Thanks to everyone who voted. The final tallies …
Malkin Award: With 26% of the vote, Charlotte Allen narrowly edged out Neal Boortz, who compared voters to worms. Allen's winning, reprehensible comment about the Newtown murders:
"There was not a single adult male on the school premises when the shooting occurred. In this school of 450 students, a sizeable number of whom were undoubtedly 11- and 12-year-old boys (it was a K–6 school), all the personnel — the teachers, the principal, the assistant principal, the school psychologist, the "reading specialist" — were female. There didn’t even seem to be a male janitor to heave his bucket at Adam Lanza’s knees. Women and small children are sitting ducks for mass-murderers. The principal, Dawn Hochsprung, seemed to have performed bravely. According to reports, she activated the school’s public-address system and also lunged at Lanza, before he shot her to death. Some of the teachers managed to save all or some of their charges by rushing them into closets or bathrooms. But in general, a feminized setting is a setting in which helpless passivity is the norm. Male aggression can be a good thing, as in protecting the weak — but it has been forced out of the culture of elementary schools and the education schools that train their personnel. Think of what Sandy Hook might have been like if a couple of male teachers who had played high-school football, or even some of the huskier 12-year-old boys, had converged on Lanza."
Mental Health Break Of The Year: With 17.54% of the vote, Dumb Ways To Die, a disturbingly adorable PSA, takes highest honors:
Hewitt Award: Rush Limbaugh won a landslide victory, getting a commanding 55.48% of the vote, for this ludicrous remark about the president:
"I think it can now be said, without equivocation — without equivocation — that this man hates this country. He is trying — Barack Obama is trying — to dismantle, brick by brick, the American dream. There’s no other way to put this. There’s no other way to explain this. He was indoctrinated as a child. His father was a communist. His mother was a leftist. He was sent to prep and Ivy League schools where his contempt for the country was reinforced. He moved to Chicago. It was the home of the radical-left movement. He hooks up to Ayers and Dohrn and Rashid Khalidi. He learns the ruthlessness of Cook County politics. This is what we have as a president: A radical ideologue, a ruthless politician who despises the country and the way it was founded and the way in which it became great. He hates it."
Yglesias Award: With 26.78% of the vote, Erick Erickson narrowly bested Chris Christie for highest honors. His winning comment:
"Too many people have spent the past four years obsessed with birth certificates. Now they are obsessed with voter fraud conspiracies, talk of secession, and supposed election changing news stories if only we had known. So let’s add dabblers in this latest nuttiness to birthers as a category of people we do not welcome at RedState. Our aim is to beat the Democrats, not beat a retreat to a Confederacy that Generals Grant and Sherman rent asunder well over a hundred years ago. Even here at RedState, while we may not much care for him, President Obama is still our President and we are still quite happily citizens of the United States. If we must drain this fever swamp that’s taken hold of a few people on the right over this past week before we can drain the swamp in Washington, so be it."
Dick Morris Award: With a majority of the vote, Dick Morris fittingly won the award named after him for this utterly wrong prediction:
"Here comes the landslide… The result was that the presidential race reached a tipping point. Reasonable voters saw that the voice of hope and optimism and positivism was Romney while the president was only a nitpicking, quarrelsome, negative figure. The contrast does not work in Obama’s favor."
Face Of The Year: The winner, with 30.69% of the vote, is Tony Nicklinson, who is reacting to a court decision against allowing him to ask a doctor to end his life. Nicklinson suffers from locked-in syndrome due to a stroke:
Moore Award Nominee: With 36.38% of the vote, Jessica DelBalzo's love letter to abortion won by less than a point. Amanda Marcotte's claim that men who protest at abortion clinics later masturbate about it came in second. The far-left comment that won DelBalzo the prize:
"I love abortion. I don't accept it. I don't view it as a necessary evil. I embrace it. … [T]here is no need to suggest that abortion be rare. To say so implies a value judgement, promoting the idea that abortion is somehow distasteful or immoral and should be avoided."
Hathos Alert: Fox News hunting for New Black Panthers on election day came in first with 21.17% of the vote. Jehovah's Witnesses warning deaf people about the perils of masturbation was the runner-up. As a reader noted at the time about the Black Panther video, "So let me get this straight – the guy is intimating voters by holding the door open for them?":
Poseur Alert: The award for bad and pretentious writing goes to Robert Stacy McCain, who got 30% of the vote for his reaction to Obama's victory:
"Alas, as always, the duty of the Right is to manfully endure, to survive the defeat and stubbornly oppose the vaunting foe, and so this brutal shock, this electoral catastrophe, must be absorbed and digested. At some point next week or next month or next year, then, we shall recover our morale and plot some new stratagem for the future. In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's debacle, however, it is difficult to see any glimmer of light amid the encroaching gloom. Surely, there are many Americans who now sympathize with that New York infantryman who, in the bleak winter of 1862, when the Union's Army of the Potomac was under the incompetent command of Gen. Ambrose Burnside, wrote home in forlorn complaint: 'Mother, do not wonder that my loyalty is growing weak.… I am sick and tired of the disaster and the fools that bring disaster upon us'"