Nominations Open For Second Round Of Year-End Awards

[ Posted Thursday, December 16th, 2021 – 16:51 UTC ]

The timing of this article is not coincidental. I am punting on writing a new column today because I am already hard at work on tomorrow's column, which (as always) will be an absolute tome. With 20 categories to cover, it's going to be a long read, just to warn everyone in advance.

I do have an update on the holiday schedule, however. I am moving up the date for Part 2 of the awards, which I had originally slotted in for next Friday. But next Friday is Christmas Eve, meaning many readers wouldn't even have the chance to read it until the next day, which is Christmas morning.

This, obviously, is a bad idea. So instead, we're moving the schedule up a day, and Part 2 of the year-end awards will appear next Thursday, the 23rd. This seems like a better idea for all concerned. There will then be no column on the 24th and I still won't commit to posting anything original next week (except for, whenever it appears, my roundup of the banished words list). I will post re-run articles, but that's as far as I'm going to promise (I need a vacation too!).

In any case, take a look at the awards categories below for next week's column and please offer up your nominations. There are a lot of them, so there's usually some award category that anyone worthy can be fit into. If you'd like to review, you can check out last year's column to see who got what back then.

And, as always throughout the holiday season, please consider donating to the site. Our annual pledge drive is off to a very slow start this year for some reason, so we do encourage you to give if you can afford it and are a regular reader of the site. Just click on the thermometer graphic at the head of this column and it'll take you to the donation page.

In any case, here are the categories for next week's final segment of the year-end awards. Please let me know your ideas down in the comments.

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

Worst Spin

Most Honest Person

Biggest Liar

Most Overrated

Most Underrated


-- Chris Weigant


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18 Comments on “Nominations Open For Second Round Of Year-End Awards”

  1. [1] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Destined For Political Stardom: Ilhan Omar

    Destined For Political Oblivion: Mike Pence

    Best Political Theater: texas legislators fleeing the state to lobby washington on voting rights.

    Worst Political Theater: January 6

    Worst Political Scandal: Andrew Cuomo's near impeachment and subsequent resignation.

    Most Underreported Story: Biden promised bipartisanship and he actually freakin' delivered!

    Most Overreported Story: all things tom brady

    Biggest Government Waste: california recall

    Best Government Dollar Spent: child tax credit

    Boldest Political Tactic: american rescue plan

    Best Idea: ranked choice voting

    Worst Idea: let parents decide if their kids should have to wear masks in school with other kids who they could potentially infect.

    Sorry To See You Go: bob dole

    to be continued...

  2. [2] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Most Underrated

    has to go to the handful of Country over Party Patriots like Kemp, Raffensberger, Pence, Cheney and Kinzinger (oh can we please trade Manchinema for Cheyney and Kinzinger, pretty please?)

    Guys, it was that close! A handful of Republicans in the right spot at the right time helped save the Republic, if we can keep it.

  3. [3] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:


    And I'm 100% on board with the Child Tax Credit as Best Government Dollars Spent. And Stimulus checks are a close second.

  4. [4] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    And nypoet22 I don't think anybody outside of the state gives a bleep about Andrew Coumo.

  5. [5] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    ... or his brother, Chris. Heh.

  6. [6] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Whatever, Elizabeth. Caint relate to no Cuomo from New York.

  7. [7] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    I've decided that I'm not talkin' to you ...

  8. [8] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    Can you think of a bigger scandal that caused a more powerful politician to resign this year? And a prime time anchor fired to boot (thanks liz)

  9. [9] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Elizabeth, you're not talking to moi? Or nypoet22?

    Here's a category nomination,

    Joe Biden's Letter Grade for his First Eleven Months and WHY you chose that grade.

  10. [10] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Yes, you ... not until you come out to another Sunday night. Which probably won't be until the New Year.

    I'm kidding!


  11. [11] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    Yeah, well I'm not the only one who didn't show up, Miss Before You Accuse Me.

  12. [12] 
    MtnCaddy wrote:

    You're right. We're running out of Sunday nights.

  13. [13] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    15 Minutes Of Fame: jake angeli

    Best Spin: in first committee hearing, capitol police officer accurately labels january 6th attackers "terrorists"

    Worst Spin: amy coney barrett doth protest too much

    Most Honest Person: arnold schwartzenegger. i'm not a huge fan, but in his speech after january 6th he both tells it like it is and reveals some very personal pain.

    Biggest Liar: jim jordan (self-explanatory)

    still thinking about Most Overrated, Most Underrated and Predictions


  14. [14] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:


    You're right. I'm guilty as charged.

    On Sunday January 2nd I'll be there - hope you will be, too!

    'cause it's never the same without you!

  15. [15] 
    andygaus wrote:

    Worst spin: voter-suppression laws offered as "protecting the integrity of the vote"

  16. [16] 
    nypoet22 wrote:

    overrated: manchin and synema's influence. if pelosi could clone herself, kidnap chuck schumer and have her clone put on a chuck schumer suit, they'd both be in line within a week.

    underrated: YELLEN! she's been threading the needle pretty well between recession and inflation, yet all the biden administration gets is flack. price changes are mostly because of supply chain issues, not federal fiscal policy. the recovery has actually been extremely strong. which leads to...

    prediction #1: as the roaring demand flattens out and supply clogs clear up, prices level off or even come back down.

    prediction #2: the vote margins stay almost exactly the same as last year, but republicans retake the house anyway on the back of new state voting laws and gerrymandering.

  17. [17] 
    Elizabeth Miller wrote:

    Are you trying to depress me, Joshua?

  18. [18] 
    nypoet22 wrote:


    what's depressing about lower prices?

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