilpatrick -- [277]
Lindel Toups -- [282]
Jon Cowan -- [284]
Jim Kessler -- [284]
Pete Festersen -- [285]
Leslie Combs -- [286]
Andrew Cuomo -- [287]
League of Conservation Voters -- [288]
Rob Andrews -- [290]
Joe Baca -- [292]
Tony Mack -- [293]
Roderick Wright -- [293]
Chris Coons -- [294]
Joe Donnelly -- [294]
Heidi Heitkamp -- [294]
Alex Sink -- [295]
Kesha Rogers -- [296]
California state senate Democrats -- [297]
Olivia Cajero Bedford -- [298]
Patrick Kennedy -- [300]
Tom Wolf -- [301]
Brett Husley -- [302]
Keith Farnham -- [302]
Mike Wells -- [303]
Joe Garcia -- [304]
Eric Shinseki -- [306]
Brandon Friedman -- [307]
Brian Schweitzer -- [309]
John Brennan -- [314]
LaShawn Ford -- [315]
Anna Zubkova -- [316]
Paul Reagan -- [322]
Seamus McCaffery -- [325]
Mark Warner -- [326]

 

No award was given (for various reasons) a total of forty-eight times:
[1], [2], [3], [20], [26], [35], [41], [53](awarded in comments), [69], [80], [84], [89], [103], [117], [119], [133], [151], [152], [155], [162], [163], [167], [172], [189], [193], [195], [200], [203], [210], [213], [225], [227], [233], [234], [249], [254], [263], [268], [271], [276], [283], [289], [305], [312], [319], [328].

 

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-- Chris Weigant

 

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