The Person of the Year was …

posted at 12:15 pm on December 31, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

When Time Magazine named Ben Bernanke its “Person of the Year” for 2009, its editors set off a lot of headscratching — and not just because most of the Bernanke actions Time highlighted came in 2008 rather than 2009.  The economy may not have utterly crashed, but it certainly moved in the wrong direction all year long.  Over 3 million private-sector jobs have been lost in the last year, and some argue, as does Steve Forbes in his new book  How Capitalism Will Save Us, that the Fed creates more problems than it solves.

If Ben Bernanke wasn’t the person or class of people who had the most impact on 2009, who was?  Two of Time’s runners-up for the honor seem almost entirely ludicrous.  Usain Bolt?  The Chinese Worker?  Why not pick Michael Jackson or Tiger Woods?  Bolt, who broke a world record in sprinting, was so singularly dull as a public figure that HBO’s Bryant Gumbel discussed on camera how frustrating it was to interview him.

If we’re talking about movers and shakers, the person or class of people who had the most impact on 2009, we need to look elsewhere than track stars and manufacturing employees.  In no particular order, here are my list of runners-up:

  • “Neda” and the Green Revolution demonstrators – Had they succeeded in overthrowing the Iranian mullahcracy, they would have garnered an easy win for this honor in 2009.  This week’s demonstrations show that they’re not finished yet, either.  Neda, a young woman who demonstrated for a return to modernity and human rights in Iran, got shot by a cowardly Basiji thug acting on behalf of the ruling mullahs.  Her death, captured on video and released through YouTube, galvanized the movement and provided international outrage on her behalf.  Not for any small reason is Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei keeping the jet fueled these days.
  • Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid – Obviously, this would not have been a laudatory choice, but a recognition of an embarrassing reality.  Barack Obama, who came in several places below his own chief of staff on Time’s list of influential people in 2009 after winning PoY in 2008, has more or less abdicated his office to Congress.  As a result, Pelosi and Reid have taken on much more power and influence, and are now dictating the domestic agenda of American politics.  Just a couple of years ago, people worried about a “unitary executive,” thanks to a fundamental lack of understanding of the concept.  Now we wonder about a disappearing executive, thanks to a fundamental understanding of the man who occupies the office of the Presidency now.
  • Sarah Palin – Love or hate her, agree or disagree, she set the American political world on fire again in 2009.  From questionable decisions like quitting her office as Governor of Alaska to a triumphant tour for her memoirs, and especially in rallying the faithful and shaking up the establishment of both parties from her Facebook platform, Palin has made herself into force with which to be reckoned in 2009 after a losing bid on the GOP ticket last November.  Even Ed Schultz on MS-NBC recognized her impact in his year-end assessment.
  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad/Ali Khamenei – This is not the flip side of the Green Revolution entry.  The two Iranian leaders managed to keep the entire world off balance while they continued to pursue nuclear weapons and fund terrorism throughout the region.  They haven’t even been particularly subtle about it, and have played the West for fools for yet another year.  Does anyone recall that today is yet another deadline for Iran to answer yet another Western offer to verify that their nuclear program is peaceful?  They have exploited tensions between Europe and the US, and NATO and Russia, and China and the West, in order to stall for time all year long.  I’d pick them for 2009, but considering all of the players and their continuing status in 2010, I’m pretty sure we’ll get an opportunity to pick A’jad and Khamenei next year … unless we can pick the Green Revolution instead.
  • Nicolas Sarkozy – When did France suddenly look so decisive and muscular, especially compared to the US?  When the French picked Sarkozy to lead them.  Not only did Sarkozy shock many observers by agreeing to supply more combat forces for Afghanistan, he scolded his counterparts in Europe for their weakness in not following suit.  Sarkozy has pressed for action on Iran, and made clear his frustration for his new American partner Barack Obama, who has done little to advance the cause of the West.
  • General Stanley McChrystal – Perhaps the reluctant candidate.  Obama appointed McChrystal to head the Afghanistan mission because of his COIN background and skills, and McChrystal assumed it was because Obama wanted him to actually apply those skills and experience to win the war.   McChrystal sent his recommendations back to the White House, which set off a four-month journey of discovery — discovery that Obama didn’t really understand COIN, didn’t understand resourcing, and certainly didn’t understand that he needed to make a decision on McChrystal’s recommendations quickly in order for it to be useful.  The nation spent four months debating Afghanistan thanks to a routine report on resourcing that Obama had demanded in the first place.

