The Dignity Index: The Worst of 2008

John Edwards earns a perfect score for cheating on his cancer-stricken wife while running for president. Congrats! Score: 100

Web gossip jockey Matt Drudge posts a story about Prince Harry's deployment in Afghanistan, putting many lives, Harry's among them, in danger. Score: 84

During the summer, McCain adviser Phil Gramm says the U.S. is "a nation of whiners" and we're in a "mental re cession," not an actual one. Nice call, chump. Score: 73

In a smear that sounds even worse in retrospect, Sarah Palin goes rogue and stirs up prejudice by accusing Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists." Score: 66

During a night of clubbing, Giants star receiver Plaxico Burress tucks a gun into the waistband of his sweats and accidentally shoots himself in the thigh. Score: 39

Soundly defeated Colorado GOP Rep. Marilyn Musgrave never congratulates her election opponent and concedes defeat only weeks later—by robo-call. Score: 33

Before the clock runs out on his Super Bowl defeat, coach Bill Belichick stomps off the field, completing his evolution from sports hero to villain. Score: 11

His low moment in a lousy year: President Bush claims he quit golf in 2003 out of solidarity with the troops—but, in fact, he hit the links two months later. Score: 5