Ben Shapiro
In writing my weekly column, I often get a lot of flack for being so pro-Republican. "BEN," writes one reader this week, using liberals' favorite key, the CAPS LOCK, "YOU ARE A SCHILL [sic] FOR THE REPUBLICANS!! I HOPE YOU ROT IN HELL!!" Another reader, upset that I dared to castigate esteemed intellect Michael Moore in last week's column, wrote, "I dont [sic] know how you went to Harvard, but your [sic] a dumbass."

These masterpieces of vituperative skill provoke a couple of insights. First, those who hate best invariably spell worst. Second, I'm sure glad I was able to take advantage of that Harvard Law affirmative action program for middle-class Jewish kids.

But these readers have a point. I do spend a good deal of time ripping Democrats, mainly because they are in control of Congress, the presidency and the judiciary, their leadership is firmly committed to dismantling the United States Constitution piece by piece, and they are busily leading us down the primrose path to ruin in both economic and foreign policy terms. Republicans, by contrast, deserve criticism mainly for wimping out in fighting Democrats.

Nonetheless, there are Republicans worthy of criticism. Here, then, are the five most annoying Republicans in the country. Not all of them are legislators. Not all of them are even influential. But all of them make rational people want to shove an ice pick through their eye sockets.

5. Bristol Palin. Sideshow Bristol is the mainstream media's wet dream. Because her mother is Sarah Palin, the press is only too happy to give this misguided teenager as much exposure as humanly possible. Whether she's engaged in an on-again, off-again romance with the Alaskan Kevin Federline, Levi Johnston, or telling the world that abstinence for teenagers is "unrealistic" based on her own inability to remain chaste, or shaking her hips on "Dancing With the Stars," Bristol is a never-ending nightmare for the Republican Party. It's not that she articulates Republican viewpoints badly -- it's that she just won't go away. She's the female Republican Billy Carter.

4. David Brooks. He just knows so much more than the rest of us. Like, for example, he knew that President Obama would be wonderful. Like, for example, he knows that the tea party won't matter in the long run, and that its members are narcissists and radicals. Like, for example, he knows that the American people are "moderates" who seek semi-big government and basic social liberalism such as gay marriage. He's wrong on every count, but he still gets play from the mainstream media. Why? Because he calls himself a conservative when he's really a left-leaning independent.

Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro is an attorney, a writer and a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center. He is editor-at-large of Breitbart and author of the best-selling book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV."
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