But my selection for the Person of the Year is, I believe, rather obvious — which makes its exclusion from Time’s lists even more glaring.  The Person of the Year was the Tea Party Activist. No one had a greater, obvious, and unexpected impact on the world than the perhaps-millions of people who suddenly rediscovered citizen activism and accountability from elected officials.  Not only did they turn out for barely-organized protests around the country in April and July, they showed up at rallies at ad-hoc events, and they flooded town-hall meetings.  Their advent frightened the powerful so much that some refused to show their faces in public in a season when fund-raising and handshaking are as traditional as pennant races in baseball.

What did they accomplish?  No one can argue that they deflected at least one and possibly two massive government reorganizations of American industry.  Without the Tea Party rallies and especially the town-hall turnouts, Congress almost certainly would have passed ObamaCare in July or September at the latest — and with a public option firmly embedded.  The House passed cap-and-trade in a rush in the first week of July, but by year’s end, Democrats demanded that Obama shelve the effort.   Four Democrats have already announced their retirement in the House, and another switched parties to join the minority, a nearly unprecedented step.

Tea Party activists trumped a President and two of the people on the list above.  They reminded Americans that a participatory democracy means that ordinary people have to actually participate — and that when they do, they can actually change the political direction of the nation.  Whether or not one agrees with the political stance of the Tea Party activists, no one can doubt that this lesson is long overdue for both the citizenry and the political class that so often only represents them in name only.

Update: HA reader Brian reminds me that Neda was shot in the chest; I’ve edited the passage above.


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Tea partiers – Person of the Year 2009 2010.

forest on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

I thought the same even before I read the comments. Let’s hope the Tea Party continues to flourish as a movement to shape up the Republicans in 2010.

Drained Brain on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

The Person of the Year was the Tea Party Activist. No one had a greater, obvious, and unexpected impact on the world than the perhaps-millions of people who suddenly rediscovered citizen activism and accountability from elected officials.

I completely, 100% agree!!!

deidre on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Right on!

Oink on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

NASCAR fans (R.I.P. simplesimon)!

ya2daup on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Definitely the Tea Party Activist. And add to the runners up… Glenn Beck.

petefrt on December 31, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Thank you fellow TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS!!! We all did great work in 2009! But that was just a warm up. Wait til they see what we can accomplish in 2010!!!

Clean the House and the Senate in 2010!!!

wren on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Tea Party Activist! You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!

Star20 on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Now let’s make Person of the Year 2010 Scott Brown.

Nosferightu on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Andrew Breitbart. That magnificent bastard. (With all due respect, for the acorn tapes. Please let there be more.)

RealMc on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

My vote goes to the little boy who said, Look! The emperor isn’t wearing any clothes!”

singlemalt_18 on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

The Tea Party activist and if the Tea Party activist keeps it up they may well be it in 2010.
The logical thing is that the Tea Party activist is very quickly going to include all sides and it is going to become the entity that demands that the idiots in Washington return to representing the people.

ORconservative on December 31, 2009 at 12:23 PM

The Tea Party activist and if the Tea Party activist keeps it up they may well be it in 2010.
The logical thing is that the Tea Party activist is very quickly going to include all sides and it is going to become the entity that demands that the idiots in Washington return to representing the people.

ORconservative on December 31, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Un-likely with out and tar and feather party.

RealMc on December 31, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Tea Parties Patriots, on this we are in agreement.

2010 will be our year

Kini on December 31, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM

I second this nomination.

GnuBreed on December 31, 2009 at 12:26 PM

I only watch and read the MSM. What are these Tea Party people of whom you speak?

/sarc

mwdiver on December 31, 2009 at 12:26 PM

2009 was just the warm up act for the Tea Partiers.

Doughboy on December 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I think the Tea Party Movement will continue to be a force to reckon with as long as they do not try to “recreate the wheel”, ie start a third party, and instead strengthen and “realign” the GOP in a more conservative and accountable direction.

parteagirl on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

We’ll have the biggest party of all come November. It won’t just be a tea party either, it’ll be a liberty party.

Mojave Mark on December 31, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Neda, a young woman who demonstrated for a return to modernity and human rights in Iran, got shot in the head by a cowardly Basiji thug acting on behalf of the ruling mullahs.

