The John Connally Most Money Spent For The Fewest Results Award (named after former Texas Governor John Connally who spent $11 million in seeking the Republican 1980 Presidential nomination only to win only one delegate goes to: Rick Perry. Perry raised almost $20 million however despite climbing to the top of the polls when he first entered the race, his campaign soon turned into a total flop after numerous mis-statements and debate performances that were so poor that some questioned his physical and mental stability.
The Not Crazy Enough For A Republican Debate Audience also goes to Rick Perry who was booed at a Republican Presidential debate over a compassionate Texas law that gives in-state college tuition to children of illegal immigrants.
The Tell The Sheep What They Want to Hear Award goes to Dick Morris with his ridiculous predictions of a Romney landside, made when the Romney campaign was falling apart. He later said he felt it his “duty” to offer this thoughts. So much for his secret poll!!!
The Too Crazy For Even Fox News Award goes to Karl Rove for his election night meltdown when he questions Fox News calling the state of Ohio and the election for the President. FYI, the President won the state comfortable by a margin of 3% or roughly 160,000 votes.
The Most Memorable Line Of The Debates Award goes to President Obama. “Please Proceed Governor.” Runner up award also goes to the President for another memorable line “Can you say that a little louder, Candy?”
The Money Can’t Buy You An Election Award (at least this time) goes to Sheldon Adelson ($30 million+), The Koch Brothers groups ($60 million+) and Karl Rove ($175 million+) who despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars, had very little to show for it.
The Putting Politics Aside For The Sake Of New Jersey Residents Award goes to Governor Christie for his comments regarding assistance received from President Obama and his Administration in the days following hurricane Sandy.
The Campaign Lie of The Year Award. Before naming the winner I should note the were some on each side that deserved consideration but I honostly felt that Romney and his campaign accusing the President of wanting to cut Ohio pre-election voting hours for the military when in fact it was Ohio Republicans who did cut pre-election voting for all residents of Ohio was the lie of the year.
“The We Totally F___ed Up The Last Night Of The Convention Award” goes to whomever thought it was a good idea to let Clint Eastwood speak unscripted in primetime in lieu of having a very effective video biographical piece about Romney viewed by a national prime time audience. Keynote addresses by Christie and Rubio where not much better both of which seemed to go on forever before even mentioning Romney’s name.
“The 2012 Post Election Loser Dinner For Two Award” of pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold, pease porridge in the pot, nine days old; goes to Joe Kyrillos (sorry Joe…) for his 19%+ loss to Bob Menendez.
“If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again Award” goes to Anna Little for attempting to unseat Congressman Frank Pallone for the second time AND for the way she handled her campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission.
“Maybe That Was Not Such A Hot Idea After All Award” which goes to the Paul Ryan selection as the VP Candidate. In an effort to sure up right wing support Romney’s choice of Ryan was hailed by Conservatives however the campaign seemed to make an effort to keep many of Ryan’s positions on issues under wraps and in the end the Romney-Ryan ticket did not win the Ryans’s home State of Wisconsin (or for that matter they also lost both of Romney’s homes states of Michigan and Massachusettes.) Would Sen. Portman have helped Romney carry Ohio or Sen Rubio have helped carry Florida?
MMM thanks Bob English for his contribution and humor, even if it stings a little. Contributions for both sides and the middle are always welcome and encouraged.
Posted: December 29th, 2012 | Author: admin | Filed under: 2012 Year in Review | Tags: Bob English, Year end awards | 1 Comment »