Regular readers of this column, should there be any, won't have much trouble knowing the top name on my list of least favorite people of last year. If, however, you're reading my opinions for the first time, I'll give you a hint. He has a skillfully arranged mop of unnaturally blonde hair that sits atop his orange face, accenting the untanned white skin around his eyes, making him look like a raccoon in an alternate universe. His initials are D.J. and he is, surrealistically, the current President of the United States, if God or justice hasn't intervened between the time I write these words and whenever they appear in print.
The least of the least has a skillfully arranged mop of unnaturally blonde hair that sits atop his orange face, accenting the untanned white skin around his eyes, making him look like a raccoon in an alternate universe.
Here are some my other least favorite people of 2017. (The list was depressingly easy to compile, and the space for it inadequate.)
- VP Mike Pence. I knew more than a few self-righteous religious hypocrites when I was growing up, but I never knew a slimier one than this smiling and shameless creep, nor did I ever see anyone suck up to the boss in such repellent ways.
- Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan. Words simply won't suffice, but suffice it to say that when it comes to unprincipled hypocrisy, a smug sense of entitlement, and the ability to dissemble without blushing, they just don't make 'em any worse.
- Senator Mitch McConnell. He wears his corruption on his face. Look up the word and chances are it will be accompanied by his mug shot.
- First District Congressman Doug LaMalfa. Was it the word "corruption" that made me think of him, or was it the fact that, along with ten other California Republicans, he voted to take away the income tax deduction for union dues, and to eliminate the federal tax deduction for home mortgage interest that hits those of us in California, New York, and other blue states especially hard. LaMalfa's fine, though; he'll still get his rice subsidies and campaign donations.
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Has anyone ever done haughty snottiness and an undeserved sense of personal superiority better? Sean Spicer and Anthony Scaramucci, her predecessors as White House press secretary, also deserve mention on this list of horribles.
- Dr. Tom Price. Just looking at this guy's picture makes me queasy. The high flyin' former Secretary of Health and Human Services who thought he was so important that he could chart private jets at taxpayer expense even to fly from D.C. to Philly is gone now, but we can be sure Trump will find someone equally execrable to replace him.
- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the poster boy for those stricken by Compulsive and Insatiable Avarice.
- Dr. Ben Carson, yet another Trump cabinet appointment chosen for his deep antipathy for the goals and objectives of the cabinet he was chosen to lead.
- Betsy deVos, the billionaire chosen to head up the Department of Education. Like so many of the other plutocrats and thieves Trump has put in charge of things, she brought no experience to her job and was, quite obviously, chosen because she is an avowed enemy of public schools and teachers' unions, selected for her slot to put education on the path to privatization and profit.
- Hugh Hewitt, radio and TV commentator, a white male who can make even Caucasians feel like they're not quite white enough. Around him, the most privileged white guys worry they might not quite be WASP-y enough for the better clubs.
- Jeanine Piro. It came from a reality TV courtroom and made it all the way to Fox "News" where it now sucks what passes for brains out of the heads of unsuspecting and gullible human beings who stare at it too long.
I may have to devote another column to naming another dozen or more who really shouldn't be overlooked for their contributions to general rottiness, those vultures and servants of vultures who are picking the treasury clean and converting a once great nation into an operations center for kleptocrats from all over the planet.
Suggestions welcome, though I probably won't have much trouble coming up with fascists, useful idiots, plutocrats, crooks and servile opportunists who need to be mentioned for their contributions to the sorry state of affairs we lived through last year, one that promises to be even worse this year.