2012 Malkin Award Nominees

The Malkin Award, named after blogger Michelle Malkin, is for shrill, hyperbolic, divisive and intemperate right-wing rhetoric. Ann Coulter is ineligible – to give others a chance.

Below are the finalists we’ve selected for the 2012 Malkin Award, please review them and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.


Brion McClanahan (Mar 1):

“Before accepting food stamps, people [should] have to carefully consider whether they want to face the loss of voting privileges, the humiliation of shopping at government stores and using government food, the inability to smoke or do drugs and the added inconvenience of having to make two or three stops for their groceries should they choose to buy snacks with their own money. … There should be humiliation and pain in government assistance. Every time someone accepts food stamps, they are spitting on the principles of independence, and they, not the taxpayers who fund the program, should be reminded of that fact,” – Brion McClanahan, The Daily Caller.


Michele Bachmann (Mar 8):

“Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services secretary, she said that it’s important that we have contraceptives because that prevents pregnancy, and pregnancy is more expensive to the federal government. Going with that logic, according to our own Health and Human Services secretary, it isn’t farfetched to think that the president of the United States could say, we need to save healthcare expenses, the federal government will only pay for one baby to be born in the hospital per family, or two babies to be born per family. That could happen. You think it couldn’t?” – Michele Bachmann.

Kevin Drum unpacks the quote. Of course, it’s also perfectly possible that Obamacare could mandate the infanticide of any heterosexual-acting baby, or limit whites to one, while allowing minorities all the family they want. Now let’s see how long it takes for someone on the Christianist right to make those arguments. But, hey, it worked for Palin … up to a point.


Neal Boortz (Mar 11):

“The situation in this country is like a dog with worms. You bring the dog to the vet to be dewormed, but the vet is Dr. Obama, and he says you can’t get the dog dewormed because the worms have a vote. And that’s the problem, folks: the worms have a vote,” – Neal Boortz.


Jed Babbin (Mar 12):

“Sandra Fluke is the model Welfare Queen for the 21st Century. Upper middle class to start, going to a very expensive (and very liberal law) school on scholarship, and now (as we know from news reports) a tool of the White House media shop. She won’t have kids like the old-style welfare queens. Instead, she will first absorb all the government benefits she can while in school, and then work for a liberal law firm or political organization as a political activist. Or she may become another trusted lieutenant of Eric Holder at Justice. She is a product of the American version of the cradle-through-career indoctrination and career of the old Soviet Komsomol,” – Jed Babbin, American Spectator.


Benjamin Kerstein (Mar 30):

“[A]ny and all criticism of Israel not only can be but must be antisemitic. It is either subjectively antisemitic, in that it consciously and intentionally furthers the goals of the campaign; or it is objectively antisemitic, in that it unconsciously and unintentionally does the same thing. The distinction, if there ever was one, between the two, is now meaningless. Either way, the result is the same: Those who seek to slaughter the Jews en masse are brought a step closer to their goal,” – Benjamin Kerstein, Pajamas Media.


Michael Savage (Jun 28):

“Let’s talk about [US Supreme Court Chief Justice John] Roberts. I’m going to tell you something that you’re not going to hear anywhere else, that you must pay attention to. It’s well known that Roberts, unfortunately for him, has suffered from epileptic seizures. Therefore he has been on medication. Therefore neurologists will tell you that medication used for seizure disorders, such as epilepsy, can introduce mental slowing, forgetfulness and other cognitive problems. And if you look at Roberts’ writings you can see the cognitive disassociation in what he is saying,” – radio host Michael Savage.


John Hinderaker (Jul 10):

“[T]he percentage of families who earn over $250,000 a year happens to be almost exactly the same as the percentage of homosexuals in the population. How would our ever-courageous journalists react if an American president tried to increase his odds of re-election by demonizing homosexuals and calling for draconian legislation against them?” – John Hinderaker, Powerline.


Brian Fischer (Aug 23):

“[E]verybody is gang tackling Todd Akin. … You talk about a forcible situation, you talk about somebody being a victim of forcible assault, that would be Todd Akin,” – Brian Fischer, spokesman for the American Family Association.


Dean Chambers (Oct 27):

“Nate Silver is a man of very small stature, a thin and effeminate man with a soft-sounding voice that sounds almost exactly like the “Mr. New Castrati” voice used by Rush Limbaugh on his program. In fact, Silver could easily be the poster child for the New Castrati in both image and sound,” – Dean Chambers, in an aside about Nate Silver.

Chamber believes that Dick Morris has far more credibility in his polling than Silver does in his. But then Morris is a heterosexual.


Charlotte Allen (Dec 19):

“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,” – Charlotte Allen, NRO.


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