Person of the Year?

Many other news organizations are starting their person of the year polls. As expected, Obama and the usual lefties are at the top of the lists. Who would be the Richochet “Person of the Year”?  Nominations please, and voting (by liking the comment). 

 Addendum 12/21:  Leading choices based on comments:  Scott Walker, John Galt, Julia (and/or government dependents, e.g. the 47%).  Read the justifications below.

  1. Joseph Paquette

    Ted Cruz, senator elect from Texas. 

  2. Paul Dougherty

    Sandra Fluke, to our national shame.

  3. Illiniguy

    Julia

  4. tabula rasa

    Jacques Barzun, the great French-born American writer and scholar, who died in October at age 104.  He was an academic who wrote in the language of the  common reader.

    His masterpiece, From Dawn to Decadence, is perhaps the greatest history of the highlights and lowlights of Western culture (he was 94 when it was published).  He documented the descent of Western art and culture into modern-day decadence.

    In Roger Kimball’s words, he also wrote about how these forces have beset society and politics:  

    One result is what Barzun refers to as the “Great Switch,” “the reversal of Liberalism into its opposite.”  If Liberalism originally ‘triumphed on the principle that the best government is that which governs least,” today “for all the western nations political wisdom has recast the idea of liberty into liberality.” The universalization and extension of the welfare state has nurtured a culture of entitlement.  What began in an access of largesse ends in an explosion of regulation and hectoring scrutiny. . . . By the late twentieth century, Barzun noted, “the ideal of Pluralism had disintegrated and Separatism took its place.” [New Criterion, December 2012]

    Fascinating idea: liberal, decadent thought turns us into tribes.  Seems right.

  5. WI Con

    How about some categories of conservatives:

    politician- Ted Cruz of Texas

    media – TV, John Stossel

    media – online, Bill Whittle

    media print – Krauthammer

    think tank – Jonah Goldberg AEI

    pundit – Michael Barone

    Talk Radio – Dennie Prager

    blogger – Powerline John Hinderacker

    Conservative Actor – Jon Voight

    Conservative Actress – ?

  6. tabula rasa
    WI Con: How about some categories of conservatives:

    politician- Ted Cruz of Texas

    media – TV, John Stossel

    media – online, Bill Whittle

    media print – Krauthammer

    think tank – Jonah Goldberg AEI

    pundit – Michael Barone

    Talk Radio – Dennie Prager

    blogger – Powerline John Hinderacker

    Conservative Actor – Jon Voight

    Conservative Actress – ? · 0 minutes ago

    Half cat/half human political commentary:  Casey

  7. Innocent Smith

    Person of the year seems like the yearly “most beautiful woman in America,” who is always some sort of PC choice, in my opinion.  The entire concept is ridiculous.  As a general rule, we are attracted to people who look like us…  white people might find a fair skinned blonde to be the most beautiful woman, asians an asian, africans a really dark black lady, american-blacks probably a lighter skinned black lady, indians an indian woman and so on.  The notion of a “most beautiful” woman is insane.  Same goes for person of the year. 

    Meh.  I think the whole thing is silly.  There are a lot of great people, but there is no person of the year.

    That said, my vote goes to Obama.  ;)  I’m with ~paules on this one.  If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

  8. Mr. Bildo

    People of the Year: Government Dependents

  9. Paul Dougherty
    Mr. Bildo: People of the Year: Government Dependents · 10 minutes ago

    The 47%?

  10. Fred Cole

    What is the criteria for this?

    Time’s criteria is

    for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.

  11. Innocent Smith
    Fred Cole:

    Time’s criteria is

    for better or for worse, …has done the most to influence the events of the year.

    Based on this criteria, do you think that you would still have to – as Peter suggested – vote for Obama?  I’m not trying to hate on the guy, here, but from a purely objective stance, what has he done?  He hasn’t had any ideas that aren’t pure mainstream liberal.  He hasn’t come up with any new way to present it – MSNBC does that every day.  He hasn’t actually done anything.  The only thing remarkable about Obama is what he has not done.  He is so popular for the simple reason that he is black and liberal.  He is not remarkable in either of those respects.  There are black men, there are liberals, and he is no different in those areas.  He is a creation of the media and nothing more.  Obama, qua Obama, is not even slightly influential.  If each of his abilities and character traits were judged by the same standards as everyone else, you might even consider him below average.

    Am I wrong about this?

  12. Mr. Bildo
    Paul Dougherty

    Mr. Bildo: People of the Year: Government Dependents · 10 minutes ago

    The 47%? 

    Ah yes, even better. 

  13. Fred Cole
    Ryan M

    Am I wrong about this? 

    He has done one thing this year:

    He got re-elected.  Considering how horrible a president he’s been, that’s a substantial accomplishment.

    And in any election year, based on Time’s own criteria, I think the winning presidential candidate is a logical contender for the title.

  14. KayBee
    WI Con: How about some categories of conservatives:

    Conservative Actress – ? · 2 hours ago

    Patricia Heaton

  15. Fred Cole
    DocJay: John Galt · 3 minutes ago

    2012 and every other year.

  16. Charles Mark

    Lionel Messi (Argentina and Barcelona) :greatest soccer player of all time, best sportsperson currently active. Just smashed the all-time record for goals scored in a calendar year.

  17. DrewInWisconsin

    My runner up would be the Low-Information Voter. An increasingly ignorant and disconnected populace, which according to countless polls continues to believe that a vast and unsustainable government is a bad thing, and that the economy and jobs are a high priority voted for a man who has shown little interest in decreasing the size and scope of the government and has presided over a disastrous economy and jobs situation.

    Why? Because Romney is an evil man who gave some woman cancer and was mean to his dog and has secret accounts in the Cayman Islands and personally sent jobs to China and has magic underwear and just isn’t cool like Barack Obama.

  18. Pencilvania

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.  He was re-elected too, in a way.  Against big odds, in a way.  But he governs our way.

  19. Casey
    tabula rasa

    Half cat/half human political commentary:  Casey · 3 hours ago

    Half-witted perhaps?

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