2012 Moore Award Nominees

The Moore Award, named after the film-maker Michael Moore, is for divisive, bitter and intemperate left-wing rhetoric.

Below are the finalists we’ve selected for this year’s award, please review them and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.


Mikhail Gorbachev (Dec 29, 2011):

“In short, the world without the Soviet Union has not become safer, more just or more stable,” – Mikhail Gorbachev, The Nation. Ackerman screams:

I’m embarrassed as a liberal by this shit. The liberals I know — those of my generation, certainly — have no nostalgia for an empire whose chief characteristics were slaughter and mass immiseration. The Nation would rather be Soviet Union Truthers.


Jessica DelBalzo (Mar 16):

“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,” – Jessica DelBalzo.


Amanda Marcotte (May 24):


Kathleen Geier (Jun 25):

“Okay, we all know that there are major problems with some of their op ed columnists. First off, there’s David Brooks, that shallow, insufferably smug propagandist for the 1 percenters whose only interesting moments occur when he drops the genial nice-guy pose and shows us his snarling, viciously punitive, anti-working people side. Then there’s Maureen Dowd who, half the time, reads like she has the emotional maturity of Paris Hilton (though I will say that Modo’s recent columns about Jerry Sandusky and the Catholic Church have been spot-on). Finally, there’s Ross Douthat, a know-nothing hack with serial killer eyes whose creepy, misogynist sexual politics are positively medieval, and whose column has become one of my favorite hate-reads ever,” – Kathleen Geier, Washington Monthly.

Whatever happened to the art of insult?


Chris Lehane (Jul 17):

“It has been observed that movies can reflect the national mood. Whether it is spelled Bain and being put out by the Obama campaign or Bane and being put out by Hollywood, the narratives are similar: a highly intelligent villain with offshore interests and a past both are seeking to cover up who had a powerful father and is set on pillaging society,” – Chris Lehane, Democratic party hack.


Which nominee do you think deserves the 2012 Moore Award?

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Yglesias Award
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Mental Health Break Of The Year
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