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Year-End Nominations Are Now Open

[ Posted Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 – 17:51 UTC ]

For the next two Fridays we will present our annual year-end awards, as usual. Last year, I opened the nomination field up to readers to see who you would consider for each award category, and I got some excellent suggestions, so I thought I'd do the same this time around, too.

It certainly has been an interesting year (in the "may you live in interesting times" curse sense of the word), so I'm sure everyone has their own ideas about who deserves an award this time around the sun. So think back over the last 12 months and let me know who you'd consider worthy of any of the following award categories. You can also look back to last year's columns (Part 1 and Part 2) to see who won the last time around.

Here are the categories for Part 1:

Biggest Winner of 2016

Biggest Loser of 2016

Best Politician

Worst Politician

Most Defining Political Moment

Turncoat Of The Year

Most Boring

Most Charismatic

Bummest Rap

Fairest Rap

Best Comeback

Most Original Thinker

Most Stagnant Thinker

Best Photo Op

Worst Photo Op

Enough Already!

Worst Lie

Capitalist Of The Year

Honorable Mention

Person Of The Year

And here is the list of categories for Part 2:

Destined For Political Stardom

Destined For Political Oblivion

Best Political Theater

Worst Political Theater

Worst Political Scandal

Most Underreported Story

Most Overreported Story

Biggest Government Waste

Best Government Dollar Spent

Boldest Political Tactic

Best Idea

Worst Idea

Sorry To See You Go

15 Minutes Of Fame

Best Spin

Most Honest Person

Most Overrated

Most Underrated

The final category is not an award, but rather a chance to make predictions about the year to come. What do you think will happen in 2018? Here's your chance to predict it in advance!

So take a moment or two to review the whole year (not just the past few months), and see who you can come up with for any or all of these categories. And then join us for the next two Fridays to see who gets the nod....

-- Chris Weigant

 

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60 Comments on “Year-End Nominations Are Now Open”

  1. [1] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    AWARDS!?!
    There has to be a better name than awards as few people in politics or the media deserve anything resembling an award.

    So I nominate calling this the year-end awards as the Worst Idea.

    And I nominate One Demand as the Best Idea, Boldest Political Tactic and (and this should go without saying or dissent) as THE MOST UNDERREPORTED STORY!(though at this point that should be a lifetime achievement designation)

    And for the Most Defining Political Moment I nominate every time you read one of my comments about One Demand and decide not to write about One Demand or even explain why you won't write about One Demand.

    Every day you have another chance to define your own political moment and correct a mistake or oversight and do the right thing.

  2. [2] 
    Paula wrote:

    Biggest Winner: Vladimir Putin
    Biggest Loser: USA

    Most Defining Political Moment: The Women's March

  3. [3] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    If there were a category for most predictable nominations it would be tough to pick a winner between Paula and me.

  4. [4] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Don, you are SUCH a downer. I'm going to have to think up a new name for you ...

    I'm still without email, in case anyone cares.

  5. [5] 
    Michale wrote:

    If there were a category for most predictable nominations it would be tough to pick a winner between Paula and me.

    Word... :D

    531

  6. [6] 
    Michale wrote:

    I'm still without email, in case anyone cares.

    No wonder I haven't gotten any responses.. :D

    Whaa happened???

    532

  7. [7] 
    Michale wrote:

    Most Fleeting Political Idea

    Better jobs, better deal, better pizza

    When I said at the time what a lame joke it was, turned out I was dead on ballz accurate...

    533

  8. [8] 
    TheStig wrote:

    Biggest Winner: Donald Trump

    Biggest Loser: Donald Trump

    Sorry to See You Go: Al Franken

    Most Boring: Mitch McConnell

    Worst Political Theater: Disney Hall of Presidents ;)

    Best Spin: Russian Orphans

    Sorry to see you go: Glaciers

    Best Government Dollar Spent: Medicare Silver Sneakers Gym Memberships

    Worst Idea: Clean Coal

    Best Idea: Heat the White House With Plenty of Clean Coal, Including All Fire Places.

