Biggest Political Winners and Losers of 2013

The politicians with the biggest successes and worst stumbles of the past year

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PlumHunter
PlumHunter

Hey Time --- Having Rachel Maddow jumping around waving at me on every scrolled picture is really obnoxious. Sort of what Fox News or CNN might do ...

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sourcetv

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paulejb
paulejb

Biggest loser of 2013 and still champion - Barack Hussein Obama. Barry also won "lie of the year" award from Politifact.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Is everybody out returning Duck Dynasty t-shirts and sippy cups they got for Christmas yesterday?

notsacredh
notsacredh

OT, but I've started my New Year's resolution early. No more fast food. No McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy's or Arby's.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Merry Christmas to all of the TIME staff and to all of the posters.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Funny how liberals wants to appoint that fat tub of lard as GOP nominee for Presidency. This is a man who have no loyalty to his party, tends to criticize his fellow Republicans more than he criticizes Obama, criticizes his fellow Presidential rivals than the presumed Democrat nominee Hillary. Hillary will probably kick his fat butt in a one on one Presidential election.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

Been really busy for a while, but stopped in to wish any of the group here, a very Merry Chirstmas to all who celebrate. My daughter and SIL are with his folks in NY state for Christmas, so mine is beautifully quiet. We open gifts Saturday, so I have lots of time to wrap! Perhaps even for the mouse downstairs to die so I can get to the ribbons!!


Cheers!

notsacredh
notsacredh

Harry Reid was a big winner for sure. He went nuclear on judicial appointments and the GOP has to be cursing the Tea Party because anyone other than the TPer the GOP ran in Nevada against him would have beaten him.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

I have a have a feeling Chris Agnew, I mean Christie might be on the other side of the ledger this year. 

reallife
reallife

@sacredh actually I read there is a run on them, at Chick-fil-A


LOL



dectra
dectra

Rene,


Hate to burst your bubble, but the 'liberals' don't care WHO you nominate. Christie is much as you've characterized him, fat, ineffective outside of his power base in Trenton, and tone deaf. 


But in the end, his support comes from very vocal T-Baggers who think his 'brawling' style translates into a 'win' come 2016.  Personally, I doubt it. Given time, more of Christie's unfavorable will come to light, and the Nixon styled 'enemies list' will only make it harder for him to become a national figure.



And, from this 'liberal' let me wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@Paul,nnto He should remind Obama how many states his Administration is governing. The Idiot though there were 57 states. 

Cactus44
Cactus44

@dectraNot sure about the 'tone deaf' label.  I think he did an excellent job at differentiating himself from the wingnut Tea Part fringe of the party, and I believe that to be a very calculated (and well timed) political decision.  His status among many observers as a non-wingnut, non-TP Repub who can occasionally buck the spin-masters will carry him far. (Not to the White House.  But far.)


Hillary, OTOH, (since we're talking about the White House) will surprise many Republicans in the upcoming race.  Having lived through the attacks and conspiracy theories that she was subject to, and that she fought off, during Bill's presidency I imagine that this time around she's going to look The Terminator, walking through a hail of bullets and grenades as if it were a spring shower.  


I could certainly be wrong on that, but I'm kind of looking forward to the spectacle of it either way.


(And if it matters, I'm a moderate.  Remember them?  There are still a few left.  So I don't have any liberal bona fides to claim here.)

dectra
dectra

@ReneDemonteverde

Your hatred is truly out of place; every single person who has sought higher office has made a gaffe. 

We could write for days on Bush's malapropisms. I'd rather focus on what they try to accomplish, rather than play the small minded 'gotcha' game of three year olds.

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@jcapan Merry Christmas, jc!! don't know how I missed this yesterday. Too busy recipe swapping, I guess.  Hard to believe the beautiful little star is now 4 years old!! Very best wishes to all of you..

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@jcapan @Paul,nnto Our favorite man abroad!


Merry Christmas to you and the ladies in your life JC.


Why the O's passed on Balfour still perplexes me but Baltimore clearly has shown it knows what it is doing. 

reallife
reallife

@sacredh soooo,  you're saying you're against recycling? I thought you libtards cared about the environment




notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, weight isn't a problem for me and I actually prefer salads to junk foods. I eat quite a few things I shouldn't and will continue to eat them. I just won't  eat fast food that is made from recycled tires and old lightbulbs.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh @Paul,nnto I cut out fast food a few years ago when I wanted to lose weight. 70 pounds later it doesn't even sound good.


Having said that I do plenty of horrible-for-you intake so I don't want to come across as holier than thou. 

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, I think you're right. I don't like greasy or salty foods to begin with.

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

@dectra @ReneDemonteverde You are right Every single person who sought higher office has made a gaffe. But whispering secret messages to a prospective foe about more flexibility if elected could is not a gaffe. It could be treason. Plus added to the fact that Obama seems to be doing his gaffes purposely to the detriment of the country is another story. But when gaffes occur with such frequency and with such seriousness that could endanger this nation, I suggest you open your eyes a little bit wider. You might be surprise at some things you never saw before. They are called eye openers. Other than that I wish you too a Merry Christmas plus with prayers that this country survives another three years of liberalism and political correctness.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@kbanginmotown, Happy Holidays to JC and to you too kbang.

jcapan
jcapan

@Paul,nnto@jcapanDitto the perplex-osity. Still feeling pretty good about their core but the offseason (thus far) has done little to enhance my hopes for next year. Just have to hope Macho gets healthy and the other young studs in their system mature ASAP. Would we had the $ to pursue the likes of Tanaka.