Heart.

Maquis on December 31, 2009 at 12:31 PM

No doubt. The Washington Tea Party shook them up. They did their best to trivialize the numbers, but the truth still got out.

kingsjester on December 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM
Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Ahh Yeahh!!

thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

I completely, 100% agree!!!

deidre on December 31, 2009 at 12:18 PM

DITTO!

cmsinaz on December 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

No doubt. The Washington Tea Party shook them up. They did their best to trivialize the numbers, but the truth still got out.

kingsjester on December 31, 2009 at 12:32 PM

Are you talking about the 30,000 that showed up on the Mall?

thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

No question about the influence of the Tea Party Activists.

Prior to this year my involvement in party politics was virtually nil: delegate to a county’s party convention in 1972 at age 18 and wrote my Congressional delegation once). In 2009, I wrote, called and faxed my Congressional delegation numerous times (only succeeded once, if I delude myself into thinking my expressed opinion mattered to them, on halting funding of ACORN); I attended Tea Party events (locally on 4/15 and nationally on 9/12); and I donated money to political candidates for the first time ever.

I can’t say that having done all of the above is something with which I am comfortable, but this country is in trouble and I cannot stand aside and let it happen without fighting for the causes that make this country great. 2010 is going to be hard work, but fun!

ya2daup on December 31, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I am still cracking up. Best answer ever.

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:34 PM

One thing I always love about going to Tea Party events is the incredible creativity of the signs! They are definitely employing the Alinsky rule of ridicule! My favorite sign in DC on 9/12:

“Grandma’s not shovel-ready!”

parteagirl on December 31, 2009 at 12:35 PM

I choose the Russian hacker who exposed the climate-crap emails.

Or the guy who developed “1554″ beer.

Bishop on December 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

It’s kind of a multi-way tie for me.

Neda and the Iranian freedom fighters.
Tea Party Activists.
Sarah Palin.

Each making very distinct and important marks IMHO.

powerpro on December 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

I agree also. The Tea Parties have done so much and gotten American’s involved in the way our government is totally out of control. I feel more and more will come to join the Parties.
L

letget on December 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Thank you – thank you very much!

The April Tax Day protest was the first time in my ***ahem*** 50 years I’ve attended a counter-establishment rally. Wasn’t my last, either! I know a LOT of people who have done the same – folks I never dreamed would get involved in the movement.

We cannot let the MSM or pols think this will poop out in the next year!! The sleeping giant is very much awake.

tru2tx on December 31, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Tea Partiers for sure! And as for forming a 3rd party, my area Tea Party Patriots are not even thinking of such a foolish move, but are aligining with the GOP. For anyone here at HA who lives in MO, there will be a sovereignty rally at the State Capitol Bldg. on Jan 13, 2010, at 10AM. on the first floor rotunda. I rarely post here (lurk alot), but hope that at least some of you HA Missourians will be there!

Researcher...MO on December 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

It’s nice to be recognized as a member of the PoY, but we have a LOT of work to do in 2010. Fight the good fight, my friends, and have a happy (& safe ) New Year!

<3

bluelightbrigade

bluelightbrigade on December 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Are you talking about the 30,000 that showed up on the Mall?

thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Every time Bill O said that I wanted to send a brick at my TV.

Sarcasm is the babbling of a diseased mind. Ain’t it wonderful.

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Ed’s list was way more interesting. This is why Time and others like it are dying. It’s not the Internet by itself – it’s the fact that people are putting up better stuff online for free.

TheUnrepentantGeek on December 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Oh, and I didn’t mean to exclude non-Missourians in that invitation!

Researcher...MO on December 31, 2009 at 12:44 PM

Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I am still cracking up. Best answer ever.

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:34 PM

Barry woke up the American Patriots. May God bless the USA.
Great post, recognizing the obvious influence that Slime magazine denies.

Tom_OC on December 31, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Are you talking about the 30,000 that showed up on the Mall?
thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Yep. That ranks right up there with Incompetanto saying that the Nigerian Panty-Bomber acted alone. Both statements just a wee bit off the mark.

kingsjester on December 31, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Obama appointed McChrystal to head the Afghanistan mission because of his COIN background and skills, and McChrystal assumed it was because Obama wanted him to actually apply those skills and experience to win the war.

