Continuing the parade of rehashed content, we turn our attention to politics. Unfortunately, disasters (mainly the weather) were the main focus of the US voter this year. A year where new ideas and independent thinking were embraced as much as little Cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch.
My recommendation for politician of the year is Harry Reid (D-NV). My expectations for Reid were remarkably low from the outset. What I didn't foresee is that Reid seems to walk the line of having strong conservative moral values (being a Mormon) and recognizing that Americans have the right to make their own decisions -- even if you disagree with them.
On talk shows, he represents the party very well, even on the most contentious issues. Speaking with calm perspective and applying heavy doses of common sense, Reid has shown consistent strength and leadership as the GOP has struggled with Iraq, Katrina, the Federal deficit, the environment, free trade, tsunami relief, . . . you get the picture.
His November Gambit struck me as pure genius as it was (1) the right thing to call for accountability in the Federal government and (2) caught the GOP off guard and highlighted the growing schism within the GOP.
Again, I was wrong on Harry Reid. Very wrong -- and I'm more than happy to admit it.