Thursday, November 26, 2009

The 4th Annual Thanksgiving Awards

Happy Thanksgiving. First, thank you for reading and commenting on Voting under the Influence. It is has been a great year for this blog, and all involved with it have you, the readers, to to thank for that.

That said, on to the 4th Annual Voting Under the Influence Thanksgiving political awards.

The winner of the Cornbread Dressing Award for career achievement goes to outgoing Columbia Mayor Bob Coble. Though Coble has had his problems as Mayor of Columbia, Coble's vision to revitalize the Vista region of the city became reality.

The winner of the Cranberry Sauce Award for outstanding local government achievement goes to Laurens County Council and related Laurens County officials who brought in the Clemson related project manufacturing plant while Anderson and Greenville County governments were distracted by investigations and the like.

The next two awards the nominees will be listed.

For political Turkey of the Year, the nominees are:

Governor Mark Sanford. Governor Sanford's Presidential hopes went away in less time than one can boil an egg when he admittedto secretly visiting his Argentine lover on, of all weekends, Father's Day weekend. Then came droning interviews and more ethical hypocrisies related to his traveling and his campaign fund.

The political group ACORN. ACORN went from claiming credit in electing President Obama to having Democrats in Congress strip them of federal funding. Let that sink in. You know you have had a bad year when Democrats want to not spend money on you.

Congressman Joe Wilson. Joe Wilson went from "Mr. Lexington" to "Mr. You lie!" Wilson turned what would have been a yawner of a Congressional race into one with national attention. Further, he got his son, Alan Wilson, off message for a few weeks in his Attorney Generals race. (Wilson did rebound, as discussed further on.)

The Howard Rich crowd in South Carolina. A lot of money was invested in their guy Mark Sanford. With 7 years of Mark Sanford as Governor, well funded organizations and blogs, they have almost nothing to show for other than an embattled Governor.

The Atlantic Beach, SC local government. Recent developments about a town council race being overturned add to the indicted Mayor and Police Chief arrested for public intoxication. Things just continue to unravel in that small South Carolina town.

The winner of the Turkey of the Year award is: Governor Mark Sanford. While words like "clueless" and "selfish" have been attributed to Governor Sanford by readers, perhaps one reader summed it up best when he stated, "Turkey of the Year? Is their anyone who has been a bigger turkey and let people down time and time again this year more than Mark Sanford? Hell no!"

Moving on to the nominations for Golden Drumstick award for best political year.

The "tea party" movement. Say what you will about some of those involved in the tea party movement, but that movement put the brakes on President Obama's health care agenda, something thought unthinkable in January.

State Senator Harvey Peeler. While other Republicans are positioning themselves for higher office or carrying water for what is left of the Sanford agenda, Majority Leader Harvey Peeler has been quietly making the SC State Senate run. One will not find the ego of Glenn McConnell or the anger of Jakie Knotts in Peeler. He just works.

Congressman Joe Wilson. Wilson is the first nominee for both Turkey of the year and the Golden Drumstick. The reason is after his "you lie!" remark made so famous, Wilson raised millions of dollars towards his re-election and began working his district like never before. As a result, after his gaffe, he is right back in the heavily favored column for next November. Further, Wilson is the only Republican running for the United State House who does not have any serious primary opposition.

Steve Benjamin, candidate for Mayor of Columbia. Rarely does a candidate announce his candidacy and it results in the retirement of a longtime incumbent. That is what Benjamin pulled off in Columbia when his candidacy put Bob Coble into retirement.

SC House Speaker Bobby Harrell. Like him or not, Speaker Harrell has positioned himself to perhaps be the most powerful politician in South Carolina state government as he has so far successfully negotiated the political tight rope between being outraged at Governor's Sanford's behavior and being cautious in the Governor's removal from office so that the weakened Governor stays to keep the Speaker strong. Due to that mastery of the political tightrope that has given such a good position this year, the Golden Drumstick goes to Speaker Bobby Harrell. Again, the Golden Drumstick is not about who is most liked or who even did the right thing, it about who has had the best political year.

Two more awards are left and they are coveted.

First, the Holiday Ham award for biggest ego(s) in politics. This year, it goes to Mark and Jenny Sanford. Some will boo the pick of Jenny, but remember Jenny chose to engage the Governor in public interviews and is writing a book on their relationship. Neither the Governor or his wife seem capable of spending much time out of the public spotlight. Neither will be ignored. For that, they win the Holiday Ham award.

The Fruitcake Award is self explanatory. There were several worthy suggestions for this award. They ranged from radio talk show hosts to bloggers. However, Wellford Mayor Sallie Peake earned the Fruitcake Award with her policy of "not foot chasing" by Wellford's police officers, her reversal of that policy, and the incredible interviews she had with WSPA TV regarding both acts. The videos have been posted on VUI before, and it is hard to find anyone that could take the Fruitcake Award from the Wellford Mayor.

Thank you for reading. Congratulations to the winners. May all of you have a great and safe Thanksgiving weekend.

36 comments:

  1. Howard Rich called. He wants to know how much it will cost for one of your awards.

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  2. This is some racist bullshit, you pale ass cracker. Why do you like to pick on sistas with power so much? You are the cracker fruitcake. And, making fun of ACORN? My President will but an end to this cracker blog bullshit.

