It’s the end of the year, and so it’s awards season, and not just at Hot Air. (Have you voted in today’s OOTY polls yet?) Reason TV caps off its series of 2011 Nannies of the Month by selecting one as the Nanny of the Year, presented by Ted Balaker and attended by a virtual cast of thousands. This year, they select a lawmaker that went too far in attempting to criminalize sexual contact between teachers and students, pushing a law that would have made it a felony for instructors at any level to have an intimate relationship with an adult student:
These United States have produced many worthy nominees in 2011. Who could forget the city planner who threatened a woman with 93 days behind bars for growing vegetables or the state senator who did his best to outlaw crossing the street while listening to an iPod (shortly before pleading guilty to federal corruption charges).
But this year the golden Nanny goes to the Wolverine state pol who’s bent on making most any kind of teacher-student sex–not just a fireable offense, but a felony, even if the student is older than age 18 or even if teacher and student are middle-aged. (And, in an apparent attempt to secure nanny gold, our winner is also fighting to force school kids to recite the pledge in front of genuine made-in-America flags.)
As I wrote a few weeks ago (this was the latest Nanny of the Month), the law would have flown in the face of Lawrence v Texas, and, er, common sense. I’m not sure I’d pick this as their NOTY, though; there were some pretty good candidates this year. Let’s set up our own poll to see which nanny-stater gets the Hot Air nod.