COIN and Afghanistan go together like vinegar and water.

COIN pretty much “assumes” (and you know what they say about “assume”) that a majority of the population is sympathetico to our mission and that the insurgency is alien to the mass of the people who want to side with us (us in this case being us infidels).

MB4 on December 31, 2009 at 12:46 PM

Don Surber has given Sarah Palin the honor, with which I agree and second place went to the now ailing Rush.

I think Obama ought to get it for exposing the real deceptive motives of the left and awakening the sleeping giant -those that still love -not loathe – America!

Don L on December 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM

Rick Santelli’s rant reflected the feelings of millions and sparked a great idea by using the term “Tea Party.”

But I think the real credit goes to “LIBERTY BELLE” on http://www.MichelleMalkin.com who accepted the challenge and demonstrated the power of a Tea Party by organizing one in the state of Washington.

Secondary credit for helping the Tea Parties to spread like wild fire should go to:

1) The FLIP video camera
2) YouTube.com
3) The Blogs
4) Talk Radio
5) The web
6) Patriotic Americans

Keep up the good work!

wren on December 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Sarcasm is the babbling of a diseased mind. Ain’t it wonderful.

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:42 PM

It’s what makes me get out of bed each day and put one foot in front of the other. -_*

thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

The Person of the Year was …

clearly … … … Lady Luck.

MB4 on December 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

I choose the Russian hacker who exposed the climate-crap emails.

Bishop on December 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Good addition to the list.

petefrt on December 31, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Hmmm… I agree in principle with Ed’s choice, but Obama was responsible (or at least facilitated and motivated) so much of what happened in 2009. He should have gotten the nod for being the most influential newsmaker this year.

Now, if we are going to talk about the PoY as a good thing (like an honor), then Ed is on more solid ground.

I hope that between Limbaugh, Palin, and the solid core of conservatism (still in ascendancy) activism behind them, 2010 marks the permanent return of right-of-center leadership in America.

itzWicks on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Yes. The tea partiers accomplished *so* much. We’re about to get socialized healthcare. They refused to support moderates like John McCain because, according to them, a far left democrat is better than a moderate republican. The result is Obama and all of his minions. As far as I’m concerned, these people have done more harm than good, by far. They cut off their noses to spite their faces. Maybe that would have been okay a few years ago, but now is not the time to play that game. Thanks guys! Pat yourselves on the back for “slowing down” Obama’s agenda. Great job! /s

NoStoppingUs on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Bishop on December 31, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Awesome. I came across a “471″ beer from a microbrewery in Breckenridge, CO. Great stuff that should be lauded, but at 11,000 feet I bet pretty much anything works.

Tom_OC on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

I hope the Tea Party is bigger and better in 2010, I know I plan on doing what I can since I will be jobless. Although I think Bishop made a good point about the hacker, I prefer whistleblower, that gave us Climategate being really timely.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

The man who said “I hope he fails” is responsible for an entire industry of conservative activists and remains on my list of most influential people.

fourdeucer on December 31, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Awesome. I came across a “471″ beer from a microbrewery in Breckenridge, CO. Great stuff that should be lauded, but at 11,000 feet I bet pretty much anything works.
Tom_OC on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

Was it from “Breckenridge” brewery, because they make some good beer. That 1554 I like is the nectar of the gods but I’m always on the hunt for suitable companions to join it.

Bishop on December 31, 2009 at 12:53 PM

I agree with Tea Partiers as persons of the year! I went to my first actual protest with a friend of mine. We were called Nazis (because nothing says intelligent political discourse like calling a Jew a Nazi) and I had fun. The people were all regular workers and the like and it was just neat to see the different people who were PISSED about the whole thing.

Oh and FYI – I almost made the guy who called me a Nazi cry because that just pissed me right off. It was fun verbally dismembering him.

mjk on December 31, 2009 at 12:56 PM

I had NEVER attended a political protest in my life…but attended two huge Tea Party protest in 2009.

I had NEVER attended a Congressional Town Hall meeting…but attended two in 2009 (and was VERY vocal in both)

I had only written or called Congress 3 or 4 times in my life…but called and wrote Congress Critters DOZENS of times in 2009.

and there are MILLIONS just like me!

We ARE awake…and instead of Tea into Boston Harbor, we’re looking to toss the Obama Regime, Nancy Piglosi and Scary Reid overboard. 2010…FIGHT BACK!

