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The Worst Qualities in Politicians

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Vote UP the characteristics that you hate the most.

Let's face it: politics can really bring out the worst in people, especially elected officials. Even the greatest politicians in history have had qualities that were horrible - or at best, really annoying. George Washington owned slaves, Teddy Roosevelt was an inveterate racist, Winston Churchill was a depressive alcoholic, and so on.

Just as every person has things about them that are good and bad, so too do the politicians we elect. Some of these qualities are criminal, sending politicians to prison for taking bribes, committing crimes, or exerting undue privilege. Others are just personality quirks or traits that some people find irritating. That irritation is heightened by the visibility and responsibilities of public office.

This list rounds up some of the worst qualities in politicians - from the merely annoying to the downright criminal. Vote up the most disgusting characteristics in lawmakers below! And if we missed any traits that really irritate you, be sure to add them to the list!

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  • Corruption
    1

    Corruption

  • Dishonesty
    2

    Dishonesty

  • Unethical
    3

    Unethical

  • Blaming Others
    4

    Blaming Others

  • Greed
    5

    Greed

  • Hypocrisy
    6

    Hypocrisy

  • Bad Judgement
    7

    Bad Judgement

  • Selfishness
    8

    Selfishness

  • Short-Sightedness
    9

    Short-Sightedness

  • Evasive
    10

    Evasive

  • Taking Credit for Everything
    11

    Taking Credit for Everything

  • Arrogance
    12

    Arrogance

  • Indecisiveness
    13

    Indecisiveness

  • Lack of Convictions
    14

    Lack of Convictions

  • Warmongering
    15

    Warmongering

  • Mean-Spirited
    16

    Mean-Spirited

  • Vengeful
    17

    Vengeful

  • Racist
    18

    Racist

  • Lack of Empathy
    19

    Lack of Empathy

  • Laziness
    20

    Laziness

  • Smugness
    21

    Smugness

  • Paranoia
    22

    Paranoia

  • Poor Communication Skills
    23

    Poor Communication Skills

  • Pomposity
    24

    Pomposity

  • Reactionary
    25

    Reactionary