How about the Twins? Better next year? 


Anyway, wishing you/any other old-timers a very Merry Christmas and the best in '14! May a resurgent left combat the bipartisan consensus/lunacy. Warren > Clinton. 

All is well in J-town. My now 4 year old is the star about which I orbit, slave to her light. When's the wedding?

notsacredh
notsacredh

@kbanginmotown, we got 2" of snow last night and it's still snowing. That's on top of the other snow already on the ground. It is in the upper 20's though. 

kbanginmotown
kbanginmotown

@Ivy_B @Paul,nnto @sacredh I tried a garlic-ginger lamb roast for Christmas eve dinner this year. Sadly, I undercooked it, and ended up slicing and brasing it to complete the cooking. Ginger millet and brussle sprouts on the side.

We got 6" of snow in SE lower Michigan last night. Tomorrow we're heading to warmer climes for a week. Quite a send off. 

Happy Holidays, one and all!

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Ivy_B @Paul,nnto I'm not particular about vodkas (the name literally means "water" for goodness sake-ha) but the Tito's does seem to have some character. 


Thanks again for the menu---best to you and yours Ivy!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Paul,nnto Haven't had Tito's. Of course I live in the state that still thinks Prohibition was a good thing! We tried Grey Goose and a couple of others, but decided we like Absolut best. Guess it's from the old vodka martini days when I wanted them to have no discernible taste!


It was super easy and easy to clean up after as well! Enjoy if you try it.


Best to you and cuter!

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Ivy_B @Paul,nnto Whoa you are decedent!  And I mean that in the best possible way.


That meal sounds great, and not a high level of time/difficulty. Perfect as we both work during the day on NYE. Thanks.


Vodka you say? We have been enjoying Tito's (Austin, TX) for our Bloody Marys. Have you had that?


Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Paul,nnto  Would love to, alas commitments here! Caviar menu super easy this year because I got back late from Cape Town. (Dinner always on Friday before Christmas) on the 12th of Dec.


I get caviar from Tsar Nicolai in CA. Discount if you order early! ;)  Just toast pieces. Daughter & SIL like champagne, friend & I like vodka. Menu, filet mignon, baked potatoes which I sliced in half and mashed with butter, Caesar salad and my 

More for Me Mushrooms - mushroom caps briefly sauteed in butter, then simmered in madiera until that becomes syrupy. I use a 10 oz container of mushrooms, clean & discard or reserve stems. Saute the caps in butter 1 min on flat side, turn over saute 2 min on other side. Take half cup of madiera and put in open cap tops & around pan. Cook slowly until madiera is almost gone. on low heat. I do about an hour so it takes as long as potato does to bake. Can do shorter time on higher heat - must be careful it doesn't cook off and burn caps. I check every 10 - 15 minutes. 


If you try, I'm sure you'll like!


Cheers

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Ivy_B @Paul,nnto @sacredh Holy smokes! "Caviar Dinner"?


You DO know how to live Ivy! 


I love having family traditions. (Tomorrow for breakfast we'll have the exact same meal I have had every Christmas morning since I have been eating solid food. My Catholic family always have Lox and Bagels)  Feel free to flesh that meal out so I may steal, um, be inspired by it. New Years Eve is around the corner!


Hop on that plane, goodness knows you have the miles-ha, I always make too much for two!

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Paul,nnto @Ivy_B @sacredh Ah no! When they aren't here Christmas Eve, it's brunch! I really get a deal. We always have our Christmas Caviar Dinner (23rd annual this year), then if they are here Christmas Eve I sometime have done a chicken something since filets or roast tenderloin are on the Caviar menu.


All good! Your scallops & fennel make me want to jump on a plane! Know you'll enjoy.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@Ivy_B @Paul,nnto @sacredh Back at ya Ivy!


She's in the kitchen right now making the rare dessert I like…raspberry jelly roll! 


Our Feast of Seven has been pared down to…raw oysters, Manila clams and chorizo, seared scallops on bacon braised chard, seared #1 tuna on a shaved fennel salad, and squid in a spicy tomato and arugala sauce.


I see above you are observing on Saturday….you go prime rib, right? 

Ivy_B
Ivy_B

@Paul,nnto @sacredh Merry Christmas to you and the cuter P!  as Sacred so cleverly said, next year, the MRS. Cuter P!

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, Merry Christmas to you and the cuter P too. Next year at this time, it will be MRS. Cuter P.

Paul,nnto
Paul,nnto

@sacredh @Paul,nnto Keep priming the economy sacred!


I'm off shortly to do my small part. We hosted my family on Sunday and have the cuter P's next Saturday so just the two of us, blissfully, enjoying Eve and Day.


I'm heading off to the fish monger to get whatever looks good for Feast of Seven Fishes. For sure I'll be shucking some oysters but other than that I will let the spirit move me.


Merry Christmas to you and yours.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, OT, but I got my new tv yesterday. My lottery check came too. We also bought a new 3D blu-ray player and a 1000 watt surround sound system. We got almost 1k more on the check than we thought we would.

notsacredh
notsacredh

@Paul,nnto, Christie is a classic example of looking better at first glance. The more you see, the more flaws you notice.