Who did Stanzel nominate? One of my favorite whipping boys: Barack Obama's Straw Man.
Straw Man should be the person of the year. He’s been employed by President Obama so much this year that he is certainly the busiest person in Washington. As the president has advocated his bloated stimulus package, his government intrusion into health care and his plans to return us to a pre-9/11 security mindset by treating terrorists as common criminals, Straw Man has provided the perfect foil for the president’s arguments. Straw Man deserves the Person of the Year recognition, particularly because he is rarely named. Most of the time he is referred to by his nicknames “some say” or “those who say.” Witness how busy Straw Man has been in 2009, as President Obama takes on his greatest hits:
Obama: “There are those who say these plans are too ambitious.”
Obama: “I know some folks on Wall Street who say we should just focus on their problems.”
Obama: “There are those embrace a view that can be summarized in two words: anything goes.”
Obama: “There seem to be a set of folks, and I don’t doubt their sincerity, who just believe we should do nothing.”
Obama: “"I reject the view that . . . says government has no role in laying the foundation for our common prosperity."
Obama: "A surplus became an excuse to transfer wealth to the wealthy."
Obama: "We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
Obama: “There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences.”
Obama: "Of course, there are some critics, always critics, who say we can't afford to take on these priorities.”
Obama: "A philosophy that says every problem can be solved if only government would step out of the way; that if government were just dismantled, divvied up into tax breaks, and handed out to the wealthiest among us, it would somehow benefit us all. Such knee-jerk disdain for government -- this constant rejection of any common endeavor -- cannot rebuild our levees or our roads or our bridges."
Straw Man’s influence in Washington is at an all time high. He deserves to be the person of the year.