Justrand on December 31, 2009 at 12:58 PM

I think the Tea Party Movement will continue to be a force to reckon with as long as they do not try to “recreate the wheel”, ie start a third party, and instead strengthen and “realign” the GOP in a more conservative and accountable direction.

parteagirl on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Yes, the third party route would be disastrous and guarantee Dem re-elections.

Midas on December 31, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Now let’s make Person of the Year 2010 Scott Brown…

Nosferightu on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

by donating to his campaign here

and

volunteer to call from home here (from anywhere in the US)

The election is on January 19, 2010

IF BROWN GOES TO WASHINGTON, HARRY REID NO LONGER HAS 60 SEATS!

turfmann on December 31, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Yes many of us stopped yelling at our TVs, got up off the couch and did something. But all too many did not and will not.

Remember that all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing and too many good men and women are doing nothing that will worry those who wish to fundamentally change America. Do it for your children and grandchildren, if for no one else, otherwise the greatest generation will have sacrificed for nothing.

amr on December 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

The Person of the Year was …

OMG, it was me, all the good people I’ve met in D.C., at the local Tea Party’s and all the people who cheered us and supported us here at HA.

Thanks for the recognition Ed.

I. Had. The. Time. Of. My. Life.

Knucklehead on December 31, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM
Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

Hahaha. So true. And it will probably turn out to be his most important contribution to our nation.

AZCoyote on December 31, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Yep. Person(s) of the year, the Mob!

Ordinary1 on December 31, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I was there the NYC Tax Day Tea Party. I’d also like to give credit to the small band of New Yorkers, friends of mine, bloggers –myself included, who were out there in the streets, waving American flags and countering the anti-Bush moonbats long before it was cool.

Go Tea Party!

Urban Infidel on December 31, 2009 at 1:07 PM

***
I went to the April 15th. and July 4th. “teaparties” in the El Paso, Texas area. My two previous political events were in the 1948 presidential campaign (saw Harry Truman) and in 1952 (saw Adlai Stevenson). I was ages 7 and 11 at the time.
***
I will “teaparty” any “democRATs”, liberals, socialists, statists, marxists, communists, RINOs, and corrupticans I can get “in range”.
***
Sarah Palin for POTUS, John Bolton for VP in 2012. Donate to good conservative candidates, and vote out Comrade Obama (PBUH) and these evil clowns in the 2010 and 2012 elections.
***
John Bibb
***

rocketman on December 31, 2009 at 1:07 PM

They ain’t begun to hear us roar

John the Libertarian on December 31, 2009 at 1:08 PM

Bishop,
I think it very well might have come from ‘Breckenridge’ brewery. It was a little restaurant/brewery right in town, just a short walk/stumble/slide/profanity/slip/profanity/fall away from the slopes. I think the ’471′ name was derived from the street address. Details became foggy. I used to have one of the empty bottles as a souvenir, but apparently someone here decided it didn’t fit in with her interior design plans. Cause enough for a return trip.

Tom_OC on December 31, 2009 at 1:09 PM

Woo Hoo! I am one of Ed’s “Persons of the Year.”

First of all I want to give “shout outs” to all of my homeys that took the time to “Tea Party”…

brtex on December 31, 2009 at 1:10 PM

Roy Halladay! Oh wait… that’ll be for 2010.

mankai on December 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Yes. The tea partiers accomplished *so* much. We’re about to get socialized healthcare. They refused to support moderates like John McCain because, according to them, a far left democrat is better than a moderate republican. The result is Obama and all of his minions. As far as I’m concerned, these people have done more harm than good, by far. They cut off their noses to spite their faces. Maybe that would have been okay a few years ago, but now is not the time to play that game. Thanks guys! Pat yourselves on the back for “slowing down” Obama’s agenda. Great job! /s

NoStoppingUs on December 31, 2009 at 12:49 PM

..yes, I see the sarc tag, but in deconstructing your comment, I am led to believe that you have a pretty good view of your own rectum.

The Tea Party efforts pretty much started up *after* The Chief Pantload was elected. Try 15 April 2009. I would lay the blame you so casually spread around squarely on the indecisive shoulders of that noble assemblage of Bill O’Reilly-esque followers: Independent Voters.