    15 Minutes of Fame: Anthony Scaramucci

    Worst Idea: OneDemand (I shop local!)

    Worst Photo Op http://2.media.collegehumor.cvcdn.com/91/88/de7132b11bef832f8a1c58ffb52320b2-2.jpg

  9. [9] 
    Michale wrote:

    Liz,

    You wonder why things have gotten so bad around here???

    Worst Idea: OneDemand (I shop local!)

    Look no further than TS... :^/

  10. [10] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    "Don, you are SUCH a downer."

    "And LOVING it!"
    -Maxwell Smart

    The problem with politics is a universal problem. Often when people complain about a problem they are looking for sympathy instead of a solution.

    When presented with an actual solution to their problem they respond by saying but your solution requires ME to change what I am doing which is not a suitable solution. I want a solution that allows me to continue to do what I am doing and get a different result.

    Unfortunately there are people willing to pretend to sympathize and offer false solutions and people keep falling for it.

    So while pointing this out can be a downer, it is necessary.

    And at this point it is all I seem to have. And now even you are complaining?

    How about a little sympathy?

    "I'm going to have to think up a new name for you."

    I already changed Voucher Vendetta to One Demand and now you want me to change MY name?

    Sorry. I am perfectly satisfied with Don Harris, SUUUPER-GENIUS. (with apologies to Wyle E. Coyote)

  11. [11] 
    Michale wrote:

    The problem with politics is a universal problem. Often when people complain about a problem they are looking for sympathy instead of a solution.

    And that's the problem in a nutshell..

    Big Money in politics is universally decried by both Partys...

    But *ONLY* as it applies to the other Party...

    Big Money in one's OWN Party is perfectly acceptable..

  12. [12] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    I second TS on nominating One Demand as the Worst Idea. I encourage all commenters to urge CW to give One Demand this "award".

  13. [13] 
    Michale wrote:

    I second TS on nominating One Demand as the Worst Idea. I encourage all commenters to urge CW to give One Demand this "award".

    hehehehe

    I see what you did there. :D

    540

  14. [14] 
    Don Harris wrote:

    Michale-
    How did you figure that out?
    You must be a super-genius, too! :D

  15. [15] 
    Paula wrote:

    Most Defining Political Moment: Orrin Hatch bribes Bob Corker in Tax Heist of 2017.

    Second Most Defining: Blotus lets Puerto Rico wither away.

    Turncoat of the Year: Tie between Blotus and Paul-the-Liar-Ryan

    Bummest Rap: Al Franken (who is worth 10x every stinking Republican traitor in Congress.

    Biggest Gov waste: Secret service and transporation cost so that Blotus can golf nearly every weekend and take bribes from lobbyists and Russia.

    Fairest Rap: Orrin Hatch bribed Bob Corker, and Bob Corker took the bribe.

  16. [16] 
    Michale wrote:

    Most Defining Political Moment: Orrin Hatch bribes Bob Corker in Tax Heist of 2017.

    Of course, you didn't mind when Odumbo used bribes to pass the abortion that was OdumboCare...

    Second Most Defining: Blotus lets Puerto Rico wither away.

    What happened to PR in the aftermath of the hurricane was solely and unequivocally the fault of the incompetence of the Dumbocrat-style leadership....

    Bummest Rap: Al Franken (who is worth 10x every stinking Republican traitor in Congress.

    Yer own Dumbocrats forced Franken out.. Funny how ya don't want to mention that..

    Biggest Gov waste: Secret service and transporation cost so that Blotus can golf nearly every weekend and take bribes from lobbyists and Russia.

    As to Odumbo golfing nearly every weekend while he was running this country into the ground..

    You didn't have a problem with Presidents who golf when a -D is doing it...

    Fairest Rap: Orrin Hatch bribed Bob Corker, and Bob Corker took the bribe.

    Corn Husker Kickback.. Louisiana Purchase....

    Want to talk about those bribes??

    Of course you don't because you don't CARE when there are bribes.. You just don't like it when Republicans do it...

