From big one-time blunders to all-out train wrecks, here are the pop culture characters that had us shaking our heads this year.
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3. Todd Akin
To keep the political ball of shame rolling, no one person torpedoed the Republican Party this past year as much as Todd Akin. He is, of course, the Missouri Congressman who came up with the one catchphrase of 2012 you did not want to be associated with—“legitimate rape.” The Senate hopeful’s controversial stance on abortion (more specifically, his views on when the pregnancy is conceived by rape) resulted in a backlash so swift it made Mitt Romney look like Melissa Etheridge. (Apologies to anyone born before 1985.) Akin ended up losing his Senate bid and a key swing state for the GOP. And everything was right with the world again.
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