The Government is merely a servant -- merely a temporary servant; it cannot be its prerogative to determine what is right and what is wrong, and decide who is a patriot and who isn't. Its function is to obey orders, not originate them. - Mark Twain
As I have the left few years, I celebrate thanksgiving my giving out awards for the Biggest Turkeys of the Year. To win the award, it’s not enough to be stupid or obnoxious or dangerous (although that helps). You have to be something of a farce, someone who make people shake their heads and wonder how you got to be so prominent. To quote me from last year: The idea of the award is not to slam political/cultural figures who are the most harmful or the most dangerous, which is why I won’t be tagging Obama or his Congress. No, the idea is to acknowledge those whom are the most deserving of mockery, those whose non-stop silliness makes the world go around and give punch lines to talk show hosts.
A reminder of past winners:
2007: Alberto Gonzalez, Nancy Pelosi, Hugo Chavez
2008: Sarah Palin, Sarah Palin’s critics, Hillary Clinton, Congress, Joe Biden
2009: MIke Steele, Glen Beck, the State Department, Sarah Palin, Andrew Sullivan.
Occasionally, I regret one of these. The Clinton State Department has improved significantly over the last couple of years. But for the most part, I stand by those judgements. I have rarely called someone a turkey and regretted it.
Without further ado, here are your 2010 Turkeys of the Year
1) Janet Napolitano and the TSA: It really started last year when Napolitano claimed “the system worked” with the underwear bomber who slipped past their intelligence structure was only stopped by fast-thinking courageous passengers. But she and her cronies looked they might avoid this indignity before an amazing finish at the wire with the nudie scanners, the pat-downs and, most of all, their angry, arrogant response to the criticism. Honorable mention must go to our statist media, who have uniformly supported the new procedures and vehemently criticized anyone who has the temerity to disagree (see a beautiful rant from Glenn Greenwald on a recent smear of Tyner).
2) Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid: This one comes with a caveat. Their Congress “got more done” than any Congress in recent memory. Both healthcare and financial reform were passed. So the idea that they were “ineffective” is hogwash (note: effectiveness is not necessarily a good thing). Elections come and go but the changes the Democrats have made to our society may last a generation. So why do they win this award? Because they are such wonderful comic foils. Almost everything they say would make Dan Quayle blush, most notably Pelosi’s statement that we have to pass healthcare to find out what’s in it. Both became lightning rods for voter rage and Harry Reid only stayed in office because the GOP nominated a batshit crazy opponent. We can only wonder what they might have done with good policy.
3) MSNBC: They tried very hard to make themselves look objective by suspending Keith Olberman. But their news coverage and opinion has been so biased, so ridiculous and so over-the-top that even Comedy Central called them out. Their election night coverage will be remembered for years as a textbook example of media bias.
4) Lower Merion Schools: These were the idiots that decided that lending computers to students and remotely turning on the webcam to monitor their activities was a good idea and then litigated the hell out of the subsequent lawsuit, costing themselves millions in legal fees.
5) The Voters of California: They voted down Prop 19, re-elected an amazingly liberal senator and the governor who screwed up their state in the first place. At least they passed re-districting.
Dishonorable Mentions: Rush Limbaugh, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell, Christine O’Donnell’s critics, Stanley McChrystal and Michael Hastings, LeBron James, Tiger Woods, Joe Biden, Charles Rangel, the panic-mongering mainstream media, the United Nations (check out this and this), Congress, Jack Conway, Dick Blumenthal, Alan Grayson (only missed the top five because he was voted away. I’m sure he’ll be on future lists as an MSNBC commentator), Michael Moore’s blog.
Make your nominations in the comments.
Update: Late entry: Rick Perry. For trying to stop any investigation into Cameron Todd Willingham’s execution and for running around the world with a massive taxpayer-funded bodyguard.
Posted by Hal_10000
on 11/25/10 at 07:34 AM (Discuss this in the forums
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