Michael Tomasky has his top 19 bad Americans for the year. I agree with most on this list, and especially liked these two:
3 George Bush. There were years when he would have been higher - 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007. I'll give him a slight pass for 2001, what with the attacks and all that. In those previous years, he stole an election, started an unnecessary war, lied about it, approved torture, let a great US city drown and so on. This year he merely presided over the bankruptcy of the global economy. Twenty days and counting.
2 Sarah Palin. Does she really deserve to be this high? Never in my adult lifetime has one politician so perfectly embodied everything that is malign about my country: the proto-fascist nativism, the know-nothingism, the utterly cavalier lack of knowledge about the actual principles on which the country was founded. So, heck, you betcha she does!
As for Bush, some of his ex-aides offer their own view of the obvious: that Bush's response to Katrina completely undermined his ability to govern. Assuming he had an ability before that, of course.
I guess the only good thing is that we are under 21 days to the end of this horrible administration.