2007 LosersSome of the losers in 2007 were a surprise, while others should have been anticipated. Here’s my short list of losers —
1. Congress. After the big Democratic landslide one would
have thought that the leadership in both houses would
have been riding high. But what a disaster. Nancy Pelosi
and Harry Reid may well go down in history as two of the
most ineffective leaders in the US Congress. After a year
in power the only thing they passed successfully was a
minimum wage bill and that was basically crafted by the
Republican majority. With the lowest popularity rating in
history, the US Congress is one of the biggest losers
2. Harry Reid. I know that Reid is the "leader" of the US
Senate, but he deserves special recognition for being a
big loser on two accounts. First, for telling the American
people that "The surge has failed" before it even had a
chance to work (which it did, to the astonishment of
detractors and supporters alike). Second, for a
ham-handed attempt to smear Rush Limbaugh as anti-
military. This latter effort backfired in his face and caused
him to encourage others to support Limbaugh’s efforts to
raise millions of dollars in support of our troops and
3. Daily Kos, MoveOn.org and George Soros, etc. After being
the force behind the Democratic sweep in 2006, and
focusing on turning tail and running in Iraq, this group of
prairie radicals from the far left stumbled and bumbled. The
height of their misfires was the "General Betraus" ad in the
New York Times. They have gone from a force to be
reckoned with to a group to be laughed at. Their
anti-American antics have lost traction.
4. The New York Times. Whatever reputation the NYT had left
for objectivity was vaporized by the revelation that they
gave a huge discount to run the "General Betraus" ad noted
above. The "Gay Lady" has become the "Pink Lady.
5. CBS, ABC, and NBC. The news monopoly of the old media is
gone forever and their audience continues to shrink with
each passing year. Their self-destructive insistence on
pushing the liberal agenda continues to be their downfall.
6. Katie Couric. A great fit on The Today Show™, as predicted,
Couric bombed miserably as the anchor of CBS Nightly
News. The clock is ticking.
7. Michael Vick. Dog fighting! Just how stupid and cruel can
you be? Vick has apologized and is now behind bars. Vick
is a loser, but when he has fully paid for his crime, here’s
hoping he is allowed to rejoin the NFL.
8. Barry Bonds and his fellow druggies. Why, oh why, would
you destroy your personal and professional reputation
forever in an attempt to cheat and steal baseball records?
Now a very good career is in the toilet and can never be
recovered. Bonds and all those other cheaters will have
years to regret their actions, and they should. Fie on all
9. Doom & Gloom Forecasters. The "sky is falling" crowd
had a bad year. Quarter by quarter they predicted the
economy was in a free-fall. It wasn’t. They touted the
housing bust as the end of prosperity, but the economy
refused to go along. They confidently forecasted that
holiday spending would be a bust, but the consumers
didn’t listen. Now they tell us that the sub prime
lending problem is sure to drag us into a recession.
Maybe, maybe not. If you keep shouting "wolf" long
enough one will eventually appear.
10. American Institute of Philanthropy. This self anointed
"watchdog" group attacked many of America’s finest
military and veterans organizations. Although it set off a
news media firestorm that ignited Congressional hearings
by Representative Waxman, its one-dimensional rating
system turned out to be inaccurate and inconsistent with
other ratings groups. As an example, while AIP gave Ollie
North’s Freedom Alliance group an "F" rating, the more
thorough rating group, Charity Navigator, gave FA four
stars and its seal of approval. Shame on AIP for not doing a
more thorough job of analyzing all aspects of nonprofit
groups, including their impact for good.
11. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In an act of
sheer partisanship, the Academy gave their Best
documentary to the undocumented "An Inconvenient
Truth." This piece of political propaganda further tarnished
a reputation that has sunk so low it is becoming harder and
harder to tarnish.
12. Nobel Peace Prize Committee. By awarding the Nobel Prize
to Al Gore, the Committee has made it very clear that it is
really no more than an ignoble tool of leftists who have lost
total touch with reality. Its founder must certainly be
turning over in his grave. Its most current award recipient
falls in the footsteps of other crackpots like Jimmy Carter.