    543

  17. [17] 
    Michale wrote:

    Michale-
    How did you figure that out?
    You must be a super-genius, too! :D

    I have my moments... :D

    544

  18. [18] 
    Michale wrote:

    Fairest Rap:

    Clintons being kicked to the curb by some in the Democrat Party....

    Interesting to note...

    Hillary is the de-facto leader of the Dumbocrat Party and her approval numbers are LOWER than President Trump's... :D

    I can understand why Paula blocks me..

    Facts are painful things... :D

    545

  19. [19] 
    Michale wrote:

    President Trump,

    Trump administration finds success in bringing home Americans detained abroad
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/20/trump-administration-finds-success-in-bringing-home-americans-detained-abroad.html

    Making DON'T MESS WITH THE U.S. a thing again...

    Shrill hysterical cries of "TRUMP DIDN'T DO THAT!!! THAT WAS ALL OBAMA!!!" in 3.....2.....1......

    546

  20. [20] 
    Paula wrote:

    Best Photo: Blotus' poor turnout for inauguration next to Obama's HUGE turnout.

    Worst lie: that Blotus is a populist.

    Enough Already!: Stories about deplorables in which pundits try to claim Trumpers voted Trump because of economic anxiety instead of because they are brainwashed nazi bootlicking Putin-loving idiots,

    Sorry to see you go: our democracy.

    Most underrated: the depth of Republican hollow, dishonest, self-interested cowardice, duplicity and failure to uphold the standards they took oaths to defend.

    Destined for political oblivion (and historical shame): the GOP.

  21. [21] 
    Paula wrote:

    Most Overreported Story: The lie that Republicans care about the deficit.

  22. [22] 
    Michale wrote:

    What if Al Franken unresigns?
    http://theweek.com/articles/744089/what-al-franken-unresigns/

    What did I tell you...

    Forcing FrakIt to resign had NOTHING to do with "zero tolerance" or sexual assaults or anything..

    It was PURE UNADULTERATED political maneuvering...

    Dumbocrats are PERFECTLY OK with sexual harassments and sexual assaults... Until such time as it becomes politically inconvenient..

    Then... and ONLY then... do they deploy the "Zero Tolerance" bullshit...

    547

  23. [23] 
    Michale wrote:

    Destined for political oblivion (and historical shame): the GOP.

    FUnny.. You said the EXACT SAME THING before the 2016 elections.. :D

    You need to stop confusing "predictions" with "wishful thinking"... :D

    548

  24. [24] 
    Balthasar wrote:

    As I told my brother yesterday, Franken should say, "I'll agree to resign if, and only if, Trump also resigns." There were more accusers against Trump, with more serious accusations, so fair is fair.

  25. [25] 
    Michale wrote:

    As I told my brother yesterday, Franken should say, "I'll agree to resign if, and only if, Trump also resigns." There were more accusers against Trump, with more serious accusations, so fair is fair.

    Trump's accusers were politically motivated, as evidenced by the FACT that they disappeared when it was politically advisable and re-appeared under the same conditions...

    There were no political motivations for Franken's accusers.

    This is fact that no amount of Party slavery can erase..

    549

  26. [26] 
    Paula wrote:

    Most Overrated: General Kelly

  27. [27] 
    Paula wrote:

    Second most overrated: Bernie Sanders, who's done nothing in particular for the resistance. He introduced a single payer bill everyone knew would go nowhere for the time being, and he's done some speeches making obvious points about the perfidy of republican criminal acts. All well and good. But in terms of "leading a revolution!" - he isn't and hasn't.

    Not saying he's terrible. Just saying he's overrated.

  28. [28] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    Program Note Interlude -

    OK, just updated the pledge drive graphic, after some donations trickled in recently...

    We've still got a ways to go to clear our costs for next year, and no, the GOP tax bill isn't going to help CW.com, so we've still got to pay the bills and keep the lights on in 2018...

    Do I have to bust out the kittens again? Do I?

