Steve Gilliard threw together his list of "Ten Worst Americans" in response to a Rightie list that included Bill Clinton. Here's his list:
1) Benedict Arnold
2) Father Coughlin
3) Jefferson Davis
4) Nathan Bedford Forrest
5) George Wallace
6) Jesse Helms
7) Dick Cheney
8) Richard Nixon
9) Joseph McCarthy
10) DC "Steve" Stephenson
I'll confess I had to look up numbers 2, 4 and 10 on wikipedia. Bad guys to be sure. Coughlin was sort of the original televangelist—except the anti-Semitic supervillian version. Forrest is a Confederate general who started the KKK. And Stephenson was a brutal Klansmen from the 20s. All evil dudes to be sure, but the fact that I'd never heard of them, means I gotta pull 'em from my list.
I'd have to have George W. Bush on my list.
And I'd like to see Lee Harvey Oswald, John Wilkes Booth and James Earl Ray in as a special 3 for the price of 1.
I'll go with Col. John Chivington as number 10. The Calvary commander responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre. I can't say he was the worst particular guy regarding the mistreatment of Native Americans, but he gets to represent 'em on my list.
Narrowly cut? Fred Phelps, Karl Rove, Richard Mellon Scaife, Timothy McViegh.