Nominations Open For Year-End Awards

[ Posted Monday, December 6th, 2021 – 16:00 UTC ]

It is December once again, so we're going to have to take care of some year-end business today. And tomorrow too, for that matter.

Let's begin with that -- our tentative schedule for the month. Today, we'll be throwing open the nominations for the first half of our year-end awards, so feel free to peruse the categories listed below and send your thoughts as to who you think deserves any of them. I didn't start asking for public nominations during the first years these columns ran, but I have been more than impressed at the quality of suggestions I've gotten since I have, so I do encourage everyone to suggest nominees! I take them all very seriously (except for the ones that make me burst out laughing, of course).

Tomorrow will be the kickoff of the annual pledge drive, where we mesmerize you with cute kittens in the hopes of convincing you to open your wallets. Yes, this is absolutely shameless, but it seems to work pretty well, so that's on tap for tomorrow (fair warning!).

Two Fridays from now -- the 17th -- we will pre-empt the regular Friday Talking Points column and instead run the first of the year-end awards columns. These are insanely long (due to the plethora of categories) and also take an insane amount of research and preparation, since I have to review the entire year's worth of political news (and my own columns).

At some point (most likely the following Monday, the 20th), I will ask for nominations for the second half of these categories.

Christmas Eve -- or perhaps Thursday the 23rd, which would free up Christmas Eve, when nobody's going to be reading politics anyway -- I will run the second of these year-end award columns, so either way there will be no new Friday Talking Points column.

I don't really have any idea what I'll be doing here the week between Christmas and New Year's, I may have the energy to write columns (at least at the start of the week) and I may just re-run old "from the archive" columns, but I can't commit to much of anything at this point. Also, it is almost certain that there will be no Friday Talking Points on New Year's Eve, since I already have plans for that day, sorry.

On Monday, January 3rd, I will write my annual "Banished Words" column, just to kick of the new year with a laugh.

So that's what you can expect here for the remainder of the year, at least in terms of schedule disruptions to our daily columns.

With all that out of the way, let's dive right in to the first half of our awards categories. If you need inspiration, perhaps checking out last year's column might help.

Biggest Winner of 2021

Biggest Loser of 2021

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

Don't forget, these are just half the available awards, so there will be plenty of other chances for people or events or what-have-you to win some sort of award. In any case, the nominations are now open! Let me know your ideas, and in two weeks I'll let you know mine.

-- Chris Weigant


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12 Comments on “Nominations Open For Year-End Awards”

  1. [1] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    january 6th

  2. [2] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:


    I second these.

  3. [3] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:


  4. [4] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I second those choices, too, Joshua!

  5. [5] 
    andygaus wrote:

    No question about worst photo op: Thomas Massie (R-KY)'s family portrait with everybody holding guns.

    Most stagnant thinker: Madison Cawthorn's description of women as "earthen vessels," apparently unaware that he himself is a chamber pot.

    Biggest winner: authoritarianism
    Biggest loser: democracy

  6. [6] 
    andygaus wrote:

    Enough already: "Latinx." It is not much used or favored by the people in question, and the only good thing about it is that now we have a rhyme for Kleenex.

  7. [7] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    there are already lots of other rhymes for kleenex,
    it just takes a little creativity, like some folks have never seen sex,
    they just sit there blowing gas and taking bean-o for that bean-x
    prob'ly eatin' too much ham and green eggs
    cryin' over their old teen ex
    living back in their hackensacks and teanecks,
    like a mouse hiding from a T-rex,
    i could go on but who knows where we would be next,
    we all refugees and rejects.


  8. [8] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Very nice!

  9. [9] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Reminds me of a scene in Out of Africa ...

  10. [10] 
    Chris Weigant wrote:

    nypoet22 -

    Every once in a while, you live up to your moniker with style...


    as for everyone else, keep those ideas coming!


  11. [11] 
    andygaus wrote:

    Best politician: Nancy Pelosi

    Worst politician: GosarGohmertGaetzJordanGreene

    Most defining political moment: passage of the Georgia
    law that lets the legislature throw out the popular vote

    Turncoat of the year: Do we have to ask?

    Most boring: Mitch McConnell

    Most charismatic: Pete Buttigieg

    Bummest rap: Kamala Harris's old-fashioned headphones (since earbuds are a security risk)

    Fairest rap: Biden's Afghanistan exit

    Best comeback: COVID-19 (best job of coming back, not best thing that came back)

    Best photo op: Bernie Sanders warmly dressed at the inauguration

    Worst lie: Do we have to ask?

    Capitalist of the year: Elon Musk

    Honorable mention: Chris Wallace, Liz Cheney

    Person of the year: Joe Manchin, for all the wrong reasons

  12. [12] 
    andygaus wrote:

    Most original thinker: Elizabeth Warren, for not only trying to save the post office but to expand postal banking

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