My Entry in the Mock Year End McLaughlin Group Awards, 2011

Posted on December 22, 2011 by

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5440 note: Every year since college, my best friend and I have played the Home Game along with the McLaughlin Group – the eternal political roundtable on PBS. Here is my entry for 2011 (as always, opinions are solely those of the author):

Biggest Winner of the Year: I’ll go with Pat Buchanan on this one – Radical Islam. Muslim extremists have been enabled and allowed to expand their influence and militarization.

Biggest Loser of the Year: The people of Syria, Iran, North Korea. While we cheered on and actively aided some dictatorships to be blown up (such as Libya and Egypt), we sat back and refused to even acknowledge when other, far more brutal dictatorships gunned down citizens trying to take advantage of their opportunities to throw off the shackles of oppression. We selectively, inconsistently encouraged global freedom, and we should be ashamed of our inaction. (Honorable mention for loser of the year – Gaddafi getting the bayonet up the butt.)

Best Politician of the Year: Sarah Palin reserving ALL of her political capital and keeping her powder dry. She knows her time will come (and it may be as soon as a humid August in Tampa).

Worst Politician of the Year: Shouldn’t this award be retired, awarded to Joe Biden in perpetuity?

Most Defining Moment of the Year: The firing of Joe Paterno after 46 years as head football coach at Penn State. This is the worst story ever told in major sports, college or pro. There is no doubt that the entire institution is culpable in the coverup, and dozens of boys’ lives were shattered over a period of decades. Jerry Sandusky is a monster, and everyone involved in that football program enabled him.

Best Spin of the Year: Not exactly spin, but the unraveling of the spin by the Occupy Movement by the Tea Party and other conservative activists. The occupiers were exposed as foolish, filthy and childish.

Most Boring Politician of the Year: President Obama. When his policies don’t work, he doesn’t change, he doubles down.

Most Charismatic Politician of the Year: Herman Cain. Hey, he’s gotta have charisma to keep his wife around after all that.

Bummest Rap of the Year: The Tea Party as a movement of extremists. How does calling for the US not to go bankrupt qualify as extreme?

Fairest Rap of the Year: Politifact calling the Democrats’ “Mediscare” campaign the lie of the year

Best Comeback: Dirk Novitsky, F, Dallas Mavericks. Chronically labeled as “couldn’t win the big one” and “choker”, finally won an NBA championship.

Most Original Thinker: Paul Ryan and his efforts to save us from budgetary ruin

Most Stagnant Thinker: Harry Reid – it doesn’t get any more stagnant than refusing to pass a budget for THREE YEARS. He’s the Senate Majority Leader – name me ONE THING that guy did this year. Just one. Go!

Best Photo Op: Oregon Tea Party liberating the desecrated American flag from the Occupy Portland commies.

Worst Photo Op: The Occupy Wall Street protester shitting on the NYC police car. Nothing says “I’m full of solutions, not just crazy” like a public colonic cleansing involving law enforcement.

Enough, Already (also known as the “Shut Up and Get Out Award”): Debbie Wasserman Schutz. Over before it began.

Worst Lie of the Year (a difficult choice this year as the competition is especially fierce): Every single last stupid hateful lying class warfare talking point from the DNC. Screw off.

Capitalist of the Year: Steve Jobs – lifetime achievement award, given posthumously.

Person(s) of the Year: Seal Team 6, which shamefully finished SECOND in the eponymous TIME Magazine award.

Destined for Political Stardom: Paul Ryan. Future President.

Destined for Political Oblivion: Anthony Weiner and David Wu. Good riddance, on many levels.

Best Political Theater: The reading of the United States Constitution to commence the 112th Congress. A fitting hat tip to the Tea Party that was responsible for changing the makeup of the House of Representatives.

Worst Political Theater: the fawning by the press over the Arab Spring, egged on by the Code Pinkos and Bill Ayers/Bernadette Dorn. The romanticism of our press was shameful, and helped to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to take over a large swath of the Middle East. CBS reporter Lara Logan’s rape should have been a gigantic wakeup call, but it was barely covered by the legacy media. Absolutely disgraceful.

Most Under-reported Story: The communist and anti-American underpinnings of the Occupy movement. Honorable mention to the Chinese aircraft carrier; the Chinese stealth bomber (given to them by the Clinton admin)

Most Over-reported Story:  The Republican Presidential debates. The primary season started WAY too early, and there have been 43 more debates than were necessary. When is ESPN’s presidential debate? The Food Network? MTV?

Biggest Government Waste: There were innumerable large examples, but the most public were the Obamas’ ostentatious vacations and golf outings during the Great Recession, coupled with Queen Michelle’s several dozen handmaidens. How out of touch can you be?

Best Dollar Spent: Navy Seals

Boldest Politicat Tactic: Paul Ryan and Ron Wyden (!) teaming up to try to save Medicare. I don’t know if it will work or if it’s a good idea, but working together in this political environment takes guts.

Best Idea of 2011: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker standing tall with his common sense budget ideas, in the face of ungodly denigration and abuse from the public employee unions.

Worst Idea of 2011: So. Many. Choices. Let’s go with Solyndra and the Volt, as shining examples of why the government doesn’t belong in private industry.

Sorry to See You Go:  My friend Julie Laughridge. A remarkable woman.

15 Minutes of Fame: Hank Johnson, D-GA. Here’s hoping his 15 minutes last forever. Comedy gold.

Turncoat of the Year: Every Republican who chose to stop fighting and cut a deal in the debt ceiling debate, the government shutdown debate, the payroll tax holiday extension, etc etc etc …

Most Honest Person of the Year: Victor Davis Hanson. Required reading.

Most Overrated Person, Event, or Story of the Year: Ron Paul. King of the straw poll.

Most Underrated Person, Event, or Story of the Year: Fast and Furious. Eric Holder should already be in jail. This will be the Watergate of Milhouse’s administration.

Grade the Planet (A through F, pluses and minuses accepted): A, if we can save America as the Shining City On The Hill.

Macroprediction: SCOTUS will strike down the individual mandate.

New Year’s Resolution: To get paid for all this political activity.

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