    "Why oh why haven't you donated yet?"

    Heh. Sorry for the hard-sell, we now return you to your previously scheduled comment thread. And (for those who have managed to stay on topic), thanks for all the great suggestions so far!

    :-)

    -CW

  29. [29] 
    neilm wrote:

    Biggest Winner of 2017: Obamacare
    Biggest Loser of 2017: Republican credibility on policy
    Best Politician: Cory Booker
    Worst Politician: Roy Moore
    Most Defining Political Moment: When 'Repeal & Replace Obamacare' finally died
    Turncoat Of The Year: John Kelly
    Most Boring: Nancy Pelosi
    Most Charismatic: Bernie Sanders
    Bummest Rap: Al Franken
    Fairest Rap: Roy Moore
    Best Comeback: Doug Jones
    Most Original Thinker:
    Most Stagnant Thinker: Paul Ryan
    Best Photo Op:
    Worst Photo Op: Inauguration - empty fields
    Enough Already!: Obamacare is a disaster
    Worst Lie: Tax cut will raise Trump's taxes
    Capitalist Of The Year: Jeff Bezos
    Honorable Mention: Gavin Newsome
    Person Of The Year: Xi Jinping

  30. [30] 
    goode trickle wrote:

    Okay Last comment of the year...

    Holidays to be spent OCONUS :(

    Most Boring - Ted Cruz

    Most Charismatic - Trump. Like it our not he certainly galvanized the nation across fault lines.

    Enough Already - Fake News...

    Most Underreported Story - Trumps failure to drain the swamp

    Biggest Government Waste - Private airline flights for cabinet officials or the money spent on Pruits security and office. I am torn.

    Best Government Dollar Spent - medicare and Social security...but mostly Medicare, the most efficent insurance system in the country.

    15 Minutes Of Fame - Scaramuchi- or is that to low hanging?

    happy hanakwanzmas all....be safe and happy. See you in the new year.

  31. [31] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Biggest Winner of 2017: Obamacare

    Really? Didn't the Republicans just effectively kill it?

  32. [32] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    @CW

    still waiting for puppies.

    JL

  33. [33] 
    Michale wrote:

    Really? Didn't the Republicans just effectively kill it?

    That they did...

  34. [34] 
    neilm wrote:

    Biggest Winner of 2017: Obamacare

    Really? Didn't the Republicans just effectively kill it?

    Not in CA ... but it was the increase in popularity I was alluding to.

    Plus, if somebody evil kills something that is regarded as a winner, it usually isn't a big plus for the murderer.

  35. [35] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Why not in CA?

  36. [36] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I mean, without the individual mandate, won't insurance premiums skyrocket, even in CA?

  37. [37] 
    neilm wrote:
  38. [38] 
    Michale wrote:

    I mean, without the individual mandate, won't insurance premiums skyrocket, even in CA?

    Yep.. The mandate was the ONLY thing that made TrainWreckCare at least SEEM viable..

    Without the mandate, TrainWreckCare won't last a year...

    Neil is simply spinning...

    He still thinks TrainWreckCare is a winner, which it NEVER was...

    It's a huge lose for the Democrat Party and will be going down in flames just in time for the mid terms..

    553

  39. [39] 
    Michale wrote:

    neilm wrote:

    [ Permalink ]
    [ Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 at 20:53 PST ]

    Neil is speechless!!!! :D

    563

  40. [40] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    It's a huge lose for the Democrat Party and will be going down in flames just in time for the mid terms..

    It's a huge loss for anyone who needs healthcare. Which is, ah, everyone.

  41. [41] 
    Michale wrote:

    It's a huge loss for anyone who needs healthcare. Which is, ah, everyone.

    Growing pains...

    Forcing people to buy something they may or may not use is Un-American...

    568

  42. [42] 
    neilm wrote:

    Neil is speechless!!!! :D

    :)

    I was trying to embed an image in a comment like CW did of the kitten in comment 28 - but it was an epic fail.

  43. [43] 
    neilm wrote:

    Forcing people to buy something they may or may not use is Un-American...