VoyskaPVO on December 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Ahhh Tes Parties. Yep, we the Tea Activists got the stage going.

What started as a whisper…. is now a roar.

upinak on December 31, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Tea parties was the most significant development of the year.

rob verdi on December 31, 2009 at 1:14 PM

The UK Times named Neda… so at least someone got it right.

DaSaintFan on December 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

After the 2010 elections, the Tea Party will have a new battle cry: “CAN YOU HEAR US NOW?

The Democrats, of course, will be stone deaf.

GarandFan on December 31, 2009 at 1:16 PM

I’d put the hacker that divulged the CRU treachery up there as well.

Scott P on December 31, 2009 at 1:18 PM

Tea Party Patriots/Tea Party Revolution/Persons of the Year.

Canopfor approved:)

canopfor on December 31, 2009 at 1:18 PM

And Ed didn’t even call them Tea Baggers. How very un-MSM of him.

Cindy Munford on December 31, 2009 at 1:37 PM

That oughta stick in Jeanane Garofalo’s craw.

ZK on December 31, 2009 at 1:53 PM

2010 is going to be an impactful year. God bless the warriors of freedom.

True_King on December 31, 2009 at 1:56 PM

Now let’s make Person of the Year 2010 Scott Brown…

Nosferightu on December 31, 2009 at 12:21 PM

I saw his JFK ad during the popular 12:30-1:00 pm Millionaire broadcast which is usually littered with Coakley commercials!
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anything from her in the past week+…

Jan. 19 might be the most important election I’ll ever vote in – thank you to everyone outside of MA who have joined us in supporting his campaign!

racecar05 on December 31, 2009 at 1:57 PM

It has been interesting to watch the Tea Party take shape. Who would have thought that the non-existant ‘Tea Party’ would score higher in public opinion than D or R parties.

The thing that has amazed me is how contemptuous the Left is of them. Pelosi calling Americans ‘Nazi’s', Carter calling them this American protest ‘Racists’. The left completely dismissed and ignored them but that made them stronger.

As I said, I concur and it has been interesting to see the Tea Party materialize out of vapor.

ThackerAgency on December 31, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Neda was acknowledged Person Of The Year, but by London Times:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6967927.ece

We have to turn to London for good and accurate news. US sucks at this. Definitely Sarah and us Teapartiers deserve our spot in our attempts to change history.

ProudPalinFan on December 31, 2009 at 2:07 PM

I agree the Tea Party activists are the winners. If someone has said it earlier, sorry to bring it up again, how come Chesley Sullenberger is not mentioned even as an honorific anywhere? Or did I miss it?

bluemarlin on December 31, 2009 at 2:10 PM

Tea Party gathering in San Antonio TX January 22-24.
We’ll meet you there.

dragondrop on December 31, 2009 at 2:22 PM

I am surprised Glenn Beck and Breitbart are not on your list. 1 year ago Glenn Beck was literally nowhere in terms of television. Now he is one of the biggest stars. Despite the weepy moments he has had an impact. Andrew Breitbart has been a big factor in redefining Journalism.

Why do I think Chinese politicians should be up there? They have impacted and manipulated United States like no other country both financially and geopolitical power play. They are on target to become the world superpower in maybe a decade. Sooner if US doesn’t change course.

Maybe Honduras Democracy should be on the list.

antisocial on December 31, 2009 at 2:29 PM

How about someone from Honduras, which did the most to protect the rule of law over ochlocracy and fought the America-hating imbecile from Indonesia (who should have been raked over the coals for his insanity with respect to Honduras).

My vote goes to Roberto Michelleti, as the face of Honduran opposition to the world’s demand that that nation give in to leftist insanity.

neurosculptor on December 31, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

derft on December 31, 2009 at 12:25 PM
Barack Obama

gwelf on December 31, 2009 at 12:29 PM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAaaah

royzer on December 31, 2009 at 2:54 PM

While I applaud the Tea Party movement, I honestly don’t think it did much long term. It slowed down ObamaCare, but it passed nonetheless. Yes there is no public option, but the govt will still control health care. Obama is spending more every day. He’s ready to sign amnesty. He has made a mockery of US foreign policy.

At the ballot box, Doug Hoffman came close but in the end lost and his district went from R to D.