    You are a pale ass cracker cracker.

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  3. Your not mentioning anyone from Anderson County does not hide the fact that you are plotting to run against Cindy Wilson. We know you rednecks down in Honea Path are plotting against our great conservative leader. We are ready, especially for you, the drunk Honea Path lawyer.

    Don't fret, those stupid rednecks in Honea Path are easy to get to vote for Cindy. They love her a lot more than they love some drunk lawyer.

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  4. Anderson RebelNovember 27, 2009

    Brian, don't worry about Cindy Fan a bit. He is just upset you did not give Cindy the Fruitcake Award. Cindy worked hard for that one. No wonder Bob, I mean Cindy Fan, is disappointed.

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  5. Interesting picks.

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  6. Good job, Brian. You put a good bit of thought into making your picks. Your evaluation took me by surprise. Most often forget that one persons gaffe (Sanford), often elevates others stature. Thanks for the crystal ball revies, and we get to see who rises come the 2010 elections. Obama Man you are a racist, if black people are allowed to be racists!

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  7. They all look pretty dead-on to me!

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  8. Designated DriverNovember 27, 2009

    Goddaammmmm Sanfraud uses a preacher from that fancy Seacult church in Charleston to meet and great his whore. Meet the mistress: what kind of religion is taht all about?

    I’ll bet that if Maria would become a member and Jenny wasn’t, they’d welcome the whore with open arms and forgive Mark. Oh Lord, forgive Mark because he wasn’t married to a good Christian woman.

    Only Seacult people are going to heaven. Like that blowjob preacher from last year, join them and you can sin all you want, then sob and cry and you’re forgiven and they’ll love you all over again. No wonder Mark thinks he can bullshit us all, because his preacher buddy teaches him that.

    Whores can suck him, this I know, for Mark’s Bible tells him so.

    Jesus may love you Mark, but the rest of us think you are an asshole!

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  9. You and Earl and Designated Driver can kiss my ass!!!!

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  10. If it was still Thanksgiving, I'd rather eat Jenny than Working Mom

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  11. No race against Cindy Wilson. Who would want to be a member of the most self serving, self righteous group in South Carolina. The Anderson County Coucil continues to reach new levels on non-service to Anderson County. Who could want to be a member of such a shameful
    group. I am sure not the author of this blob.

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  12. This is good stuff.

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  13. The Speaker offers his gratitude. You will be spared his wrath in 2010.

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  14. Get a clue, Eddy Mack. You must be another of those Honea Path rednecks. Cindy Wilson is one of the greatest public servants in the history of Anderson County and South Carolina. She should be honored with awards, a school named after her, something like that. Cindy Wilson is a great woman. What are you?

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  15. How are those train cars looking in your Honea Path backyards? Choo Choo. You might work to get a fire truck for Honea Path, but it will be cold day in Hell before those train cars leave your backyard, Brian. I don' t care how many people read your blog or how high you are ranked. Those babies stay right there to be an eyesore and a reminder to you and your neighbors of what I can do. Choo Choo asshole.

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  16. Bobby Harrell is an ass.

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  17. I would think the guy who screwed a horse down in Horry County would get the fruitcake award. Guess that crazy lady in Wellford was crazier than that SOB.

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  18. Yo, anon bragging about the trains, just who are you. Do you work for the Pickens Railroad? We need to know who to name in the lawsuit.

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  19. Somebody do the world a favor and give Brian McCarty two cases of beer. That should do it. We would be rid of him. Working Mom, I love you babe.

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  20. Benjamin is the next mayor of Columbia!

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  21. Uncle JessieNovember 30, 2009

    This took some thinkin' I thought you were too busy drinkin'

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  22. Motorcycle ManNovember 30, 2009

    Brian, good stuff. If you are tempted to run for county council, I would pay you two gallons of home brew not to. You are too valuable telling it like it is.

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  23. Sorry you are wrong , I'm from Williamston.We all know Cindy fan is to be pitied.Your reality is warped and you have our sympathy.

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  24. Eddy Mack, which trailer park in Williamston do you live in?

    Cindy Wilson is unbeatable. She is a living legend. Brian McCarty will not 30 % of the vote against her in 2010.

    Pity that why you are drinking your Mad Dog in the morning before you go to work on your county job Joey got you.

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  25. Someone get Cindy Fan an aspirin.

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  26. Ard for Lt. GovernorDecember 01, 2009

    Brian, you left out Ken Ard. He has went from some county council member in Florence to the favorite in the Lt. Governor's race.

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  27. Robert Ford for Fruitcake

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  28. Speaking of Joey Preston, Brian, why didn't you mention him? Joey did so much for Anderson County.

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  29. I hear McAbee is going to sue you, Brian. He is upset over not getting an award. Any truth to that?

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  30. I liked this and enjoyed reading it. I think you give Harvey Peeler way too much credit, but that is your opinion.

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  31. Paul Thurmond for turkey of the year. So much potential all wasted.

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  32. The McAbees hate some Brian McCarty

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  33. Yo, Eddy Mack, Cindy Wilson says you can kiss her ass.

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  34. Well, Eddy Mack, at least you don't have to kiss Working Mom's ass. That is an three day job.

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  35. Choo choo, Brian McCarty.

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