    Really, then why am I forced to buy a pile of military equipment that is way beyond our needs to defend our nation?

  44. [44] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Forcing people to buy something they may or may not use is Un-American...

    Unfortunately, ignorance is very American.

  45. [45] 
    Michale wrote:

    Really, then why am I forced to buy a pile of military equipment that is way beyond our needs to defend our nation?

    For example...?????

    Unfortunately, ignorance is very American.

    Funny how it is only when yer chosen candidates lose.. :D

    Isn't it possible that other factors are in play?? :D

  46. [46] 
    Michale wrote:

    I was trying to embed an image in a comment like CW did of the kitten in comment 28 - but it was an epic fail.

    Yea, I have given up on figuring out that.. It appears it's only of the gods.. :D

  47. [47] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Isn't it possible that other factors are in play?? :D

    You mean, besides ignorance? Well, how about denial and stubbornness and an chronic unwillingness to learn.

    All very American traits ...

  48. [48] 
    Michale wrote:

    You mean, besides ignorance? Well, how about denial and stubbornness and an chronic unwillingness to learn.

    Yes, but we're past the Obama Administration now... :D

    All very American traits ...

    Yes, they are.. But, as I said, that's in the past.. Hopefully we will never be cursed with a Democrat government again... :D

  49. [49] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I'll be happy enough to see the day when you understand the concept of healthcare.

  50. [50] 
    Michale wrote:

    I'll be happy enough to see the day when you understand the concept of healthcare.

    I understand the concept of healthcare..

    It's NOT a right...

  51. [51] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Care to elaborate on that, Michale?

    If healthcare isn't a right, then what is it?

  52. [52] 
    Michale wrote:

    I am not sure what you are asking, Liz...

    Gun ownership is a right...

    Freedom of speech is a right..

    Freedom of (and FROM) religion is a right..

    Getting a boob job is not a right.. Although, sometimes I wish it was... If you catch my meaning.. :D

    594

  53. [53] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    So, Michale, you are unable to tell me what you think healthcare is and who should have it?

  54. [54] 
    Michale wrote:

    So, Michale, you are unable to tell me what you think healthcare is and who should have it?

    That's like asking me what the sky is... Unless you can give me some context, I am unable to answer..

    As to who should have it???

    Again, it's a non-sequitor question..

    Let me ask YOU a question..

    Why do you think that everyone should have health care???

  55. [55] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Well, you say healthcare is not a right.

    Fair enough.

    But, that implies that not everyone in America should expect to receive healthcare, for whatever reason, because it's not guaranteed that everyone should have healthcare.

    Embedded in most of your arguments against Obamacare or, I would assume, any government run healthcare system, is that not everyone NEEDS healthcare and why then should they have to buy something that they don't need or want ...

    That, to me, highlights a fundamental misunderstanding of what healthcare is and who should have it.

    If you want to live in a thriving and healthy society, then you must understand that anyone who is alive needs healthcare and that all Americans should have healthcare - at least basic healthcare.

    In other words, basic healthcare ( we can define basic another time) is essential to maintain the health of a person, community and country.

    When millions of people in a country such as the United States do not have healthcare because they believe they don't need it or because they can't afford it, then you have a country that will not be able to achieve its full potential in terms of greatness.

  56. [56] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Why do you think that everyone should have health care???

    Everyone should have healthcare in order to maintain their health and to protect their health from outside, uncontrollable sources of ill-health and to treat conditions that render their health below optimum levels and to ensure that their remaining days on this earth are as bearable as possible ...

    Why would anyone NOT need healthcare?

  57. [57] 
    Michale wrote:

    But, that implies that not everyone in America should expect to receive healthcare, for whatever reason, because it's not guaranteed that everyone should have healthcare.

    Replace "healthcare" with "happiness" and you'll understand where I am coming from...

  58. [58] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Thanks for nothing, Michale.

  59. [59] 
    Michale wrote:

    I tried.. :D

  60. [60] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Next time, try harder.

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