In the end the tea parties were a good way to vent some anger and frustration. But by this time next year nobody will remember they even took place.

angryed on December 31, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Question. Who started the Tea Party movement?

answer: Borat Insane Maobowma, inadvertently with his unilateral arrogance and unprecedented lying.

Sweet_Thang on December 31, 2009 at 3:35 PM

The Person of the Year was the Tea Party Activist.

I will treasure this honor even more than the two times I was named Time’s man of the year (2003 as the American Soldier and then again in 2006 as “you”). :-0

Seriously, I think that the Tea Party Activist, or whatever you call the movement, is the start of Americans taking back America from the political class. It could well be a political revolution unseen in this country for some time (perhaps not since the GOP party was founded in the 1850s).

highhopes on December 31, 2009 at 3:46 PM

I saw his JFK ad during the popular 12:30-1:00 pm Millionaire broadcast which is usually littered with Coakley commercials!
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anything from her in the past week+…

Jan. 19 might be the most important election I’ll ever vote in – thank you to everyone outside of MA who have joined us in supporting his campaign!

racecar05 on December 31, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Here in RI, I can see Massachusetts from my….just kidding!

This is a critical, and I believe, winnable election for Scott Brown, in light of the universal disgust there is with the Demoncrat plundering of our beloved country. There are a number of Mass.-based conservative talk radio hosts who continuously to promote Scott Brown, and these talk shows have a VERY strong following.

I have not heard about, but can only hope that there is a Tea party (or two) planned on or before the Mass. election day.

Best of luck to my fellow Patriots in Massachusetts in this upcoming election. A Scott Brown victory would be a bigger upset than the one staged by our New England Patriots in their first SuperBowl win against the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf”. But never say never!!!

A Scott Brown win would be one more step toward taking back our country. Can you hear us Mr. Steele?

Sweet_Thang on December 31, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Are you talking about the 30,000 that showed up on the Mall?

thomasaur on December 31, 2009 at 12:33 PM

No actually I believe HA meant the 970,000 people like me standing right next to them.

A day which will live in infamy. For the first time in over a year I was proud of my country!

katablog.com on December 31, 2009 at 4:59 PM

While I applaud the Tea Party movement, I honestly don’t think it did much long term. It slowed down ObamaCare, but it passed nonetheless.

Hello? Do you see any law – yet?

katablog.com on December 31, 2009 at 5:02 PM

The thing that has amazed me is how contemptuous the Left is of them. Pelosi calling Americans ‘Nazi’s’, Carter calling them this American protest ‘Racists’. The left completely dismissed and ignored them

and to think, Dirty Harry wants to know why we can’t all have a “Rodney King” moment now that he bribed the legislation through the Senate.

katablog.com on December 31, 2009 at 5:06 PM

thank you. thank you very much. we tea partiers will be in town…indefinitely :)

ginaswo on December 31, 2009 at 5:14 PM

Secondary credit for helping the Tea Parties to spread like wild fire should go to:

1) The FLIP video camera
2) YouTube.com
3) The Blogs
4) Talk Radio
5) The web
6) Patriotic Americans

Keep up the good work!

wren on December 31, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Glenn Beck deserves some credit here, too. He went to Tea Partys.

Mirimichi on December 31, 2009 at 5:15 PM

amgreyed

the tea party mvmt defanged the lamestream media

all of us know now that they are lying and obfuscating and with that Obamas poll numbers have TANKED

Tea Parties killed cap n trade, believe it

and we will also have a big impact on the next two election cycles!

ginaswo on December 31, 2009 at 5:16 PM

That oughta stick in Jeanane Garofalo’s craw.

ZK on December 31, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Why? Did you tea bag her? She gets a big chuckle out of that.

Mirimichi on December 31, 2009 at 5:43 PM

The tea party was a good call, maybe we can win again in ’10!

http://www.examiner.com/x-28973-Essex-County-Conservative-Examiner~y2009m12d28-Senator-Menendez-targeted-for-recall

njpat on December 31, 2009 at 5:58 PM

Worst person of this year, same as last year’s – the (old) media. They’re still in the pants of Obama.

When they crawl out next year, 2010, they’ll be shriveled up from utter depletion.

Schadenfreude on December 31, 2009 at 6:39 PM

This is my end-of-the-year bragging for me.

We’re #1!

We’re #1!

We’re #1!

madmonkphotog on December 31, 2009 at 8:13 PM

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