December 28, 2009

Idiot of the Year Nominees for 2009

trophy_000.jpgYou have gotten used to seeing my Idiot of the Week posts here each Saturday. I thought it would be fun to look through the "winners" and select one for top honors as 2009's idiot of the year. But how do we pick just one from this crowded field?

Even if 2008 can properly be remembered as the year of Sarah Palin, it wasn't like she was any less conspicuous in 2009. Granted, 2008 was when she brought down McCain's presidential campaign, but even that pales in comparison to her resignation speech in 2009. Hell, no less a figure than Keith Olbermann will likely select her as his "wackiest whack job of the year." At least, that is my prediction.

And yet, Palin did not win Idiot of the Week honors in 2009. That should give you a sense of how competitive the field was! After all, this was the year of the "birthers." Who could possibly top Palin? Oh, I don't know, how about Joe the Unlicensed Plumber, Carrie Prejean, or Pastor Wiley Drake? Not impressed yet? Okay, that's fair. I've got two words for you: Michele Bachmann.

If you are not convinced that Bachmann should be taken all that seriously, perhaps you'd feel more comfortable going with a truly powerful politician, someone like two-time Idiot of the Week winner John "the Orangeman" Boehner (see his prior win here). After all, this is the guy who inspired the tanning tax we see in the Senate health care "reform" bill. Or maybe you'd rather go with the sort of idiocy that can only be found in religion. Don't worry, I've got your Pat Robertson, James Dobson, and Bill Donohue right here. And there's always Pat Buchanan is blatant racism is more your thing.

You are starting to see what I mean by describing 2009 as a year full of contenders. Amidst this head-spinning arcade of idiocy, let me toss another name that is sure to get your attention: Ray Comfort. Blew your mind, didn't I? I mean, how can anyone be beat Ray Comfort when it comes to idiocy?

Even though he technically didn't win an Idiot of the Week award, I think that a strong case can be made for Glenn Beck as well. It is difficult to argue that any other single individual did as much as Beck to harm the political discourse in the U.S. during 2009, not that Dick Cheney wasn't out there trying. Just because you and I don't take Beck seriously doesn't mean that millions of Fox "News" viewers don't. And therein lies the problem.

What do you think? Who deserves 2009's Idiot of the Year award?