Jonah Goldberg explains why Charlie Sheen was the Man of the Year. It seems that 2011 was the year in which those who are losers pretended to be winners.
Speaking of protest, consider the Occupy Wall Street movement. Not since the Hebrews killed themselves at Masada has there been a group that more obviously won by losing. Of course, the Jews at Masada were freedom fighters battling Roman imperialism. The Occupy Wall Streeters think they’re fighting imperialism when they throw a tantrum about having to pay their debts.
The Occupy movement’s meager tangible accomplishments (We recycled our own urine!) are inversely correlated with their lavish press coverage. The protesters were named Time magazine’s person of the year. Though in fairness, Time diluted its sycophancy by including the Arab Spring protesters who’ve (so far) ushered in a glorious new era of Islamism in places such as Egypt. Winning!
(Though perhaps not as clear cut a “win” as President Obama’s decision to declare political victory and pull our troops out of Iraq prematurely, so we can lose a war we sacrificed so much to win.)
Peggy Noonan makes several good points today such as that the rise of Newt Gingrich worked out to make Romney a better candidate. And she deplores the trend of people, like Herman Cain or maybe Michele Bachmann and others, who run for the presidency not because they think they have a serious shot at it but who are seeking an increase in their name recognition or getting a cable TV contract or sell a book. Now with the debates and TV appearances becoming the primary tool in running for office, it takes a lot less money to get your name out there. Expect to see more of this.
The Hill reports that, despite GOP efforts to block funding for the enforcement of the ban on regular incandescent light bulbs, experts think that the companies will still obey the law.
Barney Frank is still lying about his role in blocking regulation of Fannie and Freddie.
Here is Politico's top ten list of pundit mistakes this past year.