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ESR's Person of the Year for 2009

By Steven Martinovich
web posted January 4, 2010

If you can say anything about 2009 it's that it was a year of shifting fortunes. Although the Democrats began the year with control of the White House and Congress, it was conservatives who spent much of the year on the attack. After Barack Obama's honeymoon period evaporated, the media seemed to be filled with an unending parade of stories chronicling their messiah's errors the failings of the political left and their allied wings.

America's political left didn't have to grasp with one figure, however, it seemed they faced a multitude of threats and the voting for our Person of the Year for 2009 bore that out. Perennial vote getters like Rush Limbaugh once again made a strong showing as did votes for America's soldiers. The hacker or hackers for the Climategate scandal made a strong showing as did the TEA Party protestors, though they may have been undone thanks to the infighting over leadership. But no one received as many votes as did our top two finishers: former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and Fox News star Glenn Beck. The winner was decided by narrowest of margins: Sarah Palin.

Sarah PalinShe exudes a positive can-do attitude and has valiantly soldiered on after more than a year of constant berating by the media and Hollywood -- with charm and grace, I might add. Sarah Palin is the embodiment of the American experience. -- a voter

When 2009 began one might be forgiven for thinking Palin's star had shone brightly before then faded away like those of so many other vice presidential nominees cursed with being on a losing ticket. With the media's attention focused on Obama and the Democrats, Palin finished what would be a best-selling book and began traveling the United States and building a web of contacts and organizations that will likely come into service in 2012. Palin's concerns weren't merely mercenary, however. She was one of the most effective critics of Obamacare and forced the media to address proposals -- such as the alleged death panels -- that they would have preferred to ignore.

Because she is irrepressible. She embodies the American spirit of freedom, with that touch of rebellion (the "rogue") that won't be silenced, won't be repressed, won't be diminished or demeaned. The love the people have for her is an expression of their deep hope for America's future in the face of an entrenched and intractable political machine selling our birthright down the pike. -- a voter

Does Sarah Palin have a bright future on the American national scene? That's difficult to say. Looming battles over Obama's agenda, an increasing focus on the upcoming mid-term elections and the perceived distance to 2012 may force Palin to the sidelines -- at least for the moment. And she would hardly be the first shooting star in American politics to be replaced by the next big thing or by what party leaders felt is a more pragmatic choice. It's hard to believe, however, that we've heard the last from Palin. Despite what her critics argue, and as she capably proved in 2009, Palin brings passion, insight and a Reagan-esque positive attitude about America and on that she has the current monopoly. ESR

2009 Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor
2008 Sarah Palin, former Alaska Governor
2007 Gen. David Petraeus, Commanding General, Multi-National Force - Iraq
2006 U.S. President George W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
2005 Connie Wilkins and Mark Fournier, Free Dominion web masters
2004 U.S. President George W. Bush
2003 U.S. President George W. Bush
2002 U.S. President George W. Bush
2001 U.S. President George W. Bush
2000

Jim Robinson, Free Republic web master

Honourable mentions: President-elect George W. Bush, Canadian Alliance Leader Stockwell Day

1999

Larry Klayman, chairman and general counsel of Judicial Watch

Honourable mentions: Free Republic web master Jim Robinson, Former Reform Party (Canada) Leader Preston Manning

1998

Matt Drudge

Honourable mentions: Canadian media magnate Conrad Black, Free Republic web master Jim Robinson

1997 Ron Paul (R-Texas)
Preston Manning (Reform Party Leader - Canada)
1996 Mike Harris, Premier of Ontario (Canada)

 

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