As we enter a shiny New Year, let us not forget the charms of the one that’s passing. 2010 was a memorable year. Economic depression, massive job losses, riots around the world, scandals, disasters, epic crimes and conspiracies. To top it all off, we enjoyed one of the most raucous, hilarious, unpredictable election campaigns in recent memory.
Not all the entertainment came from Republicans and Teapers (though they were certainly wonderful.) We also had Joe Manchin shooting “Cap and Trade” right out of the sky…BANG!
But Manchin was immediately outclassed by Republican Pamela Gorman shooting everything…BANG BANG BANG BANG BANG!
Republicans gave us other matchless moments, like this guy with a “masters’ degree in communication.”
So, just for auld lang syne, and in memory of a truly marvellous election season, I’d like to solicit your nominees in four categories. During the 2010 mid-term campaign, what do you think was the:
- Most damaging gaffe
- Worst candidate
- Best-run campaign
- Best campaign commercial
If you want to create other categories in the comments section, feel free. It was a rich election. There’s lots of material.
My personal choices…the most damaging gaffe was Conway bringing up Rand Paul’s “Aqua Buddha” episode late in the campaign. This allowed Paul to smack his opponent down during the debate and look strong, manly, deeply wounded and righteously indignant. Voters love that.
Worst candidate…Carl Paladino, who was petty, malevolent and stupid on a truly colossal scale.
Best-run campaign…Harry Reid. He not only should never have won, it shouldn’t even have been close…but he got 50% of the vote. From negative ads to media handling to GOTV, it was a masterful performance. Future poli-sci courses will be taught on the 2010 Reid campaign.
Best commercial…Meg Whitman channels Arnold Schwarzenegger. Fantastic concept, masterful editing. I stand in awe.